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    Faust (1926)

    Silent Sunday Nights is looking like it is going the same way of The Essentials, which Ava has turned into "Film School - You knew this was a bad idea". Apparently classic film is just not allowed to be "fun" anymore. Everything has to be "woke". I thought Faust was an ironic choice, and I couldn't help but think about Fred Astaire's speech in The Band Wagon (1953) when he tells off Jeff Cordova after their musical version of Faust lays an egg. Give me Jeff Cordova's room, please. Hello, Jeff. This is Tony. Now, don't say anything. Just listen. I'm here with all the kids, and we've come to a decision. We're not closing this show, if you can call it a show. We're going on. We're going to keep it on the road and redo it from top to bottom. It won't be a modern version of Faust... Pilgrim 's Progress, or the Book of Job in swing time. It'll be our show, the show we started out to do... the book the Martons wrote, with the songs you threw out. It'll have laughs and entertainment. You remember entertainment? Look, we'd love to have you with us, Jeff. But if you're not, it won't make any difference. We're going ahead just the same. We're going to put this thing across, aren't we, kids?
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    NBCUniversal Launching Its Own Streaming Service

    In addition to the exclusive streaming rights to the beloved NBC sitcoms “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” some of the most popular NBC and classic TV series of all time will be available on Peacock, including “30 Rock,” “Bates Motel,” “Battlestar Gallactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Chrisley Knows Best,” “Covert Affairs,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Frasier,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “King Of Queens,” “Married…With Children,”“Monk,” “Parenthood,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Superstore,” “The Real Housewives,” “Top Chef,” and “Will & Grace.” So it sounds like if you are interested in the kind of stuff AMC played back when it was American Movie Classics the answer is NO. Apparently nobody working there has ever heard of anything made before 1990. But that doesn't mean they won't lock it up in a vault and prevent TCM from playing it either. Why would anybody want to keep up with the Kardashians anyways.
  3. Disney/Marvel doesn't care what American audiences think. 75% of the box office for these superhero films is outside of the US and does not speak English. So the dialogue is kept intentionally minimal and the films concentrate on being visual spectacles. If Disney can churn out cinematic oatmeal for the masses of the world and make one to two billion a pop, they will continue to do so.
  4. I don't have a picture of him, but many have said that Ronan Farrow is the spitting image of his grandfather John Farrow when he was a young man. So maybe Mia was attracted to old Blue Eyes because he reminded her of dear old dad? But still, I don't see one similarity between Ronan and Woody. And you'd think if they were father and son you'd see something.
  5. Could be. I had to google it to get the exact quote, but I remembered the line and the episode.
  6. Of course! There can be no other explanation for me holding moral objections other than that I am a bigot! I was glad to see gay people get the right to marry. In the words of Jack McCoy of Law & Order - " Let 'em marry. Why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us?" Actually I am a woman. Calvin is a long dead but beloved Birman cat (1991-2005, RIP big boy). But you can call me Calvin.
  7. Are you saying there was no minimum age in OK at one time? This would make sense. There was a girl in my freshman high school class who went to Oklahoma to get married when she was 15. I was living in Texas at the time.
  8. If I have to explain why such behavior is more than objectionable but wrong, I give up. It is like describing the color orange to a person born blind. It is beyond me. So what is to keep a brother and sister from marrying then? Maybe you would say "because of the inbreeding factor if there were children". But suppose the woman has had a hysterectomy and therefore cannot bear children? Do you think I am a prude for thinking such a thing is just plain wrong because it destroys the proper boundaries between relatives? Because, otherwise, what would be your objection? If Soon-Yi was just a random woman who lived down the hall with the exact same age difference between herself and Woody, then my only objection would be that Woody was having an affair behind Mia's back. But from what Mia said she was never really done with Frank Sinatra, so they both cheated on each other.
  9. To equate objection to interracial relationships with objection to Woody's predatory relationship with his pseudo-wife's daughter that he knew from childhood is just plain silly. Are you saying that someone dumping their partner for their partner's child, when that child comes of age, is someday going to be considered great social progress?? That Woody will someday be lauded as someone on the frontier of a progressive movement? I am flabbergasted. I actually like some of Woody's films - although I agree the themes get repetitive at times. Zelig and Crimes and Misdemeanors are my favorites. "What's the guy so upset about? You'd think nobody was ever compared to Mussolini before." is one of my all time favorite lines.
  10. If you read my entire post, you will see I make the point of Soon-Yi being an adult at the beginning of the affair and of Woody and Mia never actually being married. However, Woody and Mia were together in every other sense of the word for 12 years. Soon-Yi was ten when Woody and Mia began their relationship. Tell me, if you were in a relationship with somebody for 12 years, had a child together (although Mia now says Ronan was Frank Sinatra's child the dates just don't jive), and started a business together (Woody and Mia's films were practically a cottage industry), would you think it appropriate to start another affair with one of the actual children of that person, when that person came of age? I think most people would agree with me that this is just plain gross. This reminds me of the words of Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) in the second Naked Gun film: "I will tolerate anything but intolerance".
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    Halloween Schedule Disappointment

