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Cam Bert

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  1. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    Slight spoiler warning: Double Indemnity has a slight less jarring but still not so great rear projection scene at the Hollywood Bowl.
  2. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    The rear projection is probably the worst thing in the movie. My original thought was they filmed it in LA and wanted to have a real theater in New Haven in the background.
  3. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    I'm not going to multi-quote you all on this but I think the thing that is brilliant about the film is that as pointed out we never see Eve or Margo act on stage but we do see them act. They both in different ways and and different times are acting with each other or others. As pointed out Eve is "acting" with her fake story and shy innocent persona. It's a fully crafted character and there are only a few rare moments before the climax that we see her as her true self and out of character. Meanwhile we have Margo, who is overall I think more genuine, but she has an image to maintain and to maintain that she acts a certain way. Think of the scene mentioned on the podcast in which nobody is looking she runs down the stairs, before and after that moment when she's with people she is acting. She's also playing the character of "Margo" instead of just being Margo. That's why I think it's a great twist to the film at the end of it Margo grows to the point that she doesn't need to act anymore and can just be Margo and is happier than she ever was. Meanwhile Eve is now stuck playing this character and she's not too happy and while getting accolades and awards she's unhappy at being stuck into this persona she crafted for herself.
  4. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    If I recall correctly in her origin story she tells in the beginning she does mention doing community theater, but then again we later find out that large elements of that story such as her husband and San Francisco were lies. So it's a bit of a tough call whether or not the acting bit is true or just another made up detail to help sell her story.
  5. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    Maybe...
  6. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    I'm curious, as someone who is more on the Eve side of things, not that there is anything wrong with that, at what point do you think Eve came up with her plan to be the new Margo? Was it before they met? After she started working for her and got to know her more?
  7. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    Two thoughts I had about that phone call. 1. After he says he'll be right over Karen gives him a look. Now it could be just "Why are you rushing off like that" but for a second I had the thought "Why does he know where she lives." I guess both readings would be accurate. 2. Her false claims about not feeling well. Again, maybe reading into the affair angle a bit much, but is it suppose to subtly imply she might be pregnant? I guess pregnancy would be more morning sickness not middle of the night, but her not feeling well doesn't seem to be that hasty of a reason to rush right over. Proudly just over thinking it all.
  8. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    Ah, that could be. I thought she was getting her hooks into him because of how Bill and Lloyd were fighting during the rehearsals. Bill, who knows about her attempt to come on to him and what she was doing to Margo, reluctantly accepts the directing position. His contempt can not be fully contained so he is extremely harsh with Eve during production, yet Lloyd was seemingly fighting for her choices. To me that was the sign that she was working her magic on him. Granted you could argue that he was just passionate about his play and trying to get it the best it could be and didn't want Bill's feelings for Eve to get in the way. That said the way he talked about what a spirit Eve brought to the part and comments to effect combined with Karen's observation that she'd never seen Bill and Lloyd fight so much before. This to me implied that he was somewhat bewitched. How far down that road I'm not sure, but he was on it for sure even if for a short while.
  9. Cam Bert

    Musical Mondays Week 45 Oliver & Company

    Do you guys think the only reason Oliver was not chosen over his brothers and sisters was because he's ginger?
  10. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

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    All About Eve

    YES! That's why I thought Eve's blackmail plan was a little half baked at first because I was sure that if Karen came clean to Margo about it all she would forgive her. Margo at that point seems to be the kind of person that would hold a grudge no matter the intention. But in the restaurant she does seem changed as a person, a little more open and forgiving as she's worked through her demons. I think this change in attitude combined with her deep love for Karen would make forgiveness a little easier on her part. I am more wondering why Karen would stick by her Lloyd after everything. I mean he put her through the ringer, and while it might be easy to chalk things up to "oh Eve was manipulating him" considering he was going to run away with her and they were having some sort of affair, Karen sticking by him and Margo and Bill sticking by him is more questionable to me. I guess if they can forgive Lloyd then Margo can forgive Karen.
  12. Cam Bert

    Musical Mondays Week 45 Oliver & Company

    True. By the time Dodge shows up the backgrounds get a little more consistent to the style.
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    Musical Mondays Week 45 Oliver & Company

    Also at first I did not realize that Dodger was Billy Joel and thought it was Michael J Fox trying to do his best New York accent for like the first 20 minutes or so.
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    Musical Mondays Week 45 Oliver & Company

