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But, then, there's The Hobbit. It should take 6 hours to adapt. But the first movie out of announced three is well over the two hours it should be, so it is actually padded. This is historic. Nobody, ever, that I know of in the whole world history of film, has ever done this - spent more film time than it would take to fully adapt the novel. And
Oh, and for 2012 movies, I thought that Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer, was absolutely hilarious. One of the best comedies I've seen in years. - Brock
A Western I'd offer up as a great compact powerful picture is The Naked Spur, but there aren't many like it.
you have supressed your memories of the "Oklahoma kid" because in the first 10 minutes of the film Cagney is in a saloon, belting out a song .
"Mrs. Robinson" is used very sparingly, a great decision.
Before movie stars were paid like baseball players, they clocked in--they didn't wait around for the perfect role, or a tailor-made role. I remember what Robert Mitchum once said to an interviewer who wondered why a great actor like him sometimes was in a shitty movie. He said, hey, if I get a great role, I try to do it justice. If I don't, I go to work, it's my job.
In an article about the late Charles Durning - who became a total workhorse for the last 50 years, after what was already an eventful young life - he said pretty much the same thing: the secret to his success was, "I never turned down a part, and I never argued with a director or a producer."
The only survivor from his Army unit at Omaha Beach, and THEN he got hurt in the Battle of the Bulge. It's too much ####### perspective.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Prometheus (bring it!)
Last year's announcement that the Academy would switch to an online system for Oscar voting was met with skepticism from those who feared the Academy's predominately elderly membership might have difficulty making the transition, unless that new system was just an email forward of inspirational anecdotes. Unfortunately, it wasn't and therefore it's all one big "disaster," to quote one anonymous member, with multiple accounts of difficulties that could lead to the lowest voter turnout in years. Hoping to combat that, the Academy has now extended the voting deadline from January 3 to January 4, giving its members an extra 24 hours to call their children and get angry with them as they try patiently to explain the Internet.
The first Batman was just so damned serious. I thought Iron Man disabused us of the notion that superhero movies had to be grim and studly throughout, and the character of Banner builds a fallability into Hulk that leavens the affair. Batman missed out on all of that.
Batman Begins came out three years before the first Iron Man movie, which would explain why it missed out on what Iron Man paved the way for.
Does anyone else find the central relationships in The Graduate kind of creepy - banging your girlfriend and her mother. I understand having broad sexual tastes in age range, but a mother-daughter pair is kind of weird to me.
Veronica Lake, in her prime, was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I don't know that I particularly want to see her past her prime.
Funny, but I can tolerate or even like movies like They Live By Night (the 1949 Farley Granger movie), or Rebel Without a Cause, because even though both of them kind of glorify the Misunderstood Outsider, I never thought that films like that were pandering to me, since they both came out well before the time of my high school or college years.
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