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I watched Deliverance for the first time. Note for other folks who haven't seen it before: it's probably not a good movie for first thing in the morning.
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I watched Deliverance for the first time. Note for other folks who haven't seen it before: it's probably not a good movie for first thing in the morning.
Haha. I rarely watch something first thing in the morning unless it's a rewatch. Way too zoned out.
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I watched As Good as It Gets. A very enjoyable film and the best I've ever seen from Helen Hunt, who was fantastic and well deserving of her Best Actress win. Jack Nicholson also once again proved why he is one of the greatest actors of all time.
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I've *never* seen Deliverance. I was a barely too young when it came out and a theater showing it was further away than any of us wanted to go to and attempt to gain entry. Since that initial release the opportunity to see it has never presented itself and as it's not of a genre/type that I'll typically purchase I've never had it on the radar for that - in spite of its significance to film history. But... Dueling Banjos is etched into my brain. It got seemingly constant air-play back then.

I started my day with Cleopatra (1963) - the one that almost bankrupted Fox. Another film I've not seen in decades. I was torn between this and Around the World in 80 Days (1956), another I've not seen in quite a long time. I'll watch that one later today or tomorrow. Seeing Cleopatra again makes me wish the "lost" footage would be found and get restored to create that 6 hour epic Mankiewicz originally shot for.

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Just watched Annie Hall for the very 1st time. So that was the movie that beat out Star Wars huh? I really think Woody Allen should go revisit this movie and change it so that Alvie breaks up 1st
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Just watched Annie Hall for the very 1st time. So that was the movie that beat out Star Wars huh? I really think Woody Allen should go revisit this movie and change it so that Alvie breaks up 1st
Okay, you just made my day!

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Yesterday, I finally found an old friend on Facebook and reconnected with her. We saw Batman Forever together when it came out in 1995. She told me yesterday morning that she had been cleaning out her old car last week and found the BF soundtrack on CD and it made her think of me, so it was perfectly serendipitous that we should reunite via Facebook after all these years. In tribute to that friendship, I just re-watched Batman Forever on Blu-ray. It's still a fun Bat-movie for me and I get irked when I hear people downgrade it retroactively. In 1995, it was quite popular and well liked, and it wasn't until Batman & Robin that Joel Schumacher became persona non grata among Batfans.

I readily admit it's a fairly vacuous movie, lacking in any real depth and there are absurdities aplenty but it's fun. I don't think Val Kilmer gets enough credit for playing a thoughtful, well-rounded Bruce Wayne. I also feel it's a nice reminder of the elasticity of Batman that this kind of movie works just as easily as the Burton or Nolan successes.

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Re: The 6th Annual Academy Award Challenge (1/26 - 2/26)

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So it looks like James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey are receiving this year's Governor's Awards. Am I correct in assuming that any films that their work appeared in would be eligible for the challenge, regardless of whether they received nominations?
Sorry to post this again, but it doesn't look like anyone responded. I know in previous years, this has been allowed, but I didn't see any mention in this year's thread.

Any thoughts? I'm thinking about watching Conan the Barbarian with James Earl Jones and wanted to make sure I could include it on my list.
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...It's still a fun Bat-movie for me and I get irked when I hear people downgrade it retroactively. In 1995, it was quite popular and well liked, and it wasn't until Batman & Robin that Joel Schumacher became persona non grata among Batfans...
I pretty much agree with you on this. While not a *great* Bat film, missing terribly the presence of Burton directing and Keaton as Batman (when the role of Batman was announced for the first film I *never* thought I'd say that), it's very servicable. I've never liked the *name* of the film. It just doesn't sound like something you would use for a Bat film. Maybe that has something to do with the ire BF raises. I also wonder if people confuse BF with Batman & Robin as the title makes it sound like B&R was Robin's first appearance rather than BF. The titles *do* seem to be somewhat more fitted by switching films.

