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Trivia Games / Re: Eastwood Quotes
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:49:19 PM »
"The money was never recovered."

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:39:36 PM »
Do you have a particular film that you're thinking about?

Yes, I was actually thinking of a Chaplin film -- City Lights, which is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I've championed this film to others, and it has such broad appeal -- my parents loved it, people my age love it, and kids love it too.  It's hard not to love Chaplin -- and this is my favorite of his.  KC brought up some other great options, but another favorite of mine is Harold Lloyd, particularly Safety Last

Since the Movie Club is for sharing our appreciation of certain films with others who haven't yet seen them -- I think I would love to nominate at least one of these two films. They're really fun, and again -- it's amazing to step back in time and witness history.

Trivia Games / Re: Eastwood Quotes
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:20:51 AM »
A Fistfull of Dollars.  The problem is when there's two bosses.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: January 02, 2019, 11:26:06 PM »
Pay no attention to the crazy man behind the curtain! I'm sure we can do a mixture of both B&W and color movies.

AKA, would you be interested in watching a film, maybe just to experience some cinematic history, if it was a silent film?

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: January 02, 2019, 11:21:37 PM »
Casablanca is a must!


Gotta have some Jimmy Cagney films on there. White Heat & One, Two, Three, are two favorites of mine. 8)

Sounds great! I haven't seen One, Two, Three. Angels with Dirty Faces is my favorite Cagney film.

According to Netflix, when you search Classic films on their search engine, films from the 1980's appear!! :o

Sounds like the same generation that thinks Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." is a classic album. But, for me, classic films go back not just to a year, but to a mindset:  gangster films where a gun holds no more than 6 bullets, romance instead of sex, and dialogue over action. When did this really change?  I think sometime in the 1950's or early 1960's.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:48:49 PM »
Okay, let's start throwing some ideas out for a Classic Film Fest. I mentioned two Cary Grant films, Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story (which is just as much a James Stewart film, and both of these also star the gorgeous Katharine Hepburn).  Charade was mentioned earlier in this thread, and I have never seen it. So that sounds like a good one.

Not sure when we'll be up for starting this, but if you think of films you'd like to nominate, add them here.  We can do them from the beginning of film, all the way through to.... 1959.

(EDIT:  Just looked up Charade and see it was released in 1963. That's a bit modern for a classic film. But, if anyone wants to give me ideas on when they think we should cut off the eligibility year, pipe up.)

Seven members is a good percentage of the number of active U.S. members we have that post here now.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: To Catch A Thief (1955)
« on: December 31, 2018, 01:13:28 PM »

The second thing about it that was terrifying was how she was driving. She is one crazy driver, that's for sure. If I were Cary Grant, I think I would have been worried that we were going to drive off the mountain and be killed.

The scene you're talking about is infamous for the fact that Grace Kelly died from driving off a cliff of a road very similar to this one.  You can read about it here - it seems she suffered a stroke while driving:

She was very beautiful -- one of the most beautiful woman ever captured on film. She's from Philadelphia, but sounds like royalty (even before she married a prince). Both she and Cary Grant speak with such eloquence, which was popular in actors of their time period (see article on Mid-Atlantic accent).

I'd also never seen Cary Grant before in a film, and he has a pretty commanding personality. One of the things that I'm noticing from some of these Hitchcock movies is that actors of that era, like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, had a charisma and a presence that I don't really see in todays younger generation.

And this is over 20 years into Grant's career, and if you think he's commanding as a 50 year old, you should watch a few of his earlier films. If you can stand a few B&W films, Bringing Up Baby with Katharine Hepburn is a must-see, as is The Philadelphia Story, where he co-stars with James Stewart AND Katharine Hepburn.  If we decide to do some Classic Non-Hitchcock films after this, I'll put both of these on there.

In To Catch A Thief, if your breath was literally taken away when Grace Kelly entered a scene, pay a little bit of tribute to Edith Head, who I pointed out in Rear Window was the costume designer for Grace then, and she is again here. She said Grace Kelly was her favorite actress to design for.

