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  1. Yes, it's sad to see Carney's win turn up year after year on those "worst Oscar choices" lists. I did not realize Carney was nearly two decades younger than his character--he was only 54! And he carried the whole film, something you can't say about Pacino in Godfather II, Nicholson in Chinatown, and especially Finney in Murder on the Orient Express, excellent though they were.
  2. A few that stand out: Lizaveta in Crime and Punishment, who never did anything wrong except come home at the worst possible time, when Raskolnikov had just finished killing her half sister. He then killed her in a panic. So much for his claim to be a humanitarian getting rid of a bad person to help the unfortunate people she victimized. Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights, remembered by many readers as a bland dull guy who can't compete with passionate romantic Heathcliff. He was a kind man who deserved a woman who wasn't crazy obsessed with another man. Frank Kennedy in Gone with the Wind, a decent fellow used by Scarlett for his money, who got killed trying to "defend her honor." Also Charlie Hamilton, whom Scarlett married to spite Ashley. He didn't even get a heroic death in battle. Fredo Corleone in The Godfather. He was a good and dutiful son who was cast aside by the Family for freezing and breaking down after his father was shot. Luke Castellan in the Percy Jackson books. He failed his first quest, understandably became envious of Percy, got possessed by Cronus, and ultimately died sacrificing himself.
  3. Yes, she was dressing Thomas as a girl. It's clearer in the book that they were playing at being two ladies at tea. I don't think there was any direct connection between that and Thomas's self-mutilation years later--he always talked about it as an act of self-sacrifice, not self-punishment, but you raise an interesting point.
  4. I saw Diana Rigg in Medea on Broadway. I just looked up the year and it was 1994, can't believe it was 25+ years ago! She was bone-chilling when she determined to kill her children!
  5. I watched on Friday and started a thread (now locked) under Movies, not realizing this there was already a thread under HBO Documentaries. I was already past the target customer age in the 80's, so if I ever saw ads for this place, they didn't register. I'm kind of glad I never went, as I'm a big chicken even about most rides at regular amusement parks. This doc was fun to watch, but also heartbreaking to learn about the deaths. I too was more interested in the reminiscences about the park than in the business details, though it was fascinating to learn that even Donald Trump wanted no part of it! @JTMacc99, did you get that horrible alcohol-iodine spray squirted on you after you scraped your side? I found myself thinking about this place being a perfect setting for The Goldbergs : Barry gets a job as a lifeguard, Erica's bikini top flies off on the Tarzan Swing, and Adam gets stuck in the Cannonball Loop. I can imagine him shouting "Ohhh, Balls!"as he plummets. Of course Beverly has a huge hissy fit at the thought of her schmoopies in such a dangerous place. For more details on the test run of the "man in the ball in the ball," look here.
  6. Hearing the "Meet the Press" theme reminded me of another news program intro. The Huntley-Brinkley Report had music by none other than Ludwig Von Beethoven:
  7. Now streaming on HBO Max, this is the story of the rise and fall of Action Park, the world's most dangerous amusement park in Vernon, New Jersey. A bit of 80's nostalgia for the last decade of kids being allowed to play unsupervised, with some tragic consequences.
  8. Wally and Beaver not only stayed home alone, but in one very early episode, they were the baby sitters for a little girl who ended up locking herself in the bathroom. She announced she had to "go" by saying "I wanna see Mary Jane." So there was another episode where the bathroom was an important plot point!
  9. I thought as much; it was just a weird coincidence that a Bay City Rollers Quiz came out right when one of them died.
  10. I saw it when it was new and enjoyed it well enough, but I have no desire to watch it over and over and quote it continually. I feel the same way about Back to the Future. I haven't seen any of the BttF sequels either.
  11. Wow. By coincidence, I just took the Bay City Rollers quiz on the MeTV website. It doesn't mention the death.
  12. Curious if anyone watched The Seven Year Itch this afternoon, and if so, what you thought of it. I wondered if anyone else found it horribly dated and unfunny, or if I'm just in a bad mood. There were a few cute bits of satire, like the sensationalized book covers and the toothpaste ad. The rest was tedious. Other than the iconic "subway grate" scene, it was very stage-bound also. And it bugged that Marilyn Monroe's character didn't even have a name, but was just "The Girl." One thing I found interesting was that in the original play, the husband did end up cheating with The Girl. A few of the viewer-reviewers on the TCM site suggested that Tom Ewell was miscast, and the movie would have been better with Jack Lemmon or Walter Matthau in the lead.
  13. I've written about him elsewhere, but my impression is that Rhett is whatever he needs to be at the moment for plot purposes. At times he's written as an ahead-of-his-time male feminist. Scarlett doesn't have to hide her intelligence and anger from him to stroke his ego, and he has no problem with her being a smart and ruthless businesswoman. He also is delighted that his child is a girl, at a time when boys were prized. Elsewhere, he's the stereotypical sexist--he tells Scarlett she needs a good paddling, and yes, he rapes her. I never got the sense that he was changing because he was growing as a person; Mitchell just changed his character as needed so every woman could see her ideal man in him. You want someone who treats you as an equal? You got him. You want a strong man who will protect and dominate you? He's that too. He's inconsistent in other ways too: He knows the South is going to lose and refuses to enlist--until he does. It seems Mitchell didn't want her hero to be a "draft dodger." In fairness to him, though, his final departure did feel convincing, showing that that even the most devoted lover reaches a breaking point.
  14. Nice to know someone else remembers those Bavarian green beans! I mentioned them in my first post on this thread back in 2014!
  15. They're cookies, not cakes, but they're called Monster Chomps. They're shown about halfway down the page. No luck locating the Mickey Mouse microwave cake kits, but there are plenty of pans shaped like Mickey Mouse out there. I'm not sure how they would work in a microwave, though.
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