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by Jim Roots
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Alternate version of PSYCHO (1960) found
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Alternate version of PSYCHO (1960) found

In this version, Janet Leigh decides to take a bath instead of a shower.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: New Kickstarter: A Perfect Gentleman (1928)
Replies: 37
Views: 5694

Re: New Kickstarter: A Perfect Gentleman (1928)

Surprised Grapevine didn't have a screen thanking the Kickstarter donors.

Yes, I do like seeing my illustrious name up there among the many other stars of silent film support. It's a mild satisfaction, not an ego-trip!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Playing 100 years ago today
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Playing 100 years ago today

Thanks, Brooksie.

I think the irreverence verged on bad taste, but only because of the phrasing. "Harold Lockwood's dead too" is not a particularly respectful way of putting it. Something like, "Sadly, Harold Lockwood too is now dead..." would have been more sensitive.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Playing 100 years ago today
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Playing 100 years ago today

I can't read the Lockwood obit. Could someone please isolate and enlarge it for me?

Thanks.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 773
Views: 86040

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

The Haymarket (1903): The Tenderloin was part of midtown Manhattan where you could have a good time, if you liked shady ladies, doped drinks, and the likelihood of waking up with an aching head, a missing wallet, a terrible disease and aboard a ship where you'd wind up working your way past Cape Ho...
by Jim Roots
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Actor ID help: Gold Diggers of '33
Replies: 14
Views: 1268

Re: Actor ID help: Gold Diggers of '33

Both of these two recently-posted photos look as though Joe's head has been Photoshopped onto someone else's body. I'm not saying that's what happened. I'm saying it looks like the head just isn't the one that originally came with the body. Strange discrepancy there. Jim I just checked the two phot...
by Jim Roots
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

A Quiet Place is a decent film, although not a horror film per se ... more of a sci-fi "alien invasion" film, I think. YMMV. One thing completely undermined the story for me. The film goes to great lengths -- indeed, the whole film is predicated upon this point -- to emphasize that no noise at all ...
by Jim Roots
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Actor ID help: Gold Diggers of '33
Replies: 14
Views: 1268

Re: Actor ID help: Gold Diggers of '33

Both of these two recently-posted photos look as though Joe's head has been Photoshopped onto someone else's body.

I'm not saying that's what happened. I'm saying it looks like the head just isn't the one that originally came with the body. Strange discrepancy there.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: William Wellman's You Never Know Women (1926) on Blu-ray & DVD!
Replies: 20
Views: 1787

Re: William Wellman's You Never Know Women (1926) on Blu-ray & DVD!

As you noted, it hardly even mentions the film it ostensibly reviews, but it is enjoyable and written in an approach I found quite interesting. Thanks for digging it up.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 773
Views: 86040

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Battra92 wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:39 am
Last night my wife and I went to a screening of The Big Parade in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of The Great War (which will be this coming Saturday).
Sunday.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Welcome Home (1989): Seventeen years after his remains were supposedly delivered to the United States, Kris Kristofferson returns to the United States from his refuge in Thailand, where he had built a new life. His wife, Jobeth Williams, has married Sam Waterston, and his son, Thomas Wilson Brown, ...
by Jim Roots
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) has not aged at all. It's still a vibrant and cinematic lesson in how to tell a story. Yes the 60s fashions may be a bit obvious (as are the rear projection shots when they are driving cars), but they don't interfere with the gritty telling of the story of two losers who ult...
by Jim Roots
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Funding of Films
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Funding of Films

Okay, actually what I'm looking to find out is whether/how much the Cochlear Corporation "contributed" to the costs of making A Quiet Place . It is one long advertisement for their cochlear implants, and knowing their business methods as I do, I suspect money changed hands even though their corporat...
by Jim Roots
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Funding of Films
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Funding of Films

Is there a site where one can find detailed information about who funded recently-released films? I mean films that played in first-run movie theatres over the past couple of years. The information would include companies that paid to have their products displayed on-screen -- you know, when Bruce W...
by Jim Roots
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!

