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  1. He definitely was. He had to be, because what would he know about volleyball? And it was implied (or maybe obvious) that the team sucked before he showed up. I didn't get that Jim the Vampire really didn't recognize him. I figured he was just playing it cool, for some reason. Sometimes the humor on this show is too understated.
  2. Gosh yes, The Last Time I Saw Paris -- it's not the first (or second or third time) that I've flubbed a movie title here. I haven't seen The Caine Mutiny -- I'd probably appreciate Van Johnson in a non-romantic role. Romantic leads in movies from the 30's until the 60's (generally) were classically handsome. Van Johnson (and yeah, Glenn Ford) were just ordinary, so it's not believable when Liz Taylor and Rita Hayworth fall in love with them -- by the movie standards of that time period. It's shallow, but it's how I was conditioned. Some unconventional-looking movie stars had sex appeal and charisma (Humphrey Bogart) which more than compensated for not being handsome. I don't feel the same way about newer movies. Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Christopher Walken -- they're believable as romantic characters. Yes, watch for Two Seconds. I can't do descriptive justice to that courtroom scene, or to Robinson's monologue, arguing with the judge, or with himself. He might be convincing himself that his execution is justified. It would be understandable.
  3. I rewatched An American in Paris only because I had just read the story on which it was based (it's in the Adaptations book), and was curious about the differences. I wish I liked Van Johnson -- he's in so many movies -- but he just doesn't do it for me, in any capacity. The movie's based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story and the changes were minor, nonsensical, and unnecessary. The story was more of a character study than a tragic romance and I'd recommend it over the movie. Watched Two Seconds, 1933, Edward G. Robinson. Movie begins with Robinson being escorted to the electric chair. We're told that it takes two seconds to die in the chair, and that two seconds is enough time to relive your life. So we get to see how he ended up being executed. Of course we knew as soon as he met the dance hall girl that she would be his downfall. Still, the movie was well done and interesting, if a bit glib and talky (almost too much slang in some spots), and there was a courtroom scene at the end which was spectacular. Not just Robinson's descent into madness, but a shot of the jurors where their heads looked other-worldly -- like lights, or stars in a night sky. Very avant garde. It had to be intentional and it was very effective. Heck, the movie's worth watching for that scene alone.
  4. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Thank you, and yes. I expected Clare and her BF to be victims as soon as Edward left. So sad though -- she seemed like a good person, and she had good advice for Edward. Do we know who killed Constantin? That was one tense scene in the car, with Genevieve. Woman's got guts. Martha is the traitor? She must have more of a reason than hatred for Julien. She's gotta be protecting someone.
  5. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Something happened and the recording but off as Baptiste was on the phone with Stratton, right after Stratton had been attacked. Darn PBS! How much did I miss? Who's the traitor? What did Kim's husband (forgot his name) find in the medicine cabinet?
  6. He's most definitely dead. The elevator car was smeared with red. But that's okay, because the guy was after Nora, and because we saw him kill that woman on the street who tried to stop him. [sarcasm] Not quite situational ethics. Good question, on how that magical icon allowed Nathan to control anything in the real world, let alone make an elevator do what that elevator did. An elevator might move down that fast, but not up. At least I don't think it could.
  7. Like the neighbor in the dog case, the one who counter-sued for harassment, because the process servers kept trying to serve him with the lawsuit. JJ said it was his fault because he didn't give correct info to the process servers -- but we don't know what he said to the server because JJ wouldn't let him talk. Besides, is a process server going to take a person's word for it, when they say "You got the wrong guy"? Not likely. Having said that, I doubt there'd be $5K in damages, but it would have been nice to hear what the guy went through before the server found the right address. Besides, it's not the neighbor's job to give the correct info to the process server. That's where the plaintiff screwed up.
  8. Waves at neighbor! I'm about 80 miles south and was a participant in the band festival in the late 50's. I like Harold Hill's character but doubt the relationship would last. My favorite from the movie is the song at the beginning, in the train.
  9. That's exactly how I fly in my dreams. It's fun for awhile, until I need to escape from whatever's chasing me, or keep from falling into water. I've worked in an office. Colin's curses -- "Working hard or hardly working?" -- really do drain energy. I've heard all those statements, sometimes in the same day. From the same person.
  10. The Silver Cord, a pre-Code movie with Joel McCrea and Irene Dunne, and Laura Hope Crews as the domineering, needy mother of two sons. Boy howdy but I enjoyed this one. I wondered why it was on TCM's pre-Code list. An over-protective mother -- how violent or sexy could it be? Well, it was pretty sexy, and open about the mother's unhealthy feelings toward her sons. Crews was excellent. She had the very best lines, including "I'll never forgive you for making me do something so unthinkable in my own house!" My only complaint was that Joel McCrea gives no hint that he's going to do the right thing at the end. How hard is to do a look of dawning realization, recognizing the truth about his mother? I see it all the time, everywhere, that look. Like when I tell my husband I don't feel like cooking. He knows he's gonna need to go get some take-out -- it shows on his face -- he doesn't need to say anything. Also watched a couple from the SF evening -- Cocoon, which I'd seen years ago but didn't remember, and It Came From Outer Space, also a re-watch. Cocoon was charming if a bit long in spots. It was just as boring as it was 50+ years ago. Yeah, it showed us that aliens might not all be wanting to kill us, but it was still hokey. 2001 is on the DVR -- have only seen snippets of that one.
  11. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Yes! Usually break-ins don't end so peacefully. I was sure that Mr. Visser had some kind of captive in his basement. I didn't look to see if most of his cameras were in bathrooms. "I'm not a pervert!"
  12. That's it, thank you. There are videos on-line, so yay! I got all excited seeing one advertised as the reaction to the finale of Empire, so I thought it was new. But it was a season finale, not a series finale. The show ended in 2016. Darn it. The Soup came back for a brief run. That's another good way to see the "best" of the reality shows.
  13. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Oh cool. I knew the actor was in The Missing but I didn't know it was the same character. That's great!
  14. I waited for Seth to ask. Then I got upset when Rosie said she made her son stop going to work because she was worried about him catching the virus. Of course she has the right to do that, but it made me sad for all the 20-year-olds who have no choice, because their family might depend on them. So I stopped listening to Rosie. Not her fault she's privileged. Anyway, that room was a mess. It looked ike a craft room. Seth's eyebrows -- are they just extra light at the ends? Because yeah, they look weird. My daughter has extremely light eyebrow hair. She won't attempt to darken them so she just looks like she has no eyebrows.
  15. I'll be watching. But now I'm trying to remember the name of another show that had several families/couples sitting on their couches and commenting on some reality TV. But I don't remember if they were commenting on a HH-type show or a Real Housewives show or one of the dating shows. It was really funny. Anyone remember that one? It's from at least 5-6 years ago. Maybe it was blind dates.
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