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Law & Order: Homesick (1996)
The Baby Didn't Have A Chance
What was sad about this episode was that no one in this baby's life cared for him properly. The prosecution focused on the Au pair and the baby's mother but everyone in this baby's life was focused on something else. When they did focus on the baby, they saw someone else.
In the very first scene, the father expected behavior and ability that no 5 month old could achieve. Even the Au pair pointed knew this. Neither parent thought that perhaps someone other than an Au pair art student from another country should care full time for a baby. The agency did not match the abilities of this particular Au pair with the right family. The ex-wife had no love for the new baby. Interestingly, no one asked the son from the first marriage how the divorce and new family affected him.
Too bad the two sons couldn't have become brothers.
I was moved by this film. I was aware of Kate Nelligan's performance as Susan Traherne in the original stage version, a lusty, glowing former Resistance heroine with a shattered psyche. In the film, Meryl Streep focused on a beautiful, disarming character's inconsistent control of the crazy energy lurking underneath.
Plenty could be re-released today on a double bill with the recently released Brothers. Both show the long-term effects of war, fought overtly and covertly, on combatants and those who love them. It is no secret that the soldier in Brothers wreaks havoc on his family after returning from one tour of duty too many in Iraq. "People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to."
So, one way to view and appreciate Susan Traherne and her effect on her husband, friends and co-workers is from this perspective within the context of their cultures.
The Fugitive: Brass Ring (1965)
Guest Star Gems
With three great guest stars, future Best Actor Oscar Nominee, a female member of the Rat Pack, and soon-to-be right hand man of Honey West's , this episode is an example of how much fun viewing old TV series can be. Robert Duvall was great as the crippled but hopeful brother. Angie Dickinson played a femme fatal worthy of the films noir of yore. John Erickson was certainly the type of guy you would run off with. The stairway leading to the living quarters above the gift shop was lit as the symbol it was. The camera angles on Angie as she looked out the window watching the Doctor leave, waiting for her lover to arrive show her duplicity, a true film noir conundrum. I hope to catch this episode again. I know you will enjoy it.
The Last Days of Left Eye (2007)
Gifted, talented, beautiful, tormented
I saw this on VH-1. I was aware of TLC but their episode of "Behind the Music" enabled me to get to know them better. I liked how, unlike the Supremes, all three entertainers played an equal role. But, Left Eye always struck me as gifted but a little disturbed. She made you look. By watching "Last Days", what struck me about her and her family was all of that talent was constantly butting up against torment and turmoil. Her talent also enabled her to express that torment in innovative ways. The show also showed what a leader she was, managing Egypt, bringing them and her family with her to Honduras. What made that vehicle swerve and turn over? That spirit or her whole family tree?
On Our Own (1977)
Size of TV audiences amazing in the '70's
You can tell from the posts on this page that On Our Own was not a big hit. But, the audience for this show would be phenomenally large for any show today. I watched a few episodes but millions of others must have, too. I looked and acted a lot like Lynne Greene. Everywhere I went, parties, discos, total strangers told me I looked and acted like this actress (who was an inch taller and ten pounds thinner than me.) Even my family, living 1,500 miles away, called me long distance telling me to turn on the TV to watch my double. Not just because I look like her, I thought the character was a good one, really funny. In the second season, the characters were no longer roommates. One night, the Bess Armstrong character got sick. Being out of town and young, she did not have a doctor in NYC, so she called Maria, the New Yorker. Of course, Maria had the phone number of a cousin who was a doctor. When reading the number to Bess, she began, "Area code...." Back then, that meant long distance! What a trip.
The Big Street (1942)
a big impression on me
I saw this film in the late '60's on our local TV station. It was not unusual to catch B movies starring our television personalities back in the day. What a film! I cried at the end. What shines through is the portrayal of the class levels within American society then. Lucille Ball's dame certainly internalized the idea that she was above the class of Henry Fonda's Pinky even while she subsisted on the food he brought home for her after she was no longer a gangster's moll. Henry Fonda's Pinky was a true codependent, picking her up from the floor, keeping her alive, even moving her from cold, icy New York City to the east coast Eden of Miami (shades of Midnight Cowboy!)with nary a thank you from this ungrateful woman. Through a plot device, Pinky and the busboys don tuxedos at the end so she condescends to be carried up the stairs by one of their own, enabling her self deceit that she is an upper class lady. Someone wrote it was too much of a downer to have been successful when released and couldn't be made today as the bit players do not exist to round out the cast. Rise above the limitations of both eras and enjoy this film.
