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Posts posted by pktrekgirl

  1. Yes, Jeffrey. Of course I've seen that video before. But of course, there are tons of Star Trek related you tubes - some serious, some funny, etc. I've seen them all, more than likely.


    Here is another of my favorite opening credits sequences. And just as a point of interest, this show was how I was introduced to at least 3 classic film stars...before I was a classic film fan: Jane Wyman, Cesar Romero, and earlier in the series, Mel Ferrer.


    Started watching this show 'cus I was an old Dark Shadows fan (once again, Scifi/fantasy), and followed David Selby to this show:


    Falcon Crest:



  2. Well, my other big passion besides classic film (indeed, it pre-dates classic film) is scifi TV.


    And there are a ton of great themes/opening credits to some of these shows.


    My personal favorites (and keep in mind that this does not reflect my relative feelings about the shows themselves, only the credits/theme and how it fits the content of the show):


    1. *Stargate Atlantis*:


    2. *Babylon 5:* (this YouTube is long because this show featured a massive intergalactic war which stretched over several seasons, so they changed the credits every year to reflect the growing hostilities...but all 5 years credits were great):




    My favorite of the 5 seasons credits is season 4's:


    3. *Farscape*:


    4. *Stargate SG-1*:


    5. *Star Trek Voyager:*


    6. *Star Trek Deep Space Nine:*


    7. *Firefly:*


    8. *Battlestar Galactica:*


    And yes, to answer your question: I watched all these shows and am the biggest nerd-girl ever. :D

  3. I hated the postcard rack, so I'm glad it's gone. I hated the guy's voice and what he says, I hated the music, and I hated some of the postcards shown.


    I liked "One Reel Wonders" and I like this new one though. So I'm good with the new one.


    I actually miss the buildings in the rating info bits much more than I will ever miss these postcards.

  4. Some of my favorites:


    *John Ford/John Wayne* - that one is a given, I think.

    *Alfred Hitchcock/James Stewart* - the Hitchcock films he made were among my favorite James Stewart movies

    *Frank Capra/James Stewart* - the Capra films he made make up the rest of my favorite James Stewart movies

    *Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn* - Bring on the Empty Horses! :D

    *Douglas Sirk/Rock Hudson* - I love all of those movies they did together

    *John Huston/Humphrey Bogart* - with the exception of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) and To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks) all of Bogies best movies were with Huston.

  5. If I were to co-host The Essentials, these would be my picks. While these are NOT a list of my 12 all-time favorite movies or anything like that, I love all of them, and have tried to provide a good mix of various genres from various eras. I don't know how many they have each year, so I'll pick a dozen (in no particular order).


    1. *My Man Godfrey (1936)* - comedy - William Powell/Carole Lobbard

    2. *Doctor Zhivago (1965)* - epic drama - Omar Sharif/Julie Christie

    3. *Swing Time (1936)* - musical - Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers

    4. *The Kid (1921)* - silent comedy/drama - Charlie Chaplin

    5. *Mrs. Miniver (1942)* - British war-on-the-homefront drama - Greer Garson/Walter Pidgeon

    6. *Pickup on South Street (1953)* - Noir - Richard Widmark

    7. *Ball of Fire (1942)* - romantic comedy - Gary Cooper/Barbara Stanwyck

    8. *Objective, Burma! (1945)* - hard-core war/action movie - Errol Flynn

    9. *Alfie (1966)* - British contemporary comedy/drama - Michael Caine

    10. *On the Beach (1959)* - cold war nuclear apocalypse scenario - Gregory Peck/Ava Gardner

    11. *White Heat (1949)* - gangster film - James Cagney

    12. *Stagecoach (1939)* - western - John Wayne


    That gives the following coverage:

    1920's - 1

    1930's - 3

    1940's - 4

    1950's - 2

    1960's - 2


    Plus, it gives a good mix of comedy, drama, westerns, musicals, etc.

  6. Well, while I agree with you about the Van Dine shorts being fun and in need of better 'advance notice' on the schedule, I take issue with the 'travelogues' not being interesting.


    I actually COLLECT those FitzPatrick Travel Talks. I am an avid traveler myself (been all over the world - traveling is even more of a passion for me than film!) and I look forward to those Travel Talks because I enjoy seeing how some of the places I've been in the past 10 or 20 years looked 50 + years ago.


