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Subject: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/21/10 at 12:35 pm


Same concept as the TV thread but with movies  ;D


Here's the thing... there are some movies I have not seen because I'm not interested or because the hype is sooooo big I fear they won't live up. 

I'm not talking crazy independent films no one ever heard of here... I'm talking big films almost everyone has seen that  you haven't.


I'm not too ashamed to go first.



Sound of Music I can sing two or three of the songs. Have seen  a few clips of the film but I have never sat down to watch Sound of Music because I never really wanted to....



Lord of the Rings I, II, III  I got excited when I saw the trailers but then the hype was soooo big I just feared it wouldn't live up. I get crap for this all the time but I don't care.  :P



I know there are more but I can't think of them... I'll get back to you...



oh yeah... I only saw the first half of Gone with the Wind  I got bored and turned it off.




Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: loki 13 on 11/21/10 at 2:15 pm

The three movies you've mentioned I haven't seen either, nor do I want to. Others are:

The Godfather movies
The French Connection
The Star Wars movies after the third one (The real third one not the renumbered ones, Return Of The Jedi, I think.)
Citizen Kane
The Bourne movies


Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CatwomanofV on 11/21/10 at 2:43 pm


The three movies you've mentioned I haven't seen either, nor do I want to. Others are:

The Godfather movies
The French Connection
The Star Wars movies after the third one (The real third one not the renumbered ones, Return Of The Jedi, I think.)
Citizen Kane
The Bourne movies






Citizen Kane is on our Netflix queue because I have yet to see that movie, too.

I also haven't seen any of the Bourne movies, either.


I will add to this list later.


Cat

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: gibbo on 11/21/10 at 4:55 pm

Citizen Kane comes to mind as the one big movie that keeps topping 'Greatest Films Ever' lists ...but  I have never seen it.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 1:04 am


The three movies you've mentioned I haven't seen either, nor do I want to. Others are:

The Godfather movies
The French Connection
The Star Wars movies after the third one (The real third one not the renumbered ones, Return Of The Jedi, I think.)
Citizen Kane
The Bourne movies





I've seen the Godfather movies... not sure what the hypes all about. I wasn't that impressed... but I was 15 or so. I've been toying with the idea of giving the original another go... don't know if I will. 

Of the new star wars movies the 2nd one was the worst (in my opinion)  I wanted to gouge my eyes out of their sockets just to make it stop!!! I kinda enjoyed the 3rd one... the second third one....where anikin becomes vader....  I remember being real excited for Phantom Menace but realizing that it'd been so long since I'd seen the original three I had no clue what I was watching.  Eventually I got the three on DVD and tried to watch 4, 5 & 6 and fell asleep because I was thoroughly bored.... there's 6 movies I will probably never watch again.



I haven't seen the last Bourne movie but I own so I'll watch it eventually... I want to do a triple feature but can't seem to find the time.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 1:10 am



Citizen Kane is on our Netflix queue because I have yet to see that movie, too.

I also haven't seen any of the Bourne movies, either.


I will add to this list later.


Cat



Citizen Kane comes to mind as the one big movie that keeps topping 'Greatest Films Ever' lists ...but  I have never seen it.




One of the first film classes I ever took  was a film analysis class.  The first movie they showed was Citizen Kane.... I remember seeing an episode of the Dick Van Dyke show (or something) where they gave away the "ending" of the film.... the whole time I'm watching this looooonnnnnggggg film I keep saying  "Blank is a blank"  "Blank is a blank"  come on.... get to the end already  blank is a blank.    finally they get to the end (its only 2hrs long but felt longer) 

then we took a 15 minute break.  when we got back to the class the prof said-  in film analysis we watch a film twice so we can pick up the details we might have missed in the first viewing... I'll be damned if the lights didn't go out and she showed the movie again  ::) 


Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 1:12 am



oh I've never seen Phantom of the Opera  nor the Hunchback of Notre Dame....well I saw Disney's version of Hunchback but I don't think that counts  ;D

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Frank on 11/22/10 at 1:14 am

Any Lord of the rings
Any Harry Potter
Avatar
The star wars movies after the third one

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 1:14 am


Any Lord of the rings
Any Harry Potter
Avatar
The star wars movies after the third one


oh yeah... I totally skipped Avatar....on purpose!


Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: whistledog on 11/22/10 at 8:57 am

Everyone always tells me I should see 'The Usual Suspects', but I never have the urge to want to.  I am not a big fan of crime movies of that type.  I've never seen any of the Godfather films, or any of the Scorsese films with DeNiro.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 9:00 am


Everyone always tells me I should see 'The Usual Suspects', but I never have the urge to want to.  I am not a big fan of crime movies of that type.  I've never seen any of the Godfather films, or any of the Scorsese films with DeNiro.


Usual Suspects was actually a pretty good movie...  

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CatwomanofV on 11/22/10 at 2:08 pm


Any Lord of the rings
Any Harry Potter
Avatar
The star wars movies after the third one



I haven't seen Avatar, either. But I do recommend Harry Potter (but only AFTER you read the books.)



Cat

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 11/22/10 at 5:16 pm

My brother keeps telling me I need to see A History Of Violence with Viggo Mortensen.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/22/10 at 5:21 pm


My brother keeps telling me I need to see A History Of Violence with Viggo Mortensen.


I was going to say don't do it. Then I thought meh. You might like it.  ;D

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Ashkicksass on 11/23/10 at 10:41 pm

Star Wars (any)
Scar Face
LOTR (I actually tried to watch some of those...but I just couldn't do it.)
Godfather

And I HAVE seen Citizen Kane and it SUCKS!

There.  I said it.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: DJ Blaze on 11/25/10 at 7:40 pm

Despicable Me.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/25/10 at 9:05 pm


Despicable Me.


I haven't seen it either.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: loki 13 on 11/27/10 at 7:35 pm

I swore that I wouldn't watch Avatar but when I came home the kids had it on so I saw most of it.
I don't know what the hype was about, to me it was a futuristic Dances With Wolves. Also, the plot
has been played out; outsider falls in love, turns on his own for the benefit of his beloved.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/28/10 at 12:25 pm

Somewhere on the Internet is a script from disneys pocahantas or something and it shows how avatar is just a reworking of it.
;D


I also haven't seen Spartacus. 300. The China Syndrome. Or Chinatown.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Foo Bar on 11/28/10 at 9:13 pm


Somewhere on the Internet is a script from disneys pocahantas or something and it shows how avatar is just a reworking of it.


http://thenextweb.com/shareables/files/2010/01/16103_full.jpg

January 4, 2010: Avatar = Pocahontas In Space!

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/28/10 at 9:15 pm


;D. ^ that's the image I was talking about!!! Karma. O0

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/29/10 at 5:33 am

This is Spinal Tap.  I just never got around to watching it.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/29/10 at 9:23 am


This is Spinal Tap.  I just never got around to watching it.

I tried. I turned it off. I think it's for a specific type and I ain't it.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/29/10 at 12:48 pm


This is Spinal Tap.  I just never got around to watching it.
Over the years I have never seen it and colleagues have told me it is my kind of movie.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: KKay on 11/29/10 at 1:08 pm

Everyone hates me for not going to see Pixar films and Disney cartoons.  I like drama, and I like human actors. 

I do not NEED to see Toy Story 3, or Cloudy/Meatballs or any of that stuff.  People get so angry!  "you HAVE to see it!"

I really don't.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Davester on 11/29/10 at 3:42 pm


Everyone hates me for not going to see Pixar films and Disney cartoons.  I like drama, and I like human actors.  

I do not NEED to see Toy Story 3, or Cloudy/Meatballs or any of that stuff.  People get so angry!  "you HAVE to see it!"

I really don't.


  Yep..!

  So, in essence, you don't like what 90% of the moviegoing public of this country likes?!  You should  be ashamed of yourself... ;)

  The adage "if it's popular, it probably sucks" has served me well...

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 11/29/10 at 4:23 pm

Whatever. Toy story 1 was awesome. I don't remember 2 but I want to see 3 so I'm gonna triple feature it soon. One was written by the genius that is Joss Whedon!!!

Cars and Happy feet were cool.
I could've done without Wall-e.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CeeKay on 11/29/10 at 9:55 pm

Everyone hates me for not going to see Pixar films and Disney cartoons.  I like drama, and I like human actors.

I'm with my sis on this one.

And I've never seen Gone with the Wind or Titanic.  Oh well....

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/10 at 1:17 am


I'm with my sis on this one.

And I've never seen Gone with the Wind or Titanic.  Oh well....
I have never seen the last five minutes of Titanic.....