The Long Riders (1980)
This film was historically correct in how it showed the attitudes of the times. I saw this film finally after reading a book attempting to explain why American history, including the Wild West years, has been so violent. I was amazed how accurately the film showed those reasons in the Wild West. Mostly men, few women, lived in that part of the country then. The West was spacious and spectacular but also boring, leaving men with little to do but get drunk and play a mouth harp. Also, many of the tough guys hailed from the post-Confederate South. In the film, after taking the long, boring train ride north to a town in Minnesota (to the tune of a mouth harp,) they encountered well-dressed, prosperous Scandinavian-Americans in the streets. These people were barely intelligible as they mocked the long riders. When our anti-heroes arrived at the bank, they discovered what the townsfolk were saying. What they said to the lone teller revealed they were from the South. I was mesmerized by this part of the film and hope others were, too.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
The great characters in this sweeping saga
I love this movie, too. To me, it is almost a guilty pleasure, considering its flat characterizations. But, they have some redeeming qualities. Although the character actors who play the German military(Anton Diffring) and SS command (Derren Nesbitt) in the castle play to the German stereotype, their spats reveal the antagonism that existed between these two groups. Richard Burton's character gave the impression of really enjoying the mission. Clint played his straight-man from the American heartland who is somewhat shocked by Burton's over-the-top character, similar to Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Watching Mary Ure and the actress who played Heidi play an active role in the dangerous mission made an impression on me when I was younger. Neither woman cowers, but instead contributes to the action and helps to drive the plot on to the end. Their characters also deal more intimately with the male characters. The adult relationship between Mary Ure's capable character and Richard Burton's commando leader is light years from the tense, immature marriage they portrayed in "Look Back in Anger" ten years before. Mary Ure's character has a nerve-wracking conversation with the dangerous SS officer minutes after arriving at the castle. Again, an entertaining movie.
a long movie made as an independent film
I was amazed this film was made today. It was a long movie made as an independent film with no regard for the box office. There must have been a lot of international financiers contributing to the expense of this film. Although I never saw the film in the theater, I gave the DVD to my husband for his birthday. Later, I liked Rosario Dawson in Clerks II and wondered how she acted in Alexander. (I know enough not to say "appeared".) She was great! I started to watch the DVD whenever I could, a few scenes at a time, and found that worked for me. I liked the flashbacks. They were absorbing, footnoted what had just happened, what was about to happen. Colin Farrel and Jared Leto inhabited what must have been arduous roles. I hate saying this but I remember Jared Leto from his Camryn Diaz days, left adrift on the red carpet as flashbulbs burst around Camryn. But, in this film, Jared shows he has acting chops, playing a tortured, sad character. The film's sociology was interesting. I liked how the film showed life on the road, how Macedonian soldiers started families and spawned kids along the way. Alexander cared for them, too.
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
What a girl wants, what a girl needs
The film was noteworthy because it showed how Maggie (Kim Novak) was ripe for infidelity: her spouse was cold to her and her mother knew it. It was interesting how her mother said "told you so", having warned her not to marry her conventionally-handsome husband. Maggie's mother caught on to the chemistry between her daughter and her passionate neighbor at once, because it was what she wanted for Maggie all along. Kim's longing for love was also revealed by her confession about a dalliance with an outspoken truck driver. Wouldn't you know the driver catches the twosome dining at an out-of-the-way restaurant, hurling insults at her for dropping him. Kim Novak took the cold facade/hot interior combination so beloved by Alfred Hitchcock to another level. It is significant that that the story took place at the end of the conservative Fifties, just in time for the turbulent Sixties.
