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  1. This film: Talk about pulling elements from both "Cat on a hot Tin Roof " and " A Streetcar named desire". It's virtually a Tennessee Williams mishmash. Hadn't seen this film in years and yes, Orson Welle's Will Warner is Big Daddy, laughably so. All they needed was for him to mention mendacity The film is almost a parody of bombastic deep voiced Orson Welles roles and it's like he's on the verge of having a stroke in every scene. Was that darkening makeup on him? Richard Anderson as the suitor who "woos" Joanne Woodward is the prototypical 50's gay man stereotype, dominate
  2. Perhaps they are a perfectly nice couple, but... It's obvious there is a try hard effort to make their couples chemistry the highlight of the show, but unfortunately the banter/interaction is just so banal and basic. Every time it focuses on them as a couple the show grinds to a halt. As others have pointed out, the elephant in the room doesn't go away, in that Sid doesn't actually contribute anything substantial to the projects themselves. So there they go again with more banter. Commentary on how Sid loves to eat. Sid wishes he was back in California, etc, etc. Th
  3. Tenet on HBO was enjoyable, an above average popcorn flick, but some of it just didn't make any sense to me. I don't mean the slingshot time travel, but the fact that the villain literally wanted to kill everyone including his son if his life was ending. When you have such a no holds barred over the top megalomaniacal villain, and Kenneth at his best chewing scenery mode, I at least expect 007 to come out and save the day. As others mentioned, Nolan is interested more in his mind-game/conundrum byzantine plots than any people in his movies. The "concept" IS the film for him,
  4. Just watched "The Mortal Storm" on HBO Max and I do have to say one of the more underrated screen teams is Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. This was the last of their 4 films together (including "The Shopworn Angel" and "The Shop Around the Corner"). The film holds up surprisingly well with it's relevant message that political rhetoric doesn't trump factual science, etc. Sullavan was such a subtle "modern' actress. There a is scene where her half brothers are leaving the family home, after rejecting her father due to their Nazi allegiance, and Sulllavan's quiet understated "Ge
  5. Read that Garland had a crush on band leader Artie Shaw and was devastated when he eloped and married Lana Turner. Could not have helped her self esteem. In defense of Lana Turner, most of Judy Garland's issues can be laid on the toxic environment she grew up at MGM. There the male brass, from Louis B. Mayer on down, reinforced to Garland that she was too fat and not pretty enough. It was bad enough in memos, but they literally would tell the impressionable adolescent that she looked like a pig. Capping her teeth and inserting rubber discs in her nose to change the shape (yes, sh
  6. Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love" isn't some horrible, egregious mistake. Thought she brought a special radiance to the role. Wow, I feel better now.
  7. Did any actor ever have a hotter streak than Brando did in the early to mid Fifties? Someone who was both a box office star, critically acclaimed and a heart throb simultaneously. I could easily see someone who starred in "Julius Caesar" opposite heavyweights like John Gielgud and emerging relatively unscathed reasoning "why not a musical?" The producer of "Guys and Dolls "Sam Goldwyn marketed that Brando and Jean Simmons would actually be singing the songs, so maybe it was to paraphrase the Garbo tag "Brando sings!" appeal to his fans. From what I read, box office wise
  8. The good news: It’s Romeo and Juliet on the streets of NY. The bad news: It’s Romeo and Juliet on the streets of NY.
  9. That granny unit near the coastline to most of us would have looked sweet. However, the character had a whole boatload of issues she was sorting through. My spin was that she was wary of the emotional commitment to the quasi boyfriend, as in she still was in a period of grieving/loss per her deceased husband.
  10. One of the many issues I have with this film is the casting of Ansel Elgort. In real life he may be a perfectly amiable person, but on screen he has the kind of resting face I just want to smack the hell out of.
  11. I suspect that the raison d'etre of this whole exercise is to get new material for the documentary, This Vanity Fair article from 2010: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2010/04/magnificent-obsession-200201 I realize hope springs eternal but if they exercised all their search options 25 years ago I would think that any leads would be even more stone cold dead now.
  12. Now you're just being greedy and overreaching...
  13. Like I said I'm not at all surprised Disney+ made a huge splash. Will they surpass Netflix? I think it depends if they can get deals in place like what they got in India, but again Netflix is trying to penetrate as much those same markets. So Netflix projected to have 205 million subscribers by April 1, and domestically in the US it's already increased their pricing as was expected, while Disney+ practically gave it away to get new subscribers at least here in the States, which was a smart move, but it will be interesting what happens going forward when they inevitably Disney has t
  14. I understand that Disney+ plus uses the acquired Indian app Hotstar so that 30 % of Disney's subscribers are from India. That is the next big thing to see, how the international market pans out. I do think Netflix still has a huge headstart advantage in how "international' their model is, as as far as content and variety of programming. Where else can I can see a Finnish detective series and then switch to a South African drama and peruse the first season of a Spanish singing competition, while also having a South Korean situation comedy in my watchlist? It was obvious
  15. caracas1914

    Tennis Thread

    I have to confess I'm not a big fan of Father/Daughter coaching in the WTA. Caveat: there maybe some glorious exceptions I'm overlooking.. From Stefano Capriati down to today's Paterfamilias Kenin, and Gauff there's to me this pattern of seeming controlling /unhealthy balance of family dynamics, plus the implied message ad nauseum that *only* Father Coach knows their daughters well enough to make them successful in tennis and in some cases an almost pathological desire to infer they are the only legit coach the player has. (Monica Seles, etc.) The worst cases are we
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