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Bud Simpson

Having little girls in the neighborhood sounds delightful. I had them in the house, though I was sure that by the time they would ready for high school, natural selection would have worked its miracle and eliminated one of them.

Nothing is more fun than hearing girls screeching over a hair brush at 5:00 a.m.

I, too, saw the Thomas Crown Affair, and marveled at how well it has held together. The editing also owes a lot to Frankenheimer's Grand Prix, which, in spite of taking itself too seriously, was great fun to watch in a theater.

p.s. Thanks for "Looks Good on Paper"


I agree with both your intent for "The Real One" and that remakes often (usually?) are inferior. However, as you noted, sometimes a remake holds up well. I thought The Thomas Crown Affair remake was acceptable, though not in the same league as the original. And some people (not I) actually think the remake of Ben Hur with Heston is superior to the original with Ramon Novarro. (Let's agree the most recent remake never happened.)

Another snag is what to do when a remake has a different title (Here Comes Mr. Jordan and Heaven Can Wait; The Front Page and His Girl Friday) or when there are numerous remakes (A Christmas Carol; Scrooge). Determining "the real one" would get complicated (though it'd be a fun mental exercise with a group of friends over a few beers).

Thanks to alerting me to Filmstruck, though for now, Turner Classic is doing a good job of keeping me supplied with classics. One drawback of TCM is being limited to their programming decisions vs. being able to actively choose a film. That's a 1st world problem though.

Anyway, that's enough of my rambling. Thanks for your daily efforts on this blog - I look forward to it each day.

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