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Oh great, Bill. Now I have "Let the River Run" stuck in my head. Thanks for that.
Is that a famous mind-virus song? I just saw the film and don't remember any music at all. Or Carly Simon. I must have a filter for such things.

"Stuck-in-head" songs would be a good thread topic. Dave Barry had a book on it.

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The Shining (1980), produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The power of a well-crafted trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=Os6raCCmAFk

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One of my all-time favs has just come out on BD: On Golden Pond.
Naturally, I had to re-purchase.


Before tonite, I hadn't seen it in many years.
I was struck by a couple of things...
The great script, first and foremost (courtesy of playwright Ernest Thompson).


IMO, the music doesn't always fit the drama on-screen, and sounds dated.
But when it DOES, it works well.


Director Mark Rydell's handling of the screenplay could be better....some of it is a bit clumsy.
If the film was made today, there are Directors available who could do a better job with it IMO.


The acting is a mixed bag.
Henry Fonda over-cooks it a bit.
Watching KH, I managed to "catch her acting" a few times.
However, Dabney Coleman is solid and JF is very good throughout.
The BIG surprise (for me) was Doug McKeon as The Kid.
I completely bought him in every scene.


The AV of the BD is not good.
Although I doubt they are, Universal should be ashamed of handing such crap source material to Shout Factory for a BD.
On Golden Pond is a classic...it deserves to be treated better by its studio.

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I love On Golden Pond...

I have a 1984 release by CBS/FOX and its beautiful.. BEST 1 I have ever had of this movie.

Yes definetly a classic.. They dont make good movies anymore
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I love On Golden Pond...

I have a 1984 release by CBS/FOX and its beautiful.. BEST 1 I have ever had of this movie.

Yes definetly a classic.. They dont make good movies anymore
The writing is beyond superb.


No film demonstrates the poignancy of the aging process like this one.
Every multi-generational family has dealt with the issues this movie illuminates so well.

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It's funny, some think 80's movies and On Golden Pond comes to mind. When I think 80's the first movie that popped in my mind was Porky's. I was in high school in the 80's and not even old enough to see Porky's. A few of us snuck into the movie theater and my eyes were opened. I've appreciated a well crafted shower scene ever since. Ah, good times.

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When I think 80's the first movie that popped in my mind was Porky's. I was in high school in the 80's and not even old enough to see Porky's. A few of us snuck into the movie theater and my eyes were opened. I've appreciated a well crafted shower scene ever since. Ah, good times.
Why am I not surprised??

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A golden oldie from Werner Herzog tonite: Fitzcarraldo.


This was recently released on BD for the first time.
Hadn't seen it in decades and NF has it for rental, so I gave it a rewatch.


The Good: cinematography and story.
Beautiful shots of the Amazon are in every scene.
The story is absolutely fascinating.


The Bad: inconsistent acting quality and crappy AV (particularly audio).
At times, Kinski is over-the-top and, consequently, not very believable (in fairness, he isn't the only one).
Natives are not actors, and most of the time it shows.
Lots of softness and artifacting in long shots.
The 5.1 MA track of the BD sounds so artificial and shallow, it took me out of the movie again and again.
Strangely, it sounds dubbed in post (was the original recorded sound THAT bad?)
Checked the other soundtracks and they are no better.


At any hoot, this is a story BEGGING to be retold.
I hope someone takes up the challenge some day.

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At any hoot, this is a story BEGGING to be retold.
I hope someone takes up the challenge some day.
Who's gonna lug the boat over the mountain in these CG days?


BTW, you ever seen Les Blank's Burden of Dreams?.... cause if you haven't you definitely should.
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Who's gonna lug the boat over the mountain in these CG days?
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BTW, you ever seen Les Blank's Burden of Dreams?.... cause if you haven't you definitely should.
No, but I'll put it in my queue.

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52 Pick-Up (1986), directed by John Frankenheimer.

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FWIW, Kino Lorber has just released a BD of this title. It looks fine, but the DVD did too. I'd say its an upgrade for fans of the film.
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Labyrinth (1986), directed by Jim Henson.
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Referencing the original post, but I have to give props to "Romancing the Stone". Lots of fun, always watchable.

I love John Hughes's films as well...Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Sixteen Candles, all fabulous.
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Doh! How could I forget Ferris Bueller's Day Off?!
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I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!!!!!!

I was glad when I found the ORIGINAL RELEASE OF IT.. (The one I saw on HBO in the 80s (NO LETTERBOX @ THE END))

I like that one better as its the ORIGINAL and purest version
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