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Everything posted by NickAndNora34

  1. BICYCLE THIEVES (1948) *Score: 4/5*
  2. DIABOLIQUE (1955) *Score: 4/5* I watched this just last night, and was pleasantly surprised. There was a twist, which I am embarrassed to say I understood way too late. Excited to watch more Clouzot. UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) *Score: 3.5/5* My second Demy film; I love the way he used color. Catherine Deneuve is quite charming in this, and I am stoked to see more of her filmography. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) *Score: 4/5* I was recommended this by one of my film club friends for our "secret cinema" biweekly event (like secret Santa, but with movies). I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The bright colors and overall aesthetic were intensely wonderful. This is my 6th Wes Anderson; I plan on finishing the rest of his movies in the near future. MOONSTRUCK (1987) *Score: 4/5* I love Cher. That is all.
  3. BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) *Score: 3/5* Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy both gave fine performances in this but I wasn't overly impressed; probably not the typical sort of movie that I enjoy watching. I am glad to have finally watched this, though. And, as I am a completionist, I will be watching the other two in the trilogy as well at some point. SICARIO (2015) *Score: 3.5/5* I'm not sure if I paid as much attention as I should have during this one, but I thought it was pretty solid. Emily Blunt was good, as was Josh Brolin. THE KING OF COMEDY (1982) *Score: 3.5/5* This is one of the few Scorsese movies I've actually seen, but i certainly enjoyed it more than Taxi Driver... Although, De Niro's character quickly made it to the top of my "characters I would engage in violent activities with" list. One thing I noticed is how relevant this movie could be to our culture today, what with celebrity worship and all.
  4. Real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac played twins Delphine and Solange in Jacques Demy's 1967 French musical, "Young Girls of Rochefort."
  5. This is next up for me (as well as Tale of Hoffmann)... I just recently rewatched Black Narcissus and watched The Red Shoes for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed both.
  6. THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981) *Score: 3/5* This is another one of Disney's animated classics I remember watching often as a child; my younger brother absolutely loved this movie, which explains why it's so familiar to me. I was never one of those kids who cried at a lot of movies, and this one never broke me (to the best of my memory; I could be wrong, I don't know if I can actually remember that far back), but I remember being touched by Tod and Copper's friendship-turned-sour. One aspect I quite enjoy is the casting of Pearl Bailey as "Big Mama" the owl. Her song "Best of Friends" is quite comforting to me for some reason.
  7. THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, Samuel Wright, Buddy Hackett. One of the classic animated Disney movies I remember growing up watching... I absolutely adore the score from this one (Alan Menken really knows what he's doing, huh). I really enjoy the whole underwater aspect of this one; the bright colors and bubbles and sea creatures all assist in giving me a shot of pure serotonin. I mean, there's a reason why this one is high up there for a lot of people.
  8. PULP FICTION (1994) *Score: 4/5* Despite the story being non-linear, I was able to piece together the plot for the most part, and enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. This is not my favorite Tarantino by any means (Hateful Eight #1), but I am attempting to finish his directorial filmography. I have 3 remaining: Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs, and Django Unchained. I think I am most excited for Death Proof...
  9. TAXI DRIVER (1976) *Score: 2.5/5* I don't really know how to explain myself with this one, other than I found myself indifferent to the plot and the characters. Sorry, Scorsese. THE BIG HEAT (1953) *Score: 3.5/5* Noir starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame. I enjoyed this one. There were certain elements that made it seem sort of ahead of its time in a way (I won't go into details so as not to spoil the plot for those who haven't seen it). This one was solid.
  10. This is the first film in which I have strongly disliked a Bogie character. I don't absolutely love either Dix or Laurel, but I feel like I dislike Dix more... His behavior became extremely irrational and explosive, and I honestly had no idea whether the outcome would be positive or negative... Pretty solid film, though. I can put my dislike for Dix aside to admit that lol.
  11. oh ok lol. and yes, it can be a bit much to scroll through. I use a site called Letterboxd (movie logging site) because they have a function where you can see movies available on specific streaming sites. That's the only way I've found so far...
  12. I started subscribing to the Criterion Channel about 5 months ago, and I can honestly say that it is well worth it (in my opinion). There is a very good mix of things every month; American and foreign, modern and classic; I would suggest checking it out
  13. Hi Bsmooth! Nice to meet you. Some of the favorite people you listed are also some of my own personal favorites... I have to say Jimmy Stewart is high up there for me as well. I look forward to reading whatever you choose to post on here
  14. Two slightly heavier options: West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. I absolutely love these musicals; two of my favorite movies of all time... I would never get tired of hearing the music (I've been listening to "Tevye's Dream" almost every day this week. For a more fun, lighthearted option: Beetlejuice. This one never fails to put me in a good mood.
  15. ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (1975) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Ray Milland, Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards, Eddie Albert, Reta Shaw, Donald Pleasence. Two children with otherworldly powers find themselves in a foster home after their adoptive parents passed away. They start to remember more details from their past, but before they can do anything about them, a strange man appears at the foster home, claiming to be their estranged Uncle Lucas. He brings them to a mansion by the ocean, and they meet his employer, an eccentric man whose motives for "rescuing" the children may prove to be more for his own benefit than theirs.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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