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Movies & Reviews



   MeiDei  Anyone recognize this actor from the distant past?
   Yesterday at 10:58 EST .

   1 person like this.



   HopeandGlory  WAG . . . Orson Welles???
6 hours ago .

 1 person like this.



   MeiDei  Not Orson, but in the same era ... glad you joined in as it's been under-visited here ... no comments - no incentives for quiz makers!
2 hours ago .




   MeiDei  I recently watched "Last Knights" with Clive Owen & Morgan Freeman. Their characters were very similar to Owen's role in King Arthur and Freeman's role in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Freeman trades his turban from PofT to a dog collar in negative of a priest's collar.
Here's Metacritic's review + those who loved it vs. those who didn't. Better than watching The View, Shep Smith, or grass growing but not so bad as to be funnier than intended.
http://www.metacritic.com/movie/last-knightsnded.

   June 13 at 14:01 EST .

   4 people like this.




   MeiDei  Name the movie where Charlton Heston is on the beach getting up close & personal with Lady Liberty.
   June 9 at 05:56 EST .

   3 people like this.



   HopeandGlory  I think this is "Planet of the Apes".
June 9 at 13:13 EST .

  2 people like this.



   MeiDei  Hope thinks rightly! Nicely done.
June 9 at 15:57 EST .

  3 people like this.



   Safetydude   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvuM3Djv
Yf0
June 9 at 18:33 EST .

  2 people like this.



   MeiDei  Sweetly done Safety, that's the very scene I had in mind and the one that caused the audience to gasp collectively!
June 10 at 08:55 EST .

  5 people like this.





   Calvinesq  Actor, movie and character setting?
   June 8 at 15:44 EST .

   6 people like this.



   MeiDei  He's no stranger ... but I sure can't put a name on him yet.
June 8 at 18:53 EST .

  3 people like this.



   Safetydude  'The Professor' in "North By Nortwest"; Leo G. Carroll.

(Follow on question; what is the meaning by that title )
June 8 at 21:01 EST .

  3 people like this.



   Calvinesq  Well done SD! This wsa the auction scene, at which Roger Thornhill, who the bad guys believe is George Kaplan, played by Cary Grant, must do some creative bidding to disrupt the entire auction, allowing him to escape from the bad guys that time. So, SD - you win the McGuffin!

As for the title, I have known it as a non-existent directional setting. I'm told N"orthwest by North" is an actual navigational setting, but I always thought of the title as a mere red herring. Interested in your thoughts.
June 9 at 09:08 EST .

  3 people like this.



   MeiDei  I had this for one of my quizzes, hopefully, Safety will answer - if not I'll slip in tomorrow with what I found.
June 9 at 11:18 EST .

  2 people like this.



   Safetydude  Hitchcock should have named it "North By North West Airlines".
I don't know if NWA paid for its product placement but it did get a lot of publicity.
June 9 at 18:39 EST .

  3 people like this.



   Richdet  Let me add another perspective on the movie's title. Some believe it is actually a quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet":

“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
Hamlet, 2.2.

But Ernest Lehman, Hitchcock's screenwriter, said nay to that, with a "simpler" explanation: EL "noticed that the action started in New York, then moved to Chicago, South Dakota, and (in an earlier draft ) Alaska -- a northwesterly direction. "North by northwest" isn't a real compass direction (though northwest by north is ); it is therefore symbolic of the film's improbable, unpredictable plot."

http://mentalfloss.com/article/77788/13-
monumental-facts-about-north-northwest
June 13 at 12:11 EST .

  4 people like this.



   Richdet  Hmmmmmmmmmm. On second thought, "improbable, unpredictable plot" sounds very "Hamlet" to me. So does a hero who is being mistaken for someone he is not, and that someone doesn't even exist as it turns out (now my head hurts ). So maybe the Shakespeare angle is not fanciful at all.
June 13 at 12:16 EST .

  4 people like this.



   Calvinesq  Rich and SD. Great input. I had heard of both the airline and the Hamlet explanations as well. Hitchcock, of course as was his manner, was very cagey about the whole subject. The title itself is a great conversation piece, but perhaps it's just another one of his McGuffins.
June 14 at 09:12 EST .

  4 people like this.





   MeiDei  Name as many movies as you can with a hot or cold-blooded animal in the title.
June 8 at 10:13 EST .

   5 people like this.



   HopeandGlory  OK! I'll try a few:
"Jaws"
"Second Hand Lions"
"Baby"
"A Kid for two Farthings"
"Benji"
"Elephant Walk"
"Night of the Iguanas"
June 8 at 12:16 EST .

  5 people like this.



