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About NickAndNora34

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    My reasoning was based on my mother's obsession with vermin!
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  1. My Man Godfrey (1936), Bringing up Baby (1937), My Fair Lady (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and Doctor Dolittle (1967) are a few that I will rewatch constantly. They're comforting to me, I guess.
  2. #69: THOSE CALLOWAYS (1965) *Score: 2/5* Starring: Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon De Wilde, Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn, Linda Evans. It's a pity that I didn't enjoy this one more, seeing as how it has a pretty solid cast. The story surrounds the Calloway family, who are kind of looked down on a bit by the rest of the townsfolk, due to their eccentricities and beliefs about nature/animals. The main conflict in this is whether or not the local flocks of geese should be shot and eaten, or allowed to live in peace. The Calloway patriarch (due to his time spent with local Native American tribes during his younger years) believes that the geese are a sacred animal, and should not be harmed or disturbed. Naturally, he runs into some issues with the other townsmen in this regard. When I tell you that the whole geese issue comprises the main plot-line, I mean it. This could have been so much more interesting if there were other things going on besides this. Both Walter Brennan and Ed Wynn had some somewhat humorous lines, but even they weren't enough to make this more entertaining.
  3. #68: EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (1964) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Bryan Russell, Walter Slezak, Roger Mobley, Heinz Schubert, Peter Ehrlich, Cindy Cassell. This movie opens on a young boy named Emil, dragging a large suitcase behind him as he follows his mother to the bus station. Emil is going to go visit his grandmother in Berlin, but after he gets robbed by a low-life on the bus, he makes finding the criminal and turning him over to the police his new mission. He meets Gustav and his young group of detectives, who all lend a hand in helping Emil find the criminal who stole his money. The overall atmosphere of this reminded me of "The Goonies" or another kid-driven vehicle from the 1980s. I didn't find any of the child actors annoying, which was definitely a plus. I appreciated the story, as it was very easy to follow and was enjoyable enough.
  4. I liked some of the "Poppins" predecessors. Just none that I've absolutely loved.
  5. Wasn't Donald O'Connor up to 4 packs a day during the time of filming "Singin' in the Rain?"
  6. Interesting. I like her movies, don't love them though... But "Ugly Dachshund" is another favorite of mine. It's very enjoyable.
  7. #67: MARY POPPINS (1964) *Score: 4/5* Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Reta Shaw, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Ed Wynn. I don't think I need to describe the plot of this one to anyone here. I think we're all familiar with it. This is one of my most favorite Disney films. Director Robert Stevenson finally directed a live-action Disney movie I actually love. **I haven't allowed myself to rewatch this since I started this whole Disney challenge. How's that for self control?**
  8. #66: A TIGER WALKS (1964) *Score: 2/5* Starring: Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Pamela Franklin, Kevin Corcoran, Sabu, Una Merkel, Connie Gilchrist. After one of the tigers in a traveling circus escapes due to one of the trainer's foolishness, the small town's inhabitants are plagued with fear that the tiger will attack them, their families, or their animals. The sheriff then enlists the help of several of the townsmen to help him try to capture the tiger, and bring it back to the circus. Further conflicts arise once the Sheriff's daughter is interviewed on television, where she makes her opinions known: she wants people to bring the tiger back alive, instead of the alternative, which is to shoot and kill it. The sheriff and his daughter have differing opinions when it comes to the tiger, so there's that extra layer of conflict in the movie.
  9. I'm not a huge fan of westerns, but for some reason I'm really partial to "The Big Country" (1958). The cast is incredible, and the story is very easy to follow.
  10. #65: THE MISADVENTURES OF MERLIN JONES (1964) *Score: 1/5* Starring: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Stuart Erwin, Alan Hewitt, Connie Gilchrist. This was a bland story about a college student named Merlin Jones, who is an inventor/scientist. Merlin strives to be taken seriously by the rest of the student body and staff at his school, but he is constantly branded a fool. Along with his girlfriend (played by Annette), he proceeds to make scientific discoveries and successfully navigate his college life. I think Merlin was supposed to be a sympathetic character, but I honestly couldn't feel anything positive towards him. He seemed like an annoying know-it-all throughout the entirety of the film; especially during the court scenes. I don't have much to say about this, since I didn't like it all that much.
  11. #64: THE MOON SPINNERS (1964) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Peter McEnery, Joan Greenwood, Irene Papas, Pola Negri, Sheila Hancock. Hayley Mills stars as a young woman named Nicki, on vacation in Crete with her aunt, a musicologist who is researching different types of music around the world. The two of them decide to stay at a quaint seaside hotel called "The Moon-Spinners Hotel," thinking that their vacation will be filled with peace and quiet, but fate has other plans for them. Nicki and her new friend, Mark (another English patron of the hotel), stumble upon some shady dealings, and try to unravel the mystery surrounding the hotel and its owners, while trying to stay alive. As I was watching this, it occurred to me that this felt almost like a "Charade" (1963) for children. Naturally, I wouldn't say that this was ultimately stronger than "Charade," but it had the same overall feeling to it. Overall, this was entertaining enough. Not one I would care to revisit anytime soon, but it was much better than all those costume pictures I suffered through earlier on in the year.
  12. #62: THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA (1963) *Score: 3/5* (this one was supposed to come before Sword in the Stone, oops) Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Susan Hampshire, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie. Karen Dotrice (of Mary Poppins) stars as Mary McDhui, a little girl who is devoted to her ginger cat, Thomasina. The pair of them go everywhere and do almost everything together; however, tragedy strikes, and Mary's father, the local veterinarian, has to make a difficult decision, leaving Mary emotionally distraught and distant towards him. Mary's friends try to cheer her up, but to no avail. Mary even goes so far as to say that her father is dead; that's how upset she is with him. I was unprepared for the story to take such a dark turn... One thing that struck me as humorous, was the fact that there was a young, single woman whom everyone in the town dubbed "a witch" because she was unmarried and lived in the woods and healed wildlife. The village children are all terrified of her, which is somewhat hysterical to watch. (It was hard to find some clear photos for this so bear with me)
  13. 1. I have gone to Galaxy's Edge. Right now, if I'm not mistaken, all they have up and running is the Milennium Falcon ride. It is pretty fun though. 2. I'm not entirely sure about seeing "Cats." I know it's going to be a nightmare, and I'm not all that into the stage musical in the first place. I have a love/hate thing for Andrew Lloyd Webber...
  14. RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) *Score: 3/5* Very long, predictable, and story with little to no plot to it. I love "Star Wars" but this one was not a good way to close out the series. I know people will probably say things like "what do you expect" and whatnot; I was entertained for sure, and the visuals were great, but it didn't do much for me. It was fine. Simply fine. GET OUT (2017) *Score: 4/5* Easily one of the best (in my opinion) films of the 2010's. It was a novel concept. Kicking myself for not having seen this when it was released in theaters.
  15. I was saying that there are some modern actors who I think are the closest to fitting the bill when it comes to "stars." See Spence's list. I agree with the majority of the people on there. Sorry, should have been more clear.
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