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My Fair Lady (1964)

maverickEpisode 199 finishes up our "second century of reviews," so-to-speak, with another classic 1960's musical. From the last episode, we move ahead two years to 1964 for another film based on a hit Broadway musical, "My Fair Lady!" Expertly directed by veteran director George Cukor, this story follows a poor street girl who sells flowers to get by, being taken in by two linguistics professors as the object of a bet: That one of them can, in six months, turn her into a young woman presentable enough to attend court with royalty and not give away her lower-class origin! Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza Doolittle, with Rex Harrison playing Professor Henry Higgins and Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Hugh Pickering, the former accepting the wager from the latter. Add to that Stanley Holloway as Alfred P. Doolittle (Eliza's father), Gladys Cooper as Henry's mother, and Mona Washbourne as Mrs. Pierce (Henry's housekeeper) and you have a group of excellent performers who, in turn, present a film that took home eight Academy awards, including Best Picture! Plus, the trio reveal which two listener-suggested films will make up the pairing for the 200th episode!



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The Music Man (1962)

maverickEpisode 198 begins our 1960s classic musical pairing with, arguably, one of the best musicals ever made, in or out of the 1960s! We head back to 1962 for the cinematic version of Meredith Wilson's smash Broadway musical "The Music Man!" Directed for the silver screen by Morton DaCosta, this is the story of a traveling salesman/con artist who tries to bamboozle a small town in Iowa, and ends up falling for the maiden piano teacher he's supposed to be sweeping off her feet! Starring Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill, Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo, Buddy hackett as Hill's old friend and confidant Marcellus Washburn, Paul Ford and the inestimable Hermione Gingold as Mayor and Mrs. Shinn, the Buffalo Bills as the town council-turned-barbershop quartet, and one of the first appearances of a very young Ron (billed as "Ronny") Howard, this film is a lively trip through the antics of a small Iowa town in the year 1912! Great songs, excellent performances, and dance numbers that will make your eyes wide and your toes tap!



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TGaaG Special: Pandemic Films!

maverickEpisode 197.5: We thought that, with everything going on in the world, it might be worthwhile to examine how cinema has dealt with various types of plagues and pandemics. The thought was: It's got to be worse than what we're currently experiencing with the COVID-19 outbreak... and we were right! Buddy, Chad, and Jeff each review two pandemic films: "Carriers" (2009) directed by David and Alex Pastor, "Blindness" (2008) directed by Fernando Meirelles, "28 Days Later" (2002) directed by Danny Boyle, "The Omega Man" (1971) directed by Boris Sagal, "Contagion" (2011) directed by Steven Soderbergh, and the remake of the George Romero film "The Crazies" (2010) directed by Breck Eisner. For each film, we've got a breakdown of the cast and plot, the trailer, and then a bit about how much the reviewing individual can recommend the film. Remember: These films are supposed to make you feel better, because what's going on in the world today isn't as bad as what's depicted herein. If you're someone who's already anxious, or a major germaphobe, please use your own discretion when viewing these movies!



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Nightbreed (1990)

maverickEpisode 197: The second film in a pairing of movies about who the real monsters are is radically different from the first, but just as clear in its message. Clive Barker (of "Hellraiser" fame) wrote and directed 1990's "Nightbreed," based on a story he wrote entitled "Cabal." It tells of a young man, Boone (played by Craig Sheffer) plagued by nightmares of a place called Midian. His girlfriend Lori (played by Anne Bobby) suggests that he return to see the psychiatrist he'd gone to before, Dr. Decker (played by horror director David Cronenberg). The film also features "Hellraiser" alum Doug Bradley in a tale about a group of "Nightbreed," creatures many would call monsters, who simply want to live their lives, but who end up being hunted by the police and a serial killer, and only the chosen one can save them! Plus, find out what two classic 60's musicals the trio will be examining for the end of their second hundred reviews!



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They Live (1988)

maverickEpisode 196: Sometimes the monsters are who you least suspect! That's the theme of our pairing this time around, and we're starting with what very well may be John Carpenter's best film, 1988's "They Live!" Written, directed, and scored by Carpenter, this film features wrestler Roddy Piper in the lead role, and he proves once and for all that (at the time) WWF wrestlers are as talented as Hollywood actors as he turns in a heartfelt performance! Then, you pair him with legend Keith David, and you have pair of protagonists who lead us through a film truly unique amongst all of the other movies made! Piper plays Nada, a homeless man searching for a job and a place in a world that increasingly doesn't seem to care. He meets Frank (David) on a construction job, and Frank shows him to a homeless camp near a church, where he can sleep and get some food. After going into the church, he stumbles on a box of black sunglasses, one of which he takes with him. But when he decides to put them on, he sees the truth of the world, a truth almost no one else can see. This is a unanimous high recommendation from our trio, and rightly so, for a film that stands out among any other Hollywood film yet made!



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