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Posted on May 26, 2017, 1:47:18 PM PDT
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The upcoming movies I'm looking forward to seeing the most if I can is Captain Underpants (seems hilarious based on the previews), Cars 3 (absolutely loved the first two), Despicable Me 3 (again absolutely loved the first two and Minions too), The Dark Tower (my favorite Stephen King books by far), It (the original miniseries has long been my favorite horror movie of all-time), and possibly Coco and Mary Magdalene too.

Posted on May 24, 2017, 3:34:54 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
Top ten Spring-Summer movies of 2017 I'm looking forward to seeing (in theaters, ideally)...

1. The Glass Castle (Destin Daniel Cretton)
2. Wilson (Craig Johnson, Daniel Clowes)
3. Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo)
4. Brad's Status (Mike White)
5. Dean (Demetri Martin)
6. Beatriz at Dinner (Miguel Arteta, Mike White)
7. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
8. Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh)
9. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)
10. Wakefield (Robin Swicord)

And I'm intending to catch Terence Davies’s excellent 'A Quiet Passion' one more time before it slips off the big screen. It's been a boon period these past six months for first-rate films about poets, with 'Neruda', 'Patterson', and now Davies' gem finally reaching American theaters. A real shame that more aren't taking advantage of'em. Best stuff of the year so far.

Posted on May 24, 2017, 3:31:43 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
Top ten best performers and artists born 24 May:

1. Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, actor, etc. (born 1941, 76 years old today)
2. Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (1925 – 1994)
3. Jim Broadbent, English actor (68 years old now)
4. Joan Micklin Silver, American director and screenwriter (82 today)
5. John C. Reilly, American actor, signer (52)
6. Siobhán McKenna, Irish actress (1923 – 1986)
7. Alfred Molina, English actor (64)
8. Déborah François, Belgian actress (30)
9. Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (1914 – 1986)
10. Kristin Scott Thomas, English actress (57)

Posted on May 18, 2017, 6:31:15 AM PDT
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Top Ten Wonder Woman Origins

1. Wonder Woman By George Perez Vol. 1
2. Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)
3. The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins
4. The Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol. 1
5. Wonder Woman: Season 1
6. Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition
7. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1
8. Wonder Woman: The True Amazon
9. Secret Origins #6

I left a space for the new movie.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2017, 4:39:51 PM PDT
Thank you for including Chet. He is the big brother we all loathe, and Paxton did this so well in "Weird Science". Almost cartoon-like in his menace and intensity.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2017, 9:11:33 AM PDT
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Larry Kelley says:
It happens a lot that we do not sufficiently appreciate people until they are gone. I really liked Paxton but probably did not appreciate his talent as much as I should have. Fine list.

Posted on May 17, 2017, 12:39:27 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
On his birthday...

Top ten favorite Bill Paxton performances:

1. Severen in 'Near Dark'
2. Dale "Hurricane" Dixon in 'One False Move'
3. Dad Meiks in 'Frailty'
4. Hank Mitchell in 'A Simple Plan'
5. Private Hudson in 'Aliens'
6. Gus in 'The Dark Backward'
7. Joe Loder in 'Nightcrawler'
8. Bill "The Extreme" Harding in 'Twister'
9. Vince Gillian in 'Trespass'
10. Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise in 'Apollo 13'

Runner's-up:
Morgan Earp in 'Tombstone'; Jim Reston in 'Brain Dead'; Clyde the Bartender in 'Streets of Fire'; Chet Donnelly in 'Weird Science'; Wayne Caraway in 'Mean Dreams'; Punk Leader in 'The Terminator'; Master Sergeant Farell in 'Edge of Tomorrow'; Interceptor in 'Commando'; Simon in 'True Lies'; and Cadet Major Gilbreath in 'The Lords of Discipline' (originally credited as "Wild Bill" Paxton!)

Posted on May 16, 2017, 8:08:44 PM PDT
I first read the complete Canon when I was, oh, about 11. It was a Christmas gift. I finished it in two or three days. That was the first of many, many transversals.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2017, 4:59:02 PM PDT
Hikari says:
The novels were ranked in that survey also, I think in the same order you have them. I've read all but The Valley of Fear. 'Hound' was my very first introduction to Sherlock Holmes, as it was for many schoolchildren, I suspect. 'The Speckled Band' was my first short story, so I totally hewed to form there, but if I were tempted to ever think myself a precocious reader where Conan Doyle is concerned, I need to revoke any such thoughts. I was about 8 years too late to be considered precocious. Some of these Sherlockians I have encountered were reading 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' when they were 5 years old. 5!!! I did not learn to read until two years later. Being at a college reading level in the 7th grade is small comfort when I find out that kindergartners were reading 'Silver Blaze' before I'd ever heard of Sherlock Holmes. Sheesh.