    My point is that, while I agree with you about the Van Dine Shorts, don't assume that because YOU don't like the Travel Talks, they are uninteresting to all. ;)

  7. Yes. He was adorable. Utterly charming and elegant, yet with stunningly perfect comedic timing.


    All I have to do to bring a smile to my face is to picture Cary Grant walking into that bathroom when he doesn't believe there is a leopard in there in Bringing Up Baby.


    Perfect comedic timing.



  8. Meh. These guys are almost all just gold diggers looking for $$$ and, secondarily, their 15 minutes of fame (which they try to cash in on as well).


    When I see this stuff in the news, I just ignore it. If it had any credibility at all, why didn't she bring it up when Lucy was still alive to confirm it? Oh....wait! Because Lucy would most likely deny it.

  9. Glad you posted! I was hoping that you would! :)


    Your list is quite interesting. I probably should have included Brahms on my original list of favorites, and Schubert too, for that matter. Thought about going back to add Schubert, but was too lazy to do so, in the end.


    I have quite a few recordings as well. I would say Mozart is the most often-seen composer in my collection...although I have alot of Rachmaninov (including many different performers interpretations of the 2nd and 3rd piano concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini - I tend to do that with many of my favorite compositions), Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Dvorak, etc. And I try to grab at least a few of the works from pretty much all of the major classical composers for my iPod as I have the opportunity and cash.


    For example, I have tons of alternative interpretations of Mozart's Requiem. Or the Beethoven symphonies - Von Karajan, Klemperer, Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra...you name it. But my favorite single CD in all of classical music is Carlos Kleiber and the Vienna Philharmonic's Beethoven's 5th and 7th. IMO, this is an absolutely FLAWLESS recording. I mean, by the time I heard this recording, I'd only heard the 5th about a gazillion times in my life (in addition to enduring that ghastly rock rendition that was around when we were kids), and it had kinda ceased doing anything new for me on repeat listenings. But when I heard THIS recording, my heart practically stopped. If I had to pick one recording to take to a desert island, this would be it. Even though Beethoven is only about 4th on my list overall of favorite composers. Needless to say, I have pretty much all the available recordings of Kleiber/**** Philharmoniker - too bad they didn't put out that many. I'd buy them all. :D


    I guess that's why I like collecting alternative interpretations though. Makes it much more interesting, IMO.


    Ermm...and sorry to hear about so many deaths of people you know lately. How terrible. Hope you are okay.....


    But we can talk about music later. No need to respond to me now if you don't feel up to it. I'll just watch this thread when I pop in here....or we can email.


    Still miss Dan though. :( Listen to him alot and can't stop missing him.

  10. *Modern Stars:*

    Denzel Washington - fabulous actor AND breathtakingly handsome.

    Morgan Freeman

    Whoopie Goldberg

    Gregory Hines (I used to LOVE to watch him dance - White Nights in particular was a great movie!)



    *Classic Stars:*

    Sidney Poitier

    Hattie McDaniel


    If any of these folks are in a film, that automatically makes it worth watching, as far as I'm concerned. Never seen a sub-par performance from any of them.

  11. Well, I see a few people are 'coming clean' with a list of "A List" type films they have not yet seen. So what the heck - I'm game. I mean, with well over 10,000 classic films out there, you can't see all of them, right? And even some big ones are likely to fall through the cracks - at least for a while.


    Anyway, here are some films I'm embarrassed not to have seen yet:


    The Man With the Golden Arm - just terrible of me since I am a Frank Sinatra fan and this is by all accounts one of his best films.


    My Darling Clementine - I'm not a huge fan of westerns unless they have Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn or John Wayne in them (or James Garner - love those two Support Your Local....films!). And I'm even LESS of a Henry Fonda fan. So, while I actually own this one on DVD, I've just never gotten around to watching it.


    The Grapes of Wrath - told you I wasn't a big Henry Fonda fan. :D


    Alexander's Ragtime Band - I love Tyrone Power and have seen a ton of his films, but the mood has not yet struck me to put this one into my DVD player.


    The Barkleys of Broadway - can't believe I've not gotten around to watching this Astaire & Rogers film.


