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the dreamtime
Favorite Movies:
Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Sunset Boulevard, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Blues Brothers, King Kong, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Hard Day's Night, The Searchers, The Quiet Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, Some Like It Hot, Singin' in the Rain, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Dracula, Blade Runner, Captain Blood, It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Duck Soup, Night of the Living Dead, Arsenic and Old Lace, Being There, The Exorcist, White Heat, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Silence of the Lambs, Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys), Catch-22, A Clockwork Orange, Mon Oncle, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, High Noon, Jaws, North by Northwest, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, M, I Want to Live!, Full Metal Jacket, Superman, The Thing, Wuthering Heights, Lord of the Flies, North to Alaska, Transylmania, The Fountainhead
Favorite Actors:
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Michael Curtiz, Billy Wilder, James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, Deborah Kerr, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Buster Keaton, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Carole Lombard, Robert Redford, James Cagney, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Anjelica Huston, Harrison Ford, Sigorney Weaver, Al Pacino, Gary Oldman, Charles Laughton, Jodie Foster, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Christian Bale, Kate Winslet, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Keanu Reeves, Alan Rickman, Bruce Lee, Emily Watson, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Will Smith, Jack Nicholson, Julie Andrews, Tom Cruise, Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Sean Connery, Clark Gable, Sissy Spacek, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Lemmon, Claude Rains, Woody Allen, Richard E. Grant, Alec Guinness, Rutger Hauer, Glenn Ford, Kevin Costner, Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, Shirley MacLaine, Danny Kaye, Jeff Bridges, Peter Sellers, William Powell, Peter Lorre, Fred MacMurray, Betty Hutton, Jacques Tati, Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Mary Steenburgen, Bruce Willis, Jean Simmons, Rachel Weisz, Christina Ricci, Ann-Margret, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Daryl Hannah, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey, Diane Keaton, Tim Robbins, Glynis Johns, Liv Tyler, Sean Young, Hugh Grant, Steve Martin, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Elizabeth Perkins, Demi Moore, Cliff Robertson, Paul Muni, Tatsuya Nakadai, Dwight Frye, Shelley Duvall, Barbara Harris, Eleanor Bron, Virginia Mayo, Esther Williams, Maureen McCormick, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Elsa Lanchester, George Stevens, Hedy Lamarr, Ernest Borgnine, Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Carole Landis, Toni Collette, Fisher Stevens, Carla Gugino, Anna Faris, Kim Novak, Blake Edwards, John Ford, Marion Cotillard, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Jones, Amy Adams, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Luc Besson, Cloris Leachman, Lisa Kudrow, Lauri Peters, Michelle Yeoh, John M. Stahl, Burt Lancaster, Mel Gibson, Lili Taylor, Miyoshi Umeki, Joan Greenwood, Gene Hackman, Tilda Swinton, Andrea Arnold, Emily Mortimer
And so Flixster is evicting the few who remain. Thanks to everyone. Much thanks. Many hours on this site ... Be seein' yall then, out there, out in the dark The dreamtime! Love to Brisbane especially, lest I forget. And to the desert

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The Unknown Marx Brothers
1 day ago via Movies on Android phone

Or: I Haven't Had Quite Enough Of The Smiles These Guys Regularly Deal Out. Although disguised as a documentary about the boys it's really no more than an opportunity to spend just a little more time in their presence. Does it seem as if they are together some wonderful and grandiose gift from some supernatural higher power that we are collectively unworthy of, or it that just me?

Lady of Burlesque
3 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Although Babs had her some little personal experience in the burlesque game, and though she gives it her "that's show business!" all here (there's one scene she dances onstage that'd play any modern day medium ya got) she cannot save this "backstage at the burlesque"/murder whodunit that suffers from a screenplay that, while quick with the witty one-liners, unfortunately plays fast and loose with the intended conclusion.

Dracula - Dead and Loving It
3 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Mel Brooks goes to the old Universal horror franchise and tries for another parody homage like Young Frankenstein, this time with the vampire branch of operations. Strangely though he only chooses unknown actresses for the female leads (except for an uncomfortable cameo by his wife lampooning the great Maria Ouspenkaya) which is a substantial break in the formula. So, while laff-out-loud funny in parts, in other places not so much = an uneven offering. The result is that Peter MacNicol as Renfield is the only one in the cast who seems to know he's in a Mel Brooks comedy. Harvey Korman does a good Brit accent but essentially has nothing to do the whole piece, has only one, count 'em, one joke. A tragic misfire, but not a total loss.

Outland (1981)
10 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Update the classic High Noon, say, set it in space, cast uber-charismatic Sean Connery as the lead, and lose all that time wasting moral implication stuff = well, two out of three ain't bad. Who knew that all that moral stuff was actually the heart of the piece, and not the action???
And w/o those important considerations, the piece just ain't got the legs.
It does have Sean Connery though.

The Hill
The Hill (1965)
11 days ago via Movies on Android phone

In a British military prison camp harsh measures are taken to "turn these men into soldiers". When is too much discipline too much?
Excellent performances, brisk direction, spare writing all combine to make this truly a potboiler of a work that you may have never heard of.
I first saw it at a drive-in, back when it was first released, 49 years ago. Holy smoke.