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cinemaspeak59

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  1. The Chaperone (2019). Julian Fellowes knows his audience, and what his audience wants. The creator of Downton Abbey wrote the screenplay for The Chaperone, a story ostensibly about legendary silent screen star Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York. Louise’s cultured and elitist mother has big dreams for her daughter, which won’t happen if she stays in Wichita. Louise can go to New York only if accompanied by a chaperone, and Elizabeth McGovern’s Norma (Downton Abbey) eagerly volunteers, for reasons later revealed. Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen, Columbus) transforms wonderfully
  2. I just finished “I’d Die For You”, a collection of previously unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, several of which deal with Fitzgerald’s experiences as a Hollywood screen writer. They went mostly unpublished because editors thought they were too dark, and Fitzgerald refused to make changes. Highly recommended if you like F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  3. Must it be an American? How about Marcello Mastroianni. Granted, it would be mostly Italian pictures.
  4. I've read most of everything Maugham has ever written. These stories translated beautifully as films.
  5. I share your opinion. There was a distinction, and still is, between stars and character actors, i.e the real actors. It's perhaps the nature of film. Clark Gable was one of the biggest stars ever, but his range was quite limited. It was his persona, what he represented, a type of masculinity that was appealing to men and women. Marilyn Monroe became an icon for reasons other than her acting ability. There are many other examples we can mention. My view is that if I enjoy a film, the performances take care of themselves.
  6. Great performances by Williams and Rockwell. They captured the uniqueness of an artistic partnership. I got the sense Verdon gave the most and suffered the most. She wanted Fosse in her life and hoping for the intimacy between them to return. For Fosse it seemed different; Gwen’s involvement meant a better production. Yet there was a complexity in their relationship. Biopics, with their tedious duty to pop psychology and reference points tend to render their protagonists as one dimensional. The filmmakers avoided this trap. I’m starting to think a limited TV series is the way to go. The supp
  7. The Awful Truth (1937) Golden Era My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) relatively modern I must say, it's tough to beat It Happened One Night
  8. I don't eat popcorn so you don't have to worry about sharing.
  9. I’ve read where others also said her performance lacked something. Her character had her memory erased and didn’t know who to trust, so she was confused, angry and had a chip on her shoulder. She didn’t have the strong family support of Wonder Woman. I find Brie Larson to be a compelling actress, and thought she hit the right notes as Captain Marvel.
  10. Unfortunately, I haven't seen this yet, though I've heard mostly positive things about it.
  11. Avengers: Endgame (2019) After last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, I had a feeling the next film would have a time travel plot to reverse the destruction wrought by Thanos (Josh Brolin). Sure enough, Avengers: Endgame features a space-time portal known as the Quantum Realm (a perfect name). Even without the prized Infinity Stones, Thanos, aka The Mad Titan, is still quite a force. All the characters from the Avengers universe get screen time, but the focus is on the originals: Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and to a lesser extent The Hu
  12. I agree. I also enjoyed It Follows and Hereditary.
  13. I'm also looking forward to The Lighthouse, Eggers' follow-up to the creepy & excellent The Witch
  14. Doris Day was one of the most talented performers we've seen. She will live forever in her movies, music and humanitarian work.
  15. La Notte (English Translation The Night) - 1961
  16. Nightmare Alley (1947) I saw this much-discussed noir yesterday and liked it very much. The most chilling character, the most cunning and ruthless, was Helen Walker’s pseudo doctor Lilith Ritter. When Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power at the top of his game) is working his chicanery in the nightclub, in front of the well-heeled social set, Helen Walker’s smile says it all: In a room full of suckers, she’s just nabbed the biggest one of all: Stan Carlisle. This is just one of many memorable scenes. I liked the night exteriors of the carnival, the fog-shrouded atmosphere the filmmakers created. The
  17. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  18. I'm also a fan of 70s police procedurals. It was sort of a golden era for them. There were so many, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco etc.
  19. I like all of them, my favorite is the second one, Have You Ever Met... The first one sounds macabre and has elements of humor. HAVE YOU EVER MET A LOAN SHARK WHO SAID "DON'T WORRY YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY ME BACK"..? UNLESS HE WAS DEAD OF COURSE. I'm getting a noir vibe here, also themes of the Coen Brothers. The other two could work very well as short films.
  20. Here's a few that like chewing the scenery: Ernest Borgnine Miriam Hopkins Robert Downey Jr. Al Pacino - who can forget Scarface
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