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: KKay on 11/30/10 at 7:07 am


Whatever. Toy story 1 was awesome. I don't remember 2 but I want to see 3 so I'm gonna triple feature it soon. One was written by the genius that is Joss Whedon!!!

Cars and Happy feet were cool.
I could've done without Wall-e.


Thanks for validating my feelings. :-)!  Does Disney make violent black and white cartoons in french?  I might like that.  :)
CeeKay- Titanic sucked.  so did Avatar. 

Pirhana was an awful movie with amazing 3d.  Much better 3d than Avatar!

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: zcrito on 11/30/10 at 6:25 pm


Everyone hates me for not going to see Pixar films and Disney cartoons.  I like drama, and I like human actors. 

I do not NEED to see Toy Story 3, or Cloudy/Meatballs or any of that stuff.  People get so angry!  "you HAVE to see it!"

I really don't.


Really?
I think some of the best movies of the last 20 years have been from Disney and Pixar -- Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Wall-E. I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet.
Great animation and some clever and funny characters and stories.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: KKay on 11/30/10 at 9:05 pm


Really?
I think some of the best movies of the last 20 years have been from Disney and Pixar -- Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Wall-E. I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet.
Great animation and some clever and funny characters and stories.


T
the last time I tried was Incredibles.  My friend convinced me to come over and watch, it's great.  Not a smile. Not a laugh.  I feel like it's for kids, not for me. BOOORing.  I need a bit more than family fun, I'm afraid.  I saw Wall E.  Still, I'm not interested in animation so I don't care how good it is.  It's just not my thing.
Great, for those who love it.  I don't. 

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/01/10 at 1:45 am


T
the last time I tried was Incredibles.  My friend convinced me to come over and watch, it's great.  Not a smile. Not a laugh.  I feel like it's for kids, not for me. BOOORing.  I need a bit more than family fun, I'm afraid.  I saw Wall E.  Still, I'm not interested in animation so I don't care how good it is.  It's just not my thing.
Great, for those who love it.  I don't. 
I fell asleep during The Incredibles.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 12/01/10 at 4:40 am

Never saw the third movie of neither "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings".

Never saw any of the other "Saw" movies after I think the second one... maybe the third one, who can keep track?

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/01/10 at 10:31 am


Never saw the third movie of neither "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings".

Never saw any of the other "Saw" movies after I think the second one... maybe the third one, who can keep track?


I saw the first Matrix movie and felt it sucked so bad I never wanted to see another one.

I watched the first three saw movies then stopped. I'll catch them on cable eventually but really after awhile it's all the same movie.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/01/10 at 12:36 pm


Never saw the third movie of neither "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings".
For "Lord of the Rings" I was told that The Hobbit has to be read first then followed by "Lord of the Rings", and don't watch the films.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CeeKay on 12/01/10 at 9:54 pm

I saw the first Matrix movie and felt it sucked so bad I never wanted to see another one.

The first time I watched The Matrix, I didn't even finish it -- it made no sense to me.  Then I watched it a year or so later, and I kind of got it.  Due to my kids being fans, I watched it yet again -- and the third time won me -- I've probably seen it ten times now.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: KKay on 12/01/10 at 9:56 pm


The first time I watched The Matrix, I didn't even finish it -- it made no sense to me.  Then I watched it a year or so later, and I kind of got it.  Due to my kids being fans, I watched it yet again -- and the third time won me -- I've probably seen it ten times now.


I like most of the first one.  there didn't need to be more. 

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CeeKay on 12/01/10 at 10:10 pm

I like most of the first one.  there didn't need to be more. 

Completely agree.  Karma.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Foo Bar on 12/03/10 at 9:28 pm


I like most of the first one.  there didn't need to be more. 


There was only one.  Unless you count The Matrix: Revisited (comic strip, one naughty word.)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 12/04/10 at 7:54 am


There was only one.  Unless you count The Matrix: Revisited (comic strip, one naughty word.)


I thought there was 3 Matrix movies.  :-\\  I don't know the exact names.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Henk on 12/04/10 at 8:21 am


I thought there was 3 Matrix movies.   :-\\  I don't know the exact names.


There are. The Matrix, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. I have them on DVD, but...I never got round to watching part 2 & 3.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/10 at 9:09 am


There are. The Matrix, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. I have them on DVD, but...I never got round to watching part 2 & 3.
I only saw The Matrix (the first one) in the cinema and that was it for me.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/04/10 at 12:02 pm


I thought there was 3 Matrix movies.   :-\\  I don't know the exact names.

