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  1. 10 points
  2. 8 points
    I wanna see 'Stagecoach' (1966) And 'Hot Spell', dammit.
  3. 7 points
    They've been down for the last 8-9 hours for me. It was a minute or so after I posted my last review in the Just watched thread. In other words, I've watched 4 movies in the time it's been down.
  4. 7 points
    So...is this a good time to say that I like superhero movies? Maher's complaints seem to be more about the people who make comic books, or other kid-oriented stuff like cartoons and video games, a way of life. I've watched Maher for over 20 years, since the old Comedy Central days, through the ABC years, and now the HBO series (although I haven't much in the last year or two as I dropped HBO), and he's always voiced dislike of any science fiction, fantasy or other "unrealistic" films. In that regard, he often sounds like one of those people who feel it's necessary to reaffirm to everyone else how "mature and adult" they are, and that those who don't share the same tastes are therefore not so. It's one of his many failings, but I still find him humorous and occasionally insightful. As far as the so-called "comic book culture", I'm with him, but that extends to all ultra fannish cultures, be it sports or any other entertainment that people become slavishly devoted to. I know it may sound odd from someone who watches as many movies as I do, but I've never quite understood the "super-fan" mentality. Wearing shirts or other clothing emblazoned with some character or team mascot, dressing up in costume, whether as Spider-Man, Mr. Spock, or body-painted Patriots fans, they all seem silly to me outside of a costume party. People who paint sports team logos on their vehicles are just as ridiculous to me as someone with a Captain America tattoo on their arm. I've enjoyed many (not all) comic book movies, but I haven't bought or read a comic book in nearly 30 years, nor do I own any clothing with comic characters (or any other characters or corporate logos). I don't own any "action figures" other than a model of the Bronze Talos from Jason and the Argonauts. It gathers dust on a high shelf, next to my Aurora model-kit glow-in-the-dark statue of the Boris Karloff Mummy. I don't dress in the jersey-and-long-shorts uniform of the perpetual adolescent. Nor do I play video games, although I have in the past (I no longer own any gaming machine). For me, a superhero movie is no different from watching The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mask of Zorro, Flash Gordon, The Flame and the Arrow, and on and on. They are all fantasy to one extent or another, all basic morality plays made flashy and spectacular through one cinematic technique or another, and all just as valid as entertainment as any other. The level of quality fluctuates as it does with all films, books, music, etc. And the enjoyment of one does not preclude the appreciation of other types of more "high-minded" art. I like the works of Kurosawa, Bergman, Fellini, De Sica, Bresson, Bunuel, Ozu, and Dreyer, while at the same time liking many horror, science fiction, fantasy, and yes, even superhero movies.
  5. 7 points
    Scream of Fear (1961)--Quite possibly the best of the Hammer films, it's labeled as 'horror', but is more of a classic psychological thriller. The plot revolves around Susan Strasberg's visit to her father's estate after a decade of estrangement. Her physical condition (in a wheelchair, unable to walk after a horseback riding accident) and the recent death of her long time companion set her up to be the 'perfect victim'. Her step mother, Ann Todd, and the family chauffeur Ronald Lewis are oh-so accommodating and thoughtful, explaining that her father is out of town. But, Strasberg starts to see dead dad popping up all over, while Todd, Lewis, and family doctor Christopher Lee try to persuade her she's just stressed and overly-imaginative. Is she crazy? Are they gas-lighting her? Although the viewer will remain suspicious, we are wisely kept in the dark as to motives (of all the characters..) until the final twist. The black and white photography is really well done..moody, shadowy..and is probably as important as the characters...not the usual Hammer screamer in intense shades of red. I saw this film years ago, and even though I knew what was really going on, I enjoyed the viewing. I watched on Classic Reel, but I think it's available on Amazon prime as well. Great example of a stylish little suspense film.
  6. 6 points
    I request North By Northwest and Doctor Zhivago every month.
  7. 6 points
    The Upturned Glass (1947) - 7/10 Interesting British thriller with James Mason as a doctor trying to solve the murder of his mistress. When he finds the culprit, instead of turning them over to the police, he plots to kill them. Also featuring Pamela Mason and Rosamund John. The structure of this film isn't quite like anything I've seen before, although I can't go into it without spoiling the last act. Suffice it to say, I found it intriguing, and Mason was excellent in the lead.
