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LornaHansonForbes

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  1. 10 minutes ago, LuckyDan said:

    I couldn't resist the reference to Some Like it Hot. I should have used it in reply to one of your posts the other day but I don't think about it till way too late. 

    I will try to watch a movie in the next day or two and write a few lines about it, just to earn my keep. 

    OH! 

    I’m getting old and smoking too much weed to get through the Trump administration, I totally didn’t realize that was from “some like it hot“, I thought it was from CLUE!!!

    Man I have really lost some gray cells in the last four years, because I have seen both films over 20 times (and I’ve seen CLUE at least 5 times that!)

    I hang my head in shame! 

    ps- That quote fits perfectly though, almost makes me sad they didn’t work it in to one of the three endings of CLUE!

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  2. 10 minutes ago, LuckyDan said:

    Nobody's perfect

    Can I interest any of you in fruit or dessert?

    PS- And on this fateful day, the long-standing And immensely popular “I just watched” thread ceased to be about movies we just watched and became a thread recapping the script of the movie CLUE, and all were happy, And there was great rejoicing in the land...

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  3. I watched EVIL UNDER THE SUN (1982) on TCM.

    I don't know why, But I had forgotten that the opening credits have THE MOST MARVELOUS ILLUSTRATED TITLE CARDS, sadly some of my FAVORITES, I could not find online, but here are a couple I can:

    [I literally leapt out of my chair, paused my Television and snapped photos with my phone for some of them]

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    They used to show this on HBO in the 1980's and I loved it almost as much as DEATH ON THE NILE and it is where I learned about COLE PORTER (the use of his songs for the film's soundtrack was a TERRIFIC IDEA.)

    technically, yes- it is an example on the part of multiple parties (even Christie herself with the source novel) returning to the same well once too often- for both novel and film are very very very obviously retreads of DEATH ON THE NILE...But Oh the style of it all!

    And while part of me wishes they had gone in a different direction for this third installment- maybe a JAWS 3, PEOPLE 0 outright parody of the genre- or (more wisely) an adaptation of FIVE LITTLE PIGS (retitled of course)- which is probably the most humanistic and grounded  of the Poirot novels- there is still something marvelous about a poodle-permed MAGGIE SMITH in primary colors and DIANA RIGG spitting lines like "THE B!TCH, DAPHNE!" and NICHOLAS CLAY'S LOWER BUTT CHEEKS and the fact that almost every frame of this film is GORGEOUS...

    Although I will say I did not like the main interior :HOTEL LOBBY" set at all, it looked like something out of SOAPDISH.

     

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  4. 7 hours ago, kingrat said:

    At one time Ronee Blakely was a close friend of Joni Mitchell and was on the extended voyage on David Crosby's boat that inspired Joni's song "The Dawntreader." This would have been a few years before Nashville. Blakely was good in Nashville, as I recall, and I don't know why her career went the wrong way.

    I was a little hard on Ronee wasn’t I?
    She does have one of those “gift to every actor” scenes (a la THE ROSE or COAL MINERS DAUGHTER) Where her character has an onstage breakdown and starts prattling, She did a good job with it. It’s a shame the actor who played her husband wasn’t better- they have a scene in the hospital that really stops the movie dead in its tracks.

    ps- They really don’t do a very good job of explaining just why the hell Scott Glenn seems to be so fascinated with her, or did they and I missed it? I know there was some ridiculous story about his mother putting out BARBARA JEAN when she caught on fire.
    And speaking of which how the hell did Barbara Jean catch on fire? Pepsi commercial? Hot roller accident? Did she pull a Richard Pryor? microwave an egg?  UNSOLVED MYSTERIES awaits...

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  5. 7 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

    Thank you TCM for showing Clue.  I love this movie, I've seen it at least a dozen times.  I never tire of it.  I own it.  But I'm watching it again.  

    There will be no f-f-flames on the side of my face tonight!

    “THIS IS WAR, PEACOCK!!!!!“

  6. I thought the same thing watching the Baxley/JFK scene...just an odd, odd scene. 

    At least TOMLIN had some hits ahead- poor RONEE BLAKELY- I imdbed her and her follow up feature to NASHVILLE was- get this Larry Buchanan’s “From the private files of J Edgar Hoover” Which TCM has shown recently and which a few of us will gladly attest is A BREATHTAKINGLY  AMATEUR effort- Actually I take that back, there was no effort involved. At least I hope not, MAN is it BAD!!

