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#978301 - Mon Apr 15 2013 01:31 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Delightful film... "Unfaithfully Yours" (1948)
Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence, and Kurt Krueger

It has actually motivated me to write a quiz, and I have never wanted to write a quiz about a single movie before! It stars Rex Harrison -- and if you've only seen him in movies like "My Fair Lady" when he was much older, you'll be surprised at how young, thin, energetic, and virile he is in this motion picture! It has some pretty dark humor for the 1940s, too, and lots of quirkiness. Harrison plays a conductor who plots revenge against his wife and his (tall, male, Aryan) secretary, whom he suspects of having an affair. Rex actually conducts the orchestra. There is a long sequence where Harrison does some slapstick comedy, although it isn't overly broad, but it is terribly funny. And there is excellent classical music throughout the movie, when he's conducting and in the background as he tries to carry out his scheme(s). And if you like obsolete technology, Harrison tangles with a machine for cutting records at home ("so simple, it operates itself" -- NOT). So actually, it has everything I like in an old movie.

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#978492 - Mon Apr 15 2013 06:44 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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My daughter and her husband went on an anniversary weekend to a casino boat on the Mississippi river and she asked me to stop by her house to feed and water her cat. While there, I came across a d.v.d. of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb". It reaffirmed my belief that if there is ever a definitive list of the funniest actors of all time, Peter Sellers will certainly be in the top five!
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#978786 - Wed Apr 17 2013 05:41 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Beloved," a 1998 film based on the 1987 novel by Toni Morrison, a favorite author of Oprah Winfrey, who starred in this film, along with Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Kimberly Elise. (Wow, talk about a run-on sentence. Sorry about that.) It is directed by Jonathan Demme, he of "The Silence Of The Lambs" fame, which was not just great, but Oscar award-winning.

I had forgotten just how truly creepy this film is, but realizing now that it's a Jonathan Demme film, it makes more sense. It isn't in the horror genre, but it probably should be.

I read the book when I believe it was on the "Oprah's Book Club" list, after buying a pile of them years after the fact, just to see what "that" was all about, and this may have been the last book on that list before I gave up and sold them all to my favorite used bookstore.

The book wasn't awful, just very, very disturbing. The movie, in my humble opinion, was just full-on weird and awful, and while I had seen it before, apparently, I thought maybe I had missed something the first time. I didn't. Although the acting was very good, for the most part (Thandie Newton's character isn't easy to relate to, at all, however,) it didn't save the film. Since I JUST watched this film again in truly the dead of night on a movie channel on television, I kind of feel like I need to go wash it off me.

And that is my very definition of a bad film. One that is sticking to me, and needs to be scrubbed off.
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#978790 - Wed Apr 17 2013 06:06 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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And last night, really, really late?

"Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Starz, and I love this film. I love Vol. II, too. I love Elle Driver, I love/hate Bill, I despise Lucy Liu playing O-Ren Ishii, aka "Cottonmouth," both the actress and the character, (no offense, Lucy, it isn't personal,) I love the Japanese all-girl rock band, "The 5.6.7.8's!," and how Tarantino found them, I will never know, but not only do they truly exist, they are both adorable and hilarious! I LOVE Uma playing "The Bride" aka "Black Mamba," I love all the subtitles. I love Quentin Tarantino. Maybe this would be the perfect topic for my very first attempt at quiz-writing? It certainly wouldn't be an easy topic to write about, it's wildly controversial, most of it would have to be censored and edited, by me, based on language and violence, right down to the name of the nutty truck she steals from Buck when she awakens from her coma, and the chance of it being accepted on my first try is probably zero to none. Thinking about trivia, always, always thinking about trivia, no matter what I am doing, to see if it can somehow be incorporated into something in here.

I'm going to consider it, while I look to see how many "Kill Bill" quizzes already exist. For example, did you notice her "real name" is bleeped out in the first film, when asked for her name? Intentionally, to add allure or drama or something, I'm just not sure why he did it, but he definitely did it. In an Entertainment Weekly interview I read a few years ago, Quentin said Uma is "his muse!" Uma thinks Quentin is "a dork!" Together, they make beautiful music and films!

Some of the violence seems gratuitous, and knowing Tarantino, I'm sure that's also deliberate. But for a film this gruesome to be as funny as it is, with some of the best lines ever, is pure genius.

It also inspired my new avatar, and you just can't put a pricetag on inspiration like that.

I give this one an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
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#981576 - Mon Apr 29 2013 08:49 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"The Professionals" 1966. Very much a 1960s Western, hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Jack Palance makes a great Mexican revolutionary, and Burt Lancaster is as charming as it's possible for him to be, which is very charming indeed.

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#981592 - Tue Apr 30 2013 12:58 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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'Harry Brown', a British 'Gran Torino'... Depressing, gritty and violent. Recommended.

