Watching 'Christine' right now.
I tell it like it used to be.
"His modest resources meant that he could dress no more than reasonably well, but he did so with a kind of faded elegance that ignored the dictates of fashion... the overall effect was of someone frozen in time, indifferent to the new fashions of the agitated age he was living through. The truth is that he took pleasure in this, for obscure reasons that perhaps even he could not have explained."
Currently, "After the Thin Man" soon to be followed by "the Maltese Falcon" on the wonderful TCM!
J. Edgar (2011)
Beautifully shot, expensively propertied, and stiff and shoddy in almost every other respect. Such is the gold standard for historical pictures in our day, but Clint Eastwood's heavy hand is evident in every second of J. Edgar. He pulls every punch he can get away with, perhaps because he reveres Hoover more than his audience does, and knows it. Leo DiCaprio apparently got his accent from Frank Langella's Nixon plus anyone who ever played a Kennedy. The air of stagey tension in every scene never varies or goes away. Deliberately underlit in Every. Freaking. Shot. Almost every car used is a Model A Ford.
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Simplicity never goes out of style, and never comes into fashion.
Saw the remastered 1927 silent movie "Wings" (with about 300 other fans) at the Stanford Theatre last night. Their organist, Dennis James, just blew me away with his masterful musical accompaniment to the over-2 1/2-hour movie, and even though this word is so overused, his talent rates no less than "amazing!" The film drew more of a crowd than the theatre expected, so the start was delayed in order for everyone to get in and during that time, Mr. James treated the audience to little bits of trivia about the movie and actors - things from his personal experience. It was a great experience, a thrilling movie that moved many around me to a shed a few tears.
"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"
"Turn up the good, turn down the suck!"