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Everything posted by YourManGodfrey

  1. Black Legion (1937) I don’t have a lot to say about this film other than I was able to tick off another Bogart film. Hardcore (1979) Liam Neesom gives a really good performance in this— whoops, wrong film. I honestly have no interest in this era of film, but I really enjoyed this. It’s very, very gritty and George C. Scott is a great actor. It’s actually my first Scott film and I’ll have to seek out some more of his work.
  2. In a Lonely Place (1950) I like Bogart and will watch almost any film that he’s in, but I have yet to figure out how he became the biggest star in classic film. He didn’t have the looks or the voice, but you recognize that something special is happening when you watch the man on screen. I had wanted to see this film for a while and finally got around to it. Unfortunately, it left me a bit wanting. I thought the acting was fine, but nothing really happened. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but there was never a sense of suspense. The Harder They Fall, The African Queen,
  3. From Here to Eternity (1953) I put off watching this for a long time, because I hated Clift’s acting in I Confess so much that I refused to watch anything with him in it. While I still despise that performance, I’ll no longer avoid Clift because of it. I liked this film a lot and the three main actors nailed it; Lancaster, Clift, and Sinatra. I’ve read some stories about Sinatra off camera and I’ve seen some people critique his acting, but I think he’s really good. As far as Lancaster is concerned, he’s quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite actors. The precision with which he deliv
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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. 😂
  9. 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 th
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Wasn't there a tribute to Belafonte recently or am I confusing it with something else?
  14. 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 ab
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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 Sam
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 mor
  22. I’m not sure if you’ve looked lately, but they’re both onDemand.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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, Si
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