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#981606 - Tue Apr 30 2013 04:39 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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'Nicholas Nickleby' based on the book by Charles Dickens. Watched this movie over the past weekend and thought it very good. I really like movies based on "good" novels!
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#981723 - Tue Apr 30 2013 07:36 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Buck and the Preacher" 1972. Harry Belefonte and Sidney Poitier in a pretty good western where for once the black characters aren't the sidekicks.

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#981744 - Wed May 01 2013 12:47 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Another Belefonte product:
"Carmen Jones" - H.B., Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, dir: Otto Preminger - Hammerstein's book put to Bizet's "Carmen". Good for the music if little else but then that sense comes with most good tragedies, no?

"Midnight Cowboy" the thirtieth anniversary DVD. I went through this one in just three watches: Straight through, with commentary and straight through again.

"Avatar - The Last Airbender" M. Night Shyamalan, director. Now I know why so many here are enamored with the story and I probably will get some of the questions right. A story for youth? Definietly, but with life affirming emotions touched on for all of us.

"A Perfect Murder" - The remake/update of Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder". Where the Master thrilled us with the unravelling of the knot, this film gets you with the tieing of it. Not as satisfying but well done.

And some B movies (None disappointed but just didn't come with Oscar Nominations):
The Return of the Living Dead
Frogs
A Bucket of Blood
Swamp Thing
Kentucky Fried Movie - Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Evan C. Kim, Tony Dow, Donald Sutherland, Tara Strohmeier
The Hills Have Eyes - Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (This is one of my favorite cheesy flicks)
Spaceballs
Deathsport (p/o Roger Corman's Cult Classics) - David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch
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#982177 - Fri May 03 2013 03:03 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Found some more Cat Women!! These are from the Hot Box Theater song and dance revue called "Miss Adelaide's Alley Kittens" which count for two scenes from

"Guys and Dolls".

Jean Simmons singing and dancing. Marlon Brando singing and dancing. Stubby Kaye singing and doing something to "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". Frank Sinatra in a similar role to "The Man with the Golden Arm" but here he's entertaining rather than tragic.
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#983111 - Wed May 08 2013 05:37 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"The Searchers". Amazingly enough, this is the first time I've ever seen this. You can spot a John Ford western from a mile away, can't you? So beautifully filmed.

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#983167 - Thu May 09 2013 05:45 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Promises, Promises"
Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan
Some brief Playboy-type posed nudity. But what held my interest was that the theme of the film was 'getting pregnant' and one of the scenarios was that JM and MH had coupled. I just kept looking for the resemblences of Mariska Hargitay to her parents. And I ponder, did this film also serve through Hargitay's appearance to open the door for Arnold to get into films?


"Dark City"
Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt
This is a great Science Fiction work. Everyone lives their life without question. But, when questions are begun to be asked, the obvious flaws to reality reveal that humanity is just a mouse in a maze of some sort. Though darker than Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide...", it is very similar in that we are like mice being manipulated by an alien race to help them compute a solution to their problem. The answer here is not 42. It is also one of the better visual presentations as far as production design is concerned.
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#984292 - Fri May 17 2013 03:27 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Have just watched Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz, with my son and our German exchange student. I enjoyed it as much now as I did way back when ('79 or '80?), and they both enjoyed it as much as I did. Says a lot for a movie when it can stand the test of time like that, I think.
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#984761 - Mon May 20 2013 10:52 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"My Own Private Idaho" (1991)

First time I've seen this one - I've been meaning to watch it for years. By the time this movie was made, I was well into my thirties, a settled wife and mother in a small town. Too bad, because I would have *loved* it when I was twenty. I didn't live in the world these smalltime hustlers live in, but I lived on its fringes - I knew guys like this - and man does it ring true. Fantastic performances that make you wonder what River Phoenix would be doing by now, if he were alive, and make you regret that Keanu Reeves never really fulfilled his potential. What a great movie, though definitely not for everyone.

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#985179 - Wed May 22 2013 09:54 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"The Stepfather" the 1987 version with Terry O'Quinn and the screenplay by Donald E Westlake.

Well, there really aren't any surprises in this tale of a murderous stepfather, but O'Quinn's performance is creepy enough to make it a bit of a classic.

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#986929 - Wed Jun 05 2013 09:40 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Rewatchs of some good Sci-Fi:
"Equilibrium"
"Vanilla Sky"
"Outland"
"Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone"
"Millenium Crisis"

Is it Classic yet? Fantasy:
"The Colour of Magic"

A humorous take-off with some fair plot additions to "The Blob":
"The Stuff"

And, just to keep the humanities side of my enjoyment satisfied, some C.S. Forester works:
"The African Queen"
"Sink the Bismarck!"

My first viewing of a definite classic western:
"Shane"


Edited by mehaul (Wed Jun 05 2013 09:42 PM)
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#987560 - Mon Jun 10 2013 04:28 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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To: Agony
re: the biopic in discussion in post #964404 (page 8 I think)

I just watched "White Hunter Black Heart", star and dir, Clint Eastwood. It was written by a co-writer of the "African Queen" screenplay, Peter Viertel. Though populated with fictional names, it is said to be a close to reality presentation of John Huston's life around the time "...Queen" was developed. They even use an fiberglass replica of the steam vessel minus only the nameplate. And fifty years later we learn that the heart of Africa is still dusty and hot. Eastwood does a couple of scenes that are dead-on Huston imitations.


