Jimmy Fucking Stewart

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i've probably told some of the people here about the wonderful life "christmas village" my friend's mom sets up every year.

you know those ceramic houses and tiny trees and lights and shit that crazy midwestern mothers put all on their mantles in september and leave up until february. this one is bedford falls.

the model of the bridge has A VERY TINY JIMMY STEWART CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE MERRY CHRISTMAS :D :D :D

ghost rider, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:07 (twelve years ago) link

IAWL is as I've stated before basically the biggest most shameless piece of modern-era conservative propaganda I can think of. It's aimed squarely between the eyes of every middle american who never makes jack shit for busting their ass all day, it's okay because you know what jesus still fucking loves you amirite.

If you change Mr. Potter's name to something that ends with Farb or Berg or Man you also get the bonus of unadulterated nazi caricature!

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:07 (twelve years ago) link

that is so blood diamonds UH BEARTRAPS

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

btw, you are missing THE NAKED SPUR and WINCHESTER '73, two of the Anthony Mann westerns! where he's usually surly!

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:09 (twelve years ago) link

that plushie also looks nothing like the real harvey btw

real harvey is a lot more like the donnie darko rabbit

considering the time travel capabilities I'd say they're likely related

ooh and donnie darko is also the inverse of IAWL! I just figured that out thank you DUH TRON

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:10 (twelve years ago) link

what on earth are you talking about?

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:11 (twelve years ago) link

i like the guy who is givin out wings.


god? or nick?

lauren, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

either.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:16 (twelve years ago) link

I know it's not a Pooka. It was for sale at the Jimmy Stewart Museum site. I like how they found some random bunny toy and called it Official Pooka.

Abbott, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:17 (twelve years ago) link

Nick >>> God

kenan, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:17 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.twintone.com/minies/89229.gif

ghost rider, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

i'm goin for rope, jimmy stewart in that is like the original columbo

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:20 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, he is very, very good in Rope. but I still dislike him.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:20 (twelve years ago) link

the model of the bridge has A VERY TINY JIMMY STEWART CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE MERRY CHRISTMAS :D :D :D

Nothing says Christmas like a suicidal George Bailey.

Nicole, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

donnie darko -> he realizes he has to go back and let himself be killed so the world can be set right
it's a wonderful life -> he realizes he shouldn't commit suicide because without him bedford falls turns into baltimore

SPOILER ALERT SORRY

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

Does anyone remember the U.S. Acres cartoon where Wade is contemplating suicide and the guardian angel shows him how much happier & superior the world is without him?

Abbott, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

but see he's about to learn! He's about to be shown the horror that is having bars and entertainment in your town!

xposts

kenan, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:23 (twelve years ago) link

ok awesome

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:36 (twelve years ago) link

It puts Ferrell and Heder to shame, for reals.

Nicole, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

aw dude, of course IAWL is depressing! that's why i love it!
[also, i thought ghost rider was tombot...]

stevie, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 23:02 (twelve years ago) link

"some terrible thing that yr gonna claim i left out"

HI DERE!

srsly, THE MORTAL STORM features an A+ performance from Stewart as he tries to save his love from the Nazis - good Borzage propaganda (Sarris said something funny about this film - something like "Borzage has an odd objection to Facism")

On the cheeseball side - AIRPORT 77

the only correct answer to this thread can be VERTIGO

gershy, Thursday, 12 April 2007 03:06 (twelve years ago) link

I picked Rear Window, actually, because I think Vertigo puts him almost too much in the service of Hitchcock. Stewart's big moments there -- "Did he train you? Did he tell you exactly what to do and what to say?" -- feel less like Jimmy Stewart and more like Hitch trained him what to do and what to say. In Rear Window he gets to be laid back and funny and obsessed, all in one movie, and all without walking around. It feel like it's more of him.

kenan, Thursday, 12 April 2007 03:12 (twelve years ago) link

Also, one of my favorite movies ever, so I'm biased.

kenan, Thursday, 12 April 2007 03:13 (twelve years ago) link

he's great in rear window.
also good in NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY w/ DESTRY co-star Dietrich

gershy, Thursday, 12 April 2007 03:20 (twelve years ago) link

IAWL is way misinterpreted because ppl never view it in the context of capra's other films - espec. "meet john doe," which is certainly among the darkest classic hollywood era movies i can think of. the genuine frustration and despair makes the corniness more poignant for me.

i think the ending's supposed to be more bittersweet than ppl assume - yes george never got to live out his dreams, but that's life, yknow? most people don't get to.

despite my love for capra and "liberty valance" i'm gonna have to go with "vertigo" since it basically affected me more than any movie ever. every time i've seen it i wind up feeling like i've witnessed a suicide or something.