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
A Story A Shiksa Could Relate To
I remember enjoying this film in the theater. I saw some similarities between my life and that of the Potamkins, if not their religion, the suburban household complete with a father from the city. College-bound, I looked to Ali McGraw as a role model. She always conveyed the image of the east coast college girl portrayed in Seventeen magazine, Glamour and Mademoiselle, wearing the clothes shown in these magazines. I was also struck by Jack Klugman's performance as the provider operating a plumbing supply business in the Bronx. Like Jack Klugman, my Dad grew up in South Philadelphia. My uncle stayed there, commuting to a lumberyard in North Philly. Jack Klugman should have been nominated for and won an Oscar just for that scene with Neil in his office, leaving an impression on me long after leaving the theater. Neil himself? I worked in a library, too, and really liked it! Finally, the romance. I dated a Jewish guy from Northeast Philly. Whenever his parents came home from a wedding, they compared the reception to the one in this film.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
I thought the scenes between Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci were the best. Stanley Tucci delivered his lines in an amusing way, not easy to do when they had so much wisdom. His character was a mature, developed person giving advice to Andy, a recent college graduate, accustomed to getting a gold star for doing a good job when that WAS her job. And, why should she expect kudos when it was obvious she was "not caring". "I'm going to feed you to one of the models." She needed to learn about how other people look at things. "You have no idea how many artists have worked for this magazine." This includes Tucci's character, one of six boys growing up in Rhode Island, playing soccer to disguise his love for the very fashion magazine now employing him. I'm sure Andy will learn more life lessons in future jobs but she will realize what a gem her first tutor was.
Police Woman (1974)
A working woman
After I graduated from college, had a job, I'd sit in my single-girl's apartment, watching this show about a single woman working. In 1977-1978, the network would show Policewoman, Kojak and another cop show after the late night news. Angie was right up there with the boys. That pretty much sums up her image. Pepper liked being one of the guys. The media focused on her sexy qualities, especially the first half of the first season, but Pepper really evolved into a great character. The topics were often ahead of their time. I remember one episode that began with Pepper and her boss watching that French dance act where the man slaps the woman around. Pepper didn't like it. Darned if a new neighbor in her apartment complex stops by, showing signs of being slapped around. Spousal abuse! This was before Farrah Fawcett starred in the TV movie, "The Burning Bed", the TV movie that brought this issue to the mainstream. In two other episodes, Pepper supported the wife or ex-wife of one of her coworkers diagnosed with cancer. The '70's were a decade when women ceased to hide their medical ailments, including disfiguring ones like breast cancer. These episodes showed that the Police Woman supported women as well as men. Back to Pepper's apartment, it was one a city employee could afford, unlike the spectacular, designer decorated living quarters one usually sees like in Will & Grace, Living Single, etc.
Star 80 (1983)
The end of the 70's
This story of Dorothy Stratten's end was a symbol of the end of the 70's ideal of the innocence of snorting coke and partying incessantly. I couldn't help but be reminded how Brian Jones's end and the subsequent tragic concert at Altamont heralded the end of the Peace and Love Generation of the 60's. (Wouldn't you know both were sweet, talented and ethereal Pisces People, known by all to this day!) People embraced both ideals, but inevitably, were quashed by people on a different drug or of a different psychosis. Hugh Hefner was portrayed as a survivor, someone who could reap the benefits of his lifestyle because he was in control (just like Mick Jagger?) There was a line drawn between Hefner, dream-weaver/businessman, and Paul Snyder, psychotic/hustler, and Heffner saw it instantly. This impressed me though I don't like the man. His henchman was on the same page as his King, intercepting Snyder's calls to the Mansion. This movie could have been merely sensational but the script, direction, look and editing, not to mention the acting, were top-drawer and made their point well.
All That Jazz (1979)
Brought out the best in people (artistically)
I saw this movie in its original theatrical release and last night on Fox Movie Channel. Roy Scheider was my favorite actor in the 70's and I loved dance, even saw the road show of Dancin' in Philadelphia. At that time, the comments the female dancers made about about Joe Gideon in the beginning of the film, "I slept with him and still didn't get the part." were all too familiar to me from the 70's dating scene. But, what struck me as positive was how he brought out the best in his dancers and actors. The scene that best exemplified this was when he said to Victoria, "I can't make you a great dancer but I can make you a better dancer." Another director knowing her as he did may not have harassed her during rehearsal but then may not have have encouraged her to dance better. Soon after viewing the film, I got a job in a whole new field. Some things I never mastered but I did get better. When I returned to my original field, I could apply unique skills to new responsibilities. Then, I became great!
