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Everything posted by YourManGodfrey

  1. D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) I made it a point to watch this film from the selection of the Memorial Day war films. It’s an odd description, but it’s a boring film that’s not terribly boring. The action does not come until the end, but it is well done for a romantic film. Edmond O’Brien’s performance was fantastic and I was left wishing for more Richard Todd. The Nun’s Story (1959) Every so often I will come across a film that I just have to watch. I’m not the biggest Audrey Hepburn fan, but this was a spectacular film. It’s slow, but it’s a film about a nun, so I can’t knock it for that. I found it nearly impossible to take my eyes away from the screen. Peter Finch gives a great performance as well. Uncertain Glory (1944) I’ve missed this one the past few times it has been shown on TCM, so I had to watch it this time round. Unfortunately, the film is incredibly boring. I was hoping for some WWII underground/spy action, but it turned out to be more of a psychological crime film, with a bit of romance thrown in for no apparent reason. With that being said, Errol Flynn’s performance is one of the best of his career and Paul Lukas is fantastic alongside Flynn. It’s worth watching for the acting alone.
  2. Two Seconds (1932) I finally got around to watching another classic film. It has been a long time since I watched one. I had never heard of this film until I scrolled through the TCM app and found it amongst the other Robinson films. For the Star of the Month, I usually choose their lesser known films, because they will be more difficult to find. Admittedly, Robinson is not one of my favorite actors, but I definitely respect his talent and what he accomplished. I thought he really nailed this performance. I assumed this film would be some sort of gangster film, but it was definitely more of a psychological drama that clocked in at just over an hour. The descent into madness and the final few scenes made the film. Overall, this was a good film and I was able to add another 1932 film to my list, which has become my most prolific year for no reason in particular.
  3. I watched Kim not too long ago and thought it was awful. I am not really into child actors and Flynn was barely in the film. I have seen: Captain Blood The Adventures of Robin Hood Dodge City The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Northern Pursuit Objective, Burma! Kim The Master of Ballantrae
  4. I caught it during a Flynn tribute last year and picked it over some of his more popular films, because it won't be shown as often. When TCM does tributes, I usually pick the more rare films over the popular films. I will often prefer the lesser known films to the more popular counterparts. I will be very honest; I was waiting for you to comment! 😂 I know he's one of your favorites, but sometimes I find Flynn's acting to be very wooden, but I really enjoyed it in The Master of Ballantrae. I counted his films and I have only seen 8 of them (and exactly half of The Sea Hawk, which I was really enjoying before it was taken off of onDemand). I do like a good boxing movie, so I'll seek out Gentleman Jim. Uncertain Glory is the one Flynn film that I REALLY want to see. I caught the first 15 minutes and was hooked.
  5. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) I finally got around to watching this classic and my main takeaway is: technicolor! It's hard not to smile when watching the Merry Men swing from trees. I know Errol Flynn is the star, but I enjoyed the performances by Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains the most. Captain Blood and The Master of Ballantrae are still my two favorite Flynn films. I am going to assume that most will raise an eyebrow at the inclusion of the latter. 😂
  6. Two O'Clock Courage (1945) I hadn't the chance to watch any films recently, so I chose something short just to say that I watched something and It turned out to be the worst film I had seen in a while. The Wikipedia page says this is a noir, but it's just a basic murder mystery. There are approximately 50 characters and 200 plot lines introduced in just over an hour, which does not make the film very easy to follow. The only good aspects are Tom Conway (an underrated actor, in my opinion) and how there is absolutely no characterization; the film dives right into the action. If you find that you have an uncontrollable desire to watch a Tom Conway film from 1945, I recommend The Falcon in San Francisco instead.
  7. I didn't and never heard of him until this film. 😂 The next thing I know, you'll be telling me George Sanders and Tom Conway were brothers!