   HopeandGlory  A few more:

"Crocodile Dundee"
"Bambi"
"What's New Pussycat"
"Dances with Wolves"
"The Lion King"
June 8 at 12:44 EST .

  4 people like this.



   MeiDei  Great start ... who else?
June 8 at 18:49 EST .

  3 people like this.



   Calvinesq  Two violent ones:

Straw Dogs
Reservoir Dogs
June 10 at 07:28 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  Dog Soldiers wasn't too tame either.
Only 3 above mentioned cats - there's several not mentioned yet, let's wait.
June 10 at 14:39 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat Ballou
Water for Elephants
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Gorillas in the Mist : )
Thursday at 20:03 EST .

  3 people like this.





   MeiDei  This is the antonym for a movie title: "This is Old Mountain Lion"
   June 6 at 11:44 EST .

   5 people like this.



   Safetydude  I'm not sure about the connection, but the movie is Peter O'Toole in "What's New Pussycat ?"
I can't tell if that's Paula Prentiss.
June 6 at 18:48 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  What's New Pussycat? is a 1965 American comedy film directed by Clive Donner, written by Woody Allen in his first produced screenplay, and stars Allen, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss, and Ursula Andress.
Extra pts. for you with naming the actors ... the title is solved also.
June 7 at 01:40 EST .

  5 people like this.



   Calvinesq  Don't forget the title song, written by Burt Bacharach.
June 7 at 08:54 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  ... and sung by Tom Jones. ; )
Cal slips in for a bonus pt. also.
June 7 at 09:02 EST .

  5 people like this.





   MeiDei  Just finished watching "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" with Peter Finch & James Mason among others. It was a very well written & acted movie, I thought it would be about his literature but it was about his behavior - in that era scandalous. Whatever channel I watched it on devoted the week to movies about that and other behaviors now considered chic .... you can watch it here on youtube. It won several awards in its day - BTW no offensive match-ups are shown ... careful wording only.




June 1 at 11:53 EST .

   5 people like this.



   Richdet  I like Oscar Wilde, and will probably check this out, so thanks, Mei Dei. Your post indicates to me that Gay Pride week (or is it month ) has arrived once again; if that's what it takes to program this movie, so be it.

Some context for this movie might be of interest. "Trials" was released in 1960, at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, so the movie probably felt political or "agitating" in many quarters in its day. Anyone who knows the story of mathematician Alan Turing knows how severe the punishment for homosexuality could be even in 1950s Britain. Their laws punishing gays didn't end until the late sixties.

Peter Finch was well known for his way with the ladies. The producers could hedge their bet and avoid distraction by casting an "open" heterosexual.
June 2 at 11:14 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  You're very welcome; the above is the full movie - but wouldn't be great for small screen/phone viewing.

It's a pleasure to see some activity on this wall - hoping it picks up again.
June 3 at 14:41 EST .

  6 people like this.





   MeiDei  A well known actor on stage, screen & TV. Who will name him?
   May 31 at 12:31 EST .

   6 people like this.



   Gram77  I think this is Richard Kiley. And, I think he was on Broadway in The Man of Lamanchia.
June 1 at 06:15 EST .

  5 people like this.



   MeiDei  Kiley created the role of Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and was the first to sing and record "The Impossible Dream"
Gram has a windmill in her future - for when she loses power ; )
Stay strong!
June 1 at 11:57 EST .

  5 people like this.





   Calvinesq  I had referred to this actor in an earlier post on this page that has now been removed. This was what I was thinking when I jokingly said that the picture of Marlene Dietrich looked like Buster Keaton. Here is Keaton in a one-man (heh ) movie where he dressed up in different clothes, playing multiple characters - "The Playhouse" (1921 ),
   May 31 at 11:02 EST .

   6 people like this.



   Richdet  Yes, that Marlene posting has been disappeared from this wall, Calvin, and our comments with it. Add that to the mysteries of the movie wall of late.

But I definitely see the Buster/Marlene "resemblance." Certainly a one-time event!
May 31 at 13:07 EST .

  7 people like this.





   MeiDei  Scrambled Movie Title: B-D-E-E-H-I-L-L-N-O-T-W-Y
2nd word - something all seniors should have
4th word - it is when it is time to come out of the oven.
Good luck!
May 31 at 03:24 EST .

   6 people like this.



   Gram77  Given my age, for me I will need pencil and paper for this! Bet Rich gets this first.
May 31 at 08:20 EST .

  7 people like this.



   Calvinesq  Thy Will Be Done
May 31 at 09:48 EST .

  6 people like this.



   MeiDei  Nicely done Calvin!
May 31 at 10:25 EST .

  5 people like this.



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