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  1. 8 points
    It looks like TCM is currently in the process of uploading January 2020's schedule. It looks like they don't have quite everything posted yet, but there's enough posted to know who SOTM is. It looks like it's Patricia Neal. http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=PST&sdate=2019-12-29 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=pst&sdate=2020-01-05 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=pst&sdate=2020-01-12 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=pst&sdate=2020-01-19 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=pst&sdate=2020-01-26 Noir Alley 1/4 The Big Sleep 1/11 The Big Night 1/18 The Captive City 1/25 Try and Get Me!
  2. 8 points
    I keep thinking “JUDY BOMBS” would make a great drag name.
  3. 7 points
    I'm rather indifferent to the 'auteur theory' of film directors, but as much as it applies to anyone it should apply to Preston Sturges - whose THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942) is showing on TCM as I type. It's my favorite of his list of films. He was most in demand for his screenplays, but strove to be a director too - and in this he succeeded with 12 (or 13, depending on who gets screen credit.) And, among 'auteurs' he's a rare case who confined his work to comedies. His great achievement was in devising improbable plots in a recognizable universe of people who are all very recognizable types but are revealed to be slightly insane once they start to interact with each other. It's an extension of 'slapstick' - but more restrained in the comic set-pieces (no collapsing dinosaur skeletons, etc.) but also more inane because no one is playing what once was known as "the straight man." At the moment it seems that THE LADE EVE (1941) is regarded as his masterpiece - and maybe that's right. Previously, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941) was regarded as the best - and maybe that's right. I'm also a fan of the other films on his list (e.g., THE GREAT McGINTY, 1940; CHRISTMAS IN JULY, 1940; and UNFAITHFULLY YOURS 1948), all of which are worth the effort to locate and see. His screenplay work is also exemplary, especially EASY LIVING (1937) and REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940), the latter of which has emerged in recent years as a favorite Christmas film. I like THE PALM BEACH STORY best because it's the one that (for me) is practically impossible to see 'around the corner' of the plot. It's obvious Sturges knew what he had in mind, but he doesn't tip his hand until the very end. I've recommended that TCM should return to the 'Director of the Month' style showcase. Preston Sturges would be an ideal re-entree to that offering.
  4. 7 points
    Go to Google.com Type in: "Wizard of Oz" On the right side of the screen will be images and synopsis of the movie. Click on the ruby slippers. Click on the tornado. I do not know how long this tribute will remain active.
  5. 7 points
    I see this thread is still around, kind of surprised. i have mulled offering my "hot take" on this for risk of it being both humblebragging and too much info- but i feel like sharing, so here goes:
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  7. 7 points
    I know a lot of people here are bored or frustrated with The Essentials, and having read your posts, I completely get why. But I also think, speaking as a millennial who is (fairly) new to classic film, The Essentials is perfect for someone like me. In fact, looking through previous lists, there are a LOT of movies that I imagine people here would say are overplayed that I haven't yet seen and I'd love for an Essentials to be able to introduce me to those films and have a discussion about why they're so important or significant. So I understand why people are so 'ugh' about this still being a regular feature on the network, but I think you have to look at it from the perspective of someone who is still new to 'classic cinema'. It's nice to have a curated collection of 'essential' films rather than waiting until that one movie happens to show up on the schedule. That said, I'm also not a fan of Ava's picks and I think the list is kind of strange as a whole. Personally, I don't care if it's a subtitled or foreign film, nor do I care what race or nationality the actors or director is as long as it's a good movie. But the list is just odd. While some of the choices can be argued as true essentials (I personally think Rashomon is absolutely an 'essential', for example), a lot of them do feel better suited to a Spotlight on African-American cinema rather than being presented as an 'Essential'.
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    BDS = Bush Derangement Syndrome TDS can apply to whatever anyone wants it to, since it's a BS phrase to begin with. It's not like it's some clearly defined illness in the official psychological journals. It's a simple-minded way to write-off criticism of Trump without actually having to refute said criticism. It was the same when it was used in previous presidencies, as well.
