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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    Best movie: The Longest Day
    Favorite Director: Alfred Hitchcock
    Favorite actor: Vincent Price
    Favorite film: Theater of Blood
    Scene that changed my life: Spencer Tracy's speech at the end of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    Best comedy: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Best credits: Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    Best moral: from House of Dracula, try to cure one monster at a time.
    Best Lesson: from 12 Angry Men, how the liberals take over the country
    Nice list.

    While I consider Saving Private Ryan the greatest war movie ever made, one can't help but be impressed with The Longest Day, especially for that time.

    Here are some of my Classic favorites/bests:

    Best movie: Citizen Kane
    Favorite Director: Orson Welles
    Favorite actor: Cary Grant
    Favorite Actress: Kate Hepburn
    Favorite films: Dr. Zhivago, The Lion in Winter
    Favorite Line (tie): "Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" (Dr. Strangelove)
    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a (*)(*)(*)(*)." (Gone With the Wind)
    Best comedy: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Best Performance (tie): James Dean in Giant, Paul Newman in Hud
    Last edited by Talon; Jul 31 2012 at 12:30 PM.
    Sweet schadenfreude...

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    Funny (but true) story.

    Ever since I was a kid, I've loved THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Read the book and I must've seen the movie 100 times.

    It was only after I became very interested in politics (about 4 yrs ago)... that I realized what a leftwinger treasure that movie really is. Now I can't watch it without picking out every 'we deserve entitlements' 'the govt is bad' 'rich people are stingy' 'the law picks on po' folks' message that movie sends out... and man, there are a bunch of 'em!

    Too funny. I liked it better when I was oblivious to all the political nuances.

    Last edited by Smartmouthwoman; Jul 31 2012 at 12:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    Scene that changed my life: Nice!

    Thinking about that I'd have to say Sidney Portier slapping the old school racist in right in the greenhouse in In the Heat of the Night.


    Best moral? Delivered by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind

    The line that still chokes me up? "To my big brother George! The richest man in town!" It's a Wonderful Life

    Favorite film (my 'go to' if nothing else tickles my fancy: Lawrence of Arabia or The Godfather

    Favorite director? Frank Capra or, if feeling pretentious, Stanley Kubrick. But I'm a sucker for Hal Ashby, Robert Altman, William Wyler and John Ford.

    Favorite actor? James Stewart

    I've never considered best credits, but Saul Bass did a great job on North by Northwest.

    Best comedy? Modern: The Big Lebowski classic Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House.
    Glad you found the place, RR. If I may ask you a question?

    Someone called you 'sistah' earlier and I referred to you as him. Which is correct?

    Thx... enquiring minds, ya know?

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    While I'm not a big fan of the story and the script, Orson Welles' direction and Gregg Toland's cinematography in Citizen Kane are nothing short of brilliant. Many filmmakers and cinematographers consider this the greatest film of all time.

    What a lot of people don't know about Citizen Kane is that it was the first film where you would see the ceilings in the interiors. This forced Welles and Toland to come up with innovative ways of lighting their sets. The projector room scene from Kane (particularly the shot at the 1:20 mark) is perhaps the best example of the ingenious side-lighting you see throughout the film:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9lloAKw4c
    Last edited by Talon; Jul 31 2012 at 12:58 PM.
    Sweet schadenfreude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartmouthwoman View Post
    Glad you found the place, RR. If I may ask you a question?

    Someone called you 'sistah' earlier and I referred to you as him. Which is correct?

    Thx... enquiring minds, ya know?
    It ain't 'sistah', it's 'mistah'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talon View Post
    While I'm not a big fan of the story and the script, Orson Welles' direction and Gregg Toland's cinematography in Citizen Kane are nothing short of brilliant. Many filmmakers and cinematographers consider this the greatest film of all time.

    What a lot of people don't know about Citizen Kane is that it was the first film where you would see the ceilings in the interiors. This forced Welles and Toland to come up with innovative ways of lighting their sets. The projector room scene from Kane is perhaps the best example of the ingenious side-lighting you see throughout the film:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9lloAKw4c
    Welles and Toland cut a hole in the studio floor to get the camera as low as possible. Authority figures (Kane, Agnes Moorhead) are shot from underneath while subserviant figures are shot from overhead, making them look weak and small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    It ain't 'sistah', it's 'mistah'!
    Thx... my first impression was right.

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    One of the best movies of all time...maybe "the best"...

    1946 -
    The Best Years of Our Lives


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    My God does that movie go on long! Acadamy Award winner for best picture, but needed an editor, in my humble opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    My God does that movie go on long! Acadamy Award winner for best picture, but needed an editor, in my humble opinion.
    Well of course this is all subjective...determining the greatest movies is ultimately a matter of opinion.

    As a veteran, The Best Years of Our Lives was relatable to me...I think it's a timeless story of veterans readjusting to life
    after war as ordinary civilians...but maybe a little long.

    Trying to find work, post-traumatic stress...relationships that have been stressed due to their absence in war...the disabled veteran, the family man...

    it's very relatable to right here and right now...with our veterans from the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan facing the same issues today...readjusting to civilian life
    away from war.

    It may not be everyone's cup of tea, and may seem very dated for anyone under 35, used to CGI and lots of action.
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