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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. THE BLACK CAULDRON (1985) *Score: 3/5 (very close to a 3.5)* I can understand why this one is regarded as a sort of "cult classic" among people in my generation. I really enjoyed the hand-drawn animation and the color scheme that was used. Some of the characters were rather annoying at times (see gif above), but overall, they were pretty endearing. The movie's title relates to a magical cauldron that is sought after by the Horned King (he's evil, by the way). He wants to use it for his own dastardly deeds, but young Taran, his mentor Flewddur Flam, his oracle pig, Hen Wen, and newfound friends Princess Eilonwy and Gurgi (that rodent looking thing up above) make it their primary goal to stop him before it's too late.
  2. MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (1977) *Score: 4/5* I may be unduly biased towards this one, but my father has always been a fan of the Winnie the Pooh franchise, and I guess that rubbed off on me as well. I remember watching a lot of Winnie the Pooh as a child because of it, and every time I watch any of the movies, I am met with a warm familiar feeling inside. They are definitely comfort movies at this point. Pooh getting stuck in Rabbit's "front door" will always be something that sticks in my memory, as well as the "Little Black Rain Cloud" scene. The voice actors are another part of what is so nice about these movies. Despite there being many changes in voice actors throughout the years, I think one thing I can appreciate is how every single person brought something new and personal to the roles.
  3. OLIVER AND COMPANY (1988) *Score: high 3, low 3.5* This is another one of the forgotten Disney classics which I watched frequently as a child. I remember loving this a lot more when I was younger (which is not to say that I detest it now); I think I have outgrown certain elements of this one. Though I've always loved the poodle, Georgette (voiced by Bette Midler). Her song "Perfect isn't Easy" and Billy Joel's "Why Should I Worry" are the two standouts from this movie; I do wish the soundtrack was available to listen to digitally on streaming sites like Spotify/iTunes. For risk of embarrassment, I will not share just how long it took me to realize that this one was an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel, "Oliver Twist." I think all that matters is I am aware of that fact now, and have been for a few years...
  4. THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE (1986) *Score: 3.5/5* This is like Sherlock Holmes, but with rodents, cats, and bats. Young Olivia Flaversham's father gets taken by a peg-legged bat, and she sets out to find Basil of Baker Street to assist her in locating her father (a toymaker). Along the way, she meets Dr. Dawson, and he accompanies her to Basil's address. They meet the eccentric sleuth, and he agrees to help Olivia find her father, as he believes his archnemesis, Professor Ratigan, is at the heart of the abduction. I used to watch this one all the time growing up; I always really enjoyed it. It still remains one of Disney's forgotten gems, in my opinion. I don't know of any kids in this day and age who have seen this.
  5. FREAKY FRIDAY (1976) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris, John Astin, Patsy Kelly, Ruth Buzzi, Alan Oppenheimer. The original movie based on Mary Rodgers' children's book; slovenly and unruly Annabel and her neat and organized mother are polar opposites, and are constantly up in arms with each other. One day, they both make a wish to be like the other, and presto chango, they end up swapping bodies. It's quite entertaining to see both of them try to navigate the other's life; both Foster and Harris were quite good in this. I definitely had fun.
  6. THE BISCUIT EATER (1972) *Score: 1/5* Starring: Johnny Whitaker, Earl Holliman, Pat Crowley, Lew Ayres. Young friends Lonnie and Text trade the local gas station manager for his funny looking dog, and they begin to train him to become a bird dog. Long story short, this movie was boring, and the acting was terrible, except from the two boys. I didn't really care for it... Watch at your own risk.
  7. THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK (1971) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts. Another Dean Jones vehicle wherein he stars as a scientist whose research department is struggling, until he discovers one of the research ducks has the ability to lay golden eggs when it's barked at. Dooley (Jones) brings the duck home, and his young son christens the duck "Charlie" and wants to keep it as a pet. Dooley and his lawyer friend cook up this scheme to have the duck continue laying golden eggs so they can exchange them for actual cash and become rich. Eventually, the IRS catches on to their little plot, and things start to get complicated. This is the first thing I've ever seen Sandy Duncan in, and she was extremely likable; I will definitely check out more of her work. I am intrigued.
  8. IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) *Score: 3/5* (Bogie's character made me so angry; I'm sorry) Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid. I finally got around to finishing this; it's on the Criterion channel, but the site kept buffering for me for so long that I gave up for a while. I am glad I returned; this one was pretty solid. I thought it was quite interesting to see Bogie in a more despicable role than usual. Even when he's playing a tough guy he still manages to be quite likable. I guess you could say he had the range. THE RED SHOES (1948) *Score: 3.5 (low 4)/5* I was given this film to watch through the "secret cinema" (basically secret santa) bi-weekly event I participate in for my film club, and I was pretty excited because I've been wanting to watch this for a while now. As someone who appreciates the arts, I enjoy films surrounding them as well. Powell and Pressburger really knew how to use color and light in their films. Between this one and "Black Narcissus" (1947), I can't help but observe how pretty they both are (A Matter of Life and Death is next on my list). WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) *Score: 3.5/5* The cinematography and dialogue are better than they should be, almost. One of my friends absolutely loves this one, so I finally got around to watching it. It was definitely a lot of fun, and the majority of the special effects still held up today.
