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Posted on 09/14/2005 4:09:34 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Roberts Reveals His Favorite Movies
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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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Schumer is a putz.
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.)
(Bad as in politically troublesome. I think The Passion of the Christ was a fantastic movie.)
Doctor Zhivago is a total bore. I withdraw my support of this nominee untill he develops better taste in movies. :-)
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.
Schumer is doing a great job at these hearings...at making himself look like a complete moron.
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.
I really like Roberts I just hope he is all he is cracked up to be.
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.
Yeah, I didn't like DZ either. I just don't get why it makes so many top movie lists.
or Gidget get's a hickey....
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.
He should have told them his favorite movie was "Advise and Consent"
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!
Your list contains many of my favorites! Great Movies in there genre.
Anything by Sam Fuller or John Ford.
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.
Agreed - only to a liberal can ADULTERY be considered "a great love story" - sheesh!
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."
Ironic, the adultery aspect is one of the reasons why the Soviet Union banned the book.
Roberts TKOs the mental mices in Congress without lifting a finger.
Perhaps Chuckie listed his favorite movies as:
**The Last Temptation of Christ
"Laura's Theme" was the best thing about the movie.
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.
Schumer IS a complete moron.
Have you seen this Anthony Weiner fellow who replaced him in Congress? AIEEEE!
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.
How about "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean."
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.
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.....
I'm surprised that none of the "Girls Gone Wild" home videos made it on your list!
I'm not sure that's patriotism, is it? It isn't political. Maybe there's another word that I don't know.
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!
He should have answered " The taxpayers are paying you to quiz me on my favorite movies ? "
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?
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.
That would have gone over well!! ;)
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)
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)