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13 hours ago, redrum said:

'Ol Elisha looked like he was gonna have a heart attack. Was that Krupa on drums? Never saw that before.¬†ūüĎć

Dave Coleman did the drumming in "Phantom Lady" and that is his band you see in that little scene.

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Clint Eastwood movies for two weeks at the Landmark Westwood. Happy Labor Day.

Fri, September 3: A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sat, September 4: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sun, September 5: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
SHOWN IN 4K!
Mon, September 6: EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (1978)
Wed, September 8: MAGNUM FORCE (1973)
Thu, September 9: THE BEGUILED (1971)
Fri, September 10: PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971)
Sat, September 11: ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sun, September 12: TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA (1970) SHOWN IN 4K!
Wed, September 15: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973)
Thu, September 16: MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
 
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Hi! I'm Jean-Paul Belmondo. Welcome to Jackass. 

Seriously, Jean-Paul Belmondo did some of his own stunts in movies such as "That Man From Rio" and this particular stunt in 1971's "Le Casse". Belmondo was a boxer before becoming an actor and he said he preferred making action thrillers like this than the existential French New Wave films he is most known for. The insurance companies must have had a heart attack watching this footage.

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Seen most of these recently except for Million Dollar Baby. 

Fri, September 3: A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sat, September 4: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sun, September 5: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
SHOWN IN 4K!
Mon, September 6: EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (1978)
Wed, September 8: MAGNUM FORCE (1973)
Thu, September 9: THE BEGUILED (1971)
Fri, September 10: PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971)
Sat, September 11: ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979) SHOWN IN 4K!
Sun, September 12: TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA (1970) SHOWN IN 4K!
Wed, September 15: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973)
Thu, September 16: MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
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Saw this double-bill Saturday night at the New Beverly Cinema and, surprise, they showed the trailer for the new Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Licorice Pizza". In the PTA timeline, this film looks situated between "Inherent Vice" and "Boogie Nights", smack dab in the middle of the 1970s. If you lived in Southern California in the 1970s, you understand the title Licorice Pizza. The only faces I recognized in the trailer were Tom Waits, Maya Rudolph, and Sean Penn. Frankly, it is hard to tell from the trailer if this movie will be any good or just a sprawling mess.

I have never liked the "Valley Girl" poster because the girl in the poster does not look like Deborah Foreman in the slightest…Deborah Foreman was way hotter. As for "Clueless",  I had not seen it in 26 years and it still holds up as a reasonably clever and funny updating of Jane Austen's "Emma"…and Alicia Silverstone is cuter than Gwyneth Paltrow. Alicia was at the peak of her hotness and "girl of the moment" status here. I had forgotten Donald Faison (who would go on to star as 'Dr. Turk' in the "Scrubs" tv series) was in "Clueless", and Paul Rudd has not aged in 26 years. R.I.P. Brittany Murphy, who died a strange death at age 32.

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No problemmo!  I know everyone gushes over "The Sopranos", but I think the story lines really miss the mark.  Don't get me wrong - love the concept, GREAT acting and cast, scenery is spot on.....but they could have taken the story lines SO much farther.

Examples: When Tony's shrink is raped, that whole story line went no where...it just "happened".  Imagine if she had told Tony (who was infatuated with her) what REALLY happened to her and not a car accident?  Especially if she told Tony she knew who the guy was! 

They wasted 20 minutes of screen time on Meadow wanting to leave school to go to Europe....then she just changes her mind, and they go to a different story line!

Same thing when Tony was going to send his son to military school.  Twenty minutes later...NAH, changed his mind and that story thread meant nothing

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Took in this double-feature last night. Both movies I had probably not seen since the late 1990s-early 2000s. Both were shown on great 35mm film prints. Both movies were perfect for casting away the Monday blues. Kathleen Turner, Brigitte Lin, and Faye Wong are all terrific.
And I got another viewing of the "Licorice Pizza" trailer…the new film by Paul Thomas Anderson. This time, I recognized Bradley Cooper as hairdresser and Barbra Streisand's boyfriend Jon Peters. I also caught more glimpses of Sean Penn. I still have no idea who the two kids are in the leads…don't recognize them at all.
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Because I first saw Rex Harrison in his later films such as "My Fair Lady" and "Doctor Dolittle", he was always one of those actors who seemed old to me. Even in his younger films such as these two, he seems old….but in his own weird way, charming nonetheless.

The Technicolor cinematography by Ronald Neame (who went on to direct such classics as "Poseidon Adventure") in David Lean's 1945 "Blithe Spirit" is wondrous. It reminds me of the Technicolor magic pulled off by Jack Cardiff in the Powell-Pressburger films. Margaret Rutherford is a hoot as the spirit medium. 

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1947's "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" was next. As a kid, I watched the tv show version starring Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare in 1968-69. They were okay but no match for Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. Also, Natalie Wood is cute as Gene Tierney's daughter. I recognized the Palos Verdes and Abalone Cove shoreline used in the film as a substitute for England in some of the scenes. Bernard Herrmann did the score.

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On 9/15/2021 at 6:00 AM, Stryder1978 said:

No problemmo!  I know everyone gushes over "The Sopranos", but I think the story lines really miss the mark.  Don't get me wrong - love the concept, GREAT acting and cast, scenery is spot on.....but they could have taken the story lines SO much farther.

Examples: When Tony's shrink is raped, that whole story line went no where...it just "happened".  Imagine if she had told Tony (who was infatuated with her) what REALLY happened to her and not a car accident?  Especially if she told Tony she knew who the guy was! 

They wasted 20 minutes of screen time on Meadow wanting to leave school to go to Europe....then she just changes her mind, and they go to a different story line!

Same thing when Tony was going to send his son to military school.  Twenty minutes later...NAH, changed his mind and that story thread meant nothing

Not to defend the Sopranos but I believe that was the point of both plot lines. Dr. Melfi struggled with not telling Tony, you know she wanted to in order to exact revenge against the "employee of the month" who raped her. If she went down that path though she would have been no better than Tony, and even encouraging his criminal behaviors. The AJ / military school plotline was to show how weak and incapable AJ was at the time, and how indecisive and in the weeds Tony was in regard to dealing with his family / personal issues.

Bottom line is Tony was a narcissistic sociopath / psychopath of which every single action made by him was viewed through that lense. Will this help me, hurt me, or have no affect? If the action helped him he was all in, if the action could result in the other two he blew it off.

Tony Soprano was the blueprint for all anti-hero's to follow. That was a character most people loved even though he was one of the most vile pieces of shit in cinematic history.

 

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