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Everything posted by AddisonDeWitless

  1. Some special recognition needs to go to actors who actually gave successful performances opposite hams: Irene Dunne who has to work around Richard Dix's heavy emoting in Cimarron comes to mind; Bogart subtly blowing Steiger off the screen in The Harder they Fall also does.
  2. An example of an error in Titanic (1997) that insults the intelligence of the viewer: the characters wade through *freeezing cold* water below decks for 45 minutes worth of the film, yet seem refreshed by it, not cold at all- and no lasting effects (!!!!???). Another: "that Picasso, he'll never amount to anything"- also the pictures that are shown as having gone down with the Titanic are TOTALLY ON DISPLAY IN MODERN DAY MUSEUMS. Another: the axe and the handcuffs. One that belittles the tragedy via historical revisionism: apparently the ship hit the iceberg because the guys on
  3. > {quote:title=Geminigirl wrote:}{quote}Addison, if you don't mind in a short explanation, why was your experience on Jeopardy not fun? I'm just curious; I have always wanted to talk to someone who has been on the show. Thanking you in advance................ Sure, I went up against the Ken Jennings guy who was kind of a jerk and came in third. I also have to say *that those buzzers DON'T WORK* and that's not sour grapes, I am telling you- I was clicking the **** out of that thing every time and only got through a dozen times. But I did get a thousand dollars for it, tax free (
  4. I think a distinction should be made between the two types of "hams"- The first type being an old-school performer who believes in giving the audience their money's worth, but who also (wisely) knows that filmmaking is *collaborative* - and that *everyone* needs to do their best to have the metaphorical souffle come to a rise. I would include in this, "deliberate hams"- who were self-aware of their hammy tendancies and even willing to exploit said tendencies for larfs or to spice up a rather lackluster production. Then there are the hams who want to be the only thing about a movie tha
  5. > {quote:title=mrroberts wrote:}{quote} Clifton Webb wants to get on board at the last minute and has to buy a ticket from a poor immigrant (how distasteful was that?) In reality the Titanic was not close to being fully booked so he would have had no problem getting on board. That scene just underlined Webb's upper class scorn of the "common folk" , a typical additude of the times. Well, you may also remember that Clifton goes down into third class to retrieve the family of the man whose ticket he bought- prompted by the lifeboat captain who asks "are all your family accounted for?" It
  6. > {quote:title=wouldbestar wrote:}{quote}Clifton Webb. That stiff upper lip, drawing room persona usually puts me off... *usually I can't relate to him on screen.* It helps if you know he was the inspiration for Mr. Peabody on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. (also: I don't think you were supposed to relate to him on screen, his charm is that he was so esoteric- and rather subversive- for late forties- early fifties taste.) Webb is another one who basically played the same character in every film, *but* many of his appearances were in the days when TV was still in its infancy and *a l
  7. Oh thank you so for validating me on The Big Knife. There are very few classic movies I hate, but that is one. And there are *very few* classic writers/directors I hate, but I haaaaaate Clifford Odets soooooo much. It...th...the flames, flames on the siiiide of my face. Heaving...heaving breaths... ps- what I think I hate the most about The Big Knife is the way Odets so openly bites the hand that was feeding him, then acts like he's the decent one. Gee Clifford, I know Hollywood is an awful place filled with awful people, but they did provide you with multiple ventures wherein you were
  8. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote} > I must confess I have not seen (Steiger) in anything much after *In the Heat of the Night*, which, going by his filmography, was only about half-way through his career. I would be hard-pressed to name another Best Actor winner (pre-1990s) whose career (and I daresay reputation) took a more dramatic nosedive almost immediately after his win than Steiger's did. ps- no hate in that statement, just fact on the one and perception on the other. pss- the final films of Aldo Ray had more dignity (and one of them was a porno.) Edited by:
  9. Hams and big butts, that's the legacy of the threads I've inspired. (Oh well, better than to never leave one's mark at all) Steiger. Sigh. I bring him up a lot and I always bring up the same points, so you'll forgive me if I abridge a touch, but: 1. His post-Oscar resume- 30 years' worth- is pretty awful, loaded with some pretty awful movies and some pretty awful performances in them (yes, it's cruel to reference The Specialist and Modern Vampires when he was doing them to make the mortgage payments, but there's something to be said for doing whatever job one has to the best
  10. FYI- I did read somewhere once that Spencer Tracy was "dating" Judy when she made The Wizard of Oz. God, I hope it's not true.