We viewed other films in Detlaff's collection at Mostly Lost. One of the films in Detlaff's collection was a Sid Saylor Universal comedy with William Irving that seemed to be a direct rip-off of HATS OFF. Sid combs his hair like Stan in this and Sid also tries to imitate Stan's "dumb" character wit...
by Jim Roots
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Was She Really in the Movies?
Replies: 10
Views: 1839

Re: Was She Really in the Movies?

Is that really her in your photo? Look at the eyes and then compare them to the eyes of the woman in the photos in the first couple of postings of this thread. Those are big, big, round eyes in the early photos, and -- even allowing for squinting into the sun -- very small and narrow eyes in the pho...
by Jim Roots
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!

We viewed other films in Detlaff's collection at Mostly Lost. One of the films in Detlaff's collection was a Sid Saylor Universal comedy with William Irving that seemed to be a direct rip-off of HATS OFF. Sid combs his hair like Stan in this and Sid also tries to imitate Stan's "dumb" character wit...
by Jim Roots
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:06 pm
when The Rat Pack's Christopher George
I assume you meant The Rat Patrol.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

We watched this recently as well, I guess the novel was standard-issue for Australian literature students for some time, kind of like a Melbourne version of Canada's Anne of Green Gables (although I take it Richardson's novel is more adult in tone). Lovely film with fine performances all around, up...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

One day I am going to draw up my list of "Greatest" pictures! Why not? It will make as much sense as any other of these lists that float about. (I wouldn't give you two bob for some of the films that seem to have made it into the top ten on this current list) :( BINKS THINKS LIST STINKS! --- Variet...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Remastered FRANKENSTEIN (1910) available at the LoC website!

Al Detlaff is spinning in his grave!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

My surprise is that there are four Japanese films in the top ten. No German films. No Russian films. No Spanish-language films. Yes, those I've mentioned appear in the larger list, but to exclude all of them from the top ten in favour of four Japanese films seems to be revisionist history. Or someth...
by Jim Roots
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

drednm wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:11 am
Barry Humphries as a starchy reverend,
He's still in skirts, eh?

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Donald Binks wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:40 am
When I was a boy I actually saw Hoppalong Cassidy ride his horse down one of the main streets in the capital city of my State!
(Insert Lady Godiva joke here.)

Jim
by Jim Roots
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Judy Holliday made only ten films, reallly, since I wouldn't count a couple of bit parts and a voice-over. Moreover, they were all made in a short period of time, 1949-57 (again leaving out the bits, and in any case there was a five-year gap between those early bits and her "real" films). Although w...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

There's also a very hot Lillian Roth as a sometime girlfriend of Dunn's who starts out a la Mae West singing "Come Up and See Me Sometimes" as a kooch number in a carny. I have a real thing for Lillian Roth. In Animal Crackers , she looks almost exactly like the girl I've had a crush on since Grade...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I've only seen the brief clips posted here and there so far, so my opinion is very tentative. I think the colour looks excellent ... a shade too excellent. It looks glossy. Not phony, just glossy. This sheen may occasionally tip the restoration too far to the other side, i.e., the colour film become...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Ben Turpin short feature on TCM this Sunday.
Replies: 21
Views: 756

Re: Ben Turpin short feature on TCM this Sunday.

He was the tallest actor during the silent film era. 6'7". A few inches taller than Turpin in this film.lol This actually helped him get many comedy roles just based on his physique. I was told that in WWI that he was given regular length uniform clothes and the arms and legs were super short and e...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Well, I thought he was a good reviewer and he appeared to fully understand what he was experiencing on the screen. I didn't sense any condescension ... quite the opposite, in fact; he was very respectful both of the originals (films, soldiers, situations) and of what Jackson was aiming to do. The on...
by Jim Roots
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Ben Turpin short feature on TCM this Sunday.
Replies: 21
Views: 756

Re: Ben Turpin short feature on TCM this Sunday.

Geez, how tall was Hamilton? He absolutely towers over everybody else!

Grandson, did you inherit his height?

Jim