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    Most will mention his turns in Easy Rider and Ulee's Gold, and he was perfect in both films, but I also liked him in his early "sensitive guy" role in Lilith, his first iconic biker movie The Wild Angels, his directorial debut on The Hired Hand, 70's exploitation classics Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and Race with the Devil, an obscure but fun genre film from the 1980's named Dance of the Dwarfs aka Jungle Heat, and his late-career turn as an ex-hippie villain in The Limey.
  3. 8 points
    Although at first glance you might think for Summer Under the Stars TCM was merely repeating Buster Keaton films that have been seen many times before, TCM stepped it up by including the premier of the very interesting documentary by Peter Bogdanovich - The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018). In addition, TCM featured several titles restored by the Cohen Media Group that have just been released on Blu-Ray in the past few months. In their restorations, Cohen went one step further than the original Blu-Ray versions that Kino did several years ago by cleaning up the dirt and scratches and in some cases updating the scores. The video for these titles now looks nearly as good as when it was originally shown in theaters. The list of Cohen titles presented by TCM includes some of Keaton’s most highly acclaimed classics: Battling Butler (1926) The General (1926) Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Seven Chances (1925) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1926) The Navigator (1924) All of these titles (including the documentary) can still be seen on WatchTCM for a few more days, so Keaton fans should check them out while they can.
  4. 8 points
    Wow! "Icon for a generation" certainly describes Peter Fonda, alright. As a 17 year old in 1969 and already being into motorcycling at that age, seeing Easy Rider on the big screen for the first time will always be a fresh memory to me. All my buddies I rode with back then would have killed to have had his "Captain America" bike, AND to have been as cool as he portrayed his Wyatt character to be in this film. (...R.I.P., Peter)
  5. 7 points
    https://deadline.com/2019/08/peter-fonda-dies-symbol-of-a-generation-in-easy-rider-was-79-1202670129/ Brilliant in Ulee's Gold and the icon for a generation with Easy Rider. Son of Henry, Brother to Jane, father to Bridget.
  6. 7 points
    Netflix should be worried of their lack of a library of interesting films.
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  8. 6 points
    In the past few weeks I've seen two What A Character installments that are new to me so I assume are new productions; Jessie Ralph and Mildred Natwick. I hope there will be more to come! Below is a list I've compiled. Please let me know if there are any missing. What A Character - Beulah Bondi What A Character - Conrad Veidt What A Character - Edna Mae Oliver What A Character - Eugene Pallette What A Character - Eve Arden What A Character - Frank McHugh What A Character - Guy Kibbee What A Character - Hattie McDaniel What A Character - Jessie Ralph What A Character - Marjorie Main What A Character - Mary Wickes What A Character - Mildred Natwick What A Character - Rags Ragland What A Character - SZ Sakall What A Character - William Demarest What A Character - William Frawley
  9. 6 points
    Bambi (1942) A year ago hiking along a nature trail, while crossing a bridge, I looked down upon a thicket and saw in a clearing a deer reaching up to eat some leaves off a branch. I was enchanted by the sight and watched the animal in appreciative silence. After a minute or two I saw a slight rustle in the bushes behind the deer and saw a fawn emerge beside her. I watched these two for several minutes. They saw me too, or, at least the mother did, but, as I remained still and said nothing, they didn't flee. I watched them for several more minutes before they disappeared into the thicket. It was a lovely moment. Last week I hiked along the same path and, as I approached the same bridge, I thought of those two deer. As I did so I glanced down into that same thicket and there, in a clearing, not more than one hundred yards from where I saw the deer last year, I spotted a stag reaching up to eat some leaves off a branch. After about three minutes he was gone, disappeared into the thick bush around him, and I again felt honoured to have seen one of nature's most beautiful creatures. I even wondered if I might have just seen the same fawn from last year, now a young adult. In view of that sighting I decided to watch one of Disney's most famous animated features for the first time in years. I had re-viewed both Snow White and Pinocchio within the past year and, to be honest, while I appreciated the animation of both, neither feature film really touched me emotionally and I was, in that respect, a little disappointed. That was not, I'm pleased to say, the case with Bambi. Disney's lyrical appreciation of nature and the circle of life still enchants through a combination of still impressive animation, music and the anthromorphic characterizations of its central figures. The fairy tale nature of this presentation, of course, is such that (and I accepted it while it has nothing to do with reality) all the animals in the film are friends with one another. The wise old, if slightly grumpy, owl never swoops down to prey upon any of the forest creatures. