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Arrowsmith

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  1. Harold Russell and Richard Dreyfuss
  2. Richard Widmark and Donna Reed in Backlash (1956)
  3. I showed this photo to someone and he said "I thought she was on her phone for a second."
  4. Please do. 1. Your first point is a false equivalency, unless these white people have been promoting films by explicitly stating that they are films about white people made for white people, and black people's opinions do not concern them. 2. I don't need to read her mind, she has explicitly stated how race is an important factor: DuVernay is looking forward to audiences discovering 1982′s “Losing Ground” and Kathleen Collins in particular, who she considers on par with any of the white male contemporaries of the time, like, “a Woody Allen, per se.” The film was never
  5. I chose Gerwig as an example, because she is similar to Ava in certain ways, but she is white. And I have my suspicions on why the double standard exists, though I don't want to explain because it would likely start a debate in which I have no interest in participating.
  6. Imagine Greta Gerwig saying that she doesn't care what black people think, because her film has white people and she made it for white people. Then imagine her expressing explicit shame that she has Africans in her lineage, and celebrating that she is mostly European by declaring "I'm white!" and "This makes me so happy." In today's culture, I can only imagine we wouldn't be hearing from her again for a while, if ever, at least in the mainstream. I'm just clarifying what I meant, by the way, not trying to start a debate.
  7. I was only trying to point out that learning more about Ava made it more clear why the films she selected were important to her. Though the videos I pointed out did make me raise an eyebrow. Reverse the races and you would likely see that person excommunicated from Hollywood.
  8. A quick Google search of Ava Duvernay shows that she spends a large portion of her time focusing on race. Some interesting videos too. One in which she mentions that she doesn't care what white people think of her documentary because "I made it for black people." In another video of her on the show Finding Your Roots, she expresses disappointment when she learns that she has more white people in her lineage than she thought. She is afraid that she may be more than 50% European, but is ecstatic to find out that she is 57% African, exclaiming "I'm black!" in celebration. I had never heard o
  9. There are too many to list all of them, so I'll just list one man and one woman. Ward Bond - Has anyone else been in as many great films as him? He would probably have endless entertaining stories to tell. Myrna Loy - Because she is the greatest.
  10. I would love to be a fly on the wall with these two hanging out.
  11. What people intuitively feel is "objective" tends to still be subjective. I don't see any place for objectivity when discussing film preferences. If someone likes A over B, but feels B is still "better" than A "objectively" (which is how I am understanding you), then I think that person is just confused about objectivity. It sounds more like the person likes A over B, but feels that B is more in line with what they normally (subjectively) prefer.
  12. This reminds me of another unpopular opinion that I have (at least from what I've seen on these boards), that Westerns are my favorite genre of film. Old American Westerns are the pinnacle of escapism.
  13. I'm not sure how many times, but certainly less than fifty. Maybe one day I'll hit that number. Stagecoach is probably my favorite film from the 30s, and the 30s is probably my favorite decade of cinema.
  14. John Wayne was a great actor. Black-and-White in 4:3 aspect ratio is the best format for most films and should not have been all but abandoned after color/widescreen came around. The Hays Code wasn't all bad, and the restrictions catalyzed more creativity and ingenuity in the great filmmakers.
  15. A while back I was watching Whipsaw (1935) and I thought that William Harrigan was a young Bennett Cerf. Apart from looking similar, I thought they had nearly identical voices as well. William Harrigan in Whipsaw (1935) Bennett Cerf on What's My Line
  16. There's something about a good title dealing with the devil, or hell, that I really enjoy. Merrily We Go To Hell (1932) Satan Met A Lady (1936) To The Devil... A Daughter (1976)
  17. The Westerns that Budd Boetticher made with Randolph Scott tend to fall into this category. Some of my favorites are Ride Lonesome (1959), The Tall T (1957), and Seven Men From Now (1956). Other 'short and sweet' films worth seeing that haven't been mentioned yet: Five Came Back (1939) - 73 minutes Dillinger (1945) - 70 minutes Thirteen Women (1932) - 59 minutes Freaks (1932) - 64 minutes The Mask Of Fu Manchu (1932) - 68 minutes The Lost Patrol (1934) - 73 minutes
  18. Many refer to the first film in the Terminator franchise as "Terminator" (or "Terminator 1"), though the film is actually called 'The Terminator'.
  19. This thread reminds me of how Leonard Maltin gave Night And The City (1950) a 2.5 star rating. I consider it a masterpiece, and I know it is a beloved noir, so his score surprised me.
  20. My vites, off the top of my head... Actor: Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976) Actress: Bette Davis in Now, Voyager (1942)
  21. I enjoy all of Tarantino's films except for Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. I have not seen either since they were in theaters, so I will certainly watch them again at some point. I did not like how they both just turn into cartoonish gorefests in the latter halves. Seemed so childish and uninteresting to me. My favorite film of his would probably be Jackie Brown or Kill Bill (if I can count both volumes together as one film). An interesting tidbit about Tarantino, especially regarding his affinity for westerns, is that he is on record saying that he hates John Ford because h
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