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Off-Topic Discussion / Frost/Nixon (2008)
« on: September 18, 2008, 10:38:43 AM »

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

This is one of the films I'm really looking forward to this Holiday Season. I've always been fascinated with Nixon. I just hope it's not far-left propaganda. We shall see.


Official Website:

Poster Unveiled:,,20210536,00.html

Off-Topic Discussion / Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
« on: September 16, 2008, 03:16:15 PM »
Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round.

This is a classic boxing-based film that is stark and realistic. It's full of great actors and real-life boxing champs including then Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Jack Dempsey, Willie Pep, and Rory Calhoun. The film stars screen legends Jackie Gleason, Anthony Quinn, and Mickey Rooney. The film contains beautifully shot black and white cinematography and has a pretty good musical score.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Amazing GBU movie art
« on: September 16, 2008, 12:38:57 PM »

This movie art can be found at this website if you're interested in looking at some other films that are captured in painting form.

Off-Topic Discussion / Haunting John Wayne interview
« on: September 15, 2008, 03:40:14 PM »

There have not been many interview's where we can clearly see John Wayne talk. Here, Barbara Walter's conducted an interview with THE DUKE shortly before he died in 1979. You can clearly see in the interview that Duke is sick. However, it's great to see the man outside of his films talking.

As you can see while watching, you can't help but to admire the man, even if you don't agree with him on a political level. He shows great respect for those around him and had a great love for his country. There will never be anybody like him again if you ask me.

Anyway, if you have never had the chance to see this, enjoy it and feel free to comment about it if you would.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Classic Lee Marvin interview
« on: September 13, 2008, 02:44:43 PM »
One of the screen's greatest actor's, Lee Marvin. In this classic interview, watch Lee Marvin light up a cigerette as the interview starts as an old man. Even late in his years, he's much more cooler than most actor's today. Boy, do I miss these legends!

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Off-Topic Discussion / American Culture Quiz - Clint Eastwood
« on: September 10, 2008, 01:53:08 PM »

I was watching Bill O'Reilly last night and was excited to see Clint Eastwood being featured in the American Culture Quiz Segment. Have fun watching you Clint Eastwood fans.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Green Berets (1968)
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:19:01 PM »

Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne) picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. The first First is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy. And the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

Upon it's release, it was one of the most controversial films ever created (by the left-wing media of course). It was often considered right-wing propaganda but I highly disagree. There is war film after war film being released with an anti-war message and that's okay by most but when a film is released in dedication to our men in uniform, it gets panned. I'll never get it. I think this is one of the best war-films ever made and John Wayne did a stellar job as usual.

Here's a SOLDIERS VIEW on the film from IMDB:

This film is often criticised by the left wing film critics because they judge all films by their twisted politics.Its a film about men defending villages and people from cruel oppressors. The film is in two parts the first showing what life is like living under constant attack,the second involves a dangerous mission.The film captures the tension of a war zone and the difficulty of knowing which side some of the soldiers are on,treacherous acts are never far away.The film shows the hatred of the south for the north which John Wayne looks disapprovingly on.The cast includes the typical USA Sgt played by Aldo Ray,the trig/comedy part of the scrounger played by Jim Hutton and the kindly Doc. The village ransacked by the Vietcong is movingly done and the battle scenes very well done and quite violent for the movies release date,so watch this movie and leave your prejudices aside and you will be gripped by it. 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / They Were Expendable (1945)
« on: September 03, 2008, 01:02:43 PM »

A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II.

A great John Ford directed war-epic that is not often talked about. This is a real gem and the talent involved in this production makes it a must-see.

Off-Topic Discussion / "John Adams" - HBO original mini-series.
« on: September 03, 2008, 12:36:42 PM »

A miniseries on the life of John Adams (Paul Giamatti) and the first 50 years of the United States.

Now that this great mini-series has been released on DVD, I'm sure a lot of you have had the chance to see it since it was running on HBO. I was wondering what everyone's overall thoughts were about this. Did HBO do a great job? Did Paul Giamatti do a good job of portaying John Adams? Let us know what you think.

