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Everything posted by NickAndNora34

  1. I am kind of the same way. I recently got into silents as well. I would recommend The Kid (1921) and Safety Last (1923). Those are both quite short and entertaining, in my opinion.
  2. Next week's pick is Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). I have seen this dozens of times, but will be rewatching it, as it is always a fun time.
  3. I figured I might start a thread on here regarding the weekly picks for my online film club. Each week, a different member chooses something for the rest of the club to watch (we pick in the order we joined the club).
  4. COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA (1952) *Score: 3.5/5 Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth are both very solid in this. I had seen snippets of this several years ago, and finally sat down to watch it in its entirety. BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962) *Score: 4/5 Burt Lancaster is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. I'm doing a challenge for film club, where I pick 5 movies from 12 of my favorite actors and watch them all this year. This comes out to the grand total of 60. I have done 4/5 for Burt, but plan on watching more of his since there is a collection of several of them on the Criterion Channel. THE STING (1973) *Score: 3.5/5 I didn't love this as much as I thought I would, but Paul Newman and Robert Redford are delightful. MARY AND MAX (2009) *Score: 3.5/5 This was the pick for film club this week; a charming stop motion film revolving around a young girl and her penpal friend Max, a 48 year old Brooklynite.
  5. #72: THE UGLY DACHSHUND (1966) *Score: 4/5* Starring: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charlie Ruggles, Parley Baer, Robert Kino, Mako Iwamatsu Mark and Fran Garrison are the proud parents of a champion dachshund named Danke, and they find themselves the new parents of three puppies as well. Mark also then does a favor for the town vet, Doc Pruitt, by taking in a Great Dane puppy who isn't getting enough milk. Mark doesn't tell Fran that the male puppy is a completely different breed of dog, but she eventually figures it out. She is against the idea of owning a Great Dane, but for Mark's birthday, she surprises him with "Brutus." The rest of the story is pretty straightforward; Brutus struggles to fit in with his dachshund "mom" and "sisters," and he causes some minor issues for both Mark and Fran.
  6. #71: THAT DARN CAT! (1965) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester, Frank Gorshin, William Demarest, Patti's (Mills) Siamese cat, DC, is known to roam about the town and beg for food from the neighbors, but one night, he comes home wearing a woman's wristwatch instead of his collar, and the letters "H, E, and L" are scratched into the back. Patti concludes that someone (potentially a local woman who has gone missing) was trying to write the word "Help" on the back of the watch, but was interrupted, so she takes her "case" to the local FBI department. She meets Agent Zeke Kelso (Jones) and shares with him her suspicions. Kelso is put on the case, and he and his men endeavor to follow DC around town in an attempt to crack the case wide open, and hopefully find the missing woman. Elsa Lanchester as the busybody neighbor and Roddy McDowall as Dorothy Provine's eccentric gentleman friend add to the fun.
  7. #70: THE MONKEY'S UNCLE (1965) *Score: 2/5* Starring: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Frank Faylen, Norm Grabowski, Arthur O'Connell, Connie Gilchrist. The title doesn't actually have all that much to do with the overall plot. Merlin (Kirk) obtains legal guardianship of a chimpanzee named Stanley for an experiment (raising chimps as one would raise a human child). The plot then shifts to more "wacky, madcap" college adventures. Mr. Astorbilt (O'Connell) informs the Midvale College board that he will make a generous donation to the school, but only if the students can produce a man-powered airplane of sorts. That's a strange request, but luckily for everyone, Merlin is on the job. Merlin and his girlfriend Jennifer (Annette), and the football players all work together to make the airplane, but unfortunately, all their efforts are in vain (due to some unforeseen circumstances). I wasn't a fan of this film's predecessor, Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and I'm not a fan of this one. I don't know what it is, but I find Tommy Kirk's whining to be rather grating. A high point of this is Annette singing the title song with The Beach Boys.
  8. 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.
  9. #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.
  10. #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.
  11. I liked some of the "Poppins" predecessors. Just none that I've absolutely loved.
  12. Wasn't Donald O'Connor up to 4 packs a day during the time of filming "Singin' in the Rain?"
  13. Interesting. I like her movies, don't love them though... But "Ugly Dachshund" is another favorite of mine. It's very enjoyable.
  14. #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?**
  15. #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.
  16. 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.
  17. #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.
  18. #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.
  19. #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)
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. All of the "movie stars" from the studio era are either no longer with us, or barely with us. So, if one is speaking about them, then I'd say "yes" the "movie stars" as we know them are extinct. However, if one is speaking in terms of people in the "industry" who genuinely have a certain level of talent/class, then I'd say we still have some individuals who fit the bill. What makes a "star" these days? There are plenty of talentless hacks out there, especially on certain social media platforms (this being said, there are also a handful of individuals who have certain skills and talents and put them to good use on the Internet), but there are also plenty of actors/filmmakers with genuine skill and sophistication who are currently working. I won't bore any of you with my personal list, but there are several people I respect/admire due to their talent and poise.
  24. According to my letterboxd account, I have seen "Beetlejuice" three times this year alone... But if we are talking long-term, I have probably seen "My Fair Lady," "Sound of Music," Doctor Dolittle (1967)" the most amount of times.
  25. Happy Together (1997), City of God (2002), 3-Iron (2004), and The Girl who Leapt Through Time (2006)
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