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, skunks and, of course, deer all happily intermingle with one another in this forest glade. There is only one enemy in this film, and that is first powerfully conveyed in one of the most effective sequences in the production. A young Bambi, still discovering the wonders of his wooded world, is startled to see all the deer suddenly fleeing in one direction. An ominous musical score is now building on the film's soundtrack, as a cacophony of crows in flight flee high from the woods. Not only do the deer flee but the birds and all small animals run away in panic. Bambi is startled and scared, too young to understand what's happening, calling out for his mother who, in turn, is searching for him. There's a shot of Bambi, painfully vulnerable and alone in the middle of the meadow, as he runs back and forth not knowing what to do, until he is joined by a stag, The Prince of the Forest, to whom all the deer look for guidance. He leads Bambi, now joined by his mother, quickly out of the meadow and towards the woods. As he does so the ominous sounds of the music builds and then suddenly stops. There is silence followed by a rifle shot. Soon after, now in the safety of the woods, Bambi's mother emerges and looks around, calling out to a still frightened Bambi to join her. "What happened, mother?" he asks, "Why did we all run?" There is a three second delay, building for full impact, before she replies. "Man," she answers, "was in the forest." Bambi has a number of lovely moments, particularly those when as a young fawn he is on spindly legs learning to walk and later playing with his friends. Thumper, a mischievious small rabbit, and Flower, a shy skunk, are his two close friends. The voice characterization, in particular, of Thumper, done by young Peter Behn, is a marvel of childlike innocence and curiosity, adding as much to the characterization of this little rabbit as the animators. When Bambi goes sprawling once again, can anyone forget young Thumper's marvelous "Did the young Prince fall down?" rejoinder to the action? SPOILER ALERT: Of course, one of the most powerful scenes captured in animation occurs when Bambi's mother is killed. Difficult to imagine many audience members not having to fight the tears when a panicked young Bambi ventures into a winter blizzard calling out in vain for his mother. I wonder, too, how many audience members, based on their own life experiences, may be identifying with the little fawn at this moment. Heart warming and poignant, charming and sweet, with a simple story about nature that never interferes with the characterizations or flow of the action, Bambi still remains the Disney studio at its most affecting. 3.5 out of 4
  10. 6 points
    Plus possesses the experience of manure spreading! Sepiatone
  11. 6 points
    I am overwhelmed! Thanks to all who voted for me and special thanks to Frau Blucher. I will start thinking of a worthy challenge soon.
  12. 6 points
    Haven't you heard? He's the "king of Israel". Trump touts quote calling him 'second coming of God' to Jews in Israel A day after saying that American Jews who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty,” President Trump on Wednesday repeated a claim by a supporter that he is beloved by Israeli Jews “like a king” or "the second coming of God." Trump shared on Twitter quotes from Newsmax TV's Wayne Allyn Root, who declared him the greatest president for Jews and Israel “in the history of the world.” https://news.yahoo.com/trump-second-coming-of-god-to-jews-israel-135407584.html;_ylt=AwrJ61l8hF1dlCAAoGVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--
  13. 6 points
