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Off-Topic Discussion / Baby Face (1933)
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:20:59 AM »
So who else is a fan of this terrific pre-code film?

A young lady (Barbara Stanwyck) wants to work her way up in the work force, and she does so by sleeping her way to the top. Things get complicated when a murder-suicide takes place...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Canada Day 2018
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:35:16 PM »
I want to wish everyone a very happy Canada Day (July 1st).

Whether or not you're Canadian, kick back that day with a BBQ. :)

Happy 151st birthday to us, to one of the youngest countries in the world!

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Off-Topic Discussion / Pillow Talk (1959)
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:19:34 PM »
Any other fans of this movie?

I saw it last night (probably my fifth viewing) and it's still one of my faves.  :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Hayley Mills
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:23:39 PM »
Anyone else a fan of Hayley Mills? I really like her work in the following three films:

The Parent Trap

That Darn Cat!

The Trouble With Angels


I've also seen and enjoyed Pollyanna, but somehow that movie didn't make the same impression on me that the other three films did.

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July 1st is Canada Day, roughly the equivalent of the American July 4th.

This year, it's Canada's 150th birthday. The country has been celebrating all year with things like free admission to all of Canada's national parks (this year only).

To my fellow Canadians here, Happy Canada Day. Happy Canada 150!

If you aren't Canadian, have a celebration on Saturday anyway, in honour of Canada.  :) Get together with friends and have a BBQ.  :)

I hope it's a good one, folks!

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Seventh Juror (1962 French film)
« on: June 11, 2017, 10:44:18 PM »
I love this film so much that I thought I'd start a thread about it. I did a search and I can't find a thread on it, so here goes.

The movie starts out with a middle-aged pharmacist and his partner resting together. The partner has fallen asleep, and the main character gets up for a walk. During his walk, he stumbles upon an attractive young woman sunbathing topless in an isolated area. Feeling sexually frustrated, he attempts to kiss her. She rejects him and he strangles her. Afterwards, he realizes that he had committed murder and he decides to act as if though nothing out of the ordinary had happened. When the young lady's partner is arrested for the crime, he (main character) is selected to be on the jury, to defend the accused.

Great film, well paced, excellent dialogue, terrific glimpse into human nature, and a final minute which really came as a surprise to me. However, this isn't one of those films which relies heavily on the ending. It offers a lot during its (roughly) 100 minute run, and the ending makes it even more memorable.

Nice soundtrack, too.

Highly recommended!

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Off-Topic Discussion / What whodunits did you see/hear/read?
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:12:20 PM »
On another forum, I was running a whodunit thread, and I'd like to keep up the tradition here.

Please post the titles (and reviews, if you wish) of any whodunits which you saw (films, TV shows), heard (radio plays), and/or read (novels, plays, short stories).

Inverted mysteries titles are welcome as well.

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Off-Topic Discussion / "The Ninth Guest" (1934)
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:02:41 AM »
Tonight I watched this wonderful whodunit - probably my 10th viewing or something.

A group of people, all connected in some way or another to each other, are invited to a party at a penthouse suite. One by one, they start to get murdered.

I wouldn't be surprised if this film was the inspiration for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Also, I'm used to the isolated house/hotel/hospital types of stories. In this movie, the isolation theme worked well, even though they were in a penthouse suite of an apartment.

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Petrified Forest (1936)
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:55:25 PM »
Who else is a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest?

The film spans a period of less than 24 hours, and during that time, a young wanderer makes the ultimate sacrifice for a woman he's just met and fallen for. A neat story, for sure!

Highly recommended.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Two James Cagney gangster films
« on: March 13, 2017, 10:19:18 PM »
Tonight I'm watching two gangster films starring James Cagney:

The Public Enemy and The Roaring Twenties.

Both of these movies are about the rise and fall of some gangsters.

The Roaring Twenties has a great soundtrack and I love the supporting role played by Gladys George.

James Cagney does such a superb job in both movies.

Who else is a fan of at least one of these films?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Charade; The Pink Panther (both 1963)
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:21:59 AM »
I watched both Charade and The Pink Panther tonight: probably my 10th viewing of each film. I dunno...I've lost count.

Generally I watch these two back-to-back. They capture the early sixties so well - the music (courtesy of Henry Mancini), the clothes, the hairdos. The directors also did such a good job of the cinematography. All the actors were perfectly suited for their roles. Finally, I love the storylines of both of the thrillers. Each movie is well paced.

I recommend both of these stylish and suspenseful thrillers.

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