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Announcing the 2nd Annual "Watch That Movie" Night

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:52 pm

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It's back— NitrateVille's own at-home film festival for the dead of winter, the 2nd Annual Watch That Movie Night!

Here's the idea. We all have movies that we couldn't wait to own— but never seem to get around to watching. They pile up faster than you can keep up with them, it seems.

Watch That Movie Night is the time we all take one of those movies from our collections and finally watch it— and tell our fellow NitrateVillains about it, expanding the base of knowledge about what's out there. And if you're game, you have a chance to win another movie on DVD courtesy of our good friends at Kino. Last year we gave away a copy of The General. This year we dug into Kino's recent releases and pulled out a movie that epitomizes the kind of title that we should be excited about but that often gets overlooked— Ernst Lubitsch's delightful visual fantasy The Doll, accompanied by the fascinating documentary about his early years, Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin.

So how does it work?

1. Pick a classic era movie that's been in your collection for at least a year, unwatched. (DVD, VHS, 16mm, 9.5mm, whatever you have.)

2. Announce your choice in this thread.

3. Watch it on (or around) Friday, January 29th.

4. And post something, anything about it in this thread by midnight, Monday February 1st.


(Sorry, US and Canada posters only for the prize due to rights issues, but we'll be happy to hear from everybody all the same.)

So please join me in taking the "Watch That Movie!" Night pledge and announcing your choice over the coming days. Then be prepared for a great movie you might never have watched otherwise, and lots of interesting posts from NitrateVillains. If you've lurked but never posted before, what better way to make your first post than by joining in today!

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So what's my "Watch That Movie!" movie choice? It's...

MISS LULU BETT
I was excited when I heard this William C. DeMille-directed drama about a spinster trying to escape the clutches of her family, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1920, was going to be the bonus feature on a disc with Cecil DeMille's Why Change Your Wife? Yet somehow I've managed to watch Why Change Your Wife twice and Miss Lulu Bett never. Watch That Movie Night is my chance to right that injustice at last!

Here's the link to last year's thread. Now, what will yours be?
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Unread post by rudyfan » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:50 pm

I will totally play, must look at the pile of unwatched tonight to come up with a film.
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Unread post by drednm » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:01 pm

I might finally attempt The White Sister whose length of 143 minutes and dubious print quality have kept me away. But after my recent Carol Dempster experience with Isn't Life Wonderful I might be more inclined to attempt Dream Street.
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Unread post by Rodney » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:08 pm

You'll enjoy MISS LULU BETT. It's funny in a wicked way.

I've received the DVD-R of THE SEA HAWK, but haven't watched it, and I know I'll enjoy that, as will my daughter.

So we'll both be watching Milton Sills in our own way.
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Unread post by Frederica » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:49 pm

Rodney wrote:You'll enjoy MISS LULU BETT. It's funny in a wicked way.

I've received the DVD-R of THE SEA HAWK, but haven't watched it, and I know I'll enjoy that, as will my daughter.

So we'll both be watching Milton Sills in our own way.
(Tears well up in eyes...sniffle...) Does it have to be a film you've had for over a year? Because I don't have any that have been lying around for that long. Please, can I play too? I have some from November. Please?

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:00 pm

I assure you, no one will be disqualified for watching and posting about something you've had less than a year. But if you're like me, this is encouragement to dig into those things that have been sitting unloved on The Island of Misfit DVDs forever.

Mike, who's barely cracked TWO of the Treasures From American Film Archives series
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Unread post by Danny Burk » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:50 pm

Aha! The TREASURES sets. Now I know my "project" film....I've still not got around to seeing REDSKIN.

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Unread post by rudyfan » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:41 pm

Danny Burk wrote:Aha! The TREASURES sets. Now I know my "project" film....I've still not got around to seeing REDSKIN.
Me, too, but mine will be Gretchen the Greenhorn
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Unread post by missdupont » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:03 pm

I'll be watching Flicker Alley's "Movies Dream in Color" from their Discoveries of Cinema DVD.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:03 pm

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Hey! Let's get some excitement here! I feel like I'm talking to myself in the mirror!

