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Posts posted by rayban

  1. The series ran for a few seasons, but I did not watch it.

    It ran from 2013 to 2018.

    It was created by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredewig.


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  2. 3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Some of the ones mentioned in this YouTube piece are ones I hadn't heard of before. There was one really young couple included...they almost seemed like preteens. 

    Yes, I think they are from the cable TV series, "The Fosters".


    Hayden Byerly (Jude Adams Foster) and Gavin MacIntosh (Connor Stevens).

  3. 3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    :(  Awww..............JIM-----

    Seems you fell "victim" to using the phrase "boy toy" not in it's original intended form.  :unsure:


    In the film, "Victim", Dirk Bogarde and Peter McEnery never got to the "boy-toy" phrase of their relationship.

  4. "The Girl Most Likely" - Mitchell Leisen - 1958 -

    starring Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson, Keith Andes, Tommy Noonan, Una Merkel, Kaye Ballard, etc. -

    Jane Powell's last musical film (from RKO, but released by U-I) is such a treat -

    it is based on the Ginger Rogers classic, "Tom, Dick or Harry" -

    in the film, Jane Powell is in love - with love -

    and unexpectedly besieged by three suitors -

    Tommy Noonan, Cliff Robertson and Keith Andes -

    the poor girl, she can't make her mind up -

    the screenplay is bright and lively -

    the music is by the legendary Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane -

    my favorite is "Chief Crazy Horse" -

    the choreography is by the legendary Gower Champion -

    and, boy, these sequences are knockouts -

    especially the one in which Jane and the gang dance on water -

    this film seems to have no substantial reputation -

    but it is a high-quality musical -

    so who would you choose -

    Tommy Noonan, Cliff Robertson or Keith Andes? -

    I chose -

    no, I can't spoil the ending -



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  5. "The Moon-Spinners" is still an excellent adventure film.

    The similarity to Hitchcock - a man trying desperately to prove his innocence - is unmistakable.

    And, of course, the windmill sequence remains thrilling.

    Haley Mills and Peter McEnery are still unforgettable.  

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  6. 5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    On Swayze's wiki page, I didn't find any mention of his theater work. But he does have credits on the Internet Broadway database.


    It says he was a replacement for the role of Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" in late 2003. He ended up touring with this production. I remember this, because a female friend of mine who loved him, went to see him in "Chicago" at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. That would have been sometime in the spring or summer of 2004.

    If I'm remembering correctly, he was a ballet dancer.

    He and his wife produced a dance film.


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  7. On 6/26/2019 at 9:30 AM, jinsinna13 said:

    Patrick Swayze was the first celebrity death that affected me. (I still remember where I was when I heard the news.) His movies and beauty will live on forever.


    He could do it all!

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  8. 49 minutes ago, misswonderly3 said:


    That's right, the new biopic about Elton John. My husband and I went to see it tonight, at a movie theatre and everything.

    I thought it was quite good; now, you would have to be at least a bit of a fan of his music, but then, why would you see it if you're not?

    A lot of biopics suffer from trying to fit a person's entire lifetime, everything that happens to them, all the people they meet, etc. into a 2 hour movie. Rocketman doesn't make that mistake. It does not take a straightforward, chronological approach; rather, it treats Elton John's story as a kind of fantasy-musical, with the songs as a kind of literal soundtrack to his life. Actually, in its way it does follow the singer-songwriter's career chronologically, but it takes a lot of liberties with that, and certainly the order in which you hear the songs themselves is all over the place (chronologically, I mean.)

    But none of this matters. What works in the film is the extremely sympathetic portrayal of this 70s rock superstar, and the imaginative treatment of some milestone events in his life. I would have preferred a little more emphasis on his actual music and his life-long collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin - after all, it's the music itself that made Elton John famous enough to have a biopic made about him. Instead, a lot of the film focuses on Elton's emotional issues, his unsuccessful struggles to gain recognition and love from his father (according to the movie he never did), his heart-breaking love affair with his manager, and his subsequent addiction issues : talk about sex and drugs and rock and roll. Elton explored the first two to dangerous excess. There's one point in the film where he declares he's "f**ked everything and done every drug you can think of". Plus, of course, endless drinking.

