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  1. 5 points
    Try using this one here, Spence... (...as it's only 300X400 in size, it should work IF you follow the few shorts steps it takes to create an avatar) Btw...Here's another one. It's 400X250 in size...
  2. 5 points
    A New Leaf (1971) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  3. 4 points
    Boy oh boy, Cid! Is the NEXT thing you're try and tell me here is that there really was never any motorcycle stunts performed by any of the actual POW escapees from that German stalag in another certain movie EITHER??? (...thanks for the above clarifying post regarding this David Lean film...hadn't previously known much of that...and thanks also to Gershwin fan for starting this interesting thread)
  4. 4 points
    Short answer: No. "The [Geneva] Convention lists in detail the types of work a prisoner of war may be compelled to perform, “besides work connected with camp administration, installation or maintenance”.[2] This list builds upon the general prohibition found in the 1929 Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War that “work done by prisoners of war shall have no direct connection with the operations of the war”.[3]https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v1_rul_rule95 Not saying POW's were not involved in performing forced labor on war related projects and that their commanders did not resist it. However, in Bridge Nicholson not only cooperated, but took over construction and made it better and quicker. That is collaboration. Nicholson was collaborating with the enemy in order to construct a bridge to be used to support the Japanese war effort. The part about transporting "his" troops to a hospital was BS and he would have known that. The Japanese would never have given up space on the trains to transport POW's to a hospital. The below is form Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bridge_on_the_River_Kwai Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey of the British Army was the real senior Allied officer at the bridge in question. Toosey was very different from Nicholson and was certainly not a collaborator who felt obliged to work with the Japanese. Toosey in fact did as much as possible to delay the building of the bridge. While Nicholson disapproves of acts of sabotage and other deliberate attempts to delay progress, Toosey encouraged this: termites were collected in large numbers to eat the wooden structures, and the concrete was badly mixed.[24][25] Some consider the film to be an insulting parody of Toosey.[24] On a BBC Timewatch programme, a former prisoner at the camp states that it is unlikely that a man like the fictional Nicholson could have risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and, if he had, due to his collaboration he would have been "quietly eliminated" by the other prisoners. Julie Summers, in her book The Colonel of Tamarkan, writes that Boulle, who had been a prisoner of war in Thailand, created the fictional Nicholson character as an amalgam of his memories of collaborating French officers.[24] He strongly denied the claim that the book was anti-British, although many involved in the film itself (including Alec Guinness) felt otherwise.[30] Ernest Gordon, a survivor of the railway construction and POW camps described in the novel/film, stated in a 1962 book, Through the Valley of the Kwai: "In Pierre Boulle's book The Bridge over the River Kwai and the film which was based on it, the impression was given that British officers not only took part in building the bridge willingly, but finished in record time to demonstrate to the enemy their superior efficiency. This was an entertaining story. But I am writing a factual account, and in justice to these men—living and dead—who worked on that bridge, I must make it clear that we never did so willingly. We worked at bayonet point and under bamboo lash, taking any risk to sabotage the operation whenever the opportunity arose."[23] The bridge was destroyed by Allied air raids, not sabotage.
  5. 4 points
    Walter Shaub‏Verified account@waltshaub Walter Shaub Retweeted Michael D. Shear The emperor has no clothes. He also has no experience, impulse control, critical thinking skills, knowledge, interest in acquiring knowledge, reason, wisdom, humanity, respect for the Constitution, appreciation of expertise, humility, discipline, love of country or credibility.
