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About MotherofZeus

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  1. Has TCM ever explored creating a 501c(3), that probably would be a competitor of AFI, but would be a nonprofit dedicated to preserving, restoring, showing, and educating about classic film? Then folks like us who have the resources could donate toward the movies we love, purchase rights, and expanding various TCM education opportunities. Heck, they could even do specific campaigns to preserve/restore specific noir or musicals or westerns that each of us with our respective pet projects would help fund?
  2. My mother wonders what she was thinking whenever it comes up in conversation. She is a very different person now. As a true fan of The Who, I agree. The music is epic.
  3. That's interesting. Really, either could play the up and comer or the has been.
  4. can't wait. I'll have to see if the preview is on youtube. Exciting. If I had my way today, I'd have Judy Garland and Frederick March because I love their respective performances. I am curious to see who is the dwindling star in the remake.
  5. I enjoyed La La Land a great deal. I look at the movie for what it is rather than what it could be. Asking for Fred and Ginger is like asking for moondust. It is so rare. We've watched tremendous musicals. We've watch so-so musicals, and some stinkers. La La Land is somewhere in the better than so-so and good range for me. it was a victim of being overhyped because people are starves for musicals. What I enjoyed about La La Land was a nostalgic movie informed by the past that is still examining how those crazy show biz kids of today are trying to make it happen. It showed us one of the classic tropes of whether or not one of the lovers will give up the other for the career. Won't spoil it here by discussing the ending. How artists support one another and inform each other's art. The way La La Land wove fantasy and escapism into the lives of Seb's and Mia's reality while employing humor and romance was wonderfully done for me. There is an astute observation above regarding the musical being a product of its time. As our fearless instructor told us, it is a time capsule of when it is made. What does the audience and the culture want from it's aesthetic, its protagonists, its conflicts? What does that say about us? In such a divided country, I liked that "Here' to the Dreamers" relates to all of us -- for surely we all dream. Do we dare to reach for the dreams? If so, what do we sacrifice? That is very uniting in most lives, I'd say. The leads are gorgeous but relatable. For me, that was are faced whether or not each will compromise his and her vision to achieve their dreams. It asks the "if only I had..." in a very compelling way. It is exceptionally accessible while still being evocative of the magic of musicals. "If one gets one's dream, at what price" is an extremely timely question in the movie. Are we applying an outdated standard for what the musical is becoming? I don't have an answer to that. It is a question I ask when I look for more in La La Land. The songs "City of Dreams" and "Here's to the Dreamers" really touch me whenever I watch the movie. When I left hte theater after watching it, I heard more people discussing the plot, events, and meaning than I usually do. It wasn't for lack of those elements. Rather it was because it had provoked thought. That's what art should do. I actually think it is stronger than many recent musicals and original content is a delight. Add that it succeeded at the box office, and we have a musical that paves the way for more musicals. On the other hand, I didn't go to TGSMOE because I know how it glossed over some unpleasantness in a way I couldn't overlook. That's just me. I know some people adore it.
  6. @zea and @Marica I also gave up gardening and swimming (although an avid hiker, swimming is my regular form of exercise). I don't have the excuse for heat on swimming at my indoor pool. I managed to do just enough gardening, but I have a lot of dead-heading, fertilizing, weeding, and pruning to do. I'm chemical-free, so I don't use chemicals. It's all hand picking and natural remedies that take longer to catch up on, but it's worth it.
