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August 18, 2009



Pocket Money -

slow, little plot, less action. Thoroughly Enjoyable. (to me anyway. no movie snob here.)


'Double Indemnity' - can one imagine both Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johanson dying at the end? An update would have to have the daughter and her love interest (played by two disney actors) become the main focus instead.


The Third Man....minimal cast, locations, no monsters, gore, or aliens. Well-written dialogue, character interplay, even the secondary stars had intelligent lines to perform. And the music.....:).


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Johnny Vandal

I can't imagine any of the great films from the '70's getting made in today's Hollywood. It all boils down to a lack of what the world needs most these days.... IMAGINATION!


Touch of Evil couldn't even be made in the old Hollywood!

The real pity is not being able to see these classics on a big screen with lots of other people.

A lot of my faves are not from the classic American studio era, but you should see The Grapes of Wrath, and A Face in the Crowd, Shadow of a Doubt.

And for shorts, well, you have to look to the National Film Board of Canada.

fatty jubbo

Who could have imagined No Country for Old Men winning any award? There is hope!

Listener Ralphine

Not one of my favorites, but Birth of a Nation.

Bob Cobbings' Kitchen Prosthetics

"Singin' In The Rain" - the cinema of innocence?

The Khanman

What about Kelley's Hero's...Could never be done again.


Apocalypse Now.


I vote for The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story, and Sullivan's Travels. No idea how they were made then, and am certain that nothing like them would come out of Hollywood now. Or the old Buster Keaton flics- finely crafted comedy gems with crazy physical stunts.

Von Zeke

If y'all have the opportunity look at the movie section of any American newspaper from the '40s or '50s.
There have always been a good share of crap films - even in the "golden years".

That said, Paths Of Glory
or Treasure Of The Sierra Madré
would probably never get made today.


I'm still amazed that Lester got Petulia made several decades ago, but compared to The Ruling Class (staring Peter O'Toole) it's damned close to our theaters.

Greg in Tulsa

Stanley Spadowski. Enough said.


Try and imagine what would happen if the Beatles broke today, and then made their first movie. "Hard Day's Night"? I doubt it.

By the way, in answer to your rhetorical question, intelligent people do go to cinema. Dumb-ass American consumer automatons go to "the movies", which is where you were when you saw J&J.

Wendy del Formaggio

I can't see Network being made today. I would love to tell you all the reasons why I am of this opinion, but I'm afraid I would get writer's cramp.

GAR 1262

Funny article. As for movies that will never be re-made, I'll go with THX 1138.

Adrian in London

Lift to the Scaffold. Jeanne Moreau would just phone her boyfriend on her mobile. "I'm stuckin a lift, yeah?"

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