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  1. *I'm not saying sorry for "The Hunt For Red October", I though it was crap!! I guess Sean Connery needed to pay the rent!* Rolls eyes I don't think Sean Connery has any trouble whatever, as you say, 'paying the rent'. I think James Bond took care of that, quite handily. But in any event, while you may think that movie is 'crap', the majority of people do not agree with you. It was, in fact, a huge hit and a very high-grossing film. So, while YOU many perhaps not like it, that doesn't make it bad. And it most definitely was not a flop by any standard. I thought this t
  2. There are a ton of titles to pick from. And Kay had so many great (and elegant) co-stars that they could easily put a boxed set together than no woman could resist. Elegant Kay, her electrifying wardrobe, and those fabulous deco sets...PLUS Ronald Colman, William Powell, Errol Flynn, George Brent..... Good grief, I'd be in heaven.
  3. Sean Connery in Highlander 2: The Quickening and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (although both do have their fans!) In my last post I was all about defending THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER....but I'm a pretty big scifi fan who has posted regularly on scifi boards for years and mod at one very large one...and I can confirm that HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN are not all that well regarded in the scifi community. HIGHLANDER 2 is pretty much universally regarded as a huge step down from the first film (although by no means the worst)...and THE LEAGU
  4. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER is a flop/turkey? Erm...hardly. That movie was a huge hit and is by most people's standards the best Tom Clancy novel-based movie ever made. That movie rocked all over town, and Sean Connery, while probably the main reason why, was by no means the sole reason why. Alec Baldwin put in what was probably the performance of his career, and Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones and Courtney Vance (who is not as well know as the others, but who plays Joney, the sonar guy on the Dallas) all were spectacularly good. I have probably seen this movie about 20
  5. You know, George Brent had to grow on me. Sometimes that happens when I first meet up with a star in a role I don't particularly care for. I can't remember which film it was where I first saw George Brent - I think one of the Bette Davis ones. But I wasn't overly impressed and never got into him. In fact, I kind of avoided him for a long time - unfairly so, because I'd seen so few of his films. But then, way back during Jean Arthur month, I saw him in MORE THAN A SECRETARY (1936) and just loved him. All of a sudden, it just clicked and my initial opinion was changed instantly. Since
  6. Oh fun! I love lists too! My picks (absolute favorite role first) - *Gary Cooper* - Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Professor Bertrum Potts in Ball of Fire, Cole Harden in The Westerner, Long John Willoughby in Meet John Doe, Alvin C. York in Sergeant York, and (of course) Will Kane in High Noon. *Clark Gable* - Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, Peter in It Happened One Night, Casey Dennis in Command Decision, Ulysses Johnson in Homecoming, Dennis Carson in Red Dust, Commander JP Richardson in Run Silent, Run Deep, Col Pieter Deventer in Betrayed. *Barbara Stanwy
  7. Okay...so I wandered in here for the first time today, having a bit of free time on my hands (incredible in itself lately) and hoping to get the opportunity to ridicule and mock Frank Grimes, who is in dire need of massive quantities of mocking ridicule. I mean, anyone who cannot see the breathtaking talent and beauty of Gary Cooper is truly deserving of any and all ridicule thrown his way, as far as I am concerned. But, while I'm not gonna go back over 111 pages, I'm not seeing much ridicule in here. Needless to say, disappointment abounds. So what is it you guys use this thread f
  8. My top 10 is really difficult to come up with, because, with the exception of the top 3, actors tend to move up and down my top 20 on a regular basis, depending upon my mood, what I've seen lately, and what I've been reading. Nevertheless, here is a shot: 1. Gary Cooper 2. Clark Gable 3. Barbara Stanwyck 4. William Powell 5. Cary Grant 6. Myrna Loy 7. Rudolph Valentino 8. Kay Francis 9. Humphrey Bogart 10 James Cagney Others who you might see on the list if you asked me again next week: Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power, Bette Davis, Ronald Colman, Errol Flynn, Joan
  9. *LOL! Too funny! Poor Paul, heaven forbid he shows his face more often than one of our* *favorites.* LOL! Hey...well, if I can't put Cary Grant in there twice, then Paul doesn't get to be in there twice either! Especially if Coop isn't in there at all!
