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Posted: 12/31/2003 12:46:20 PM EDT
I've really grown to hate Hollyweird movies that have come out since the mid 80's. Recently, maybe over the past 2 years I've found myself watching and liking movies from the 30's, 40's and 50's.

Today I just took a ride down to the video store and picked up "The Blue Angel" with Marlene Dietrich, "Reefer Madness", a funny and fucked up clut classic and "The Little Rascals" box set.

These will sit on my self next to Casablanca and Metropolis.

Film making back them was more of an art then it is now, they didn't have any CG or computer animation. I think it make it more realistic, more believable.

Anybosy else a fan of the old stuff?
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 12:50:46 PM EDT
Not really, although Casablanca was pretty good.  Reefer Madness was unbelievably boring.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 12:51:13 PM EDT
I've really grown to hate Hollyweird movies that have come out since the mid 80's.
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What? You don't like "Heat" or something?
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 12:53:57 PM EDT
I like old James Bond movies with Connery in them.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 12:55:59 PM EDT
Treasure of the sierra madre---

jules verne

and I lost my copy of the jimmy stewart movie were he is an offshore oil prospector and finds the 'golden shrimp' for the locals...anyone recall the title??

I'd love to have a copy of the WW2 cartoons-
bugs and popeye- slap a jap etc......
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 12:58:35 PM EDT
Best movie ever = Gunga Din !

Link Posted: 12/31/2003 1:01:04 PM EDT
I'm a sucker for a lot of Cary Grant movies:
The Philadelphia Story
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Kiss Them for Me
To Catch a Thief
Gunga Din
Mr. Lucky
North by Northwest

As well as Jimmy Stewart:
Rear Window
Strategic Air Command
The Glenn Miller Story
also in The Philadelphia Story
Call Northside 777
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Spirit of St. Louis
Anatomy of a Murder - the judge is excellent!

Anything with the Marx Brothers, but Cocoanuts is probably my favorite.

Anything with Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo or Rosalind Russell.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 1:05:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Not really, although Casablanca was pretty good.  Reefer Madness was unbelievably boring.
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I didn't really want Reefer Madness either, my girlfriend thougt it sounded "cute"  [>:/]

It was pretty weird to me
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 1:39:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 1:46:19 PM EDT by LWilde]
I love old flics.  My grandfather was an assistant director during the '30s, '40s, and early '50s.  His big claim to fame was working on "The Wizard of Oz".  His major assignment was to try and keep the "Little People" sober and on time for shooting to begin.  He said the dwarfs and midgets were a bunch of wild men, who loved drinking, gambling and chasing little women.  He told me that they were all billeted in a nearby hotel and that virtually every night there were fights, including knifings, usually over women.  My grandmother was office manager for Irene Dunne and my aunt was an actress.  Her stage name was Ann Harding.  You can look it up!

Until the rise of the guilt-ridden socialist beats (future hippies) in our culture, old movies generally extolled the virtues and general, all around goodness of Americans and our culture.  Hollywood has always had a "social conscience"...but nothing as blatantly socialist as they have had in the last few decades.

After communist influence ran rampant during the latter part of the war and into the '50s, the Hollyweirds began taking up social causes and striving to find fault with everything American.  When before we might have overlooked some of our warts and human failings, now the lefties in the industry portrayed all of our problems with a vicious vengance.

Certain classes of people, societal icons, great Americans, and "American values" were once shown to be the ideal...that which to strive for and to hold sacred.  Priests, fathers, religion, family, motherhood, American businesses, cops, the military, were all good.  Gays, lesbians, beats/hippies, commies, murderous crooks, and anti-Americans were generally held in low esteem in the movies and portrayed as generally evil and bad for our culture.  Now...hell, we are encouraged to feel sorry for the evildoers.

Anyone watch TV?  Watched any Lifetime lately?  What is the common, recurring refrain in the movies portrayed there?  Men are generally portrayed as white-male-racist-sexist-bigot-homophobes...and wife-beating child molesters to boot!  My missus watches that channel all the time and she admits that virtually all of those made for TV flics are all biased against men.  All of that shit is as a result of the relatively recent influence of the angry women in loose shoes who have come to power in Hollyweird in the last few decades.

Nowadays, Dads are always complete doofuses, somehow making it through the day without a clue...and only with the help of Mom and the children.  Cops are all to often dirty...and basically worse than the perps.  Crusading lawyers are always out there doing everything they can to protect all of us from the evil capatilist soceity in which we live.  Corporations are just evil, run by cabals of in-it-for-the-profit Republicans...out to screw either a kid or a whale.

Remember "Free Willy"  In that dumbass flic, the only males portrayed in a positive light were minorities.  Kids, moms and animals are good...white guys = bad.

Films nowadays generally portray bad guys, including the most vile convicts as victims of an abusive, pig of a father.  Moms are still held in high esteem, but only after a major conflict with their teen daughters, usually over her clod of a BF or her recent abortion.

The military is always led by evil generals who are basically bloodthirsty monsters trying to kill everybody and take over the world...backed by their evil, greedy corporate pals.

Corporations and the people who head them are always greedy monsters always putting profit before everything...including the health of their own families.  Ever wonder how the corporate meanies, those greedy evil Republicans, find the air and water for their kids while they are actively poisoning the air and water that the rest of us are forced to breath and drink?

I LOVE the oldies.


The Four Feathers (1939 version)

They Were Expendable

For Whom the Bell Tolls

In Which We Serve

Life With Father

Gunga Din

Hell...there are a zillion of the oldies worth watching.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 1:50:57 PM EDT
The Thing (the original)
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 1:54:40 PM EDT
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Most of the best movies were made before 1950 the vast majority of great movies were made before 1965.

There were more truly great movies made in 1939 than have been made total in the last 30 years.

Below are a few of the movies made in 1939:

Gunga Din
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Destry Rides Again
Wuthering Heights
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Gone with the Wind
Rules of the Game
The Wizard of Oz
The Young Mr. Lincoln
Love Affair
Of Mice and Men
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:01:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Not really, although Casablanca was pretty good.  Reefer Madness was unbelievably boring.
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Casablanca is my favorite movie.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:05:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 2:07:06 PM EDT by thedr13]
Some of my favorites are:


Flight of the Phoenix

Yankee Doodle Dandy ( James Cagney was one hell of a dancer)

Rooster Cogburn (many other John Wayne movies)

Broken Arrow

All of the Connery, Bond movies

Many others that I can't recall at this moment.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:08:14 PM EDT
Old horror movies……. Like the little rascals too!
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:14:12 PM EDT
Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy, Fredrich March and Gene Kelly.  Classic!

Heat, though made in 1995, was probably the best cob and robbers flick in 20 years.

Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:21:37 PM EDT
* The DAY the Earth Stood Still
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 2:22:51 PM EDT
The last three movies I've watched were Casablanca (twice!--best movie ever made), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The Maltese Falcon.  

Your post was right on [b]LWilde[/b].
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 3:24:57 PM EDT
old flicks rule. they might get dated, but they never go out of style.
just saw on ON THE BEACH the other day, and twelve o'clock high also. too many classics to list.
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