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SATURDAY POLL, continued -- Our week's movie viewing (What did you see, what did you like?)

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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:27:08 PM PDT
Nancy says:
Very Intersting Annie--
I really liked your description of Glorifying The American Girl. I've always skipped Forget Paris, but now I think I'll give it a try, The Four Seasons is a movie I like, I like to watch it along with Same Time Next Year. Instinct, I dont know why, but I like, I have it on VHS and will pull it out once in awhile, I just like the way Hopkins works and his little left over pieces of Hannible show thru some. L.A. Confidentual, what can I say, I own it and three Aussies do a great job of playing Americans. The Prophecy movies, well...I own, great kick back b movies. Thanks for bringing to light two movies to look out for Annie. :))

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:34:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 10:01:32 AM PDT
Nancy says:
You know Raja,
I love those Noir movies you watch, I'm keeping a list, thanks. I saw Good Neighbors and it was ok, rented for a dollar something, so no loss there. Kill The Irishman was way better than I thought it was gonna be. The Pawnbroker really caught my attention, Sidney Lumet. You always watch the most interesting movies, thanks. :))

Posted on May 12, 2012 9:09:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 10:58:49 PM PDT
Nancy says:
Here are mine--

Law & Order Season 9

Disc 2 of "The Planet Earth"

Seven Pounds: Will Smith. It did make me cry, but I dont know, the story just hit me as to improbable, for me. Will Smith does an excellant job though and Annie is right, Barry Pepper isnt given enough film time. I really like Woody Harrilsons character. The Jellyfish in the tank was beautiful, it was alright.

Maverick: Mel Gibson. Now this movie was funny, but the funniest part for me was the old hacking stagecoach driver, that was halarious, I couldnt stop laughing!! It was great seeing all those old western stars who have since passed on, I was really excited to see them in the movie. This one I did enjoy, thanks Annie. :)

The Damned: Visconti. I must catch some certain Bogart movies, Dirk. I have Death In Venice and I've seen Ludwic, but no longer own it. I must say, it touches on some really thermatic elements, but what a movie, I was mesmerized!! Not for everyone, but I find myself just drawn to every thing in a Visconti film, not only the storyline, but the other elements in film making always catch my eye. To the great detail in clothing to the sets, I wonder if Cameron got his ideas from Visconti, especially for Titanic? Its during the Nazi regime in Germany on its way up and the family who owns a steel works and foundry that the Nazis want to control. The Family Patriach who is old world and does not like Hitler is murdered, the blame put on his son-in-law. The oldest Son inheirests, but belongs to the SA, a party that Hitler no longer wants, street thugs that have done away with most of the old regime and have done the dirty work for Hitler and are no longer needed. Once that son is killed on The Night of The Long Knives shown as a night of Homoerotic debuchary, this actual event took some time to do and was ordered by Hitler as getting rid of everyone who crossed him. As soon as the SS takes over, one man in paticular helps his cousin rise in the family and this man plans to wed the sister, a Baroness, the next in line, but the power actually belongs to her son, a pediphile and deviant who sinks more and more into his own vile life. Of the whole once family that lived and ate together, two remain untouched. Cousins who the Nazis take and slowley show them how their families failed them and how they can help the Party in the war effort. I believe McGhee did a way much better sypnosis for this film. It just to much for me to explain. I gotta say, the deviant son does a really great scene where he plays Marlene D. in full drag during a Birthday show for the grandfather. I feel I have to watch this movie again to catch the interesting little details that Visconti always has in his films. The camera panning across a chandalier(?) during an ugly scene. Thats the point, the scene maybe an ugly one, or distastful, but hes always shooting something else at the same time that captures your eyes...a certain detail, a piece of furniture, the drape of a fur, sweat on a characters brow, the many little things that happen in a scene, its all so fasinating.

