fxreyman

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About fxreyman

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    I never shot nobody I didn't have to.
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    My Favorite films: historical, westerns, dramas, bios, sci-fi, everything Star Trek, Suits, House of Cards, Doc Martin, John Wayne, Ronald Coleman, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson

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  1. LISTS

    Well, the dry spell is finally coming to an end... I will be starting this thread up once again with my completion of my top ten list from the decade of the 1940's. Then I will start another list for another decade as yet to be decided. Hope you all enjoy!
  2. Now I am afraid for TCM.

    Not again... Every few months someone starts a thread about what they see as the “so-called” demise of Turner Classic Movies represented by the channel showing some obscure recent film and because of this the reaction TCM is somehow going the way of AMC or worse, just going in the wrong direction that some here have feared would happen eventually. The film you mentioned, “Who’s That Girl” a Warner Bros release from 1987 has caused what appears great consternation on your part. As has been written by me and several others on the board in the recent past, this is not unusual for TCM. Going back to 1994 when TCM started, the channel has always shown what some have called recent films. Looking back to 1994, those first few months saw films from the 1980’s and 1970’s dotting the schedule every month. For TCM to show films from a certain point in time, especially the rare to find classics from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, they often have to show more recent films to justify contract stipulations they have agreed to from the distribution companies and or film studios. In this case “Who’s That Girl” from 1987 is part of the Warner Bros. film library. Obviously in order for TCM to show certain films from way back from Warner Bros, they have to agree to also showcase other more recent films from that studio to satisfy any contract they agree with in order to show those older more classic films. In this case, the Madonna film was probably included in whatever contract TCM signed to show other older films. In very simple language, this is often the case. That is why this film along with many other poorly produced films from the recent past appear on the channel. It does not mean that TCM is going the way of AMC. All one has to do is look at the monthly schedules and I am sure more than 65 to 75% of all the films being shown on the channel were films produced from before 1960 or 1970. And to be frank, there is nothing wrong with showing these more recent, obscure films. They satisfy any agreement TCM makes with the distributor and often are only shown once or twice within a given month, possibly more times depending on which older films are being negotiated for. So as James has written, just because TCM is showing one film you dislike, there is no reason to sit here and bemoan athat TCM is dying and all is lost. This is just not the case.
  3. There has always been a lot of comments made about the choice of the Academy voters in 1990. One has to remember that not only was Goodfellas nominated for Best Picture in 1990 but also The Godfather, Part III was nominated as well. That could explain why the "epic" Dances With Wolves won the Best Picture Oscar. The two gangster pictures cancelled one another out and Costner's masterpiece won. I say masterpiece simply because it was IMHO. A western had not won the Best Picture category since 1931 when Cimarron, a pre-code western had won. As far as a controversy, I would say that what happened in 1994 was even worse when Forrest Gump beat out the fan favorite Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction.
  4. Top Ten Films of...

    Can you please share with us the title of these 10/10 films?
  5. Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    I have avoided so far writing about the tremendous loss of Robert Osborne. Mostly due my present duties at work and at home. Over the years my wife and I have had TCM as part of our cable package, but recently we decided to cancel the subscription that is part of our cable package that includes TCM. After his death, I thought about the press coverage of his death and the meaning of his life as it related to all of us who watched him over the years. I found the press coverage lacking for someone of his stature. The major networks said practically nothing and it was left to print journalism to cover his death. Which is appropriate considering he WAS a writer and historian. I only hope that the Academy Awards next year give him his due. I just found this wonderful article written by Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon: http://freebeacon.com/columns/the-movie-man/ The article is well written and explains to those not familiar with Robert Osborne something to think about. Those of us here on the message boards enjoyed writing about him and at times some here had very strong opinions about his goof-ups on air and his continued mix-ups of certain facts. I always felt that his slight goof-ups were endearing and that anyone could have made the same mistakes. Considering he did quite a few of those wrap arounds each month. I have always felt that his wrap arounds that he did for the films TCM showed were mostly for the uninitiated or the folks new to the channel and classic films. Those of us who have written here for years are IMHO very well informed (for the most part) and knowledgeable about the films shown on TCM and have formed various opinions about certain film genres and films themselves. Many have written here that over time they stopped paying attention to these wrap arounds instead choosing to concentrate on his excellent relationships he had built over the years with many of the classic actors he interviewed. Without TCM there is a void, but with the films TCM shows now, I feel that subscribing to the channel is a bit too much. That is the nice thing about having my own film library. I can watch whatever film I want whenever I want to. I am hopeful that the future is mostly secure with Ben Mankiewicz taking over as the main host for the channel and will get better with each introduction and or interview he makes. I am also hopeful that whomever else TCM decides to bring on will continue the great tradition that Osborne has left behind. As I often say about the recently deceased, they are in a better place now. Hopefully in heaven he is screening movies for those who never saw these movies before and has rekindled the relationships with those Hollywood folks he knew for so many years. Hopefully when he sits down to talk with Robert Mitchum again, Mitchum will be a little nicer and actually talk about his films. Mr. Osborne had a great on-air presence and he was well-respected in the industry and loved by his fans even with any of his on-air goofs. Having TCM was a treat for many years and I for one will miss seeing him. RIP Mr. Osborne.
  6. My Top Ten Favorites

