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steve8 posted:

Brewster McCloud

Robert Altman film from 1970. Same year as M*A*S*H and quite a few of the same cast, including Sally Kellerman's tits. Strange film. OK

Saw this in the theater when it came out. Bud Cort was in three oddball movies in a row in the early 1970s. First was The Traveling Executioner with Stacy Keach. I think I may be the only person on the planet who saw it. (Waiting for W+A...) Then Brewster  followed by his best known movie, Harold and Maude with the great Ruth Gordon.

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mneeley490 posted:
steve8 posted:

California Split

Another Altman flick from the 70's with Elliot Gould and George Segal. Not bad. I think Gould must have had a lot of fun in the 70's.

Probably so. I think he was in Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice around the same time.

One of Gould's best, and least known films, is The Silent Partner which I always describe as a, "What's he going to do next movie?" movie. Very entertaining film written by Curtis Hansen almost 20 years before writing and directing LA Confidential. Another great overlooked Gould movie is Alan Arkin's film adaption of the black comedy play Little Murders by Jules Feiffer. Arkin has a hilarious minor role as a paranoid and frustrated police detective.

The 70's really was the decade of Gould. He even made a not too bad Ingmar Bergman film, The Touch with Bibi Andersson (!) as his costar. His greatest film of the decade (yes, everything I say is IMHO) is the surprisingly faithful to the spirit, modern day update of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye directed by Robert Altman. Who of course brought Gould to fame with the earlier released film MASH.

brucehayes posted:
wineart 2 posted:

Old Man, as we have discussed before, I’m too a fan of the Silent Partner. It was also when I fell in love with a young Celine Lomez! 

I saw the movie on release, and the scene that has stuck with me all this time is the one involving the aquarium.

I had never heard of it when it was in the theaters. It was a early example of how VHS opened up the world of film gems, many of which had escaped notice. Of course almost none of them were in the correct aspect ratio, but it was the beginning.

I love this trivia piece on IMDB, "One of the finalists in casting for the final cast change in 'Charlie's Angels' but lost out to Tanya Roberts because network decided Lomez was too sexy for prime time." However, she never had much of a film career.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

For me, this is a perfect movie: breathtaking cinematography; incredible fight choreography; beautifully scored; poignant, textured script; subtle, yet powerful acting performances, especially from Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang; all layered around a story of love and regret.

An absolute masterpiece from Ang Lee.

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Fantastic Beasts The Crime of Grindewald on plan on the way to Europe.  While a big Harry Potter Fan, I have to say I do not enjoy this series at all.  I did not make it through the first film.  This one I watched all of, as I was on a plane and had nothing else to do.  I would not have watched it all otherwise.  I don't find anything about these films interesting or entertaining.   

steve8 posted:


I missed this Scorsese film. Very different for him and very good.


James Garner version. Not bad.

I just gave a group a tour of LA architecture which of course stopped at Marlow's office building--the great Bradbury Building. I believe this the only Marlow film based on the often overlooked Chandler book, "The Little Sister." I think they do a very good job setting this in "modern day" Los Angeles. A good comparison, also with an updating to current times, is the excellent "The Long Goodbye" with Elliot Gould.

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