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He also made a film with Robert DeNiro about a rare disease...
--- Thanks for the info Blueemu. Yes I think that is the one, I've still got it around here somewhere on VHS. I'll have to find it and watch it again ( I have a dual purpose video-machine that plays DVDs and VHS tapes ).
There has been another loss in Hollywood. I just saw the news flash that Lauren Bacall has passed away at age 89. Of course she goes way gack to the old days in the film industry, when the Warner Brothers ran the studio that carried their name and LB Mayer was a big wheel at MGM.
Ok Mr Demille, I'm ready for my close-up!
--- Thanks for the post RonaldJosephCote. Yes those were the old days of Hollywood. You had a contract with a Studio and they owned you outright.
There has been another loss in the movie world. Richard Attenborough was well known both as an Actor and as a Director ( passed away at age 90 ). Needless to say he will of course be remembered for his role as " Big X " in the " Great Escape " ). I also liked him very much for his supporting performance in the original " Flight Of The Phoenix ", a good film that has slipped under the radar ( as it did even when first released ).
On the directing side we need to mention only one name in regards to Richard's work, of course that name is " Gandhi ". ( I forgot to add this item yesterday ).
Just finished "The Hurt Locker" literally a couple hours ago, and I gotta tell you, it lived up to what I expected from an Oscar-winning war/action/thriller. I enjoyed its non-lininar story. Instead of one main driving force, i.e. a "mad" bomber loose in Bagdad, it simply focuses on the missions of the three EOD team members and how they deal with war, their job, Iraq, and each other.
Was it Hollywood-ized? Definitely, but I'm not surprised. It is a movie after all. And for what it was trying to do, showcase three soldier's ways of dealing with war, it succeeded. And, since I'm not an EOD Tech (yet), I can't attest to the level of leway the film-makers took in the tactics shown. (Though I've heard its quite a lot).
All in all, I freak'n loved this movie, and it definately diserved the Oscar. (More than Avatar, which, while visually stunning, lacked substanciality, and basically everything else.)
My rating: ****
Favorite character: All the British contractors, especially the leader.
Favorite line: "The way you don't die, sir"
Favorite scene: The last one
Thanks for the posts.
One Hollywood Actor who was larger than life in more ways than one was Richard Kiel who has just passed away at age 74. He is of course well known as " Jaws " in two of the Bond films ( the ones with Roger Moore ). I also remember him from " The Silver Streak ", a good little movie that I liked very much.
He was also in the original (& much better) "The Longest Yard."
No, the original Lurch in the Addams Familly was played by Ted Cassidy, who died at in 1979 at the age of 46, from complications of open heart surgery.
Kiel was also in Happy Gilmore.
Recently I had the chance to buy a boxed set of older movie left over from the100th anniversary of Universal Pictures ( 1912 - 2012 ). One of the films in this set is " My Little Chickadee " with Mae West and WC Fields. I had never seen this comedy in its full length and they certainly have a lot of fun doing a sendup of the old Westerns. Both of these Stars were of course quite famous in their day and one thing that I learned was that West & Fields wrote the screenplay for this film ( not too many people in Hollywood got to do that in the Studio days ).
All I know of Mae West is that pilots called their life vests after her, ahem, prominent aesthetic features.
--- Thanks for the post Ivandh. Now that you mention it I also remember that nick-name for life-vests lol.
Thanks for the post Javan64. I enjoy the films of WC Fields very much and I'm also quite fond of Laurel & Hardy movies as well, very funny treasures from back in the old days.
From the few previews I've seen of Whiplash, it looks interesting. I've never seen The Closer, but JK was pretty funny in Juno and Extract.
Thanks for all of the recent posts.
Recently I had a chance to watch a restored version of an old Stanley Kubrick film and all that I can say is: " I am Spatacus ! ". Then oddly enough the other day I started to watch a newer film entitled: Colour Me Kubrick ( I had not heard about the Kubrick impostor before ).
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