Lights! Cameras! Action!

Movies comes in all forms, action, drama, horror, Westerns, comedy, chick flicks, guy flicks, action movies and just plain dumb movies.  Movies are based on best selling books, original screen plays, short stories, historical characters and events and some apparently are based on what is written on the Boy’s Room walls at the local Junior High School.

Many of us like to “get away” and watch a good movie, either at home or in the theater. I prefer mine in the comfort of my television room (cheap SOB) but some like the experience of the really big screen.

Nearly everyone has their list of best and worst movies, and their list of favorite actors and actresses. Some, like me, have a mental list of actors they hate seeing in any type of movie.

So, this thread is a combination of the Academy Awards show and the Razzies presentation:

The Best and the Worst!

Who and what are your favorites and who and what are like fingernails on a blackboard to you?

No one is watching, so trot out your lists.

William Stephenson Clark


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28 responses to “Lights! Cameras! Action!

  1. I will never tire of watching and crying through Madame X. Lana Turner, John Forsythe.

    I think it’s because my whole being has been wrapped up in being a Mother. In that movie Madame X gave her son what she thought was a great gift. I think he would have chosen differently. So the moral I take away is that a Mother’s love is what a child appreciates. Mothers aren’t perfect, they’re humans and make mistakes, but their love is is what a child needs. Most days I know my kids do fine in spite of me. 😉

    • indypendent

      And may I add something?

      Children need the stability of a home – be it a single mother, single father, two parents, gay, straight or just a group of people living together as a family.

      It does not matter if the people are wealthy, poor or middle class. (although being in poverty does limit the family’s choices).

      Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors and we need to get away from this statistical ‘ideal’ family being made up of only one man – one woman, married with 2.5 children (hadn’t you always wanted to see what that .5 kid looked like – I did).

      We need to start seeing the gifts of each one of us rather than trying to pigeon-hole everyone into different groups and then pitting each group against one another for political purposes.

  2. WSClark

    I turned my self into a full time blogger yesterday on the music thread – one of my favorite subjects – so today I am going to try to be a little more restrained.

    Probably won’t succeed, but I’ll try.


    The Godfather, I and II.
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Taxi Driver
    The Deer Hunter
    Dances with Wolves
    Something’s Gotta Give
    A Few Good Men
    A Righteous Kill
    Road to Perdition
    Donnie Brasco
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Pulp Fiction
    Erin Brockovich

    For starters………………………………………….

    • wicked

      Butch and Sundance.
      Something’s Gotta Give
      Erin Brockovich
      A Few Good Men

  3. WSClark

    And of course…………….

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    On the Waterfront
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    The Wild One
    How the West Was Won
    Little Big Man

  4. Several from your list are some of my favorites too!

    I have in my possession a movie Jammer loaned me. He trusted me with his possession and I’ve kept it instead of borrowing it. I need to remedy that — get his movie back to him and get rid of this niggling guilt that makes me feel bad.

  5. indypendent

    I like the old Bette Davis movies.

    Bette Davis was one of the first women actresses that did not take any crap. She could hold her own with the best of them and usually threw in a few good slugs of her own.

  6. WSClark

    Animal House…………………. sophomoric, dumb, celebrating bad behavior, gratuitous nudity, the delinquents win in the end and all that.

    I love it.

  7. I don’t go to enough movies! I don’t even watch enough of them on television.

    The last two movies I saw were, “It’s Complicated” (very funny!) and “Blind Side” (touching). I enjoyed both, but they’re the only two movies I’ve gone to this whole year!

    • wicked

      It’s Complicated was funny! I laughed and laughed.

      The Blind Side was more uplifting than sad. Sandra deserved the Oscar for it. She wasn’t Sandra Bullock in it. I don’t think she tucked her hair behind her ear a single time. LOL

  8. WSClark

    Ah, I wrote the thread heading, then wondered what I would post. Some many titles, so little bandwidth.

    The Sting
    Mystic River
    There’s Something About Mary
    Shawshank Redemption
    The Green Mile
    Grand Torino
    Easy Rider
    Old Gringo

    Damn, my brain hurts!

    • wicked

      I see there are 2 Stephen King books-to-movies on the list. I haven’t seen The Green Mile, but thought Shawshank was great.

      Easy Rider is one of those movies from my teen years. Always a winner.

      • Freebird1971

        The “Green Mile” is probably one of the best of King’s book to movies that I have seen,it has a fantastic cast

      • I agree, Freebird. I liked the book a bit better, but very much enjoyed the movie!

  9. WSClark

    It’s probably just me, but I can’t stand Nicholas Cage. The same goes for Bill Paxton. And Jean Claude God Damn. Not too keen on Sly Stone, either.

    Love Morgan Freeman, De Niro, Pacino, Clooney, Denzel, Hanks, Wes Studi, Daniel Day-Lewis.

    There are female actresses I admire, but my manhood sometimes clouds my vision, but I always have liked Kathy Baker, Meryl Streep, Glen Close and Maddy Snowe. I truly love Halle Berry but she has a restraining order against me.

    • wicked

      It must be you. I love Nick Cage, but he did have to grown on me. I hated Peggy Sue Got Married and Raising Arizona. It took Con Air to hook me.

      Paxton is, for me, a blah. Sly is a yuck.

      Clooney is good. Finally, but I rarely watch his movies. Agree with Freeman, De Nira, Pacino (both big faves of my oldest daughter)Denzel and Hanks. Gotta add Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, and probably a few others. Go farther back for Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Gary Cooper, Tony Curtis…

  10. Freebird1971

    One of my favorite actors is Tom Berenger(sp?) He can play all types of roles,from the Squad leader in “Platoon”,a favorite movie of mine,to a washed up major league catcher and play them convincingly. My favorite role of his is General Longstreet in Gettysburg. I have read a bit about Longstreet and Berenger brought him to life for me,he even looked like the man.

  11. WSClark

    Tom Berenger is a great actor, Free, a character actor that brings “cred” to his roles. Good guy, too.

    I liked him in “Platoon” – he did a good job with that one.

    Since you constantly bring up “Gettysburg” I’ll have to rent the series, since – (hangs head) – I’ve never seen it.

    I love Civil War history – very deep stuff, very complex – so I am embarrassed that I have not watched the series.

    • wicked

      Can’t watch Platoon. I saw it in the theater under protest, but I have to be told who was in it. I remember only Willem DaFoe. Let’s face it. I don’t care for war movies (Gone With the Wind not included) and especially not Vietnam movies, although Full Metal Jacket wasn’t too bad.

  12. Freebird1971

    Don’t rent it. If I remember I’ll bring it to the 3 Stooges meeting tomorrow

  13. WSClark

    Sorry, film, not series……………………

  14. Freebird1971

    I knew what you meant,I’ll also bring “Gods and Generals” which is the prequal to Gettysburg

  15. WSClark

    Thanks, Free, I do appreciate that.

  16. Freebird1971

    My pleasure