    Personally I thought a the animation for the was inconsistent. The matte backgrounds at the start of the film were in such a different style as the animation it just looked odd to have them together. It got better as it went along and sequences like Rita's song everything was clicking together but there were just bits here and there were elements were at odds. Another scene when the butler was driving in the car there is a very harsh line between his face and the animated background behind it. Maybe I'm just being nitpicky considering that The Little Mermaid came next and this was at the same time as Roger Rabbit so I was expecting a bit more.
  15. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    I assumed Birdie was just an old actress from the vaudevillian days and when her career came to an end she ended up working for Margo who was already a star at that point. A sort of motherly bond between them formed and she stuck around all these years. I don't think she was there at the end because the awards show was probably for only people in the industry and as she was either backstage help or aide to Margo, didn't qualify for an invite.
  16. At least we now know who the real "star" is
  17. Cam Bert

    All About Eve

    I think that's another great thing about the writing. Eve is the villain but she's not the mustache twirling type. Rather she is so subtle that there are only hints of it throughout the movie that are only clear on reflection or second viewing. We, like Margo, are not to suspect her of any wrong doings or evilness right away but much like the characters we slowly learn this over the course of the film until it is too late. Take for example her looking at herself in Margo's dress for the play. At first it is an innocent act of a fan wishing to emulate her favourite star, but once we know the full story that moment has a slight darker overtone to it. To me the first major sign that she truly is "evil" or "bad" is when she comes on to Bill. Yes, stealing a lover away does happen but it is more her reaction to it. This is the first time in the movie something doesn't really go her way so what does she do? She goes into a fit of rage and tries to tear the wig apart and smashing things. That to me was a big "Whoa" moment. Then in the end when we're confronted with the truth about Eve is to me where the big separation comes in between "wanting to be successful" and just "villain" come in. We learn from her story that she is a liar, manipulator, and con person. She was a small town girl who worked in a beer factory. She wanted to be rich and somebody so she tried to get with the owner of the factory who was married. They had an affair and when the heat was on she stole $500 and fled to New York. To me that paints the picture of who she really is. She might want fame and success but that isn't really what drives her. If she was a mid-western girl who came out to New York and then does this all, I could see her more as just climbing the ladder by any means. However, from that story it is clear she just covets what others have. She wants to better her life by taking those that can give her the best life possible. In her town the owner of the brewery was her ticket, when that didn't work she ran away to New York where she saw Margo's play and thought "That's what I want."
  18. Cam Bert

    Episode 194 - Yes, Giorgio: LIVE!

    For those of you that are curious the drive from Boston to San Francisco is actually pretty straight forward. Leaving Boston on I-90 until outside of Chicago at which point you get on I-80 which will take you all the way to San Francisco the drive from city to city is 3,096 miles or 4,983 kilometers and would take an average driving time of 45 hours. Now Dr. Taylor is a doctor who does do surgeries so she is probably use to long periods without sleep. However, driving straight for 45 hours is pushing it. Let's assume she took two breaks from driving in that time. We are looking at almost exactly two and half days which is what Paul, Jason, and June said off hand. However, this raises the interesting point of if she did drive what happened to her car? From San Francisco she's constantly flying, driving and hot air ballooning with Pavarotti all over the place. Eventually when she does leave him they are no longer in San Francisco so she'd have no means of transportation to get back to Boston and if she flew back her car would still be in San Fran. Then again Pavarotti is so ridiculously rich that he could hire someone to drive the car back to Boston for it. Still it seems more likely she was being sarcastic.
  19. Cam Bert

    King Kong

    What would be really interesting but painstakingly hard to put together is a series of sequels dedicated to maybe just the top 10 films of different countries based on that country's AFI equivalent or critics circle chosen greatest films. Not only do you cover the classics of various countries but it is an interesting look into what each country values in their films and what films other nations overlook.
  20. Cam Bert

    King Kong

    Completely agree with those thoughts and feelings. As far as world cinema goes save that for their follow up open ended series "Unspool the The World" If we all dream hard enough maybe we can make it happen.
  21. Cam Bert

    King Kong

    Raymond Burr's character's name is Steve Martin.
  22. Cam Bert

    Episode 193.5 - Minisode 193.5

    That's the glory of the unedited version. You get his songs as a little breaks to process the movie as beautiful music fills your ears.
  23. Cam Bert

    King Kong

    So if you account for inflation a $20 show in 1933 would be the same as paying $387.68 today to see a show. And what exactly does that money get you? You see Kong on stage chained up and barely able to move while you have a movie director doing a lame one man show in front of it. Not to mention for two cents the next day you could see a picture of Kong and not have to listen to the Denham.
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    The General

    Every Frame a Painting is a great series. I think I heard he's working for Filmstruck now.
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