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  1. There are so many movies, where, for whatever reason, they didn't live up to their promise. Maybe it's the casting. Or the direction. Or, in the case of musicals, a deleted number or two (or three or four or..). A few spring to mind: "Camelot", "Brigadoon", "Guys and Dolls", "Torn Curtain". It's unlikely they'd ever be remade but it's fun to dream. What are some of the films you would like to see Hollywood take another - and hopefully better - crack at, and why? And which stars and/or directors would you like to see involved? John
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    1976's "The Blue Bird"

    First off, does anyone remember this movie??? I remember being quite fascinated with it as a child but by the end of the 70's it was no longer rerun on TV. The US and Russia shared the production budget, apparently, but I've read since that the reason it disappeared, and has been unavailable in any form to US audiences, is that the rights to the film now belong to Russia. I've done a search on the film but have found it available only in a Russian DVD. (Not speaking Russian, I've taken a pass on this.) If anyone knows exactly why this film has disappeared, I'd enjoy hearing it! Thanks. John
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    Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

    Hello all. In response to a couple of questions: 1) My hatred of "Rocky Horror...": can't say just why it gets on my nerves so much. It's probably partly due to the fact I didn't enjoy the music itself, the story, etc. For me, it just tries too hard. I'm also one of those souls who, when bombarded with "this is the greatest [fill-in-the-blank]", usually find the intended thing (film, song, book, tv show, etc.) to be the biggest waste of my time once I've experienced it. However, believe it or not - thanks to HBO - I saw its little-remembered sequel, "Shock Treatment" YEARS before I saw "RHPS" itself. I watched it only because it starred Jessica Harper, whom I always liked (by the way, if you're ever wondering "what happened to her?", she's now making music for kids and doing well at it, from what I've read). As for my enjoyment, well...I feel ashamed to say it mustn't have made much of an impression because I can't remember a single thing about it. Thanks, though, for those who've shared what makes this movie 'work' for them. 2) As for why I put myself through this, well...I love Bad Movies. Always have, always will. I'm talking REALLY BAD movies. I love GOOD movies, too, just as much, but, like someone who has a soft spot for the pathetic or the unloved, I am drawn to the "Worst Of..." movie lists. 3) Someone wanted to know my age group: I'm 37. Also an Aquarius (I like to think that gives me a certain outlook on things). I just recently discovered this Message Board on TCM. I've only ever really looked at the Schedules. This is simply a wonderful find! I really enjoy reading everyone's posts, even if I don't particularly agree with what's said.
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    Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

    Does anyone remember the 1976 US-Russian co-production, "The Blue Bird", with Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Cicely Tyson, James Coco, and many others? I recall being fascinated by this as a child but think I knew, even then, it wasn't because it was one of the great musicals. Otherwise, my list (in no particular order): 1967's Rex Harrison monstrosity, "Dr Doolittle" "At Long Last Love", with tone-deaf Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd (who actually now has an attractive singing voice), as well as Eileen Brennan, among others who had the misfortune of crossing Peter Bogdanovich's path "Tommy" & "The Wall" - ah, rock opera...that sound you hear is the bottom of the barrel being scraped "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" - I love Jane Russell but this is one sequel that never should have been "The Opposite Sex" - a wretched musical remake of "The Woman", starring a flat (if not altogether off-key) June Allyson (complete with butch haircut) and Joan Collins, who is positively arthritic in her one 'dance' number "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Evita" and "Phantom of the Opera" - Andrew Lloyd Webber strikes again! "Glitter", starring talentless, overblown windbag Mariah Carey and Mark Wahlberg-wannabe Max Beasley in yet another rip-off of "A Star Is Born" "Newsies" - Disney at its worst, it features not a single redeeming scene or song "Roller Boogie" - a cheap quickie made to capitalise on the late 70's love affair with rollerskating "Rocky Horror Picture Show" - hate hate hate this film "You Got Served" - a hip-hop/rap (ahem) "music" film that's little more than a modern-day take on those old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney "let's put on a musical!" films, it's all street "dancing" (which I'm not fond of) and street slang, most of which seems far, far removed from the English language as we know it "Guys & Dolls" and "Brigadoon" - I really wanted to like these but they leave me ice cold every time "De-Lovely" - oh, how I looked forward to this...only to be sorely disappointed in nearly everything it had to offer "Everyone Says I Love You" - a Woody Allen nightmare, redeemed only by Goldie Hawn, who can actually carry a tune (WORST offender: Julia Roberts, who sings like a frog with a sore throat) Any film starring Prince, but most especially "Under the Cherry Moon" and "Graffiti Bridge". Virtually unwatchable, due mostly to Prince, his "music" and his inexplicably inflated ego Those hokey old Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy flicks - I've never, and I mean NEVER, been able to sit through one in its entirety; like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson, these two old turkeys make me want to scratch someone's eyes out! "Grease 2" - whatever spirit the original had, this one destroyed "Staying Alive" - Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta, in which both allow their penchant for lousy movie-making to run rampant. Watch and be amazed at what ego and too much power can do to a career! "Rhinestone" - you gotta love Dolly Parton (goodness knows I do) but she and Sylester Stallone (again!) have zero chemistry; worse yet, he "sings". Enough said. "Camelot", "Man of La Mancha", "Mame", "A Chorus Line" "Annie" - there's a reason John Huston direced only one musical in his lifetime Robert Altman's "Popeye", of which there are NO redeeming qualities whatsoever For sheer camp, you can't beat "Can't Stop the Music", "Xanadu", "The Apple", and "Sextette" - they're laugh-out-loud classics!
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    for a switch--annoying voices

