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  1. 7 points
    I love TCM because the core personnel involved with the channel seem to be very passionate about preserving the history of cinema and celebrating film as a whole. I love that they can collaborate with people like Eddie Muller and put together interesting programming features (e.g. Noir Alley) and highlight different film topics that people may not have otherwise given a second thought. Watching classic films on TCM is also a form of education in the sense that you can see how things looked, learn about social mores of the time, hear slang that may have been prevalent (e.g. "tight" for drunk), and just see what it was like decades before I was born, decades before my parents were even born. While I'm not the biggest fan of silent film, seeing something that was produced 100 years ago (or almost 100 years ago) is fascinating from a historical perspective. TCM is just one of the many resources I utilize to procure movies, but I am happy that it continues to exist. I remember when it first started in '94. My family had it for a couple years on expanded cable before it moved to a higher tiered package. I used to scope out the schedule looking for Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly films. I loved the old vintage-inspired graphics they used. I loved hearing Robert Osborne's introductions. One of my absolute favorite things about TCM right now is the intro used for the late night movies. The music is my absolute favorite part. Sometimes I'll rewind my recording to hear the music again. Other times, I'll purposely pick movies on the DVR that were recorded late at night, just so I can see/hear the Late Night Intro. I love that TCM is keeping classic film alive and that niche communities of classic film devotees have developed in communities as well as online. It is definitely a goal of mine someday to visit both the TCM Film Festival in LA and Eddie Muller's Film Noir Festival in SF. Neither city is really that far away from me, so it's just a matter of saving up that $$. I also love that TCM, like me, continues to be committed to remaining commercial free.
  2. 6 points
    The King Of Comedy (1983) 10/10 DVD It is about Rupert Pupkin, a nerd (Robert DeNiro) who fancies himself a great comedian and wants to be famous like his idol talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). This film is getting a lot more attention these days due to the similarity to the new Joker, which I have also just seen. I had seen this when it was first released and liked it, but I have seen it numerous more times and it has grown to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It has become more timely than ever today, with all the no talent "stars" of reality shows and Youtube who have achieved some fame. DeNiro gives one of his best performances in an atypical role, he had just played tough guy boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and makes a total 180 as the delusional, pathetic loser Pupkin. Jerry Lewis is great as Langford, a man who has become weary from the fame. He said in interviews that he just played himself, and if you saw him on his telethon or talk shows where his over serious and sometimes arrogant side comes out, you see what he means. There are some funny, cringing moments in it, making this a very unusual movie experience. Martin Scorsese's direction is excellent, blending fantasy and reality.
  3. 5 points
    https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2019-10-18/bill-macy-bea-arthur-maude-dead He is perhaps best known as Maude's husband but I will for all time remember him as Sy Benson in: My Favorite Year (1982).
  4. 5 points
    Scott Dworkin @funder BREAKING: GOP Congressman Francis Rooney announces support for impeachment inquiry, citing Mulvaney’s disastrous press conference: “I want to get the facts and do the right thing. Because I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking at anybody in this building.” 3:41 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
  5. 5 points
    "What? Bogie's criticizing me on an internet message board? Me, with my great and unmatched wisdom? Who does he think he is? A third grade actor! I never did think he was all that good in Casablanca!"
  6. 5 points
    If only Aunt Bee had known that Clara was a Satanist, she'd have recognized Clara's perfect pickles as the devil's handiwork.
  7. 5 points
    I love this scene from Rosemary's Baby with Ruth Gordon in the bedroom on the telephone. In an interview cinematographer William Fraker said Polanski insisted that the shot be set up in this way. At an early screening that Fraker attended he said people actually started craning their necks as if trying to look around the door at Ruth and realized how right Polanski was.
  8. 4 points
    This just arrived in my inbox today. How could anyone not have corrected it before it went out? Fortunately this embarrassing misspelling wasn't repeated in the article it linked to, but c'mon.....
  9. 4 points
    Karen Pendleton, who was the youngest of the talented Mouseketeers on TV's original "The Mickey Mouse Club," has died at the age of 73. She suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday, October 13 in Fresno, CA. She had been confined to a wheelchair since a 1983 automobile accident that paralyzed her from the waist down. Co-created by Walt Disney, "The Mickey Mouse Club" was aired by ABC from 1955 to 1959. The series gained new viewers when reruns were syndicated to local stations in the 1960s. Pendleton often was paired with another young Mouseketeer, drummer Cubby O'Brien, most memorably in the show's closing musical sequence. They were two of nine performers who appeared during the entire run of the original series (the others were Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Darlene Gillespie, Sharon Baird, Tommy Cole, Lonnie Burr and Doreen Tracey).
