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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 5:37:17 PM PDT
ronzo says:

I enjoyed DEAD OF NIGHT. I agree, I'd cut the golf sequence out completely. I think the Brits put it in there to lighten things up, generally. Ealing Studios, after all. But, as you say, we're not looking to have things tempered; we want the suspense to RAMP UP!!! lol.

Like you, I too think the film structure marvelous. The ironic thing for me was ... I saw this a few years ago on the first roundtable; and had completely forgotten things for this viewing. So, like the 'dreamer' who holds everything together, I was also "remembering" sequences as they happened. That makes things pretty surreal; I enjoyed that too. 3.5 stars.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 5:34:19 PM PDT
Thanks for the HOT tip!!!

Are you going to dress up like Frankenstein???..You know like when you went to ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW...remember??? And i went to TWILIGHT dressed in my own VAMPYR gown!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 5:30:41 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Re: ""Fathom" events"

That would be AMAZING!!! Alas, none in Canada. : (


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 5:29:54 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Re: "As a friend of mine pointed out once, when Marvel heroes would meet for the first time, they would fight each other. When DC heroes met for the first time, they would have a picnic, lol."

LOL!! Well put! And they were ALL like that too, weren't they?! I especially remember the X-MEN being like that: as soon as they made up ... they'd be FIGHTING AGAIN! lol. And the early FANTASTIC FOUR too. Thankfully, over time, Ben Grimm got over it. : )

That Hulk-Loki scene was fun, indeed! And I didn't see it coming; and then when it does, the speed is so fast, it is over before I knew what happened!! lol. I can see how it would definitely get a crowd going ... and AVENGERS is definitely a film to see in a crowd, IMO. For the humour too.

Crakey! That's a long time to wait for the next AVENGERS film!!!
At least, it will be interesting to see how they get around doing the Guardian of the Galaxy member who has that tiny body and big head...! lol.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 4:12:58 PM PDT
Grant says:
Have you guys ever been to these "Fathom" events? They're pretty cool. They're putting on a TCM hosted Frankenstein & Bride of Frankenstein double feature this coming Wednesday. Type in your zip and see if there's a theater near you that's showing it...

I'm definitely going.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 7:09:19 PM PDT
Grant says:

Glad you enjoyed Avengers! How did you like the scene with Hulk facing off with Loki? LOL! That scene had the audience going wild. I loved the Hulk/Thor smackdowns as well. As you say, it was fun watching the heroes fight each other. That happened a lot in Marvel stories. As a friend of mine pointed out once, when Marvel heroes would meet for the first time, they would fight each other. When DC heroes met for the first time, they would have a picnic, lol.

The Thanos teaser at the end was fun. Next year we're getting Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. The following year we'll see Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. GotG will likely have Thanos in it. It's all part of a massive movieverse continuity that Marvel is building. So it's a great time to be a Marvel fan.

Hobbit looks good. Looking forward to that.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 5:15:53 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Finished AVENGERS last night.

You know it has been a good viewing when you want to just put it back in ... and re-watch it!!

Many thanks for the mention, as it (and Capt. America) would have just slipped by my notice.

I can see why you'd get excited over that Skrulls ending. WHAT A TEASER! lol. How long do we have to wait for that to come out, I wonder?!! I'm going to have to make due with THE HOBBIT, part 1. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 2:31:15 PM PDT
ronzo says:
Steelers fan,

Re: "Halliwell's is unreliable for dates"

He was supposed to be here over an HOUR ago....

p.s. Joan wishes. LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 2:29:57 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Who on earth thought up that BLIND ALIBI plot?!!!!!! LOL!

Almost despite it, it still seems like a fun viewing!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 2:27:01 PM PDT
ronzo says:

LOVIN' THE LADIES (1930) sounds good!

I was a bit surprised that there is NOTHING on youtube for it. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 2:22:26 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Nothing is spoiled, assuredly. I most likely have seen it at some point. I'll know soon enough!! Either way, I enjoy having a film thread idea in mind when I watch a film.

... ...

Well, it will be a heck of a Christmas! lol. I wouldn't be surprised if they have Boxing Day specials; buy the Blu player and get a copy of AVENGERS free.

