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redhook1947

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  1. Beginning credits: My Favorite Year - Stardust sung by Nat King Cole (No video found)] Ending scene: Donnie Darko - Mad World - Ending scene: Love Actually - God Only Knows -
  2. In theater it may have been On the Waterfront; an odd choice for a 7 yr. old. Until I saw it again years later, my recollections were Brando's checkered jacket, his bloody fist after breaking the window to get Edie and himself out of the way of the speeding truck, and the fight with Lee J. Cobb at the end. When I later read that they used chocolate syrup for blood for black and white movies, I wondered if it was U-Bet, Bosco or Hershey's. I've seen Waterfront dozens of times and it remains one of my all time top ten favorites.
  3. "The Gift" with Glenn Ford and Julie Harris. It's a 1979 TV movie and never on, but literally hits close to home. It must be one of the least remembered or watched movies. Its IMDB page has no plot, no user reviews and only one message - about how to find a copy.
  4. Jack Palance: "I'm so crazy about you I could break your bones."
  5. I think one of the most baffling omissions is the failure of My Man Godfrey to receive a Best Picture nomination. It received 6 nominations all in important categories: Director, Screenplay, and all four acting categories. 1936 was a year that had 10 nominees for Best Picture, making it even more confounding. My guess is that its studio, Universal, decided to push for its box office success, Three Smart Girls which earned one of the 10 spots. After winning Best Picture for 1929/30's All Quiet on the Western Front, Universal became a minor player in the Oscar stakes until the 1970s, finally wi
  6. Entrance: Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Exit: HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. Here are some that I haven't seen listed. I'm looking at this from an acting standpoint and not necessarily as a movie star. Judi Dench Glenn Close Ellen Burstyn Holly Hunter Kathy Bates Emma Thompson Frances McDormand Julianne Moore Joan Allen Helen Mirren Apologies if some names have already been posted.
  8. Shane (1953): Has Shane been fatally wounded as he rides off into the sunset? Once Upon a Time in America(1984): In the full version the film ends on a freeze frame of Noodles (Robert DeNiro) in an opium den after he sees the bodies of his friends, calling into question if all the scenes of the older Noodles an opium dream. Limbo (1999): John Sayles story lives up to its title. Nothing more should be said
  9. The Gift - With Glenn Ford and Julie Harris Special Bulletin - With Ed Flanders and David Clennon
  10. I mentioned in a previous post that my career was in law enforcement. For about 10 years, I worked off duty at a couple of concert halls. I got to meet a number of the performers (Luciano Pavarotti was a highlight). One night I was working a variety type show in the mode of The Ed Sullivan Show. The emcee was Donald O'Conner and the acts included Kaye Stevens, Jackie Vernon, Stanley Myron Handelman and George Jessel. I was advised that Mr. Jessel had not arrived and there was some concern as he was scheduled to go on shortly. I went outside the theater. At that time (1980), downtown Miam
  11. Also in the "brush" category. A colleague and I were in Manhattan in November, 1982 for a management class. On a break, we went into Henri Bendel's. I was at the register buying a few post cards (one of the few items I could afford in that store). I noticed the cashier staring wide-eyed past me and I turned around to see Bill Murray (quite tall) and Robert De Niro. It took me a few seconds to recognize De Niro as his hair was grey and he looked older than he should have. It wasn't until I saw Once Upon a Time in America, a couple of years later that I realized he must have been in make-up sh
  12. During the late 70s and early 80s as part of my law enforcement career, I was assigned as liaison with the film industry. There were several movies shot in Miami and I got to spend some time with: Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed - Hot Stuff Ernest Borgnine, Joanna Dru - Super Fuzz Paul Newman, Sally Field, Sydney Pollack, Absence of Malice. I remember talking to co-producer Ronald L. Schwery, who also produced Ordinary People. I asked him what he thought his chances for Best Picture were against Raging Bull. He said he felt they were good. He was right. I was most involved
  13. In "I Wake Up Screaming," two songs are played incessantly: Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" and Alfred Newman's "Street Scene." Eddie Muller has fun with this during his DVD commentary. The only music in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" is the titled theme song, written by John Williams. It is played throughout the picture in various tempos and styles including a doorbell..
  14. Vocal Ballad #5: All By Myself - Eric Carmen, with generous borrowings from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Most of my ballad selections have been melancholy if not downright depressing. This one is no exception - ah, but the melodies are what sets them apart for me.
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