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Posts posted by mockingbird66

  1. It's from the off-the-wall 1985 Cusack film "Better Off Dead," written and directed by Savage Steve Holland ("Savage Steve" was a childhood nickname). In the years since, Holland has excelled at directing comedies for The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.


    As you can tell from the clip, the "I want my two dollars" line is a running gag involving a newspaper delivery boy who's been stiffed for payment. He appears at least one more time before the end credits begin. It reminds me a lot of the lost long-distance swimmer (played by Beatles road manager Mal Evans) who keeps popping up and asking the Fab Four for directions to the White Cliffs of Dover in "Help!"


    By the way, can you believe Cusack has been doing movies for 32 years? That's almost as long as Cary Grant's screen career.

    I saw Help! many years ago and can barely recall it. Has TCM ever shown it? I do have A Hard Day's Night. I love The Beatles. After John died (I can recall exactly where I was when I heard the news of his murder) I picked up many Beatles albums. I love vinyl and still play mine.

    John Cusack was Denny Lachance in Stand By Me. I saw where he was to play Brian Wilson in an upcoming biopic. I like his sister Joan Cusack too.

  2. As I posted on another thread, Taylor Negron played the guy who delivered the pizza to Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) during Mr. Hand's history class in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982).

    Oh my,I have that movie and didn't realize that was him. Thank you.

  3. You are right. I recognized him as soon as I saw the picture. His name didn't ring a bell. I remember seeing him in an early Fresh Prince holiday episode. He was hilarious. So tragic and too young. Thank you for posting his picture.

  4. Coincidentally, in my younger days, I rode a few palominos, and a Belgian Shire (which is about as big as a Clydesdale). That Shire darn near wore me out with its power. I had to sit still for about a half hour after getting off that thing.

    When I was young and dumb a friend and I went into a pasture and sat on a Belgian Shire. Huge hooves on it but luckily was as gentle as a kitten. It was the pony that bucked me off! I had a Tennessee Walker when I was 16 and because of my stupidity she was hit by car. So in my case George Carlin was right about pets and tragedy especially when they have moron owners like I was then.
  5. Mockingbird66": Good one about the Bon Ami"


    Bon A m i (stupid f***ing autocorrect wont let me spell it right) is the freakin' best. NOTHING is better at getting rid of blood stains (don't ask me how I know that.)

    You crack me up whenever I read that you are posting with your phone. I know exactly what your going through. I've been having to post on my phone as well. My computer cord has a short and can't seem to sign in on my tablet. I think my very first post I had to back and correct the word read. I had it as red. I was embarrassed because I'm not a bad speller. Just missed it. Oh well

    As for the Bon Ami mum's the word.



    Robert Walker Jr also appeared on an episode of "Murder She Wrote" where he plays the returning convicted axe murderer brother of a woman who is getting married and, wouldn't you know- the groom ends up dead. I think the episode also features (ugh) Doris Roberts...


    He's good on it, projects the same fragilility as his father, who he resembles quite a bit.


    Never invite Jessica Fletcher over unless you have some body bags and Bon-Ami on hand.

    Thank you, LornaHansonForbes. So I had to google Robert Walker Sr. and oh my gosh you are absolutely right. He looks so much like his father who I can now place as "Bruno" the stranger on the train. Right? At first glance I thought Robert Jr. resembled Jim Hutton.

    I haven't seen Murder She Wrote in years. My Mom loved that show. Good one about the Bon Ami!

  7. I'm afraid I don't read as much as I used to, and - oh the humanity - now do all of my reading online. I say oh the humanity because I used to be a librarian.


    My latest enjoyment was the audiobook (a movie is in the works) Serial. I still think I was played, but it was an enjoyable listen.

    Wow to be around all those wonderful books. I would have wanted to take so many home..but to keep.

    5 years ago I said "I don't need no stinkin' computer...and today lo and behold I have a computer, tablet and a cell phone. ????