    I saw SUSAN SLADE (1961?) for the first time last night... it was DELISH. CONNIE FRANCIS plays the daughter of DORoTHY MAGUIRE- who apparently made ENEMIES FOR LIFE of the hair and make-up people- and LLOYD NOLAN- who I actually think gives the best performance in PEYTON PLACE- that doesn't have anything to do with anything, I just think he handles himself quite well in the courtroom scene. CONNIE has waist-length tresses and she and her folks live in a FAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS ASIAN STYLE HOME ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST OVERLOOKING THE SEA CRASHING ON THE ROCKS in MONTERREY. RON AND NANCY ARE PROBABLY RIGHT DOWN THE STREET. . Connie has waist-length tresses and she gets a second horse for her birthday. I hate her. sort of. i mean, she can ROCK A FALL like no other- ASIDE- THE LEITMOTIF of horses, horse-riding and weird-**** horse people got DAMN OLD DAMN FAST you could even say they were "beating" it... it is a shame DH LAWRENCE did not live to see this movie. Connie gets pregnant and the father falls out of the picture and DOROTHY MAGUIRE- her mother and graduate of the JOAN CRAWFORD SCHOOL FOR PARENTING- SAYS THEY CAN PASS OFF THE KID AS HERS, MEANING DOROTHY MAGUIRE IS GOING TO CLAIM to all their society friends (among whom is none other than LOVEY HOWELL herself Natalie Schaeffer!) THAT SHE IS: 1. the one who is pregnant and... 2. GOING TO GUATAMALA TO HAVE THE BABY, BECAUSE- YEAH- THAT'S TOTALLY A PLACE KNOWN FOR THE ACE MEDICAL CARE AND SECURE SURROUNDINGS IN WHICH TO BIRTH A BABY...MIND YOU,THAT IS ONLY IF CALCUTTA IS ALREADY BOOKED FOR THE WEEK. I would give anything for one of the old society ladies at the luncheon MAGUIRE gives where she tells them she is pregnant and moving away to ask IF THE RABBIT DIED LAUGHING. (YES, THAT'S FROM THE GOLDEN GIRLS) i cannot tell you how many times i rewatched CONNIE'S BIG "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION" MOMENT WHERE SHE TEARS OFF HER DRESS AND RIPS AT HER HAIR. I REMEMEBER COMING ACROSS THIS IMAGE WHILE WATCHING BAD MOVIES WE LOVE, AN OLD SHOW ON TNT AND NEVER KNEW WHERE IT WAS FROM, BUT IT HAS BEEN BURNED INTO MY WORM-ADDLED BRAIN EVER SINCE.
  14. 6 points
    Hour Of The Wolf (1968) 8/10 An artist lives in a remote cottage on an island with his wife. She reads his diary and finds out some shocking things. Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star. This is a first time viewing for me, one of the best Ingmar Bergman films I have seen so far. I was drawn into it right away as Ullmann speaks directly to the camera. The images are some of the most bizarre and shocking I have seen in a film. I kept wondering are the strange encounters ghosts, hallucinations, pure fiction written in his diary? I guess I will have to keep wondering...
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    The Girl on a Motorcycle aka Naked Under Leather (1968) - 4/10 British drama with Marianne Faithfull as an unhappily married woman living in France who decides one day to get up early, put on her full-body leather cat-suit, jump on her Harley, and drive away, hopefully to rendezvous with a former lover (Alain Delon). While cruising along, she reminisces about her past and what led to her leaving. With Roger Mutton, Marius Goring, Catherine Jourdan, and Jacques Marin. Directed by noted cinematographer Jack Cardiff, this often looks very good, which is the only reason I rated as highly as I did. Otherwise it's insipid, horribly dated, and laughably pretentious. It also holds the distinction of being the first movie rated with an "X". Faithfull is awful, and her narration adds nothing. While much of the film is visually interesting, there's also a lot of terrible rear-projection stuff that undercuts the rest. This is said to have a cult following, but I can't guess why. The trailer is great, though, and the filmmakers should have stopped there. Sample romantic dialogue: "Your toes are like tombstones." Source: The Criterion Channel
  18. 6 points
    I feel Jane's pain. Just placed my brother's ashes over the ocean in Seal Beach CA yesterday; this is the place he wanted since it was where we fished as teens.
  19. 5 points
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 21m They do stories so big on Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News!
  20. 5 points
    Scumbags who vote for their fellow scumbag Trump don't like to be called scumbags. Perfectly understandable. I like the line about the spending spree. Has this dope looked at the deficit lately?
  21. 5 points
    Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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    Ah yes...Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars.
  24. 5 points
    Neither do I. Some people seem to be afflicted with some malady that only allows them to communicate via other people's Tweets. And lately it seems to be spreading to other parts of the message board, like a bad rash or fungal growth.
  25. 5 points
    Someone wrote a very amusing review for WANDA NEVADA on the IMDb: I watched this movie in Livingston, Montana when it came out in the local theatre. There were a few rather rowdy folks behind me in an otherwise pretty empty house and they were being a bit noisier than I liked. After a few pointed stares and shushes as the movie started I got PO'D and turned around and flat told them to "shut the Hell up!" It was with some chagrin that about two minutes later I recognized Peter Fonda on screen as the guy sitting behind me...

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