  6. 4 points
    1997 started with the dark, brooding neonoir, Blood and Wine, a good film with strong work from Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, and Judy Davis. Smilla's Sense of Snow had a preposterous sci-fi twist near the end of its main story, but don't let it stop you. the film was gripping, elegant, suspenseful, beautifully filmed and very well acted by Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Robbert Loggia, Jim Broadbent, and Vanessa Redgrave. More Power Rangers for the kids, but they didn't budge from home. Love and Other Catastrophes was an Australian romantic comedy. Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, and Jennifer Connelly starred in Inventing the Abbotts, a more provocative take on all those Troy Donohue teen dramas of the late 50s-early 60s. Paradise Road was a fine film about female POWs. Many strong performances here; Glenn Close, Cate Blanchett (her big debut), Frances McDormand, and the glorious Pauline Collins. Back to disaster films with Volcano, the film where the La Brea Tar Pits were filled with lava. Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche spent their time dodging them. The Van was a quirky Irish comedy directed by Stephen Frears Rupert Graves and Julie Walters starred in the dark Intimate Relations, the film version of a real life murder case. Speed 2: Cruise Control was the second most hated sequel of 1997. The Sandra Bullock starrer disappeared quickly. Now it was time for an amiable comedy. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Brent Spiner, Dyan Cannon, Gloria De Haven (final film), Elaine Stritch, Donold O'Connor, Edward Mulhare, and Rue McClanahan in the likable Out to Sea. Star Maps was essentially a California take on Midnight Cowboy. The Full Monty involving desperate unemployed men who agree to do a revealing night of exotic dancing was a surprise hit and a Best Picture nominee. It had its moments. Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin were trapped in the wild in The Edge. Ewean McGregor made his American debut in A Life Less Ordinary, an eccentric romantic crime fantasy with Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Ian Holm, and Stanley Tucci. The Ice Strom, a tale of dissolute amoral lives in the wealty Connecticut suburbs, was brilliant. One of 1997's best films. Fine, searing script, strong direction, powerful performances from Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Cristina Ricci. Fox took hold of the children's film The Wind and the Willows in Canada only. Cold Around the heart was a crime film barely released. Anastasia was an attempt to go after Disney's domination of animated musicals, and it was actually wonderful, and better than Disney's Aladdin that year. Good songs, fine vocal cast: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer, Hank Azaria, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters. Sigourney Weaver returned to play an Ellen Ripley clone in Alien: Resurrection. Home Alone 3 was an attempted reboot of the slapstick series. Audiences didn't take it, perhaps do to the disconnect between how the crooks all seemed like they would be too clever and mean to fall for such painful booby traps and how they stupidly walked into all of them. Continuing with the kids, at least in Australia with The Wiggles Movie, a version of a preschool show for the big screen. Again Fox only had part of a Best Picture winner, again they didn't handle it in the US, but when it was as praised and as successful as Titanic, I don't think they were complaining. the year closed with Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett as two 19th century gamblers in love in the admired Oscar and Lucinda, directed by Gillian Armstrong.
  7. 4 points
    Hitting a New High What's New Pussycat Sunday in New York The Flame of New Orleans Hotel New Hampshire A New Kind of Love
  8. 4 points
    (Been a while since this has happened) Came home for lunch and stumbled over BOY SLAVES (1939) on TCM. (Get your minds out of the gutter in re: the title, It’s a somewhat Horatio Algerian tale of some wild boy runaways who end up indentured servants in a rural turpentine mill (It’s a great study of how the peonage system was being used in America at the time, letting people get goods and food on credit at inflated prices and then making them work it off forever) Just a damn fine piece of filmmaking, in the very end it kind of turns into WHITE HEAT as enacted by Mrs. Cagney’s 8th Grade Class, And you know what? I liked it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED And quite well shot, very fluid camera movement and great use of light especially in the final court room scene where natural sunlight seems to be streaming through the windows. ANNE SHIRLEY- Two years after her best supporting actress nomination – doesn’t show up till the final act, but when she does she’s incredible. Absolutely sensational performance, have you ever seen a performance by an actress in a 1930 or 40 something film where she was actually properly styled and they didn’t have her hair set and glamour make up Because she was in the part of someone poor or a child? There were parts of watching her final moments in the film that seemed like it was a present day actress merely filmed in black-and-white. Just riveting
  9. 4 points
    Much of your country was built on the backs of those slaves and the white race benefits from that today. Some sort of acknowledgement of that might be a start. But then again I don't think this is the whole story for put-upon whites. This is just an easy issue to take a poke at when the reality of the divisiveness runs much deeper.