    The Little Foxes - one of the few pre-1950 Bette Davis films that I've not seen


    La Dolce Vita - yes, I know it is a Fellini masterpiece. But it is also 3 hours long, and thus far, I've not been able to pump myself up to read subtitles for 3 hours. Even if the payoff IS Marcello Mastroianni.





    Films that I've seen large parts of, but have never actually sat down and 'officially' watched all the way through, all in one sitting:


    An American In Paris - I'm WAY embarrassed about this one!


    The Americanization of Emily - and this, despite the fact that on Private Screenings, James Garner says this was one of his favorite films to make....and I LOVE James Garner.


    They Were Expendable - mostly cus it's a way long movie.


    Paths of Glory - well, unfortunately, the part I've seen of this film is like the last 40 minutes. And since the ending of this one is important, and I already know how it ends, I kinda have never seen the point of sitting down to watch the whole thing. One day I'll accidentally catch the beginning, I hope.

  12. Me too. My tradition of watching Yankee Doodle Dandy on July 4th is by far my favorite one. I simply never tire of this wonderful film.


    However, I guess I don't have many holiday-related traditions related to one specific film. I try to watch Christmas in Connecticut (and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) sometime during the holiday season, but the rest of my traditions are more vague. I like to watch a vampire movie of some type on Halloween (anything from Dracula to a modern vampire film like The Lost Boys or Underworld - different one each year)...and I celebrate some stars' birthdays and/or anniversary of their death each year with one of their films (again, different one each year).


    But Yankee Doodle Dandy is really the only film that I always watch on a particular date each year.


    For me, this movie mades the holiday special, and helps me keep in mind the reason for the celebration!

  13. Well, April, you actually know two of my favorite classical pieces, more than likely, as they are the opening/closing credits music of two films you have likely seen.


    *Brief Encounter (1945)* - Opening credits are the 1st movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2, Closing credits are the 3rd movement of the same concerto.


    *The Great Lie (1941)* - Opening credits are Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1


    Also, I believe that I remember Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture being credits music for a classic film I saw, but I can't remember which one. All I remember is that I was watching a film one day, and heard it and thought "Cool! The Hebrides!" Maybe Chris will know... Now it's gonna make me crazy until I remember. :D


    Oh...and if you have ever seen *Platoon*, you have heard Barber's Adagio For Strings. It's the music that's playing as Willem DaFoe's character is getting shot to bits by the North Vietnamese/Viet Cong when they leave him. :(


    And of course, if you have ever seen *Amadeus*, you have definitely heard parts of both Mozart's Requiem and Don Giovanni. :)


    So there you go...most of my faves are in movie scores, as it turns out!


    But yeah...I'm a classical music fan. Season tickets to the Atlanta Symphony and everything.


    I can't remember if I have ever chatted with Chris about classical. I know we have emailed extensively about Dan Fogelberg, who we both love (and who passed away about 18 months ago)...but I don't remember if we ever talked classical.....

  14. Very good news about another studio possibly jumping on board.


    I'm hoping it will be Universal or Paramount.


    For the most part I'm happy with Fox - between the massive Ford at Fox set, two excellent Tyrone Power sets, two Alice Faye sets, a Betty Grable set, a Carmen Miranda set, a couple of Horror sets, a Westerns set, a Hemmingway set, about a billion Shirley Temple sets, a John Wayne set or two, PLUS the Fox Studio Classics series and the Fox Film Noir series, I really can't complain. My favorite Fox stars are Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, and Dana Andrews, and while I could do with a few more Dana Andrews films, his best ones are covered already (mainly in the film noir series)....and Tyrone Power has received excellent coverage. Gene Tierney has gotten reasonably good coverage also.


    I'd really love to see Universal release a few more of those Screen Legend sets like they did for John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, James Stewart and Rock Hudson. Those were GREAT because they included some lesser-known films, which I was really happy about. For the women they did those 3 glamour collections for Carole Lombard, Mae West and Marlene Dietrich, but they weren't NEARLY as nice as the ones they did for the male actors. I'd love to see them pick up the Screen Legend series for several other actors and actresses!


    And Paramount...where to start? They need to root around in their silents vault in the worst possible way, for a start. But with the exception of a super-duper John Wayne set I have, my DVD collection is pretty thin on Paramount releases, I'm afraid. They really need to fix that.

