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PostSubject: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:09 pm

Which ones would you recommend? Of course there's SUNSET BOULEVARD. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. I think ED WOOD is excellent, and I even think BODY DOUBLE is an offbeat entry. One that I want to see is THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:28 pm

My favorite sub-genre. I've only seen Sunset Blvd. once many years ago but boy did that leave an impression, I especially liked the cameos made by several of the silent era filmmakers. I really need to see that again, it's been way too long. I think Ed Wood is Tim Burton's best, "let's shoot this fucker!" Another one by Burton I always enjoy is Pee-Wee's Great Adventure, yeah it's only during the third act, still it's a lot of fun. Mulholland Dr., Get Shorty.

I remember one flick that really disappointed me was Tropic Thunder. I thought I would love it just from the stuff I heard. It bored me to tears, what a disappointment cause I not only enjoy movies about movies but I also enjoy some that satirize Hollywood. Still, it had its moments.



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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:54 pm

Barton Fink.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:57 pm

Yeah, I love these kind of movies too. THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is excellent, Tux. I'd wanted to see it for ages ever since, like so many films, I saw it in Scorsese's A PERSONAL JOURNEY... and it didn't disappoint. I still wanna see TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN.

8½ and CONTEMPT are the great ones I've seen that aren't about Hollywood, but are about filmmaking. Antonioni's THE LADY WITHOUT CAMELIAS is a more conventional drama than either of those, and more to do with the consequences of fame than filmmaking, but I dig it. I like Visconti's BELLISSIMA too (man, the Italians loved movies-about-movies almost as much as Hollywood, now that I think about it).
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:38 pm

IN A LONELY PLACE.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:53 pm

I really want to see The Stunt Man.

The Bad and the Beautiful is fantastic. One of Minnelli's better efforts.

Scorsese's upcoming Hugo fits into the "films about films" category, although not Hollywood specifically. I was a big fan of The Aviator, but I'm well aware that it's not even remotely everyone's cup of tea.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:09 pm

TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN is also a great flick.

Edit: Sorry HJackson beat me to it. It's a kind of TBATB revisited.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:49 pm

Favorite: The Truman Show, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Tropic Thunder.

Are Mrs Doubtfire count ?

S1m0ne isn't very good, but i don't think it be so bad as some others think.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:36 am

SUNSET BOULEVARD, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CHINATOWN, THE STUNT MAN, BARTON FINK, ED WOOD, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and THE BLACK DAHLIA.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:21 pm

Even though their not my favourites of the genre, cant be forgetting both A STAR IS BORN and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN...
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:48 am

I forgot THE DAY OF THE LOCUST and SINGING IN THE RAIN.

Wish more musicals took a page from the later instead of Bob Fosse.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:27 pm

Not a film, but I recently saw an hour long episode of THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS... about an American production company filming/mangling an ex-miner's sympathetic, highly political screenplay about Arthur Scargill (to be played by Al Pacino!) and the miners' strike.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:48 pm

The Black Dahlia, Sharky? Really? That was a convoluted mess that looked great, but the subplots went nowhere...

I'm going to say Nine. Not Hollywood, but filmic, and I think it's great! It's not flawless, but it's stylistic and a great musical interpretation of 8 1/2.

I really hope nobody says Hollywoodland.

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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:21 am

FieldsMan wrote:
The Black Dahlia, Sharky? Really? That was a convoluted mess that looked great, but the subplots went nowhere...

It's flawed, but I defiantly wouldn't call it a "mess." Give it another watch.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:34 am

FieldsMan wrote:
I'm going to say Nine. Not Hollywood, but filmic, and I think it's great! It's not flawless, but it's stylistic and a great musical interpretation of 8 1/2.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:37 am

Yeah. Holding televisual tripe like NINE up as "filmic" and bashing BLACK DAHLIA. Hand me a rifle.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:13 am

This film wasn't about Hollywood per se, but it was about a soap opera based in New York. The movie was SOAPDISH (1991) and it nailed everything about the format.



An unusually restrained Whoopi Goldberg got some of the best lines: "Actors don't like to play coma. They feel it limits their range."

"The guy was killed in an auto accident! I looked it up! He was driving in the Yukon, in a pink convertible, to visit his brother who's an ex-con named Frances, when a tractor trailer comes along and decapitates him. You know what that mean, it means he doesn't have a head. How am I suppose to write for a guy who doesn't have a head? He's got no lips, no vocal cords. What do you want me to do? "

Sally Field (Celeste Talbert) "Next time, could you wear a swimsuit underneath the towel? It's a little early in the day for me."
Paul Johannson (Blair Brennan): I can't act in a swimsuit

Another great film, again not specifically about Hollywood, but about the acting profession in general and men's attitudes towards women was TOOTSIE.



Michael Dorsey: Are you saying that nobody in New York will work with me?
George Fields: No, no, that's too limited... nobody in Hollywood wants to work with you either. I can't even set you up for a commercial. You played a *tomato* for 30 seconds - they went a half a day over schedule because you wouldn't sit down.
Michael Dorsey: Of course. It was illogical.
George Fields: YOU WERE A TOMATO. A tomato doesn't have logic. A tomato can't move.
Michael Dorsey: That's what I said. So if he can't move, how's he gonna sit down, George? I was a stand-up tomato: a juicy, sexy, beefsteak tomato. Nobody does vegetables like me. I did an evening of vegetables off-Broadway. I did the best tomato, the best cucumber... I did an endive salad that knocked the critics on their ass.

Rita (to cameraman): I'd like to make her look a little more attractive, how far can you pull back?
Cameraman: How do you feel about Cleveland?

Dorothy Michaels: You know, Dr. Brewster has tried to seduce several nurses on this ward, always claiming to be in the throes of an uncontrollable impulse. Do you know what? I think I'm gonna give every nurse on this floor an electric cattle prod, and just instruct them to just *zap* him in his badoobies. Ruby? Hi, you wanna open the Yellow Pages under the section, Farm Equipment Retail...
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:10 am

Tootsie wasn't too bad, admittedly I was watching for Bill Murray.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:23 am

I'll be very interested in seeing how this ALFRED HITCHCOCK & THE MAKING OF PSYCHO with Hopkins and Scarlett turns out.

RKO 281 was pretty okay, though I don't think it got as much juice out of the truth as it could have (that's John Logan for you!) The fact they had to include the apocryphal stuff of Welles running into Hearst in a lift also weakened it some.

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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:00 pm

Hilly wrote:
Tootsie wasn't too bad, admittedly I was watching for Bill Murray.

I actually watched that the first time during a Bill Murray run, even though he isn't in it that much it's overall a fun 80s comedy.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooray for Hollywood   Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:22 pm

Makeshift Python wrote:
Hilly wrote:
Tootsie wasn't too bad, admittedly I was watching for Bill Murray.

I actually watched that the first time during a Bill Murray run, even though he isn't in it that much it's overall a fun 80s comedy.

Dabney Coleman FTW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWRrSufx5kw#t=1m58s

Anyone seen BUFFALO BILL?
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