I watched the first half of AVENGERS this morning. Yes, lots of fun. And they wrote Stark's lines well!! (I think the screenwriters must be readers of ours). By mid-point, all the hero characters are getting angry with one another, with I thought funny, not only because it reminded me of the comic books themselves, but because the characters are written as if they were 10 year olds. Which is great, because it shows how Marvel wrote for their then audience.

I'm off to take a nap. If Black Widow fights Tony Stark's girlfriend over me (in my dream) ... well, don't wake me up early. LOL!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 2:00:53 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Re: "I think that was Howards End. I liked the film but not exclusively for Redgrave."

That's the one. And it knew it wasn't just for Redgrave ... you Merchant-Ivory fan you.

I liked MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS much moreso years ago. Nowadays, it seems a little too long to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 1:58:08 PM PDT
ronzo says:

Re: "VAMPYR" ... and the 1/2 star

We shall see next year, perhaps!

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 6:38:54 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
Actually, O' Neil was born in 1908 (Halliwell's is unreliable for dates). She resembled Joan Crawford.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 6:04:23 AM PDT
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Steelers fan says:
I finished watching Griffith's 1928 remake of "The Battle Of The Sexes" again. The great director tried to be "up-to-the-minute" modern, and the film is fairly racy, but the story is Victorian. The right prevails, and the happy home is restored. The best thing about the picture is the lovely Sally O' Neil (1910-1968) as the daughter, Ruth. She gets some good scenes. Griffith was a master at using actresses effectively for emotional impact. Not quite a star, O' Neil was a popular young leading lady at the time. Two and a half stars.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 12:33:45 AM PDT
Grant says:
Found a great high res Richard Dix photo that I now have for wallpaper on the computer....,%20Richard/Annex/Annex%20-%20Dix,%20Richard%20(Lovin'%20the%20Ladies)_01.jpg

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 12:17:50 AM PDT
Grant says:
BLIND ALIBI (1938) was another enjoyable Dix film. In this one, Dix is a sculptor living in Paris. Dix's sister (Frances Mercer) is married to a high level politician. Mercer is being blackmailed over love letters she wrote to a former lover. Dix and a pal try to rob the blackmailers. Dix's friend gets the letters but is shot by the blackmailers. He manages to hide the letters in a piece of furniture by an antique store. But before either Dix or the blackmailers can get to the antique chair, it's crated and sent to a Los Angeles museum as part of a collection to be displayed. Dix makes it to LA but finds that the furniture display is sealed off from the public and is nearly impossible to get to. So Dix buys himself a seeing eye dog (Ace the Wonder Dog) and pretends to be a blind man who wants to examine various sculpture in order to make reproductions for sale to museum patrons. The museum curator (Whitney Bourne) gives Dix free reign at the museum and the two begin to fall for each other.

Meanwhile, the blackmailers are also aware that the chair is in the museum. They've sent in flunkies pretending to be janitors but all have failed. So they decide to bribe blind man Dix into looking for the letters. The police have also become involved. In the end, Dix finds the letters but the blackmailers have discovered that Dix isn't blind, as have the police. Dix is able to get the drop on the blackmailers who are capture by the police, but Dix is also arrested for breaking into the museum. Since nothing is missing except for the letters that know one knows about, Dix serves a light sentence and after he is released, finds Ace and the cute curator waiting for him.

This was fun in spite of a silly and preposterous plot. The best scenes involve Dix faking his blindness and trying to make sure his secret isn't' discovered. This involves putting a lot of faith in Ace. One scene, Dix knows he's being watched and walks straight for an empty elevator shaft, hoping that wonder dog Ace will save him in time. Dix, as always, makes this silliness very watchable. A very entertaining 2.5 stars.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 12:15:59 AM PDT
Grant says:
Richard Dix has fun with the romantic comedy LOVIN' THE LADIES (1930). I haven't seen Dix to straight up romantic comedy yet and this one is pretty cute.