    I guess she just had a hard time getting work for some reason.

    She of course played the mother in the original “nightmare on Elm Street” though so, there’s that

  7. I finished NASHVILLE (1975) 

    SPOILERS! 
     

     

    Big thanks to everybody who replied to me on this.

     I have to say I don’t think I liked it, it gave me kind of a READY TO WEAR Vibe: a similar sense of “just what what the hell was that all about?” at the end, director and co. give us a dozen different threads but they don’t weave together into anything.  And I get that Exact same sense from NASHVILLE, In the end I don’t really see why we were supposed to follow around any of these insufferable, BADLY DRESSED people.

    I can’t remember how, but I knew that “Barbara Jean“ was assassinated at the end 

    However I was not expecting it to be such a very very clumsy analogy for the Kennedy assassination. “This is Nashville not Dallas” Is, in my opinion, an absolutely terrible line.

    I also find it extremely hard to believe that minutes after a performer is shot and carried off stage someone gropes around for another performer, points to some Vicky Lester type and says “you go on kid!”

    (Seriously though was this a thing? Have I missed somewhere in the history of of country and western music, numerous examples of stars being assassinated in the middle of performances? Did Squeaky Fromme take a shot at Loretta Lynn and I missed it?!?!)

    I’m sorry to say this but I’m in a dark mood lately, I would complain about the fact that no motive is given for just why Barbara Jean’s assassin assassinates her...and then I remember her singing..

    Barbara Harris (as Country Western Vicki Lester) was absolutely terrific though, and her singing voice is sensational, and I actually somewhat enjoyed her song and admit to feeling somewhat Emotionally manipulated the end of the film. Speaking of which it’s funny to me that Pauline Kael absolutely love this movie because she absolutely hated being manipulated. 
     

    I stand by everything I earlier said about a majority of the songs in this movie.

    I also don’t understand what the hell Lily Tomlin did it was worthy of a supporting actress nomination, but I know 1975 was a weak year. But seriously what the hell was the point of having her sing (VERY BADLY) with a black gospel group? Some kind of sight gag?

    I posted this using my phone so sorry about the grammar and stuff.

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  8. 21 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

    The Remains of the Day Poster

    The Remains Of The Day (1993) TCM On Demand 10/10

    Mr Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) is a loyal, unemotional butler to an English lord, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) is the out spoken housekeeper, they often clash but have mutual respect.

    I had seen this on first release and many times since, I still love it. It's one of many collaborations of producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, I think this was the best. I think Hopkins and Thompson give the performances of their lives, and both have been great other times. Stevens is a fascinating character even if we don't know much about him, he never shows emotion and we can only imagine what's going on in his mind by the subtle looks on his face. Miss Kenton is much more emotional and quick with a angry or sarcastic remark. She sometimes says things just to get a rise out of him but cannot do it. There is a hint that they are actually in love, they meet again 20 years later but not much has changed, at least as far as Stevens. This film is so brilliantly acted and directed that after the entire 135 minutes is over, you don't realize that not much has happened.

     

    The book by KAZUO ISHIGURU is superb. It was one of the first "grown up" books I read ca. age 15.

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  9. 6 hours ago, BagelOnAPlateOfOnionRolls said:

    One of my favorite songs from Nashville  - "Since You've Gone" - isn't included on the soundtrack album.

     

    That was one of the few songs in the film I didn’t mind too bad. 
     

    ps- Taste in music can be very subjective, so please don’t anyone get too offended by the fact that I’ve been vocal about the fact that I don’t much care for most of the songs that appeared in NASHVILLE. If it means anything to any of you, my favorite song of the entire decade of the 1970s is without question ME LOST ME COOKIE AT THE DISCO.

  10. 43 minutes ago, Hibi said:

    I think the music was bad because Altman allowed the performers to write their own material (as well as sing it) Not sure if every song was, but I know some were.

    “She’s Cookin in another Man’s Fryin’ Pan” is- honest to GOD- the name of one of the songs. 

    edit- When I get to my computer tomorrow I’ll post the lyrics.

    edit edit: “My babys cookin in another man’s Pan” Is actually the name of the song, but that’s equally stupid.

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