    Well first of all welcome to the boards! You would not happen to be a refuge from the IMDB message boards would you? If you are I think you will find the conversations here a whole lot more courteous and fun. If not from the IMDB boards, welcome anyway! As Speedracer has written, I agree with him. My lists of top tens can and has changed based on any number of factors. But I think one can have a personal favorite list of so-called “guilty pleasures” and that list can change from time to time. One of the great contributors here FrankGrimes (Scott) and I have often creating lists that eventually cause great deals of conversations. And even though I have not posted in my own thread titled “LISTS” right here on the Favorites forum, I hope to continue writing there soon. If I were to select what I would call a “Guilty Pleasures” Top Ten list of favorites it would deb based on what I would say are the two eras of classic film making. One era ended in 1959 and the other era started in 1960. We all here have had many debates on just what year the classic old movie studio system ended and the new era started. I have always felt that even though the old-style movie production code ended in 1968, many of the so-called Golden era Hollywood films were still being produced well into the mid to late 1960’s. But to me one has to pick a year and even though many 1960’s era films looked like production code films from the Golden Age of Films, many, many more were of a new breed. So I use 1959 as the last year of the old-style movie production era. 1960 starts with the new, modern era. So here then are two Top Ten lists. One from before 1960 and one after 1960: List One: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) The Talk of the Town (1942) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) A Matter of Life and Death (1946) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Twelve O’Clock High (1949) The Cruel Sea (1953) Winchester ’73 (1950) The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) The Enemy Below (1957) List Two: Ride the High Country (1962) McLintock! (1963) Fail-Safe (1964) Seven Days in May (1964) The Professionals (1966) Bite the Bullet (1975) The Wind and the Lion (1975) The Natural (1984) Defending Your Life (1991) The World’s Fastest Indian (2006)
  7. Here is the latest TCM Remembers for 2016 posted on Facebook this morning. 69 folks who will always be remembered.... https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=turner%20classic%20movies%3A%20tcm
  8. Whatever the results of this petition will most assuredly fall on deaf ears at TCM. Oh, they may look at it and they probably are very aware of it's existence, but the petition is a long way from being something that will cause the TCM programmers to change their responsibilities or attitudes when selecting films to be shown. As has been stated previously by many here, the % of films that ARE shown on TCM still reflects something like a 60 to 70% range of films from before 1960. The channel has always maintained that their primary duty is to bring to light the very best films from all era's. As we progress through the years and more and more films from before 1960 disappear due mostly to substandard quality the less films from way back, and I mean way back, i.e. before the 1940's will never be shown. Most of the major studios and or film preservation groups do not have all the money in the world to allow them to preserve and develop older films and or even interest in making these older films conform to the new video standards TCM operates from...
  9. It has started earlier than normal tonight...
  10. Trump - The Rise of a New Hitler?

    As I told someone earlier today, poll numbers are just a snapshot in time. They will change, hers will go down, his will go up and they will appear at times like the other one is surely going to lose. The campaign really does not get started un-officailly until after the Labor Day weekend. And then there are the debates. I am fairly sure that many voters of both parties, mostly the die-hards have made up their minds on who they will vote for. It is the small bloc of minorities of both parties who have yet to choose. And then you have the large independent voter bloc. A lot will happen between now and Election Day 2016. As Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"
  11. Trump - The Rise of a New Hitler?

    YES. And YES.
  12. Oh, sorry... here ya go: season 1 The Virginian: Peter Breck and Bruce Dern (Episode 2.25, "Rope of Lies") season 3 The Virginian: Robert Culp and Jena Engstrom (3.3, "The Stallion") No need to use caps. I guess you are upset or that I may have not clearly understood you. I did. But still this practically had been occurring with regularity on 1960's television.
  13. Not very unusual at all for major future film stars to appear on such shows. Especially during the mid to late fifties and into the 1960’s. With many film roles drying up, many once well known stars began appearing on television. The fact is many of these shows were very well written and produced, especially crime dramas and westerns. For instance many older stars and newer up and coming stars appeared on NBC’s first 90 minute western The Virginian starring James Drury in the title role. In the first season alone Hugh O’Brian, Jack Warden, Ricardo Montaban, Aldo Ray, Lee Marvin, Charles Bickford, Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Vera Miles, David Wayne, and John Dehner all appeared in various episodes. In season two, Broderick Crawford, Robert Redford, Yvonne De Carlo, DeForest Kelley, Bruce Dern, John Agar, Sheree North appeared. Season Three saw the following guest stars: Leslie Nielsen, Victor Jory, Katharine Ross, Robert Culp, Barbara Eden, George Kennedy, John Gavin, Lloyd Nolan, Forrest Tucker, Andrew Prine, Rhonda Fleming and Fabian all appeared. Season Four: William Shatner, Glenn Corbett, Earl Holliman, Charles Bronson, Harold J. Stone, James Best, Telly Savalas, John Cassavetes, Andrew Duggan, and Tony Bill appeared. Season Five: Angie Dickinson, Dan Duryea, Tom Tryon, Andy Devine, Harrison Ford, Myrna Loy and Robert Fuller. Season Six: Edmund O’Brien, James Whitmore, Malachi Throne, and Peter Duel. Season Seven: Burgess Meredith, John Saxon, Susan Oliver, Steve Ihnat, and James Brolin. Season Eight: Joan Crawford, Tony Franciosa, Patrick Macnee. Season Nine: Dezi Arnaz, Janet Leigh, Anne Francis, Susan Strasberg, Noah Beery, James Grgory, Craig Stevens, Howard Duff, and Peter Lawford.
  14. Spence – What the heck is up with you??? You have four separate threads on Natalie Wood on the message boards... a little bit of overkill or maybe being too much of a fan? One thread would do. Think about it. Also, please rethink how you type your posts. Way too many symbols and parenthesis being used. Makes you look like you never took basic English. You are thoughtful and have some interesting insights, but it is very hard to read your posts at times.

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