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Posts posted by rayban

  1. 23 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Tiger Makes Out  (1967)  -  5/10


    Comedy based on a play by Murray Shisgal, the same guy who wrote the play that Luv was based on. The two have some similarity, but this one worked a bit better. It's still nothing I need to ever revisit. Eli Wallach stars as an oddball NYC mailman who grows lonely and decides to kidnap a woman to be his mate. He intends to grab a young beauty, but instead takes unhappy middle-aged housewife Anne Jackson. Also featuring Bob Dishy, John Harkins, Ruth White, Rae Allen, Charles Nelson Reilly, Frances Sternhagen, Elizabeth Wilson, David Doyle, Joe Santos, James Luisi, John P. Ryan, Swoosie Kurtz, and Dustin Hoffman in his debut. I enjoyed seeing all the familiar faces in early roles, and Jackson is very good. 

    Source: getTV


    This one was based on a stage double bill - "The Typists and The Tiger".

    It was a personal project for Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson.

  2. 1 hour ago, cigarjoe said:

    Zabriskie Point (1970) 

    Zabriskie Point Poster

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni starring Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, and Rod Taylor. Some beautiful cinematography of Death Valley the Mojave Desert and also of Southern Arizona. Never saw it the first go round, it's of it's time. Counter culture Art Film, politics, smoking weed, civil rights, hippies etc., etc., with a soundtrack by Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, Kaleidoscope, Jerry Garcia, Patti Page, Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, John Fahey and Roy Orbison who wrote and sang the theme song, over the credits, called "So Young (Love Theme From "Zabriskie Point")". 6/10

    Source on line screener, that if it wasn't free I probably wouldn't have watched it.

    Somehow, this one gets better with time.

    Mark Frechette went to prison due to his involvement in a bank  robbery.

    He died in prison under mysterious circumstances.

    A recent memoir by an activist who was involved with Frechette identifies him as gay.

    He had a bit of a career in Italy.


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  3. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Luv  (1967)  -  4/10


    "Comedy" featuring Jack Lemmon as a suicidal ignoramus who bumps into equally irritating former schoolmate Peter Falk. The latter asks the former to help get his wife (Elaine May) to divorce him so that he can be with his mistress (Nina Wayne). Lemmon and the "quirky" May fall for each other, but only for so long, since they're both aggravating cretins. Also featuring Severn Darden, Paul Hartman, and Harrison Ford. I found this extremely unfunny, and truly wished I could change places with Harrison Ford, who appears for a few seconds, just long enough to punch Jack Lemmon in the face.

    Source: Mill Creek DVD

    It was a very big hit on Broadway.

    Maybe if they had used the original Broadway cast.

  4. 7 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Thursday July 18, 2019


    O’Neal & Streisand on TCM

    WHAT’S UP DOC? with Madeline Kahn

    THE MAIN EVENT with Paul Sand

    So much of her work is dominated by a sense of SELF that seems to cancel out the existence of others.

    It's "Look at me".

    "I am enough."

    Her EGO is off-putting.

  5. 7 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    also, AHEM:


    Gene Raymond had the kind of handsomeness that washed up over you.

    And he did have charm, too.

    When he was on screen, you watched him  - closely.

    His smallest gesture could be worth a thousand words.

    If it wasn't a "divine presence", he came pretty close.


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  6. 11 hours ago, jaragon said:

    Francois Ozon's "Double Lover" a stylish psychological thriller about Chloe (Marine Vatch) who becomes involved with Paul ( Jeremie Renier) a shrink with too many secrets .  Ozon creates plenty of erotic tension between the three.  There is a definite gay sensibility at play here- with with a bisexual three way and a pegging scene. Renier is a very sexy actor and we get to see a lot of him.


    It looks like an interesting film.


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  7. 11 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Cool Ones  (1967)  -  4/10


    Musical satire of the mid-60's American music scene, with Gil Peterson as a has-been pop singer who meets dancer/aspiring singer Debbie Watson. The duo come to the attention of Phil Spector-esque music producer Roddy McDowell. Also featuring Robert Coote, Nita Talbot, Phil Harris, George Furth, Glen Campbell, and music performances by The Leaves, The Bantams, T.J. & The Fourmation, and Mrs. Miller. Like most movies that attempt to tap into youth zeitgeist, this comes across as hopelessly out of touch, square and corny. The fact that it's trying to be satirical doesn't stop it from feeling like your dad trying to sing the newest pop hit or your mom from performing the current fad dance. Directed by Gene Nelson and produced by William Conrad. Keep your eyes peeled for Teri Garr as a background dancer.