    The fact the Elton John had the strength and self-knowledge to finally get himself some help is forever to his credit. It's also amazing, given the decadent excessive life-style he led for many years, that he did not die, either from AIDS (which he was lucky enough to never get) or a drug /alcohol overdose. Somehow he managed to NOT be yet another rock star casualty fallen to drugs and alcohol.

    But what really counts about Elton John, what made him beloved and famous, was of course his exceptional talent as a composer and performer. I'd kind of forgotten how good he was, how , all through the 70s, he just keep writing hit after hit. Almost all of them really good, almost all of them deserving of the success they received. Funny, although I liked his stuff, I never bought any of his albums. Yet I think, no matter what your taste in music might be, no one can deny that Elton John wrote incredibly good songs, He was like a Mozart of the 20th century (along with Paul McCartney) in that melody just seemed to come to him from out of the air.

    I should mention, Taron Egerton does a truly fine job as Elton; he even looks a bit like him, and does all his own singing. 

    Anyway, if you like his music at all, you're enjoy Rocketman. My one complaint is that they kind of waste what I consider to be his absolute best song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". You'll know what I mean if you see the movie.

    So glad that you iiked it, Elton John was a uniquely talented singer/songwriter.


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  9. 10 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Young Torless (1966)  -  7/10


    German drama from director Volker Schlondorff. Set during the turn-of-the-century and at an exclusive all-boys boarding school in Austria, the story concerns a student named Torless (Mathieu Carriere) who stands by while his classmates torment another student named Basini (Marian Siedowsky). What starts as typical school-boy hazing becomes more violent and degrading, and Torless is caught up in an internal moral quagmire as to how to proceed: report the events to the clueless faculty, join in on the tormenting, or dispassionately observe. Also featuring Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz, Lotte Liedl, and Barbara Steele. Schlondorff's feature directing debut is a well-rendered depiction of petty cruelty and the dangers of acquiescence in the face of wrongdoing. There are no easy answers to the quandary either, as no one is shown to be blameless. 

    Source: The Criterion Channel

    Yes, Matthieu Carriere was memorable in this film.

    He also made a memorable contribution in Brigitte Bardot's film, "Miss Don Juan".


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  10. 1 hour ago, Gershwin fan said:

    Myra Breckinridge is disgusting. Smut that would make even Judith Butler vomit. Poor Laurel and Hardy to have their film clips degraded after their death by incorporating them in that film.

    Yes, "smut" accurately describes the substance of this film.

  11. "Myra Breckinridge" - Michael Sarne - 1970 -

    it's - abysmal -

    mere words could not describe the egregiousness of the film version or the so-called direction -

    the actors try hard, but they haven't a chance -

    the film, not the famous novel, seems to be about a movie addict who wants to destroy the masculinity of men and the femininity of women -

    to be what? -

    totally destructive? -

    Raquel Welch and Roger Herren share the oh-so-famous male rape scene -

    she's exhausted and he walks off -

    only to end up in Mae West's bed -

    totally undone, once again -

    at the end, Raquel Welch and Rex Reed (Myra and Myron) dance off -

    into a waiting taxi -

    how this film got made or released is a mystery -




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  12. 8 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    I've watched this once, don't remember the rain scene but remember the film really sucked, which was too bad because I like both stars.

    Yes, the stars are fine, but the film is badly directed.

    Leslie Caron and her then-husband sued MGM over its' handling of the picture.

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  13. "Some of My Best Friends Are .. " is a genuine time capsule - it is permeated with the negativism that was identified with homosexuality at that time - 1971.

    Still, for its' ability to realize a "madhouse" atmosphere in just one night, it is mesmerizing.

    You might have recognized a former MGM star - Carlton Carpenter - as Miss Untouchable.

    "The Ritz" was a huge hit on Broadway.

    It was directed by a former lover of Mr. McNally's, actor/director Robert Drivas.

    When Richard Lester took over the direction for the film and moved it to London, he destroyed the magnificence of Mr. Drivas' direction.

    It is - and will always be - one of the great stage farces.

    "Torch Song Trilogy" is a superb film translation of a classic gay play.

    It is well-directed and well-acted.

    Today, it seems more relevant than ever.

    Yes, Harvey Fierstein rules

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  14. 5 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    GOD is looking out for me, MYRA BRECKINRIDGE has NOT shown up in my HULU feed, it is probably for the best.

    However, THE RITZ (1976) (which was part of the BIG GAY TRIBUTE last night) was.