I remember watching BF in the theater and being the *only* one who laughed at the "Holey rusted metal" line from Robin. That one still makes me smile. Another good line was when Alfred tells Bruce Wayne that the "young master" has run off with the car. "The Jaguar?" asks Wayne. "No, sir. The *other* car." replies Alfred. I also feel Jim Carey as The Riddler is perfect casting. He's *almost* as good a Riddler as was Frank Gorshen.
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I pretty much agree with you on this. While not a *great* Bat film, missing terribly the presence of Burton directing and Keaton as Batman (when the role of Batman was announced for the first film I *never* thought I'd say that), it's very servicable. I've never liked the *name* of the film. It just doesn't sound like something you would use for a Bat film. Maybe that has something to do with the ire BF raises. I also wonder if people confuse BF with Batman & Robin as the title makes it sound like B&R was Robin's first appearance rather than BF. The titles *do* seem to be somewhat more fitted by switching films.

I remember watching BF in the theater and being the *only* one who laughed at the "Holey rusted metal" line from Robin. That one still makes me smile. Another good line was when Alfred tells Bruce Wayne that the "young master" has run off with the car. "The Jaguar?" asks Wayne. "No, sir. The *other* car." replies Alfred. I also feel Jim Carey as The Riddler is perfect casting. He's *almost* as good a Riddler as was Frank Gorshen.
I also enjoyed BF and thought Jim Carrey was a very good Riddler. I saw BF forever in the theater and still remember the Holey Rusted Metal line.
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Didn't care too much for Batman & Robin, but the first three of that series were all good IMO. Batman Returns is probably my favorite and Danny DeVito doesn't get the credit he should for his portrayal of Penguin.
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Put me down as another fan of BATMAN FOREVER. (I saw it on the big screen.) It's got this surreal, delirious fantasy quality that I found easy to get immersed in. I remember thinking at the time, "This is what a comic book movie should look like."
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I enjoyed Discovering Linda Darnell last night when I watched a Letter to three wives featured in the 4-disk 20th century fox 4-disk set. I found her to be a very memorable actress . Sad that she died so young as I discovered i n the Biography of hers included on the disk. There are 3 other movies in the set (Peyton Place, An Affair to Remember and Leave her to HEaven)I have never seen before and they all qualify for this challenge and they are all packed with features. I look forward to watching the other titles this week.
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Checked out The Godfather: Part 2 today. Definitely a long one, but enjoyed it a little more than the original (both are good).
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Really enjoyed the inclusion of Robert Di Nero and the back story of Vito Corleone.
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I've *never* seen Deliverance. I was a barely too young when it came out and a theater showing it was further away than any of us wanted to go to and attempt to gain entry. Since that initial release the opportunity to see it has never presented itself and as it's not of a genre/type that I'll typically purchase I've never had it on the radar for that - in spite of its significance to film history. But... Dueling Banjos is etched into my brain. It got seemingly constant air-play back then.

I started my day with Cleopatra (1963) - the one that almost bankrupted Fox. Another film I've not seen in decades. I was torn between this and Around the World in 80 Days (1956), another I've not seen in quite a long time. I'll watch that one later today or tomorrow. Seeing Cleopatra again makes me wish the "lost" footage would be found and get restored to create that 6 hour epic Mankiewicz originally shot for.
are you watching Cleopatra on DVD or bluray the latter's hidef 65mm transfer is astounding!
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I watched Around the World in 80 Days (1956) yesterday. Another one where it's been decades since I'd seen it. While I've always liked the film I feel it's overly long - by at least an hour. Many parts could be edited down or cut and not truly affect the outcome. That very extended bull fight scene is a prime example. It's OK, but goes on way too long. You could say the same for many of the scenes that come off more like travelogue than scenes from a major motion picture. Since it won "Best Picture" I looked up the rest of the nominees for that year. I'm amazed it won being against Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, and The Ten Commandments as I feel this is the lesser of those titles.
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are you watching Cleopatra on DVD or bluray the latter's hidef 65mm transfer is astounding!
DVD - 2 disk "Award Series" version. It's *still* a excellent transfer.
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DVD - 2 disk "Award Series" version. It's *still* a excellent transfer.
the bluray looks like the movie was shot last week.
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I enjoyed Discovering Linda Darnell last night when I watched a Letter to three wives featured in the 4-disk 20th century fox 4-disk set. I found her to be a very memorable actress . Sad that she died so young as I discovered i n the Biography of hers included on the disk. There are 3 other movies in the set (Peyton Place, An Affair to Remember and Leave her to HEaven)I have never seen before and they all qualify for this challenge and they are all packed with features. I look forward to watching the other titles this week.
Linda Darnell was quite something. She's hot stuff in FALLEN ANGEL (1945) and FOREVER AMBER (1947). She's especially good in NO WAY OUT (1950), a racial drama directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Richard Widmark as an angry bigot and Sidney Poitier in his film debut as a doctor treating Widmark's brother. Darnell played the embittered wife of the wounded man. When the wounded white man dies under Poitier's care, a race riot ensues. Also, check out ZERO HOUR! (1957), the inspiration for the Zucker Bros.' AIRPLANE! (1980). Darnell plays the estranged wife of Ted Stryker (Dana Andrews), the ex-pilot forced to take over in the cockpit after the two pilots are stricken by food poisoning. Darnell's counterpart in AIRPLANE! was Julie Hagerty's character.

