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Posts posted by pktrekgirl

  1. In musicals, I prefer Judy Garland.


    But some of my favorite romantic comedies ever made are the films Doris Day made with Rock Hudson. She doesn't sing, but those are great films!

  2. Well, I don't ever do that 'suggest a movie' thing...but it might be that they are suggesting FMC because the movie you (or another poster) are suggesting is a FOX release which TCM can't show, but which FMC airs occasionally.


    I have no doubt that there are jerks that post in that 'suggest a movie' area...but some of them who suggest FMC might be trying to be helpful.

  3. Here are a few films I'd love to see:


    *William Powell films I really want to see:*

    The Senator Was Indiscreet (1948)

    Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

    The Baroness and the Butler (1938)



    *Barbara Stanwyck films I really want to see:*

    The Moonlighter (1953)

    Always Goodbye (1938)

    The Great Man's Lady (1942)



    *Ronald Colman films I really want to see:*

    The Sporting Venus (1925) - I've seen a copy of it in someone's collection, so I know it exists.



    *Kay Francis films I really want to see:*

    The White Angel (1936)

    Play Girl (1941)

    Between Us Girls (1942)


    Reached 10 already, and I only covered 4 of my favorite actors/actresses!

  4. *Hi there, Beda! I appreciated your comments on Elizabeth and I quite agree. She was a pro and had tons of charisma, even when the movie wasn't the greatest you always enjoyed watching HER. In fact, I think she always sold her own talents short and can sound quite hard on herself in interviews.*


    *My favorite ET movies include:*


    *The Sandpiper*

    *Butterfield 8*

    *National Velvet*

    *Cat on a Hot Tin Roof*

    *Suddenly, Last Summer*

    *Elephant Walk*

    *A Place in the Sun*

    *Giant (I think she's the best thing in the movie)*

    *Jane Eyre (a small, unbilled role but she's so striking in it!)*

    *The Only Game in Town (talk about a bad movie, but she's still adorable)*

    *The V.I.P.s*


    Hey there, MissG! :)


    I have not seen all of those movies (I'm embarrassed to say that I've not seen Giant...and I've not seen Jane Eyre or The Only Game in Town either.)


    However, the rest you list there are top notch in my book. Her and Monty in A Place in the Sun really cannot be beat (that movie is perfect, IMO, except for Shelly Winters' whining, which gets on my nerves so bad that even *I* am ready to throw her out of the boat...but that is a small nit :P )...and The Sandpiper and The VIPs are the best of the films done with our mutual side-fascination, Richard Burton. ;) And Elephant Walk is a favorite of mine, because I love Dana Andrews too, and both of them are good in that film.


    My favorites not on your list are by far the Father of the Bride flicks. Although admittedly, those are mainly Spencer Tracy films more than anything else....Nevertheless, Liz is good in them, and they are quite rewatchable.

  5. Well, I wouldn't screen any of the ones you might expect.


    I wouldn't screen Casablanca, for example, even though I still regard it as the best film ever made. Any idiot can see Casablanca any time they like - they don't need a special movie house screening to do that.


    In truth, I think I'd screen either My Man Godfrey or It Happened One Night. I think that both of these films are fine ways to get those unfamiliar with classic film into the fold. Both are hilariously funny...and I personally think that the best way to draw in new fans is with the laughs.


    My Man Godfrey is a slightly funnier movie...but It Happened One Night has the draw of Clark Gable...and even someone who knows absolutely NOTHING about classic film knows who Clark Gable is.

  6. Well, I'm not sure we are gonna end up with an accurate picture by arbitrarily putting them in 'categories' rather than just letting us vote on the top 10 from the first round or whatever. There are several in group 1, for example, who I think are much more beautiful than anyone in group 3.


    However, for what it's worth, here are my votes in the assigned categories.:


    1) Ingrid Bergman

    (Honorable mentions to Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor - this was by far the most competitive category)


    2) Gene Tierney


    3) Rita Hayworth

  7. *A second Tyrone Power box set comes out on July 29th. It features ten films:*


    *Luck of the Irish*

    *Johnny Apollo*

    *Day-Time Wife*

    *Cafe Metropole*

    *Girls' Dormitory*

    *I'll Never Forget You*

    *That Wonderful Urge*

    *Love Is News*

    *This Above All*

    *Second Honeymoon*


    Are you SERIOUS? They are seriously releasing all of these as a boxed set? You are not putting me on in a effort to get me to faint from hyperventilation???


    If this is the case, FOX has indeed done well by Tyrone Power. I'd have to do an inventory of my holdings (I own everything they've released)...but with the releases above, they are well on their way to a tremendous release rate on Tyrone Power films!


    Well done, FOX!


