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Posts posted by phillygl24

  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. Here are some of my favorites; first encounters, tragic realizations, a couple heartfelt moments, and they all made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.




    -the last scene of "The Sting" when Robert Shaw realizes he lost half a million dollars. The build up was great and made his reaction perfect.

    -in "The Shawshank Redemption" when the warden finds the tunnel behind the Rita Hayworth poster

    -"The Silence of the Lambs" when Clarice Starling first meets Hannibal Lecter

    -"Fight Club" when Edward Norton realizes he is Tyler

    -in "An Affair to Remember" when Deborah Kerr does not get up to greet Cary Grant because she can't walk

    -"Mary Poppins" when the old man dies laughing

    -when Bogart's bandages are removed in "Dark Passage"



  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. 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.

  5. I recently saw MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. Is it just me or is Jean Arthur great? This is the first Jean Arthur film I've seen. Can anyone recommend some more good ones?

  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. I guess I'm too finicky to pick one. My love for musicals began when I saw SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. I must have rewound the scene of Gene Kelly splashing in the puddles too many times to count. As a kid, that feeling of life can always be fun no matter what stuck to me because of musicals, and I hope it never leaves. For comedies, it has to be THE LADY EVE. It was the first time I saw Barbara Stanwyck and I idolized her. Then I saw THE LITTLE FOXES. Davis, the one and only, was so chilly that from that time on I could not pass up seeing any of her movies.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. 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 movie looking like King Kong? The people performing safety checks on the plane are midgets.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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 only sad thing about the classics is that there are only so many. I'm always looking for movies I haven't seen.


    P.S. I LOVE Hitchcock.

  15. silentmovieguy, at the risk of alienating the silent movie buffs (who are the majority I've noticed after joining a few days ago) I must rant my approval of REBEL. TCM has to play this movie in order to keep the attention of the mainstream. Not all movie watchers enjoy the art of movie making as I'm sure silent film buffs must. I've said in an earlier thread that I'm not sure if Dean can act, that he may just play himself on film. If this is the case, that perhaps makes him more interesting. The camera loves him, he transcends time, he's an ICON. Most people who don't even like classic movies could sit through this film.


    Get rid of the rolled up t-shirt, give him a tongue ring, substitute SAL MINEO for another impressionable teen and the same movie would be a blockbuster today.


    I guess I don't have the patience for silent films, but REBEL and it's contemporaries do bare some similarities. You still get to appreciate subtlety of characters, plot, directing. I DO KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT SILENTS TO KNOW THAT THE DIRECTING, ACTING, ETC. IS NOT SUBTLE, BUT THE IDEAS BEHIND THEM ARE. If people today could appreciate the simple things in life we would be a friendlier, less affected society. Sorry if I got too long-winded and deep about the matter. I guess I like to dig at what's under the surface.


    You got me to thinking. Which directors today are from another time? Now I'll have to start my own thread about that.


    If part of REBEL's appeal is the characters' inner turmoils, misunderstandings, and situational irony you would like EAST OF EDEN. There is nothing like a great drama ;-) Another film you should see, (which most likely you already have) is CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Yeah, Paul Newman is another favorite. If I were only born in a different lifetime. . .



  16. 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. Look forward to hearing from you ;)



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