  8. He Walked by Night (1948) I'm not usually into these procedural/semi-documentary style films, but this one was very enjoyable. Some of the other semi-documentary films I've watched seem to get bogged down in the narration, but this one struck the perfect balance between narration and story. I really liked Scott Brady's performance in this. It's not the greatest acting you will ever see, but he fits the noir tough guy mold perfectly. He reminded me a bit of Lawrence Tierney.
  9. I meant a few months ago. I remember a number of these Belafonte films being shown in some sort of tribute recently. Edit: Eddie Muller talked about how Pale Flower borrowed the 'waiting game' scene from Odds Against Tomorrow.
  10. Wasn't there a tribute to Belafonte recently or am I confusing it with something else?
  11. Pale Flower (1964) Unfortunately, I didn't get around to watching Red Beard before it expired. I watched the first 15 minutes, and thought it was good, but couldn't find the time to watch a 3 hour film. I did, however, watch another Japanese film, Pale Flower. I didn't pay as much as attention as I should have, because I missed some of the dialogue, but I felt like I needed to continue my Japanese film streak that I started. I have been enjoying Japanese films so much that when I originally started a Bogart film, I turned it off, because I needed something Japanese. It was a little bit abstract and meandering, which Eddie Muller points out, but I thought it was interesting. I think Pale Flower is my first foreign noir, so I guess that counts for something. I liked the scenes with Muraki and Saeko a lot. I thought Ikebe and Kaga had two good performances. I need to dig more into the Yakuza sub-genre.
  12. Machiko Kyo is her name. She was also in The Teahouse of the August Moon and died last year. If you haven't seen it, that's a funny film with Glenn Ford and Marlon Brando. I stopped relying on reviews to determine what I watch, because I will oftentimes enjoy a movie with horrible reviews more than an essential classic.
  13. Drunken Angel (1948) I don't think I have ever watched such a depressing, yet hauntingly beautiful film before. Mifune gives, in my opinion, an all-time great performance in his 4th film, and his first with Kurosawa. This film really grew on me as it went along. Rashomon (1950) I might have to revisit this one again in the future, because it just didn't click for me. I liked Mifune's performance and then scene with the medium, but outside of that I didn't enjoy it as much as the other Mifune/Kurosawa films I've watched so far. I've finished five of the films so far, so here's a quick top 5: 1) Yojimbo 2) Sanjuro 3) Drunken Angel 4) The Hidden Fortress 5) Rashomon I was planning on watching Seven Samurai, but now I am leaning toward Red Beard before it expires. It's a long film, but it's also intriguing. Having only seen bits of Mifune before this birthday tribute, I think I would now place him in my top 10 all-time favorite actors.
  14. I had been looking to branch out into other Japanese films, but I was having a hard time finding them for free/included in a subscription that I already have. I already started to watch Rashomon and I am loving Mifune's performance so far. The final three that you listed are going to be on TCM until May, so I plan on watching those. The others expire tomorrow, and two are very long, so I wanted to try to at least watch two or three of them. I've already started Rashomon and Drunken Angel is an early Mifune film, so I'd like to check that one out. I'll probably go with Seven Samurai since its probably his most famous film and a little bit shorter. Thank you for the other Japanese film recommendations, too. I'll try to find those and check them out when I can. The constant bickering between the two peasants was somewhat off putting until I realized how absurd it was and learned to enjoy it. Both of them are great actors. I think I might try to save Red Beard for last. The film looks really intriguing, but I struggle with very long films. I believe TCM showed Kuroneko at some point, but I missed it. I'd like to watch that at some point. Japanese cinema is becoming one of my favorite style of foreign films.
  15. The Hidden Fortress (1958) This is one of those films that I didn't truly appreciate until the very end. During the film, I thought it was okay, but not great. When it ended, I was able to reflect on all of the absurdity that took place. Yojimbo and Sanjuro are still my top two, but this was a weird and wild ride from beginning to end. I think I'm going to watch Rashomon next, because I missed its previous showing on TCM. Then, I have a choice to make between Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, and Red Beard before they expire in a few days. Any recommendations?
