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  1. Don't you think this is why they have started making series of movies and books? I realize the market aspect of it but often we have such an emotional investment into a particular piece of literature or film that we don't want it to end. I think producers have picked up on this and have started making series i.e. Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games. I think it is interesting that producers didn't think of this before. Or perhaps they did and misread the public. I think of several films that could have easily been split into three or four different movies. The Ten Commandments comes to mind. Or Ben Hur. Just a thought.
  2. I have been participating with these boards for a month or so now and need some help in determining what the difference is between these boards and the CFU boards? I see that these are called "Classic Film Forum" but then I know there is a Classic Film Union? Can anyone give me the basic information on the difference between the two?
  3. As a response to the responses to my response, I agree that the rape scene in Gone With the Wind was portrayed as erotic dominance ending in consensual sex (that obviously pleased Scarlet greatly, thus the smile in the morning). In the novel it is very clear that Rhett forces himself on her. Of course the Hays Commission would have NEVER let that fly. In addition at this point in time, it was unheard of that a husband could actually rape his wife. He was "entitled" to all her "services". As far as Mae West and women being comfortable with their sexuality in today's culture...and this is simply one woman's opinion...I am not projecting on all women because each individual's experience is different, however, I think today's women could learn a couple of things from Mae West about being comfortable with her body and her sexuality. The only problem I see with Ms. West is that generally she was using sex to achieve something in the way of an advantage over a man. So even with Ms. West, I am unsure how comfortable she was with sexuality. I get the impression that she was using as a "tool", a means to an end, so to speak. In addition, I believe women in general are bombarded with sexual messages that seem at odds. From the beginning, our mothers raise us in a Judeo-Christian society that tells us good girls don't. Then the message becomes good girls sometimes have to but shouldn't enjoy it. Another version of the message includes bad girls do and get to enjoy it, but since they are being bad, they have no self respect. I think the most harmful message of all is "Hey girls, you can do it if you want with anyone you want to. Go ahead have sex like a man!" All the messages are flawed in some way and consequently healthy sexual growth is thwarted. Lastly, I agree that for every man who is made responsible for keeping a "good woman" down, there is another woman somewhere, a mother, a jealous friend, an envious co-worker, an insecure aquaintance who is keeping a woman down. I don't think women have to blame men for keeping women down. It is my belief and opinion (only my opinion) that women keep women down...and have been doing it for centuries.
  4. Although this is not exactly what you were asking, I am consistently aware when watching movies at how male dominance is portrayed as erotic. Several scenes come to mind when men dominate women and eventhough the female is resistant, "no" definitely does not mean "no." It simply means "I am saying 'no' but what I really mean is 'yes'. I am just too polite and virginal to say 'yes'." Two different movies come to mind: Some Came Running with Frank Sinatra and Martha Hyer. She is definitely resistant to his advances and yet his dominance is seen as acceptable and even sexy and erotic. On the opposite end of the spectrum, in John Wayne's McClintock, the Wayne character actually chases a half dressed Maureen O'Hara down the street and aggressively spanks her with a frying pan. The next scene shown is the window of the bedroom. Aggression leads to great sex is the take away message. I don't think you could get by with either of these approaches today without a women's group taking exception to it. As a female, I personally believe that the desire for a female to be dominated is deeply ingrained in a female's psyche. When a male dominates her, she has the self-knowledge of knowing she acted pristine but has the fun of enjoying the physical. I think this is basically what has lead to the explosion in female erotica of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" type. Again, I know this was tangential but your comment made me start thinking about how men dominating women in film has changed according to feminist movements.
  5. I thought about doing it chronologically but determined that it would take too long due to films such as Cavalcade being shown only ever so often. So I skipped around. This was especially beneficial when it came to attempting to watch all the nominees for Best Picture. I decided that if I could remember it well enough to summarize to someone, I would count it as "watched." Case in point: I know I have seen "The French Connection" and while I know the basic plot summary, I can't remember watching it. So I would not give myself credit for watching it. (It is one of four that I have left to watch.) On the other hand, I have seen certain films such as The Apartment several times before I started "record keeping" so I counted it.
  6. Thanks for sharing this. Although the connection between the sadism of the Nazi regime and the beauty of Beethoven is obvious when you point it out, I missed the connection in the film.
  7. I am so glad to hear someone else struggling with this movie. I suppose I automatically assume that since it was a "Best Picture" nominee there is some type of intrinsic benefit, but this was difficult for me. I am able to see the artistic brilliance with the utilization of the music in contradiction to the violence as well as other unique aspects to the movie but overall I found it difficult to stomach. When I considered this, I related it to how I responded to "12 Years a Slave", which was also difficult for me to watch; however, whereas "Slave" was a strictly dramatic interpretation with no pretense about the purpose of the violence, "Clockwork"'s utilization of violence to make a point about society is so obscure that I think it gets lost. I ended up wondering exactly what the point was.
  8. I may read the novel perhaps it would give an added level of appreciation. I basically walked away with the idea that the movie is saying "violence is bad, but attempting to control people's behavior is worse". Is that really all there is to it?
  9. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I picked up on the "simplicity" of his mind but not actually how his lack of intelligence created his own circumstances. Is there an underlying statement of "lack of intelligence fosters violent behavior"?
  10. Thanks for sharing this! I really HAD to make myself watch this where as Dr. Strangelove is much for "palatable". I am curious. What is it that makes it so..."distasteful" to you?
  11. So are you doing them in chronological order? I thought about that originally, but it was too hard. I have to just grab them as I can find them. Thus, a spread sheet. Please keep in me update about your progress. I have found that part of the fun in doing this is sharing it with others!
  12. I watched this movie for the first time today. It is definitely a film that is to be watched and then discussed in a group setting. I would love to hear others' takes on this film. I can do some research but I like discovering symbolism and metaphorical meanings through discussing films with others.
  13. If anyone else is interested in doing this, I would definitely be interested in providing mutual support and ongoing dialogue. I generally watch one movie a day. I watched A Clockwork Orange today. I am still trying to process it.
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