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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #70 on: May 09, 2010, 01:54:12 PM »
That one shot aside, it is still quite amazing.

The POV shots from the ship with the landscape whizzing by particularly amaze me.

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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #71 on: May 09, 2010, 01:57:17 PM »
I should say, I haven't seen this yet. Kinda wasn't sure if I'd like it, but the whole portage/rapids thing sort of seals the deal.

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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #72 on: May 09, 2010, 02:24:48 PM »
It's still the nuts, model or no model. :D

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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #73 on: May 09, 2010, 02:27:00 PM »
It's still the nuts, model or no model. :D

Very true.  I really think thing much of it at the time - just was a bit of a curiousity given the reputation of the production.... It really doesn't affect my overall grade on the film at all.
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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #74 on: May 09, 2010, 02:59:51 PM »

Lastly, there was a laughingly bad scene with a model of the steamship toward the end, during what was supposed to be the major crisis point of the film.  Odd choice there...

Wait, what? If you're talking about the rapids, that was real. ???
Why do people keep thinking that is fake? Maybe overexposure to CG has muddled their brains.
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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #75 on: May 09, 2010, 03:01:20 PM »

Lastly, there was a laughingly bad scene with a model of the steamship toward the end, during what was supposed to be the major crisis point of the film.  Odd choice there...

Wait, what? If you're talking about the rapids, that was real. ???
Why do people keep thinking that is fake? Maybe overexposure to CG has muddled their brains.

It is fake Sam. Just that one scene.

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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #76 on: May 09, 2010, 10:24:03 PM »
Glad you liked Fitzcarraldo so much Ferris, It's one of my favorites.

As for fake or not, I'm not sure.  I never remember anything looking cheap, but its been awhile.  They really did send the boat down the rapids though, which is both awesome and completely insane-- or Herzog in a nutshell.
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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #77 on: May 10, 2010, 09:20:12 AM »
I wish we could have watched this together, ferris.  I'll have to check it out on my own!

This was actually in the mailbox the day you were over.  Had I just taken the time to check.  Can you believe I'm finally getting to seeing it!  UGH time is precious and fleeting.
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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #78 on: May 10, 2010, 07:02:24 PM »



Goodbye Mr. Chips
(1939, Sam Wood)



Implications:
(Non-Spoiler 2 sentence plot synopsis:)

Told through flashback, Goodbye Mr. Chipss is the story of a turn-of-the-century boarding school teacher named Charles Chipping.  The film follows 60 years of his life in devotion to the school.  His wife, played by Greer Garson, helped transform him from a young strict introvert to the life-force of the school.


Health Benefits
(what I liked):
A very nice film. In a modern era so used to the "teacher-changed-our-lives" films like Dead Poet's Society and Mr. Holland's Opus, it may be hard for today's audiences to appreciate it - and I'll admit it took awhile for it to win me over - but it eventually did - mostly due to Robert Donat's fantastic performance.  I loved the way it communicated the passing of time: "oh some duke got shot, nothing to trouble yourself about..." or "HG Wells? bah - he'll never amount to anything".  The famous line, though pretty predictable - landed quite well. As a piece of film history it's great to see things like Chipping climbing a "mountain" in a suit and tie, and the overall set design.  



Side Effects:
(what I didn't like)
Well, the usual things that keep me from liking older films - they are a bit stagy and episodic.  This film had an odd way of choosing to skip by major life events and discuss them after-the-fact.  I understand the choice, but I guess in the end left me bit arm's length from the characters - which didn't pack the emotional punch it could have had.


Active Ingredients
(favorite scenes and characters)
At the center of this film is Robert Donat.  His performance was so memorable that his performance beat out Clark Gable as the the one category for which Goodbye Mr Chips beat out Gone With the Wind for the Oscars that year.  And rightly so.  I had no idea until after the film was over that the one man played all the ages of Mr Chipping.  It is truly a masterful performance (and I guess kudos go to the make-up department, because I was completely duped!)



This medicine is like:
(who should watch this?)
a) Castor Oil: To be shown only to Film students... as punishment
b) St John's Wart:  Works really well for some people, but I still have this rash...[/b][/color]
c) Fish Oil: Good for you but it's a bit of a pill to swallow!
d) One-A-Day Vitamins: Recommended for anyone
e) Flinstone Chewables: Good for you and easily ingestible (and fruity flavors!)

By-in-large it's a very easy story to follow, and it's hard not to get won over by Robert Donat, so I think it would be fairly easy to recommend to people - however, I worry that for modern audiences this is a bit rote - since the story told her has been stolen and rehashed so many times.

How soon before your next dosage?
(Chances I'll watch it again)
a) Measles Inoculation: Once should do it
b) Advil: may need a dose again from time to time
c) Cialis: Most effective when used frequently!
d) Crack: Just can't get enough - and savor every moment

I'm sure every time I'm flipping channels and catch this on, I'd end up getting pulled into the story once again.

So...Do I feel better now?
(other thoughts)
Yeah.  I liked it.  Very glad I saw it.  Especially since Steven O'Selsnick has been after me for awhile to watch this!



Conclusion:
Very good. Put a smile on my face.  For Robert Donat's performance alone this is probably a must-watch.  

Grade: B


Film Rankings so far
1. Fitzcaraldo
2. Reds
3. Goodbye Mr Chips
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc


Remaining films:
- The Bicyle Thief
- Chinatown
- Seven Samarai
- 12 Angry Men
- Paris Texas
- The 400 Blows
- Days of Heaven
- Double Indemnity
- The Third Man
- Do The Right Thing
- Blue Velvet
- Three Colors: Blue
- The Sting
- The Apartment
- Sunrise: Song of Two Humans
- North by Northwest
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Re: Ferris' Classics Marathon: 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals
« Reply #79 on: May 10, 2010, 07:10:18 PM »
Glad you liked it, ferris.
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