  10. 6 points
    Thanks to some internet issues I was unable to watch NOCTURN (1946) when it aired on NOIR ALLEY last weekend. I watched it Friday night, here were my thoughts. NOCTURN (1946) Tonight I learned I am NOT a George Raft fan. I guess this movie just rubbed me the wrong way, especially Raft. I saw no glimmer of talent in him, though I assume there must be – or at least he can dance. LOL The rest of the cast was really good, but Raft just blah. My other big issues would be some of the logic involved. I feel there was no indication that Joe was acting differently as a detective than he had ever acted before, so why was it creating so many problems at work all of the sudden? I also knew who the killer was as soon as he became a character. I thought to myself, “If he says more than a few passing lines then he is the killer.” I see no reason I’d ever watch this again, but there were some really AWESOME shots in the movie. Speaking of shots, the scene where Joe finds Shawn’s body. When he is walking up the path to the front door there is a woman walking up the adjacent path. This isn’t a sidewalk. There are clearly two walkways leading from the sidewalk to Shawn’s front door. Did anyone else notice this? I assume it is a deleted scene. When Joe gets to the front door in the next shot he is alone. I noticed there are credits on IMDB for people who were in deleted scenes. So after reading everyone’s comments I guess I have to sit through THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940) to find out Raft does have a spark worth watching. LOL WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947) Wow what can I say here. So much to like and so much to scratch my head at. I assumed I would love this movie because it was a Robert Ryan flick I hadn’t seen yet. I was mistaken. It was okay, but I think my impressions were tainted by Eddie’s intro. All I kept thinking was, “This wasn’t what was originally intended.” I hate knowing there was a different cut or deleted scenes. Like the first scene when Scott awakens from his nightmare. He is explaining the situation to Wernecke and the scene ends on a note that you can tell more was said. Ryan delivers his line and there is just a fade to the next scene. There was obviously more to that scene. I don’t want to sound harsh here because there is a lot to like about this movie; I just wish I liked more of it. I thought all of the performances were great and there were flashes of brilliance here and there, but for the most part it just didn’t really capture my interest. I did feel totally vindicated in the outro when Eddie explained the thing about dubbing Joan Bennett’s voice. It was great. The whole time I was watching the movie I kept thinking her voice sounded unnaturally low. LOL So staying on Robert Ryan as a topic. I have been listening to old SUSPENSE radio programs on my way to work every day. The next one up is an hour long show titled CROSSFIRE starring the cast of the film, including Ryan, as the characters they played in the movie. I am so excited. I think I have to find time to re-watch the movie before I listen just so I’m sure I know exactly what they edit out for the hour long radio drama.
  11. 5 points
    These films are just modern day serials. People loved them back in the day and kids went to the theater every week to see if their favorite hero survived the cliffhanger from the last episode. Its no different today. And no one compared Flash Gordon to a Hitchcock film. They are different genres.
  12. 5 points
    to me she will always be the sweet nurse Julia that I and my siblings watched on NBC when we were kids. whatta nice lady.
  13. 5 points
    The Heiress 1949 1997
  14. 5 points
    Fox News Host Todd Starnes Out After Suggesting Democrats Worship Pagan God Moloch Todd Starnes’ contract at Fox News is not being renewed. The host will no longer be working at the network, its website, or its premium subscription service, Fox Nation. His removal comes a few days after he said on his radio program on Monday that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god often associated with child sacrifice. When asked for comment, Fox News confirmed the news that Starnes is no longer working at the network but did not elaborate on the reasons behind Starnes’ departure. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/exclusive-host-todd-starnes-fox-183148222.html
  15. 5 points
    IMO the reason behind Trump and his allies push to have the whistleblower's identity revealed is because it is hampering his usual MO of employing a campaign of character assassination against his accuser(s). He cannot do to this anonymous protected witness what he did to James Comey, Michael Cohen, the Mooch, Stormy Daniels, Dr. Ford, Mueller and his 19 angry democrats and a host of others.
  16. 5 points
    I don't think that Dylan is after any financial gain. In fact, I think she probably believes that the incident occurred, as many people begin to see truth in a story repeated often enough. Personally, I don't think it happened. I think Mia Farrow was (understandably) emotionally devastated by the Allen/Soon-Yi relationship, and that she coached Dylan to accuse Woody as a form of retribution. Multiple accounts have testified to Mia's horrible temper and mercurial nature, which would put using the child as a way to strike against Allen in the realm of possibility. I've also read that the account of the supposed incident closely mirrors that of an incident that occurred to one of Mia's relatives when Mia was a child, a story that she heard growing up many times. Combined with the professional analysis and court testimony that ruled in Allen's favor, and the later editorial by Dylan's brother Moses stating that the incident was fictional and concocted by Mia, and I have to side with Allen's innocence in regards to the Dylan abuse allegation.
  17. 5 points
    I can't answer that. I probably shouldn't venture into personal opinion, but clearly the face of that girl is not Soon-Yi's face. I think a lot of white people just thought it was because it was an Asian face, the old "they all look alike to me" bit.
  18. 5 points
    Woody Allen did it a lot: Annie Hall--they're watching The Sorrow and the Pity Radio Days--the film playing at Radio City is The Philadelphia Story The Purple Rose of Cairo--the final film playing is Top Hat Play it Again Sam--clips of Casablanca Foul Play--Goldie Hawn is watching This Gun for Hire when her date drops dead The Blob--the film Dementia (1955) gets interrupted Diner--the gang goes to see A Summer Place\ What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?--Joan Crawford watches herself in Sadie McKee on tv Throw Mama From the Train--Strangers on a Train gives Danny DeVito the whole criss-cross idea Bonnie and Clyde--the gang watches Gold Diggers of 1933 84 Charing Cross Road--Anne Bancroft watches Brief Encounter Pennies From Heaven--Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters dance along with Fred and Ginger in Follow the Fleet
  19. 5 points
    Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  20. 5 points
    The internet is full of frightened, lazy people who can only regurgitate others' words. Oops, did I just say that?