  11. The Bowie movie Ileana is ostensibly showing is called Absolute Beginners and it's on at 2:15 am. again, really would not mind their encoring this whole series during the afternoon hours. ps- when I first heard the recent(ish) Bowie song I'm Afraid of Americans I was all "hmm...weird," now it immediately begins to play in my head every time I read some ludicrous news story about the state of things in the country.
  13. > {quote:title=karlofffan wrote:}{quote}But...but...nobody's mentioned Jamie Farr yet? Um, no. But your user name sowed a magnificent seed in my mind: *HOW AWESOME WOULD BORIS KARLOFF HAD BEEN IN ANY ONE OF MANY ROLES IN THE LOVED ONE ?* (Maybe even a Strangelove thing where he played Mr. Joyboy and the Gielgud role!)
  14. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}With respect to the others who've posted on this thread, I don't really think that knowing those kinds of details is a reflection of how much of a fan of classic movies or classic actors a person is. Damn straight. I could pick Guy Kibbee, Mary Boland or C. Aubrey Smith out of a line-up but I've never heard of Brock Peters. Ever. ps- I was on Jeopardy! once. It was not fun.
  15. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote} Have any or will any of her choices feature her grandfather (Melvyn Douglas)? > No, I don't think a single one has- unless he was under one of those weirdassed get-ups in Alice in Wonderland. Her choices Fri. night seem to run mostly from the eighties. There's something obscure with David Bowie later on in the evening.
  16. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}I've never seen it either. Looking forward to it. What time is it on? 8:00 pm, it's part of the Friday Nocht Spotlight. Are the choices all the way down to Absolute Beginners Ileanna's choices for der nochte? The films that evening all hail from the more recent past (and of course well-below radar.) *I wish they'd encore this series during the daytime hours or just encore it period.*
  17. > {quote:title=skimpole wrote:}{quote}The oddest thing about this movie is that *Liberace gives the best performance.* I'm not sure that that's the oddest thing about the movie, but I heartily agree with the second part of your statement. Oh, that Lee had become to Tony Richardson as Ward Bond was to John Ford, Hector Elizondo to Garry Marshall, Mink Stole to Jon Waters...
  18. > {quote:title=Dargo2 wrote:}{quote}Has anyone yet mentioned how well Gielgud affected that British accent in this thing? ;)OR, how badly Morse's attempts were at it? > I dunno, Morse is okay, but a genuine Brit woulda' ha hurt the role none. There is a Behind the Scenes featurette on the DVD in which he reveals that he totally re-dubbed every line he speaks in the film and I almost wish he hadn't because now that I know he's dubbed, all I do is notice.
  20. > "Anyone who likes this movie should be locked up in an institution for the mentally ill" > > > I think that was the shooting title for The Iron Petticoat. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on May 27, 2013 1:13 PM
  21. TCM should have a Tony Richardson retrospective some time; pretty much all I've seen of his films are Blue Sky- which is inn-teresting in spite of the fact that it's basically a Lifetime movie that got a fluke theatrical release and won an Oscar for Jessica Lange in the weakest of weak years (she is terrific in it though); Tom Jones, which I really like and which I think would be more highly regarded had it not won the Oscar in such a weak year (1963), The Entertainer- which is good, but painful to watch (which is what they were going for, so you know, it works)...and, of course, The Loved One
  22. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Sometimes the experiments worked, and sometimes they didn't. BLOW UP blew up. Yeah, not a fan of that one either. As far as experimental 1960's American/British films go, I kinda like Lord Love a Duck! and that's about it. (And I'm not even sure why I like it, I just do.) Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on May 25, 2013 1:03 PM
  23. as someone else pointed out: it's The Loved One not Ones, if you like, you can (I think) fix the typo by editing the title of your original post. (when one is being critical, one is under a moreso of an obligation to be accurate.) But yeah- I get you. It's I film I don't necessarily dislike and I would recommend it to film buffs as one you "need to see," but in the end: *I don't understand what the hell it's all about.* But, I do think a majority of the cast are excellent- with Roddy MacDowell (sp?) and (strangely enough) Liberace really taking the acting honors for me (actually, Stei
  24. *I am anything but offended,* especially because *that is not a painting:* it's real. It's a minature garden in a container I keep at my back door; the men and the duck are figurines. That's awesome that you think it's a painting. (seriously) I'm very flattered. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on May 24, 2013 10:15 AM
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