I dont usually speak foo bar but think he's trying to say there's only one Matrix movie that counted.  ;D

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Foo Bar on 12/05/10 at 7:51 pm


I dont usually speak foo bar but think he's trying to say there's only one Matrix movie that counted.  ;D


Exactly like Highlander :)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 12/06/10 at 1:23 pm


I dont usually speak foo bar but think he's trying to say there's only one Matrix movie that counted.  ;D


Ahhh... thanks.  Sometimes (often) things go right over my head. 

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Tam on 12/14/10 at 8:36 pm


Usual Suspects was actually a pretty good movie...  


Agreed.

Kevin Spacey was Brilliant in it! 8)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Tam on 12/14/10 at 8:37 pm


Despicable Me.


This is one of the cutest Disney movies I have seen and enjoyed since Cars.
It is actually a great feel good movie!

And of course I have to love the littlest girl... "It's so FLUFFY!!!!!!!!!!!" hahah

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Tam on 12/14/10 at 8:39 pm


I swore that I wouldn't watch Avatar but when I came home the kids had it on so I saw most of it.
I don't know what the hype was about, to me it was a futuristic Dances With Wolves. Also, the plot
has been played out; outsider falls in love, turns on his own for the benefit of his beloved.



Avatar:

I really liked this movie.
I know it is same story, different images, but there is something about seeing it on Blu-ray that just did it for me.

But it is definitely not something I would recommend. A person has to like this stuff in order to watch it. ;)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: whistledog on 12/14/10 at 9:32 pm

^ Avatar, aka Dances With Smurfs.

People tell me I should see it, but it doesn't really interest me

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Tam on 12/14/10 at 9:48 pm


^ Avatar, aka Dances With Smurfs.

People tell me I should see it, but it doesn't really interest me


Here's the thing of it for me Jas:

I wanted to see it solely because it was a James Cameron film.
Secondly, because of the colors.

I actually had no idea there was a love story in it until I watched it. After realizing that - I will watch it because of the love story. ;)

If you aren't into 'social agendas' and romances... don't watch it. ;)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: gibbo on 12/14/10 at 10:07 pm

Avatar was better than I expected. More of a 3D visual experience...it was interesting ...but I don't need to see it again!

Some of the ladies at work reckon I should see the Twilight movies. Hell will probably freeze over first!  :P

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: lorac61469 on 12/14/10 at 10:12 pm

Never watched...

Gone with the Wind (only bits and pieces)
Lord of the Rings (none of them)
The Dark Knight
The Deer Hunter (only saw a bit, seemed very depressing)
Scarface
Citizen Kane
Star Wars (new ones)
Twilight

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: lorac61469 on 12/14/10 at 10:16 pm

I forgot...

I saw the first Harry Potter and that was it.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/15/10 at 9:17 am

Carol of your list I would say the only movie you should see is the dark knight. It was Heath ledgers greatest performance.

I forgot...

I saw the first Harry Potter and that was it.



Oh you must see the others ( but judge them separately from the books.)


:)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: lorac61469 on 12/15/10 at 9:45 am


Carol of your list I would say the only movie you should see is the dark knight. It was Heath ledgers greatest performance.

Oh you must see the others ( but judge them separately from the books.)


:)


I might give it a try, my husband watched it and I just couldn't sit through it.  :-\\

I'm a big reader but I have never read the Harry Potter books.  Maybe I'll go to the library.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/15/10 at 2:20 pm


Any Lord of the rings
Any Harry Potter
Avatar
The star wars movies after the third one


Same here.  You mean Star Wars Episodes IV-VI ("Star Wars," "Empire," "Jedi")  The only one of the prequels you should bother seeing is Episode III "Revenge of the Sith." 

I saw the first LOTR in the theater.  Had a terrible time because the place was packed and the little girls sitting next to me would not shut up!  Where's an usher when you need one!  I've seen bits and pieces of the sequels. 

I'm ambivalent about LOTR movies.  I read LOTR when I was a kid and had them all read TO me.  While I think Peter Jackson's LOTR are the best anybody could do to maintain a semblance of integrity, they were still just movies.  They could not capture the mysticism and wisdom of Tolkein's writing.  It reminded me of watching Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth."  Fine cinema, but you can't replicate what the text has to offer!