We have 6 people signed up for Watch That Movie Night:

Me, Miss Lulu Bett
Drednm, The White Sister or something
Rodney, The Sea Hawk
Danny Burk, Redskin
Rudyfan, Gretchen the Greenhorn
MissDupont‚ Movies Dream in Color

But I know there are plenty of other NitrateVillains who will enjoy playing along. So look at that stack of DVDs (or whatever format you have), pick a title, and plan to settle in for a night of moviewatching, not least by announcing your choice here today. And you'll be eligible for the drawing for our fabulous...

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and I do mean fabulous prize, Ernst Lubitsch's The Doll.
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Unread post by drednm » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:15 pm

I am more inclined toward Dream Street since its reviews are so bad....
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Unread post by Jim Reid » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:23 pm

The list of classic movies I have on DVD that I've yet to watch is massive. I've narrowed it down to discs I can reach from sitting at my computer. It's either Alibi, My Best Girl or Capra's American Madness. I may watch all three.

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Unread post by Arndt » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:44 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:Hey! Let's get some excitement here! I feel like I'm talking to myself in the mirror!
Might have something to do with those restrictive entry conditions.
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Unread post by Frederica » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:46 pm

I'm playing! I'm going to watch Burning Daylight, with Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:47 pm

Might have something to do with those restrictive entry conditions.
Sorry, that part I can't really help.
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Unread post by Frederica » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:51 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:
Might have something to do with those restrictive entry conditions.
Sorry, that part I can't really help.
Good heavens. I just read through the proposed list, it's N-Ville's Sills-o-Rama, isn't it? Not that that is a bad thing.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:19 pm

Yeah, that's pretty cool. And I didn't even know he was in Miss Lulu Bett when I picked it.
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Unread post by greta de groat » Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:21 pm

I have to cheat--I don't have any unwatched videos at home, but there are a few at work that have slipped by me. How about i watch whatever i haven't seen already from the Houdini box set?

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Unread post by FrankFay » Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:31 am

I'll watch either Erotikon or Old Wives For New.


Burning Daylight Is a good one- Sills gives a performance full of character.
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Unread post by Rob Farr » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:30 am

OK, going with Sumurun. Into the breach!
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Unread post by Penfold » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:46 am

After much deliberation, it'll be the Emil Jannings/Werner Krauss Othello....
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Unread post by Jim Roots » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:50 am

What are the criteria upon which the winner will be selected? And who will do the selecting?

If it's a level playing-field (ha!), I will probably weigh in with Bardelys the Magnificent.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:57 am

Look at last year's thread. It's a drawing (in other words, nobody will be judging the quality of your entry).
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Unread post by rudyfan » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:20 pm

Frederica wrote:I'm playing! I'm going to watch Burning Daylight, with Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon.

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Cool! I need to see that, I heart Milton Sills, too!
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Unread post by MikeH0714 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:32 pm

I purchased Mary Pickford's REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM three years ago at Cinevent and still haven't gotten to it. So.... here goes!

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:02 am

Mike Gebert wrote:Look at last year's thread. It's a drawing (in other words, nobody will be judging the quality of your entry).
I'm so damned lazy!

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Unread post by R Michael Pyle » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:58 am

Okay, I'm going to watch something that I constantly pass up. It's the old timey western from 1924 "The King of Wild Horses" and it stars that king of horses, Rex the Wonder Horse. But I noticed something the other day that blew me away. It also has Charles Parrott in it!! Am I right? Is that Charley Chase in a western??????!!!!!! I'm watching this. Gotta see him play a straight part during the best part of his comedy career...

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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:06 am

Yes it is. It is, after all, a Hal Roach production. Some time you've got to see NO MAN'S LAW with Oliver Hardy as a baddy.

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Unread post by Rob Farr » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:49 am

He does quite a good job in a non-comedic role as a coniving, snivelling ne'er-do-well.
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Unread post by Frederica » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:27 am

R Michael Pyle wrote:Okay, I'm going to watch something that I constantly pass up. It's the old timey western from 1924 "The King of Wild Horses" and it stars that king of horses, Rex the Wonder Horse. But I noticed something the other day that blew me away. It also has Charles Parrott in it!! Am I right? Is that Charley Chase in a western??????!!!!!! I'm watching this. Gotta see him play a straight part during the best part of his comedy career...
You'll enjoy it. Rex is a star, a STAR! I tell you!
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