    *I also like Fox's smaller boxes like the upcoming Western Classics box (Rawhide, The Gunfighter, and Garden of Evil (despite the terrible, boring actor in that one)) and the Horror Classics Collection (The Lodger, Hangover Square, The Undying Monster)*


    Yeah...I'm buying the westerns set (big surprise, I know :P ) Good stuff there...and yet another Tyrone Power release in that set along with *Garden of Evil*, which is clearly the main event of the thing, as everyone knows. ;)


    They sure are pushing Tyrone's films out!

  8. The 1959 version of Ben Hur is by far my favorite Charlton Heston film. I was glad TCM showed it during the memorial to Charlton Heston as it and The Ten Commandments (which TCM cannot screen) are the best of his work, IMO.


    I've never seen the silent version, but I'm not the biggest Ramon Navarro fan, so I must admit that I'm in no rush there.


    But the sound versions rocks, IMO.

  9. I have always liked Elizabeth Taylor and think she gets entirely too much undeserved grief. Despite her money and fame, she has not had an easy life and has experienced alot of loss, not to mention bouts of ill health. And I think she should be given alot more credit and be subject to alot fewer comments from the peanut gallery about things like her weight or her marriages.


    She was a breathtakingly beautiful woman in her day, and made alot of very enjoyable movies. Personally, I think she did a fine job in almost all of her films - even if the script was lame, Liz gave it her best.

  10. Good thread topic which I must have missed on my last visit.


    Although it is tough to talk about Georgia. There are no really great films set here.


    ......unless you count that annoying little diddy called *Gone With the Wind*. :P


    Well, that and that very minor Buster Keaton project called *The General*. ;)

  11. I think we are very fortunate that WB has released all the films they have on DVD. It is great that they are preserving them...and just as great that they are releasing them, oftentimes after some nice restoration work!


    I do admire 20th Century Fox, however - they have made some good efforts as well. They have done pretty well with their Studio Classics line and their Fox Film Noir Line in particular. And I'm quite pleased that they have been making strides with some of their bigger stars - the Tyrone Power boxed set that came out last year, for example, was long overdue and eagerly anticipated...and is a lovely collection. I'm still waiting for a Gene Tierney set out of them....and I need a Dana Andrews set in the worst possible way! But Tyrone Power was a good start!


    Universal seems to be doing better than Paramount...but both could use alot of improvement, IMO.

  12. As I said way back at the beginning of this thread (I don't come here much), I do like Rose okay. She seems pleasant enough and does not bumble around or anything. And in truth, I don't really watch the Essentials all that often as I've seen most of the films. So Rose is not a concern to me personally. We could have done worse, IMO.


    However, I also agree with those of you who say that her 'hard' credentials are clearly lacking, and that perhaps looks should not become entrenched as the chief criteria for selection. ;)


    Truthfully, I'm wondering if even *sex* needs to be a criteria for selection. Why can't they ever have a male be the co-host? Some of the male guest programmers they have had over the years have been quite interesting and knowledge.


    In a way, I sorta feel sorry for Rose as she is not really the problem here. 'She is who she is' and I don't think she faked credentials as a film historian or accomplished critic in order to get her position or anything like that.


    The real issue here is not Rose - it is the people setting the criteria for selection at TCM. Rose is just the by-product of that.


    But given the new criteria, I think I'll lobby for Orlando Bloom being the co-host next year. He's young and beautiful..and he's been in some huge blockbusters - bigger films than Rose.


    I bet everyone can agree on Orlando! :D;)

  13. *I think it is very sad and small minded to blast someone for there age! I still think if you can do a better job contact TCM and apply!! Or better get an agent and get into the film business!!*


    Erm...I think you sorta missed the people's point.


    What they are saying is that she REALLY got the job because she is cute and young - NOT because she was incorrectly judged to be particularly knowledgeable about film.


    Their argument is assuming that the defacto criteria for selection is no longer film experience and knowledge, but instead has become looks and age.


    They are protesting, in effect, the 'new' criteria for selection...and 'applying for the job themselves' isn't gonna fix faulty criteria for selection.


    Therefore, your entire suggestion is based on a faulty premise.


    They are saying that, at the heart of things, TCM has apparently changed the criteria for selection to it's detriment and that Rose is the result of this change.


    Your suggestion is based on an assumption that the criteria hasn't changed - but only that critics are asserting that the person selected does not meet the criteria and that someone here could better meet them.


    Apples and oranges. Changing the 'real' criteria for selection is a very different matter than making a hiring mistake based on the original criteria.


    Personally I don't have a problem with Rose in the slightest - I quite like her, in fact. But I do respect others who might have concerns - they have a right to their opinions too (contrary to what some around here would wish - that everyone be forced to post happy shiny thoughts 24/7/365 and drink the Kool-aid, along with them, that TCM can do no wrong).