  8. 5 points
    Serpent of the Nile (1953) Mini Cleopatra "epic," done on a limited budget from Columbia. This time it's Rhonda Fleming as the most famous Egyptian seductress of them all, with Raymond Burr as the noble Mark Antony she leads around by his pre-Perry Mason nose, and (woah, I must have missed this one in history class) William Lundigan as the Roman captain Cleo really loves. The film starts with Caesar's assassination and quickly has both assassin plotters Brutus and Cassius dispatched by Octavius and Mark Antony. But Antony takes a shining to Brutus's loyal captain (Bill Lundigan) and soon adopts him as his new best friend. Soon Antony and new best friend are off to the land of the burning sun where Cleo will flash her eyes and dazzle with a smile and Antony will become her pet, err, lover. Still, as stated in the opening paragraph, it's big Bill Lundigan she really loves but Bill is faithful to Antony and Rome so we know that's not going to amount to much. Mind you this Cleopatra, who has ambitions to be queen of Rome through Antony, is a funny one regarding Lundigan. She at one point sends two assassins to his room in the middle of the night and when she later learns that they failed in their mission she's glad. Ah, the fickleness of women, this one more than most. But enough of all the story nonsense. What about what really matters to viewers who tune in to see a film of this kind, and the burning question on all their minds. Just how HOT is Rhonda Fleming as Cleopatra? Well, she's pretty impressive though she has to compromise those gorgeous red locks of her's in this colour production by wearing a dark wig. Depending upon her outfit the lady's massive eye shadow alters from blue to green then back to blue again and, in one scene she's wearing one of those '50s bras that stick out like twin torpedoes. It certainly draws your attention, and you have wonder about the cast members and crew who must have been ducking their heads on the set so as not to get smacked in the face by the thing. Look out, Bill. That thing might go off. Raymond Burr gives an okay performance as the doomed, tragic Antony (at least as much as the sophomoric script will allow). For those interested we also get to see him in togas and Roman centurion armour so, look out world, dig those knees! This film was made, fortunately, years before Burr got bigger than a Sherman tank. William Lundigan has dialogue like, "Antony, don't make Alexandria your tomb while Rome cries out its need for you." Touching, eh? Unfortunately he says the line in the same flat monotone that he does all his other dialogue in this film. William Castle (no gimmicks this time) directed this film without much flair. There are a few fast edited action sequences, Castle trying to spruce some of them up by having the camera in a ditch in the ground as a chariot rides over it. I guess he saw the silent Ben Hur. Possibly of more interest in this film than most is Julie Newmar's sole scene in it (she's billed as Julie Newmeyer). Years before they painted Shirley Eaton all over the same way for a Bond film Newmar is covered in gold as she does an exotic dance in Cleopatra's court with all eyes on her. I must say that Julie was in pretty impressive, limber shape for this number (there are even a few slow leg splits on the floor). Serpent of the Nile is a time waster, but for those who don't care for either the DeMille version of the '30s or the elephantine Liz Taylor take of the same tale three decades later, this economy version may appeal to them. All the photos posted here of the film, by the way, are taken off a DVD of mine from a TCM broadcast of the movie a few years ago. I only just caught up with the film now. 2 out of 4
  9. 5 points
    Patricia Routledge is one of the greatest sitcom actress to ever come out of British television or for that matter any television. But you don't get that honor on your own. You have to have top-notch professional support every inch of the way. And Clive Swift was Patricia's number one support on television. To do that he had to be equal to her in ability, stamina and professionalism. We cannot imagine Hyacinth without a straight man who was her long-suffering husband. If the role of Hyacinth's husband was a thankless one, it was still one that was full of comic relief, punctuated with brilliant minimalist acting by Clive Swift. For 6 years Clive Swift kept up appearances as Richard Bucket, pronounced " bouquet ", to the Delight of millions of britcom lovers all over the world.
  10. 5 points
    Real Time‏Verified account @RealTimers “[Trump] cannot tell fiction from reality... today he announced we're putting a 50% tariff on vibranium...He said, 'Trade with Wakanda, very unfair!'” – @BillMaher #RealTime
  11. 5 points
    I found this for sale on my local Craigslist, and had to have it. It's in great shape, and is really cool. Anyone know any history of it? I've searched and searched, and can't find anything about it, or anything like it. I'm hoping that means I got a rare piece! I don't really care that much, I'll like it just as much, even if it isn't all that rare. Being hard to come by, would just make it all that much better! I am going to carefully clean it up, and put a new cord and shade on it. The cord is damaged, and the owner didn't have the shade. I'm going to get a vintage canvas cord for it, if I can find one. And I'm going to get a old school looking shade. I'll get some better pictures of it once I have it all cleaned up, and completed!
  12. 5 points
    Wait! They're not singin' "Springtime for Trudeau and Canada" here are they??? (...does Mel Brooks know about this???)
