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« #12555 : October 17, 2013, 11:04:38 AM »


The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976) - 7.5/10


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« #12556 : October 17, 2013, 11:18:06 AM »

IMO the whole idea of "well you can't help your emotions," or "you can't help falling in love with someone," like it's some power beyond your control, is BS. Nobody falls in love with anyone overnight. Sure, you can be instantly attracted to someone, or instantly drawn to them; you can see a hot babe and wanna bang her, but falling in love takes time. You have to spend time with the person and over time you can fall in love with them. But – despite the cliche' "love at first sight" – nobody ever falls in love instantly.

Actually, that's not true. Maybe not absolutely at first sight, but it can happen damn quick.


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« #12557 : October 17, 2013, 11:54:37 AM »

Yes, it can be quick. But in order to fall in love with them, you have to voluntarily spend time with them - and a married woman shouldn't be spending that kinda time with a married man. So yes, I blame them for their actions. It's not like some power completely beyond their control made them fall in love before they spent time inappropriately together


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« #12558 : October 17, 2013, 05:43:06 PM »

Desert Fury (1947) Lizbeth Scott in color yummy 7/10


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« #12559 : October 17, 2013, 07:03:27 PM »

Sunday Too Far Away - 8/10 - Another nice, gritty Aussie drama starring Jack Thompson as a hard-luck sheep shearer dealing with jerk coworkers, cruel bosses and labor issues. Episodic and plotless, it gets by on strongly rendered episodes and Thompson's excellent acting.



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« #12560 : October 18, 2013, 05:25:04 AM »

Flamingo Road (1949) first time watch, carnival dancer Joan Crawford quits carny for waitress job, falls for Zachary Scott, lackey deputy of backroom political manipulator Sheriff Titus Semple (Sidney Greenstreet). Ambitious Scott lets Semple manipulate him into the state senate, price, dumping Crawford, and marrying ritzy proper Flamingo Road gal Virginia Huston. Crawford, picked up for street walking on Semple's frame-up, is railroaded to a county lock-up. When released she gets a job at a "road house" run by Gladys George where Crawford meets David Brian an even bigger politico than Greenstreet who she marries. The  fireworks between Crawford and Greenstreet entertains. Fred Clark (Ride the Pink Horse) plays a newspaper editor. The whole cast is great, Greenstreet at the top of his game and Scott is actually very tolerable (for me) in this.

Crawford is a bit too old to play a carny "dancer" and in reality she would be a carnival sideshow stripper a notch lower than burlesque but still at 45 that would still be pushing the envelope, my only complaint, if a younger star would have replaced Crawford say Audrey Totter (31), Gloria Grahame (26), or Liz Scott (27), and (if the Hayes Code was non existent) more time and emphasis spent on sex and more blatant innuendos used, this film would have really sizzled, too bad. 7/10


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« #12561 : October 18, 2013, 08:40:10 AM »


Crawford is a bit too old to play a carny "dancer" and in reality she would be a carnival sideshow stripper a notch lower than burlesque but still at 45 that would still be pushing the envelope, my only complaint, if a younger star would have replaced Crawford say Audrey Totter (31), Gloria Grahame (26), or Liz Scott (27), and (if the Hayes Code was non existent) more time and emphasis spent on sex and more blatant innuendos used, this film would have really sizzled, too bad. 7/10

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« #12562 : October 18, 2013, 12:37:52 PM »

If I understand you right, you're complaining about the world you were born into; you would have preferred an Alternative Earth. Er, OK, not really my department . . .

Well what I'm saying is it's too bad 8)


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« #12563 : October 19, 2013, 07:04:10 AM »

BRIEF ENCOUNTER 8/10.  I think the lead actor and actress were decent, nothing special (though the supporting cast, none of whom had a very large role, was very solid). Still, this was a well-made movie.... SPOILERS... do you think the husband knew what was going on, when he says that cryptic last line, You've been so far away but thanks for coming back to me?

I will not brook someone calling Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard "nothing special." And Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey solid? They're the worst part of the movie!



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« #12564 : October 19, 2013, 05:56:26 PM »

I will not brook someone calling Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard "nothing special." And Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey solid? They're the worst part of the movie!

which role did Joyce Carey play? I see her character's name was Myrtle Begot, but I mean what was her role? was she the lady behind the counter at the refreshment room?


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« #12565 : October 19, 2013, 06:00:49 PM »

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« #12566 : October 19, 2013, 06:11:59 PM »

Inherit the Wind (1960) 8.5/10

I regarded this movie as pure entertainment and nothing else, and that's why I enjoyed it. It sure is funny. But no, it's nothing like the Scopes Monkey Trial. And reducing the entire town to two types of cartoon characters – people who use their brain and believe in evolution; and people who've never used their brain for anything other than memorizing the words to Gime Me That Old-Time Religion – is pretty damn stupid. But of course, the movie is really unconcerned with the Scoped Money Trial; this was purely an attempt to denounce McCarthyism.

Anyway, for me I just looked at it as great comedy, and it sure was fun. Spencer Tracy and Fredric March were great. As was Gene Kelly, playing the character based on H.L. Mencken. As was Claude Akins as the preacher (whose religious service seems to consist entirely of alternating between singing Gimme That Old-Time Religion and damning people, and Harry Morgan as the prosecution-biased and dim-witted judge.
March has a shit ton of makeup on and was actually made to look remarkably like the real-life prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan; whereas Tracy just looks like Tracy, and nothing like real-life defense attorney Clarence Darrow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Scopes_trial.jpg

If you believe in evolution and in cartoon-characters of people who oppose evolution, you'll love this movie. And if you believe in the Biblical account of Creation but can just forget about ideology and enjoy a funny movie, then you'll love this movie too  O0


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« #12567 : October 19, 2013, 06:14:39 PM »

Yes

I thought they were funny.

Did you not like the fact that the comedy was inserted there (which would mean your problem is with the script), or did you not like their performances?

I thought they were good.


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« #12568 : October 19, 2013, 07:32:09 PM »

Either/or both. In the play on which the film's based, their roles are roughly equal to Laura and Alec, and they're less out of place. In the movie they're an irritating distraction (though perhaps necessary as comic relief - the rest of the show is rather dour).

Stanley Holloway always annoys me, though. He's the worst part of My Fair Lady and This Happy Breed. I've only liked him in The Lavender Hill Mob, where he has Alec Guinness to play off of.



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« #12569 : October 19, 2013, 08:32:35 PM »

The Singer Not the Song - 3/10 - Roy Ward Baker's idea of a Western: John Mills is a devout priest assigned to a backwater Mexican village (or Spain doubling for Mexico, same difference). Dirk Bogarde is an atheist bandit in shiny leather pants (Jill, take note). Sadly it's not as fun as it sounds; rather a garbled, boring allegory whose message is nigh-indiscernible. No wonder there aren't many British Westerns.



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