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/15/10 at 8:48 pm


I might give it a try, my husband watched it and I just couldn't sit through it.  :-\\

I'm a big reader but I have never read the Harry Potter books.  Maybe I'll go to the library.


The books are way better than the movies so I say do it.  8)
Having said that I still love the movies.
:)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/16/10 at 7:42 pm

I'm usually the one trying to shove movies down my friends throat. It just kills me that my best friend has never seen a Cary Grant movie.  :o

How the hell can you pass up Dashing Cary? Or a good Jimmy Stuart movie? He made over 100, I've seen 40, pick one! And don't get me started on  Bette Davis.

And I think it should be a requirement to see Gone with the Wind before any one dies. IT won 10 Academy Awards and the first African American in history won, one--Hattie McDaniel! (Snoz, I bought an anniversay edition of the film and it comes in 2 halves. Watch one half and then the other half at a later time!  ;D )

There's too many classic films I'd like my friends to see and appreciate. All my friends are on an animae kick. I liked Sailoir Moon just as much as the next person--when I was 12.  :(

My friends think I should be into the show that the original Power Rangers were based on. I said I will, as soon as they watch the Jackass Trilogy with me.  ;)

Someone suggested the Harry Potter series to me. I almost did go see it when I heard Michael Jackson liked it. Then I spent my movie money on an MJ album. LMAO. I might see it, one day.  :)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/16/10 at 9:24 pm

A lot of people don't feel those Jimmy Stewart and Carey Grant movies have anything to say to them anymore.  I've always found if I look at the film objectively, I enjoy it regardless if the culture has passed it by.


Gone With The Wind, like its contemporary, The Wizard of Oz, is just a great movie.  To enjoy GWTW, you need to understand a little something of the American Civil War.  Some folks are plum ignorant about it nowadays!
>:(

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/16/10 at 10:11 pm



A lot of people don't feel those Jimmy Stewart and Carey Grant movies have anything to say to them anymore.  I've always found if I look at the film objectively, I enjoy it regardless if the culture has passed it by.


Gone With The Wind, like its contemporary, The Wizard of Oz, is just a great movie.  To enjoy GWTW, you need to understand a little something of the American Civil War.  Some folks are plum ignorant about it nowadays!
>:(


Hey Max. I think you're totally right. And I think people are right when they say I was born in the wrong era. I just admire that sort of filmography and story telling. Alot of it kind of has to be blamed on Michael Jackson. He was friends with a lot of these older film stars that he grew up watching, and alot of them, I looked at with curiosity, Like Katherine Hepburn, who I first watched in The Philideplhia Story where I saw Cary Grant for the first time--and Jimmy for the second. A lot of people I watched--Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Katherine, Elizabeth Taylor, and through those stars I found an affinity for others on my own like Mickey Rooney, Greer Garson, the list is endless. I watch at least one movie a day on Turner Classic Movies. And I clear it off for my favorites. I found Bette Davis in a peculioar way. I love Gone with the Wind, and Leslie Howard who played Ashley. I watched another of his films from 1934 called "OF Human Bondage" and Bette Davis played his skanky love interest. And I loved her. I know more about classic films than the average 24 year old, I'm proud to say. I've always been fascinated with the older films and the glamour. IT's fun to me to watch a film and for 90 minutes be transported to another time and place. Alot of the stars I liked were accidental. George Brent. I was watching a movie and he appeared on screen and I needed my inhaler. He was just so handsome.  ;D
I swoon over the old Hollywood stars. If someone can still swoon of Elvis 1968 comback special. I can swoon over the likes of Robert Taylor. And as far as Gone with the Wind goes I am not a Civial War buff in any way shape or form, but I do like the thriving love story that is set against the backdrop of the war.

I just wish more people in my age bracket understood things like that. For some of them, a Miley Cyrus pic is a cinematic triumph.  ::) Well just like I vowed that my child would know who MJ was, she'll know about the older stars too. Because they all paved the way for others.  :) And I appreciate that. If there was no Bojangles Robinson dancing with Shirley Temple, there'd have been no James Brown and his cape on stage, Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch or now, Drake doing what he calls singing.  >:( I have an appreciation for the past. And I wish more people did.