  7. So, I suspect this topic may have been posted before because this community is just so comprehensive. Yet, I can't find it. My mother was a single mother when I was born smack dab in 1970. Add to that my granny was very dedicated to art influencing me. Consequently, I was exposed to a great deal that other kids may not have been exposed to at an early age. As it relates to movies, here is my list of movies I shouldn't have seen with the corresponding age. I am leaving out the Noir movies I watched late at night as an insomniac, the movies my babysitters let me watch, and the great, age appropriate classics I saw as well. I'd love to hear folks stories of similar shenanigans. I'm happy to discuss mine in more detail but would like to get others' takes. Again, please direct me to the topic space if I am rehashing old territory. Please also feel free to venture into a discussion of what or how to determine age appropriateness because a) I still am freaked out by stupid things based on early exposure but also b) I had intelligent people around me providing context, historical and cultural relativity, and open discussion regarding anything I wanted to know or say. That was the up side, and it made me a smarter person for it. Here's my long and distinguished list: Poseiden Adventure: I was 2 and I do remember. Coma: I was 8. A Clockwork Orange: I was one, so I can't remember it -- but, come on! Tommy: I was 4. Jaws: I was 5. Animal House: I was 8. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: I was 3. Saturday Night Fever: I was 7. Personal Best: I was 12. Marathon Man: I was 6. The Towering Inferno: I was 4 (not yet 5 but close). Invasion of the Body Snatchers: I was 8. Looking for Mr. Goodbar: I was 7. No, my mother didn't take me to it, but I was at a drive-in. We'd gone to see Darby O'Gill and the Little People, but guess what was showing one screen over and guess which one I saw more of? Life of Brian: I was 9. Midnight Express: I was 8. History of the World Part 1: I was 11. A Little Romance: I was 9. Lenny: I was 4. Alien: I was 9. The Silent Partner: I was 8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: I was 5. Earthquake: I was 4. Eyes of Laura Mars: I was 8. Taxi Driver: I was 6. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: I was 6. The Last Detail: I was 3. Tess: I was 9. The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue: I was 5. Cabaret: I was 2 -- and I do remember. The Deep -- I was 7. Freebie and the Bean: I was 4. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: I was 8. A Special Day: I was 7. Pretty Baby: I was 8. Lipstick: I was 7. Shampoo: I was 5. Madame Rosa: I was 7. Harry and Tonto: I was 4. Deliverance: I was 2 and I do remember. Serpico: I was 3. Soylent Green: I was 4. Ben: I was 2 but I think I saw it as a rerun before I was 6. Little Darlings I was 10. Anyone else out there????
  8. So...I love The Who, but I can't endure Tommy. I'll tell you why and I will date myself as a spring chicken for some and a lady of a certain age for others. My mom took me to see Tommy in the theater when I was four. I remember everything about that day in perfect crystalized clarity. She and I recently discussed my being a child of the 70s and how many inappropriate movies I saw for my age. Tommy scared the crap out of me, and, to be honest, my four-year old brain rightly or wrongly was scared straight off of narcotics from that day forward. Honest to goodness, I've never so much as dabbled in taking an extra prescription medication or the whacky weedus (as my beloved Mel Brooks called it). All. Because. of. Tommy. I can't speak to the merits of the movie because don't remember it in a reasonable, knowledgable way. I just remember being frightened by what it showed my little eyes. Furthermore, I won't watch it again as there is a psychic anxiety about watching it that has to do with many other things from the 70s I'd rather not relive. I did love growing up in the 70s before all the safety mechanisms and lockdowns on how we raise children robbed kids of certain journeys of self-discovery and independence that now has to be programmed into their daily rituals instead of fallen into naturally as we all used to, but seeing Tommy was not a necessary part of that. On the other hand, The Who remans part of my daily listening experience. I'm teaching myself guitar, and I aspire to some of the solos even as I'm just learning rhythm at present. Thanks for the topic. Lots to unload here around the movie and the music -- and the decade. ?
  9. This is a fantastic guide you've provided TCM! I've always wanted to go. This year may be the year I have to for the marking of the anniversary and the possible guests based on all that you propose as possible inclusions.
  10. I would pick Journey to Italy and Notorious only to show the scope of Bergman doing Hollywood and Bergman doing European film. Both are exquisite but amazingly different.
  11. I will confess, after watching High Society again, I give Kelly higher marks than I had. I am back to looking at the two movies as two entirely different things (as I had prior to the course). I can't compare the two even if they are verbatim the same story and largely dialogue. Philadelphia Story is a masterpiece. High Society is a fun, lovely musical -- but not even in my top 25.
  12. I gave up housecleaning. I can normally have TCM on while housecleaning, but for a course, I really wanted to focus on visual intake as well as audio. Don't get me wrong, when it is on in the background, it's because I've honestly seen the movie 15 times (maybe more), and there are some I will sit down for every time. However, for his course, I was committed to editing, set design, choreography, and cinematography. So, my home will be clean in July.
  13. Immortal Beloved Impromptu Amadeas Straight outa Compton Rocky Pennies From Heaven
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