  8. From what I've read in his autobiography, My Wicked Wicked Ways, it sounds like at the beginning of the career, he kept himself in check. He showed up to work on time and worked hard. While he may have hit the clubs frequently (or had raging parties at his home), he didn't allow it to interfere with his work. He was living the high life and enjoying the fruits of his labor. It was after his trial when he started his steady decline. He mentions the effect the trial had on his psyche and how he actually considered suicide a couple times, but couldn't bring himself to do it. When he made his WWII films, he actually bounced back and was very dedicated to those films. I believe he stated that since his health prevented him from being accepted into any branch of the armed forces, he figured that his war films were his contribution. He seemed to keep up this work ethic until he received a bad review about his performance in, I believe, Escape Me Never, and he retreated back into the booze and never fully recovered. Then the 1950s brought him major financial issues and his alcoholism worsened.


    I can't remember if he explicitly states regret of previous actions, but I feel like it's implied in the last third of the book when he's discussing his depression. While the first two thirds of the book sound like he's almost bragging about the things he's done, the last third is very retrospective and sad. The tone of the book changes as he discusses all the ways that his life is a shadow of what it once was. He also doesn't sound optimistic about the future-- saying (in 1958, Errol was 49), "The second half-century looms up, but I don't feel the night coming on."


    Sounds like a great book to read. I really enjoy autobiographies. I find it hard to believe he did what he was accused of. So the jury felt the same way.

    Good luck with the house hunting.

  9. Anybody else here like short stories? I love them.


    There's a great collection of short stories by an Indian ( as in India)-American writer called Jhumpa Lahiri. The stories are beautifully written, subtle, and very moving. I recommend it, it`s called Interpreter of Maladies.


    Sometimes I only have time for short stories. Have you ever read A Passage to India by E.M.Forster? I love the movie. I saw it first back in the 1980's.

    I finished for the second time Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Very good. Heartbreaking as well as funny. He has a very different style of writing.

  10. Funny but I just replied to the thread where you mention Satan Met A Lady, another Bette Davis film, like Beyond the Forest, that I have NOT seen. Bette is my favorite actress and I have seen most of her films with these two at the top of my 'yet to be seen' listing of her films.


    BTF has been discussed at this forum with mixed reviews. As I'm sure you know the movie is known for Bette's over the top performance but I would still like to see it. Maybe a mix of an overstated Bette and the typically understated Joseph Cotton balances things out!


    Bette Davis is my favorite actress as well. I enjoy her in everything I have seen. I believe TCM has shown this in the past. I saw the beginning "what a dump" line,although hers in

    comparison with E.Taylor's was mild. I don't remember the "big, black fright wig" or the story line but would love to see it too. I was never able to see the ending in The Little Foxes. My disc skips. There are so many movies she was in that I'm not aware of many. I believe there's one coming up Cabin In The Cotton. What, if possible is your favorite?

  11. Satan met a lady was just like the Maltese falcon, but, WW played a guy named Shane, & he wasn't looking for a bird, but.. (Believe it or not?)


    Bette Davis was the femme fetale if memory serves?

    The movie is worth watching because of what WW does with the character.

    But, because it dates BOGEY, You might believe HE studied WW Too!

    Thank you paroland. Sounds good. Like primos said hopefully we will be granted this movie.

  12. Interesting. I have to admit I'm more interested in the films TCM could show that they do NOT show then the films TCM has shown. e.g. Warner Brother 'programmers' that I assume TCM can get access to but they have NOT shown in the last 3 - 5 years.


    Like I said before, I was reviewing my book The Films of Bette Davis and there are a lot of 30s films she made that I don't recall TCM showing in the last 3 - 5 years. Yea, these films are not 'great' like her Oscar nominated films but since I have seen all of those films many times (because TCM shows them often), I would like to see some of those 'programmers' instead. This is true for many of my favorite stars as well. e.g. I love Jean Arthur and so one would think I would welcome the tribute TCM just had. But TCM showed all of her 'hits' except the last movie shown and that was on a 1:00 PST! Just another example where I wish TCM would have shown other Arthur movies instead of the same standard 'hits'.

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