    I guess what I'm saying is that if you are gonna make an argument, at least make one that is marginally logical and addresses their concerns with something other than a smarmy, glib, juvenile, brush-off remark like "apply yourself if you can do better'.


    That is hardly a viable solution to anything of concern here, and you know it.

  14. Not too crazy about this idea for myself, but there is the possibility that if it is decently cast and written and is a hit, it will revive interest in the 1952 version.


    No one can do a better job in this film than Gary Cooper...but a good chunk of the younger audience will never know this unless they actually see High Noon (1952). And the only way they'll see it is if they want to compare it to the remake, which will be as well publicized as 3:10 to Yuma.


    Clearly a mixed bag...but we'll see what happens.

  15. Miss G,


    Do you have any pictures of him in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER?


    I loved him in that. Probably that, RUSSIA HOUSE, and MEDICINE MAN are my favorite of his 'modern' films.

  16. I would post something, but after looking at those photos I have absolutely nothing coherent to say.


    Other than this: WHOA BABY!!!!!


    The man is in his 70's and is still totally spongeworthy.

  17. Well, I've not seen Juggernaut yet, so I recorded it. Sounds like it's not so great...but I'll likely watch it anyway, if for no other reason than to drool over Omar Sharif. Always an activity worth my time. :D


    As for Major Dundee...well, we gotta cut 'em some slack. It's a Charlton Heston film...so I'm okay with it, even if it is terrible. At least this week.

  18. Well, Fred, it may be that they were intending to salute only 'oriental' people...but if Rush Hour 2 was the best they could come up with using that criteria, then I propose that they expand their criteria to include Central Asia...and play a decent movie instead. :P


    Not that they would have had to do that to find a decent movie. But you see my point.

  19. I agree, kimpunkrock.


    There are quite literally TONS of Asian films to pick from - why they picked this piece of trash is beyond me. Asian or not, this is hardly a 'classic' by any stretch of the imagination. And since this is, after all, Turner CLASSIC movies, it's an embarrassment to have this one on there. I can only imagine poor Robert Osbourne, trying to think up something nice to say about it. Yeah. Good luck with that.


    In a tribute like this, I'm okay with a few newer films...but I STILL think they should be CLASSIC films - or ones that are destined to become classics in all probability.


    This film is not one of those - this is a film that would be found by the truckload in the $2.00 bargain bin at Walmart because no one will buy it - not even 15-year old boys, can get a good snort out of the lamest of movies.


    Shoot...they could fill up a month long tribute with Japanese film alone - Kurosawa being only the start. And just last week I saw an incredible Korean film called "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring" - a beautifully photographed newer film from only a couple of years ago...and alot more likely to become a 'classic' than is (ERP!) "Rush Hour 2".


    There are also some really interesting films coming out of Taiwan. There are tons of options here.


    And as for American films, Charlie Chan, Mr Moto, Anna Mae Wong are all of interest to classic film fans. And there are tons of mainstream CLASSIC American films where Asians are portrayed - pick any given WWII War in the Pacific film...or films like China Seas, The General Died at Dawn, or even Lost Horizon! Or Vietnam War films, for more modern stuff.


    And we haven't even touched on Central Asia yet - places like India have tons of films coming out of there.


    Shoot...I'd rather watch all the cheesy Japanese scifi pictures and Bruce Lee Kung Fu pictures than this ridiculous excuse for a film.


    No...there was simply no need to air this piece of garbage. If anyone wants to see this film, they certainly don't need to flip channels to TCM - all they need to do is pick through the bargain bins and OWN a copy of the thing for a dollar or two....if it's not being shown on any number of crap cable movie channels that air all manner of juvenile silliness, day and night.


    Maybe in July TCM will air The Southpark Movie. Because that is about the level of quality we are down to, at this point.



  20. *Fogelberg was hard for me too. I really admired his talent, his songwriting and he played everything but drums. He crafted a song so well and through so many genres. I always loved the line form "Beggar's Game" - "The candles glistened and the water gleamed. She drew a bath and the windows steamed. She looked like every woman ever dreamed in the heart of a lonely man."*

    *So many great songs. (I'd like to see your avatar sometime. I know where there is a collection.)*


    *Springsteen, I at least plan on investigating him on a lyric level. I'm sorry but I just don't enjoy his singing style. Too rough for me. He sounds like he's passing a kidney stone sometimes.*


    *What are some of your favorite Fogelberg songs/albums? (I'll talk Dan all you want.)*


    Well, I'll make my comment about Bruce first and get that out of the way: yeah, his singing style is rough, and I can understand how some don't like it. But his singing style is sorta part of the package - he came out of a sort of Jersey working-class background and even though he is likely richer than God at this point, he still sort of has that mentality, I think...and his songs reflect that. I think that is what makes him unique...and I think that's why his fans love him - he is the 'everyman rockstar', if you know what I mean.


