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What are your favorite movies?
Wow, how far back do I go...? The Great Train Robbery, The Kid, The Gold Rush, The General, The Wind, M, Sunrise, City Lights, Pandora's Box, The Best Years of Our Lives, Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Westerner, My Darling Clementine, The Searchers, How Green Was My Valley, Sullivan's Travels, Red River, White Heat, Yankee Doodle Dandy, It's A Gift, Man On The Flying Trapeze, The Grapes Of Wrath, The Roaring Twenties, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Casablanca, To Have And Have Not, Double Indemnity, The Quiet Man, Singin' In The Rain, Born Yesterday, The Bandwagon, Top Hat, Champion, The Third Man, The Sweet Smell Of Success, Out Of The Past, Giant, Red River, Sunset Boulevard, East Of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Misfits, The Spirit Of St. Louis, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Samurai, Paths of Glory, Notorious, Vertigo, North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men, Oliver!, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, Sparticus, Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Chinatown, The Great Escape, Bulitt, The Freshman, Death In Venice, Never Cry Wolf, The Godfather, The Sting, Manhattan,Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, A Shot In The Dark, Once Upon A Time In America, Appocalypse Now, Casino, Silverado, LA Story, Remains Of The Day, Waking Ned Devine, Local Hero, Wings of Desire, The Usual Suspects, Fight Club and several more I can't remember right now...
Who are your favorite stars?
Chaplin, Stan Laurel, John Gilbert, Garbo, Louise Brooks, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, James Cagney, W.C. Fields, John Wayne, John Garfield, Walter Brennan, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Kirk Douglas, Fred Astaire, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum, Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Robert DiNiro, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Spacey.
Who are your favorite directors?
Buster Keaton, Orson Welles, John Ford, William Wellman, William Wyler, Raoul Walsh, Michael Curtiz, John Sturges, Stanley Kubrick, John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Carol Reed, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I live In Portland, Oregon. For the last year or so I've been working on writing screenplays. One of my screenplays, the first I ever wrote, "Roughneck Emperor" was a quarterfinalist in the Zoetrope screenplay competition in 2013. I've loved movies all my life. In the woulda, shoulda, coulda department, I think I could've made a good film editor and I've wished for a while that I had gotten my degree in film history instead of photography and gotten into film preservation/restoration.
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Kiss Me Deadly

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:03pm 2 Comments

Saw a great movie Saturday night on TCM. "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955) starring Ralph Meeker, directed by Robert Aldrich. I'm guessing most of you have seen it (don't know why it took me so long to discover it), but for those who

haven't, its an adaptation of a Mickey Spillane novel with Mike Hammer as the

protagonist. A lot of the acting is over the top and the dialog is

straight out of a True Detective magazine, but overall, it's a really absorbing



AFI movie quotes

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 10:18pm 2 Comments

I'm sure a lot of you have seen this, but i wanted to share it with anyone who hasn't. Its a Youtube video of quotes compiled by the AFI. It just never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful, funny, touching, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring, relevetory moments there have been in the last 100 years of filmmaking.…


Pandora's Box

Posted on October 31, 2009 at 7:17pm 5 Comments

I saw "Pandora's Box" (1929, silent, German)the other day and was blown away. For starters, it stars, Louise Brooks (who I've been in love with for years), and couldn't take my eyes off of her. The film is just head and shoulders above any other silents I've seen, (and I enjoy silent pictures). The cinematography, lighting, set design and above all, the acting are all first rate. I'm on a quest to find other German silents to see if they also have the high quality of this one.

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At 11:53am on April 12, 2010, Abdullah aka Chuck said…
Hope you have a great birthday!!

At 2:43pm on December 8, 2009, MilleniaB said…

At 10:35pm on October 31, 2009, Dan Day, Jr. said…
Yes, F. W. Murnau directed SUNRISE.
At 8:47pm on October 31, 2009, Dan Day, Jr. said…
Are you familar with the silent German classics of horror and fantasy such as NOSFERATU, METROPOLIS, and FAUST? Or how about F. W. Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH? If you are interested in trying to get silent films on DVD, Kino International is the company to go to. They are a bit pricey, but Kino puts out the best looking prints of silent films.

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