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Alexander (2004)
Finally Stone can create his own history and this time nobody is alive to know the difference!
17 November 2004
This movie reflects everything that Oliver Stone believes in....himself!

This movie is visually stunning but is totally lacking in any character development and is peppered with meaningless bi-sexual crap not having anything to do with the man himself.

Stone is notorious for giving us his opinion of history given his power as a movie director. He tries to create history in the way he believes it happened, or, should be told.

If you want to see history watch The History Channel. If you want eye candy, lies and innuendo watch Alexander.
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Marvelous entertainment.
12 February 2002
When Bernadette Peters won a Tony in the lead role as Annie Oakley on Broadway almost 50 years after this production was made, there should be no doubt it was modeled after Betty Hutton's comedic style in this movie version of "Annie Get Your Gun".

Although Judy Garland was forced from playing "Annie" due to illness, in part due to her drug addiction and her tardiness, MGM's second choice was terrific. It is true that Judy would have played the role in a more serious way then Hutton did, but, some scenes in this film (the song with Howard Keel, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" for example), there could be no one better to play it than Hutton. Her comedic talent gave the film its ultimate character in a way no other actress could have at the time. Sure there are scenes where Betty was a little over-powering, but remember, the only person she could compare herself to as "Annie" at the time was Ethel Merman. Merman was the actress who created the role on stage in 1946, only three years before the film went into production.

Merman was great too because she was the first musical Annie, but ya gotta admit, compare to Merman singing "It's Wonderful", Hutton's Annie seems downright introverted.

More then Garland, Frank Morgan who was originally cast in the role as Buffalo Bill, was the biggest loss to this film. Morgan passed away in September 1949, just as filming began. His chemistry would have brought a vitality and warmth to Buffalo Bill that Louis Calhern never achieved.

This is on of those 40's feel good musicals that Hutton does so very well. It is photographed beautifully, and never drags throughout it's almost two hour running time. Irving Berlin's songs are arranged and choreographed lushly even though Berlin watered down the racy "Doin What Comes Nat'urly" for a movie audience.

Be prepared for some first-class entertainment in a way the only MGM could provide you with. Get out those Dr. Denton's! Put on those bunny slippers! Grab the hot chocolate and sink yourself in the sofa... you're gonna be in for a great time.
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The Game Game (1969– )
Early Chuck Barris Schlock
2 July 2000
I just had the "privilege" of seeing "The Game Game" on the Game Show network as it's feature game of the week. This piece had to be "featured", because there couldn't possibly be enough shows to make it a regular event.

The premise was, shall we say, so "60's"! One contestant plays against 3 celebrities to come up with their choice of what a psychological panel decides the most fitting answer would be to a scenario. For instance: The question might be, "How would you decide who to vote for in an upcoming election?" The choices would be; A) By your friends; B) By the issues; C) By the candidates; D) By the party

Each contestant would pick his/her answer, and a score from 0-15 would be associated with each, according to what the "psychological board" would decide to be the best answer, based upon the choices given. Our home contestant would decide if his/her score would be higher or lower than the three celebrities playing. If, at the end of the half hour, it was, the contestant would win a cool $100.00.....Just think of it! ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!

Cammmmaaaaan, I realize a dollar today isn't worth what it was back in 1969, but I do know that a hundred bucks then was molecular compared to what was given away on most game shows (excluding Barris', of course) before and after.

There is no doubt behind the reason for the failure of this show. Psychology was "hip" in the late 60's. People then, as they do now, want to be entertained by watching a game show.

They certainly don't want to be analyzed!
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