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/16/10 at 10:32 pm

I have a BA in film theory and a minor in black studies, so I'm far from ignorant  >:(
but I still don't have any desire to watch GWTW


Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/16/10 at 10:42 pm


I have a BA in film theory and a minor in black studies.
I still don't have any desire to watch GWTW





Alright. I respecit your opinion. But I really love the film. I even have the novel version that the filmn was based on.  :)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/18/10 at 9:48 am


Hey Max. I think you're totally right. And I think people are right when they say I was born in the wrong era. I just admire that sort of filmography and story telling. Alot of it kind of has to be blamed on Michael Jackson. He was friends with a lot of these older film stars that he grew up watching, and alot of them, I looked at with curiosity, Like Katherine Hepburn, who I first watched in The Philideplhia Story where I saw Cary Grant for the first time--and Jimmy for the second. A lot of people I watched--Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Katherine, Elizabeth Taylor, and through those stars I found an affinity for others on my own like Mickey Rooney, Greer Garson, the list is endless. I watch at least one movie a day on Turner Classic Movies. And I clear it off for my favorites. I found Bette Davis in a peculioar way. I love Gone with the Wind, and Leslie Howard who played Ashley. I watched another of his films from 1934 called "OF Human Bondage" and Bette Davis played his skanky love interest. And I loved her. I know more about classic films than the average 24 year old, I'm proud to say. I've always been fascinated with the older films and the glamour. IT's fun to me to watch a film and for 90 minutes be transported to another time and place. Alot of the stars I liked were accidental. George Brent. I was watching a movie and he appeared on screen and I needed my inhaler. He was just so handsome.  ;D
I swoon over the old Hollywood stars. If someone can still swoon of Elvis 1968 comback special. I can swoon over the likes of Robert Taylor. And as far as Gone with the Wind goes I am not a Civial War buff in any way shape or form, but I do like the thriving love story that is set against the backdrop of the war.

I just wish more people in my age bracket understood things like that. For some of them, a Miley Cyrus pic is a cinematic triumph.  ::) Well just like I vowed that my child would know who MJ was, she'll know about the older stars too. Because they all paved the way for others.  :) And I appreciate that. If there was no Bojangles Robinson dancing with Shirley Temple, there'd have been no James Brown and his cape on stage, Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch or now, Drake doing what he calls singing.  >:( I have an appreciation for the past. And I wish more people did.


YOU ARE RIGHT-ON! Karma!  You've probably seen more classic moves from the '30s -- '50s than I have!  I don't exactly "swoon" for men 'cos I don't swoon that way, but I'd swoon over Robert Taylor before Elvis -- at least the 1968 Elvis.  The 1956 Elvis is another story.  You've gone back and studied the history of media so you can see the genesis of what is popular today.  Knowing why you like what you like helps you like it even more!


I have a BA in film theory and a minor in black studies, so I'm far from ignorant  >:(
but I still don't have any desire to watch GWTW


On the one hand GWTW portrays the peri-bellum South in an unrealistic light -- especially slavery.  One has to remember, the movies in the 1930s, even more so than today, were escapist fantasy.  Furthermore, it was the Jim Crow era in which African Americans were treated almost as deplorably as they were under slavery.  America was in denial about the atrocities of both slavery and Jim Crow.  The studios would not release a major motion picture depicting anything but a glamorous Dixie with happy, grateful slaves.

The worst thing is GWTW gave Yankees born after Jim Crow a completely skewed vision of white privilege in the South.  The Wilkes and the O'Haras were SUPER RICH planters who represented 1% of the Southern white population at best.  Few Southern whites owned slaves and most who did owned between one and four.  You had to be rich to own even one.  Most Southern whites were dirt poor and not much better off than black slaves.

On the other hand, Scarlett O'Hara gets a dramatic comeuppance.  She and her kin are knocked out of their haughty social standing.  Scarlett has to pick cotton and live by her wits.  Won't say more because I don't want to spoil it.  GWTW is a movie you should definitely see.  If you can get past the inherent racism, you will enjoy it, and even more so on repeated viewings.
:)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/18/10 at 12:21 pm

I don't need a history lesson max. I know about the discrepancies in the film from the realities of the antebellum south. I've also seen many films with far more blatant and atrocious racism than GWTW.  I've also seen enough of GWTW to know it bores me and I have no desire to sit through it's 238 minute run time.  ::)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/20/10 at 11:26 am


On the one hand GWTW portrays the peri-bellum South in an unrealistic light -- especially slavery.  One has to remember, the movies in the 1930s, even more so than today, were escapist fantasy.  Furthermore, it was the Jim Crow era in which African Americans were treated almost as deplorably as they were under slavery.  America was in denial about the atrocities of both slavery and Jim Crow.  The studios would not release a major motion picture depicting anything but a glamorous Dixie with happy, grateful slaves.