My pick is definitly The Damed and thanks McGhee. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 9:57:44 PM PDT
Except for the silly "demure schoolteacher loses the glasses, wraps in a giant leaf and becomes a jungle beast" angle, FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE is quite an adventure. It's got everything: water buffalo, snakes, aggressive pygmies, you name in. Supposedly set on the Malay peninsula.

Of the ones you haven't seen, I recommend WONDER BAR and INSTINCT.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:10:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 10:19:14 PM PDT
I've owned GLORIFYING THE AMERICAN GIRL for years but avoided it because the title put me off.
It's a worthwhile film, great for fans of the earliest talkies.

FORGET PARIS really had me laughing. Billy Crystal is so good in it. Watch him closely, especially in scenes with William Hickey, who's also hilarious. Love the intercutting to restaurant moments, and the story being told by people who take turns amazing a bride-to-be with the saga of Winger and Crystal. At one point, Richard Masur warns: you're not gonna believe this part, and sure enough, it's too incredible, too insane, too funny! Another great one to watch with the family.

PS-- who's the third Aussie in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, besides Pearce and Crowe?

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:17:51 PM PDT
Glad you liked MAVERICK. My favorite part is all the insults Mel Gibson throws at Jodie Foster and James Garner. Also, when he's plotting with the Indians.

Enjoyed your synopsis of THE DAMNED. The movie's too much for me though.
That child molesting stuff makes me ill.

Don't give up on SEVEN POUNDS. Maybe next time you'll like it better. This is after all a movie!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:53:30 PM PDT
Nancy says:
Simon Baker, he played the bit player actor who De Vito cons into suducing the Director that likes men. Poor kid gets found murdered in a hotel room. Remember, he just gets caught smokin' pot. He has his own TV show The Mentalist, I dont know if its still on the air.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:54:44 PM PDT
Balok says:
@Annie Van Auken:


1981 will always go down in my memory as "the summer of mediocre movies." At least every movie that I took my girlfriend to that summer (including _The Four Seasons_) turned out to be mediocre.


I quite liked this movie, even though I've never been able to figure out why they thought that any person in his right mind would have hired Kim Basinger as a double for Veronica Lake, given that Basinger is roughly twice Lake's size.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:56:41 PM PDT
Nancy says:
Dont you find that Crystal in real life would have the strangest stories. Thats part of his act, but hes so good at it that during When Harry Met Sally, he told the craziest stories during the movie..."You made a woman meow?!" LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:18:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 11:24:54 PM PDT
Kim Basinger didn't have the hair in her eyes either, nor was hers straight like Veronica Lake's. If I had any criticism of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (which I don't), it would be with the cartoonish violence.

As for 1981, there were some good movies. Not sure if they were all summer releases though. How about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR, DAS BOOT, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. ARTHUR, GALLIPOLI or my fave, REDS.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:21:13 PM PDT
I like Billy Crystal in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT and ANALYZE THIS, but for laughs, my current choice is a good one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:15:50 AM PDT
Balok says:
@Annie Van Auken:


That was another one that we saw. There is, for better or worse, a limit to how funny I can find alcoholism. Admittedly, John Gielgud was superb, but then again, he always is.


My main problem with this one, I think, is that for what I assume are fairly obvious reasons, I have a difficult time with a World War 2 movie in which the Germans are the good guys.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:53:39 AM PDT
C McGhee says:
Nancy- The Damned

You're welcome! BTW- It's Bogarde not Bogart, an easy mistake to make considering how large Bogart's shadow is. Another great movie with Bogarde is THE NIGHT PORTER. You would like it, mayhap even better.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 2:25:09 AM PDT
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By way of absolutely nothing, Saturday afternoon I saw a VICTORY AT SEA episode entitled "Beneath the Southern Cross," the story of the Allies successful Atlantic war against German submarines, a struggle that at first was mostly one German victory after another.

The use of observation blimps and planes, plus destroyer escorts for convoys, took a steady toll on the subs, until at war's end 766 U-Boats littered the bottom of the Atlantic.

