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Arsan404

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  1. Every tie when we came to the US our parents encouraged us to watch TV so that we could be familiarized with English and learn as many words as we could. Saturday morning cartoons were a must, and sometimes during the day I would watch some shows about vampires in mansions, witches twitching their noses, even some game shows. I didn't understand much, so I usually lost interest pretty soon and turned off the set. I also watched a lot of old movies, mostly low budget horror and science fiction. One of the fondest memory I have of going to the movies is the time I took my younger brot
  2. I liked Wolfen, and I would like to see it again. I'ts been a long time. I thought it is an interesting take on werewolves and crime.
  3. Carole Lombard. At first I thought she was too frantic, too eager to please. Now I've learned to appreciate the energy she brought to her roles.
  4. Susan Hayward was in The Honey Pot with Rex Harrison
  5. Bob Hope. I get tired of his one-liners after a while. I've never been a fan of Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power, but I can still enjoy some of their movies. Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy on the other hand, are two performers that I never liked, and it also has something to do with the kind of movies they made. Of today's actors, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Leonardo DiCaprio come to mind.
  6. The Wave (Bølgen). 2015. Norway. Thriller. Directed by Roar Uthaug. With Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, and Edith Haagenrud. A geologist warns his teammates that a massive landslide that can flood the area may happen soon. This is an excellent disaster movie. It is also very humane. The movie smartly focuses on its characters, allowing us to get familiar with them and care about them when they are in peril. Technically, The Wave is topnotch. The collapse of the fjord and the following tsunami are amazingly recreated. The especial effects, cinematography, and se
  7. Demon. 2015. Poland. Directed by Marcin Wrona. With Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zuliewska, and Andrzej Grabowski. A bridegroom is possessed by a spirit during his wedding celebration. The doctor and the priest are unable to help the young man, and the father-in-law tries desperately to keep the party going on. It is refreshing to watch a modern horror movie without noisy jump scares. Demon is a clever movie with comedy and some absurd scenes mixed with atmospheric horror, greatly helped with a crisp photography.
  8. The Time of Your Life with Father
  9. Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Away). 2001. Argentina/Spain. Comedy. Directed by Sebastian Borensztein. With Ricardo Darín, Huan Sheng Huang (credited as Ignacio Huang), and Muriel Santa Ana. A lonely and gruff owner of a hardware store helps a stranded Chinese young man, who doesn't speak a word of Spanish, find his family in Argentina. I found this movie online by accident and I liked more than I thought I would. It has a good screenplay, it's well directed, and both Darín and Huang give very good and funny performances.
  10. On my way back home the same station played Manhattan Transfer, one of my favorite groups.
  11. I love this song. I heard it on the radio this morning on my way to work and it made my day.
  12. Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, and Kurt Kasznar on the set of Give a Girl a Break.
  13. Tchaikovsky - Richard Chamberlain in The Music Lovers
  14. Peter O'Toole was smashing in Becket, The Lion in Winter, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, and My Favorite Year, but I think he gave his best performance in Lawrence of Arabia, also his best film. Ingrid Bergman gave her greatest performance in Autumn Sonata.
  15. The actors first of all and the cast of characters at the end of the movie, especially if I didn't recognize a certain actor. Then the director, cinematographers, writers, and producer(s) in that order. I pay attention to the sets and costumes in the movie, but I'm not very curious to find out who the designers are. I like to sit through the whole end credits if I like the closing music or if there's something interesting on the screen.
  16. Ellen Corby was in The Mating Season with Thelma Ritter Thelma Ritter was in A New Kind of Love with Paul Newman next: Topol
  17. Free and Easy to Love
  18. I discovered Kate & Allie on syndication. It is a pretty good show, and not only the leads are terrific in it, but also the writing and direction are excellent. Then I'm wrong about my favorite seasons of Moonlighting; I think that once they got together the show lost a lot of its flavor.
  19. I've rarely been hooked by television. There's only a handful of TV shows that I really followed: Newhart, Twin Peaks, Cheers, Kate & Allie and the first three or four seasons of Moonlighting. Regarding classic TV shows, I occasionally watch episodes of some of them on YouTube, and I liked some of them: Your Show of Shows, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Laugh-In and Tales of the Unexpected. When I was little I enjoyed Dark Shadows, especially the intro; I didn't understand a word they were saying, but I couldn't stop watching it.
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