    I had never heard of it and I watched it.

    It is a terribly uneven farce- an OBVIOUSLY adapted stage play- about a DEEPLY, DEEPLY STUPID straight man (JACK WESTON) who is hiding out from JERRY STILLER and the MAFIA, who want to kill him and/or frame him in some weird photo blackmail scheme- in a GAY BATH HOUSE IN NEW YORK CITY.

    Forgive this analogy because I know the dates on this don't line up, but this movie is BASICALLY what would happen if QUENTIN CRISP grabbed TERRANCE MACNALLY, handed him a carton of joints and said "rework BOAT TRIP in two days so it's not THE WORST THING ever" and he was all "YOU'RE ON" and went and gave it his best damned shot and in the end basically succeeded...

    ....I'm just that one guy in the back row saying, "yes, Terry, but why?"

    I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh loud and often- the check-in scene is EXCELLENT- but I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to turn it off many times during the THIRD ACT IN NEED OF A REWRITE.

    some of the bits get old and I think they should have asked themselves if this whole thing wasn't better suited to the stage

    F MURRAY ABRAHAM is in this, and he is really charming. You'd never guess you're looking at a future BEST ACTOR WINNER, but the talent is there.

    RITA MORENO is in this as the Bathhouse Betty (entertainer.) It is my understanding that RITA barely worked in the decade after WEST SIDE STORY because all she was offered were "JOO TAKE JOUR DAMN DERTY HANS HOFFA ME JOO  FEELTHY PEEG!!!"-type roles. Guess she needed to make a house payment or something, because honestly, that quote should have been her character's name....and you have to kind of love a performance where she throws a man down a laundry shoot for ruining her act and then dives in after him screaming "I KEEL YOU" when he shouts from the bottom of the chute that her drag act is bad. ..but still. It's not exactly that PUERTO RICAN LADY MACBETH part that RITA had been holding her breath for since 1964...and still is.

    TREAT WILLIAMS is in this. It is supposed to be funny that his character has a high voice. I have read here and there that TREAT WILLIAMS is supposed to have been good in PRINCE OF THE CITY and other things I have not seen. I have never found him more than BARELY ADEQUATE in anything I have seen him in. He is cute tho.

    aside from the fact that they were seemingly constructed of balsa wood and cardboard room dividers and decorated with heavy input from GRACE JONES, BATHHOUSES LOOK PRETTY **** AWESOME. I know I'd be in the theater checking out A STAR IS BORN.

    The stage play was truly hiarious.

    It was directed by Robert Drivas.

    Richard Lester destroyed the play.

    It looks like a foreign production..


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  15. 8 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Game Is Over (1966)  -  6/10


    French drama from director Roger Vadim, based loosely on Emile Zola's La Curee. Young, rich Canadian Renee (Jane Fonda) is unhappily married to older, rich Frenchman Alexandre (Michel Piccoli). When Alexandre's grown son from a previous marriage Maxime (Peter McEnery) comes home to stay, Renee and the young man begin a love affair. Also featuring Tina Aumont and Howard Vernon. There's very nice cinematography by Claude Renoir, but not much else beyond the half-naked Fonda. She spends a lot of time with her shirt off, and there's a lot of fleeting almost nudity, enough to cause a ruckus at the time and to get the movie banned in Italy. This was filmed in English and French versions, and I saw the latter.

    Source: internet

    Roger Vadim's films were one-of-a-kind.

    And let's not forget Peter McEnery's nudity.






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  16. 3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    All these films have a time capsule type quality, where we see how LGBTQ issues have been treated at various points in cinematic history. For example, TORCH SONG TRILOGY is very much a product of the 80s.

    It's a shame they didn't include something from the 90s or early 2000s, to round things out a bit more and provide TCM viewers with a bigger picture of how things have been. And how things have changed (or not changed).

    I agree, perhaps "Making Love" could have been included.

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  17. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    Friday June 28, 2019


    50th anniversary of Stonewall on TCM


    THE RITZ with Rita Moreno

    TORCH SONG TRILOGY with Harvey Fierstein



    Yes, as far as I can tell, a very mixed bag of "treats" -

    and I do believe that Terrence McNally disowned the film version of "The Ritz".

    Of course,"Myra Breckinridge" is not the Gore Vidal novel.

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