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Roberts Reveals His Favorite Movies [Frustrated by Roberts' answers, Sen. Charles Schumer......
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Posted on 09/14/2005 4:09:34 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Roberts Reveals His Favorite Movies

2 hours, 22 minutes ago

After two days of intense legal questioning, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts finally addressed a subject most Americans could relate to: His favorite movies are "Doctor Zhivago" and "North by Northwest."

Frustrated by Roberts' answers, Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., suggested on Wednesday that if he dared to ask the nominee his favorite films, he would get a discussion of cinematography and why "Casablanca" is considered one of the greatest.

Instead, Roberts answered flat out, bringing laughter from the audience and senators alike.

"North by Northwest," Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic

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1 posted on 09/14/2005 4:09:36 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Schumer is a putz.


2 posted on 09/14/2005 4:11:38 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Sub-Driver

Top five bad answers for Roberts to have given:

5. Pee-wee Herman's Big Top Adventure
4. Deep Throat
3. The Passion of the Christ
2. A Clockwork Orange
1. Taxi Driver

(Another thread gave me the idea for most of those.)


3 posted on 09/14/2005 4:12:28 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

(Bad as in politically troublesome. I think The Passion of the Christ was a fantastic movie.)


4 posted on 09/14/2005 4:13:04 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Sub-Driver

Doctor Zhivago is a total bore. I withdraw my support of this nominee untill he develops better taste in movies. :-)


5 posted on 09/14/2005 4:13:52 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Sub-Driver
North by Northwest is good but Doctor Zhivago is highly overrated.

As Hitchcock goes, his two best movies are Rear Window and Strangers on a Train. But at least Roberts likes the classic movies. And it also says that he doesn't likely waste a lot of time watching the latest trash flicks. You can't do everything.

6 posted on 09/14/2005 4:13:57 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (The repenting soul is the victorious soul)
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To: Sub-Driver

Schumer is doing a great job at these hearings...at making himself look like a complete moron.


7 posted on 09/14/2005 4:14:09 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: Sub-Driver

What's wrong with Caddyshack, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, a Fish Called Wanda, and Princess Bride? Obviously this man called Judge Roberts should not be confirmed. Much too serious.


8 posted on 09/14/2005 4:14:24 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: Sub-Driver

I really like Roberts I just hope he is all he is cracked up to be.


9 posted on 09/14/2005 4:14:45 PM PDT by since1868
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To: Sub-Driver

I bet I've started to watch "North by Northwest" over a half-dozen times and never stayed awake for the ending - same way with "Vertigo."

My all-time fav, BTW, is "The Third Man" with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. "Laura" with the ever-so-hot Gene Tierney is right up there as well.


10 posted on 09/14/2005 4:15:08 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: lowbridge

Yeah, I didn't like DZ either. I just don't get why it makes so many top movie lists.


11 posted on 09/14/2005 4:15:10 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (The repenting soul is the victorious soul)
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To: Sub-Driver
HOw about:
Animal House
Porky's
Bachelor Party
Weekend at Bernie's
National Lampoon's Vacation
12 posted on 09/14/2005 4:16:26 PM PDT by meyer (The DNC prefers advancing the party at the expense of human lives.)
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To: p. henry

or Gidget get's a hickey....


13 posted on 09/14/2005 4:20:56 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Unelect All NJ Politicians....)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Judge John Roberts is my kind of guy. I thought Doctor Zhivago was a great love story, and the music was superb.

I can't recall if I have seen North by Northwest but will be going to check it out since the Judge says it is one of his favorites.

14 posted on 09/14/2005 4:22:22 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: facedown

He should have told them his favorite movie was "Advise and Consent"


15 posted on 09/14/2005 4:22:57 PM PDT by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: Spunky

North by Northwest is a very good movie, but not nearly as good as Rear Window or Strangers on a Train. Trust The Ghost Of FReepers Past on this matter. LOL!


16 posted on 09/14/2005 4:24:31 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (The repenting soul is the victorious soul)
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To: meyer

"Here Chuck, choke on these:

49th Parallel
Red Dawn
Anything with John Wayne
Die Hard
Terminator

Did we leave off any movies where real men beat the snot out of commies, nazis or criminals?"


17 posted on 09/14/2005 4:24:52 PM PDT by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: p. henry

Your list contains many of my favorites! Great Movies in there genre.


18 posted on 09/14/2005 4:25:17 PM PDT by Taylor
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To: Yehuda

Anything by Sam Fuller or John Ford.


