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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: Yesterday at 09:53:02 AM »

Here's an interesting video I saw a couple years ago focusing on one scene in Vertigo.


That was cool -- a mini film class. It's interesting how the blocking plays into the subconscious when you watch it, because non-film students wouldn't think about all that, and yet we still get the feelings that Hitchcock wanted to get across with the blocking.

Doug, how about joining us for some of the Hitchcock movies in our Movie Club? Shadow of a Doubt still hasn't been nominated. You don't have to participate in all of them, maybe just the ones that you haven't seen in a while.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:34:22 PM »
I would add North by Northwest to the above. 8)

Got it!

Lots of great Hitch movies still unnominated. Anyone else want to join in?

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:36:52 PM »

The Lady Vanishes

Noted. I haven't seen that one in ages, and it will feel like a first viewing.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:20:50 AM »
Here's what I think we've got so far:

The Schofield Kid:  SabotageThe 39 Steps
Matt:  Rebecca, Spellbound
AKA: Rear Window
Gant:  Strangers on a Train, Psycho
KC:  North by Northwest
Christopher: The Lady Vanishes

Anyone else?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:44:50 PM »
I havenít seen ďPsycho.Ē On Imdb, they state itís partly a horror movie. Is that true? That doesnt seem to fit the plot description to me. I really hate horror movies though, so if its in that genre, I donít think Iíd like it. Iím definitely up for watching Rear Window.

Yeah, it technically can be considered horror, so can The Birds. But, they're not like horror films today. They are psychological dramas with horror aspects that I think helped spawn the horror films that we know today. I'm not sure, but it's possible Psycho could be considered the first slasher film. But don't let that scare you away (pun intended). It's too good a drama for one horror-type scene to keep you from watching one of the best acting performances in history, and some damn fine directing.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:41:34 PM »
Any Hitchcock films are good -- the 60's and later aren't eligible for when we do classic films after Hitch.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:38:33 AM »
AKA, so you haven't seen Psycho yet?  Put yourself down for Rear Window on the movie club schedule, and think about recommending Psycho. It's a movie everyone should see at least once.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:27:18 AM »
Okay, if KC is joining us before the end of baseball season, then we can get started earlier! Let's see who else is in and the films they recommend, and I'll get a schedule up.

I'll recommend Rebecca and Spellbound, but want to make sure someone recommends Shadow of a Doubt because I want to see that one.  And Notorious is another favorite.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:45:55 PM »
(But why not include the 1950s?)

The 50's feel so much more modern than films from the 30's and 40's. And then there's another big jump from the 50's to the 60's.  So, okay, when we do classics, we will go up to 1959. :)

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:43:54 PM »
I think a Hitchcock theme would be awesome. Reading through the Hitchcock thread, I see that Shadow of a Doubt was recommended to me, and KC said was perhaps Hitch's favorite of his films, and I still haven't watched it.

So, let's get together a list of everyone who's interested in participating, and if you "chime in", list one or two Hitch films you'd like to recommend for the schedule.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:57:47 PM »
Okay, we'll be getting a schedule together and getting this started again soon. Should we do a Hitchcock theme, and everyone who is interested can nominate a Hitchcock film for the schedule? Or, should we just do classic films (pre-1950).

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:51:53 PM »
Actually, I've been thinking of getting the Movie Club going again. Maybe we should do some favorite classic films, and get a schedule together. Stay tuned after baseball has ended next month.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:46:01 PM »
All those scenes with "Madeline" acting potentially possessed and the retired detective running around town acting like a lovesick puppy because of a girl he barely knew got a bit old to me after awhile. 



 ;D I mean, it's JAMES STEWART.  If he wasn't running around after a girl he barely knew like a lovesick puppy, who would?

To me, black and white movies, and classics like Vertigo are just special experiences -- it's a time capsule. Few of these movies still feel new, but many are still very exciting and thrilling. I love the way it feels ... like history. It's exciting to think of how they did the photography back in the days before CGI. Like, this shot from Hitchcock's Saboteur:



AKA, I'm jealous that you have all these great films to discover for the first time. Think of them as cinema history lessons if you must. Watch Citizen Kane, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (though James Stewart will run around a bit more -- not quite like a lovesick puppy, but still, classic James Stewart), and definitely Cassablanca and maybe Rebecca, one of my favorite Hitchcock films.


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General Discussion / Re: The empty chair interview
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:00:02 PM »
Oh yeah, I agree with that. We were discussing if it affected his standing in Hollywood (i.e. Oscar chances) to support Trump and be anti-Obama. But, as one of the few conservative outspoken actors, he is definitely supported by a conservative audience. Although the left wing is more vocal, they really aren't greater in number -- it's pretty evenly split in this country between Republican and Democratic voters, with the greatest proportion actually considering themselves Independent. 

Going back to the origin of this thread, I don't think Clint's Empty Chair interview did anything to harm this board. As Doug said, there are personality conflicts, and there always have been. But, a lot of it is also Clint fatigue -- we have already said so much and all that we can think of to say. AKA has been here 18 years, and KC, 20.  And on top of that, there's also that we were the social network before there were other social networks. Now people are more involved in many other places online to communicate and discuss topics that are important to them with friends.

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General Discussion / Re: The empty chair interview
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:29:01 PM »
I think the whole world is crazy, and Clint didn't look any better or worse than anyone else who wants to talk politics in Hollywood. But, the political divide in America just keeps getting more and more acrimonious, hateful and ironically--intolerant of other viewpoints. So may it have damaged him to say he would vote for Trump and the empty chair interview before that, yeah. It probably did. Because people don't realize how similar and criminally irresponsible both political parties are to working class America.

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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:20:44 PM »
AKA has about the best batting average on the board for the much discussed topic: "What actress would you like to see Clint act with" that's been around the board going way back 10-15 years. At first, he said Angelina Jolie, and I remember making fun of that at the time. Then, he decided Amy Adams would be a good choice. When AKA mentions who Clint should work with, I think a little carrier pigeon flies off to Carmel to send Clint a message. They were both very good in their roles, and I think he's right about Amy Adams -- I've seen some of her work and she's always good.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:15:08 PM »
Tina & I watched this yesterday. Great seeing it again. 



Good idea. I'll have to dig this out too. It's about that time.

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I just got back from a trip out to San Diego and Tijuana.  I didn't do much photography on the trip, but found the border wall an interesting subject.











I saw on the Travel Channel that the Caesar Salad originated in Tijuana, so tracked down the famous restaurant. They still roll the salad cart around and make the salad tableside. It was great. Actually, all the food I had in Tijuana was excellent.



The beach was crowded, lots of vendors walking up and down the beach selling toys, clam juice, or corn.  The most memorable thing about the beach was that there were gold specks mixed in with the sand and water -- I took a photo, but it's a pretty boring shot. So, I'll share this one instead -- I find humor in it:



Leaving the beach, you walk up about 50-60 steps, and on one of the landings a man serenaded his sweetheart. I hoped for a candid shot, but looks like I was caught.



Here's a night street scene:



One of the more interesting things to see walking along the strip in downtown Tijuana was milk jug art:



The residential scene:



For a Clint tie-in, our hotel was on Agua Caliente. Who can name the movie in which this name appears?





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General Discussion / Re: The Dead Pool & Bird 30 Year Anniversaries
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:51:33 PM »
Excellent commentary, AKA! I agree with you 100%.

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That is a really great pic.  O0

I have no idea what that is though.

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