  16. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) I am not entirely sure why I decided to watch this. I'm not a fan of musicals or these kind of films in general. However, I actually ended up enjoying it and was able to tick off another Buster Keaton film. Don Rickles was the best part of the film for me.
  17. I thought the camerawork, use of shadows, etc was really well-done, but outside of that, I didn't really get into it. I ended up zoning out towards the end when everything started to get exciting. I did like how you never really saw who was chasing them. It gave off a very expressionist vibe to me.
  18. Sanjuro (1962) I decided to follow up Yojimbo with its follow-up. I think I preferred the former, I am honestly not sure. It seems like I don't know much, but I do know a few things: 1) Toshiro Mifune is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. His rogue character of Sanjuro is now one of my all-time favorite characters in film. 2) Closet man is great. 3) I'm not giving anything away here, but the ending is one of the most spectacularly confusing endings I have ever seen. It's unexpected, flawed, and wonderful. SansFin sold me on The Hidden Fortress, so that's next. TCM needs more day-long Japanese film days.
  19. I’m not sure if you’ve looked lately, but they’re both onDemand.
  20. I tried to watch An Enemy of the People multiple times, but I was never in the mood for a drama. I'm glad someone on here watched that rare film and enjoyed it. The only McQueen film I ended up watching was The Honeymoon Machine, which was enjoyable.
  21. Yojimbo (1961) - "I'll be waiting for you at the gates of hell." I always seem to ignore the samurai films when they're shown on TCM, because I don't feel like reading the subtitles. I'm not sure why I do that, because I really enjoy foreign films. Anyway, I decided to check this one out and I am glad that I did. It's comedic, brutal, and the atmosphere and sound is simply incredible. I thought every performance was fantastic. It's time to watch the rest of the Mifune films now.
  22. I definitely wouldn't call Buster Keaton's characters 'stupid'. His whole persona is based on a relatively normal guy being wrapped up in ridiculous situations by accident; accidentally being sent to prison while golfing, accidentally becoming a professional boxer, etc. I am a fan of the Stooges, because it is mindless fun. I don't have to follow a complex plot or wait for some masterfully concocted comedic line to make the entire film. They short, sweet, and fun from beginning to end. To tie the two posts together, Disorder in the Court was lifted from a Buster Keaton film, Sidewalks of New York. I love Keaton, but I prefer the Stooges' take on it. I think their personas work better with the plot.
  23. Across the Pacific (1942) I really enjoyed this WWII-era spy triller with Bogart, Astor, and Greenstreet. I felt like the script wasn’t the greatest at some points, but there was great chemistry between all of the actors, especially Bogie and Astor. All of the WWII-era spy films are thinly veiled propaganda pieces, but I find them enjoyable to watch.
  24. I hate that more than anything. Just because something is considered "great" doesn't mean you personally have to like it. A lot of people consider The Searchers to be one of, if not the greatest, westerns ever made. Personally, I didn't enjoy it. One of my favorite years is 1936, because it has handful of great (in my opinion) William Powell films. I don't expect many to agree with me, but why should that matter?
  25. I’m on a crime spree (sorry, I couldn’t resist): The Burglar’s Dilemma (1912) A Biograph short starting a younger Lionel Barrymore and featuring the two Gish sisters. It runs at about 15 minutes and is worth watching at that length. Battling Butler (1926) My 9th Buster Keaton film and there’s truly no other actor like him. This film is almost a dramedy in some respects and is very well put together. I was laughing out loud a handful of times throughout. After Office Hours (1935) Mid-30s Clark Gable is my favorite Clark Gable. This story has some gaping plot holes, but his performance in this is one of my favorite Gable performances. If you like fast-talking newspapermen in films, check this one out. Truck Busters (1943) TCM’s Saturday B crime films are one of my favorite features. This one has the issues any B film has, but the story about independent truckers vs. a big corporation is filled with action from start to finish, and it comes in at under an hour. It’s worth watching if you’re short on time and looking for action.
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