Allen Kearns plays a millionaire who is sick of his detached, bored, stagnant life of luxury. He craves mental stimulation but isn't getting it from his mentally stagnant friends. He realizes that even his butler (Anthony Bushell) is smarter than he is. As is the electrician (Richard Dix) they call when the power goes out one evening while Kearns is entertaining friends. Kearns shares his thoughts on how love doesn't really exist and how it`s a crafted environment conducive to romance that "causes" people to think they`re in love. To prove his theory, he makes a wager that he can make any two people fall in love. They pick one of their snooty friends as the woman and Dix as the man. Dix is a passionate and educated union man. He is friends with Bushell and the two commiserate about how education and culture are actually liabilities to a working man.

Kearns offers Dix 25 hundred dollars to woo the woman they have chosen (Renee Macready) for the bet. Kearns gives Dix a makeover and teaches him how to be disaffected and bored with everything. But while Kearns is setting up events to win the bet, Dix falls for Kearns fiancée (Lois Wilson) and his feelings are reciprocated. When the evening finally comes for Kearns to arrange for Dix to woo Macready, all of Kearns meticulous plans come hilariously unraveled. Meanwhile, Dix must pretend to be the bored playboy for Macready and his normal, down to earth average joe for Wilson. The fun comes when various women accidentally fall prey to Kearns "stage of romance" and all fall in love with Dix. Except of course the intended prey Macready who has fallen for the Butler. Of course at the end, Kearns wager is brought to light and all must answer for their actions.

This movie was a lot of fun. Dix looks like he's enjoying the role and even manages to pull of a sort of Jimmy Stewart "aw shucks" demeanor at times. I liked the conversations about the burden of intelligence and how the idle rich become idiots from being idle. One of the funniest lines goes to the Butler who, upon seeing his friend Dix after the makeover, tells Dix "Amazing! If I didn't know you were an educated man I would swear you were wealthy!" LOL. Fun stuff. A solid 3 stars for this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:28:18 PM PDT
Grant says:

NOFMB is worth seeing. I'd recommend it because it has moments that are really good. I just wouldn't recommend buying it or watching it more than once, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:26:57 PM PDT
Grant says:

Bummer! Wish I hadn't spoiled it now. I thought you had seen that one before.

I want to get Avengers SO bad!! lol. But I still don't have a blue ray player and only blue ray dvd's have the extra features, which really ticks me off!! So I'm not going to get it until I get a blue ray player. I probably wont buy any DVDs until I get a bluray given that regular DVD's rarely if ever have special features any more.

But I hope you enjoy it! It's probably too long for you and the first act is a bit exposition heavy, but once things kick into gear it gets really fun. Lots of great comic booky moments.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:20:09 PM PDT
Grant says:

I think that was Howards End. I liked the film but not exclusively for Redgrave. She was hardly in the movie really. Her role was little more than a cameo. I was more a fan of her 70s films. I liked her in Mary Queen of Scots, Murder on the Orient Express, Seven Percent Solution. Stuff like that.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:14:15 PM PDT
Grant says:

re: Vampyr

This was my first time watching the film so it probaby had more of an impact on me than it did with you. If I watched this again it's entirely possible I'd drop half a star, lol. Also, I haven't seen any of the Mabuse films yet, so my enjoyment wasn't dimmed by moments swiped from another film.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 5:55:24 PM PDT
ronzo says:

I'd say NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH, from the description, sounds a bit like WHITE HEAT; with all that mother content. I just looked to make sure; WH was made the following year.

Your assessment echoes some of the amazon/imdb reviews. There just seems to be a little too much 'off' with NOFMB to be a great cult film. Too bad.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 5:47:18 PM PDT
ronzo says:

I went through the TCM October schedule back when you posted your teaser message. lol. I wanted to suggest we watch THE UNKNOWN (1927). I'm not sure I've ever seen it. I'll throw it on later this week.

Also, I picked up THE AVENGERS on a two-day loan ... so I'll be watching that one, probably tomorrow night; it is pretty late now. Can't wait though. Did you pick up a copy of that yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 5:44:33 PM PDT
ronzo says:

I remember you enjoyed a Redgrave in a Merchant Ivory film I disliked. Can't remember the title off-hand. Anthony Hopkins was also in it. I enjoy him, but wasn't keen on his character.
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