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Everything posted by NickAndNora34

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 fo
  4. 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
  5. 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 anot
  6. 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 ris
  7. 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 enjo
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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, t
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 m
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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 "D
  19. THE WORLD'S END (2013) *Score: 4/5 Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine. Yet another Edgar Wright film I enjoyed immensely. I seriously had such a fun time watching this. Now for Baby Driver and Hot Fuzz.
  20. THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003) *Score: 1/5* Disneyland's "Haunted Mansion" attraction is one of my all-time favorites, and I assumed that some of the magic would be carried over to this movie, but, boy, was I wrong. Eddie Murphy is very funny (in my opinion), but I don't think being in a Disney movie allowed him to be his true self (they have to keep a PG rating, after all). I just found his character annoying, and all the other characters annoying. There was not a single likable character in the entire cast. I appreciated the inclusion of Madame Leota, the fortune teller, but other th
  21. KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003)/KILL BILL VOL. 2 (2004) *Score: 4/5 and 4/5* I watched both of these in succession back in April, and I was honestly quite impressed with both of them. I think I prefer the plot to the second one a little more than the first one, although there were definitely some stand-out scenes in both. The first one relies pretty heavily on martial arts sequences, while the second one has a little bit of a different feel to it. I had been putting these off for years, but I am glad I finally got around to seeing them (I am currently in the process of finishing Tarantino's film
  22. I don't know if anyone would be interested in this or not, but I was thinking it might be nice for me to share my highest rated "first watches" with all of you. Highest rated meaning at least 4 stars (out of five total).
  23. BULL DURHAM (1988) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon I don't like Costner. I have come to the conclusion that he seems pretty wooden in his line delivery. Mind you, I find him handsome, just not a good actor. Sarandon and Robbins were both good, though. GLORIA (1980) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Gena Rowlands This is my first Cassavetes. I was drawn in by the premise, although I will say it seemed to drag on in some scenes. I would like to peruse more of his work also. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) *Score: 4/5 I enjoye
  24. It is a group of actors who are putting on a play, but are having difficulties due to their having more drama offstage than on. Yes, a slapstick
  25. SAFE (1995; DIR. TODD HAYNES) A housewife (Julianne Moore) suddenly starts to display mysterious symptoms, and is diagnosed with a rare illness.
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