  10. 4 points
    1996 opened with a primate in a hotel in the kiddie film Dunston Checks In. Yes, Faye Dunaway was one of the supporting players. John Travolta and Christian Slater starred in the bombastic Broken Arrow, not to be confused with the 1950 Western. It was a success in revenue, not with critics. Down Periscope starred Kelsey Grammer in a spoof of sub films. Girl 6 was a provocative effort from Spike Lee involving those notorious 900 numbers. Janeane Garofalo scored a big hit as the lead in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Goldblum starred in The Great White Hype, a sports comedy Bernardo Bertolucci was back with the steamy Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons. Independence Day was the big hit of 1996, but it probably did lower the IQ of screen blockbusters to follow. Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan were the stars of the strongly received Courage Under Fire, which detailed the investigation looking to see if Ryan's character, killed in the first Gulf War, should posthumously receive the Medal of Honor. keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman ,and Rachel Weisz starred in the thriller Chain Reaction. She's the One was from The Brothers McMullen team and had the law of diminishing returns, desite a bigger budget and some name players. John Mahoney had all the best moments. Tom Hanks directed for the first time with That Thing You Do, about a one-hit wonder band in the 1960s. Critics liked it. Al Pacino starred in Looking for Richard, a notable documentary of his attempts to stage Richard III. Shakespeare was then modernized in Romeo + Juliet, a flashy, popular teen film. Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gerard Depardieu, Christian Bale, and Robin Williams then took a stab at joseph Conrad. The holiday toy mania was satirized in the manic Jingle All the Way. The Crucible should have been better than it was, but the whole thing was just too shrill. Paul Scofield was brilliant though as the judge presiding over the Salem Witch Trials, and Daniel Day-Lewis and Joan Allen underplayed nicely. The year closed with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer in the pleasantly screwball One Fine Day, a modern set film but one with a 40s sensibility to it all. Cute.
  11. 4 points
    At Long Last Love The Pirates of Penzance A Chorus Line
  12. 4 points
    Given a choice, I prefer watching the original version. Ned Sparks' deadpan is maybe the greatest thing about it. While the Delilah/Peola storyline is given a prominence and gravitas unusual for African-American characters of the era - and there's even a little zinger when Peola indicates the jazz band hired for the big party plays pretty well "for white boys"! - there are indeed some not-so-progressive moments about it. Delilah certainly doesn't seem to want for anything, but why she shouldn't be a full partner on something that was her invention doesn't sit right with me. And the bits where we're meant to laugh at her for not being very bright about certain things don't come across so well with the benefit of hindsight. And what is up with that scene of Claudette Colbert berating her daughter for saying out loud that Peola is black, that it's a terrible, awful thing to say? Maybe most troubling to me is Delilah's insistence that Peola's efforts to "pass" are something that Peola should be ashamed of and are maybe even some kind of affront to God, born of a hubris to be something more than what God intended her to be. I've seen this idea also touched on in Show Boat and one or two other films I'm not remembering right now. It was certainly easy enough for white writers to put those words into the mouths of black actors. But it's unacknowledged that "passing" led to better lives for a lot of people. Many years after his death, it was discovered that George Herriman, the cartoonist who created Krazy Kat, was a black man who passed as white from adolescence on. There was a wonderful biography about him recently. This may have been a poorly kept secret among his colleagues in the newspaper business, who appear to have known or at least suspected the truth, and while never calling him out on it, endlessly teased him about his kinky hair (he wore a hat constantly in public to hide it), but in general, almost no one, probably not even his wife and children, knew the truth. He had financial success and career opportunities that would have been denied him if his ethnicity was common knowledge.
  13. 4 points
    Andrew Lawrence‏ @ndrew_lawrence Tucker Carlson warns that Africans are pouring over the southern border and "this flood could become a torrent" -- he then warns that they are "overwhelming our country and going to change it completely and forever"
  14. 3 points
    Keith Boykin‏Verified account@keithboykin Keith Boykin Retweeted Kyle Cheney Lawyers for “the most transparent president in history” objected at least 155 times to questions from the House Judiciary Committee asked to former Trump aide Hope Hicks.
  15. 3 points
    The only covers I see are the ones by the checkout in the grocery store--The National Enquirer, etc. Hard to tell how much Donny has gained, he was so fat to start with, but he looks like he put on some extra pounds. The question as to just how fat Trump is is being called girtherism.
  16. 3 points
    NBC News‏Verified account @NBCNews Senate votes to block weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-votes-block-saudi-arms-sales-trump-pledges-veto-n1019851?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma
  17. 3 points
    It will be very difficult to live on Mars. Challenging to say the least. No breathable atmosphere; no water (to speak of);radiation; dust storms etc. On the plus side, everyone will weigh less!