The Bride (1985)
Yes, David Rappaport was the star of this movie
I saw this film on HBO a couple years after its release. I was eager to see it after seeing David Rappaport with Clancy Brown promoting the film on a morning TV show. He said, "I'm used to stealing scenes but not scenes I'm not even in!" It was true; this actor was the scene-stealer of all time, right up there with Bronson Pinchot and Denholm Elliott. This must have annoyed the producers as the film seemed a little cut off at the end, mainly David's part. After reading these other posts, I want to see the film again. I remember it was beautiful and the story lines seem to have meaning for my fellow viewers. Also, many of my ancestors came from the part of the world in which the story seems to have taken place. So, I'm looking forward to seeing a film set in the "old country."
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
He'll go to college
"He'll (Omar) go to college and study. He must. We all must. So we can see clearly who is doing what to whom." This is the view of Poppa, Omar's father. This bedridden man is an ex-journalist from Pakistan who has lived to see his wife throw herself in front of the trains that rattle incessantly outside his flat and his own students march past with National Front. To top it off, his younger brother, Nasser, who carried his typewriter when they were boys back in Pakistan, has become the "Sardou of South London," a big enough cheese to give his own son a failed laundrette to run. "Government grant." But, Uncle Nasser has a chink in his armor, too: will his relationship with his mistress, Rachel, last as long as that with his wife? Both brothers look to a union between Omar and Tania, yep, Nasser's daughter, as the key to the future of their band of Pakistani immigrants in a land that doesn't want them. Will these energetic offspring comply with their plans? Omar seems closer to the randy and remorseful Johnny than anyone. Smart cookie that she is, Tania packs her belongings in her Princess suitcase and...Everyone has a decision to make in this fascinating sociological study of Thatcherite England. Wonder what everyone is doing now?
The Surreal Life (2003)
the second season was my favorite
I liked the first season, but the second was my favorite. I loved everyone on the show. There was something about them so I ran to the IMDb and looked up their birthdays. Sure enough, except for Traci Bingham, they were all water signs! I liked Ron Jeremy. You can tell he is pretty bright and has beautiful eyes. I liked Tami Faye, too. Erik Estrada played the father figure well and I loved how Vanilla thought of him as a brother. Traci seemed like a nice person, but does have a wild streak. Trishelle does drink a lot but that "intervention" by Sally Jesse Raphael rattled her. I would show Trishelle or anyone who drinks a photo of Brigitte Neilsen (season 3) who has not aged well. I was appalled how 'Gitte would drink and pass out, leaving the Dave Coultier with the work of leading the musicians through rehearsal, compete by acting like an idiot on stage, then hug those little boys on her team while dressed totally inappropriately. Now, there's someone who needs an intervention.
Night People (1954)
an adult movie in that the characters acted like adults
I really enjoy this movie and have seen it frequently through the years. It has been running on the Fox Movie Channel lately. I think the other comments are probably true, but I enjoy watching the film nonetheless. I love the very end when Gregory Peck is listening to the way the situation he commanded is presented by the news over the radio, while he smokes and surveys the cleaned-up city of Berlin. Peck presents a man who might be in a dirty job but can look himself in the mirror. I agree it is an adult movie in that the characters acted like adults. I felt during the drinking scene Hoffie conveyed that she had some remorse and was tired. (Just before, I enjoyed scene showing the bad feelings between Hoffie and the secretary. "Would you be kind enough to tell Major VanDyke that I am here, please?) Later, it was pretty clear how Hoffie figured out Steve was onto her. The other character I liked was the British fellow. I enjoyed his dialog. I told my British husband about the scene. I also enjoyed listening to the American idiom of the time. I liked all of the characters very much and look forward to seeing it again. Another user mentioned the Oscar for best screenplay for 1954 went to Broken Lance. I liked that movie, too!
I liked it
I liked it; my teenage daughter didn't. We agreed the story was choppy and Orlando was good and Kirsten, too, but how we reacted was different. Having been "corrected" at work myself, I know how important it is to develop other parts of your life in order to buffer against hurt. How nice that Orlando found that in short order as he hadn't done so; his whole life was caught up in developing that shoe. It's easy to quibble with the depiction of the small town; after a quarter of a century of the Malling of America, no small town looks like Elizabethtown with every storefront filled with a prosperous business. With the time crunch every person experiences, rich or poor, northerner or southerner, no one has the time to just visit, even to mourn a person like Mitch. But, it was a healing movie. And, loved Susan Sarandon. Thank God she didn't appear without makeup as this generation's Shirley MacLaine as in that movie with Julie Roberts but instead appeared as a woman who will never lose her attractiveness in the process of aging.
