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Everything posted by AddisonDeWitless

  1. Well, it was something different and unusual, so I can't fault TCM for showing it, but OY! the 1931 version of The Maltese Falcon was *terrible.* However, one does learn as much from watching a bad movie as a good one, and I would have to say it is an invaluable lesson to any aspiring or otherwise actor/director/writer to see both versions as a sort of *Lesson A in* : *here it is done very badly* vs. *here it is done right.* Bold in my memory is the scene 1/2 way through the picture where Spade calls Miss Wonderly out on her "damsel in distress" routine once she's done laying it on w
  2. But I was right in thinking Playback has never been filmed, which is kind of a shame, but I understand why. However, I again note that I was most pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I do not want to spoil the ending, but Chandler pretty clearly meant for it to be the last of the Marlowe series and it works. It also ties in nicely to The Long Goodbye, which you need to read first to fully appreciate Playback, (although I note, The Long Goodbye is the only one of Chandler's novels I didn't care for, and I read it twice.) Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 7, 2013 11:24 A
  3. Since this *Festivale du Filme Noir* is (apparently) themed by the writers of the pieces, I thought I'd take the moment to recommend some of me favorite romans noir ... roman noires? ... noirvels ? Whatever: *crime novels of the 20th century:* *The High Window by Raymond Chandler*. It's one of the least-discussed titles of the glorious "Unholy Sextet", but I remember it as being my favorite when I went on a six-novel-straight Chandler binge whilst living in LA. It is also- I think - the one novel of his besides (the also under-discussed and underrated) Playback- which has never been d
  4. You're going to be getting a "cease and desist letter" any day now, PS- And it's all my fault, isn't it? I'm so flattered. PSS- It's not the first such letter I've been the root cause of. PSSS- And I don't think it shall be the last. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 7, 2013 11:09 AM
  5. If given free hand in picking out titles for a ferstivale du filme noir I'd like to see No Man of Her Own (1950), Crime Wave, Desert Fury, The Sniper (which might not be too PC, but I really want to check it out), The Damned Don't Cry!, The Sea Wolf (maybe a stretch, but I see it as noir ), The Breaking Point, The Accused (1949), Odd Man Out, Detour, Stranger on the Third Floor (more for historical perspective than anything else), The Long Goodbye (1973), Farewell My Lovely (1975), The Friends of Eddie Coyle ...and I'm tempted to label Hangover Square a+ noir it deserves to be aired so hig
  6. wait wait wait wait... Dunne and Boyer worked together twice in 1939 and the second was a James M. Cain adaptation?!? You guys just blew my mind!
  7. In looking over the choices of Herr Muller, I'm not really all that jazzed about anything outside of the alternaversion of The Maltese Falcon we're getting tomorrow night. They Won't Believe Me! is a really cool movie: *very engaging* and features a great (and surprisingly nasty) turn from Robert Young and a young Susan Hayward as a young Susan Hayward (you'll get it when you see it.) Deadline at Dawn is a Clifford Odets joint. I don't care for Clifford, nor would it seem does Muller as he's rather critical of this movie and (the mercifully not included in this festival) Clash By Nigh
  8. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}I'm familiar with Dwight Eisenhower and David Frye, but I'm coming up empty on Dwight Frye. He played, as Hibi hinted, Renfield in Dracula, as well as the gruesome lab assistants in both Frankenstein and Bride of... and played a villager in a few of the other movies; he is also in The Vampire Bat, but it is an off performance. He died rather young I believe, some time before 1945 or so...
  9. > {quote:title=AddisonDeWitless wrote:}{quote}Dunno, I'm a Count Floyd fan meself. > > *ps- am I nuts or was there a "Cool Ghoul"" once upon a time as well hosting old horror films on tv?* Did some research. Apparently yes: !data:image/jpeg;base64,/9j/4AAQSkZJRgABAQAAAQABAAD/2wBDAAkGBwgHBgkIBwgKCgkLDRYPDQwMDRsUFRAWIB0iIiAdHx8kKDQsJCYxJx8fLT0tMTU3Ojo6Iys/RD84QzQ5Ojf/2wBDAQoKCg0MDRoPDxo3JR8lNzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzc3Nzf/wAARCADCAQMDASIAAhEBAxEB/8QAGwAAAQUBAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAABQACAwQGAQf/xAA6EAACAQMDAgQEBAMHBQEAAAABAgMABBEFEiExQQYTIlEUMmFxI0KB
  10. Dunno, I'm a Count Floyd fan meself. ps- am I nuts or was there a "Cool Ghoul"" once upon a time as well hosting old horror films on tv?
  11. Just compared it to the DVD (yes, I am a loser) You can see the string in that too, I guess maybe the 2012 remaster is just cleaner and clearer and you can see the string. I've always thought it looked like a solid (glued together) stack of prop books. The new version is better though, *the added decay scenes really work and I wish they had been there along.* I could almost swear some of the reaction shots of Lee are different in this version. Either way: there's more of it and *it's better and it's awesome to be able to finally see it after hearing about it forever.*
  12. And it's worth checking out!: They include the famed extended shots of Christopher Lee's disintegration- his face not fully decayed; hands tearing off flesh; his hand and foot disintegrate with an extra reveal of the arm and leg bones and it seems as though there is more dust and powder in this version. (Culled I think from a Japanese print?) *It's cool.* I also note, and this is me being a TOTAL GEEK, but: is it just me or are the books Van Helsing knocks over on the library table now clearly bound with string whereas in the scenes used in the DVD and TCM-aired version,
  13. well, I think there is one person who can sum up AMC more succintly than I: *COMMERCIALS EVERY FIVE MINUTES DURING THE 1931 VERSION OF "FRANKENSTEIN" ?!*
  14. gah, like $500 or something. (of course during the depression that could probably buy an entire midwestern state.)
