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Old 04-07-2014, 12:43 AM   #1336
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Planet of the Apes ~ the original, of course / My family went to see this in the theater, and I still recall the shocks, especially the final one. I'm not sure if that has ever been topped for me, and I'm in my 60s!

Last Embrace ~ It was OK back then, and it's still OK. It might have been far more effective if several scenes were handled differently. Janet Margolin gets so much praise, but I don't find her a powerful enough actress. At the end, when she throws around profanities, it's a big fail. She's like a little schoolgirl trying to be naughty. I wonder if it's because she died while quite young that they give her this extra praise.

Zardoz ~ All of these decades later, it remains controversial. The IMDb forum is a minefield of opinions. Me? I think it's brave and brilliant. A lot of juvenile attitudes remain about Sean Connery's costumes. If they call him out of shape... Sheesh! Lying there nearly bare, he looks fantastic considering he was trying to destroy the James Bond image he had. Like Oliver Reed with his scar and extra poundage, he failed to destroy his sex symbol status. The people that shout, "Brilliant!" over A Clockwork Orange should appreciate Zardoz, too!

Oliver! ~ I still wish that Romeo and Juliet had won the Best Picture Oscar, but this musical is a lot of fun and is very impressive, with some wonderful performances. The musical is filled with songs, and I love all of them.

Come September ~ This remains one of my favorite comedies of all time, with catchy theme music by Bobby Darin. He met Sandra Dee on the set. Rock Hudson could make romantic comedies with other leading ladies, including Gina Lollobrigida. Watch for a very young but unmistakable Joel Grey as one of the boys.

Butterflies Are Free ~ When this was at the theater at the mall, I went to see it every time I could. One matinee, there was no one but me, and they said that they likely would have to refund my money unless several other people showed up. When it came time for it to start, I sighed heavily and picked up my purse to leave. THEN, the film started! Yes! They showed it just for me=O At the end of the run, they gave me the movie poster and several lobby cards because they said a number of people had said "some red-haired lady" told them how good it was! *giggle* To this day, I adore this movie. It's one of my "century films", ones I've seen 100 times or more. That list also includes POTA and Come September.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter ~ People who attack Sondra Locke should know that she started her career on a strong note that had critics and audiences praising her. She was establishing herself as an actress long before she worked with Clint Eastwood. The relationship probably damaged her career because it has been confirmed that he tampered with offers for work and her projects. It's really unfortunate. Horrorwise, I LOVE her film A Reflection of Fear!
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:31 AM   #1337
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"Went the Day Well?" (1942) ~ It's debuting right now on TCM thanks to a guest host. As I understand it, Robert Osborne didn't know about this one, which doesn't seem possible. If I heard about it, surely he has because, as his adorers know, he's a genius that way. So, I must have misunderstood.

The Very Thought of You (1944) ~ I hadn't seen this one before but enjoyed it more than I expected. A movie can have a great cast and be disappointing. They definitely had a good script to work with, surprisingly dark at times for a homefront story.

The Bob Mathias Story (1954) ~ Olympian Bob Mathias and his wife, Melba, portray themselves in this film about their relationship and his two Decathlon gold medals at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He went on to be a U.S. congressman!
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:51 PM   #1338
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The Blues Brothers I just love this movie! John Belushi had so much talent. It is a shame his full potential wasn't meant.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:23 PM   #1339
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The Blues Brothers I just love this movie! John Belushi had so much talent. It is a shame his full potential wasn't meant.
I recently watched Continental Divide (1981), which is a lead role for him that doesn't depend on comedy. He gets to have a romance with Blair Brown. You should check it out if you haven't already seen it. I watched it a number of times back in the early Eighties and hadn't revisited it since.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:12 AM   #1340
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A few that I have recently watched...
Capt. America: Winter Soldier. It was good I liked it.
the new Godzilla. Lame, didnt like it
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Latest watch was Interstellar. Thought it was pretty good - not often do I find myself able to stay interested in a film for any length of time, but managed to stick this one out!
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:36 PM   #1342
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I watch a lot of non-horror. Let me check my film journal to remind myself:
Sunrise at Campobello (1960) starring Ralph Bellamy and Eleanor Parker in excellent portrayals of FDR and Eleanor, focusing on his illness and lengthy recovery
Ben-Hur (1959) ~ I've lost count of how many times I've seen this epic film that held the record for most Oscars won for many years: 11!
Firecreek (1968) ~ Old West bad-guy Henry Fonda vs. good-guy James Stewart, with a ringer for James Dean in a nice-size role: J. Robert Porter aka Robert Porter
Silverado (1985) ~ an attempt to return to the good ol' time Western with an amazing cast: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, John Cleese, Jeff Fahey, Linda Hunt, Kevin Costner (in an early role in which he still was likeable)
Gigi (1958) ~ RIP Louis Jourdan
I Want to Live! (1958) ~ Susan Hayward's harrowing, Oscar-winning portrayal of accused murderess Barbara Graham and her execution
Irma la Douce (1963) ~ Jack Lemmon as a French policeman?! Shirley MacLaine as a French prostitute?! I don't think there's a French accent in the film and scarcely any laughs, which is surprising from Billy Wilder. It's too bad that they didn't use the songs from the stage version in the movie.
The Love Punch (2013) ~ I was so delighted with this! I've never cared for Emma Thompson, but she was fun teamed up with Pierce Brosnan.
Prince Valiant (1997) ~ It certainly is offbeat but entertaining; they say that the movie, a parody, was recut after the director left Germany, so it ended up being disjointed, with most of the comedic stuff excised. The armored crocodile-or-alligator (whichever it's supposed to be) is work checking out.

Yes, I watch a LOT of movies, especially on TCM, which is showing its 31 Days of Oscar.
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Besides Fort Apache: The Bronx I posted about in the other thread like this I have recently watched...

The Big Lebowski seen it countless times but its always good for some laughs. Cheer up anyone in a lousy mood.

The Dogs of War with Christopher Walken(giving his usual solid performance) Good movie that I once thought was great. Just didn't seem as effective as it was in previous watches. Almost 2 hours maybe could have been trimmed down a bit.
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Once Upon A Time In America(1984) At nearly 4 hours it really doesn't seem it, it keeps you engrossed with the characters and story. De Niro and Woods are truly incredible in this. I really can't say anything to critical and negative about this it would just be nitpicking, I would rather just appreciate it all instead.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:51 PM   #1345
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Indictment: The McMartin Trial starring James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, and Henry Thomas(who are all stellar here) this is a true story the members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. Compelling.
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:52 PM   #1346
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Führer Ex(2002) Compelling 8.5/10
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:36 PM   #1347
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Backtrack(2015) 6.5/10
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:25 PM   #1348
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Armed Response(1986) Lee Van Cleef and David Carradine actioner with mixed results but overall entertaining movie. 6.5/10
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The Eiger Sanction(1975) 8/10
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:08 AM   #1350
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