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by myrnaloyisdope
June 26th, 2009, 8:49 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Academy Expands Best Picture Nominees to Ten
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Academy Expands Best Picture Nominees to Ten

It's not so much that Crash is a terrible movie, rather that its a somewhat heavy-handed, overly-contrived and hokey melodrama masquerading as a powerful social statement. Not to deny that the issue of race is important, because it clearly is, but the film leaves little in the way of ambiguity...iro...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 24th, 2009, 11:48 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Academy Expands Best Picture Nominees to Ten
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Academy Expands Best Picture Nominees to Ten

Well the cynic in me realizes that this is merely a cash grab. Having worked in an indy movie theatre around Oscar time, I was surprised to realize how many folk will scramble to watch nominated flicks in February in hopes of brushing up. So doubling the number of best picture nods to 10 is good bus...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 24th, 2009, 11:42 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Clark Gable
Replies: 218
Views: 43420

Re: Clark Gable

Joan Blondell and Gable??? Craziness. I read Joan's bio, and don't remember anything about Joan and Gable in a picture together, but I'm very intrigued. Is the film any good? As for thoughts on Gable himself, well I'm skeptical of his versatility, I find him very fun to watch. He's magnetic and ener...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 20th, 2009, 11:44 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

I love The Red Mill , it's a great vehicle of Davies, and I thought it very bold of her to appear sans make-up, thus making her transformation very striking. I don't think it was mentioned but the film was directed by Fatty Arbuckle under the pseudonym "William Goodrich", ironic given the ...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 16th, 2009, 4:36 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: CARY GRANT
Replies: 186
Views: 46486

Re: CARY GRANT

Second, Wings in the Dark, I really enjoyed this one. In it he's teamed with Myrna Loy, always a good pairing. They both play fliers only Cary's flier Ken gets blinded in a freak accident and can't complete the groundbreaking flight that he was going to attempt. He takes it badly and retreats to th...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 16th, 2009, 4:31 pm
Forum: Comedies
Topic: SYLVIA SCARLETT
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: SYLVIA SCARLETT

I'm glad to see a post about one of the finer forgotten films of that era. I know Hepburn hated the film, and Cukor thought quite poorly of it as well...although it seems that their dismissal of the film has more to do with the film's disastrous preview and ensuing financial failure than it does wit...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 14th, 2009, 1:57 am
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Movie Posters??
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Movie Posters??

Hey all, I've recently moved across the country into the first place of my own, and would like to decorate my humble abode with some movie posters. I'm generally looking for pre-code or silent posters of films I enjoy. But ultimately aesthetics are the most important thing (with points for obscurity...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 13th, 2009, 10:57 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Joyless Street on DVD in July
Replies: 5
Views: 1392

Re: The Joyless Street on DVD in July

Anyone know the cheapest place to purchase the filmmuseum DVDs? I'm a poor Canadian boy who wishes to avoid unseemly shipping rates.
by myrnaloyisdope
June 13th, 2009, 10:54 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2851451

Re: *CANDIDS*

It's a cool poster, but gosh I hated the film. It's far more offensive to me than The Birth of a Nation. The Sirk remake is glorious though.
by myrnaloyisdope
June 13th, 2009, 1:10 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

Can't wait until you review Rosita. I beleive it does exist somewhere perhaps in Mary's archives, she disliked it so much I hope that doesn't stop it from being relesed one day. Well I read a biography on Lubitsch (Laughter in Paradise) a few months ago, and the author really seemed like Rosita. Th...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 12th, 2009, 3:08 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

I didn't necessarily think The Sheik was terrible, but it's not good, and it's the kind of film that would be easily forgotten were it not for Valentino's popularity, and as an intro to Rudy it's a pretty bad one at that. On CCF's advice I checked out My Best Girl , and was most impressed. My first ...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 11th, 2009, 11:31 pm
Forum: The Essentials
Topic: Choo-choo-choose Your Own Essentials!
Replies: 75
Views: 41478

Re: Choo-choo-choose Your Own Essentials!

6. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) by M. Powell & E. Pressburger. A masterpiece. 7. The Fallen Idol (1947) by Carol Reed. Lest famous than The Third Man, but as engrossing. 10. Senso (1954) by Luchino Visconti. Beautifully shot and acted drama. 13. Man's Castle (1933) by F. Borzage. ...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 8th, 2009, 9:36 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

I knew going into it that The Sheik wasn't very highly regarded and that it wasn't a great intro to Rudy, but nonetheless I wanted to see it before watching Son of the Sheik which by every account is much better. I know enough about Rudy, that I would certainly be willing to see multiple pictures to...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 6th, 2009, 10:25 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

I've been awful busy the last month or so, I've moved cross country to Toronto, and haven't had the chance to write about some of the things I've watched, so here's my attempt to catch up a little. Perils of Pauline (1914) - Not especially good, and often amateurish, but still a fascinating historic...
by myrnaloyisdope
June 5th, 2009, 8:29 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 278113

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

Old Heidelberg is quite a good film. Very Lubitsch in the sense that everything is handled so deftly, and I'm not sure I could describe why I liked it so much. On the subject of Fairbanks, I finally watched my first Fairbanks film last night: Robin Hood . Well it was a frustrating experience to say...

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