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phillygl24

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  1. What movie did you see that you thought you had figured out but by the time the credits were rolling you realized you were duped! Alfred Hitchcock is the king of this devise. (Take Vertigo or Suspicion.) I can also think of some recent films, Fight Club and The Usual Suspects. Can you think of some more?
  2. I just thought of another one. "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner." Hannibal Lecter
  3. From "The Little Foxes" Regina (annoyed) to her servant: "Cal, the grits is cold. Take it back." Cal: "Yes'm." (He grabs the plate then runs quickly toward the kitchen) "The grits didn't hold the heat! The grits didn't hold the heat!"
  4. Sorry for previous typos Ditto regarding Citizen Kane's retirement.
  5. I have to agree about that "Titanic" and The English Patient" are over-rated. I hated "The English Patient." "Titanic" was ok the first time I saw it, but I've grown to hate it because of the hype. Speaking of over-rated, two words...Leonardo DiCaprio. Who said they didn't like "Close Encounters?" In my opinion, that was when they knew how to make sci-fi suspense movies. Actually, "Close Encounters" is one of my favorites.
  6. What about James Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life." Throughout the movie he curses the old wobbly knob at the bottom of the staircase. Then at the end of the film he grabs the knob right off the railing and just starts telling it how great it is. Then of course there's the rest of the film with Stewart and his family standing at the top of the stairs watching wonderful things flooding through the door. Also, "Suspicion," the scene with Carey Grant creeping stealthily up the stairs with a glass of milk that is or is not poisoned.
  7. czahuran, have you seen Igby Goes Down, the 2002 movie staring Kieran Culkin? His character is very similar to Holden. I think that's one reason I enjoyed the movie so much.
  8. Great topic! My choice has to be THE GODFATHER. That restraunt scene sent chills down my spine, Michael Corleone defending his family's honor in an act of retribution that sent his life into a spiral. Yeah...pretty powerful.
  9. Yes Bansi, Frank Darabont definitely proved himself with THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. That movie had a perfect rhythm to the plot. What about Jon Avnet? He directed Fried Green Tomatoes and is working on SKY CAPTAIN, a movie someone mentioned wanting to see in another post.
  10. Snap out of it! Yeah, Moonstruck was pretty good. The Lady Eve. I can't believe someone said that. I saw that when I was a kid, and loved it. It was the first Stanwyck movie I saw. The next time I saw her she was playing a cold, calculating broad and I was shocked! These were all good movies, but the formula for the best romantic comedy is to add some Sinatra to the mix. By the way, did anyone say Sleepless in Seattle? Tisc, tisc.
  11. ladymirabelle, very funny! I'm not sure if anyone has said these already, but here goes some general observations. If you do not believe in friendly alien lifeforms until they arrive on the planet you are usually the villain. If you do believe in them, you are the only brilliant person on Earth. If you are a woman smoker you are usually trouble. If you are a male smoker you are usually trouble and could possibly be the hero. If you are the only man in the film who does not smoke you are a dunce.
  12. I love the extra information tucked into DVDs. Did you know in one of the most memorable scenes in movie history while Ilsa prepares to board the plane that will take her away from Casablanca and Rick Blaine forever. . . off in the distance you see mechanics making their final adjustments on the plane. Because the creators could not afford full-scale equipment, they used a model plane only a few feet high. After the model was created, the director decided that in order to maintain a sense of realism mechanics had to be added to the scene. So how did they accomplish this without the
  13. If I'm not his number one fan, I am probably up there. I even got a kick out of HIGH ANXIETY, which poked fun at his films. Two moments that had me laughing the most were the tributes to PSYCHO and THE BIRDS. (the shower scene and the pigeons in the park) I like his cameo in ROPE. It's been a while since I saw it, but I seem to remember the entire movie took place in real time in an apartment. At one point someone looks out the window and sees Hitchcock walking.
  14. There is only one Alfred Hitchcock. His combination of humor, and horror is at times unsettling and always enjoyable Well, that's my opinion, anyway. What do you think of this master of suspense? What was his best cameo appearance?
  15. A perfectly executed film can be magical. Which modern directors do you think have the skills of the greats--John Ford, Victor Fleming, Howard Hawks, etc.? I recently saw LOST IN TRANSLATION. Most of my friends said it was slow. I liked it a lot. Sofia Coppola uses an understated approach to create classic movie moments. Then there are the Coen brothers. Whether delving into a new feel for film noir or screwball comedy this director/producer team understands film making. Who would be on your list?
  16. Fast Eddie in THE HUSTLER, one of the best films ever made, setting up his own tragic flaw. "I'm the best you've ever seen, Fats! I'm the best there is, and even if you beat me, I'm still the best."
  17. So I guess you all like silents. That's an understatement! I hope you won't hold it against me if I don't. I can't remember when I started liking classic movies. It's more like I always did. I probably got my start on musicals--SOUND OF MUSIC, WEST SIDE STORY, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Then I discovered HEPBURN, STANWYCK, BOGART, STEWART, DE HAVILLAND, DAVIS, NEWMAN, LEMMON, SINATRA. The list goes on and on. Some favorite movies are THE PHILADELPHIA STORY THE HUSTLER, NO MAN FOR HER OWN, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, LITTLE WOMEN, SOME LIKE IT HOT, MARNIE, NORTH BY NORTHWEST. The o
  18. Who: Katharine Hepburn Why: Don't get me started. I'll never stop. "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."
  19. I'm putting on my Easter bonnet and dancing with Fred Astaire.
  20. Cagney, Bogart. Now you're talking my language, but so many people can't be wrong. I think I'll check out Buster Keaton. Then we'll see about Silents.
  21. A couple of days ago I joined this board and was surprised to see how many young people enjoy classic movies. It got me to thinking. . .What is it about these films that you all enjoy. Do you enjoy films of the 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s? I myself do not get the appeal of silent films, but if you do I'd like to know why. It might not even be something you can put your finger on. Maybe these films bring back memories, maybe they capture an era that for the most part you would not know if it were not for TCM. This is an opportunity for you to express what brings you periodically to this spot.
  22. I have to agree with you, Classic. Personally, I like Gary Cooper a lot. He made each role his own. On the other hand, maybe his popularity is due to the support of the studios. As for John Wayne, I have never cared for him, but I'm not a great fan of Westerns. Maybe I'm just a fool who can't spot real talent. He seemed the same in all his roles (at least in all the films I've seen). Now that I think of it, so did James Dean. James was obviously talented. He could cry on cue, but whether he was "acting" or merely playing himself, I don't know. But I did enjoy all his films. It makes
  23. You're right Soul Lady. Debbie Reynolds is a great dancer cuz of her expression too. I loved her in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Everyone knows Fred Astaire is a great dancer. But why? He had his own style. Debbie Reynolds also had IT ;-)
  24. Filmographies are a funny thing. Quantity is not necessarily quality. Who do you think would be a bigger star today if they had been blessed with all the meaty roles? Maybe Teresa Wright, Margaret Sullavan, ? Who, in your opinion, though very popular can't even act?
  25. Joan Fontaine if your voting for cutest "Monkey Face" Olivia De Havilland for her range, character actor to leading lady.
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