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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:04:41 AM »
I'm not really familiar with the baseball season calendar. Everything I know about baseball I learned from "Trouble with the Curve."  ;D

The regular season runs through the end of September, then the playoffs continue through October. But the Yankees probably won't get too far this year. But don't mind that, I could make time for a classic movie or two.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:28:52 PM »
AKA, those scenes in Vertigo "where Jimmy tried to remake Judy into Madeline" ARE "extremely disturbing and uncomfortable to watch." I'm not sure they were meant to be so, but it's hard to see them any other way. I think that is part of the reason why some critics rate the film so highly. I don't agree, though ... I admit that it hypnotically beautiful to look at, but I much prefer several other Hitchcock films, for instance North by Northwest, Rear Window and (among black and white films) Shadow of a Doubt, which Hitchcock himself ranked among his personal favorites.

You'll find little that's "uncomfortable to watch" in at least the first two of those.  :)

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:17:27 PM »
If we can get AKA to join us, maybe a short Hitchcock season, then move on to "all classics"? (But why not include the 1950s?)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:21:39 AM »
^ Indeed, SK, indeed. One word: Casablanca.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Movie Discussion
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:49:53 PM »
Great poster! ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2016 Movie Discussion
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:47:46 PM »
I have to agree with you on Toni Erdmann. I found it unfunny and overlong, and the title character tiresome beyond words. (Though I must admit a German-born friend of mine loved it.)

I can't remember the context of the "naked party" ... but when I think about it now, perhaps it was inspired by the "You owe it to yourself to live a little" scene in Dirty Harry? ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:43:30 PM »
AKA, you must advance your Hitchcock education ASAP!  :o

You might start with Rear Window or North by Northwest (both color films).  :)

Hitchcock made films in six decades, starting in the 1920s, so much of his mature production was actually in color. It's hard to go wrong with any of them.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:57:23 PM »
As Yogi said ... Ain't over till it's over! :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday bdc28
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:53:44 PM »
:D :D :D

bdc, how nice to have you back! What became of your neighbor's son? Promising lad! :)

Eastwood News / Re: Burt Reynolds RIP
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:28:22 PM »
AKA, I don't really recommend his one film with Clint ... City Heat. ;)

Here is a link to the New York Times obituary. City Heat is mentioned briefly in connection with the on-set accident that led to Reynolds' becoming addicted to Halcion:

And more coverage from the Times:

On the notorious Cosmopolitan centerfold:


General Discussion / MOVED: Burt Reynolds RIP
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:19:33 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:20:38 PM »
Ooh, I need to catch up with Harry Hole ... I left him at the end of the original series. (Phantom is the next to last in the series, I think.) But I remember reading that Nesbø's written a new one ... Tørst.

Thanks for suggesting my next read, Hemlock!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:10:46 PM »
Plein soleil (English title, inexplicably, Purple Noon) is great. From the Criterion website:

Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when Purple Noon was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément, stars Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States. What initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. Featuring gorgeous location photography of coastal Italy, Purple Noon is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be at once suspenseful and erotic, and it gave Delon the role of a lifetime.

If that's what it looks like 150 years later ... Agua Caliente hasn't  changed much! ;D

General Discussion / Re: The Truck in Bridges of Madison County
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:26:50 AM »
Goodness, that's quite interesting, Greenman. If you have any insights into other Clint vehicles, please post!

General Discussion / Re: The Dead Pool & Bird 30 Year Anniversaries
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:13:20 AM »
I think you were supposed to loathe her. ;)

General Discussion / Re: The Dead Pool & Bird 30 Year Anniversaries
« on: August 26, 2018, 11:09:41 PM »
I just saw Harry's antagonist/love interest in The Dead Pool. Patricia Clarkson, in a very different role in a very different kind of movie ... She plays the quintessentially British grande dame in the quintessentially British quirky-folk-in-a-village-by-the-sea movie (directed by a Spaniard, and filmed in Northern Ireland and Catalonia): The Bookshop.

Highly recommended, if you like that sort of thing. And Clarkson's accent is as authentic (to my ears, anyway), and as thick, as clotted cream. 8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:49:18 AM »
Here is a link to the Times obituary for John McCain:

He was respected and admired by many across the political spectrum, a rare feat in this day and age. R.I.P.

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