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Everything posted by YourManGodfrey

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Beast of the City (1932) This one has been up onDemand for a while now and I had been ignoring it. I don't know if I would call it the best 30s gangster film, but I really enjoyed it. There is some depth to the characters, it doesn't overstay its welcome, and it's one of the most brutal pre-codes I have seen. This was also my 6th 1932 film I have watched in the past two weeks. For some reason, 1932 has become one of my most prolific years for films. Lights of New York (1928) Continuing my theme of watching pre-noir crime films, and films that I have been sitting onDemand for we
  5. Strange Justice (1932) I wasn't in the mood for something with a complicated plot that I had to follow, so I tossed on this short pre-code. It's obviously a B-movie, but it's surprisingly interesting. It clocks in at just over an hour and features a number of plot twists. Some of the acting isn't the best, but that's okay. I always like when I go into a film expecting absolutely nothing and it ends up being far better than it should have been. Algie the Miner (1912) This is a great 10 minute short from Alice Guy-Blache. It reminds me of a Buster Keaton film.
  6. The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) It was my first time seeing any of the Magnificent Seven films. I guess it was an odd choice to start at the end of the series, but it caught my eye and Lee Van Cleef looked like a rugged, old gunfighter. It was an okay film with a dark theme. I’d like to see the others in the series now.
  7. The Honeymoon Machine (1961) A McQueen film before he became a star a few years later. His acting is not as bad as he seemed to think it was at this time, but you can tell that he's still not quite where he'd be during The Great Escape. The plot is outrageous, but it's funny, well-acted, and easy to watch. I liked Brigid Bazlen, but it appears that she only acted in a handful of films before moving on.
  8. I watch almost all of my movies with onDemand, so I haven't watched it yet. I started watching The Honeymoon Machine, though.
  9. They had a naval warfare theme yesterday and there are a few Steve McQueen war films today for his feature. Other than that, they're sporadic and have a lot of romantic elements.
  10. I never would have guessed that. Have you ever seen Three Men on a Horse with McHugh in the starring role? That's the film that really made me appreciate him as an actor and a really underrated comedy from 1936.
  11. The Fighting 69th (1940) This is a Cagney film that I had been wanting to watch for a while now. Did you know that it was literally against the law for Cagney to make a movie without Frank McHugh in it? Crazy, right? Cagney was allowed to play a Cagney character, but I thought it was more nuanced than his gangster characters. I really liked Pat O'Brien and I didn't realize the officer was George Brent until the credits. I need to see more of his films. I missed my chance when every other Bette Davis film they aired not too long ago had Brent in it.
  12. An Enemy of the People is a weird one that I have to watch. I just read a bit about it and found out that it barely had a release, because they had no idea what to do with it.
  13. I appreciate that you didn’t get combative, because many would. My only point is that people like different things. If TCM switched to all comedies, I wouldn’t watch TCM as much and would be disappointed. I like to mix up my viewing, so that I don’t get bored with one genre. I actually avoided two submarine movies today, because I didn’t want to watch something with people trapped in a metal tube.
  14. Over the past few days, I’ve watched westerns, films noir, war films, and comedies. The comedies brought me the least joy. Some people prefer pre-codes, some prefer the 60s. Some prefer comedy, some prefer westerns. People find joy and happiness in different things.
  15. You’re assuming everyone finds joy in lighter fare. What if the majority finds joy in watching noir and war films?
  16. The only actor that I have any meaningful collection of is James Stewart. I don't actively collect films with specific actors, but I'll try to buy anything with William Powell or James Cagney. I also have a tiny collection of Hitchcock films.
  17. Valley of the Kings (1954) I thought the plot was a bit simplistic, but I'm a fan of adventure movies like this, so it wasn't a big issue. Being filmed on location, the scenery was great to look at and both Taylor and Parker were good in their roles.
  18. I watched Young Cassidy (1965) yesterday, and after looking at this thread, realized she was in The V.I.P.s, too. I never would have guessed it was the same woman from Downton Abbey. I thought those performances were really good alongside Rod Taylor.
  19. A Successful Calamity (1932) My 5th Arliss film and one that ends as soon as it starts. I prefer watching shorter films, but if this one was 15 or 20 minutes longer, it would have come into its own. I thought Evalyn Knapp was really good and William Janney was the only weak link. I Wake Up Screaming (1941) Someeewheeeereee over the raaaaainbooow! It's a shame Laird Cregar died so young, because he was as menacing as anyone could be. It would have been interesting to see how his career progressed throughout the 40s. The Quiet Man (1952) This is a really slow film, but I
  20. The Rising of the Moon (1957) I had never seen an anthology style film before this, but I am glad that I decided to watch it. It's not the most exciting film in the world, but I'm a sucker for Irish movies, so I found it really interesting to watch. The final portion, 1921, was my favorite episode of the three. Now I want go back and watch The Informer (1935) again.
  21. Every time I mention The Exorcism of Emily Rose to someone, the person thinks I’m talking about The Exorcist. It’s happened so many times that I was starting to believe I made a movie up in my head that didn’t actually exist.
  22. I started watching that, had to stop, and never got around to restarting it before it left onDemand.
  23. Secrets of the French Police (1932) Other than Frank Morgan, this is just another B-film that I won’t really remember. I’m always interested in watching lesser known pre-codes, though.
  24. That would be even better. An academy award nomination, starring roles in ‘lesser’ films, and great supporting roles in big films certainly demands some sort of recognition, right?
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