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  1. Criss Cross is so intensely bleak! I've seen it before, but not for a long, long time. Great, as always to get Eddie's insights. I also really like that he'll feature clips from a film to highlight what he's talking about. That isn't done that often on TCM. It's a visual medium so just yakking about a scene isn't always helpful. Thanks for that Eddie (and I assume) your producer/s. I agree with a previous poster who noted Lancaster's range. Early for him, before he became BURT LANCASTER, and was still listening to his director and playing off his co-stars with more subtlety than he'd display later in his career. The final scene is a miracle of noir, from DeCarlo's monologue, to Lancaster's utter defeat and resignation, to the "Pietå" framing.
  2. "Humoresque" is an amazing film. Both Crawford and Garfield give Oscar-worthy performances, and Levant is spot on. To me, the film bogs down a bit amidst the melodramatic second act, but ultimately redeems itself. Personally, I also like Ruth Nelson's role as well. Underplayed and plaintive and loving....
  3. Hildegarde Withers is THE BEST. Great role for Edna Mae and totally entertaining. These two were wonderful together.
  4. I had many friends who worked on "Silence," and I still enjoy it. A slow burn at a time when over-doing it was the norm. To me, it felt like a classic movie, just with a modern spin.
  5. Loved Little Big Man when I first saw it on TV in the 70's.
  6. By certain accounts, the anti-aging CGI technology of The Irishman was quite well done. So, here's a related question, prompted somewhat by tonight's feature Goodbye Mr. Chips. To wit... What actor or actress from the golden years who as "aged" by makeup and lighting actually ended up looking like that in real life?
  7. Very interesting topic. I struggle to even get people my own age to understand why I find movies that are 70-80 years old fascinating. So how to get young people to enjoy them? I'd say start with a mystery, like Laura. The plot is intriguing and the performances sparkle. A good story can overcome the issues of time and place that can hinder younger people from watching "some old black and white movie." I'm willing to admit that, as I got older, I found that early hairstyles, clothing and manners of speech meant less to me, and I was able to see the universal themes that were the underpinning of so many early features...
  8. There was a time when movies were based on genuine novels and plays that had been carefully crafted and parsed by their authors, editors and finally, the public. Much of cinema used this great source material. Certainly, the screenwriters and filmmakers managed to muck it up quite a bit from time to time, ("The book is better...") yet it was a deep well of material that, due to its tendency to include a first, second and third act, adapted well to the screen. Fast forward. Now the source material is a comic book or "graphic novel." I'm going to say this straight out; this stuff is c*ap. The characters are simplistic, as are the plots. That's what Marty is responding to. The infantilization of the media. Stories that have no narrative heft. Stories that are pure adrenaline, but leave you with nothing. Over-caffeinated CGI-fests. It's dreck and he and Coppola know it. Current directors aren't going to say that, because they fear the blowback in today's snowflake world. Flame away, if you must.
  9. Love that line! John Candy was sooo great in that role. Funny, vulnerable. Sad. Just wonderful!
  10. "Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...." "That's the biggest mouse I've ever seen!"
  11. OMG. How could I forget Young Frankenstein. There are many I use. "He was my boyfriend!" "Werewolf?" "There wolf." "I was gonna make espresso..."
  12. There have been times when I used a quote that I think is from this same scene, "I want to be called Loretta." It's just a random quote to drop into a conversation!
  13. Love that movie! It was a total surprise to me when I first saw it. And now I love the quote!
  14. Are there quotes from movies that you use frequently when having a normal conversation with people? I know that I used to fall back on Ghostbuster's dialogue a lot, though I've used it less over the years. (eg, "Egon, your mucous") From classic films, oddly, I often use "It's a ledge" from Mr. Blandings. This comes in handy when digging in the garden... Of course, when using classic film quotes, most people just look at me as if to say, "Wha?"
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