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An Officer and a Gentleman

one statement that says it all about this great movie
Screenwriter Michael Hauge, in his book "Writing Screenplays That Sell", said this about the ending, which many have bashed as being way too corny:

"I don't believe that those who criticized this Cinderella-style ending were paying very close attention to who exactly is rescuing whom."


an obsessive compulsion
Proud to be the 100th review of this amazing series... do not miss it!

I am so into this show that I've have watched the DVDs (season 1 thru 4, so far) over / over, and have now seen season 5 on Netflix. And season 6 sure can't get here soon enough for me.

This show hits on so many notes it's amazing. Love old westerns and great mystery shows - this combines both of those. Robert Taylor is incredible as the sheriff. And the scenery is really breathtaking!

There are twists & turns galore, who-dun-it crimes, great rivalries, loyal friendships - a great combination of situations and characters. And I especially love the music. They choose the most incredible songs to match select scenes, and all are somewhat obscure tunes from little- known artists that'll put you on a path to discover some great music.

This show will get you hooked, and anxiously awaiting the next show.

Summer of '42

Thank You, TCM -- Thank You for bringing Dorothy back!
A fantastic coming-of-age classic, I saw the first release in a theater in 1971 as a young teenager. It's now been resurrected thanks to TCM, where I saw it aired on Dec. 14, 2015. The film is as great as ever, and Dorothy + the haunting music still tugs at me - even after 44 years!

Jennifer O'Neill has an almost magical beauty that is simply beyond physical description. And like millions of other starry-eyed teen-age boys, Dorothy was my first love. One of my favorite movie scenes is when she raises up on tiptoe to sweetly kiss Hermie's forehead. ANY boy who doesn't fall for Dorothy at exactly that moment will never really know love or romance.

And even though I still watch it feeling that old familiar pain, and an unspoken kinship with Hermie.

Being There

"I like to watch TV" & "Life is a state of mind"
Yes, art is a personal taste, and this is movie art. But it is very surprising (and somewhat hilarious) that so many people just don't get this movie. It takes a keen mind to see so far past the usual Hollywood movie-rubbish and see {Being There} as the ART that it truly is... even Dustin Hoffman couldn't believe that he won his Oscar (for Kramer vs. Kramer) over Peter Sellers' incredibly amazing performance. Simply put, this is inane and silly comedy at it's best - yet it is everlasting and timeless among the great satiric films in movie history.

Take for example "the awkwardness" of the scenes. The writing, direction, and performances all purposefully add to that strange feeling as you watch it. And it is |precisely| the awkwardness of those scenes that make this movie so brilliant.

In addition, the sheer stupidity of the movie characters -who are so naively and easily taken in by such a simpleton as Chance the Gardener- could be seen as a valid commentary of 'the power' of the TV/movie screen -- and it's mesmerizing effect on people. My grandfather called the TV (one of which he never owned) THE IDIOT BOX. In "Being There" Peter Sellers shows us just how easily 'normal people' can be taken in by 'the box'!

The last great scene in this movie has the line: "Life is a state of mind..." that phrase was put on Peter Sellers' tombstone when he died a year later. A fitting tribute to both him and this truly great film. Don't believe it? Watch it again!

NOTE: also highly recommend "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" starring Geoffrey Rush in a great performance. It shows exactly how much Sellers "became" his movie characters during the production of his films.

Woman on Top

film? OK Penelope? WOW!
Yes, it's sappy and kind of silly, but it has a neat story and great music. Overall, I would rate this film as good 7, but in the romantic or date night movie category it's really a 10.

The characters are sizzling cool and quirky enough to be humanly interesting. It is a timeless story of hope... most of all a love story about a woman loosing her love of her soul-mate, yet by following a somewhat funny path (away from him) she finds that the love returns and she owns it again.

And I challenge ANYONE (man or woman) to watch this cute little movie and not fall just completely in love with Penelope Cruz. Beautiful and sweet doesn't do it - she is, instead, absolutely mesmerizing.

The Raid

Andy Griffith Show FANS - be sure to watch this movie!
This is a good film with lots of The Andy Griffith Show regulars. It was also filmed on the same set location as TAGS episodes, the legendary "Forty Acres" - where "Gone with the Wind" was filmed - and which later became the Desilu Studio lots where TAGS, Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes, The Real McCoys etc were all filmed). Mayberry town landmarks such as the church steeple, the hotel, and even the courthouse are clearly visible and easily recognizable. It's an interesting sideline.

See more of this amazing place at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RKO_Forty_Acres

Blue Denim

Just wondering - was there a political message?
So-so movie, really only watched to see Carol Lynley whom I love. But do have to say that we feel this movie was pretty ahead of it's time. I can remember when high school girls we knew 'went to live with her cousin in...' (usually another state) but it was really because they had gotten pregnant. There was a shame to it in those days, and it was always hidden.

But a young girl's pregnancy is handled with candor in this film, so we think it was rare for it's time. As inappropriate as it may be to to write about here, it makes one wonder if there may have been a political message behind the story...

Not trying to start a debate - hear me out!!!

At that time these 'services' were indeed 'backroom' (illegal), and the film could be looked at as putting forth a position that the laws should be changed. On the other hand, in the end one could argue that the film shows how young people should take responsibility for the (young pregnancy) situation and work together with their families to sort it all out. Tricky!