    Source: TCM


    It's one of those not-so-hot films that you're fascinated by.

    Roddy McDowall is giving a one-of-a-kind performance.

    And Gil Peterson and Debbie Watson cannot be missed.

    The fact that it was directed by Gene Nelson saves it from the trash heap.

  8. 12 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

    Saw 4 today, if you include late last night as today.

    First off was Lola on TCM Imports at 2 AM. I thought that the best thing about it was the skillful performance of Armin Mueller-Stahl. Also worth noting is the absolutely crazy color scheme and lighting. It's like a day-glo version of Douglas Sirk on steroids. Barbara Sukowa as the title character made a memorable schemer.

    Then, I finished watching a rental DVD, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962). Film was quite episodic, a bit lumpy, but it was aided by a very impressive supporting cast (Jessica Tandy was a standout), many of the scenes were effecting and moving, and there was a lovely Franz Waxman score.

    Then a DVD from the library: the 1962 version of Cape Fear. I had seen the remake in the past and hadn't much cared for it. This I thought was very well acted, very tense, but almost as disturbing and offputting as the remake (especially in the scene toward the end when Robert Mitchum is terrorizing Polly Bergen), although I will say that I think the story worked better in the original. Strong score, nice use of black and white.

    Needing a bit of comic relief, I popped in a Bob Hope comedy Where's There's Life on DVD. Fun, breezy comedy with many amusing one-liners, and its all one of those fizzy suspense-comedies that make for effervescent viewing.

    "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man" should have a much better reputation.

    The entire cast is excellent, including Paul Newman in a small role.

    The film should have made Richard Beymer a star.

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  9. 15 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Catalina Caper  (1967)  -  3/10


    Teen-appeal comedy with college student Tommy Kirk on vacation in Catalina. He gets mixed up with treasure-hunting gang in between music-and-dance sessions. Also featuring Del Moore, Peter (son of Dan) Duryea, Robert Donner, Ulla Stromstedt, Michael Blodgett, and Lyle Waggoner. I cheated and watched the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, but I'm not sure I'd have made it through the "uncut" movie. Even a musical performance by an out-of-place Little Richard couldn't save this mess.

    Source: YouTube


    Anything with Tommy Kirk is worth a visit.

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  10. 6 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    He did a western cop series called Cade's County for one season (1971-72). It was a modest hit but not popular enough for CBS to renew it. 

    He then did a TV movie called Punch and Jody in 1974, which was about life in a circus. It was a pilot for a series that did not get picked up. 

    Next, he did another TV movie pilot called The Greatest Gift also in 1974. That one was picked up for a series. It was a rural family drama, similar to The Waltons in which he played a preacher/farmer. Julie Harris was cast as his wife. It only lasted ten episodes. 

    He didn't try another series after this. He went back to movies (low budget ones) and when he would do television again, it was usually a TV movie or a miniseries in which he had a substantial role.

    After his long movie career, it's interesting that he would even attempt a television career.

  11. "Romeo and Juliet" - George Cukor - 1936 -

    starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard -

    I can't tolerate this film.

    I can't even get through it.

    The principal actors are much too old.

    Leslie Howard was in his forties and Norma Shearer was in her thirties.

    The most recent film version that starred Douglas Booth is easily the best.



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  12. 10 minutes ago, laffite said:

    Forget the film for a minute. Think of the reality of it. Yes, yes, yes, rah rah rah, we're going to win the war, oh boy oh boy ... BUT ... I would think that even back then amid all the glory, a passing awareness of the number of INNOCENT people who are going to be incinerated might result in at least a modicum of discretion. To name the plane after one's own mother, whoa! I'm sure there was a Mrs Hawasaka down there who was not that terribly different from and at least as innocent as Mrs Gay. The horrible incident is recorded history and done, but the stain and insult of naming that plane after a mother remains.


    I agree, her full name was Mrs. Enola Gay Tibbets.

    Her son's name was Col. Paul Tibbets.


  13. 22 hours ago, laffite said:

    And the Enola Gay was named after someone's mother. "Ok, here it comes all you below, here is a kiss from dear old mom."

    Yes, the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was named in honor of the pilot's mother.

  14. 1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

    I have watched a British TV series with Ronald Howard playing Sherlock Holmes. I think it was from the 1950s.

    Yes, but I don't think that any of the episodes are based on any Sherlock Holmes tales.

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