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Everything posted by FletcherChristian

  1. "LES HERITIERS" [ "ONCE IN A LIFETIME" ] (2014) I recently saw this at a film festival. It's a French film about a teacher who has her class do a project on the Holocaust. It's a typical class, teenagers who have their own lives and don't care much for school. But once they begin to study the effects of the World War and Nazi camps on the Jewish people, they become interested. This movie is based on a real story. It's a great film, and although the story is about events decades back, considering politics involving immigration and nationalism today it's still very relevant.
  2. For the most part, TCM shows most of the old - school Hollywood players I like. But a few i'd like to see are Jean Seberg and Betty Grable. Jean Seberg Betty Grable
  3. "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) with Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. This film is about the early 1950's Pauline Parker - Juliet Hulme murder case in New Zealand. This was Kate Winslet's first film, she was unknown, so the movie had little publicity. It caught on, but not in a good way for everyone. It outed successful author Anne Perry, at least in public, as the former Juliet Hulme who had been convicted for murder. I've always liked this film, the soundtrack and cinematography are fantastic...and Kate Winslet has always been a personal fav actress of mine.
  4. "Personal Shopper" with Kristen Stewart
  5. "Go" (1999) starring Katie Holmes, Breckin Meyer, Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, ect. There weren't many movies back in the day that featured the late 1990's - early 2000's Rave scene, which back then was off the radar. If you were outside, you didn't come in. Also a little dark comedy, a bit of drama, and some action. A cool movie, one of my favs from the end of that decade. It's not really a hidden gem maybe, it was fairly popular when released, thanks in part to Katie Holmes time on TV. Even to this day, it's still a cult classic to peeps who remember how cool the scene was back then. AND...at times the soundtrack, a cool mix of songs, is absolutely killer.
  6. Basic Instinct score by Jerry Goldsmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xreXeugQjdw
  7. I've heard that Shadow Of A Doubt was Hitchcock's favorite of his movies, or at least one of them. His suspense and horror films he later made were bigger, mostly in color, and had good effects but his earlier North American movies are my favorite. There was a Carnegie Library not far down the street from me. Built in I think 1901 - 1902, it was torn down decades back long before I was around, but it was from pictures an impressive building.
  8. Shadow Of A Doubt is my fav Alfred Hitchcock film. Personally I always felt that the Teresa Wright character looked up to Joe Cotton's "Uncle Charlie" maybe as a paternal type personality. Her spending her time with the same people in a small town, and him being older and experienced.
  9. I've heard that Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers was not happy with Walt Disney for the movie version of the book. Appearently Mr. Disney wasn't the easiest man to get along with anyway, and considered Mary Poppins to be his favorite Disney movie. As usual, in the end, Walt Disney had his way.
  10. I've heard that playwrite Tennessee Williams was very unhappy with several of his plays that were made into movies. I've also heard that author James M. Cain was very unhappy with several of his books that were made into films, even though they were successful. I've never actually read any of Cain's books myself, but those that I know that have say they're different than the movies. Which is common.
  11. Donald Trump stalking on Kristen Stewart. I'm a big fan of Kristen, and saw this recently on TV.
  12. I would define a modern movie as roughly made in the last 20 - 25 years. What i meant is that Beatty and Keaton would have trouble carrying a film that big in recent times. Most of their "hits" were a long time ago, and they were out of the loop. That big of a budget for a drama /comedy is a lot of tickets to sell to casual fans, many not familiar with the leads.
  13. I think in modern films, if the goal of the film company is to make money, then it's probably not a good idea to make a big budget movie with the leads going to Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. If the goal is to make a movie that people may or may not enjoy, then who cares it doesn't matter. BUT...a big film with that cast wasn't a good idea.
  14. The "Love Me Or Leave Me" soundtrack is great. I like the movie also. I think the public mostly thinks of Doris for the second half of her film career, the Rock Hudson /Day type movies and for her later more middle of the road music. That's cool, but I prefer her early stuff and her early musicals. For swing jazz fans she cut some good tracks with Les Brown.
  15. He was an interesting person, so no doubt it's a good read. He was probably the biggest Gershwin fan...he recorded a really cool version of "Rhapsody In Blue". I don't think he was the easiest person to get along with. But musicians are interesting people, and that's what makes them fun. One of my favorite of the big MGM color musicals is the Band Wagon. So, that along with An American In Paris is what I think about when I think of Oscar Levant.
  16. I own, or have read books by many of my favorites. Esther Williams, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Micky Rooney, Louise Brooks, Madonna, Ava Gardner, Vera Ellen, and others. I like Jazz, so books about musicals and film stars...Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Fred and Ginger. Many autobiographies and biographies, some were better than others. I like books about very early film history. I'm big into music, so books about music in films.
  17. Doris Day cut some cool energetic swing jazz in the early part of her career. I'm less a fan of her later better known songs, and the same for her later comedy films. But always liked that early swing and musicals.
  18. Snow White & The Huntsman (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron) with a score by James Newton Howard. "Escape From The Tower" "Warriors On The Beach"
  19. GUY KIBBEE He was great. Those early Warner films were great for support actors. Kibbee spent most of his on - screen time trying to hook up with Joan Blondell. Movie after movie, he never gave up. Other chorus girls came and went, Ginger Rogers to Loretta Young, but it was Blondell that he wanted most.
  20. Agreed. Levant has always been a favorite of mine too. He was a nice foil for those big MGM musicals back then, and a sharp minded talent with some absolute serious skills at the piano.
  21. Oscar Levant. Sardonic actor, also a big time talent on the piano.
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