  9. BLACKBEARD'S GHOST (1968) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov, Elsa Lanchester, Stefanie Powers (apparently; I don't remember seeing her) One thing I have discovered about myself just recently, is that movies that take place in a seaside town are more likely to receive a somewhat higher score from me. I am a fan of seaside and circus locales in movies for some reason... I don't really know why, but here we are. This one centers around Steve Walker (Jones), who moves to this historical seaside town after receiving a job as the new track/cross country coach for the town's high school. The town is having issues with greedy land developers; the local inn that is run by one of the infamous Blackbeard's descendants (Elsa Lanchester) is one of the prime properties that the developers want to take hold of. One night, Steve finds a piece of parchment paper with strange words on it, and he speaks them aloud. Unbeknownst to him, these strange words are a sort of resurrection spell, and Blackbeard the pirate appears seemingly out of thin air, and begins to work with Steve to help both the town and the losing track team. I liked the chemistry between Ustinov and Jones, and of course between Jones and Pleshette. The three of them were really solid in this.
  10. THE RESCUERS (1977) *Score: 3.5 I grew up with this one as well, and I must say it still hits the spot for me. Miss Bianca's and Bernard's mission to save young Penny from the claws of the evil Madame Medusa is filled with adventure, comedy, and drama. I have come to realize that I am an avid supporter of hand-drawn/2D animated movies, so that's probably a large factor into why I continue to enjoy this one so much (yes, I know it's currently at a 3.5; I am not one to give out 4's and 5's willy-nilly). I think both Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor are very vocally well-suited to their respective characters, as is the fabulous Geraldine Page as the villainous Madame Medusa. I appreciate the casting choices for sure.
  11. THE LOVE BUG (1968) *Score: high 2.5, low 3* Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, David Tomlinson. This is one I had seen countless times as a child, and though I never loved it, I always remember it being fun. I like Dean Jones a lot; he did several films for Disney that I enjoy (my favorite of his being "The Ugly Dachshund"). Re-watching this as an adult, I feel like the original charm is still there, but this seems like an odd choice of a movie for my parents to show me. I honestly don't know how it managed to keep my attention when I was younger... Overall, though, I don't dislike this movie, but there really isn't all that much substance to it.
  12. NIGHT ON EARTH (1991) *Score: 2/5* Vignette-driven film that deals with several different taxi drivers and their fares across the globe. I got recommended this one for a special event we do in my film club; I didn't really enjoy it all that much. The Winona Ryder/Gena Rowlands story was my favorite one, though. DEAD MAN (1995) *Score: 2/5* Another Jim Jarmusch vehicle; I don't think I'm a fan of his work. I wanted to try something new, so I put this on one day. I do like Johnny Depp though. I think what threw me off with this one, is the fact that the entire score was made up of the sound of an electric guitar being tuned. It started to get on my nerves about 5 minutes in.
  13. INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008) *Score: 2/5* Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt. Yeah, this one is bad. I'm trying to finish Cate Blanchett's filmography. This makes number 19.
  14. BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson Sometimes I get the feeling that if Julie Andrews hadn't been available, the role of Mary Poppins would have gone to Angela Lansbury. I feel like this movie was Angela's "Poppins" in a way. It's difficult not to compare the two; they're both brilliant British "Grand Dames" (if you will). The urge to compare the two may also stem from the fact that the music for both Mary Poppins and this one was written by Disney's token songwriting team "The Sherman Brothers." Lansbury plays an English witch-in-training who is saddled with 3 children during WW2, all while attempting to learn more about magic so she can do her part for the war effort (she wants to come up with some sort of plan to help defend her country). Lansbury is great as always, and Tomlinson is a welcome addition to the film as well. I appreciated the mixture of 2D animation and live action.
  15. STRANGE AFFAIR (1944) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Nina Foch. This is an enjoyable little murder mystery comedy; I'd never heard of it but I found it while browsing YouTube. I already was familiar with Allyn Joslyn (from "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog," with Carole Landis), and I knew Evelyn Keyes was in Gone with the Wind, but I'd never seen her in a more comedic role before. She was quite likable and charming. I think of them as the "poor man's Nick and Nora Charles" (although they are wonderful in their own way). I found another they did together entitled "Dangerous Blondes" (1943). I am intrigued, to say the least.
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