  21. 5 points
    This is available on: Etsy for approximately $50. I believe that my movie-related preference would be this: I must admit a certain fondness for the feelings behind this one:
  22. 5 points
    Spider-Baby Galaxy of Terror THX 1138 Diamonds Are Forever The Big Bird Cage Jackie Brown House of 1000 Corpses Bone Tomahawk 3 from Hell - (final film) R.I.P. Sid, one of the last great grindhouse and horror stars.
  23. 5 points
    Well I caught LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA (1978) and HOTEL MONTERREY (1972) while waiting for Noir Alley. They were both what I'd call art films, some interesting photography in both but I wouldn't call them essential to anything except possibly to Ava Duvenay. Obviously they were super low budget, the first had essentially a camera shooting out the window of a train then cutting to the star and her various relationships and interactions with people she meets, then back out the window, sometimes the window is a car nor taxi window you certainly got the somber mood and loneliness that the director was conveying. The second film - shots of a hotel from various locations, was reminiscent of what I've heard about Andy Warhol's EMPIRE (1964) a single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day. It runs 8h 5min.
  24. 5 points
    It's the most boring film about a prostitute anyone could ever make.
  25. 5 points
    To answer your question, no, every film picked by Ava DuVernay does not have a black cast, although some do. Neither are the films picked by new Silent Sunday host Jacqueline Stewart mostly ones with black casts or made by women filmmakers, although some may be. A look at the schedules for September and October reveals much more variety in their choices: Essentials 9/7 Sounder - dir. Martin Ritt, starring Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield 9/14 Roshomon - dir. Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune 9/21 Les Rendez-Vous D'Anna - dir. Chantal Akerman 9/28 A Warm December - dir. and starring Sidney Poitier 10/5 Ashes and Embers - dir. Haile Gerima 10/12 West Side Story - dir. Robert Wise, starring Natalie Wood 10/19 Pather Panchali - dir. Satyajit Ray 10/26 Cabin in the Sky - dir. Vincente Minnelli, starring Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson Silent Sunday Nights 9/15 Two Arabian Nights - dir. Lewis Milestone, starring Wm. Boyd and Mary Astor 9/22 The Racket - dir. Lewis Milestone, starring Thomas Meighan 9/29 Cleopatra (1912) - dir. Charles L. Gaskill 10/6 The Symbol of the Unconquered - dir. Oscar Micheaux 10/13 Faust - dir. F.W. Murnau, starring Emil Jannings 10/20 The Phantom Carriage - dir. Victor Seastrom (Sjostrom) 10/27 The Haunted Hotel - ? Putting aside the films that I'm not familiar with, here's what I see in these films: Essentials -- Of the directors, 3 white American directors, 1 black American director, and directors from Japan, France, and India. Of the casts, 3 black casts (or with black stars), 2 white casts, and casts from Japan and India. Silent Sundays -- Of the directors, 1 black American director, 1 white American director (two films), and directors from Germany and Sweden. Of the casts, 4 are white and 1 is black. The question of whether the Essentials films are actually "essential" is a matter of opinion. It looks like Ms. DuVernay is choosing films that she believes are important but aren't seen often enough, maybe including Pather Panchali and Les Rendez-Vous D'Anna. At the same time, she's also including very popular commercial movies, like Sounder, West Side Story, and Cabin in the Sky. No, they're not necessarily the movies that prior Essentials hosts might have chosen, but we've already seen those choices. Do we really need to see Casablanca, Citizen Kane, or Mutiny on the Bounty on The Essentials again? It seems like Ms. DuVernay is trying to expand the viewers' horizons. I might not choose, or even like, some of these films, but I'd sure say that Roshomon, West Side Story, and Sounder are "essentials" in my book. I also like it that she's trying to feature possibly great movies that I haven't seen -- maybe I'll really love one of them, and it'll enrich my life. I'd say much the same about the Silent Sundays line-up. I'm not a silent movie expert, but I think Prof. Stewart is trying to show us some films that aren't the usual suspects. Believe me, I love The Gold Rush and Sunrise, but I don't need to see them (again) on Silent Sundays. I've heard of The Phantom Carriage, for example, but have never seen it -- now I'll have the chance because of Prof. Stewart's choice. The movies that any of us might pick as "essential" can often be as much a reflection of our personal tastes as a judgment on what we think is historically significant. For example, years ago, Martin Scorsese highly recommended a Jeanne Crain sorority-house drama called Take Care of My Little Girl. Sounds cheesy, right -- like something that's not worth your time? Well, for some reason, I remembered that title for years, and then finally had a chance to see the movie. I loved it! I've enjoyed that movie through multiple viewings, just because Scorsese brought it to my attention on some list of films that he was compiling. It may not be Citizen Kane, but there was something about it that Scorsese really liked, and I agreed with him. That's the kind of thing I hope for from The Essentials, Silent Sundays, and, for that matter, Noir Alley -- that the hosts will occasionally show me a film that's new to me and becomes part of my personal canon. I think it's worth the time to take a chance on that result.

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