FloydDBarber

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  1. I first noticed it when MTV experimented with a dramatic series. The camera was never still even during the quieter scenes. It was a dizzying effect like the background was spinning on a carousel but the actors in the foreground were relatively motionless. I see it a lot on action programs now but am not sure when it originated. I am thinking the early 90's. When these programs were on I switched the channel because it gave me a headache. Now the tendency on action programs is for the actors to speak clipped lines showing little or no emotion. Almost a monotone delivery. Anyone else notice this trend?
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    when did this camera technique become popular?

    "I haven't noticed the "clipped speaking" thing though, as I don't really watch what passes for "action" shows on the tube lately." I rarely watch commercial television. It's kind of a surreal directing style. The actors seem to be emotionless. Very similar to the way Jack Webb spoke on Dragnet but an updated version. And also an absence of expression. I see it in the action programs.
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    Darling

    I've been watching a ton of movies on TCM that were filmed in the early 1930's. The young adult actresses often address a parent as darling. Isn't that a little strange? Is this a theatrical thing? I have never called either of my parents darling.
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    Darling

    If I called my father darling he would disown me. I don't think it continued much past the 1930's. Didn't Tallulah Bankhead call everyone darling?
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    Oh, that face, that fabulous face. Whose is it?

    * deleted* Trying to post a picture. No options except bold, italics and underline. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Dec 4, 2013 1:57 AM
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    feeling of dread

    How many films can you think of with a sense of dread or impending doom? Here are my three: 1) DOA - 1949 2) 1984 - 1956 and remade in 1984 3) On the Beach - 1959.
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    feeling of dread

    These movies fascinate me after some nightmares I had as a child. I dreamt that there was some alien force that was moving down the alley outside my house. It was consuming everything in its path one house at a time and I could hear it approaching but did not know how far it was from my house. I was hiding in the basement with the lights out just waiting. The other thing that scared the hell out of me was the robotic cat that was sucking up the mice in a Mighty Mouse cartoon. And I dreamt I had fallen in the street and a vehicle was approching that would suck me inside. What can I say, I was a strange kid. I think when I saw Invaders From Mars some of these dreams started.
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    1930's female accent in film

    I am watching the film "Oil For the Lamps of China" and the lead female actress, Josephine Hutchinson, has this artificial sounding British accent. When I looked her up, she was actually born in Seattle in 1903. I have noticed that many women in the 1930's had this sort of British sounding accent and the male actors rarely had it. Certainly not Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy or James Cagney. Could this have been the accent that actresses adopted for the stage that carried over to film? Could it have been that this film in particular, from 1935, was an early talkie and voice had not been fully developed for film? It really confuses me, because few actresses of today have this accent unless they are trained stage actresses, like Julie Harris. I would say that Jane Wyatt also had the accent but she was from an upper class family.
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    1930's female accent in film

    James is correct. From Wikipedia: "Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known professionally as Joan Fontaine, is an Anglo-American actress. Born in Japan to British parents, de Havilland and her older sister Olivia de Havilland moved to California in 1919." Edited by: FloydDBarber on Nov 8, 2013 2:22 PM
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    When my son moved in a year ago I ordered a new cable box for HD digital for myself and an outlet for my son's room. All this time I have been paying about $148.69 a month for television and internet. This months bill is $210.46. Here I thought I was paying for normal service and now I come to find it was a promotion offer for $49.99 and as of April will be raised to $87.10, my son's additional outlet will be increased from $9.99 to $16.95 , HBO and Starz (which I never watched) will be increased from $6.00 to $10.00 and HD DVR Service from $9.95 to $16.95. Now you can say I was naive but I think I should have known better. To me $148.00 is even a bit high for a retired person. When I called and complained all they offered was to cancel HBO and Starz. My 30 years as a customer does not matter when there is a promotion. They were nice enough to allow me to keep TCM, Retro and Flix. Goodbye Comcast I think I may try Fios. Not that they are any better but I know people who are happy with Fios. I am just an average citizen and the billionaire Comcast people couldn't care much if they lose a 30 year customer.
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    Levon Helm Dead at age 71

    One of the articles mentioned that Levon received a second chance to perform for an additional 10 years. Apparently he chose not to have throat surgery, hoping to be able to perform again. In time his voice returned and was nearly back to normal. So we had another 10 years from a great performer. Still I wish he were still with us.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    Fios offered McAfee Internet Security for $5.99 a month with the first 30 days free. McAfee offered the same thing for $49.99. Apparently Fios can't do the math.
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    Classic Character Actors

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_McNear
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    Classic Character Actors

    Burt Mustin, Ellen Corby, Reta Shaw, Frank Ferguson, John Anderson, Robert Emhardt, Virginia Gregg, Malcolm Atterbury, Olan Soule, Jesse White, Herb Vigran are some. Dragnet used many great character actors.
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    What's To Groove To May 1-7?