    Central American immigrants reject Halloween too, to the point where Prince William County schools (Northern Virginia) doesn't do anything for the holiday. I tried to find the reason why and only found a six year old link on the subject: So apparently Salvadorans reject Halloween because they see it as part of what the Spanish imposed on them. Yet they don't reject Christmas. So I guess I still don't understand.
  12. The one thing that is proven is that he had an affair with and then married his own stepdaughter. She wasn't a minor at the time it started - Soon-Yi Previn was 20 - but it is rather hideous to think of a man taking a kid to the zoo in 1980 as a father figure and then bedding her eleven years later. Mia Farrow and Woody were never married, so he was never officially her stepdad, but in every other sense of the word he was.
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    Lists of unavailable films

    The Hurricane was actually on Blu by Kino Lorber, but they let it go out of print. Viva Villa has gotten airings on TCM before, but there is no Archive entry for it. The Accused with Loretta Young is on DVD-R from the Universal Vault Series.
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    Lists of unavailable films

    Story of Louis Pasteur was on pressed DVD at one time - I have a copy. Angels With Dirty Faces was a regular on TCM until the end of 2009. That must be some kind of rights problem. I have a hard copy of Angels too. Warner actually has rights problems now with three of the films Cagney made for them - Ceiling Zero, Come Fill The Cup, and Angels With Dirty Faces.
  15. The first article was written in 2014, and it is still pretty accurate. It ranges in films from the silent era through the 1980s. The second list has more modern films listed, but still goes back to the 1930s for some of its content. Summary of the 64 films unavailable in 2014: Greed (1924) The Crowd (1928) The Greene Murder Case (1929) Dynamite (1929) A House Divided (1931) Daughter of the Dragon (1931) Sherlock Holmes (1932) Once In a Lifetime (1932) Call Her Savage (1932) Letty Lynton (1932) A Man's Castle (1933) Story of Temple Drake (1933) I Am Suzanne (1933) Viva Villa (1934) So Red The Rose (1935) Red Salute (1935) The Story of Louis Pasteur (1937) The Moon's Our Home (1936) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) 7th Heaven (1937) High, Wide and Handsome (1937) The Road Back (1937) The Hurricane (1937) Boy Meets Girl (1938) Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) Five Came Back (1939) They Knew What they Wanted(1940) Sun Valley Serenade (1941) Hellzapoppin (1941) Sea Wolf (1941) Forever and a Day (1943) Dixie (1943) Christmas Holiday(1944) Lady In the Dark (1944) Home Sweet Homicide (1946) Margie (1946) Centennial Summer (1946) To Each His Own (1946) Song of the South (1946) Great Gatsby (1949) Beyond The Forest (1949) Deadline USA (1952) The lusty Men (1952) Crimson Pirate (1952) So Big (1953) First Traveling Saleslady (1957) Beau James (1957) Raintree County (1958) The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) The Great Imposter (1961) World of Brothers Grimm (1962) Freud (1962) Circus World (1964) Naked Runner (1967) Taking Off (1971) Play It as It Lays (1972) 92 in the Shade (1975) Movie Movie (1978) Looking for Mr Goodbar (1977) Fedora (1978) Little Darlings (1980) The Keep (1983) Nothing Lasts forever (1984) Glass Menagerie (1987) Addiitional films I can think of that are unavailable: Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)/(1957) RIGHTS PROBLEMS Ceiling Zero (1936) RIGHTS PROBLEMS The Blue Veil (1951) RIGHTS PROBLEMS Come Fill The Cup (1952) RIGHTS PROBLEMS Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) OOP WARNER GANGSTERS VOL 1/NOT SEEN ON TCM SINCE 2009 Never Steal Anything Small (1959) WAS ON VHS All The Way Home (1962) Mona Lisa (1986) WAS ON CRITERION Young Poisoners Handbook (1994) OUT O PRINT Road To Wellville (1995) OUT OF PRINT

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