    Oh yes, you're right: Roseanne Whatever-Her-Name-Is-This-Week But special mention MUST be given to Madonna: whether it's her "I'm British now!" accent or her natural voice, I think it's grating. Marlon Brando (I have a tough time watching his movies because of that strangled-sounding voice) Phil Silvers (but maybe it's just because I can't stand the the same could be said for Tom Cruise & Mel Gibson, both of whom I wish would just disappear into a black hole) Rex Harrison (I love Brits but that weird voice of his gives me the creeps) Woody Allen Keanu Reeves Franklin Pangborne (sp?) Ron Silver And, as someone already astutely noted, Butterfly McQueen
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    Lauren Bacall at tonight's Oscars

    Not to continue getting off-track here but I must beg to differ (regarding the moment when the producer of "Crash" was cut off): by that point, I certainly had grown pretty weary of nearly every winner thanking just about every person they known, wished they'd known, crossed paths with on a dark night, you name it. It was a long, rather dull evening (Jon Stewart was right when he pointed out the ONLY winners to look thrilled to win was the rap group!). Why not cap your win for Best Picture (undeserving though it may be) by simply saying, "Thank you." The average viewer tunes out as soon as lawyers and such start getting thanked, and, quite frankly, it only serves to make the winner seem somehow less-than-humble. Using this, I think it was a BLESSING they cut her off. As for Lauren Bacall, is it possible she's had a stroke, even a mini-stroke? Watching her walk out, it seemed like she wasn't entirely sure on her feet. Could just be a teleprompter problem and/or the simple need for glasses but it seemed like there was something else going on, too.
  7. THE movie, if I only had one choice, would be 1980's "Resurrection", with Ellen Burstyn (nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for that year; while I love Sissy Spacek, I still think Ellen was robbed) and Sam Shepard. When people ask me what my 'favorite' movie is (I'm a lifelong movie buff), I usually tell them the movie that's meant the most to me, and this one is it. If you've never seen it, unfortunately it's ridiculously difficult to find, and hasn't been released to DVD yet. If THAT movie isn't possible, I'd love to see them play "Yentl" (again, not released on DVD). (I admit that part of my desire to see these - or ANY of the great films people have mentioned, or those that ARE aired - is that I copy them on to DVD [for my own gratification, of course]. That's enough to keep me sated til an actual DVD release.) I would also LOVE for them to play the following films: "Miracle In Rome" (1987 - I think) - a foreign-language film about a man whose daughter dies at a very young age and how he handles it; a real five-hankie film! "The Trouble With Angels" (with Rosalind Russell & Hayley Mills) - If I'm not mistaken, every channel seems to play the inferior sequel, "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows"; it would be nice to see the first one again. There's also a film I would to see shown here, released on DVD, whatever: 1976's "The Blue Bird", a US-Russian co-production starring Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, James Coco, Cicely Tyson, among others. A musical-fantasy, it was a huge, HUGE financial loser, and is almost totally forgotten these days. I've read that legal complications now keep the film from being shown but don't know if that's true or not. Would so love TCM to show this film! John, Panama City, FL [

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