  15. First off: how can you not love this guy?: Second: I can only give you my personal thoughts and feelings on the matter which is that, yes, once upon a time, the programming was *really bad,* but - honestly- there has been a *wonderous turn around in the last three years.* I mean it, I've been saying this for a while and- *believe me no one is a harsher critic than I.* (ed. note: I did something and the following paragraph is entirely in italics and apparently unchangeable) (ed note 2: these are all off the top o' me head, I'm sure I'll remmeber a s***pile more after signi
  16. Maybe this'll lighten the mood. Thirty second, virus free (insofar as I know) youtube link. (A clip of a truly mesmerizing line read- SFW, nothing dirty etc.)
  17. Actually, I think it's lattke (did I spell that right?) (and Finance, for what it's worth [which is absolutely nothing|http://forums.tcm.com/] *I thought it was funny.* ) Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 3, 2013 7:49 PM accidentally left off the "I" oops.
  18. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}heuriger, I don't get it. How does Addison's dictionary definition of "ham" and his accompanying comments make you think of someone throwing up? > Is it an insult, a comment, or a joke? Are you saying that "hammy" acting makes you sick? Or maybe ham, *the viande,* has that effect on you? Viande? (I think he just doesn't like ham. I understand, I eat neither pork nor beef meself.)
  19. *from dictionary.com:* *Ham·my* adjective, ham·mi·er, ham·mi·est. 1. characteristic of a person who overacts. 2. [overacted|http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/]. 3. [exaggerated|http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/exaggerated]. *Soes, I guess you're right. Both meanings are correct- however, since one of those meanings of the word does have a negative connotation (overacting)- to me, I'd rather a praise a performance for its grandness or "exaggeration" than to call it "hammy."* *I also note that below is the primary entry for "hammy" per
  20. we-ell, I have to say that I would in no way label any part of Miss Swanson's revalatory turn in Sunset Blvd. "ham." "Ham"- to me- has a pejorative sense to it when used to describe non-comedic acting, implying that it's somehow not a genuine performance or a real success and that too much visible effort is involved on the part of the actor, too many stitches and seams are apparent. Miss Swanson's Norma Desmond is a *genuine* loonball, and *every note of her performance rings true to me.* I don't see her straining or trying, I don't see the gears whirring in her head, I don't see her do
  21. > {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote} > I somewhat disagree, James. There are enough survivor accounts to tie together to make compelling watching as a theatrical release that romantic side stories aren't needed. And I *strongly agree* with that statement. ps- I don't think they're going to be doing Titanic: Redux any time soon tho'. That vein has been thoroughly tapped (including the recent IMAX, 3-D rerelease to "commemorate" the 100th anniversary.) (Not that I put ANYTHING past HOLLYWOOD these days or ever.) pss- and by "commemorate" I mean strip one last lode of ore f
  22. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Speaking of ignoring females. I raised the question last week regarding which actresses were known as method actresses, and got no response. Let me try again with this one actually, I think someone *did.* They mentioned Kim Stanley re: The Goddess and a couple others ( Seance on a Wet Afternoon ). It's maybe somewheres back on page 5...?
  23. I have been posting here for three(ish) years, and in all that time, I don't think I have ever gotten so many incendiary replies to anything (even programming and/or Mankiewicz related) as I did the time I brought this up before, but what the hey? It's been too long since the villagers have come after me with pitchforks and torches and I think I've been getting too complacent in the meantime. It seems as if this thread has been decidedly male-centric in its listings of the great and notso great hams of *Motion Pictuh History,* and I was wondering if maybe scene-stealing and heavy emoting
  24. As far as the *"panic on an ocean liner" genre* goes, there is no title I could recommend more highly than Juggernaut (1974). It is an *awesome, awesome* movie- sharp direction, really compelling and well-done. Other than it Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember, the quality of the other entries is iffy. The Last Voyage (1960) has promise and starts off quickly- but the characters aren't interesting or likeable enough for us to care- nice stunt work and special effects though. There's still a certain "movieness" to that Poseidon Adventure topsy-turvy ballroom scene, but the rest i
  25. although I think the *ham acting* is called for in The Ten Commandments and is much more appropriate (and entertaining) in that film than the ham acting is in Ben-Hur. The source material for Commandments ( The Bible ) is *GRANDIOSE* -even including elements of the fantastic- it calls for *LARGER THAN LIFE* acting (and OH HOW many of the actors step up to the plate and swing!) Ben-Hur is far more earth-bound in its source material- published in 1880, it was not even 100 years old when it was filmed in 1959- the characters are all mortal, the scale of the tale (while EPIC) is still l
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