  15. I enjoy a wide range of music - classical (including Opera), big band, easy listening, jazz, rock, and even some pop. I can find something to like in pretty much any genre except for rap, which I cannot STAND. My likes are also somewhat limited among country music listings as well, but I do like a couple of country artists, anyway.


    *Classical* - I am particularly partial to Mozart and Rachmaninov, but other favorites include Liszt, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and several others. My favorite pieces of instrumental classical music are:


    Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor - This is my all-time favorite. Music doesn't get any more passionate than this!

    Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat K 364

    Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor

    Mendelssohn's Symphony #4 in A Major - "Italian"

    Mendelssohn's Overture "The Hebrides"

    Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Op 61

    Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1

    Barber's Adagio for Strings


    My favorite vocal/Operatic music:

    Mozart's Requiem

    Mozart's Don Giovanni K 527



    *Rock* - my favorite rock, classic rock & pop artists are:

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

    Pearl Jam

    The Tragically Hip

    Dan Fogelberg


    Others I really like alot are:

    Bon Jovi

    The Police/Sting

    Alanis Morissette



    The GooGoo Dolls


    Matchbox 20

    Fleetwood Mac

    James Taylor

    Janis Joplin



    *Country* - I only like two country artists. They are:

    Garth Brooks

    The Dixie Chicks



    *Big Band* - mostly really love Glenn Miller


    *Easy Listening* - who else? Frank Sinatra! All others are pretenders!

  16. As a huge Errol Flynn fan, I have been hearing about and looking forward eagerly to these supposed memoirs for over 5 years, and yet, nothing real has ever come to light. Not even so much as a publisher's name or a projected publication date that I have heard about.


    Are you sure she is still writing them? Frankly, I've about given up we've been waiting so long.


    If you have some 'hard' information about this, I'd love to hear about it. But so far, all I've heard is the rumor...and I've been hearing that for so long I no longer believe it, absent any hard evidence.

  17. I watched two of these films tonight as I was taking a rare evening off from work to mess around on the internet.


    A Royal Scandal was, to be honest, one of the stupidest films I've seen in some time. I couldn't actually tell whether some of the 'comedy' was intentional or not, but in any event, it wasn't funny - just annoying. Most annoying of all was her persistence in calling him Alex-"i". GAH, that was godawful! Of course none of this was made any better by the fact that I have long been a student of Russian history and language. When it came to Russian history, language and culture, this film was simply dreadful. And if it was instead intended to be funny or some sort of spoof, it failed. The only redeeming point of the entire thing was Charles Coburn, IMO. As usual, he was great.


    My Blue Heaven, IMO was a much better movie. Not the best Betty Grable film I've ever seen - that white hair thing she had goin' on made her look much older than her age, for one thing. But the story was good and the music was decent.

  18. Okay, just got done ordering the Coop Bundle. Thanks for giving me the link, guys. That made it really easy! And I'm really glad you told me about the bundle itself. That gave me a much better price!


    And April - I agree that the prices are kinda high on the WB Archive films. I think the bundle prices are reasonable though - about $10 ea is much more reasonable given the lack of extras, etc.


    I really want a few of those Gable movies, but not at $17.99. I'll wait and see if they do a Gable bundle, because as you know, I'd be happy to own all of them if the price is right. Like with Gary Cooper, I have all of Gable's films that have been released on DVD and most others from his catalog on DVD-R. But if the WB Archive offers them in a bundle at a reasonable price, I'd love to get better copies of the ones I have only on DVD-R.


    I also want to check their holdings for other actors I collect avidly - I'd love to get my hands on a few William Powell films that are still missing from my collection. I positively dream of finding them some day!


    Anyway, thanks again for all the help tonight!


    I'll try to come around more. I always have such a nice time when I just take an evening and play around on the net, posting on this board, etc. Been sitting around on my sofa tonight, watching TCM and messing around on this board. Fun evening! (even if A Royal Scandal WAS one of the stupidest films I've seen, like EVER! LOL And was only made worse by the fact that I am a student of Russian history and language. She made me cringe every time she called him Alex-"i" ACK! Thank goodness My Blue Heaven was better!)

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