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Everything posted by Kay

  1. This group has a pretty unique sound in the gypsy jazz vein. It's refreshing to hear! So many artists in this style sound like they are playing so close to the Django mold and not adding a whole lot to it.
  2. Nice opening scene! Hadn't seen that before. I love how the frame is vibrating to the fiery drumming. Reminds me of the shot in the Phantom Lady scene when Ella Raines is looking into the shaking mirror. Thanks, too, Slayton, for the mention of Illinois Jacquet! Never thought he would be up my alley- I just watched this amazing scene from D.O.A. that I had somehow forgotten about. Why is it so hard to find stuff with this level of heat?! (And why does it keep turning up in movies?) Someone commenting on the Phantom Lady video was speculating about the drumming possibly bein
  3. Thanks for identifying the style. I'm at least a little familiar with each of the artists you mentioned; I've listened to quite a bit of 20s and 30s jazz. Do you know of any small-band artists of a slightly later era, maybe? It's hard for me to put my finger on why the music in that film sounded different than the same style music of an earlier era- I thought it had a certain reckless abandonment to it. I definitely see the similarity in the Benny Goodman clip, and the musicianship is great, tho big-band music frequently sounds rigid and over-organized to my ear-- which is the opposite of what
  4. I'm hoping someone who knows about jazz can tell me the style being played by Elisha Cook's band in this film. It seems like the sort of music that would be played during sleepless marathon jam sessions fueled by booze and dope and possibly wasn't the kind that would make it to the recording studios very often. At any rate, it was hotter than what I'm used to hearing from that time period, with the wailing clarinet and low-down, dirty rawness in the brass. I was really digging it- but this is where my knowledge falls off rapidly. I've listened to so little jazz from this era onward, maybe some
  5. She was pretty funny as the accident-prone Constance in The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, I thought.
  6. That's the feeling I get, too, from a lot of names pitched on this thread. I've never heard anyone praise Grace Kelly, Robert Taylor, Jane Russell, Elvis Presley or even Lauren Bacall as straight-out great actors. The fact that they managed to turn in adequate performances at times shows that they may have become experienced actors, or nabbed the right role to for their abilities, but ultimately they are no Laurence Oliviers in anyone's book... Hey, speaking of Laurence Olivier! Why is this guy supposedly the greatest actor of all time? I've seen a number of his films and have never been
  7. I didn't understand the inclusion of the mute boy, either. Seems that mute youngsters are not uncommon as side characters in movies altogether- I can think of a few films that feature one. Maybe a bond with a silent kid is meant to reflect the protagonist's own alienation in some way or another... As for Truffaut, I liked his performance in this film. I've seen the other two films of his that he acted in, (The Wild Child and Day for Night,) but neither of those were nearly as ambitious as his choice to star in The Green Room, where he had to carry the whole film- and portray, honestly, on
  8. This film left me thoroughly traumatized when I saw it as a young child. Every once in a while it still comes back on me in my dreams, every time it thinks I've forgotten about it, (yeah, I bet you think I'm kidding!) (I saw Frankenhooker at a young age, too, actually. Ah yes- childhood nostalgia. *sigh*)
  9. I'm pretty sure TCM had a better print of this movie last time it ran. Tonight's showing was very blurry, in that youtube-y low bit-rate way. And while I'm glad that they showed it, it's a really rotten way to see a movie...
  10. Besides The Green Room, I think I liked The Wild Child best. The kid's performance was astonishing.
  11. I've been looking forward to seeing this one again. The last time this movie was on TCM, as I recall, was during their month-long tribute to Francois Truffaut maybe 5 or 6 years ago, and of all the films I saw for the first time during that month (and I watched a ton of 'em!) this is the one that I have thought about the most in the years since. I don't want get into it too much before it airs, tho I must say I've rarely seen a film whose central character (played by Truffaut himself) was so discomforting and difficult to understand. It's not too hard to see why this was one of Truffaut's leas
  12. I'd say comedies suffer the most from going on too long... Being There is one that leaps immediately to mind; it's a mildly amusing one-joke sketch that runs for over 2 hours, without much variance in mood or tempo. Which comedy films actually stay fresh and funny for that long? I can't think of any, actually, that couldn't have been better had they been shorter. The Secret of Santa Vittoria is another one that drags on way too long and has too many subplots. It could have been such a fun little movie, had it been a little littler... I've seen a few really silly, zany movies that sorta di
  13. I'm curious about the singer Ada Brown. She had a great voice, and I remember being surprised I'd never heard of her. But it turns out I had heard her before, as the vocalist on some late 20's band recordings, including a couple by Luis Russell, who I was listening to quite a bit at the time. But in the years up until this film it seems that she has very little recorded output, unfortunately... Took me a while to find this, and it's not a great sounding copy. The title is even wrong; it's actually called "Tia Juana Blues." Love this one tho, with it's slow-building, dire mood. It came as
  14. Gotta ask, which one is which? I keep switching them in my mind and I think I'm loving the idea of Bob Hope in the Jon Voight role. Bing would be sure to have it that way- Bob always gets the dirty work.
  15. Oof! I was with it until the pun. Where's the "Groan" button?
  16. Just to add something I favor a bit more... I find the Sons' harmonies sound their most beautiful when Lloyd Perryman's voice is in the front, (maybe even as beautiful as his voice is by itself,) and his presence was never more fetching than it is here. Just one more, with Lloyd's tenor in the front again, but this time with Hugh singing bass, resulting in an especially lush sound. Bob Nolan sings the solo. I'll stop now....
  17. Finally listened to all 189 episodes (some repeats) of the Sons of the Pioneers "Teleways" radio program that are available on YT, and I've heard the "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" theme so many times that my head's liable to snap off and roll away. These shows are pretty close to them at their best; my only complaints would be about the unnecessary, gimmicky extra accompaniment from such un-western implements as vibraphone, Hammond organ and Ken Carson. Now I either have to start in on them over again or move on to the Festus-era "Lucky U Ranch" programs... Gotta say, tho, as much as I listen to
  18. Gotta say, there was something about the very ending of this movie struck me like a vaudeville comedy punchline.
  19. Ooh, then that's quite an honor! Would you recommend them?
  20. Oh, I don't know; when poorly made, poorly acted, bad looking films still manage to entertain I would think they would warrant a better rating than one of these common, boring, overlong, melodramatic travelogues. That sort of movie is like the nadir of all cinema for me! (sounds like it is for you, too.) Boringness is like an anchor, and all the polish and postcard cinematography in the world can't save you from sinking for the weight of it. Such are truly the worst films ever made. The 5/10 rating might give someone the mistaken impression that it has some redeeming qualities. Actually i
  21. I've never been crazy about that one. Always thought it had a good build-up but a poor, abrupt climax. In a movie like that I need a little out-of-control rampaging and mass hysteria, but it stays pretty talky and has more of a "crisis averted" feel to it. Movie monsters that never even got a chance. The Twonky is better. You can definitely trust ME.
  22. The latter, and "sci-fi abomination" is quite correct, (the "Twonky" itself is quite an abomination, described in the film as "something that you don't know what it is,") tho, of sci-fi abominations this one's a minor classic, heavy with humor and social commentary. It makes a good avatar for this forum, because it's all about being held prisoner by your television... ahem. The victim is played by Hans Conried.
  23. The thing that makes Clint Walker so perfect is how distinctive he his in his size and voice. When he'd be in Clark Kent mode he'd be every bit as dumfoundingly recognizable as he was in the comic strip.
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