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LawrenceA

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  1. ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD sounds amazing...David Hartman AND a tribe of lost vikings? What's not to like there?
  2. I watched the Criterion Eclipse release of Raymond Bernard films that included WOODEN CROSSES and LES MISERABLES with Harry Baur...I went in knowing nothing, trusting in Criterion's reputation. I enjoyed both...they nearly made my top ten.
  3. THE GOLEM, OUR RELATIONS, THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES, and REMBRANDT I haven't seen. I didn't know about any version of THE GOLEM except for the silent. LIBELED LADY and PETRIFIED FOREST could have been runner-ups for me.
  4. It's a tv film, but I finished watching the six hour Syfy channel adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's CHILDHOOD'S END. I was a fan of the book when I read it many moons ago, but I wasn't sure how well it would work any more since it's imagery has been co-opted by countless SF productions over the last 60 years. My fears were somewhat founded, as the sight of giant spaceships hovering menacingly over fearful cities across the world has been seen too often to pack the punch the book did when published. The writers changed a few things up, adding romantic subplots, and drastically altering one of th
  5. 1936 - 71 films seen 1. MODERN TIMES 2. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN 3. THINGS TO COME 4. MY MAN GODFREY 5. SWING TIME 6. CESAR 7. FURY 8. SAN FRANCISCO 9. SABOTAGE 10. DODSWORTH Runner-ups: THE LOWER DEPTHS, WIFE VS SECRETARY, THE INVISIBLE RAY, BULLETS OR BALLOTS, and THE GREAT ZIEGFELD Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, William Powell, and Sylvia Sidney appear to be my stars of the year. I know SABOTAGE is generally thought of as sub-standard Hitchcock, but I liked it, especially Sidney's performance. CESAR finished out the FANNY trilogy satisfactorily. DODSWORTH is really just a h
  6. As someone who hasn't been thrilled with the reboots, I envy the fact you enjoyed them. I hope with the upcoming third one being an original story with new antagonists that I'll be able to enjoy it more. I just wish they'd get over the nostalgia kick and tell some new stories, not just variations on the old stuff. I like most of the new cast, and things are visually exciting for the most part(barring all the unneeded lens flare effects). And I don't need to see Shatner cinched tight in his girdle waddling out to disrupt things.
  7. Do you know specifically what the hold up is with COME FILL THE CUP? It's the only Oscar nominated film of the 1950's that I haven't seen. I'd love to see it before I kick.
  8. I remembered another miniseries, BACKSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. Had to look up who was who... Victor Buono as William Howard Taft Robert Vaughn as Woodrow Wilson George Kennedy as Warren Harding Ed Flanders as Calvin Coolidge Larry Gates as Herbert Hoover John Anderson as FDR Harry Morgan as Harry Truman Andrew Duggan as Dwight Eisenhower
  9. Robert Duvall and Tom Selleck have both played Eisenhower in tv films. Randy Quaid played LBJ in a tv movie. Donald Moffat was LBJ in THE RIGHT STUFF. There's an upcoming LBJ biopic with Woody Harrelson in the role. Tom Wilkinson played him in SELMA, and LEE DANIEL'S THE BUTLER has a bunch of presidents depicted, but I don't recall who played whom. I think Bryan Cranston is also playing LBJ in an HBO film. Michael Gambon was LBJ in an earlier HBO movie, PATH TO WAR. So much LBJ.
  10. James Brolin played Reagan in a mini-series. Michael Douglas is supposed to be playing him in an upcoming movie. Josh Brolin played W. in W. James Cromwell played Bush Sr in the same movie.
  11. Good! I hope my reservations prove unwarranted. I'd love to see another great SF movie.
  12. How many people have been decapitated by ISIS berserkers on US soil? None. You are worried about something that has never happened. It's happened in the Middle East; that's why I stay out of the Middle East. Two whackjobs shot some people in the name of ISIS, but some whackjobs are shooting people for all sorts of reasons every week.
  13. I once had a CD of goth/industrial bands doing covers of tv themes, and one was "Charles in Charge" but in their version, Charles was Charles Manson. Good times.
  14. How do you know if there are millions of unemployed if they are uncounted?
  15. Adam Sandler had the animated EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, but I never saw it, so no comment. Sadly, that's the only one that comes to mind.
  16. I hate to sort of agree with Nip, but I concur that the Abrams TREK movies were very disappointing. I'm not a trekkie/trekker fanatic, but I did watch the old show and Next Generation, as well as the other movies, and enjoyed them. I was excited when news first broke about J.J. Abrams rebooting the films, with a big budget and new cast. But after watching it in the theater, I left empty and annoyed. The whole thing had been dumbed down and reeked of focus-group filmmaking. The old stuff wasn't Shakespeare, but it had it's own internal logic and integrity, which seemed to be the first things Ab
  17. CHINA SEAS is actually the most recently viewed movie by me on this list. I know it's little more than a mostly-polished programmer, and Gable, Harlow and Beery are all playing their respective types. But I liked it. Sometimes the most routine films hit you just right way, and this was one for me.
  18. A lot here I don't know...HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, TONI, GOIN TO TOWN, LA KERMESSE HEROIQUE, MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE...I also haven't seen that version of ANNA KARENINA. So many titles to look for.
  19. 1935 - 69 films seen 1. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN 2. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY 3. CAPTAIN BLOOD 4. TOP HAT 5. THE INFORMER 6. LES MISERABLES 7. CHINA SEAS 8. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA 9. A TALE OF TWO CITIES 10. THE 39 STEPS Runner-ups: THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, DAVID COPPERFIELD, MAD LOVE, THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING, and "G" MEN. A lot of literary adaptations this year, with a lot of costumes.
  20. Top, you've only got a few I don't know for these two years...CRAIG'S WIFE, THE PRESIDENT'S MYSTERY and HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT, ELEPHANT BOY, EVER SINCE EVE.
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