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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/5/2006 3:42:27 PM   
Peppermint


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Kirk Douglas double bill on BBC 2 on Saturday afternoon

The Bad And The Beautiful - 4/5
Lust For Life - 3/5

Then yesterday I watched two James Stewart films:

Call Northside 777 - 4/5
The Flight Of The Phoenix - 3/5


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 17/5/2006 5:25:03 PM   
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Angels with Dirty Faces 5/5

Cagney and Bogart in the same movie, it's utter heaven.  Fast dialogue, powerful scenes and relationships and anyone that fails to be astounded by the death row scene is just insane!  Brilliant direction in a brilliant film.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 30/5/2006 2:41:12 PM   
Peppermint


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Force Of Evil

Both very enjoyable - 4/5 each

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 30/5/2006 8:42:33 PM   
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buster keatons's the goat

my first keaton film very enjoyable ****

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/6/2006 1:54:27 PM   
Peppermint


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All About Eve

Just about flawless - 10/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/6/2006 4:07:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: whomas

buster keatons's the goat

my first keaton film very enjoyable ****


Have you been watching BBC4??

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 14/6/2006 10:15:31 PM   
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The Graduate
Spellbound


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 20/6/2006 1:19:07 PM   
Leomuse


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The Mark of Zorro
1920
Fred Niblo
USA
1st viewing

**1/2
The first silent film I've seen.

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Post #: 128
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 20/6/2006 1:29:35 PM   
DesolationRow


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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
One of my favourite films of all time, brilliant satire and black comedy
5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 25/6/2006 12:28:29 AM   
Leomuse


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The Pink Panther
1963
Blake Edwards
USA
1st viewing

*1/2

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Post #: 130
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 25/6/2006 2:58:23 PM   
Harry Lime


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Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Biopic of the life of the great American President directed by the father of American cinema, D.W. Griffith. Walter Huston puts in a sterling display as Lincoln, visibly growing from the ungainly son of a Kentucky woodsmen into the instantly regognisable character we all invisage. Unflappable, full of wit but with an unshakable sense of justice and an unbreakable belief the union.

The opening scene is fantastic, Griffith using all his skill to juxtapose the birth of Lincoln with images shackled in a boat in a ferocious storm. What follows is a glide through his life through his love for Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), his lasting marriage to the strong willed Mary Todd (Kay Hammond) and of course his election, his Presidency, the Civil War and his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. It's all pretty standard stuff but in the hands of a master director there is enough here to keep the audience interested.

Despite a few clunky love scenes in the opening twenty minutes (Una Merkel is rather Lena Lamont), Abraham Lincoln evolves into a very watchable little movie. 3/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 25/6/2006 4:45:10 PM   
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Zulu - 9/10

The Italian Job - 9/10

The Longest Day - 8/10 

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 27/6/2006 3:46:45 PM   
Leomuse


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Winchester '73
1950
Anthony Mann
USA
1st viewing

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Post #: 133
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 27/6/2006 11:21:56 PM   
Leomuse


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The Last Picture Show
1971
Peter Bogdanovich
USA
1st viewing

***

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Post #: 134
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 28/6/2006 10:28:58 PM   
whomas


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quote:

ORIGINAL: themessiah

quote:

ORIGINAL: whomas

buster keatons's the goat

my first keaton film very enjoyable ****


Have you been watching BBC4??



yes yes i have quite fun bbc four! wow that is a first!

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 3/7/2006 3:57:14 PM   
Leomuse


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The Adventures of Robin Hood
1938
Michael Curtiz/William Keighley
USA
1st viewing

***1/2

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 4/7/2006 10:15:12 PM   
Leomuse


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His Girl Friday
1940
Howard Hawks
USA
1st viewing

***1/2

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Post #: 137
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 4/7/2006 11:42:35 PM   
directorscut


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Dinner at Eight (1933)
 
I was very disappointed with this film. I began watching it expecting to love it and award it a higher rating. However I came away from it with more appreciation than love. It is well acted and well constructed but it is for lack of a better word – dull. I never would have expected this from a George Cukor film. His direction is loose. The film was adapted from a play and it always feels like a play – except it lacks the energy of theatrical performances. One particularly ill-judged choice is the lack of a musical score apart from the opening credits. With no music to lift the film when needed, it plots along like one complete flatline.

I suppose it also doesn't help that very few of these characters are actually likable. I couldn't care less for most of these people's plight. Also I find it strange that this is classified as a comedy and is on the AFI's top funniest films list. There are some absolutely brilliant jokes in this film. But they are few and far between. This is mostly a very serious film dealing with issues such as the depression, alcoholism, suicide, infidelity, adultery and death.

Despite my disappointment with the film I can still see the care, skill and construction of the film and some finely judged performance – the Barrymores, Harlow and Dressler in particular. I recommend the film for these reasons. But not if you want a cheery comedy to brighten up a dark day.

 
3.5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 5/7/2006 11:55:22 PM   
Leomuse


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Once Upon a Time in the West
1968
Sergio Leone
Italy/USA
1st viewing

****

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Post #: 139
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 5/7/2006 11:59:08 PM   
directorscut


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Libeled Lady (1936)
 
Absolutely terrific! That's more like it.
 
