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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: Yesterday at 11:24:06 AM »
I love The Karate Kid, but that whole set up does sound pretty sad. :D ;D

Christopher, watch it! At least the first episode.  ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:54:12 PM »

I wouldn't call this a "Favorite" current TV show, but the first episode was actually funny, and kinda sad to see what The Karate Kid has been doing for the past twenty or so years. It gets worse after the first episode, but it's a quick season with just 10 half hour episodes.  Both Ralph Macchio and the guy who "swept his leg" back in 1984 (William Zabka) revive their old characters, and they're still competing.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:41:58 PM »

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:30:25 PM »
The threads will be open if you feel like adding your thoughts later. I'm keeping up, but I hate being the only person commenting. I am through Spellbound now.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The 39 Steps (1935)
« on: November 18, 2018, 02:14:06 PM »
Of all the ones I've seen that I remember, it's my least favorite.

The CEWB Movie Club / Spellbound (1945)
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:47:44 AM »

This is the discussion thread for Spellbound. Discuss anything about the film you'd like to here.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The 39 Steps (1935)
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:20:44 PM »
I thought I'd seen this film before, I'd certainly heard of it -- but this was definitely my first viewing. I liked it less than Sabotage. But, I felt the second half was much better (as I did with Sabotage too). When Madeleine Carroll enters the film, it takes on sort of a It Happened One Night feel (or you could go so far as to say a Bronco Billy feel). The mystery wasn't as interesting to me as other Hitchcock films, and it feels dreary and dull. I even stopped it for a few hours and then came back to it to "get it done", and that was when I started to really enjoy it. The film needed Madeleine Carroll and the playful banter between them to give it a spark. All in all, my least favorite Hitchcock film to date.  :-[

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:10:01 PM »
Interesting - you're right (as usual).  And I think you can see it in the very first snippet of that scene. But you don't see it again. I wonder if they did so many takes in that shower that the soap dissolved, so she pantomimes showering with soap in the rest of the scene.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Gant!!
« on: November 16, 2018, 03:32:06 PM »

Happy birthday, Gant! Have a great day!!!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:31:42 PM »
Now for a nice refreshing shower ...

Without soap. 

Never noticed before. Wonder if Norman just doesn't stock the motel's toiletries, or if for some reason it interfered with the way Hitchcock wanted the scene to look.

The CEWB Movie Club / The 39 Steps (1935)
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:24:13 PM »
Sorry for the delay in getting this discussion thread started! But now that it's here, please post any and all thoughts you have about Hitchcock's 1935 film The 39 Steps!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Psycho (1960)
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:08:07 AM »
I just watched this. I enjoyed this better than the other Hitchcock films that I've seen so far. The best part about it was the creepy music that played throughout, but especially during the opening credits. While I'd never seen this before, I totally knew very early on that Norman's Mom was dead. I suspected that he had gone crazy and was speaking as his Mom since you never saw his Mom or heard them speaking at the same time!

I don't think there were too many films using this kind of a plot device pre-Psycho. So while we've come to expect these type of twists, I very much doubt too many audience members were able to guess that back in the day when it was released.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:01:28 AM »
Did anyone notice the Hitchcock cameo on the poster art?  ;D

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:51:58 PM »
Yup! It was rather jarring to see it there, and I wondered if it might have been the 49 star flag, which flew for just one year -- the second half of 1959 to mid 1960. So we know that filming took place in the first half of 1959 or earlier. Cool stuff.

The 49 star flag:

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:40:57 AM »
I like the shot inside the Embassy where you see the 48 star flag. It just looks so weird.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:28:12 AM »
Cool! I'm probably going to get it at Christmas, so I look forward to discovering all the changes too. Helter Skelter is my favorite McCartney song, and Yer Blues, Cry Baby Cry and Glass Onion are all big favorites.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
« on: November 09, 2018, 08:51:20 PM »
I really enjoy this film. It's more of a "why-have-they-done-it", than a "who-done-it", and again Hitchcock has us trying to solve the mystery right along with the characters.  But this time, the film feels playful and light, and doesn't take itself too seriously.  I hadn't seen Margaret Lockwood or Michael Redgrave in any other film, and they are really enjoyable in this together. (Looking at Redgrave's IMDb filmography, this was actually his first film!) Dame May Whitty I've enjoyed in bit parts in other films, and she's a delight in this. And, of course there's the comic scenes with the cricket loving Englishmen. I think watching films from this era, you get more joy out of smaller things like these little gems of scenes. Now we seem to need so much "more" to entertain us. This is definitely a jewel from the 1930's.

----  SPOILER ALERT ----   

I can't quite figure out how a lyric free melody can be code for a message unless someone has perfect pitch and knows exactly what notes were sung. But, if you don't ponder it too long, it's an interesting MacGuffin.  Another observation:  Ms. Froy high-tailed it through those woods when leaving the train, didn't she?  Who knew the old dame had it in her!


The CEWB Movie Club / The Lady Vanishes (1938)
« on: November 05, 2018, 05:11:40 PM »

This is the discussion thread for The Lady Vanishes.  Discuss anything you'd like about this film here!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:00:27 PM »
I may not get to view these films in their designated week but I'm tracking the ones I don't own down. Finally borrowed a copy of Rear Window this week. 8)

Great! Jump in any time!  O0

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:59:51 PM »
Oh, please, do add Notorious!

Anything for you.  ;)   It's on the schedule. We're gonna stay busy right up to the week of Christmas now.

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