In that box set you've got, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN is quite a choice film--a Technicolor noir with Gene Tierney at her loveliest--and most psychotic! And PEYTON PLACE is one of my favorite Hollywood melodramas. I watched it for last year's Oscar Challenge and thought it held up very well.
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In that box set you've got, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN is quite a choice film--a Technicolor noir with Gene Tierney at her loveliest--and most psychotic! And PEYTON PLACE is one of my favorite Hollywood melodramas. I watched it for last year's Oscar Challenge and thought it held up very well.
I watched Leave Her to Heaven early in this challenge. You have to love Gene Tierney when she's bad! I thought the film was spectacular, and the Technicolor was so beautiful. Right after Christmas, I switched from an LCD to a plasma television, and the colors are so beautiful. Peyton Place is one of my favorite Lana Turner films - along with Imitation of Love and Madame X. Gosh, that is an excellent set!!!
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I watched Around the World in 80 Days (1956) yesterday. Another one where it's been decades since I'd seen it. While I've always liked the film I feel it's overly long - by at least an hour. Many parts could be edited down or cut and not truly affect the outcome. That very extended bull fight scene is a prime example. It's OK, but goes on way too long. You could say the same for many of the scenes that come off more like travelogue than scenes from a major motion picture. Since it won "Best Picture" I looked up the rest of the nominees for that year. I'm amazed it won being against Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, and The Ten Commandments as I feel this is the lesser of those titles.
If you had asked me before 1996 which were the worst Best Picture winners ever, I would have said THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952) and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956). GREATEST SHOW is just mind-numbingly awful, but AROUND THE WORLD is, at least, moderately entertaining in an all-star big Hollywood everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of way. But it's really just fluff. It may have been the first all-star film of its kind, long before THE LONGEST DAY, HOW THE WEST WAS WON and IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (which it kind of resembles). So, at the time, it was a big deal. And Edward R. Murrow introduced it in a prologue that ran with theatrical prints in its initial release, giving it a prestige wrapping that the content didn't justify. (I believe I've seen the prologue but I can't remember where.)

In any event, compared to some of the Best Picture winners in the last 15 years, AROUND THE WORLD is a masterpiece.

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Watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid last night. Perhaps it was just late and I was tired, but can't say I was much of a fan. It wasn't terrible by any means, but nothing stuck or really got me too intrigued about the story and characters. Maybe I'm just spoiled by modern-day action sequences and have a different taste humor. Cinematography was good, still.
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Watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid last night. Perhaps it was just late and I was tired, but can't say I was much of a fan. It wasn't terrible by any means, but nothing stuck or really got me too intrigued about the story and characters. Maybe I'm just spoiled by modern-day action sequences and have a different taste humor. Cinematography was good, still.
You need to see THE WILD BUNCH. They both came out in the same summer. I preferred BUNCH back then and it's held up every time I've seen it since. BUTCH? Cute and amusing at times, but no classic.
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Sorry to post this again, but it doesn't look like anyone responded. I know in previous years, this has been allowed, but I didn't see any mention in this year's thread.

Any thoughts? I'm thinking about watching Conan the Barbarian with James Earl Jones and wanted to make sure I could include it on my list.
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