The worst thing is GWTW gave Yankees born after Jim Crow a completely skewed vision of white privilege in the South.  The Wilkes and the O'Haras were SUPER RICH planters who represented 1% of the Southern white population at best.  Few Southern whites owned slaves and most who did owned between one and four.  You had to be rich to own even one.  Most Southern whites were dirt poor and not much better off than black slaves.

On the other hand, Scarlett O'Hara gets a dramatic comeuppance.  She and her kin are knocked out of their haughty social standing.  Scarlett has to pick cotton and live by her wits.  Won't say more because I don't want to spoil it.  GWTW is a movie you should definitely see.  If you can get past the inherent racism, you will enjoy it, and even more so on repeated viewings.
:)



You can't blame Hollywood for how GWTW had portrayed the South. You can thank Margret Mitchell. You have to understand that Margret Mitchell grew up in the South during the Jim Crow era and heard all the romanticized stories of the Civil War. I did read the book and was surprised how much Hollywood had kept to it-for the most part.

I do agree with you that if you can get past the racism, it really is a good epic love story.

BTW, Hattie McDaniel who played Mammy, was the first black to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. So, in that since, the movie did break one color barrier.



Cat

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/20/10 at 8:31 pm

@Max: Thanks for the compliment! I just like old things and the history of certain things. And I like old male movie stars. They were all so handsome. But in thier own way.

GWTW does have a softer view of slavery and the south, because David O. Selznick demanded it be that way. He eliminated all use of the "N" word and references to the Klan because he didn't want another version of "Birth of a Nation" on his hands. I have the novel GWTW not 5 feet from me now and I have read it and all that was left intact and you do get a different view of the South, as it and as bad as it was. Selznick really did cut alot of parts. He almost even cut the "Frankly my dear, I don't give a Damn" line too. Glad he didn't.  :)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/20/10 at 10:15 pm



You can't blame Hollywood for how GWTW had portrayed the South. You can thank Margret Mitchell.


Good point.  I never read the book.  I only saw the film.


@Max: Thanks for the compliment! I just like old things and the history of certain things. And I like old male movie stars. They were all so handsome. But in thier own way.



It's also manner.  They were suave and charming.  The old school actors and actresses were trained in theater.  As oppressive as the old Motion Picture Code was, it did command poise, dignity, and politeness at all times.  Motion pictures starting in the 1960s rejected these standards claiming they weren't realistic -- and it is true, they weren't.  But old school cinema fans find relief from the crassness of contemporary society in movies from the 1930s -- 1950s.  "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" was as crude as they were allowed to be in 1939, consequently, Clark Gable's famous line packed a lot more punch than it would today.  Nowadays, Rhett and Scarlett would be dropping F-bombs everywhere!
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Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: Tam on 12/20/10 at 10:51 pm


Avatar was better than I expected. More of a 3D visual experience...it was interesting ...but I don't need to see it again!

Some of the ladies at work reckon I should see the Twilight movies. Hell will probably freeze over first!  :P


The Twilight Saga - of course I recommend it, but I don't really recommend for guys...
Ah... that's because it is told completely from the female perspective, and most men find Edward to be a pansy - although technically he is from the 1700/1800's so he is chivalrous etc.

And of course, I always tell people to read the books first. ;)

Subject: Re: Any Movies you've never seen that people think you should???

Written By: snozberries on 12/21/10 at 12:58 pm




BTW, Hattie McDaniel who played Mammy, was the first black to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. So, in that since, the movie did break one color barrier.



Cat


Hattie's win cracked the race barrier  it didn't break it.

39 Hattie - best supporting actress
63 Sidney - best actor
90 Denzel - best supporting actor
91 Whoopi - best supporting actress
Denzel
97 Cuba - best supporting actor
02 Denzel - best actor
02 Halle - best actress
05 Morgan - best supporting actor
05 Jamie Foxx- best actor
07 Jennifer Hudson - best supporting actress
07 forest - best actor

Probably the saddest breakthrough in Oscar history was in 2006 when Three 6 Mafia won best song.


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