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by Gary J.
September 29th, 2011, 11:16 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: FREDRIC MARCH
Replies: 148
Views: 19284

Re: FREDRIC MARCH

The director, Tay Garnett, was an interesting character - an aviator, an independent, an adventurer who would hop on his ship and sail around the world whenever he was in between picture assignments. He wrote a marvelous book of anecdotes later in life and movies like TRADE WINDS and CHINA SEAS (35 ...
by Gary J.
September 29th, 2011, 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

This past week I saw MONEYBALL and KILLER ELITE at the local cineplex and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. MONEYBALL is fun and absorbing as it charts the business dealings behind the scenes of a modern day sports franchise. It's script (co-written by Aaron Sorkin) displays wit and candor at it tear...
by Gary J.
September 24th, 2011, 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

MikeBSG wrote: I thought Astaire's "audition" dance through Menjou's office was utterly terrific. It is one of my favorite Astaire routines.


Supposedly on one of the takes Astaire got a little too enthusiastic pretending to rap his cane off of Menjou's noggin and almost knocked him out.
by Gary J.
September 21st, 2011, 12:43 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Noir Films
Replies: 938
Views: 121473

Re: Noir Films

The only Fuller film to ever hold my attention all the way through was THE BIG RED ONE (80). All of his films from his 'hey day' always suffered from inconsistent acting and low production values, although the man definitely had talent.
by Gary J.
September 21st, 2011, 12:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

The "box office poison" label had nothing to do with the studios. It was a movie publication's 1938 survey among theater exhibitors over which top stars do not draw at the box office. Hepburn had not had a hit since ALICE ADAMS (35) . BRINGING UP BABY (38) bombed horribly when it was first...
by Gary J.
September 19th, 2011, 1:10 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Eileen Atkins. a dramatic change of image in Doc Martin
Replies: 1
Views: 1090

Re: Eileen Atkins. a dramatic change of image in Doc Martin

I've just been discovering this series during this past summer across the pond here in Phoenix, AZ on our local PBS station.
He is as acerbic as Hugh Laurie's "HOUSE". I must have a soft spot for cranky MD's.
by Gary J.
September 16th, 2011, 1:49 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 3085376

Re: *CANDIDS*

I've always liked this photo so much, but I never really realized how much their distinct personalities were written on their faces here. Groucho looks so shy and uncomfortable, Harpo looks like he is more able to roll with the punches. The Brother's real life personalities were basically incorpora...
by Gary J.
September 15th, 2011, 9:32 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 3085376

Re: *CANDIDS*

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ROBERT BENCHLEY (1889 - 1945)[/quote]

A brilliant mind. Great comic actor. Hilarious essayist.
by Gary J.
September 15th, 2011, 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

She is very good in the 1934 version, but unfortunately she is paired with John Boles and consequently has no one to play off of. Which is rather important in a story of repression. I find Scorsese's version heartbreaking thanks to the playing of the two lead, Pfeiffer and Day-Lewis. It is all very ...
by Gary J.
September 14th, 2011, 9:03 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 318867

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

Once Grant got out from under the bosum of Mae West and before he met up with Leo McCarey, he set off at Paramount starring in a bunch of these minor comedies ( THIRTY DAY PRINCESS (34), KISS AND MAKE-UP (34), LADIES SHOULD LISTEN (34) ) that are rarely shown but were all pivotal in helping him deve...
by Gary J.
September 14th, 2011, 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Getting back to Sidney Franklin, Thalberg always treated him as a special case and liked to assign him more prestige productions. He never made more than two films a year during the earlier talkies and as the Thirties went on Franklin would spend a couple of years on a project. When Thalberg died Ma...
by Gary J.
September 9th, 2011, 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 520115

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

"Pelham" is a fine, neatly assembled caper film, a genre I very much enjoy. The cast, as you say, is wonderful. The story spellbinding. I wouldn't even be surprised if the remake is good. I haven't seen it. But how can you go wrong with a plot like that? The remake suffers from the eterna...
by Gary J.
September 9th, 2011, 3:23 pm
Forum: Dramas
Topic: A Patch of Blue - some help please
Replies: 21
Views: 6997

Re: A Patch of Blue - some help please

Although Poitier realized that as his star ascended he would be thrust into the 'Jackie Robinson' role, he looked at the situation with a more clinical eye. He never wanted to be known as one of the great Black actors of his generation. He wanted to known as one of the great actors who happened to b...
by Gary J.
September 4th, 2011, 8:18 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Buster Keaton
Replies: 199
Views: 67543

Re: Buster Keaton

What separates the great comedians from the merely good ones is that their comedy hits a higher plain - whether intentional or not. It's no accident that writers and critics have waxed philosophically over the artistry of a Chaplin, Keaton, Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, Fields...etc. These are clowns...
by Gary J.
September 4th, 2011, 11:18 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Buster Keaton
Replies: 199
Views: 67543

Re: Buster Keaton

It's a marvelous short that acts as a grand coda to a long career because it is so essentially Keaton. Buster loved playing the stranger in a strange land, but his fundamental Americanism always compelled him to adapt to his new surroundings -such as his clothes changing running gag from PEST FROM T...

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