  13. 5 points
    I'm gonna be honest and say when I first saw this title back in the 1970's, being a pugilism fan I thought it was a biopic about G.O.A.T. and I was wondering who would play Sonny Liston in it. Had not seen it before last night, but was struck by how cleverly Rainer Werner Fassbinder used the storyline from Sirk's, All That Heaven Allows but really made a unique film but with totally different elements and some interesting alterations and transpositions to the original story by Edna Lee, who I recall also wrote the novel, Queen Bee, which was also about a certain level of society not dissimilar. While Cary in the Sirk film gets an unwanted tv from her kids for Christmas, in Fassbinder's film, Emmi's son kicks in the screen of her tv when it is revealed that she has married Ali. During one close-up outside between Emmi and Ali, I was transfixed with the faces of Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson appearing simultaneously in my mind, as if the characters were a ghostly presence. When Ali goes to the bartendress and owner's apartment and stands before her bedroom window, again the figure of Rock Hudson standing in front of the giant window he constructed in his new mill home was envisioned again. The fact that Fassbinder was able to evoke such images without the film being a total remake in all details was fascinating. People seemingly never change and resent anyone going outside the circle of what they consider the norm, and both films show this aspect of society well. It is only when it becomes imperative for other reasons than civility, that Emmi's grocery owner, friends, fellow employees and apartment dwellers find reasons that her enmity is dangerous to their lives that they pretend to accept the situation. The ending again parallels the Sirk film, with the romance threatened in a physical way outside of people's emotional response to it. All in all, a satisfying take on society and its morals almost twenty years after the first go round by Sirk. Sadly no mention of Ali or Emmi reading about Thoreau's Walden Pond in this film.
  14. 5 points
    All it is is soot. Let's not make this into more than it has to be. Chimney sweeps would naturally be clouded over with soot. Soot is black. Nothing unusual there. I never took the scene as blackface.
  15. 5 points
    That tale of yours, Dargo, triggers a memory of my own of an unexpected encounter I had with an actor. Sorry that this anecdote is totally off topic since it has nothing to do with David Janssen. The actor involved is a character actor named Derek McGrath, who has appeared on Cheers and a few million other TV shows and films, usually in small roles. There are a couple of photos of him as both a young actor and an older one. Anyway back in the '80s I was walking with a friend along an Ontario escarpment called Rattlesnake Point. It's a beautiful woodsy area which even has a herd of bison living in a corralled field below. In any event as we were walking along I was extolling the beauty of the area, as I was saying out loud for all to hear, "This area has everything. It has trees and birds and buffalo . . ." At this moment I recognized McGrath as he emerged between two trees and walked past us. " . . . and actors," I added on. McGrath looked back at us and laughed as he continued his walk. I was sort of pleased with myself at the time since, upon spotting this actor, I hadn't missed a beat as I included his profession in my exultation of the wonders of the escarpment.
  16. 5 points
    The Daily Beast‏Verified account@thedailybeast Steve Martin as Roger Stone tells @TuckerCarlson how he plans to pay his mounting legal bills: “I set up a donation page based on a phrase people everywhere have been yelling at me: ‘Hey Roger, go fund yourself!'” #SNL https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-martin-nails-roger-stone-on-snl-pardon-me?via=twitter_page
  17. 5 points
    My record of never having agreed with a single comment made by Movie Madness on these boards remains unblemished.
  18. 5 points
    The Web (1947) - 7/10 Solid crime thriller/noir with Edmond O'Brien as an attorney who's hired to act as a bodyguard to wealthy businessman Vincent Price. Ed takes a shine to Vincent's executive secretary Ella Raines, but when O'Brien thinks he's been used as a stooge to do Price's dirty work, he vows to set things straight. The cast, which also includes William Bendix, Fritz Leiber, and John Abbott, is good and the story engrossing.
  19. 5 points
    You can't have grown up in New York City and been close to the experimental film/video world without knowing and respecting its godfather, Jonas Mekas, who died yesterday, at the age of 96. In the late 1970s/early 1980s, I spent many happy (and sometimes bewildered) hours at the Anthology Film Archives, which he co-founded. He was an icon in the field which he helped shape. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/23/jonas-mekas-titan-of-underground-filmmaking-dies-aged-96 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Mekas
  20. 5 points
    LETTY LYNTON (1932) won't ever air on TCM, because of an on-going rights issue. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) will never air on TCM, because NBC has the broadcast rights locked up. SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946) won't air because it's too controversial. The GODFATHER movies also will never air on TCM. STAR WARS (1977) has never aired on TCM and is probably too expensive to rent.
  21. 5 points
    Can the rest of the world do what Trump is doing to Venezuela? Declare the 2016 U.S. election invalid and say that Hillary Clinton is the legitimate president.
  22. 5 points
    Toni Ruberto‏ @ToniRuberto 5h5 hours ago The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y. (outside Buffalo) will open the Ernie Kovacs Archives in August. It promises never-before-seen material including notes, sketches, annotated scripts, props, wardrobe and more. @ntlcomedycenter @tcm
  23. 5 points
    It didn't hurt that Edie Adams was his partner in crime for many of his projects. Here's a 1956 clip from the CBS game show "What's My Line" featuring Kovacs as a panelist and Adams as the mystery guest.
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
    Nip, aren't you the one who constantly berates god-less, heathen, atheist liberals? Sounds very judgemental to me. Especially, when you praise the most soulless, totally immoral individual doing things that are cruel for cruelty's sake. He is total evil. If there is a hell, Trump has earned his place there.

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