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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. Classic, IMO, is a wholly relative, entirely subjective, purely personal P.O.V. One man's treasure etc.
  2. I suggest you broaden your circle of friends and acquaintances. I've shown "classic" movies to "Philistines" who either sit stone-faced or who seem afflicted with St. Vitus' Dance because they begin twitching and fidgeting while watching them . . . which usually is not for long. Doesn't matter if it's The Marx Brothers goofing for laughs, Karloff and Lugosi spooking for screams, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford suffering to jerk tears, Clark Gable disrobing for swoons, Jimmy Stewart speechifying to inspire, or Shirley Temple sparkling to warm hearts . . . It's an OLD MOVIE, and the
  3. "[Cary Grant] blamed himself and Capra for the over-the-top nature of the film." "Cary Grant considered his acting in this film to be horribly over the top and often called it his least favorite of all his movies. " "Julius Epstein thought Cary Grant mugged too much. He later said Frank Capra intended to go back and rein in the broadest scenes, but near the end of principal photography, the Japanese attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor and Capra was eager to move on to his military assignment, so retakes were never done." . . . all of which doesn't matter -- and shouldn't matter --
  4. As GGGGerald accurately succintly wwwwrote: "A problem with questions like this one is people tend to only list films they themselves like." The Marx Brothers movies are an excellent choice for YOU. Even if you are a teacher, you cannot presume to know what appeals to all teens . . . or any teen, for that matter. Speak for yourself. Furthermore, in today's hypersensitive, hypervolatile times when people are quick to become "triggered," take offense, and sanctimoniously pounce on anything that violates modern standards of "decency" and punitively "cancel" anyone who offen
  5. I saw Attack of the Giant Leeches at a drive-in*. It was the bottom-half of a double-feature top-lined by House of Usher. For many years, I didn't realize that I had seen it until I watched it on TV and heard the sound made by the leeches. * For all the children out there, an outdoor venue -- resembling a parking lot -- where movies were shown and babies were made.
  6. SHHHH! Not so loud! The neighbors might hear!
  7. Yaarukku Yaaro If it is doing nothing else, this meshuggah game is introducing me to World Cinema.
  8. In the beginning . . . . . . from the beginning . . .
  9. Two marvelously morbid curios -- personal faves of mine! --that I suspect made the outré playlists of Dr. Demento: One composed by Charles Aznavour and vocalized by Noel Harrison (son of Rex). T'other penned by Rupert Holmes (author of the execrable Escape [The Piña Colada Song] and the significantly more appealing Him) and emoted by The Buoys.
  10. I love Arsenic and Old Lace, and have seen several renditions of it. Most recently, I watched the 1962 Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, which featured Boris Karloff performing the role specifically written for him by playwright Joseph Kesselring. The 74-year-old Karloff, by then, was (IMO) miscast, being older than his "aunts" in the Hallmark production. More satisfying, to me, was the 1987 stage revival starring Jonathan Frid as Jonathan Brewster and Marion Ross and Jean Stapleton as the Brewster sisters.
  11. I wouldn't describe myself as a Cary Grant fan. I don't dislike him. But, I wouldn't "walk across the street" to see a "Cary Grant movie" -- there would have to be some other attraction to appeal to me. My attitude is based more on most of the movies that Grant was in rather than on Grant himself. I like Grant in his more dramatic or less comedic roles, e.g., in Suspicion, Mr. Lucky, Notorious, People Will Talk*, North by Northwest, and Charade. Would have been interesting to see the former Archibald Leach in the Hammer Films version of The Phantom of the Opera. Grant had expressed
  12. I actually continued buying Jethro Tull albums after Thick as a Brick, up to Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die, whereupon I bailed. I found that I was doing more needle-lifting on post-Thick as Brick records. The Jazz-Blues-Ballad-Prog Rock mélange that had hooked me on Jethro Tull was steadily being replaced by "Hard Rock." Although I never considered Jethro Tull a "Heavy Metal" band, when it won a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental," I wasn't the only one who had noticed a change in the band's direction -- a direction in which I didn't care to
  13. Imagine it. I enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace (the only Frank Capra movie that I can stand). But, Cary Grant's mugging and over-the-top antics are the weakest, most irritating element in it . . . for me.
  14. The kiss of death for a recommendation, as far as I'm concerned.
  15. Major Jethro Tull fan here . . . up to Thick as a Brick*! I was devoted to JT during its early and "Progressive Rock" phases. Reasons for Waiting is a song that particularly soothes me into a calm, tranquil, and wistful mood. * When the band "devolved" to Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, I lost interest and stopped listening.
  16. Uhhhh, Honeychile. Somebody who calls herself P. P. is the last person to be dissing others as not being groovy. Just sayin'.
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