I really like this film, too. It's better than I remembered, and although I'm a fan of Cary Grant, I think Grace Kelly is just magic in this movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: December 31, 2018, 01:06:26 AM »
Disappointing -- it doesn't answer the question "Could I live in Australia"?  Well, with a score of 18/35 (and by far the worst result I can remember ever scoring on a social media test) I guess the answer is no.  (But I did get the Sandwich Spread question right!)

The CEWB Movie Club / To Catch A Thief (1955)
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:53:59 AM »

We've extended our Hitchcock film fest to include two more films -- the first of which is To Catch a Thief starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.  Post your thoughts of the film here!

Well, I think if it hits $100 mil, we need to plan a web party. I'll bring the hard alcohol, leave the beer to our Aussie moderator, and KC can bring some baguetts or something. This is the earliest stage of planning, but there WILL be a party of some sort. Stay tuned.

Think the key is don't pre judge or have specific expectations on what this movie should have been. Just enjoy Clint being Clint.

I can agree with that. I did watch the trailer, but only once, and my memory isn't what it used to be, so I didn't really remember it anyway. So there was no preconceived impression that it would be a hard-hitting, dark, drama. I had just read AKA's review before seeing it, and went in with little to no expectations, and I think that's the best way to see a movie.

Something else that might be surprising is that it feels like more than half the active members are from outside of the U.S., so they haven't had the opportunity to see The Mule yet.  Keep checking back, John, and there will be more added as the film debuts worldwide.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Notorious (1946)
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:15:53 PM »
Notorious is probably my favorite Hitchcock film. I've always loved it, but watching these films so close together allows me to compare them more easily, and this one really is perfect.  I don't think Hitchcock has ever been better. The cinematography, the set design, the story, the casting -- it's all absolutely perfect.  I've commented on several other Hitchcock films that the music and camerawork sometimes feel a bit over-dramatic, and it's okay because it feels like a good old movie. But, Notorious isn't that way at all. It's subtle, everything about it is more realistic and although it's a black and white Nazi espionage film, it may feel old, but it doesn't feel dated.   If you don't plan on watching this one, try to find it and give it a watch.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: December 28, 2018, 03:59:58 PM »
I am now caught up through Marnie. Matt, are we maybe going to add another bonus film or two? How about The Birds?

You might like To Catch a Thief, which also has Cary Grant and a beautiful blonde in a spectacular setting. I'd be happy to add that one as an extra bonus.

Sure, I've just extended the schedule to include both of these. I put To Catch a Thief for this week, and The Birds as our finale the following week.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Hemlock!!
« on: December 27, 2018, 11:50:29 PM »
Happy belated birthday, Hemlock. Hope you had a great one!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Richard Earl!!
« on: December 27, 2018, 11:49:26 PM »
Happy birthday, Richard!  8)

General Discussion / Re: New evidence about the escapees from Alcatraz
« on: December 26, 2018, 11:43:15 AM »
Letter Allegedly Written By 1962 Alcatraz Island Escapee Surfaces

A letter, allegedly written by John Anglin, claims the three escapees (himself, his brother Clarence, and Frank Morris) survived the escape. In the letter, Anglin states he is willing to turn himself over to authorities in exchange for expensive cancer treatments.  The letter originally was sent to the San Francisco Police in 2013, but has only now received media attention. 

According to the letter, Frank died in 2008 and John’s brother died three years later. The writer makes a deal – “If you announce on TV that I will be promised to first go to jail for no more than a year and get medical attention, I will write back to let you know exactly where I am. This is no joke…”

The U.S. Marshals, which is the sole agency investigating the case today, says the FBI lab examined the letter for fingerprints and DNA, and the handwriting.

The FBI’s results were inconclusive.

“So that means yes, and it means no, so this leaves everything in limbo,” said Harp.

That's a beautiful duck. I've never seen a Mandarin duck before! What is it doing in NYC?  Was it brought in?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Popular Films You've Never Seen
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:27:06 PM »
She does my reaction to that movie to a T!  ;D 

"Just die already!" :2funny:

 ;D ;D ;D

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