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Anyone Else Love Classic Movies?

So I’m stting here, after staying awake ANOTHER night, trying to fix my ridiculously screwed up sleep schedule, and I happen to catch “The Longest Day”, “G-Men” (b/w one with James Cagney), and North to Alaska.

I’m wondering if anyone else here loves watching classics. I have to admit I really miss the old style cinematography and screen play styles. As good as a lot of movies are in recent years, I feel like there’s often something missing that I can’t put my finger on.

Anyone else like the old school style?

I do enjoy the old-school style, although I generally like to keep my classic movies within the horror genre. There’s something about the choppy sound and black-and-white visuals that makes it so much better. Nosferatu!

I do. Depends how far back you define classics. Its easy to pic Casabalanca and movies from the 40’s to numerous to mention. I like North by Northwest from the 50’s and a few others. Not sure The Godfather qualifies under this definition. But surely there are some classic movies out there

I became infatuated with Audry Hepburn a few years ago, and watched just about everything she made.

In doing so I became a big fan of old movies.

On the Waterfront, From Here to Eternity, any of the three James Dean movies (but mostly Giant), Ben-Hur, My Fair Lady…

I have to start a new paragraph for It’s a Wonderful Life. I don’t know where your definition of “classic” ends and mine begins, because when I start thinking about it I’ll want to start including Sam Peckinpah, but there was some Good Stuff way back before I was ever born.

Sadly, I predict this will be a short thread. I hope I am wrong.

Of course I do. I have too many favorites so I’ll get back to this. Frankly, I can’t understand how anyone can claim to like movies if they don’t love the classics.

William Holden is one of my favorite actors.

A few of his pictures yall should check out:
[i]The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Sabrina
Stalag-17
The Devil’s Brigade
Network

Airplane!

The Longest Day
On The Waterfront
The Public Enemy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
White Heat

Not sure if these qualify but:
The Godfather
Taxi Driver
Patton
Tora Tora Tora

John Wayne films, and various other westerns and war films of that same era.

[quote]rainjack wrote:
I became infatuated with Audry Hepburn a few years ago, and watched just about everything she made.

In doing so I became a big fan of old movies. [/quote]

She sure is a thing of beauty.

One of my favourite old time movies is The Great Escape.

[quote]rsg wrote:
rainjack wrote:
I became infatuated with Audry Hepburn a few years ago, and watched just about everything she made.

In doing so I became a big fan of old movies.

She sure is a thing of beauty.

One of my favourite old time movies is The Great Escape.[/quote]

Ah The Great Escape - I look forward to Christmas in the UK just to watch it on the TV (For anyone outside the UK it seems to have become a Christmas classic and is played most years here)

I really like Westerns but old horror films are the best.

I also like really bad B movies. Stuff with absolutely aweful acting in them. Creature from the Black Lagoon anyone?

Thunder Road and Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum. Also the original Cape Fear.

A Streetcar Named Desire with Brando. Pretty much anything with Brando.

Touch of Evil with Charlton Heston.

March of the Wooden Soldiers is my all time favorite.

Brute Force with Burt Lancaster.

There are so many great classic films. Can’t leave off anything with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, WC Fields and on and on.

[quote]Renton wrote:
rsg wrote:
rainjack wrote:
I became infatuated with Audry Hepburn a few years ago, and watched just about everything she made.

In doing so I became a big fan of old movies.

She sure is a thing of beauty.

One of my favourite old time movies is The Great Escape.

Ah The Great Escape - I look forward to Christmas in the UK just to watch it on the TV (For anyone outside the UK it seems to have become a Christmas classic and is played most years here)

I really like Westerns but old horror films are the best.

I also like really bad B movies. Stuff with absolutely aweful acting in them. Creature from the Black Lagoon anyone?[/quote]

Crater Lake Monster. Saw it at a drive-in when I was a wee lad.

Top Secret!

I am so pissed my cable company dropped TCM. I think they are trying to strongarm me to upgrade.

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
I am so pissed my cable company dropped TCM. I think they are trying to strongarm me to upgrade.[/quote]

They dropped it off their standard service, but kept it on their digital?

classic Disney movies
Alice in Wonderland is the shit.

[quote]Rykker wrote:
Renton wrote:
rsg wrote:
rainjack wrote:
I became infatuated with Audry Hepburn a few years ago, and watched just about everything she made.

In doing so I became a big fan of old movies.

She sure is a thing of beauty.

One of my favourite old time movies is The Great Escape.

Ah The Great Escape - I look forward to Christmas in the UK just to watch it on the TV (For anyone outside the UK it seems to have become a Christmas classic and is played most years here)

I really like Westerns but old horror films are the best.

I also like really bad B movies. Stuff with absolutely aweful acting in them. Creature from the Black Lagoon anyone?

Crater Lake Monster. Saw it at a drive-in when I was a wee lad.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crater_Lake_Monster[/quote]

Agreed. Classics are classics, but there’s no beating terrible B-movie horror effects. Then, there’s always good ones, like Hitchcock or Kubrick, if you consider them in the ‘classic’ generation.

I agree with the guy above me though, old school Disney movies are the shit, and always good for some innuendo.

Fail Safe, and of course, Dr Strangelove
Almost anything with Burt Lanchaster
Anything with Burt and Kirk together
Brandos early works (The Wild Ones, Street Car, Waterfront)
Paul Newman (Long Hot Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, CHL, Hustler, etc.)
40s/50s scifi (the end?),
hammer films (Cushing and Lee)
Guilty pleasure, the early Godzila flicks
All Abbott and Costello

And Audry Hepburn was all about class