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by Lucky Vassall
February 6th, 2014, 4:16 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2702964

Re: *CANDIDS*

While I've only been able to get through 2% of the pages so far, I had to stop to say thank you for this wonderful ongoing addition to the SSO. We all owe you a debt of gratitude, me perhaps more than others, since a friend stumbled on the site by doing a Google search on an actor and coming up with...
by Lucky Vassall
February 6th, 2014, 3:35 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 242879

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

[quote="JackFavell"]Absolutely, you totally are. Lucky! It's so easy to look away or be busy around the house when watching a talkie, not so during a silent. It commands your full attention. I definitely 'fall into' silents more than sound films. I get more deeply involved more often. I re...
by Lucky Vassall
February 5th, 2014, 9:34 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 242879

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

This is one of the longest threads. A testament to the good taste of our members! Not exactly what the original title refers to, but, by chance, over the past two weeks I rewatched "Mon Oncle" and watched for the first time "Le Bal" and "The Artist." Shouldn't we celebr...
by Lucky Vassall
February 5th, 2014, 3:43 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Foreign film poll
Replies: 38
Views: 6235

Re: Foreign film poll

I thank all who have commented! I love that there is so much variation and that some had to qualify their votes. That speaks so much of the nature of the movies and of those who watch them. :) I am surprised that Ingmar Bergman has not inspired more people to delve into Swedish movies. Or perhaps p...
by Lucky Vassall
February 4th, 2014, 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 420631

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Speaking of heist films, THE HOT ROCK was on PBS last night. Holy cow! I like everything about this Peter Yates thriller from popular author Donald E. Westlake's novel. And I mean everything. There's very little I would change. The plot, the "So 70s" atmosphere, the relentlessness of the ...
by Lucky Vassall
February 1st, 2014, 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LISTS
Replies: 546
Views: 40513

Re: LISTS

I notice that ChiO included Coppola's "The Outsiders." If you get the chance, I recommend watching the original DVD with Carmine Coppola's score followed asap by the 2005 "The Complete Novel" release. It will be a master class in the importance of the right score making all the d...
by Lucky Vassall
February 1st, 2014, 9:33 pm
Forum: Classic Film Literature
Topic: Movies made from Books?
Replies: 50
Views: 18526

Re: Movies made from Books?

I'm a triple-threat man: I like to read the book; then read the screenplay (if available); and finally view the film. They call it total immersion. That is, when they don't call it obsessive-compulsive! Sometimes, when the material was turned into a play first, it's fun to compare the versions. You ...
by Lucky Vassall
February 1st, 2014, 8:55 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: Upcoming Criterion Releases
Replies: 6
Views: 2926

Re: Upcoming Criterion Releases

Criterion has never disappointed me. I have dozens of their releases and get the regular notices as well as frequently visiting their web site to see what's new and what's coming. That said, I visited today and learned that they're releasing a new update of "Four Hundred Blows," but as far...
by Lucky Vassall
February 1st, 2014, 1:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LISTS
Replies: 546
Views: 40513

Re: LISTS

I love the idea of lists of favorite films, and intend to get in on this action asap. (Of course, it will take a couple of weeks to read and digest all these posts first.) If nothing else, you get a chance to see that others share your opinions (or DON'T). More importantly, you might spot something ...
by Lucky Vassall
January 31st, 2014, 1:52 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members!
Topic: Welcome Me
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: Welcome Me

Welcome to Lucky from Wollaston by way of San Francisco from a former resident of West Squantum Street! (Small world, isn't it?) It's good to see you and your homage to Mrs. Murgatroid here, which is a hoot. (fyi: I inserted the "http://" in front of your video's web address--without the ...
by Lucky Vassall
January 31st, 2014, 1:42 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members!
Topic: Welcome Me
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: Welcome Me

Thank you all for the kind words. I really do feel welcome. Now, excuse me while I spend a few years catching up on all the posts.
by Lucky Vassall
January 30th, 2014, 9:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members!
Topic: Welcome Me
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Welcome Me

(Sung to the tune of “Heil to Me!” from that great musical play and terrible musical film, “The Producers.”) Greetings from the Golden Gate, home of “Vertigo,” “Dark Passage,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and a few hundred other films. I’ve decided to make my first post a long one. That way, no one will be sur...

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