J.D., Thursday, 12 April 2007 09:15 (twelve years ago) link

without him bedford falls turns into baltimore

Jeez, I guess I should go somewhere besides Camden Yards next trip.

btw Ally, b4 you get pissed about Ice Cube remaking Mr. Blandings, you shd be aware that this Disturbia thing coming out tomw is apparently a Rear Window ripoff with 20-year-olds (ie, whoever the fuck Shia LeBouef is).

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:20 (twelve years ago) link

I know! It looks like it could be funny.

Nicole, Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:42 (twelve years ago) link

ugh morbs, that news is terrible. i have no idea what movie you're talking about but everything you just said grossed me out. i mean, disturbia??

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

All the reviews I've seen say it has zero surprises, by the numbers.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

also, my fave interp of RW is that it's really about JS trying to figure out if he wants to marry Grace Kelly (the wedding ring, the different women/couples he spies on, etc).

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:49 (twelve years ago) link

that's an interpretation?

gabbneb, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:21 (twelve years ago) link

yes.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:22 (twelve years ago) link

shia lebouef is spike witwicky in the new transformers!!!

TOMBOT, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:23 (twelve years ago) link

it's produced by Ivan Rietman

TOMBOT, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:23 (twelve years ago) link

I read about it in the newspaper

TOMBOT, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:24 (twelve years ago) link

but yeah disturbia is a terrible title for a film

TOMBOT, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:24 (twelve years ago) link

or anything

TOMBOT, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:24 (twelve years ago) link

one of my film profs lectured us on the marriage anxiety interpretation of rw. i remember him repeatedly pausing the scene in which grk wiggles her finger to show js that she has the ring.

lauren, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

i mean, i wouldn't say RW is 'about' one thing, but the settling-down theme is all over the movie and explicit. that great music thing you found - that's an interpretation

gabbneb, Thursday, 12 April 2007 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

It's a tie!

I've never seen "Rear Window"

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 13 April 2007 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

PIKACHU???

ghost rider, Friday, 13 April 2007 12:37 (twelve years ago) link

in retrospect i think i prob should've voted for the shop around the corner, that one needs more love.

ghost rider, Friday, 13 April 2007 12:38 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not sure how I missed this. Lately I rep for Anatomy of a Murder.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 13 April 2007 12:57 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah jeez, not even Nora Ephron could destroy shop around the corner

Dr Morbius, Friday, 13 April 2007 13:31 (twelve years ago) link

i am regretting not voting for my second choice, anatomy of a murder, since it got no votes at all ;_;

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Friday, 13 April 2007 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

i was going to go for rear window, followed by vertigo

>>>mr consensus<<<

600, Friday, 13 April 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

No one vote for It's a Wonderful World?! I was thinking about that, but I settled for Harvey.

Tuomas, Friday, 13 April 2007 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

I'd probably have voted for "Shop Around the Corner", even though that's more of an ensemble piece, and not a star vehicle for Stewart.

o. nate, Friday, 13 April 2007 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

Pervy James tops Iconic Jimmy!

I first saw him on his starring eponymous network sitcom.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 13 April 2007 14:29 (twelve years ago) link

Mann's films are so good that I can only assume his status relative to other filmmakers from his era is simply due to him being a director whose personality was not front-and-center, a guy whose reputation was perhaps that of a workmanlike craftsman rather than someone who chose interesting projects and elevated them seemingly every single time. I've yet to see one of his films that wasn't at least very good and most have been great.

omar little, Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:04 (one month ago) link

yeah Bend of the River has a climactic gunfight at a river, near some rapids.

omar little, Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:05 (one month ago) link

ok now I remember Far Country, really liked that one. Stewart + Brennan, how can you go wrong. Plus the judge was a good villian.
I don't think I've ever seen The Man From Laramie...

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:37 (one month ago) link

Bend of the River was filmed entirely on location in Oregon. I can recognize a fair number of the places it was shot.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:07 (one month ago) link


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