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  1. Isnt Tom slated to play until he’s 50? At this rate he’ll outlast Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben, Matt Ryan, and the next generation of NFL Quarterbacks…
  2. But there’s the rub. It’s not a matter of talent, it’s a matter of opportunity. Understandably the Nepotism babies are going to push back against the perception that they don’t (a) work hard or (b) have talent. Everyone wants to believe they would have succeeded regardless of their connections because of their hard work and talent. The proverbial “cream rises to the top”; that is what is apparent in the initial comments for their entitled positions of Stiller and Destry. Is that actually true? Not their fault, but that “foot in the door” looms harder in the scheme of things th
  3. The EPIC series: I would consider it more a reimagining because the HG Welles vision doesn't quite come through here However some of the elements such as the mechanical doglike killing machines have a chilling effect and the survival mode of the remaining humans has an appeal. There are enough hints that the aliens are also trying to somehow survive as opposed to conquest, which is why it's not exactly HG Welles. So for me there is enough in it to intrigue and it does have some good actors, Plus as a Francophile I love how it's "bilingual" (though I hearya on the subtitles fle
  4. Millicent Simmons (Regan) is amazing. Krazinski said he wanted a deaf actress and he got a real find in an actress in her. Part of the appeal of the first film was how this family was uniquely suited to survive due to their daughter's deafness, ie they could communicate silently. I realized that they needed to open up this sequel with more characters, but somehow something was lost in the transition. Both the scavenging barbaric boat people and the seemingly idyllic utopian society on the island were a bit much for me, Can't see how the 3rd film will work without answering som
  5. West Anderson: while I personally love most of his films. I admit, I think he's an acquired taste. So with friends who can't deal with the overdose of twee I have no response, IOW, I can't look down at them for not liking Anderson, because I think the criticisms are legit. His films are too precious and quirky for their own good.
  6. As the article points out, Lou Diamond Philips, who grew up on naval bases with multiracial classmates, didn't define himself solely from his background ethnicity, as Philips considered himself American. While he had always embraced his Filipino roots once he got to Hollywood the others couldn't see past his "ethnic" look and HW was constantly trying to have him explain or define himself in narrower terms. OF course if he could have "passed" for white he wouldn't have had any of these issues.
  7. Lou Diamond Philips response to criticism as a Filipino American actor cast as the Mexican American singer Richie Valens in “La Bamba”. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/lou-diamond-phillips-defends-playing-non-filipino-characters-of-color-i-am-not-looking-to-exploit-that-role-1234979820/ Interesting that along with playing a Native American on “Longmire”, he’s only portrayed explicit Filipino characters twice in a nearly 40 year career. So it makes his quote make even more sense in that context.
  8. I loved the book when it first came out and I was so disappointed when it was announced Tom Hanks was cast as Sherman McCoy. To me the character was a clueless white entitled preppy type , so someone like William Hurt would be a better fit. As mentioned, the novel satirizes everyone and the British journalist and the smarmy British expats in NY that encompassed was lost with Bruce Willis, who isn’t exactly a nuanced actor. Has anyone else ever made such a long career from the ability to smirk on cue? Melanie Griffith was simply a hot mess as Maria, the character seems easy enoug
  9. I can see where the film presents him as the physical focal point. The problem with that is that it's hard to get homoerotic vibes or any vibes from the cypher that is Ryan O'Neal. Even when offered good material or costars (The Paper Moon, What's up Doc, etc) he's at best competent, and there's almost a glaring lack of chemistry with whoever he's matched against, male or female.
  10. I hear ya, it's just that for me the film wants to present Clara as an intelligent, well read and educated woman who is not your stereotypical naïve waif. Clara is stuck in her small town as the daughter of an overbearing tycoon and doesn't quite know how to break free; she's aware her father wants to simply marry her off and resists that notion. The film also has her being the aggressor with Richard Anderson, kissing him spontaneously, with hesitancy on his part. I get Clara may not be worldly wise but the film hammers home they have been courting for FIVE years. Certainly that i
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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,
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Now you're just being greedy and overreaching...
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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