What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Amy Jeanne, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Miss Golightly

    Miss Golightly Call Me a Cab

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    Klute - I have been looking forward to seeing this movie for years (any time it was on tv here was at something like 2.45am) so I finally got to watch it last night and it was a bit of a disappointment - not that suspensful and the cinematography was so dark we nearly needed night vision goggles to figure out what was going on.
     
  2. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    The Human Comedy (1943)

    William Saroyan never caught on that he could have bored a hole in himself and let the sap out. His only film story (gosh, I wonder why) has to be one of the speechiest, preachiest stories ever put on screen, at least where the principals didn't wear robes and sandals. Mickey Rooney is his usual winning self, but the poor guy has to confront yet another Life Lesson about every 90 seconds.
     
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  3. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    Fletch, I watched it for the first time last night too. Even granting that the film came out at the darkest hour of the war, when messages about HUMANITY weren't out of place, it was jaw-droppingly overdone. From the ghostly father's sledgehammer narration to the sequence where the couple drive by the festival with those groups of people of each old-country heritage folk-dancing in their native costumes ("... but they're all AMERICANS!"), it was pretty hard to take.

    This is allegedly the film that Louis B. Mayer was most proud of... and it's clear why: it's nearly the most idealized, sappy-sentimental image of small town life ever put on film (like It's A Wonderful Life... minus that film's cynical underbelly that helps elevate it to greatness). But it's certainly worth seeing once for curiosity's sake, at least as a home front piece.

    And I will say that it featured an interestingly restrained, mature performance by Mickey Rooney - an actor that I usually can't stand. Plus it's a hoot to see some very young future stars in the supporting roles - Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Robert Mitchum, etc.
     
  4. Akubra Man

    Akubra Man One of the Regulars

    Watched "The Thin Man" and "Life With Father". I had never seen either and enjoyed them both quite a lot. William Powell really has a large screen presence.
     
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  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Previewing a second-run of "The Social Network." Gad. Is this what modern college kids are actually like???
     
  6. martinsantos

    martinsantos Practically Family

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    A german silent one, 8mm, with English subtitles, "Variety" (1924).

    One of the very best films I ever sew, silent or soundie.

    Martin
     
  7. HepKitty

    HepKitty One Too Many

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    It Happened on 5th Avenue 1947... very funny, and oh the irony!
     
  8. Polar Express. I wasn't impressed. The beginning was good and the ending was better, but the middle... :rolleyes:
     
  9. Wally_Hood

    Wally_Hood One Too Many

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    The Bourne Identity
     
  10. AtomicEraTom

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    White Christmas
     
  11. CopperNY

    CopperNY A-List Customer

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    "Cast A Deadly Spell".

    Lovecraftian influenced film noir set in a 1948 where magic is commonplace. Fred Ward and Julianne Moore. costuming was generic, but adequate.

    enjoyed it very much. fans of Jim Butcher's "Harry Dresden" series would be pleased.
     
  12. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    Miracle on 34th Street. Can the shoulders on the adults :eeek: get any bigger and can little Natalie Wood get any cuter. [​IMG]
     
  13. AtomicEraTom

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    I watched Miracle on 34th Street today and am watching A Christmas Story right now.
     
  14. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    An Education - well done, but it didn't quite live up to its reputation for me.
     
  15. B.J. Hedberg

    B.J. Hedberg Practically Family

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    Watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade last night at the family get-together; a bit of an odd combination.
     
  16. Wally_Hood

    Wally_Hood One Too Many

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    Like several others, Miracle on 34th Street. Depleted audience due to this weird flu thing in circulation, and teenage indifference to our grown up need for sappy sentimentality. For us hardcore viewers, it's alway great.
     
  17. Anthony K

    Anthony K Familiar Face

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    A Christmas Story (quite a few times since last night, thanks TBS, though I get annoyed by the commercial breaks so I keep putting my dvd in and watching it).
     
  18. deadpandiva

    deadpandiva Call Me a Cab

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    Spirited Away, Remember The Night, It Happend on 5th Avenue, The Man Who Came To Dinner
     
  19. A Christmas Carol (1938), with Reginald Owen, Gene, Kathleen, and (in a small role) June Lockhart. The 1951 version with Alastair Sim is generally considered to be better, but I like the MGM gloss version just as well.
     
  20. tbrunke

    tbrunke Familiar Face

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    "My Favorite Brunette" with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, a funny flick and Bing Crosby has a bit part at the end of the movie.
     

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