These hunters of merchant shipping roamed far, from the Arctic Circle to the equator, from Europe and Africa to the Americas, thus clearing that oceanic span of them was quite an accomplishment.

In 1944, planes and depth charges from the USS Guadalcanal forced U-505, which was lurking in waters off the Azores, to surrender. It was the only German sub captured at sea during WWII.

Another sidebar--
Noticed on opening titles that technical consultant for VICTORY AT SEA was Capt. Walter Karig. He wrote several naval histories of WWII and of Korea, but to readers of fiction, Karig was best known as author of a whimsical little story called ZOTZ! (1947). It's about a seminary language professor who translates an inscription on an ancient obelisk and gains the ability, by pointing a finger, to inflict pain on any living thing, or by pointing and saying ZOTZ! killing the target. He gets the idea of being parachuted into Germany (this occurs in 1943) to assassinate Hitler.

Much of the book involves this man's struggle to meet with FDR, tell him his plan and demonstrate this remarkable ability. Along the way he meets a mid-level Navy flunky named.. yup... Capt. Karig, but still gets nowhere, although later the professor entrusts him to tell his story.

There's a great plot twist and a wonderful piece of writing where this man ends uo on FDR's yacht. He's nearly dead from a partial drowning and never realizes who the kindly old man is that rescued him.

For anyone familiar with both Karig's novel and producer/director William Castle's 1962 screen version of ZOTZ! it's obvious he took one plot element (the magic powers) and fashioned a movie that's completely different from, and inferior to, the book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 2:26:47 AM PDT
I liked Humphrey Bogarde in DAMN THE DEFIANT! :?)

Posted on May 13, 2012 5:11:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 10:39:23 PM PDT
Grant says:
My list for the week.

At the theater:

DARK SHADOWS (2012) Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Chloe Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper.
I was wholly prepared not to like this based on the rather lame trailers, but this film won me over with it's surprising charm. Following the original story fairly closely, about Barnabas Collins (Depp) cursed to be a vampire by the witch that he spurns (Eva Green). Depp is trapped in his coffin for 200 years when he awakes in the early 1970's by a work crew building a McDonalds. He then returns to the family mansion Collinwood only to find it and his family in ruins. Depp then goes about rebuilding the family business, falling in love with the reincarnation of his betrothed (Heathcote), seeking medical help for his vampirism by the family doctor (Bonham Carter) and trying to get vengeance on evil witch Green who is determined to destroy the Collinwood family. What works best here isn't' the expected "fish out of water" comedy (although some of that is very funny) but the dedication to the more melodramatic moments which are enhanced by the comedy as opposed to being a victim of it. Very pleasant surprise. But DS purists might have a different take. Recommended.

Trailer of the week:


In no world is Stewart "fairer" than Theron. Just sayin.

Classics watched...

WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950) Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue, Maureen O'Sullivan.
Mitchum is a young doctor who falls for a psychotic (Domergue) married to an abusive husband (Rains). An argument leads to a murder that a drunken Mitchum thinks he committed. Mitchum and Domergue then go on the run from police as Domergue gets crazier and crazier and Mitchum, fighting a concussion, slowly starts to die. A bit slow in parts, but not a bad little film noir. Recommended.

THE CONSPIRITORS (1944) Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joseph Calleia.
Superspy Henreid is a thorn in the side of the Nazi's. He's recruited by Greenstreet to join his league of super spies, one of which is married to Lamarr. But then it's discovered that one of the spies is really working for the Germans which leads to a game of cat and mouse within the ranks of Greenstreets organization. When all fingers point to Henreid, it's up to him and Lamarr and local police inspector Calleia to find the real traitor. This one was really good. Highly recommended.

Grant's pick of the week...

