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  1. My best friend and I have seen quite a few of these during the last few years. The Sound Of Music - 3 times during the last 5 years White Christmas - 2 times during the last 5 years Vertigo Rear Window Psycho Gone With The Wind Funny Girl All About Eve The King And I Carousel An Affair To Remember The Ten Commandments Breakfast At Tiffany's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Casablanca Guess Who's Coming To Dinner We also have another local theater that shows classic movies every Tuesday night. W
  2. Thanks, Rayban, I suddenly have a craving for a big slice of Red Velvet Cake!
  3. Yes, Ray, I completely agree, Oliver is complicated, he appears to be overly confident, everything all together, he keeps saying, "I know myself", but it's all a facade. The scene where his emotions are completely raw and open is the early morning scene where he is sitting on the bed next to Elio, who is asleep and dreaming of the two of them, so Elio, unfortunately doesn't witness this moment. The look of complete despair on Olivier's face is heartbreaking and Armie beautifully conveyed every emotion that Olvier is going through in that lingering closeup, and it appears he is going to
  4. Congratulations to my guy, Armie Hammer, on winning the Variety One to Acclaim Award, at the Austin Film Society's 18th Annual Texas Film Awards! I felt Armie's performance deserved an Oscar nomination, so I'm thrilled he's getting some well deserved recognition here in my home state. Timothee Chalamet was in Austin, Texas, to present the award to Armie! Armie lived here in my hometown, Dallas, Texas, for a while a few years ago and he, and his wife Elizabeth, own a bakery here in Dallas, with a second location in San Antonio. What a treat it would be to find Armie behind the count
  5. I didn’t realize when I went into the theater to see this movie I was going to have a life altering experience. It’s been four weeks since that first time seeing the movie on the big screen. I purchased it when it was released on Blu-ray a little over a week later, and I’ve now seen it 5 times! I love movies, and there are a number of films I can watch again and again, but I have not seen a movie that has haunted me like this one in many years and I’m finding it difficult to explain exactly what it is about the film that has touched me so deeply. My best friend, who saw it with me that fir
  6. I saw it on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed the film. Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner were all excellent in their roles. Two scenes got me misty-eyed, both speeches between parent and son, the "you get to exhale now, Simon" scene with Jennifer and Nick, and the "I wouldn't change a thing about you" scene with Josh and Nick, both heartfelt scenes were very moving. And I loved his teacher, portrayed by Natasha Rothwell, her scenes were fun and I loved the way she delivered her dialogue. The way she handled the students being nasty to Simon was priceless.
  7. Yes, I was wondering the same thing about why Timothee has his leggings pulled down in that first picture! Who knows? I suppose a sensible explanation could be that it was too damp and cold near the waterfall so Timothee was wearing them until it was time for photographs and filming. But who really wants to be sensible when it comes to these two?! Cascate del Serio is certainly a beautiful location. By the way, I was very happy that James Ivory won the Oscar last night for Adapted Screenplay. I also felt this was the film's best chance at winning an award. I was pulling fo
  8. My best friend and I finally got to see it yesterday at the neighborhood AMC, which was having special pre-Academy Award screenings of some of the Best Picture nominees. It is such a beautiful and haunting film. We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant after the film and couldn’t stop talking about it and we both can’t wait to see it again. I’m a fan of Merchant-Ivory films and agree with the comments comparing it to “A Room with a View” and “Maurice”. Yes, the film is leisurely paced, and I’ve heard complaints that it’s too slow, but it never felt slow or overlong to me. In fac
  9. One of the most beautiful, and underrated, scores is Elmer Bernstein's "Hawaii" (1966), which would be high on my list of best film scores. I also agree that Jerome Moross' "The Big Country" ranks among the finest.
  10. Return to Giant is included among the special features on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Giant, along with another similar behind-the-scenes documentary, Memories of Giant, from 1998, which includes some of the same interview footage with the cast and crew that was in Return to Giant. However, Memories of Giant also includes a gem of an interview with Jane Withers reminiscing about filming in Marfa, sharing home movies she filmed on the set, and recalling some fun and touching memories about the cast, in particular an interesting story about James Dean and his shirt. Both docume
  11. I always wanted Robert Redford and Sam Waterston to get together in 1974's version of "The Great Gatsby". Their relationship was the most fascinating in the movie, not to mention they were both absolutely gorgeous! And Jay looked quite dapper in that pink suit! While it would mean rewriting Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby needed to wake up, forget about that whiny Daisy Buchanan, and find happiness with Nick Carraway!