  10. Erm....I know the term for it. I was trying to be more polite about it, however.
  11. Movies I have a really difficult time watching are films about the Holocaust. The horror of the death camps is, frankly, too difficult to contemplate at times, because the behavior of not only Hitler but of the SS, the Gestapo...the prison camp guards, etc absolutely defies even the most loose definition of the word 'humanity'. And I cannot fathom in my mind how these individuals rationalized their actions at the time. I simply cannot emotionally accept the utter scope of the thing. I mean, it's bad enough when one man goes crazy and slaughters people for no reason. But
  12. Well, I don't have the script, so I can't quote individual lines...but nothing beats *The Bridges of Madison County* for sheer volume of tear-jerkeresque lines. There are about 4 or 5 scenes in that movie which are so utterly romantic that I defy anyone to match them. Shoot, Clint Eastwood's character is even romantic after he's DEAD in that movie! When Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) gets Robert Kincaid's (Clint Eastwood) effects in the mail and reads the letter he left, I start crying there and cry right through to the end of this movie, which is still about 10 minutes away at that p
  13. Hi MissG - Yes. I completely agree with you about timeless appeal. To me, what makes a movie important is if it continues to draw people in - year after year, decade after decade because it is still relevant and meaningful to people. Certainly the technical developments which took place within the cinema are important to cinema buffs like us. But no one is going to care about a movie in 100 years that showed an advance in technology if that same film is otherwise irrelevant or uninteresting to people. A film can't really be 'important' IMO, if no one cares to watch it much anymo
  14. I watched this one too, and really liked it. It was a fun little romp, I thought, which was perfect because that was exactly what I was in the mood for on Sunday night. Of course, that maid was dumb as a box of rocks, not realizing all of that hubbub in the hotel was her fault until after the old guy got back. But that's just a small nit. Overall, a fun little film. And I love Gregory Peck...so it was a bonus!
  15. I love this movie and find it extremely interesting. Hitchcock really taps into that fundamental curiosity that human beings have and exploits it perfectly here. You look through the camera lens with James Stewart and it's like YOU are the one witnessing this possible crime. You wonder if you've seen enough to make a big deal or not...you wonder if you aren't just being silly and should mind your own business, etc. You go through all the emotions of someone who is in that position of seeing something from a distance and interpreting it: was it a crime? Not a crime? I though Hit
  16. As usual, I'm way late to this party. Sadly, just don't have much time lately to post on boards - been way too busy at work. My votes for 'most important films of all time': 1. *Casablanca* - probably the single most well known classic film, and certainly the most quoted. A perfect cast, a perfectly written script (incredible in itself, given the circumstances under which this film was written), and a perfect story...plus tons of great one-liners. If Humphrey Bogart is the most popular actor of all time (and lots of polls say he is), then this film was a key element in making him s
  17. Well, I don't think Gene Tierney is capable of anything less than exquisite beauty. IMO, she's sorta in a different league when it comes to beauty. I mean, there are beautiful woman and then there are BEAUTIFUL women. And Gene falls in that second cagetory, IMO - a category that is populated by people like Grace Kelly, Hedy Lamarr, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, etc. Babs is my favorite actress and I too think she is beautiful. But in more the 'girl next door' sort of way than in the 'catch your breath' kind of way. If that makes any sense.
  18. I think that overall, TCM does a very good job. And at the end of the day, you can't please all the people all the time. However, I would vote for: 1. Discontinuance of The 31 Days of Oscar. This is by far the absolute worst month on the schedule - I rarely tune in during this month because I've seen everything being shown about a billion times. If you want to do something to commemorate the Oscars, do one day of them on the actual date of the Oscars ceremony each year. Why should a little statue get more attention than anything else on the ENTIRE schedule? Certainly no star -
  19. I'm not the biggest westerns fan around, but I always seem to enjoy the westerns made by Gary Cooper (of course), John Wayne (although not so much the early B's - I much prefer the big John Ford productions) and Joel McCrea. I also quite enjoyed Burt Lancaster in westerns.
  20. _Top Five:_ Gary Cooper Barbara Stanwyck Clark Gable William Powell Cary Grant _Honorable Mentions:_ Myrna Loy, Kay Francis, Rudolph Valentino, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Ronald Colman, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Omar Sharif, Montgomery Clift, Michael Caine, Tyrone Power, Burt Lancaster, Franchot Tone, Angela Lansbury, Frank Sinatra, Charles Boyer, James Garner, Sean Connery. I'll watch any film with the above actors in it. And with a couple of them, I've watched just about all of t
  21. I think she was beautiful when she wanted to be. But I think she was much more concerned with the requirements of the role she was playing in any given film than in looking beautiful and glamorous. After all, she did play some pretty despicable characters...and when you are dealing with characters such as Martha Ivers, for example, you don't really think of her as beautiful because the character is so ugly in the inside.
  22. I love this movie and don't really mind that it's been on alot lately. Also on the plus side, they haven't played The Maltese Falcon in about 5 or 6 months! I think they just go through phases with certain films, and can't get enough for a while...then they get another few favorites and play them alot. Some Like it Hot is actually one of the better phases, IMO, because it's a hilarious movie.
  23. *Men:* Franchot Tone Tyrone Power (they'd have to make a deal with FOX though) Dana Andrews (also would need a deal with FOX) Joel McCrea Laurence Olivier Walter Pidgeon George Brent Melvyn Douglas Fred MacMurray Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Van Heflin Charles Boyer William Powell - I know he's been SOTM at least once, but I REALLY want him *Women:* Ann Harding Ann Sheridan Betty Grable (also a deal with FOX) Joan Blondell Carole Lombard Claire Trevor Angela Lansbury Jane Wyman
  24. Delete double post. Well, that was an annoying little blip! Message was edited by: pktrekgirl
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