Off-Topic Discussion / Excalibur (1981)
« on: September 02, 2008, 10:54:19 PM »

Follows the travels of the legendary sword Excalibur through Arthurian myth, from the violent, powerful hands of Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne), to a long-years' rest in the stone to being redrawn by Uther's son Arthur (Nigel Terry), who uses it to defeat the evil invaders and establish the great court of Camelot and the great Knights of the Round Table.

Any fans of "Excalibur" here?

Off-Topic Discussion / Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
« on: September 02, 2008, 04:34:27 PM »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the now loved-catch phrase, "in a world where..." and lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers, has died. He was sixty-eight. LaFontaine died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications in the treatment of an ongoing illness, said Vanessa Gilbert, his agent.

LaFontaine made more than 5,000 trailers in his 33-year career while working for the top studios and television networks.

In a rare on-screen appearance in 2006, he parodied himself on a series of national television commercials for a car insurance company where he played himself telling a customer, "In a world where both of our cars were totally under water..."

In an interview last year, LaFontaine explained the strategy behind the phrase.

"We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to," he said of his viewers. "That's very easily done by saying, 'In a world where...violence rules,' 'In a world are slaves and women are the conquerors.' You very rapidly set the scene."

LaFontaine insisted he never cared that no one knew his name or his face, though everyone knew his voice.

LaFontaine went on to work in the promo industry in the early 1960s. As an audio engineer, he produced radio spots for movies with producer Floyd Peterson.

When an announcer didn't show up for a recording session in 1965, LaFontaine voiced his first narration, a promo for the film, "Gunfighters of Casa Grande." The client, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, liked his performance.

LaFontaine remained active until recently, averaging seven to ten voiceover sessions a day. He worked from a home studio his wife nicknamed "The Hole," where his fax machine delivered scripts.

LaFontaine is survived by his wife, the singer and actress Nita Whitaker, and three daughters.

His funeral arrangements were pending.

Other Films / Gods and Generals (2003)
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:23:22 AM »

Gods and Generals follows the rise and fall of legendary war hero Lt. Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson (Stephen Lang). The prequel to the 1993 hit Gettysburg.

Being the history buff that I am, Civil War history is something I'm into quite a bit. However, I've put off "Gods and Generals" since it was released because of the mixed-reviews that it's received.

I'm sure there's some here who've seen this. If so, I'd like to read some of your thoughts. Thank you!

Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, and Mira Sorvino also star.

Off-Topic Discussion / Spencer Tracy appreciation thread
« on: August 30, 2008, 05:30:22 PM »

From the IMDB trivia page:

He is often mentioned alongside Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando as the greatest movie actor of all time. Unlike the other two, however, Tracy was not already successful and well-known as a stage actor before getting into films.

It's a great argument and debate, that's for sure. Spencer Tracy was a natural. His performances are are unforgettable and timeless. If there's anybody here who wants to start watching films of an actor straight out of Hollywood's Golden-Age, start with Spencer Tracy.

Here's some notable films:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Father of the Bride (1950) - The original and best.
Boys Town (1938)
Captains Courageous (1937)
San Francisco (1936)
Fury (1936) - Director Fritz Lang's masterpiece.
Boys Town (1938)
Captains Courageous (1937)

Any fans here?

Off-Topic Discussion / Cher to play Catwoman?
« on: August 25, 2008, 03:19:33 PM »

This may just be a crazy rumor but an interesting one at that....

The 62-year-old singer and actress is reported to be in talks to play Catwoman opposite Christian Bale in the third Batman film from British director Christopher Nolan.

The Oscar-winner will join a cast that includes Johnny Depp as The Riddler as she plays the whip-carrying burglar. The character has also been played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.

A studio executive said: "Cher is Nolan's first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years.

"The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry's purring creations."

Filming of the new Batman instalment, provisionally entitled The Caped Crusader, is due to begin in Vancouver early next year.

The Dark Knight, this summer's blockbuster, has become the most successful of the Batman movies. Warner Bros expects the film to make about $530m.

It stars the late Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment after taking an accidental drugs overdose. His performance as The Joker is widely expected to garner an Oscar nomination.

Cher's recent acting performances have included Tea with Mussolini in 1999 and Stuck on You, in 2003 in which she played herself.

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