I can't decide if "WH,BH" was a tragedy or not. But, this one definitely is:
"Black Swan" with Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Wynonna Ryder
The sad tale of a little girl whose dream of being the prima Ballerina in the Prima Ballet, "Swan Lake", never dies but slowly eats awahy at her sanity. I had to watch it twice to figure out which were her delusions and which parts were real. Maybe the whole thing was a young girl's nightmare. Jury's still out but whatever it was, it was good.

A couple cheap horror flicks mated into a Horror Double Feature:
"House on Haunted Hill"
"Don't Look in the Basement"
Both done for as little money as possible but both offer excitement that could only come from more expensive productions.
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#987580 - Mon Jun 10 2013 06:11 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I really liked WH,BH, and thought it should have gotten a better reception than it did. I read another fictional take on the actual lion attacks it was loosely based on, somewhere or other, but can't of course now remember where or when or what.

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#987651 - Tue Jun 11 2013 09:28 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Marley"

A really fabulous documentary about Bob Marley.

Ziggy Marley is listed as a producer so it is a very fond piece of work documenting his father's life, and the access to vital interviewees is unprecedented; we hear from Bob's Mum, cousins, old friends from Trenchtown, as well as wondrous fascinating conversation from "Bunny Wailer".

The story is revealed within a gentle tale of the roots of reggae and the story of Jamaica itself, so it's not just for Marley fans but probably for anyone interested in social history.


Not to be missed!

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#988445 - Fri Jun 14 2013 02:52 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I hadn't seen a movie in ages in a cinema. The neighbor works there and my son struck up a friendship with him and asked me if I wanted to see the new Star Trek flick. I said sure, but, it was way too expensive. He said "Mom, the neighbor gets free entrance for friends every now and then." Sure enough, we got in free and it was really great.

So glad I didn't see that in IMAX with the booming scenes in surround sound. Way too many fist fights to my tastes.
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#990176 - Sat Jun 22 2013 06:45 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I went to a theater for the first time in 3 or 4 years at least Thursday. I saw World War Z. Overall I thought it was a good movie. Although, the solution to the zombie epidemic almost seemed to be rushed in order finish the movie. The zombies were different from those I have seen on the few zombie movies I have seen ( I am a fan of The Walking Dead).
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#990200 - Sat Jun 22 2013 08:08 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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have you read the book, Ga-jam? and was it anything like it? I am trying to think how they could recreate it in a movie.

I don't tend to watch many movies but My last movie was Snow White and the Huntsman. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would smile

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#990271 - Sat Jun 22 2013 04:27 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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My friends took me to see Fast and Furious 6 yesterday. I've only seen the first and second movies, but I really enjoyed this one. Of course, having The Rock and Vin Diesel on screen was really good for me! grin Lots of action, car chases, VERY sexy cars, LOTS of fighting, and a little surprise at the very end in the credits... if you're looking for a good action movie that isn't plot heavy, this is the one to see.
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#990358 - Sun Jun 23 2013 01:14 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Snow White and the Huntsman": I'm about to view it for the third time (first was without everknowing anything about it; second was with the commentary and I learned who the Dwarfs were: third will be just the extended version for a true appreciation) It is a bit difficult to watch the damage done to Charlize Theron's face as the evil Queen but not many could even think of giving the part the character she brings to it. If anything the movie is one of the better re-imagining of our fairy tales that has taken advantage of CG tech.


Before that my mega-distraction was the project Theron intermittently left the "SW&tH" production to be in:
"Prometheus". She didn't have such an important role in it but was a standout. This is a Ridley Scott production out of the same universe as his "Alien" franchise. It predates (but isn't technically a prequel) the first "Alien". It is every bit that films equal! And "Alien" is one of the better Sci-Fi movies ever made. I think (after 4 views) that I can tie his other great Sci-Fi in now with "Alien" and "Prometheus". "Blade Runner"'s clones were off not only colonizing for Earth but fighting in some space war. I ask: are the clones the engineered combatant the Aliens cannot use as replicant vessels because of the clones' limited life and are the best weapon against the versatile aliens? Or. does the limited life span pass off to the aliens and thus doom them to extinction?

And before that:
"John Carter", a great presentation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic. I had to watch that 4 times too. England's Shepperton Studios was involved in this and "SW&tH". They just might be on a role producing some of the finest fantasy films ever for our escape needs.
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#990487 - Sun Jun 23 2013 11:29 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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SilverMoonsong i've seen all 6 Fast & The Furious Movies i thought Fast Five was the best one but after seeing Fast 6 that totally changed my mind cause the new one is the best one yet.

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