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  1. Mendalla

    Riding off into the musical sunset

    That music has almost come to define the Western genre, at least a certain era of it. Sadly, the brilliant composer who wrote it died at the age of 91 the other day. Ennio Morricone is probably best known for the spaghetti Westerns he scored in the late sixties and early seventies. However...
  2. Mendalla

    Oscars so ... Korean!!!

    Seriously. Parasite, by popular Korean director Bong Joon-ho, won not only best international film (new name for best foreign language), but also best picture, best screenplay, and best director. Joon-ho was already well-known for previous films like The Host, Okja, Snowpiercer, and more, but...
  3. Mendalla

    Another RIP, William Goldman

    The list of movies that William Goldman wrote is a jaw-dropper: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid All the President's Men Marathon Man (based on his own novel) The Princess Bride (ditto) Misery And that's just a sample of some of the best known ones. He was easily one of the most successful...
  4. Mendalla

    Oh wow, that's sad, RIP Scott Wilson

    I'm not that familiar with actor Scott Wilson, but I just read about his death and it's a bit of a heartbreaker. They just announced yesterday at NY Comic Con that he was returning to his role on The Walking Dead, on which he was a regular from 2011-2014, and then he passed away hours later. He...
  5. Mendalla

    The Bandit races off into the sunset...RIP Burt Reynolds

    Combining talent and good ole boy charm, Burt Reynolds was the most bankable male star of the late seventies and early eighties. Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and more built him an impressive resume, capped with an Oscar nomination for Boogie Nights when his career revived...
  6. Mendalla

    RIP to a comedy great

    Just learned that Neil Simon passed away at the good age of 91. From TV to Broadway to movies, Simon was a defining voice of American comedy for decades. The Globe's obit summarizes his career pretty well. Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91 Quite a resume to say the least.
  7. Mendalla

    Forum Game: Movie Title Train

    Okay, this one is popular on other boards I'm in. I'll post a movie title. Next user has to take the last letter and post a movie beginning with that letter. And so on for subsequent users. Example: Opening Post: Gone With The Wind Next Post: Die Hard Next Post: Dave Next Post Enter the Ninja...
  8. Mendalla

    The James Bond franchise is 65 years old. Time to retire?

    ‘The b**** is alive’ – Casino Royale at 65! Sorry for the nasty language in the headline above, but it's a paraphrase of the closing line from the novel being discussed that the writer of the article thought would be clever. 65 years ago, the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (filmed 3...
  9. Mendalla

    Favorite Love stories (movies, novels, TV story arcs, whatever)

    Since Valentine's looms and love is in the air, how about hearing people's favorite love stories from any media. Could be three hankie weepers, romantic comedies, fantasies. Hell, even erotic romances are cool here (just keep the discussion SFW, Safe for Wondercafe). To kick off: The Princess...
  10. Mendalla

    The Weinstein scandal

    I, like a lot of movie watchers, have seen quite a few movies produced by Harvey Weinstein either during his time at Miramax or under his later Weinstein banner. So I have no doubt of his ability to put together quality pictures. At the same time, I have not exactly been stunned by the scandal...
  11. Mendalla

    Game: Movie and actors

    Okay, stole this one from another board. First person names an actor. Second names a movie that actor was in (doesn't have to be a star, could be supporting or even a cameo) and gives another actor from the same movie . Third rinses and repeats using that actor (but a different movie). So: A...
  12. Mendalla

    Another bit of my childhood gone

    I has a bit of a sad as a fan of The Six Million Dollar Man. Richard Anderson, who played spy agency chief Oscar Goldman in both that series and spinoff The Bionic Woman, has died at 91. Richard Anderson, from Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, dead at 91 Anderson's role was a supporting...
  13. Mendalla

    Headcanon

    Okay, first a loose definition. "Headcanon" is when fans of a media property have their own ideas of how a character should look or which two characters should hook up or who should die in a series or whatever. For instance, most of us old school, pre-Peter Jackson Tolkien fans had ideas about...
  14. J

    Remember the Old Drive-Ins

    Remember the old drive-in movie theaters? My family spent many a summer there. Mom and Dad would load up the old stationwagon with kids and then whisk us off to movie heaven. We kids would play on the swings, slide, and teetertotter before the big show, then the whole family would sit back in...
  15. Mendalla

    Short films

    A while back, in a now quiet movie recommendations thread, @Inannawhimsey and I were trading recommendations for short films on Youtube. I have continued to enjoy these, finding that 2-4 of them will generally fill up my 45 minute sessions on our stationary bike in the evening. So, I thought I...
  16. Mendalla

    40 years ago, in a movie theatre far, far away...

    A blast of brass announced the arrival of a movie that, for better or worse, helped define how we view and watch movies today. Star Wars, later to be retitled Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, launched into theatres and inspired a generation to leap into hyperspace with a blaster and a...
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