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  1. TikiSoo

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    I was a kid when this movie came out, so all I knew about it was it was "adult themed". It never came up again until TCM broadcast it a few years ago, so I watched it. Although I don't recall anything specific, I remember enjoying it and chuckling over how tame it was by today's standards. I enjoy sex comedies very much but am uncomfortable watching sex scenes in movies, so this was right up my alley. My library has SUCH GOOD FRIENDS so I requested it. Thanks for mentioning it!
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    I Just Watched...

    Wow you nailed that one. Just so you don't feel alone- I didn't like GHANDI at all and only liked CHAPLIN for Downey's excellent performance. I am familiar with both life stories from personal research, so I figured that was my problem, not the directing. But you're right, Attenborough's films seem to meandering aimlessly. I will add, TikiKid is a big Chaplin fan and I showed her CHAPLIN when she was about 16-17 and she was enraptured. OK I find your comments a little harsh. I tend to think yes, those writing & performing on the show had seen these classic films they parodied, as well as many in the audience. Remember the early days of TV were a hotbed of classic movie shows-many locally produced- using rental packages of "old movies". Studios made pure profit from renting already-made-product. I grew up 1965-75 and saw a LOT of my first movies on TV like Abbott & Costello, Hope & Crosby, Busby Berkeley, Cagney, etc after school. And Saturdays were for "Monster Matinee". It didn't matter that you only saw ONE Busby Berkeley or Fred/Ginger or Shirley Temple musical, they were pretty much formulaic & the same. But yeas, I get your point that the "quaint culture of yesteryear" was ridiculed in the 70's. The 70's was was when the expression "camp" was created.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    And just like the Great Depression....our country NEEDS a happy psychological boost like Shirley Temple (and Astaire/Rogers fluff & glitter) to cheer us during these bleak times. Bleak not only watching our world circling the toilet, but also facing a very difficult economy. It's emotionally disheartening to watch huge corporations spending billions of dollars becoming even more powerful "buying things" while the general population struggles to maintain our present condition & lifestyle. Even worse anticipating these huge corporations holding our entertainment hostage.
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    I Just Watched...

    Bedazzled was one of my favorite films as a youth. I still think it's Dudley Moore's best role and love Peter Cook & Eleanor Bron's talents in this. What is he holding in this picture? A transistor radio? Looks like a modern digital camera or even a 110 film camera. (like anyone even noticed)
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Keep in mind they are rental "packages" with a few A list titles grouped with several Bs and a few stinkers. One of the most expensive "packages" is whatever one includes CASABLANCA, which is why it's not shown very often. Who knows what else is bundled in that package? I think what most of us are worried about this merger is: Movie studios moving further away from being owned by movie makers who have personal input (with some integrity) on a project. Oversaturation of some classic movies & crass exploitation of iconic stars like the aforementioned stormtroopers in princess parades/ MM&MM artwork/ Shirley Temple examples. And most importantly, discounting all the old classic films they now own, keeping them hidden away or only available at a high cost (ie via subscribing to their premium channels or "on demand" DVD burns) All of this is due to a very big "disconnect" huge conglomerates have with real people. This really undermines our humanity and our cultural arts. Funny, Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner, Carl Laemmle and all the moguls could own entire movie studios, yet still have an opinion, a hand in movie making decisions.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Yuk, it makes Disney Corp more loathsome if that's even possible.
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    I Just Watched...

    ....the problem with our present culture, really. Once a struggling business becomes successful and they sell out to big corporations innovation, artistry & pride go out the window for the "profits". And now we're facing mega corporations that own several businesses/franchises. Last night I watched a TCM recording of BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT from 1956. BEYOND...DOUBT was one of the first Fritz Lang film I ever saw because of fave Dana Andrews, but recall being unimpressed with it. So last night, I gave it another try but with the same results. The movie starts out great, with Andrews as a reporter (another obsolete job) dating the daughter of a publisher. The publisher is played by Sidney Blackmer and the daughter is annoyingly played by struggling-with-her-accent Joan Fontaine. The publisher suggests they plan a hoax to show an innocent person can go through the judicial system, wrongly tried & convicted as a anti-capitol punishment statement. The story moves along really well at this point. An unsolved murder is chosen and the two of them plant clues to lead police to "catch" Andrews. Once on trial, he is convicted to death row on the fake circumstantial evidence. Andrews panics when the publisher is accidentally killed in a car accident, since the publisher is the ONLY ONE who can reveal the hoax/truth. There is a scramble to find any evidence of paperwork & photos to corroborate. And at this point the film loses the viewer's interest with all the silly twists and turns that make NO SENSE. I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but my underline in an earlier paragraph points out a huge plot hole. Andrews great acting, the interesting noir photography nor the great director can't save this one. 20 years lapse did not help this disappointing piece from Fritz Lang's otherwise typically stellar filmography.
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    Starring Madeline Kahn