THEY CAME FROM CORDURA (1959) Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, Dick York, Robert Keith.
Top notch, complex, character driven western. Cooper is a cavalry officer whose field reports recommend who will receive the congressional medal of honor. Cooper is then tasked with escorting five candidates (Heflin, Callan, Conte, York, Hunter) from 1916 California back to Washington alive. Only problem is that 4 of the 5 candidates, who include a rapist and a murderer, don't want the medal for various reasons. Things get more complicated when one of the candidates discovers that Cooper, who is obsessed with heroism, was branded a coward in a previous battle. Also along for the ride is Hayworth who is being taken back to the states to stand trial for aiding and abetting the enemy. Some terrific dialogue and performances, including a couple of great turns by Heflin and Hayworth, and some solid action make this complex examination of heroism definitely one to seek out. Highest recommendation.

ACE OF ACES(1933) Richard Dix, Elizabeth Allen, Ralph Bellamy.
Dix is a sculpter engaged to wealthy Allen. Then the US enters WW1. Dix doesn't believe in the war or taking life and just wants to work on his sculptures. But Allen thinks he's a coward and breaks off the engagement. Dix then joins the air corps to prove his bravery but over time, ends up with a lust for killing, collecting a record breaking amount of kills in the air. Meanwhile, Allen learns to share Dix's prior feelings about war as an army nurse surrounded by death. Terrific movie. Spectacular crash sequences. The film also has interesting things to say about war, killing and heroism. Highly recommended.

THE LOST SQUADRON(1932) Richard Dix, Mary Astor, Eric von Stroheim, Joel McCrea, Robert Armstrong, Dorothy Armstrong.
McCrea, Dix and Armstrong are WW1 pilots who return as heroes but find the life they left has changed. Dix returns to the woman he loved (Astor), who has become an actress married to an abusive, egomaniacal film director (von Stroheim). The pals end up penniless drifters. Then Armstrong gets them jobs working for Stroheim as stunt pilots for the movies. The problem is that Stroheim loves a good crash and isn't above tampering with the planes in order to get a good crash on film. When one of the friends ends up dead, the others intend to make Stroheim pay with his life. Another very enjoyable film about WW1 pilots with Richard Dix. Stroheim has fun in his role as the bloodthirsty director. They even have a scene modeled after the opening night of "Hell's Angels". Fun movie. Highly recommended.

AFTER TONIGHT(1933) Constance Bennett, Gilbert Roland, Edward Ellis, Mischa Auer.
Great WW1 era spy film with Bennett as a Russian spy who meets a charming captain in the Austrian military. Rolland has a severe information leak that he's trying to plug and is on a war to hunt down and kill all spies. Bennett assumes the identity of a nurse and continues to steal government secrets. When Roland gathers evidence against Bennett, she confesses and is willing to meet her fate. But will Roland be able to execute her? A sometimes uneven mixture of witty banter and serious melodrama. But Bennett is great as the clever spy and makes this film worth watching. Recommended.

DYNAMITE (1929) Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, Conrad Nagel, Julia Faye, Muriel McCormac.
Fascinating melodrama by Cecil B. DeMille. Johnson loves Nagel who's married to Faye. But Nagel is penniless and Faye wants too much money in exchange for her divorcing Nagel. The problem is that Johnson is about to lose her fortune because of a codicil in her fathers will that says she must be married by her 23rd birthday or she will lose everything. Meanwhile, Bickford is a miner who has just been sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit and needs money for his little sister who is headed for a state orphanage. Johnson reads about Bickfords dilemma and offers to pay all of the child's expenses in return for marrying her on the eve of his execution so that she can keep her fortune, pay off Faye and be immediately free to remarry. Bickford agrees and they are married. But in an amazing turn of events, the real killer comes forward and saves Bickford at the 12th hour. Needless to say, this throws a wrench into Johnsons plans. Terrific, poignant melodrama. Highly recommended.