5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 9/7/2006 11:56:19 AM   
Leomuse


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From: The Valley of the Dolls
Bad Day at Black Rock
1955
John Sturges
USA
1st viewing

**

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 9/7/2006 12:42:57 PM   
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Heresy!  Bad Day at Black Rock is one of my absolute favourite films (and thus exempt from criticism, judging by my pompous first pronouncement) - unique, stark and powerful, with the second greatest ensemble cast ever assembled (after The Iceman Cometh, since you ask, also starring Marvin and Ryan).  As a portrait of post-war bigotry it is matched only by Crossfire.  As a bruising thriller it continues to inspire and enthrall.  Tracy's performance is second only in career terms to his turn in Fury (again confronting mob violence), not a small feat when one considers that the incendiary earlier showing is the second most compelling characterisation ever committed to screen (after Wayne's Ethan Edwards, since you ask).  And there's no shame in being second, as I hope France shall find out tonight.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 11/7/2006 8:39:21 PM   
Leomuse


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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1964
Stanley Kubrick
USA/UK
1st viewing

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Post #: 143
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 14/7/2006 11:28:18 PM   
Leomuse


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The Gold Rush
1925
Charles Chaplin
USA
1st viewing

***1/2
My first experience with a Chaplin film thanks to that rather spiffing boxset that I managed to get for £9.99.

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Post #: 144
RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/7/2006 2:22:16 AM   
TheDudeAbides


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The Grapes Of Wrath, John Ford, 1940

Excellent, my first John Ford film and my first Henry Fonda film; what could be a better display of their respective talents? Indeed, from that long opening shot of Tom Joad walking up the road, I could tell this was going to be a great film. And it was. Sort of. The cast were fantastic, the direction wonderful and all aspects needed for a great film. Don't get worng, this will definately be on my faves list. But I read the book about a week before I got my grubby paws on a DVD, and somehow (contrary to the opinion of many) black and white cannot convey the Dustbowl with its scorched and dusty reds and oranges.

As a film (standing aside from the book) wonderful and very enjoyable (though Noah's absence is never explained)
5/5
A*

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/7/2006 4:17:28 AM   
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The Grapes Of Wrath is indeed one of the finest films ever made and arguably the finest work of both Henry Fonda and John Ford. Although when talking of the latter both She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and The Searchers have a pretty good claim too! You should definitely try both Young Mr Lincoln and My Darling Clementine for more Fonda/Ford brilliance.
 
Anyway, I've just watched this...
 
3:10 To Yuma (1957)
 
Classic psychological western from the oft-overlooked director Delmer Daves. When a charismatic outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) is captured in a small Texan town following a fatal hold-up, it is left for poverty stricken farmer Dan Evans (Van Heflin) to ensure that the prisoner reaches justice in Yuma. Holed up together in a claustrophobic hotel room as they await their train, Wade cranks up the pressure on his guard to breaking point with the looming spectre of the arrival of his notorious gang growing ever larger with each agonising minute.
 
Thematically a heady mixture of Rio BravoHigh Noon and The Naked Spur, both leads are in stupendous form here; sparking off each other as the tensions mount whilst the fine camerawork, loaded dialogue and thrilling climax elevate this film into something special. 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/7/2006 8:12:27 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Leomuse

The Gold Rush
1925
Charles Chaplin
USA
1st viewing

***1/2
My first experience with a Chaplin film thanks to that rather spiffing boxset that I managed to get for £9.99.


I thought this film was hilarious. You did watch the 1925 version right?


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/7/2006 10:59:46 AM   
Leomuse


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ORIGINAL: R.J.MacReady

quote:

ORIGINAL: Leomuse

The Gold Rush
1925
Charles Chaplin
USA
1st viewing

***1/2
My first experience with a Chaplin film thanks to that rather spiffing boxset that I managed to get for £9.99.


I thought this film was hilarious. You did watch the 1925 version right?



Yes, I did.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 16/7/2006 1:38:25 AM   
Harry Lime


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The Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949)
 
John Wayne puts in one of his finest turns as the deeply flawed yet seemingly indestructable Sergeant John Stryker in this World War II drama set in the Pacific. Charged with whipping his rookie marine unit into shape, the abrasive no-nonsense Stryker soon finds he has to earn respect off the field of battle as well as on it as his small squad of troops island hop towards their destiny on Iwo Jima. Directed by Allan Dwan, this is an enjoyable (if pretty standard) "band of brothers" war picture that is absolutely dominated by Waynes' masculine yet very human performance.  3/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 16/7/2006 9:47:43 AM   
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Point Blank (1967)

Lee Marvin being awfully mean and slapping a lot of people around to get his money back. Very stylish. Rather brutal.

4/5


Major Dundee - Extended Cut (1965)

Charlton Heston on the rampage in Mexico with Richard Harris and a one-armed James Coburn. Pretty good. Felt a bit like a John Ford western, but with elements of the meaner later westerns occasionally chucked in as well. It might have benefitted from being made either a few years earlier, or a few years later.
3/5

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