Love this show
I love this show. I'm American, married to a British fellow, now an American citizen. The first thing I noticed about this show is the people all work very hard. Most people I met through my husband seem offended by working hard. The second thing was how easily these folks can take vacation and go to Spain, wearing all new clothes. I get a kick out of how family members just show up and stay several weeks. I think it's nice working parents get help watching the kids or the store. In the US, there needs to be a list of adults that can pick up your kids. That episode where Sandra picks up Joe would never happen in our country. I, too, noticed how everyone looks realistic. To be honest, it took time to get used to this. Melanie, Lisa and Jackie seemed abnormally stunning for this show. I wish the men would wash and style their hair more often. Ricky and Robbie's hair drove me nuts for years. Peggy and Pat always look well-groomed. I like Pat, for some reason. I didn't watch the show until when she was married to Frank so I didn't have reason to dislike her. I like Peggy, second. I wanted Tiffany to go to business school instead of massage school. You could tell she was bright.
Me, Natalie (1969)
I remember going into Center City Philadelphia with a friend and walking along Chestnut Street right past a line of hippies waiting to get into Easy Rider. Of course, we went to see Patty Duke as we were fans of her TV show. I enjoyed the That Girl mixed with pathos. Yes, it was a tad preachy but the golden girl attracting trouble, a little schadenfreude on Patty's part? But, all too soon, Patty became involved with the wrong man, too. There was a lot of good in the movie for us young girls to see. Natalie graduating from school, getting a job and her own place complete with the bed cut of a bathtub seemed preferable to doing the deed in a New Orleans graveyard as in Easy Rider.
Orlando Bloom got to me!
No one seems to like Orlando Bloom in the role of Paris beyond his alluring looks. I think if the reason for his love of Helen were explained, he would have had more to work with and developed the part more. Maybe a mention or two of the goddess that gave him three choices would have been a start. Oddly, the fact that in general the fight scenes were shot too close up and therefore were a little less frightening worked in Orlando's favor in comparison to the more direct way his battle with Helen's husband was shot. I think he conveyed his fear and the way the battle and his opponent were presented made the audience understand certainly by the time he crawled toward the camera. Perhaps some would distain his fear and crawling toward his brother, the heroic Hector. But, I really felt for Paris. It is bothering me two days later like no other scene! It's the script's fault that no Trojan reaction to his turning tail was shown. When he joined them behind the doorway toward the end, the Trojan soldiers seemed to be indifferent to him. Why didn't they express their distain, if any, for his cowardice? Then, later, they could have expressed admiration for his ability with bow and arrow. At the end, his shooting the arrows into Achilles, who had killed his brother, would have had more redemptive power.
Night and the City (1950)
Richard Widmark is my favorite actor but I loved the way every single actor in this film played their characters. Few were nice people but the film makes you understand why. I felt Harry Fabian needed Philip Nosseross's approval. How tragic that Harry's manipulations caused Philip to disapprove, to say the least. My favorite line from Harry was "All my life I've been running. From welfare officers, thugs, my father." I felt frustrated for Helen Nosseross because I think she would have been a successful nightclub owner. "I know how to make a club spin!" But, the ruses these people employ to succeed guarantee, instead, failure. At the end of the film, you even have to wonder how long Molly, the flower seller/cleaning lady, will be happy.
Another feature of the film I liked was the noir lighting. I loved the play of the shadows on the ceiling of Nosseross's office when he was calling to Mary and speaking with Helen later. For all his success, he was feeling trapped, too.
The Public Eye (1992)
A populist film brun
I appreciate that this film was more than a homage to film noir but actually advanced the genre to include populist themes and even women's issues. In many ways, this is film brun because so much effort is made to evoke the brown tones of the time which brought a warmer, less paranoid tone to the proceedings. Brown can be earthy or rich. Men wear brown suits and hats and chew on brown cigars. The nightclub is paneled in rich brown wood. Kay Levitz has brown hair. The script and direction showed a love for the time but a cynicism, too, of government collusion with organized crime to make money at the expense of the fighting men and the citizens during a time of war. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and was touched by the pan of the cheering crowd of real people at the end, not usually seen in noir. To add to the comments about the actors: I also enjoyed Jerry Adler as Bernzini's friend and was intrigued by Jared Harris's Danny the Doorman.