We found this to be THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT of this film - especially considering the way 'unwanted' pregnancies were dealt with during that time in our history. So, you see, it really doesn't matter if the film intended to "send a message" - cause by the end groups on either side of the abortion debate should be satisfied with the way the story was told.

We Are Marshall

Which actor gave the best performance?
Many great reviews here, film is good, maybe not great, but good. But we feel MATTHEW FOX (as Coach Red Dawson) gave the best performance of all of them. Yes, through most of the characters here we feel the pain of the people, school, the town, the state. But Fox NAILS this role completely! He totally owns the 'emotional portrayal' of the loss that they all feel in each and every scene he's in - and each time he brings us to tears!

As an example of one of our favorite scenes: Coach Dawson (Fox) is in the locker room after their first win, crying his eyes out, all alone. And then the elderly team janitor walks in and congratulates the coach on his win. But in an awe-inspiring moment, the coach then, in turn, congratulates {the janitor} on the TEAM's win ('congratulations to you too, Jimmy').

That simple statement is beautiful and priceless just in itself: Everyone plays a part, everyone is important to the team - even the 'lowly' janitor. This wonderful message permeates the film, and it will move you beyond belief when you recognize it for what it truly is . . .

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." — Malcolm S. Forbes

Rehab Addict

Our new motto: "old houses, old people, and old dogs"!!!
This is EVERYTHING that a housing-rehab show should be about: saving wonderful old homes from the wrecking ball & bringing them back to life. It's very relevant during these times of urban renewal and the vital re- use of older materials. The rehab of old homes is a 'movement' that should never end.

And what's not to love here??? Nicole Curtis {honestly} shows us the pains & hassles of old home rehab as she goes thru the process. And then, along with her, we get to experience the gratification of bringing a classic back to it's former glory, becoming livable again, and ending up even more being even wonderful than before. For those of us who LOVE (like Nicole wears a shirt that says this): "old houses, old people, and old dogs" . . . It's a wonderful, enjoyable show!

And THANK YOU Nicole for not muddling up this series with quasi-political issues (such as gay rights) so constantly "featured" on many other shows. As important as equality and personal rights are, craft and cooking shows (on HGTV and the Food Network) are just NOT the place for it - it's become SO boring to see that repeatedly forced upon the viewers.

As for Nicole Curtis, we love her fierce independent spirit and amazing work ethic. She is the real deal - and a total doll!

Good Morning, Miss Dove

for MY for school teachers
I now know that they were definitely the biggest and best influences on my life as a young man. I watched this movie in tears most of the time, and yet enjoyed it immensely. Now I'll buy it for my own children and grandchildren - simply because when they reach old age, they too should look back and realize just how important {a good teacher} was to your life.

A favorite moment - Miss Dove (referring to the town policeman, whom she -of course- had taught when he was a young student): "William Holloway started out with a gift rarer than mathematical genius or perfect pitch. A child in whom the ethical instinct was as innate as the function of breathing." A cop. He knew, he's always known - because of Miss Dove.

God Bless You teachers, each & every one of you. It truly is - a calling.

High Time

a little known winner
Despite some silliness such as Bing in drag for a costume ball, this is an enjoyable film, remade as "Back To School" with Rodney Dangerfield, which -although funny- will never be as 'class' as a film starring Bing Crosby. Of course, Bing sings!

I liked the numerous references to the south, like one where Bing Crosby says "...I'll go down to Nags Head and kill myself." To which the french teacher replies something like: 'don't kill yourself, I've done it, and it's terribly boring!' Lots of great lines like that in this film, and it's full of wholesome college fun. Watch for 'Captain Stubing' as a teacher, he's funny.

And the women in this - WOW! The french teacher (Madame Gauthier, who Bing liked) was the perfect example of the rare but mesmerizing combo of the red-haired yet brown-eyed beauty. Tuesday Weld was her usual (yet much underrated) sexy kitten. And another: Nina Shipman (as Bing's on screen daughter) who later played the role of nurse "Miss Fairchild" in an episode on The Andy Griffith Show (she was Howard Sprague's possible love interest). But the best for last: Yvonne Craig (later Batgirl), so smokingly awesome. I love how someone referred to in this film as walking into a room looking like a very young {as in very hot} librarian. That is so spot on - and she was dating Elvis at the time!

I'd Climb the Highest Mountain

a simple story - that is amazingly touching
Truly love the comments that come from 'modern-day' people who lived in the area, know the locations, etc,. and are touched in a personal way by this film. We especially loved the story of how one person's grandfather actually made the tomb-rock, and how the man that really owned the car {had} to play a part (himself) and was featured in the movie. Great stuff, thanks for sharing those interesting tidbits.

Whether movies are 'good' is of course subjective and completely based on individual tastes. But - even after seeing this movie many times - Susan Hayward's heartfelt 'speech' near the end of the movie NEVER fails to bring tears to my eyes.

To me it is a reminder of that strong, bonding, lifelong type of true love that our grandparents and parents must have definitely felt for each other. And sadly, it's something that just seems to be all too rare in today's world. Thank you, Susan.

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