  18. 3 points
    When North Korea launches a missile when Trump visits Japan he calls it nothing. When Iran shoots down one of his drones he calls it a mistake. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad that I'm not seeing the phoney tough guy Trump jump into action. I much prefer the true Bonsepurs Trump. He was an idiot to get out of the Iran nuclear deal. Now he wants to negotiate with Iran. They say, why? We already and a deal that you welched on. Trump has created this entire mess himself. His followers here on the boards are just too ... I can't say the word ... to even see it.
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  20. 3 points
    George Conway‏ @gtconway3d George Conway Retweeted Manu Raju This is like saying that a grand jury should not be empaneled unless it’s ready to indict and a petit jury is ready to convict.
  21. 3 points
    This isn't good either...... Sugar Hill dealt with gritty urban living and such things as drug cartels. Wesley Snipes starred in the film that decried what it saw. Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson in The Chase, a throwback to all those car films in the 70s. Madeleine Stowe, Andie McDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Drew Barrymore were female outlaws in Bad Girls. PCU stood for Politically Correct University and the party animals tried to see to it that that was not the case. Audiences didn't care. Things perked up with Speed, an exemplary 90s thriller with taut pacing and good work from Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, and Jeff Daniels. A baby was up to Home Alone-like shenanigans in Baby's Day Out. True Lies was one of the earlier $100 million budgeted films, and was a sizable hit for the Arnold and Jaime Lee Curtis. Charlton Heston cameoed. It debuted Fox's first CGI logo. Airheads was a comedy about 3 of those: Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi. Street Fighter II was handled by Fox only overseas. Albert Brooks was The Scout who only had a hothead played by Brendan Fraser as an opportunity. Well, they remade Miracle on 34th Street. Not the best, but far better than it could have been thanks to Richard Attenbourough and Mara Wilson. Macauley Culkin misfired again with The Pagemaster, a dire film for kids. Trapped in Paradise had Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey as three criminals hoping to rob a bank. 1994 closed with a quality film, Nell, with Jodie Foster doing strong work and supported by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson as scientists. It had heart.
  22. 3 points
    Orlando Sentinel‏Verified account @orlandosentinel Our Orlando Sentinel endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump | Editorial ".....After 2½ years we’ve seen enough. Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies. So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity. Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is. It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it. There was a time when even a single lie — a phony college degree, a bogus work history — would doom a politician’s career. Not so for Trump........ According to a Washington Post database, the president has tallied more than 10,000 lies since he took office. Trump’s successful assault on truth is the great casualty of this presidency, followed closely by his war on decency. Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts. He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse. He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN. He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows...... Trump has diminished our standing in the world. He reneges on deals, attacks allies and embraces enemies. ..... He blames House Democrats because casting blame is Trump’s forte. But Republicans controlled the House and the Senate for two full years. That seemed like an ideal time to fix what the president believes ails our immigration laws. ...... Trump seems to care nothing about the deficit and the national debt, which once breathed life into the Tea Party. Through all of this, Trump’s base remains loyal. Sadly, the truest words Trump might ever have spoken was when he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose his supporters...... We can do better. We have to do better. " http://bit.ly/2XVWVng
  23. 3 points
    Von Ryan's Express (1965) - 7/10 WWII adventure with Frank Sinatra as an American pilot shot down over Italy in 1943. He ends up being the senior officer at a P.O.W. camp mostly filled with British soldiers, and he must reluctantly lead them on a daring escape attempt. Featuring Trevor Howard, Edward Mulhare, James Brolin, Brad Dexter, Raffaella Carra, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Wolfgang Preiss, Richard Bakalyan, and Adolfo Celi. I think I probably saw this many years ago, as much of it seemed very familiar. It was enjoyable, with solid direction by Mark Robson, and nice location shooting. Source: internet
  24. 3 points
    ABC News Politics‏Verified acco@ABCPolitics Hours after Iran threatened to increase its enrichment levels, the Trump administration called on Tehran not to break its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, despite the U.S. withdrawal from the accord https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-blasts-irans-nuclear-extortion-pompeo-plans-meet/story?id=63762719&cid=social_twitter_abcnp
  25. 3 points
    Yes! This was discussed in the thread about September programming. TCM will be showing, I believe, all the Sean Connery Bonds, the one George Lazenby Bond, all the Roger Moore bonds, the two (I think) Timothy Dalton Bonds and all but one of the Pierce Brosnan Bonds over the course of the month.

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