19 posted on 09/14/2005 4:25:34 PM PDT by durasell
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To: Sub-Driver
If I had have been Roberts, I would have looked Chuck-e-Cheese in the eye and answered "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance".
20 posted on 09/14/2005 4:26:14 PM PDT by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: Taylor

there=their


21 posted on 09/14/2005 4:26:15 PM PDT by Taylor
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Yeah, I didn't like DZ either. I just don't get why it makes so many top movie lists.

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I have to say I think the cinematography is good.

I think most Hollywood likes it for the scene where the people in the fancy restaurant are listening to the workers sing the "Internationale". They know what's coming two reels later.

What the Hollywood lefties don't understand is that they're the ones in the fancy restaurant and when their beloved revolution comes, they'll be the first in line to be shot.

Idiots.
22 posted on 09/14/2005 4:27:52 PM PDT by Cheburashka
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To: Cheburashka

It was among the last of those big, sprawling movies. And remember, the novel and Pasternak were banned in the Soviet Union when it came out.


23 posted on 09/14/2005 4:30:54 PM PDT by durasell
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To: Cheburashka

Agreed - only to a liberal can ADULTERY be considered "a great love story" - sheesh!


24 posted on 09/14/2005 4:31:06 PM PDT by clawrence3
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1484548/posts


25 posted on 09/14/2005 4:32:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: lowbridge
In high school I was unfortunate enough to have to watch that movie 3 times in one 12 month period (early 2nd semester 1 class, late the same 2nd semester for a different class, and early the next year in a 3rd). I can only remember 3 things about the movie:
it was snowing all the time
the balalaika music was interesting at first but got grating about halfway through the second viewing
I hated it
26 posted on 09/14/2005 4:33:05 PM PDT by discostu (When someone tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back)
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To: Chi-townChief
I've never been a Hitchcock fan. At college, they showed North by Northwest, and we all sat there and laughed our way through it.

BTW, Schumer didn't actually say "cinematography." According to a (liberal) friend of mine who heard the whole thing and e-mailed me because he knew I'd appreciate it, what Schumer actually said was "cinemaphotography."

Idiot.

27 posted on 09/14/2005 4:33:18 PM PDT by kellynch (I am excessively diverted ~~Jane Austen)
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To: clawrence3

Ironic, the adultery aspect is one of the reasons why the Soviet Union banned the book.


28 posted on 09/14/2005 4:33:22 PM PDT by durasell
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To: Sub-Driver

Roberts TKOs the mental mices in Congress without lifting a finger.


29 posted on 09/14/2005 4:33:32 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: facedown

Perhaps Chuckie listed his favorite movies as:

**Fahrenheit 9/11
**The Last Temptation of Christ
**Brokeback Mountain


30 posted on 09/14/2005 4:33:58 PM PDT by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: timydnuc

LOL!


31 posted on 09/14/2005 4:34:51 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
North by Northwest is good but Doctor Zhivago is highly overrated.

"Laura's Theme" was the best thing about the movie.

32 posted on 09/14/2005 4:35:23 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: durasell

Pasternak's disagreement with Soviet Communism was not actually political but rather based on his aesthetic views - he couldn't fully accept official literary doctrines developed from a theory of class struggle but instead followed his own principles - which I have to admit the book is not bad. The movie, however, is terrible in my opinion.


33 posted on 09/14/2005 4:35:38 PM PDT by clawrence3
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To: frankjr

Schumer IS a complete moron.

Have you seen this Anthony Weiner fellow who replaced him in Congress? AIEEEE!


34 posted on 09/14/2005 4:35:57 PM PDT by 43north (If you're not liberal at 20 you have no heart. If you're still liberal at 40 you have no brain.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
North by Northwest is a very good movie, but not nearly as good as Rear Window or Strangers on a Train.

SoaT took some liberties with the plot. I think the play is closer to the original book (which I've not read) but I don't think the Hayes Office would have allowed the original plot to be used. In it, Guy Hanes is finally badgered into committing "his" murder (just before intermission) but Bruno doesn't just fade into the woodwork. In the end, a private detective hired by Bruno's father's family figures out that Guy Hanes had committed the murder as a result of endless pressure by Bruno. Rather than go to the police, however, he figures out that Guy Hanes has already suffered enough.

35 posted on 09/14/2005 4:36:25 PM PDT by supercat (Don't fix blame--FIX THE PROBLEM.)
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To: Yehuda

How about "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean."


