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by drednm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Well I feel compelled to give a shout out to a 2018 Australian miniseries called Mystery Road which stars Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen in a mystery that involves murder, rape, and racism in a small western Australia town. I'm not sure the town is named but this was apparently filmed in Kununurra, a...
by drednm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM FESTIVAL 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: TCM FESTIVAL 2019

"The Festival is pleased to announce the first additions to the 2019 Festival lineup, including: World premiere restorations of the Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant comedy HOLIDAY (1938) and ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979); 50th anniversary screenings of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) and HE...
by drednm
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Texas Carnival (1951) is a big, bright MGM musical that seems skimpy at 77 minutes. My guess is something was cut at the last minute. Red Skelton and Esther Williams stars are carny bilkers who work a water=tank dunking act (Williams wears a bathing suit with DUNK ME inscribed on the front). Skelto...
by drednm
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The Assam Garden (1985) is perhaps too delicate for its own good. The film marks Deborah Kerr's final feature film appearance. She plays an English woman who spent her young adulthood with her now-dead husband n India where they ran a tea plantation. Back in England, she has always felt out of plac...
by drednm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber
Replies: 33
Views: 342

Re: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber

Yentl starring and directed by Barbra Streisand.
by drednm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Somewhere in Time (1980) is apparently a cult fave, a fantasy romance about time travel, based on the writer's own vivid dream about Maude Adams. Here we have Christopher Reeve as a writer who has a weird experience with an old lady who turns out to be a former actress named Elise McKenna. He becom...
by drednm
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The Attic (1980) tells the story of a repressed librarian in Wichita (Carrie Snodgress) who's about to lose her job. She lives with her domineering, crippled father (Ray Milland) in a mansion. Seems she was left at the altar 20 years before when the groom just up and disappeared. She devotes her ti...
by drednm
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Filmstruck had the last two films of David Lean's which I had not seen, and so I watched Madeleine (1950) tonight, despite Lean's warnings that it was the least favorite of his own films. As it turns out both of the films I haven't seen, each probably considered the least of his films, star his wif...
by drednm
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) features Cher playing Meryl Streep's mother and a whole bunch of ABBA songs I never heard before.
by drednm
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Cheer Boys Cheer (1939) is a bit of froth about rival beer companies in England. Edmund Gwen reads "Mein Kampf" in between corporate crusades to take over the territories of his rivals. The political comment is pretty unmistakable for this 1939 film. Otherwise the film centers of the romance betwee...
by drednm
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Cheer Boys Cheer (1939) is a bit of froth about rival beer companies in England. Edmund Gwen reads "Mein Kampf" in between corporate crusades to take over the territories of his rivals. The political comment is pretty unmistakable for this 1939 film. Otherwise the film centers of the romance betwee...
by drednm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Love on Toast (1937) is a surprising little trifle about a public relations woman who rigs a publicity contest between Mr. Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn only to fall for the Mr. The film is notable as an early starring role for John Payne and the film debut of Stella Adler. The manic pacing and overl...
by drednm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Trying to escape politics in any shape or form, I watched The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1978) in which New Yorkers Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin flee the city to the (unnamed) suburbs where they find a whole new set of problems that threaten to drive them back to the city. Bas...
by drednm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: HEADLINES (1925) New Grapevine release
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: HEADLINES (1925) New Grapevine release

Can't believe I forgot to mention Dave Drazin did a superb score for the HEADlINES DVD. Dave did the music for my upcoming The Cossack Whip , which I watched last night . Wow. I think it's the best (and fourth!) score he done for me so far. I thought it would be tricky since the film has everything...
by drednm
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) has not aged at all. It's still a vibrant and cinematic lesson in how to tell a story. Yes the 60s fashions may be a bit obvious (as are the rear projection shots when they are driving cars), but they don't interfere with the gritty telling of the story of two losers who ult...
by drednm
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) has not aged at all. It's still a vibrant and cinematic lesson in how to tell a story. Yes the 60s fashions may be a bit obvious (as are the rear projection shots when they are driving cars), but they don't interfere with the gritty telling of the story of two losers who ult...
by drednm
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Two a Penny (1967) is a very strange film. ... There's a lengthy clip of Graham at his big London revival meeting from 1967, and the film was produced by his production company, World Wide Pictures (who knew?). Offbeat to say the least! I saw a bunch of World Wide Pictures productions as a kid, usu...
by drednm
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Two a Penny (1967) is a very strange film. It stars British pop star Cliff Richard as a young man in London who seems to be thoroughly no good, despite the pop song we start off with. He seems to be a real user of people, including his mother (Dora Bryan) and his sometimes girlfriend (Ann Holloway)...
by drednm
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

My Brilliant Career (1979) remains a favorite of mine. I saw it on its original release and have been a Judy Davis fan since. What's not to love? A willful heroine who yearns for "life" outside her outback dustbowl farm, she's sent off to live with granny and meets a dashing young man (Sam Neill) b...
by drednm
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: AFI Silver, Silver Spring, MD Nov. 2-4
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: AFI Silver, Silver Spring, MD Nov. 2-4

This weekend festival starts tonight. Ben Model will show/accompany several of his Alice Howell short films. Then there are four-count-them-four Marion Davies silents on Saturday/Sunday.

My book on Davies will also be available at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.
by drednm
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Three (1969) is an art film in which nothing happens for 104 minutes. It was either Gertrude Stein or Natalie Barney who quipped "Art doesn't have to do anything." This is an art film that depicts that thought. Sam Waterston and Robie Porter are two American kids (college age) who bum around Europe...
by drednm
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Who Is This?
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Who Is This?

From Death Drives Through (1935). He plays Archer but gets no billing. Peter Coke?

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by drednm
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The ending includes Taylor racing madly in her Sunbeam down the Massachusetts Turnpike without another car in sight in any direction. After three glorious decades of annually driving that road, sometimes through blinding blizzards, to get to the (belated and beloved) Syracuse Cinefest, I can state ...
by drednm
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Anything with Judy Davis......
by drednm
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Two big hoots for Butterfield 8 (1960) a rather bad film based on a rather trashy novel. The film is notorious for having earned Elizabeth Taylor her first Oscar (on her fourth consecutive nomination) for having survived a health scare via an emergency tracheotomy. Taylor attended the awards unjewel...
by drednm
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

And a special mention to the gracious Patricia Kennedy who appeared in both The Getting of Wisdom and the superbly excellent My Brilliant Career.
by drednm
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Jim Roots wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:11 am
drednm wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:11 am
Barry Humphries as a starchy reverend,
He's still in skirts, eh?

Jim
I don't know when he started doing Dame Edna, but I didn't recognize at all in this film. He played it straight.
by drednm
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 776
Views: 86119

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Banks was a very durable also-ran. He had the fortune to marry Gracie Fields. Monty Banks apparently came to the US in 1914, possibly to avoid the war? Anyway, he never became a US citizen and after talkies came in and he went to UK, he married Gracie Fields. When the next war broke out and Italy w...
by drednm
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1802
Views: 134061

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The Getting of Wisdom (1977) is an Australian film directed by Bruce Beresford and based on a 1910 novel by Henry Handel Richardson. It tells the story of a very precious young woman named Laura Tweedle Rambotham who is packed up and sent to a "ladies' college" by her mother. At the college she is ...
by drednm
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 776
Views: 86119

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

A Perfect Gentleman (1928) has already been discussed here. Jack and Jason Hardy (Grapevine) did a good job with this late-silent-era comedy. It looks good. Monty Banks stars as the gentleman but he does not direct the film, as he did with many others. Mild story has Monty getting drunk on his wedd...