SHOOT FIRST aka ROUGH SHOOT (1953) Joel McCrea, Evelyn Keyes, Herbert Lom.
Convoluted and boring spy movie with McCrea and Keyes as Americans renting a house in the British countryside. When McCrea seemingly kills a poacher with buckshot, a can of worms is opened and McCrea and Keyes find themselves up to their necks in spies, smugglers, the black market and atomic bombs. Lom has fun as a spy who refers to himself in the third person and hides out in a asylum for the mentally ill. I like these actors but the movie just doesn't work. Not recommended.

WOMAN WANTED (1935) Maureen O'Sullivan, Joel McCrea, Lewis Stone, Louis Calhern, Adrienne Ames.
O'Sullivan is a naïve girl who is framed for murder and found guilty thanks to prosecutor Stone. Calhern is the gangster who O'Sullivan used to work for and he's convinced that O'Sullivan knows the whereabouts of a cache of stolen bonds which was stolen from him by O'Sullivans supposed victim. He plans O'Sullivans escape but it all goes wrong and she slips away in the confusion, getting aid from hot shot lawyer and ladies man McCrea. This doesn't sit well with McCrea's fiancee (Ames) or with DA Stone. Both Stone and Calhern try to get there hands on O'Sullivan as she and McCrea try to figure the whole mess out. Fun little diversion. Recommended.

NORTH TO ALASKA (1960) John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Capucine, Fabian, Ernie Kovacs.
In the vein of things like McClintock. Wayne and Granger own an Alaskan mine rich with gold. Granger sends Wayne to pick up his mail order bride that he's been pining after for months. But Wayne finds out that she has married someone else. Wayne then meets French cathouse girl Capucine and figures he can use her to replace Grangers unfaithful bride. But Capucine ends up falling for Wayne instead. Lots of comedy that falls flat. But scrape away all the nonsense and underneath there's a charming little love story here between Wayne and the lovely Capucine. And I still can't get that catchy Johnny Horton song out of my head. Recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:48:12 PM PDT
Nancy says:
The Night Porter is my next one. :))

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:23:14 PM PDT
C McGhee says:
Annie- Humphrey


In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:26:03 PM PDT
C McGhee says:
Grant Watson- Dark Shadows

against all my instincts I may just give this a go after reading your synopsis. I do really love the cast.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:39:13 PM PDT
I mean the Fugawe Indians.

A hunting party of the Fugawes got lost, ended up in a dead end canyon in the territory of a neighboring tribe. When the chief of these possessive Indians approached him, the hunters' leader greeted him with: "We're the Fugawe."

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:48:56 PM PDT
C McGhee says:
Annie- Fugawe


In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:56:04 PM PDT
That was a 1970s Tonight Show monologue joke that Johnny Carson managed to snealk past the censors.

(PS- We'll stomp Benny the Forlorn Cockroach later!)

Posted on May 15, 2012 12:13:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 12:15:15 AM PDT
After over two years, I have FINALLY found the actor whom I think would've been ideal in
THE BABE RUTH STORY (instead of Bill Bendix).

New York-born HENRY KULKY was a pugilist and South American wrestling champ. He was burly, stood 5' 11" and had the right sort of face. (Note: with elevator shoes Kulky would've been close to Babe's height.)

An array of his photos:

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 8:18:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 8:41:10 AM PDT
My Dear Mr. Watson....

I was Sooo anticipating your "nutz n bolts" review on Dark Shadows...We always look forward to your first run impressions!!!

I love everything that Johnny Depp does...but the darker and quirkier the better! Since i have never seen the original Dark Shadows...I won't be swayed either way...I'm just looking forward to the one and only JD majick...and maybe some unbuttered PoPcorn!

However...This snarky little comment didn't escape my evil eye* Sir...

Snow White and the Huntsman

"In no world is Stewart "fairer" than Theron. Just sayin."...D'Uh....Theron is the evil Queen Sooo Stewart IS the fairest of them all...winks*

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:02:49 AM PDT
Nancy says:
Hmm, I dont know.........
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