    Is it THIS one? Your post prompted me to do a library search-this came up so I requested it. The Preston Sturges one I just started isn't very engaging, might as well give Madeline a try.
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    Starring Madeline Kahn

    I love this picture although never saw the movie. To be honest....when I was younger and everyone raved on about Madeline Kahn..how great she was, I didn't see it. Then all of a sudden when I was in my thirties I saw her in something, maybe PAPER MOON and all of a sudden I saw "it". Once I became a Madeline Kahn fan, I sought out more of her work. She is always the highlight of every movie she's in, sometimes the only screen time worth watching. Some people just emote and we as fellow humans "read" them, we connect. And do any of you miss wearing gloves? Or am I the old lady of this board too?
  10. While I love the "west coast surf" genre from the Ventures to Chris Isaak, wouldn't you say Dick Dale actually created the recognizable surf "sound" with his unique guitar playing technique? Thanks Dick Dale and RIP
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    I Just Watched...

    Did these guys use spearheads to get such close shaves? I've seen most of my favorite "bad" movies via MST3K, a few are surprisingly fun. Sounds like whomever thought that up was high. Haha "zero budget".
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    I Just Watched...

    The truly horrible aspect of that movie is 80's fashion/hair-that photo is SCARY!
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    TCM has a new owner

    My, things change fast in the TV channel world! I can remember when stores would change their merchandise focus, or radio stations would change format over a decade, but these days media changes so fast, you don't even have time to like/dislike much for long. Attention spans are just getting shorter & sh
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    I'm sure it's already been mentioned, but on corporate phone recording menus, they still often say "dial 2". Like phones still have dials. Anyone remember pagers? What about department store pager bells?
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    Haha I once worked for a family business where they would speak in their native language in front of employees. Since I found that extremely rude, I taught most of my office mates pig latin. I recall specifically saying "diot-I-ay" in front of the owner once and when he asked what that 'merican 'spression meant, I said "oh, means computer literate". And one of my students found a pencil shaving in my hair- I swiped it off saying "ew, boy cooties!" they loved that. Remember the vintage toy Cooties? Not "educational or exciting" when kids actually get lice.
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    Starring Madeline Kahn

    Wish we had MORE performances for posterity....Kahn was one-of-a-kind talent we'll never see the likes of again. I'm happy TCM premiered SIMON this time around.
  17. Haha "one for the ladies"... ...just saw this comic book cover painted by Richard Williams and thought of this thread: Syracuse is the City pictured.
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    I Just Watched...

    That description alone is amusing! I love this genre of movies recognized by "the bacon-y smell of Canada all over it" (coined by MST3K) especially any horror/disaster set in a Mall.
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    A don’t miss PBS episode currently airing…

    Eh really? Will it have whiney violin incidental music and white Helvetica on a black field chapter titles? While I really enjoyed EMPIRE OF THE AIR and a few of Burns' more succinct documentaries, I found his mini series rambling and self indulgent. I'm still amazed anyone could take historical, exciting subjects like jazz and prohibition and lose the viewers interest.
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    "Hawaii" in the history of film

    Well I loved HAWAII the movie, although wouldn't attempt reading the thick novel! Two negative aspects of the story mentioned- proselytizing & incest are included as part of the story for the very reason they make modern viewers uncomfortable. It's to illustrate anther culture's "traditions" and our personal judgement. It's especially important knowing these tropical, remote islands are commonly referred to as "paradise". Maybe paradise until the white man "civilized" it. This movie is a great illustration of this concept, put in historical context.
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    My favorite thing in gangsta films is holding a pistol sideways when shooting. C'mon. Whomever thought that looked cool sure was a dummy. I see jerks do that on surveillance videos. And guns that have hair triggers & go off unexpectedly? Only in the movies. Most real hand gun triggers have a release you have to press first, like the old fashioned "c o c k". (Dirty minded Otto)
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    OK well now you're just picking out great lines of dialogue in a movie. I don't think that was a commonly used phrase. My favorite in that category? Don't recall the film, but Betty Hutton says "You've got more nerve than a bad tooth!" (I use that phrase often)
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    I've found that to be very true concerning "diner lingo". It's mostly legend and I'd guess from movies or DIME novels. Well in the 70's a "dime" or "nickel" was a unit of measurement to those selling the hippie weed.
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    Is God's Existence Self-Evident?

    Ham, realize there are definite patterns in nature that repeat, such as "spiral" and "meandering" and especially "globe" like Glinda's bubble, the moon and a millet seed. I taught the "repeating pattern of nature" to 5th-6th graders by projecting a broccoli on the wall and comparing the branching & leafing "pattern" to an elm tree. There is nothing unusual about seeing the same patterns in all different scales & sizes. When people say "childbirth is a miracle" because they think there is something mystical or magical about one **** uniting with one egg & developing into a human life, I always counter with "Mmm you mean that "miracle" that tragically happens every day to teens and millions of times to unthinking rats in NYC basements?" *haha Otto doesn't like the word s p e r m

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