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Bangkok Love Story (2007)
How does the Thai title translate into English?
I am curious... what is the English translation of the Thai title? I am guessing that "Bangkok Love Story" is not a direct translation. (Thanks!)
Pheuan... Guu rak meung waa Thailand (Thai title) Puen Thailand (Thai title)
I always enjoy a film that takes me to places I will never personally experience (such as the slum rooftops of Bangkok)and this film does a good job of that. I found the film's melodrama eventually went over the top. But my partner was teared up at the ending, so "to each his own." The production qualities were much better than I expected, and the lead actors have a certain charisma.
The Office: Did I Stutter? (2008)
Stanley's speech to Michael
Oh man, is there any way to get a transcript of Stanley's speech putting-down Michael? Stanley nailed him upside and down. I would love to have that speech ready to go for my own boss...someday, sometime.
Plot-wise, I thought this was an important episode. As much as I love the show, it often passes the point where I find myself thinking, "Oh, come on. Michael would be SO fired in the real world for that" or "Those employees can't possibly have such low self-esteem to put up with it." This episode with Stanley helped make sense of that. Also, the actor who plays Stanley was simply brilliant in delivering those lines.
The son... movie vs. TV version
I recall seeing the TV version of this when I was a kid. In that version, the "son" was revealed to be an adult performer from a circus. In the movie, the son is clearly identified as a child but there is still a comment from Henry Fonda that they need to return him to the circus. That never makes sense to me. Without the plot twist that he is an adult, what does the circus have to do with anything? And why would the child be handling the cash? That only makes sense if he is actually an adult. Has anybody else wondered about this plot point, or am I over-analyzing? (Also, is there a cast list for the TV version or has that been lost? I don't find it on IMDb. In my memory, the "son" was played by the same young actor in both versions... but it's been too long for me to be certain of that.)
Voodoo Island (1957)
I watched this as part of the TCM "Screened Out" series. (Congrats to TCM, by the way, for finding this collection. Some of these films like "Victim" and "Staircase" deserve a second-look on their own merits. But some of these films are truly obscure and we'd never get a chance to see them if it weren't for TCM.) Anyway, the scene in "Zombie Island" that I watched over and over was when the group first arrives on the island and something falls out of a palm tree. It looks like some sort of plastic lobster. Someone yells, "Coconut clams! Get away from that tree!" What a hoot! I'm guessing that the plastic lobster-thing was just something they had on hand in the prop room that day.
Gone, But Not Forgotten (2003)
Several comments mention being drawn to this movie by the photograph of the two men embracing that is shown in the poster and on the DVD cover. But those are not the men actually in the film, are they? I mildly enjoyed this movie, but then I watched it again with the audio commentary from the director and actor (the one who played Mark), and I felt sort of insulted. It's one thing to talk about their shoe-string budget, which leads to numerous "bloopers" like props lying in the background and even another film production crew shown filming at the same hospital location. But when they talk about the weak story-line and writing (for example, laughing about the mysterious "amnesia" that is at the heart of the story), then they've lost me. Low-budget or not, they knew they were making junk and are disrespectful of their audience.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Raymond's priest "disguise"
As much as I admire this film, I am always perplexed by the logic of the ending where Raymond walks unnoticed through the convention hall dressed as priest. He is the step-son of the Vice Presidential nominee. He is a Medal of Honor winner, and his mother and step-father have been basking in his reflected glory as a means to promote themselves politically. So....wouldn't he normally be expected to join them at the podium? Isn't he so famous that somebody might notice him walking around dressed as a priest? I mean, if the Bush twins showed up at a Republican convention dressed as nuns, don't you think somebody might notice a thing like that?? I guess it is a "suspend disbelief" moment, like when nobody recognizes that Clark Kent is Superman just because he wears glasses.
A backstage curiosity
A curiosity primarily for the array of character actors (Walter Brennan, Jane Darwell, Alice Brady, Jesse Ralph). The usual backstage clichés: rehearsal begins with full costumes, sets and orchestra. The backstage area is spacious and well-lighted. And the show goes on in spite of the temperamental leading lady. One of the rare film opportunities to see Lawrence Tibbett. He sings extensive operatic excerpts, and it's not as stagy as one might expect for early filmed opera. This was filmed during the peak period of his career. Sadly, as his voice declined, he faded into alcohol abuse, arrests, and a life-ending fall.