  10. 4 points
    Sam Stein @samstein A McConnell oped about the “grave mistake” of withdrawing from Syria mentions Obama’s name three times and Trump’s name not once. Opinion | Mitch McConnell: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake The recently announced pullout risks repeating Obama’s mistakes in the Middle East. washingtonpost.com 4:21 PM · Oct 18, 2019·TweetDeck
  11. 4 points
    Michael O'Grady @mog7546 Republican #JohnKasich COMES OUT in favor of TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT “I do not take this lightly,” #Kasich said. “The last 24 hours has led me to review all of this,” he said, in calling for an impeachment inquiry. #TrumpBriberyForDIRT #MOG #MAGA #Resist Republican John Kasich comes out in favor of Trump’s impeachment On Friday afternoon, former Ohio Governor John Kasich came out in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. Kasich cited the ongoing controversy that the president had threatened to withhold aid... rawstory.com 2:32 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPad
  12. 4 points
    Hey, Trump did give Erdogan a strongly worded letter and mild scolding.
  13. 4 points
    Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941) were sequels to 1938's Four Daughters 1934's The Thin Man was followed by After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, Song of the Thin Man ... interestingly, the title character was only seen in the original
  14. 4 points
    The Bell's of St. Mary's (1945) is a sequel to Going My Way (1944). Both with Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) is a sequel to Frankenstein (1931)
  15. 4 points
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1 Admiral McRaven, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command: "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President. If President Trump doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office." Opinion | Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President If President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office. nytimes.com 4:35 PM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter Web Client
  16. 4 points
    MSNBC @MSNBC "I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the most overrated general," Mattis says. "I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me." From NBC News 1:15 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter Media Studio
  17. 4 points
    Marsha Hunt was in some fine films in many different genres. TCM will have her on today in the 1937 film Easy Living; she is cast as 'girl'.
  18. 4 points
    Wonderful actress. 102 Birthday Cheers to her! She, along with Olivia de Havilland and Kirk Douglas, belong to the Actors Over 100 Club.
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    I enjoy the complimentary soup, salad and breadsticks.
  21. 4 points
    A lot of reasons. I grew up from the early '50's and so when the only movies on TV were what TCM and the members here call "classic". And also being a history "buff" of sorts, seeing how the medium has advanced over the years and the historical social norms and cultural life in days gone by is interesting to me. Plus, many of those movies are so damned good! And all done with acting, a camera and well written stories. And eventual limited special effects and trick photography. Meaning only used when absolutely necessary and/or pertinent to the story. Plus, growing up when I did( and under the circumstances) I didn't SEE a color TV set until I bought my own when I was 24, so black & White movies don't bother me so much. It's kinda like "going home" to me. Sepiatone
  22. 4 points
    Jim Acosta @Acosta Pelosi went after Trump on Syria during WH meeting, accusing him of once again advancing Putin’s interests: "All roads with you lead to Putin," Pelosi said, according to a senior Democratic aide. 6:08 PM · Oct 16, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
  23. 4 points
    ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968) *Score: 3.5/5* This is part of my October Scavenger Hunt for my film club. I definitely enjoyed this. It's not my favorite, but I thought the pacing was quite good, and they definitely followed Ira Levin's novel fairly closely. Sure, everyone was good, but I really enjoyed Ruth Gordon as Mrs. Castavet. Holy cow, she stole the show. I wish Patsy Kelly had had more screen time, because I think she's funny too.
  24. 4 points
    From October 16-18, 1919, the Poli featured Lord and Lady Algy, a comedy starring Tom Moore and Naomi Childers as the title couple. The film was released on September 4, 1919, at five-six reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Lord Algy has a weakness for gambling, causing his wife to leave him. However, they both still love each other, and Lady Algy hopes to help Lord Algy overcome his habit. Lord Algy decides to bet on one more horse race, the Grand Derby. His wife, certain that the horse will lose, gets a tip on another horse from a friend named Jethroe, and bets on it, hoping to save her husband’s fortune. Mrs. Tudway, the wife of Lord Algy’s friend, plans to run away with another man. Lord Algy learns of this, and offers to help them elope, although his real goal is to reunite Tudway and Mrs. Tudway. In short order, Lady Algy is mistakenly linked with Jethroe and Lord Algy with Mrs. Tudway. Lady Algy’s horse wins the race, while Lord Algy’s loses. Tudway discovers his wife in Lord Algy’s room, and accuses him of stealing her affections. Lady Algy enters the scene and clears things up. She tells Algy about her success at the races, and the two are re-united. The film was based upon a play of the same name, written by H. C. Carton. Reviews of the movie were generally positive, though not spectacular. Motion Picture News wrote “the picture just about reaches the high water mark of polite comedy and strikes us as the best thing of its kind ever screened. And while Tom Moore is not the exact type for Lord Algy, still he manages to give an excellent account of himself. … Naomi Childers makes a personable figure as Lady Algy, and, at all times, looks and acts like the English gentlewoman.” The film is reported to have featured an actual horse race. George Willis, a jockey, was seriously injured when he fell off a horse during one of the racing sequences. A few stills leading up to the race are shown below:
  25. 4 points
    Completely agree, although I have just a LITTLE bit of trouble believing that Mickey Rooney grows up to be Clark Gable.

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