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About helenwheels

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  1. pktrekgirl--I don't want you to go away either. I like reading what you have to say. You don't have to participate in the challenge if you don't want to, but don't think that what you say isn't important because it is. You're articulate and smart. And for those of you who hate it when people DON'T complain--what is wrong with you folks? Just because some people don't feel like it's necessary to gripe everytime the channel does something we don't agree with doesn't necessarily translate to becoming "shills" or "sycophants." Because there are things that are shown that I don't particularly
  2. FredCDobbs--while I appreciate that maybe you grew up in a town that was color blind, I have to disagree with what you say about growing up in the South. I too grew up and still live in the South and I remember things entirely different than you do. In my small East Tennessee hometown, there was a separate section in the theater for black folks with a separate entrance. I also remember the riots in Birmingham being shown on TV, you know the ones where Bull Connor turn the fire hydrant on against the folks protesting. I remember when I was in junior high that we had a 4 day riot in the larger t
  3. However, he is delightful in Rachel & the Stranger. While it's a supporting role, it's a pretty important one in the movie. And he sings, too.
  4. They are repeating the Miyazaki films as the TCM imports during the month of May. Relax though, they'll be on in the middle of the night so everyone, don't panic.
  5. I'm always fascinated by the extensive knowledge of lzcutter. That chick knows her movies, especially behind the scenes stuff.
  6. I'm one of those freaks that likes The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. And for some reason, even those all the dialogue is sung, I don't consider it a musical. It's more of a modern day opera. The reason I like it so much is the visual delight that it is. The cotton candy colors and the setting in a working town like Cherbourg just seem a little surreal to me. I do like the songs even though I don't understand French (I guess it's because I remember the English versions that were somewhat popular back in the 60's. Plus, the leads (Catherine Denueve and the guy whose name escapes me) were really sweet
  7. For those of you who don't have me blocked out (HA HA) FWIW I thought Jon Stewart did an OK job at the Oscars. I'm beginning to think it's a thankless job that really no one should take. However, I did LOVE the attack ads they did for a couple of the catagories. The funniest one was the one against Judi Dench and she actually participated in it by dressing up in those crazy disguises, especially the one where she's wearing the patch over one eye. Funny stuff. Those folks in Hollywood do take themselves too seriously. That's why I couldn't be mad about It's Hard out here (for a pimp.) 36 Mafia
  8. Stephanie Powers was in Hart to Hart. She was William Holden's gf most of the last 10 years of his life. BTW, will someone clear something up for me? I checked IMDB on Illeana Douglas and it said that indeed that Melvin Douglas was her grandfather. But I think I read somewhere that she was actually her STEP grandfather when he married Helen Gahagan. Her (Illena's) birth name was Hesselberg or something like that.
  9. It seems like I heard that these weren't really bloopers but purposeful mistakes to be shown at the annual MGM & WB Christmas parties. I don't know how I know this but when this thread came up that's what occurred to me.
  10. I won't say it frustrates me but it makes me wonder if they can't see the Schedule link at the top of the page. I do find it a little amusing when someone asks about a movie that was on within the last week (even have the date & time) and come on here to ask the title. There's a link at the top of the page, people.
  11. At least stoney & I agree on the Stewart thing. And he is a bright man and quick on his feet. Oh & BTW I'm over 50 and my cousin who's 70 loves him too so he not only appeals to those under 30. And, MattHelm--you can't tell me O'Lielly & Drudge don't have an agenda either. And what about those celebrities like Schwarnegger, Duvall & Ron Silver, who happen to agree with you. I haven't seen anywhere on these boards where you find them annoying or out of their depth. So just stop it, please. I'm begging you. I do agree with Melanie on one thing. The whole awards thi
  12. The way I look at it is that if you take the trouble to sit down to watch it, you really don't know if it's good or not but you've planned that 2 hours for movie watching. It's always a crap shoot if you've never seen the movie before, right? So therefore I don't think it's a waste of time because it's a planned activity and you should know within the first 15 minutes if you're going to like it. Sometimes I won't dislike a movie right away but when I think about it later I might decide that it was predictable, or it made me feel bad in a way I don't want to experience. But I rarely feel that w
  13. I love all those Beach Party movies and their derivatives. However, I happen to think of a movie that most "normal" people hate that I just love. Cabin Boy with Chris Elliot. That movie just cracks me up and I've seen it at least 50 times. The plot is confusing, the "special effects" are cheesy and the acting (by some) is not that great. But put them all together and it's one cheesetastic viewing experience. It's so absurd that you can't believe you're actually watching it or that someone actually gave Elliott the money to make it. I recommend it IF (AND ONLY IF) you're a fan of Chris Elliott.
  14. I love John Goodman in just about anything I see him in. He hasn't looked well lately and I worry about him.
  15. Dodsworth This movie was just on yesterday but I think it's a underappreciated classic that you don't realize how good it is until you've seen it. It's about a newly retired couple (where the wife is about 10-15 years younger than the husband) and their daughter has recently married. They go on an extended trip to Europe and the wife decides she's not ready to grow old yet. It's about mid life crisis only this time it involves the wife instead of the husband. I highly recommend it, if only to see how great Walter Huston is in the role of Sam.
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