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Everything posted by YourManGodfrey

  1. Escape (1940) with Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, and Conrad Veidt I struggled to make it through this one. I like all of the actors, but something annoyed me throughout the film and I can’t quite pinpoint it. Taylor’s character consistently missing the obvious point throughout the film was tiresome. I had a run of films where I enjoyed all of them, so I was bound to run across one that I didn’t like.
  2. The Master of Ballantrae (1953) Paradise for Three (1938) The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) A Bucket of Blood (1959) 36 Hours (1965)
  3. Here’s a short list of films that I love and also have performances that are great no matter the era: The Petrified Forest (1936) with Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart My Man Godfrey (1936) with William Powell and Carole Lombard A Star Is Born (1937) with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) with James Stewart, Claudes Rains, and Jean Arthur The Philadelphia Story (1940) with James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, and Cary Grant Love Crazy (1941) with William Powell and Myrna Loy White Heat (1949) with James Cagney
  4. The V.I.Ps (1963) I’ve wanted to watch this since it popped up on TCM and finally got around to it. It won’t move into my top 10, or even 20 films, but I really enjoyed watching it. The only performance I wasn’t impressed with was Elizabeth Taylor’s. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in anything else, so I’m not sure if this was just an off performance or not. I need to watch Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? now, because I’m craving more Richard Burton. The Third Man (1949) This is one of the greatest films I have ever had the pleasure of watching. The story and t
  5. Watching silent shorts are a good way to ease into silent films, too. Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920) is my favorite Keaton film so far and it’s a short. If you’re interested in another silent comedian, check out Max Linder. A lot of his sub-10 minute shorts are available on YouTube. I’d also recommend The Big Parade (1925) with John Gilbert. The scale, the story, and the acting blew me away.
  6. I recently watched Armored Car Robbery and Talman’s performance blew me away. For me, he’s one of the most sinister actors in the history of film. I’ll have to check out The Bigamist.
  7. Great Guy (1936) I have two thoughts on this film: I’m thankful that Cagney went back to Warner Bros. and it’s a shame Mae Clarke’s career went nowhere. There are flashes of the Cagney everyone knows, but the film is just too poor for him to do anything with the material. Whisky Galore (1949) I saw some discussion on here about this film and decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed this film from start to finish; the black humor thrown in at the end makes the entire film. Every performance was top notch. Give this a try if you haven’t already.
  8. I’ve already seen a chunk of the shorts on YouTube, but I can’t wait to watch good quality examples and the early Arbuckle shorts. I really want the Lupino collection. The Hitch-Hiker is one of my favorite noirs.
  9. I’m new here, so I’ll group in my Christmas gifts with my recent purchases. Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection, 1917-1923 The Three Stooges: The Complete DVD Collection, 1934-1959 Singin’ in the Rain (two-disc special edition) The Maltese Falcon (three-disc special edition, with 1931 and 1936 films) Le Mans ”G” Men The Asphalt Jungle (Criterion) Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion) Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Double Indemnity Niagra Rendezvous (William Powell/Rosalind Russel)
  10. I’ve seen Gallipoli a few times. It’s very inaccurate, but I really enjoy watching it. It’s not technically a war film, but The Year of Living Dangerously is another great early Mel Gibson film.
  11. I went on a silent shorts binge yesterday and watched the following: Max ne se mariera pas (1910) Max Linder gets things stuck to his hands and can’t get them off while meeting a girl’s family. Linder’s shorts are only 5-10 minutes long, so it’s easy to knock off a handful and understand what made him a great comedian. Two-Gun Gussie (1918) My first experience with Harold Lloyd and I want more. The editing is very choppy when compared with Keaton, but I like his brand of comedy a lot. Take a Chance (1918) I told you I wanted more Harold Lloyd. Some of
  12. I forgot about a handful more that probably would have made my list: Flammen & Citronen (2009), Winter in Wartime (2008), Max Manus: Man of War (2008), The Winter War (1989), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), April 9th (2015), The King’s Choice (2016), The Spy in Black (1939), and 1944 (2015). April 9th is one of the most interesting war films I have ever seen. It’s about a Danish bicycle battalion in the middle of the German Invasion of Denmark.
  13. I’ve stopped looking at actors in that way. Mitchum’s performance in Cape Fear is one of my all-time favorite performances and that role is about as sleazy and nasty as it gets. I’ll have to find a copy of The Racket to watch, because I love Talman in The Hitch-Hiker and Armored Car Robbery.
  14. Thank you! I’ve been watching classic movies for my entire life, I recently started to really get into them within the past year. War and westerns were my go-to genres, and now I’ve branched out into everything, so my critiques might come off as more simplistic than most on here. Noir has become one of my favorite genres. I think part of the reason I disliked the movie was that I recently got into Robert Ryan and was expecting to see more of him. Before On Dangerous Ground, I only knew him from Battle of the Bulge and hated him. I feel compelled to fix that and watch the rest of his films now.
  15. After sleeping on it, Act of Violence wasn’t as terrible as I made it out to be. I wasn’t trying to make a direct comparison to Cape Fear in that regard. I just thought that the suspense was lacking and I was never really on the edge of my seat until the final few scenes.
  16. Detour (1945) I had read a lot of good things about this film and finally decided to watch it. I’m happy to say that it lived up to the hype. It doesn’t have a complicated plot like some noir, but it made me want to keep watching every second. The acting was great and I would watch it again. Act of Violence (1949) This is a film that I did not enjoy. My biggest problem is that there is very little tension created. Robert Ryan plays the antagonist, but receives very few lines and very little screen time. It’s like if Cape Fear focused solely on Gregory Peck, while Robert Mitchum
  17. 1) A Bridge Too Far 2) The Great Escape 3) The Longest Day 4) The Guns of Navarone 5) Force 10 from Navarone 6) Von Ryan’s Express 7) Sands of Iwo Jima 😎 Battle of Britain 9) Tora! Tora! Tora! 10) Five Graves to Cairo Honorable Mentions: The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Sand Pebbles, Gallipoli, Beneath Hill 60, and The Big Parade. There are a ton of war films that I like, so I could easily add another 20+. The top four are films that I will watch no matter how many times they’re on TV.
  18. Three Men on a Horse (1936), Frank McHugh/Joan Blondell This film has been up on TCM for a while now and I never planned on watching it, but I’m glad I did. This is a funny, witty, and well-acted film. Every time it started to drag, a a funny line or scene drew me right back in. I’ve seen a handful of Frank McHugh films now and this might be his best. Sam Levene (in his first credited role), Allen Jenkins, Teddy Hart, and Paul Harvey are great, too. I really don’t care for Joan Blondell or Carol Hughes, though.
  19. I didn’t read anything about where they used the doubles for Harlow, but I was aware of it, so I made a game of trying to figure it out. The most obvious is the final scene, because her back is completely turned. I had missed Westworld back in October when it was on, so I was really excited to finally see it. I think it’s a good film, but I just built it up so much in my own head that it couldn’t live up to the expectations. Yul Brynner did a great job, though. I’ve seen both It Happened One Night and The Misfits. My favorite Gable film so far is probably the most obvious answer
  20. Hey, everyone. This is my first post here. I just finished The Major and the Minor from 1942, with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland today. It reminded me a lot of Rogers’ performance in Monkey Business, especially the dancing scene with Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe. I can’t think of anyone else that could have played the role better than Rogers. It’s not my favorite film of all-time, but I give it 7/10. I also recently finished Westworld (1973), A Star is Born (1937), and Saratoga (1937). I was hyping up Westworld in my head and it didn’t deliver for me. A Star Is Born was excellent and
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