    But yeah - it's not for everyone. I was just giving you a hard time. ;)


    As for Dan Fogelberg, I will send you the avatar as it came out pretty well - I'll send it to you at SSO or something. I used it on my scifi board for about 6 weeks, even though many of the kids on there probably didn't even know who he was. If you post anywhere and want to use it, feel free - I made it for Dan as my own little memorial, as frankly, I didn't know what else to do with my grief;.


    And yeah...I think this is the first celebrity death that has effected me on a personal level very deeply. I mean, I love so many classic film stars that have died, and am always sad to see them go...and there have been lots of rock star/band member deaths over the years. But Dan Fogelberg was different - chiefly because he was a poet, and his songs reflected a part of HIM. His songs were not something he pounded out for the next album without a thought in an effort to get a hit diddy. I think his songs MEANT something to him...and no doubt most of them have one real life story or another behind them.


    That is what made him different. And that is what made his fans (or at least this fan) believe that we knew him better than we knew most celebrities. Because you can't write songs like that for a hit machine. That sort of writing can only come from deep within a person.


    Anyway, that's how I felt about him...and have felt that way since I became a fan WAAAAAYYY back into the old days. I think the first album I noticed when it came out was Netherlands, so I've been a fan a very long time. But I remember when lots of different albums came out because that music was never background music to me...it was a part of my life.


    That may sound very cheesy...but somehow, I doubt not.... because I think most longtime fans feel the same way. I don't see how they could not, to be honest.


    As for my favorite songs and albums...well, I really love Souvenirs to death - especially the title song, Illinois, and There's a Place in the World for a Gambler. But I also love the albums The Innocent Age, Twin Sons of Different Mothers, Captured Angel, Home Free (I really love the song Hickory Grove and most others. And of course, who could not love Leader of the Band?...especially when one knows the background of Dan and his father. But I think the song that gets me every time is Tuscon, Arizona. It is a real showcase of Dan's talent - as a storyteller, a lyricist, and most of all, as a brilliant classical guitar technician. The night he died, I played that song on my iPod about a million times and cried. It was terrible.


    Heh...I'm even tearing up right now, just thinking about him...and it's been almost 4 months since he died. Can't think of a single other celebrity ever who has done THAT to me!


    Dan was far too young to leave us. He had alot of poetry still within him....and he will be sorely missed - at least by me. He's really the only musician who I have consistently loved, ever since I was a teenager...and I have alot of personal history tied up in his music.


    I'd love to hear your further thoughts. Because I have to tell you - I am still not at all over his death, and really need to talk about him, to be honest.

  21. *I'm still discovering all that silent film has to offer. I LO-ooove Busby Berkeley, gangster and noir, pre codes....I've tried, god knows I've tried to like Westerns, but I just cannot do it. Sadly it's the same with a lot of war movies-it just doesn't do it for me. Casablanca, Streetcar Named Desire, Rear Window. And yes, I watch Ten Commandments every Easter-with lines like "You there, come here", I simply cannot miss it. I love the Thin Man series. Pretty much anything with Errol Flynn. GODZILLA!!!*


    Just a couple of things:


    I'm trying to warm up to westerns too, but am finding it really difficult. With the exception of the REALLY good ones like Stagecoach and The Searchers, the only other westerns I can work up an interest in are westerns that include either Gary Cooper or Errol Flynn.


    So you are not alone on that count.


    I'm a bit better with war pictures....although I can get into a war picture better if it has some sort of big romantic component included or if it is about more 'civilian' sorts of people (real civilians, doctors, etc) caught up in war as opposed to actual soldiers killing each other.


    Although I will say that Objective, Burma! is one of my favorite Flynn pictures...and I'm not sure there is a single woman in that movie! And it does have a pretty high body count.




    *I will listen to almost anything except Country/Western. I make exceptions for Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. I loathe Elvis. Yeah, I said it. I love Big Band/Swing and it is great background music for a party. If I'm facing a deadline at work or I'm stressed I will plug in a little Danzig or classic eighties hardcore. Mostly I lean alternative.*


    Alternative? Did someone in this thread say alternative? :D


    You did make me think of something though, and I have to wonder if most people who dislike Country music as a rule have a few artists they like. I'm not a big fan of Country...and I don't care for Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, etc...but I do like a couple of country artists: Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks. I also used to like Alabama.


    But that about sums up my interest in country.

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