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  1. Sidenote, here's some great stories about the bond Mitchum and Kerr developed while making the movie which lasted for years: From the book: "Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don’t Care"
  2. I saw the movie My Geisha starring Shirley MacLaine on cable when I was a kid and liked it. However, the premise "White actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly" would NOT fly today! A Caucasian actress like Scarlett Johannson playing a role originally Japanese is a big controversy. Back then audiences didn't bat an eye. MacLaine played an Indian woman earlier in Around the World in 80 Days. Realizing as I'm writing this how it's apt MacLaine's character in My Geisha is named Lucy because the premise is straight out of "I Love Lucy": Wife tricks her husband to get part, he finds out and feels betrayed, gets back at her by making her think he loves her alter ego, etc etc. Her husband is even a foreigner but with an accent, although in this case it's French, not Cuban! Seeing the ending on YouTube though, it still makes me emotional.
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    Gone With the Wind (1939)

    I've always been more interested in the making of GWTW and that era of Hollywood history than the actual movie itself. I saw the TV movie "The Scarlett O'Hara War" more than a decade after it first aired in 1980. You can find it on YouTube. It starred Tony Curtis as David O. Selznick as he searches for the right actress to play Scarlett. All the leading ladies of the day Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Katherine Hepburn, Talullah Bankhead, Miriam Hopkins vie for the coveted role. Selznick goes through many trials and tribulations trying to find the right actress. Finally at the end of the movie just as they begin production by filming the burning of Atlanta first, Selznick's brother introduces him to a young actress from England by saying "Meet Scarlet O'Hara." and it's Vivian Leigh(played by Morgan Brittany) and Selznick smiles. Leigh was the perfect choice not just because she was so startingly beautiful(especially for the then new technicolor with those green eyes), but also half Irish and grew up in India during the British Raj, so acting like a member of a more privileged class and race wouldn't have been hard.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

    Good points: I wish more fans would consider this kind of thing. I'm not trying to make excuses, justify his actions, or say that he deserves redemption but I don't think TLJ is "propping him up" and "taking attention away" from the heroes. It's not leaning into "fangirl" thirst for a "Draco in Leather Pants". Giving Kylo this amount of depth is important to not just the sequel trilogy but the overall saga. I know some people aren't going to change their opinion of him. They still think he's the worst and just want him dead. That's all fine and good but you have to understand why the movies themselves can't. Of course they're going to try to show you his side. You can't have the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, the nephew of Luke Skywalker be an evil murderer "Just cuz". Or that he's just a Vader fanboy. You can't have the primary villain, one of the main characters be that cardboard especially since the first three chronological episodes of the saga were spent explaining how his grandfather turned evil. You have to show some motivation and reasoning behind it. Even if it makes our favorite characters look bad.
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    The Star Wars Saga

    Mark didn't like the direction Luke took in Return of the Jedi either. Watch: Mark Hamill Pitches Luke Skywalker Going To The Dark Side In 2005 ‘Dinner For Five’ Episode With J.J. Abrams Luke going to the Dark Side is arguably a bigger betrayal of the character than what happened in TLJ but as Mark said on the show it would be "more fun to play". I don't blame Mark for wanting that or being disappointed on Luke's fate in TLJ because he, like the fans wanted Luke to be badass and powerful. As I posted up top that would be fine if Luke had started out an ordinary person of humble origin as originally depicted in the first Star Wars. Yes I know his dad was still a Jedi and the "best star pilot in the galaxy" but that's still not in the same league as then being the son of the "Chosen One" someone of "special" lineage. Not to mention his mother is a former queen and his sister is a princess!
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    So in Civil War at Peggy's funeral Sharon tells the story of how she used to say "Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'No, you move'." What if she got that line from Steve after he traveled to the past? Who only first heard it from Sharon at the funeral!
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    Toy Story 4 (2019)

    I just had a startling thought concerning a line attributed to Peggy in Civil War that I want to discuss in the Endgame forum!
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    Toy Story 4 (2019)

    I think what makes the ending so satisfying is, at the end of Toy Story 3, Woody made the selfless choice to sacrifice staying with Andy in order to give his friends a second life as Bonnie's toys, instead of being in storage in the attic. So he earned the right to "retire" and have happiness with Bo Peep. Compare this to a similar choice made by a character at the end of Avengers: Endgame, which was controversial with some fans because it was considered too "selfish".
  10. She's just been announced as one of the cast members in the upcoming TV series adaption of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World: Demi Moore joins Solo star Alden Ehrenreich in USA's Brave New World series I've only read halfway through "Brave New World" but I did get to the point where they meet Demi's character "Linda". Although her physical appearance is somewhat different in the book(she gained a lot of weight after being away from civilization for so long) I can see her playing the character.
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    Batman Movies

    Can't believe it's been 30 years: Great re-review by Outlaw Vern.
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    Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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    The Star Wars Saga

    My opinion is(after having thought about it for a year and a half) Luke being all powerful, kicking all kinds of ass and saving the galaxy at the end of the saga would be a fitting conclusion IF he was still the character who started out as the relatively unimportant figure as depicted in the first Star Wars movie. Just an ordinary person swept up in an adventure through circumstance and becoming a hero. In interviews at the time Mark compared Luke to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. However, once Lucas decided to change it so Vader be Luke's father(and despite what Lucas says it WAS a retcon) and later reveal in the prequels that he was the "Chosen One" who will bring balance to the Force according to an ancient prophesy, that changed everything. Luke went from being the male Dorothy Gale to "King Arthur in Space". I don't believe there was a class-based intent behind it. Lucas just wanted to make Star Wars a story about a son redeeming his father and later how someone who started so innocent could turn into a monster. However the unintended side effect was it emphasized the importance of bloodlines and genetics in Star Wars. That greatness is something inherited instead of achieved on your own. In order to take the story back to it's roots, Luke, the son of the "Chosen One" had to fail and the next generation of the Skywalker family be an entitled manchild. It's why I hope Rey really is a "nobody" so Star Wars can go back to the original thesis that ANYONE can be a hero.
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