The essayist writing on 'The Speckled Band' has a very good essay indeed explaining why it rates the top position of all time among the readership and was its author's own personal favorite. Although acknowledging it in many ways as quintessential Holmes, it is not my favorite for various reasons and probably not in my top half. Ditto 'Musgrave Ritual' which scores surprisingly high to me. I'm with Sir Arthur in finding more merit in 'The Reigate Squires' than is generally acknowledged. 'The Devil's Foot' would be higher on my scale than the readers'; I am also very surprised to see neither of the 'Violets'--from The Solitary Cyclist or the Copper Beeches--rating a spot.

More to follow . . lots to discuss.

Posted on May 16, 2017, 4:34:23 PM PDT
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H: To the second list, which is, I think, more objective than the first, although I can't really fault any of the choices on either--I might substitute The Problem Of Thor Bridge for The Bruce-Partington Plans.

And we might as well rank the novels: I would say

1. The Hound Of The Baskervilles
2. A Study In Scarlet
3. The Sign Of Four
4. The Valley Of Fear

And if forced to pick the single best story: Silver Blaze, if only for the definitive Sherlockismus:

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Posted on May 16, 2017, 2:42:54 PM PDT
Hikari says:
The Top 12 Sherlock Holmes Stories as rated by Sherlockians
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The "Baker Street Journal" compiled these results after the largest survey of Sherlock Holmes readers of its kind ever attempted.

1. "The Speckled Band"
2. "The Red-Headed League"
3. "A Scandal in Bohemia"
4. "Silver Blaze"
5. "The Blue Carbuncle"
6. "The Musgrave Ritual"
7. "The Final Problem"
8. "The Empty House"
9. "The Dancing Men"
10. "The Six Napoleons"
11. "The Bruce-Partington Plans"
12. "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

Posted on May 16, 2017, 2:38:28 PM PDT
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Hikari says:
The Top 12 Sherlock Holmes Stories According to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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1. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”
2. “The Redheaded League”
3. “The Adventure of the Dancing Men”
4. “The Final Problem”
5. “A Scandal in Bohemia”
6. “The Adventure of the Empty House”
7. “The Five Orange Pips”
8. “The Adventure of the Second Stain”
9. “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot”
10. “The Adventure of the Priory School”
11. “The Musgrave Ritual”
12. "The Reigate Squires"

Added: Sir Arthur considered after the initial question and ranked seven more of his favorites, including some written after the 1927 survey.

13. “Silver Blaze”
14. “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans”
15. “The Crooked Man”
16. “The Man with the Twisted Lip”
17. “The Greek Interpreter”
18. “The Resident Patient”
19. “The Naval Treaty”

Posted on May 15, 2017, 3:23:10 PM PDT
H: I'm talking, first, about acting. The best thing that Julia Roberts does in Steel Magnolias--a film of which I am enormously fond and watch at least once a year--is die. Pretty Woman is about as cynical a film and as cynical a premise as I can imagine, and as far as I am concerned, it's worse than pornography, which at least has the honesty to be what it is. Pretty Woman is one of a small group of films in the period that one (female) friend of mine calls the typical Cinderella bulsht--woman looking for a man to rescue her and make her complete. Other, equally vile examples, would be Dirty Dancing and An Officer And A Gentleman.

Roberts' character in My Best Friend's Wedding certainly isn't admirable--but it's a heck of a performance, and alive in a way that Pretty Woman never could be. Whatever else she may be, she's not an anti-feminist cliché--which The Hooker With A Heart Of Gold certainly is.

Posted on May 15, 2017, 3:09:01 PM PDT
Jonathan: Interesting list, but I'd put Fargo and Serial Mom at the top of any mom list.

"No, no, fashion has changed!"
"NO. IT HASN'T."

