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  1. Susan*

    All About Eve

    My mom was a smoker and she used to watch old movies with me. She would always point out how cool the smoking looked and say that's why she started. I think it's Bette Davis in Now Voyager where the guy lights two cigarettes in his mouth then hands her one of them?
  2. Susan*

    All About Eve

    I was glad to hear Amy mention the terrific Thelma Ritter (who steals Rear Window in her few scenes). It's partly Ritter who makes me sure Paul is wrong about Ritter's character having once been like Betty Davis's character. Ritter was vaudeville, not a serious dramatic actress. Also Ritter shows Paul is wrong about Eve not being a total baddie. Ritter is the audience's stand in -- Ritter is the first one to know Eve is no good and we can trust Ritter on that. As for the rear projection, that's only part of the issue. I love the movie like crazy, but I saw it in a theater a year or so ago and I was distracted by being able to see the textures on the fabric of the clothes everyone was wearing. With black and white movies, clothing can take on a beautiful, unreal quality. But up close on the screen you can see that maybe it looks good but it's not a great fabric for real.
  3. Susan*

    Listener Rankings

    The recent string of really good movies is screwing with my list. I've already added Singing in the Rain and Double Indemnity to my list. My top five is a mess--I'm not even sure what my number 1 is at this point.
  4. Susan*

    All About Eve

    I've loved this movie forever and have seen it many times. Dated movies don't usually bother me, I just register that it's dated and move on--I love many really old movies. But this part of the movie, where Margo virtually disappears, I've always taken it as statement about what marriage does to women--even career minded one. It's like the articles that would have been in Ladies Home Journal or similar magazines of this era about actresses. It affirms that wife is the most worthy job to aspire to for any woman. So I've seen this movie at least a dozen times but sometimes I don't watch to the very end. :)
  5. Susan*

    King Kong

    I have to see King Kong again before I can rank it on my list. I've seen it on TV but never paid close attention. If you don't know what All About Eve is about, I question why you're listening to this podcast, but welcome anyhow.
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    I think you're right. And wikipedia says the voters were asked to pick only narrative films so no documentaries.
  7. Susan*

    Your Updated AFI List

    I've already added Double Indemnity to my list (second from the top so far). I'm going to try and re-watch King Kong before I add it.
  8. Susan*

    Your Updated AFI List

    I love Spotlight but don't you dare touch French Connection.
  9. Susan*

    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994 was a pretty strong year for films. I browsed through a list and was surprised at how many of the movies I saw in a theater that year. One of those movies was Forrest Gump, which I hated. I think I saw Pulp Fiction about five times -- for some reason, it become the movie we would see after work and after drinks before going home. (??) I remember how fresh Four Weddings seemed and Heavenly Creatures, and frankly Speed. As well as all the art house movies. And Quiz Show is the sort of movie that I adore, even though straight dramas are not my thing. Those Oscars were pretty disappointing, though I love Dianne Wiest for other reasons, so at least there was that. I think Hoop Dreams is the first movie I ever talked my much older brother into seeing in a theater -- he loved it and told all his friends. I recruited people to see that (long) movie like crazy-- people who would never see a documentary or a movie touching on real issues. I was a one-woman PR campaign. I'm still bitter about it not being nominated.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    yes, it's a favorite of mine as well. But then film noir is a favorite genre and I love Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson in many films.
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    By the way, the "making of" stories about Hollywood people doing boot-camp-type preparation always leave me cold. I immediately start rolling my eyes and I'm not sure why. Maybe in my (uneducated) gut I think it gives young Hollywood Bros an opportunity to say they got to be "real men" for a week or so and for me it just drives home how spoiled and disconnected they presumably are? Maybe I'm not convinced that movies are better because it's more "real" for actors? I do tend to like a lot of stage-y old B&W movies with sharp dialogue. I did read a lot of books about movies years ago -- mostly books about clashes of egos, or how things went really wrong on a movie set. Not macho stuff.
  12. Susan*

    Episode 162 - Scream (w/ Benjamin Lee)

    I've only seen a few true horror movies, but I really liked Scream. You don't need much exposure to catch the references. In some ways, I like Scream 2 better -- I thought some of the actors were more fun to watch and I enjoyed the sequel references.
  13. Susan*

    Upcoming Episodes

    I'm not going to watch Shawshank. It's one of the two movies on the list I haven't seen and I'm going to keep it that way. Maybe I'll pull one of the movies that was cut from the original list and put it in my rankings instead.
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    I didn't like Platoon when it was released and I really didn't like it when I watched it again last week. The voiceover made it nearly unwatchable for me. I can verify that the movie was a gigantic hit and that helped push a national conversation about Vietnam. I remember loads of TV shows about vets talking about their experiences, saying it was the first time they wanted to talk in public; whether they thought the movie was accurate or not, it made some people feel comfortable to talk in public. I wouldn't put it on the list but I can live with it being there because of that impact. I love Hannah and Her Sisters, but that was a decent year for movies all around. I don't like Oliver Stone movies, except that I love the first half of JFK--for cameos and overall style mostly. I didn't like Born on the Fourth of July. I think Coming Home is a much better movie for my money.
  15. Susan*

    Bonnie And Clyde

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love Faye Dunaway in this, and I absolutely love Gene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard. I was a kid way before there was internet. I used to go to the library and find these coffee-table-style books on true crime, that covered all the gangster stuff, kidnappings, bank robbers, etc. All the stuff that happened from the old west through the 1930s, especially gangs that ran around the midwest. So maybe I was primed for crime movies in general. But most of the movies are crap (and there were so many bad made-for-tv movies in the 1970s that tried to cover similar ground). I also love movies of the late 60s and early to mid 70s, movies that have their own sense of style and unexpected humor, movies that don't have happy endings, actors who chew up scenery . . . this ticks a lot of my boxes. There are some of my other favorite movies on the list but it might be a while before anything knocks this out of first place. I'm delighted that we hit a movie that I flat out love.