36 posted on 09/14/2005 4:36:42 PM PDT by azcap
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To: clawrence3

I'm actually not a fan or either. There are some good "set pieces" in the movie that are intended for the "oh wow" effect, but I found most of it a yawn. Also, I heard the translation of DZ was a rush job and is pretty bad, so I never made an attempt at it. And you know what they say about translations -- they're like women.


37 posted on 09/14/2005 4:38:15 PM PDT by durasell
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To: durasell

Interestingly, the book won the Nobel. Russky authorities told Pasternak he could go accept the prize, but not to return. Pasternak loved his country so much he refused to leave...a great patriot, imho.....


38 posted on 09/14/2005 4:40:11 PM PDT by mozarky2 (#)
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To: p. henry
I'm sorry, but there's nothing like a good "Whiskey Tango" comedy... "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," and a movie that I don't beleive made it more than a week in the theaters, "Waking Up in Reno!" If you want to make it a trifecta, add in "Raising Arizona!"

Mark

39 posted on 09/14/2005 4:41:18 PM PDT by MarkL (It was a shocking cock-up. The mice were furious!)
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To: dangus
Top five bad answers for Roberts to have given:

I'm surprised that none of the "Girls Gone Wild" home videos made it on your list!

Mark

40 posted on 09/14/2005 4:42:41 PM PDT by MarkL (It was a shocking cock-up. The mice were furious!)
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To: mozarky2

I'm not sure that's patriotism, is it? It isn't political. Maybe there's another word that I don't know.


41 posted on 09/14/2005 4:42:47 PM PDT by durasell
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To: discostu

Great post..LOL! They released a lot of schlock from Hollywood back in the 1960s...the casts and crews were high and/or drunk, and just because it was the thing to do, many of these silly movies were part of the "it scene". They shoved them at the public, who lapped up this garbage, mainly because movies were then the main form of affordable entertainment. The libs could also shove a lot of leftwing politics into any movie's message.

Oh, it really was so zen and there! Sock it to me, peace and groovy, man. LOL!


42 posted on 09/14/2005 4:43:48 PM PDT by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: Sub-Driver

He should have answered " The taxpayers are paying you to quiz me on my favorite movies ? "


43 posted on 09/14/2005 4:44:04 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: dangus
Natural Born Killers

Deep Throat

44 posted on 09/14/2005 4:44:33 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Death to Islamo-Fascists ...)
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To: durasell

I've heard that about the translation - I just enjoyed the book much better than the movie, that's all. I am wondering what the saying is about "women" though?


45 posted on 09/14/2005 4:44:38 PM PDT by clawrence3
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To: discostu
the balalaika music was interesting at first but got grating about halfway through the second viewing

If you think that's annoying, try putting up with a bouzouki in a cheese shop!

I'm sorry, I just finished a rough day at work, and for some reason, I'm just in total smart-@$$ mode. I'll try to control myself. Really, I will.

Mark

46 posted on 09/14/2005 4:45:42 PM PDT by MarkL (It was a shocking cock-up. The mice were furious!)
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To: meyer; Sub-Driver

"Team America"

That would have gone over well!! ;)


47 posted on 09/14/2005 4:45:48 PM PDT by Shazbot29 (Trolling member of the DU Activist Corps!)
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To: Sub-Driver

"Judge Dredd"


48 posted on 09/14/2005 4:46:01 PM PDT by kenavi ("Remember, your fathers sacrificed themselves without need of a messianic complex." Ariel Sharon)
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To: clawrence3

Glad you asked -- Translations are like women because -- if they're beautiful, they're usually not faithful. And if they're faithful, they're usually not beautiful.

(it's a literary joke folks, relax)


49 posted on 09/14/2005 4:46:04 PM PDT by durasell
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To: durasell

Ah thanks - now I know.

Here's a movie review of "Doctor Zhivago" which focused on the "love story" and noted a number of scenes and characters, important for Pasternak's philosophical vision of the fate of his generation, were omitted. ". . . the biggest disappointment of 1965 . . . There is nothing holding the effects together, not an idea, or a feeling, or a mood, or even much of a plot, and a relatively capable cast struggles helplessly with Robert Bolt's disconnected, uninspired dialogue as the film bumbles along to boredom."

(Andrew Sarris in Village Voice, December 30, 1965)


50 posted on 09/14/2005 4:50:24 PM PDT by clawrence3
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