  12. Tiki, yes, I share your joy of Ann-Margret. Love her work in all of the movies everyone has already mentioned here. In addition, she was a terrific Blanche DuBois in the 1984 TV version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", opposite Treat Williams. Also enjoyed her role as the scheming daughter-in-law of Claudette Colbert in the TV mini-series "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles". And her excellent performance as a conflicted mother, co-starring with Julie Andrews, in the TV movie "Our Sons". What a versatile talent, she can do it all!
  13. Margaret Sullavan would be my "who cares" choice. She comes across as completely dull, a blank on the screen, no personality. Jessica Lange falls into my "who cares/strongly dislike" category. Such a monotonous performer who always seems to be playing every role in the same affected style. And there is something about her voice that is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
  14. Lawrence, FYI, try to see the 136 minute theatrical release version of "Darling Lili" (around 142 minutes with Overture and Exit Music), this is the version that usually runs on TCM but, sadly, has never been released on DVD. The DVD version is an edited down 107 minute "Director's Cut" that trims some of the best moments and musical sequences.
  15. Hope this happens as I certainly look forward to finally seeing Glenn's performance as Norma. Friends had invited me to Los Angeles, from Texas, in May of 1994 to see Barbra Streisand's concert in Anaheim. The day after I arrived it was announced that Streisand had laryngitis and the concert was postponed to July. Major disappointment as this trip had been planned for months in advance. My buddies had a surprise for me, that took a bit of the sting out of not seeing the concert, tickets to see "Sunset Boulevard" starring Glenn Close, which had been running in Los Angeles since Dece
  16. There was also a Tammy TV series, from 1965, starring Debbie Watson. In 1967, Universal edited together four episodes from the TV series, and this was released into theaters as a movie "Tammy and the Millionaire".
  17. Yes, indeed! And while we're at it, can we please rid the airwaves of the most annoying commercial character ever, Progressive Flo! My mother's name was Flo and she would have gladly taken the Progressive Insurance Box and clobbered that idiot Progressive Flo over the head for taking her name in vain!
  18. Thank you! I had always thought it was Peter Finch making a bold attempt to carry a tune. Makes you wonder even more about what Ross Hunter was attempting when even the performers hired for dubbing couldn't sing! Thank goodness George Kennedy didn't have a number, I don't even want to imagine how he would have been dubbed!
  19. Yes, I agree completely. I really wanted to see a lot more of Isabel's character and was surprised that she was basically forgotten once they arrived in in Shangri-La. Guess her scenes must have been trimmed considerably from the final cut. Sally Kellerman played the same part in the 1973 version and, dare I say it, her role was better developed over the course of the story. You find out why she is so bitter in the beginning and witness her change into a far more contented character by the end. I also thought Margo's character got a bit lost in the shuffle as well. I hardly realized t
  20. Perfectly understandable! As Hibi said, he did kind of talk/sing. I can assure you that Rex Harrision was far more proficient than Mr. Finch! LOL! I don't know, Klaus might have been able to reach some of those notes much better than Peter did!
  21. The song, "If I Could Go Back", sung by Peter Finch, has also been restored, along with Liv Ullmann's follow-up to Finch's song "Where Knowledge Ends (Faith Begins). In fact I believe this is the original uncut premiere version of the movie that has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. It runs 150 minutes. Those two songs were still in the movie when my grandmother and I saw it opening night in Dallas. My mom was curious to see the movie after hearing our comments. I took her to see it about a month later and the Northpark theater was running a shorter print of the movie with those two so
  22. The 1973 version of "Lost Horizon" is actually one of my guilty pleasures! My grandmother and I went to see it the night it opened at the Northpark Cinema in Dallas, with a full house audience no less, and the two of us, and everyone else got quite a kick out of the movie! The fertility dance was already cut from the print we saw opening night. I believe it had premiered in New York with the dance intact. But after the audience reaction it was cut out of the movie before it opened around the country. You can see it now, the fertility dance has been restored in all of it's high c
  23. Fun movie! I've been a fan since I saw it in the '80s! Lorna, another Paul Bartel movie you need to check out, if you can find it, is "Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills". Jacqueline Bisset stars. Mary Woronov and Robert Beltran are back along with Mr. Bartel, Ray Sharkey, and Ed Begley, Jr. This used to show up on cable all the time but hasn't been seen for years. I tried to find a copy to purchase but it's never been released in the US on DVD as far as I can determine. Not quite as good as "Eating Raoul" but some hilarious situations nonetheless. I agree with y
  24. Dargo, this scene definitely got a big laugh from the audience at the screening we attended. Everyone seemed to enjoy the movie immensely and any laughter came at the appropriately humorous moments. Nobody in our audience was laughing during the scene on Mt. Rushmore when Martin Landau was stepping on Cary Grant's hand. When the movie ended the audience applauded and, as we made our exit, several other patrons were all making positive comments about the movie. This audience was certainly not making fun of the film and did seem to appreciate the experience. Same with the audience when w
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