    I watched the Anne Shirley movies on April 30 or May 1 and I have to say she was one of the cutest young women I ever saw on the screen. I remember Murder My Sweet from about 8 years later and she still looked perfect. Most of the young women in the 1930's had that 30's look but Anne would still look perfect in 2012.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    I had Fios installed on April 30. No problems at all, very smooth installation. Of course Fios has a 24 month promotion so I plan to keep an eye on expiration dates. Called Comcast and Vonage to cancel services. I think I will be saving about $80.00. Went to the Comcast drop off location to drop off the modem, cable boxes and remotes.
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    Levon Helm Dead at age 71

    The Last Waltz may not be a great idea. I think the problems between Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm came to a head during the filming of this movie. Levon thought that Scorcese was more interested in making a star out of Robertson than featuring the rest of the band. He was very bitter about this. If you remember the film, each member was interviewed but Robertson was given the star treatment. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Apr 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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    Levon Helm Dead at age 71

    I will miss him. I am a fan of The Band and his work after the band. Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson are the only Band members still alive. What I noticed about Levon was his beautiful speaking voice. He was the only member of the group from the United States, the other four being Canadians.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    A few pluses: I receive $10.00 discount a month for 24 months, 10% discount for government employee, no rental fees for the equipment. There was no issue with Xfinity Internet since it has always remained at $48.95 a month plus the $7.00 Modem rental. The entire issue was with the Xfinity TV jacking up all the prices to the tune of $60.00.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    Well, I am trying the Fios bundle for 24 months and the promise is that I will save $100 a month over what I am currently paying (increasing $10.00 a month in 2 years). So now Verizon has me for 2 years. I know it may not be any better but I need a change. I like the idea of having one bill and not 3 separate bills. I was using Vonage for my landline, Verizon for my cell and Comcast for tv and internet and this month I have paid $315.04: Comcast $210.46, Verizon $71.38 and Vonage $33.20. If I got rid of the Android phone I could probably save another $40.00 a month. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Apr 17, 2012 3:26 PM
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    Would this work?

    Since we pay so much for cable can we ask the cable companies to loan us cash? We must be helping to pay their salaries and allowing the CEO to live high in the lap of luxury. Why not write down whatever hours your service is down due to outages and whatever hours you are just not watching. We are paying for 24/7 service but do we watch tv 24/7? Why not send the cable company a bill saying "please reimburse me for the 120 hours that the tv was not used last month" and when they stop laughing you may receive a response. Maybe if they were inundated with these requests they might give us a price break and reinstate TCM to those who have lost it.
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    SOS from a film lover in the depths of withdrawal

    What is sad about all of this is that we support the only "quality" commercial free station I can think of. If I were to make a random guess, the cable companies have factored TCM into whatever package yields them the highest profit. No other station has ever cared about quality, only making money. If Time Warner (or some other conglomerate) now owns TCM, there must be a reason it has remained commercial free. The fan base maybe? You can't lose loyal fans so why not tack TCM onto a profit making inflated package?
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    Anything viewed as a luxury comes with a price today. When I was growing up we had a landline rotary phone, radio and tv. I was pretty satisfied back then but I was pretty young. Today everyone needs a mobile phone so they pay outrageous prices for this luxury item. For a very basic cell phone the price is fairly reasonable. Who needs basic? We must be able to text and surf the internet on our phone. For basic cable the price is fairly reasonable. When tv switched from analog to digital people don't want a basic service when they have a large screen tv so they opt for a large price bundle of crap with High Definition. For what we are paying, do we see fewer ads? No, we see more ads online and on tv. I am as much at fault as most people. I was the last of my friends to buy a vcr, a cd player and I did not purchase a cell phone until 2003. And I got greedy and wanted a larger phone with more features so I got a Blackberry. Every time your contract is up for renewal you have a choice of spending full-price for a phone or signing a 2 year contract (or whatever) to get the phone cheaper. On Demand is a great feature, especially all the free movies. Some of the programs are beginning to show ads. What I think has happened is that these companies have gotten greedy because the public is demanding more. Since I am now retired I have to find ways to cut back so basic cable and basic cell phone may be the only solution.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    The general feeling I get is that not one person is satisfied with Comcast or with Fios. This does not leave many options when these two companies Monopolise my area. I would never return to dial-up and totally disregard the television set. The TV is big screen and good for showing videos at least, so I need basic cable.
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    I just checked my zipcode and WOW is not available in my area at this time. Forgot to mention, Comcast offered to remove HBO and Starz and decrease my bill from $210 to $187. Wow, what a savings. I am not cancelling Comcast until I speak with Fios on Monday to see what they will offer. Since my cell phone account is currently with Verizon, maybe I can get a deal if I add cable and internet to the package. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Apr 15, 2012 12:16 PM

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