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Everything posted by cinemaspeak59

  1. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) is a story about memory, displacement, gentrification, and love letter to a city. Jimmie Fails (Jimmie Fails) dreams of once again living in the elegant Victorian house he grew up in, located in San Fran's Fillmore District. With his best friend Mont, (Jonathan Majors) an aspiring playwright, they make surreptitious visits to clean up the house's garden, paint chipping wood, and other cosmetic upgrades. The white owners tell them to stop, with the wife threatening to call the cops. The husband assures them that no, they won't call the cops. Thanks
  2. Anthony Hopkins was in Magic (1978) with Ann-Margret
  3. God, Played by George Burns in Oh, God (1977
  4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a great show, and Valerie Harper was a big part of it. Her and Mary had great chemistry. She will be missed.
  5. It (2017) A winning formula that blends horror and coming-of-age story, with echoes of Stand by Me, also based on a Stephen King book. The Losers Club, as they call themselves, must fend off town bullies and the murderous supernatural clown, Pennywise, played with evil glee by Bill Skarsgård, in the scariest clown makeup & costume I've seen. Skillfully directed by Andy Muschietti, with a brilliant opening sequence. Everyone should be lucky to have friends as good as the Losers Club.
  6. Persona (1966) is one of the most studied and challenging films in history, inviting analysis from historians, critics and psychiatrists. I saw Persona several years ago, before revisiting it last week. I find it not dramatically different from other Ingmar Bergman films. The internal dialogue, frank discussions on sex, confusion about one’s place in the universe, brutally harsh judgements of the artist – these were present before Persona, and after. When asked the film, Bergman said he trusted audiences to form their own conclusions. An answer I found refreshing. I don’t think Bergman,
  7. Oswald, Lee Harvey, played by Gary Oldman in JFK (1991)
  8. I agree completely about Kathryn Grayson. In her earlier roles she came across as bland and dull. But in Kiss Me Kate she truly shines. It makes you hope MGM, or another studio, would have given her parts with a hard edge.
  9. Merrily We Live (1938) Next: Holly Hunter
  10. I saw Hour of the Wolf last night and found it beguiling. It’s considered Bergman’s only foray into horror. Much like Persona, viewers are on their own to interpret the film. There’ve been various theories about what the film is trying to say. My take, having just seen it, is Bergman returning to one of his favorite themes: questioning the importance of art, and his judgment of the artist as deceiver, unnecessary, and brought down from external and internal forces. As you mention, there are so many haunting images. I particularly like the ghostly woman, dressed in white, who appears t
  11. I loved Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Pitt and DiCaprio have great chemistry, and then there’s the electric dialogue of Tarantino. It’s also a love letter to Los Angeles, and the entertainment industry, at a time when Hollywood was going through profound changes. And the ending was very satisfying.
  12. Horror Hotel (1960) Also known by its UK title The City of the Dead. Tidy, effective thriller with the indomitable Christopher Lee as a professor of witchcraft, who sends an eager student to the fog-shrouded hamlet of Whitewood Mass. to do research on the subject. The prologue, set in 1692, establishes the history of Whitewood, and features the witch Elizabeth Selwyn being burned alive as gleeful Puritans cheer and mock. I find Puritans tailor-made for horror, with their costumes, and especially those high buckled hats. The filmmakers have an array of tricks to elevate scares: a ghostly
  13. Brilliant indeed. The color had a nightmarish quality about it.
  14. Cloris Leachman was in Kiss Me Deadly with Paul Stewart
  15. Herbert Marshall was in The Painted Veil with George Brent
  16. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Next: non-traditional living arrangements P.S. I was replying to TB's bad hair day (sorry about that).
  17. Agree completely. It starts off fine, but the third act was way over the top. The creature effects were great, as were the outer space sets, and I liked the way the decomposed corpses looked and then sprang to life. The eerie music helped alot.
  18. Out of the Past (1947) Next: Movies that feature a feline
  19. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Next: Cathy O'Donnell
  20. Velma Valento, played by Claire Trevor in Murder, My Sweet (1944)
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