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Posted on May 15, 2017, 12:21:22 PM PDT
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Jonathan says:
Oh, the 1990s. The decade I saw more movies than any other in theaters. Even some of the bad ones carry good memories for me.
In belated tribute to yesterday:

~ ~ ~ Top 10 movie MOMS of the 1990s ~ ~ ~

10. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Annabella Sciorra) {tie} Lisa (Cheryl Ladd)
9. A Map of the World (Sigourney Weaver)
8. The 24-Hour Woman (Rosie Perez)
7. Life is Sweet (Alison Steadman)
6. Three Wishes (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)
5. Muriel's Wedding (Jeanie Drynan)
4. The River Wild (Meryl Streep)
3. The Long Walk Home (Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg)
2. Mother (Debbie Reynolds)
1. Secrets and Lies (Brenda Blethyn)

Honorable mentions:
Fargo (Frances McDormand...alright, not a mom yet, but you just know she'll be an amazing one);
Serial Mom (Kathleen Turner); and
Spanking the Monkey (Alberta Watson)
...for making overeating, murder, and incest, a little more palatable!

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2017, 12:16:38 PM PDT
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Pastor: I have to say that I haven't seen Pretty Woman--at least in the usual way. I started watching it on an airplane. It was so bad that I removed my headphones, and amused myself by watching the visual and figuring out the dialogue. Whenever I put the headphones back on, I discussed that my assumptions were invariably correct.

Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. It's a perfect example of the decline of Hollywood setting in even back then. Interesting to compare Pretty Woman, a miserable excuse for a romantic comedy, with Pillow Talk, made just over 30 years earlier with better acting, better dialogue, better costumes, and a female protagonist who had a real job. I must agree with Jonathan and simply say that the film is vile, and that there is no excuse for it.

And H--"coltish charm"? Really? La Roberts was singularly charmless, although her mouth did resemble that of a horse.

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Posted on May 15, 2017, 10:28:44 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
Top 10 favorite movies of 1977:

1. Providence (Alain Resnais)
2. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel)
3. Tent of Miracles (Nelson P. dos Santos)
4. This Sweet Sickness (Claude Miller)
5. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
6. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
7. Abigail's Party (Mike Leigh)
8. Exorcist II: The Heretic (John Boorman)
9. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
10. The Chess Players (Satyajit Ray)

Runner's-up:
The Devil's Ballad (Kon Ichikawa); Elisa, My Life (Claude Saura); The Lorry (Marguerite Duras); Between the Lines (Joan M. Silver); Twilight's Last Gleaming (Robert Aldrich); Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda); The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson); The White Buffalo (J. Lee Thompson); Rolling Thunder (John Flynn); The Car (Elliot Silverstein); 3 Women (Robert Altman); Audrey Rose (Robert Wise).

Posted on May 15, 2017, 10:18:44 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
Speaking of Richard Gere, an early movie of his made the top of my movie list here:
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Top ten worst movies from 1977:

1. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (Richard Brooks)
2. End of the World (John Hayes)
3. Joseph Andrews (Tony Richardson)
4. The Sentinel (Michael Winner)
5. Tentacles (Oliver Hellman)
6. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (Michael Pressman)
7. The Swiss Conspiracy (Jack Arnold)
8. The Farmer (David Berlatsky)
9. Autopsy (Armando Crispino)
10. Valentino (Ken Russell) |&| The Serpent's Egg (Ingmar Bergman)

Posted on May 15, 2017, 9:46:00 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
Random theory: without the popularity of 'Pretty Women' with young girls in the '90s, we wouldn't have seen such a rise of vacuous, talentless "reality stars" that got famous quick from releasing sex tapes (Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Farrah Abraham, etc.)... Anyway it played a role in informing that sexual exploitation can lead to fairy tale outcomes of the glamorous life.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2017, 9:18:19 AM PDT
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Jonathan says:
Stephen Mcnary,
Funny, the only time I've considered Julia Roberts attractive on screen was when her face was totally scrubbed of war paint & only clad in a utilitarian outfit when she was in the PBS documentary series In the Wild, called "Orangutans with Julia Roberts" (circa 1992).
Not like breathtakingly gorgeous or anything, but reasonably pretty and vibrant. It's only when she puts gobs of mascara and hair product on herself that Julia becomes vaguely grotesque.
Also, when she was communing with the apes, her smiles and attitude were nearly endearing and natural, not the forced 44-tooth grin and hubris we've come to expect from Ms. Roberts.
I've always liked her older brother Eric, and her niece Emma Roberts is good enough.

Posted on May 15, 2017, 9:00:43 AM PDT
If Julia Roberts was ever shown without a makeup job done by those Hollywood magicians who can make the most average to below average looking females look great she would never have been named most beautiful at any time in her life.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2017, 8:57:30 AM PDT
Jonathan: To be fair, Cool as Ice is basically the live-action equivalent to Hammer Man.

Hammer! Hammer Man!
Hammer! Hammer Man!
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