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  1. I used imdb to list all American made feature films (60 minutes to 150 minutes in length) made from 1928 through 1971 highly rated (6.9 to 10.0) in order of ascending imdb rating. The number of votes had to be from 35 to 500. This keeps out more mainstream entries and attempts to keep out lost films. However, some lost film do show up, particularly from the silent era. Plus for some reason people seem to upvote all of the Bowery Boys films. Maybe you'll find this boring, and maybe you'll find it a way to discover some lost jewels. Check out youtube. Many of them are over there.,1971-12-31&user_rating=6.9,&num_votes=35,500&countries=us&runtime=60,150&sort=user_rating,asc
  2. I've thought about it, and I came to the same conclusion that you did. That some of these votes were cast, not only by some people who worked on the films at the time, but more likely people who actually saw the films in the theaters and remembered them fondly after several decades. There was one guy who was born in the mid 1940s - F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre - who could have not seen the films that he reviewed. He was reviewing films that were lost before he was old enough to remember the silent films he reviewed. When emailed by curious people over at nitrateville he would say that some private collector would let him and him alone look at some lone existing copy and that is where his reviews came from. We'll never know the truth though, because Mr. MacIntyre committed suicide by setting himself on fire in June 2010. Odd thing was he also reviewed films that were very much with us, such as Metropolis. Like I said earlier, I've reviewed some lost films, but in each case I say that they are lost but that something remains - stills, Vitaphone soundtracks, some odd reels - enough that I can piece together an idea of what it was like. Sometimes I'll leave a rating, but usually I will not, because there simply is not enough left to rate. P.S. Where have you been TopBilled? You used to post at a tremendous pace. You hardly come around any more. Don't be like markbecuaf (SP?) and just disappear.
  3. Not just an amazing piece of filmmaking, but wasn't it the first to depict somebody going off the deep end for no reason who was seeking to kill as many strangers as possible? How oddly prescient that film was, especially since the commentary on the DVD says that the inspiration was the killer on the tower at the University of Texas back in the 60s who actually had a brain tumor as a mitigating circumstance. So creepy to juxtapose the "old time" horror film and star (Boris Karloff) with what makes the old time horror films look very tame - the modern monster armed to the teeth with no ability to empathize whatsoever. People are just "targets".
  4. Oh, I've seen quite a few of them. By "rarely seen", I'm guessing that any film with such a low count of imdb votes (I limited the number of votes to 35-500) has not been seen very much by the public, and may not even be available in any format. For example, Convention City, which does not exist, has 30 plus votes. How can you vote on a nonexistent film? I guess we'd have to ask the late F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre. I've written reviews on nonexistent films before - say "Golddiggers of Broadway" (1929). But I make it clear that in the strict sense the film is lost, that I've only seen the same two reels everybody else has, but I have listened to the complete soundtrack that is still available. Based on that, I can give my impressions.
  5. I will warn you that this guy is given to some colorful language. Especially in the comment section if you disagree with him.
  6. I LIKE them, but.....

    Grand Hotel was the first time I ever saw Greta Garbo in a film. And afterwards I was very puzzled as to what the allure was. Her entire performance just drifted into camp. After TCM came on the air and I got to see her entire body of work I was much more of a fan.
  7. I LIKE them, but.....

    It's funny, I don't have this feeling about Stanwyck at all, but I do feel this exact same way about Mary Astor. She was a great actress and an asset to every film I've seen her in, but I just never bought her as a seductress or someone who could seduce Bogie in The Maltese Falcon, etc. She was good looking but not beautiful, IMHO, and as a result she aged well.
  8. Wow this guy really doesn't like TCM anymore!

    I really didn't expect anybody to care, and maybe I should have dragged this to the OT forum to begin with. It just seemed like a good example of how rough and ignorant some people have gotten in their discourse with the example of certain political leaders who they adore who have equally rough and ignorant discourse. And from the number of like minded comments you can tell this fellow is not alone. I actually responded in kind to his entire post using logic and staying away from insults of any kind. My comment went into moderation and - not surprisingly - he rejected my comment.
  9. I don't know if it's a hit or miss, but tomorrow I'm recording "Immortal Love" (1961), which is oddly titled once you hear the subject matter. I'd never heard about it until I saw it on the schedule, and apparently it's about a man who is away at war, and a crippled man who wants the soldier's girlfriend and rapes and impregnates her in order to get her. He also lies to her about about the soldier being killed. The descriptions read that the couple (rapist and victim) suffer through three decades of bad marriage and an unhappy brood of children, and that the couple torment each other. I don't know how I'll feel about this until I see it I suppose, but I can't imagine me having any problem with a rapist being emotionally tormented and punished for thirty years by his victim. I can't imagine why the rapist would want to torment the wife though, after all he lied to her and raped her and basically stole her life from her. I guess that is why films from different times and cultures are interesting.
  10. I LIKE them, but.....

    I thought Montgomery was very good in "Ride the Pink Horse" and "The Saxon Charm". I think if you saw those two from the 40s you'd admit that he pulled off the bad guy persona quite well. I agree with you about "The Big House". I think the whole point was here was a regular guy who committed manslaughter when he drove drunk, and had to be punished. However, he really didn't belong in the world of career criminals in which he found himself once imprisoned. You can't help but feel sorry for him. I very much agree with you about Randolph Scott and to tell you the truth I can't figure out how he remained a star for so long. He seemed off in modern dress roles and he seemed off in Westerns, but there was so much action going on in the westerns I think most people of the time just didn't notice it.
  11. I Just Watched...

    Last night "Sabotage" (1936) was on WHUT, a PBS station based out of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It was my first time to see it. It was in a failed DVD set put out by Fox a few years back, mainly failing because the DVDs were defective from the factory, but I digress. The film is about a group of saboteurs planning to plant a bomb in London. However, there is an undercover cop that is on their trail, and as part of his job he befriends the wife (Sylvia Sidney) of one of the saboteurs. Not as part of his job, he falls in love with her. Sidney's character has no idea that her husband is up to any kind of criminal activity. Hitchcock seems to foresee WWII with some of his themes, and he lets a horrible thing happen to one of the main characters after making the audience really care about this completely innocent person. It has an ending that would not be possible in America at the time because of the code, and the ending is just full of irony. An interesting thing that WHUT did after the film was have the host discuss the film with some film students, I assume from Howard U. They had pretty good insights for three college students, but I could tell they had trouble relating to a film from 82 years ago, even if it was Hitchcock. I have a feeling that if they had been discussing this year's Oscar nominees they would have been much more chatty. The host was good, but he dressed oddly. He had a hat on like he was from the 1940s or something. The best way I can describe him is that if you tried to visualize Eddie Mulller's dad, chances are, you'd picture this guy. A pleasurable classic film experience for me that, for once, was not courtesy of TCM.
  12. Wow this guy really doesn't like TCM anymore!

    Yes, one person commenting on the article on January 31of this year said they looked at the next week's schedule and said : I just looked at the schedule for week Saturday to Friday and they had just 6 1930’s films listed: Errol Flynn’s famous version of Robin Hood, the classic “A Farewell to Arms”, the color epic “The Four Feathers’, the Astaire and Roger’s biggie “Swing Time”, the large scale Busby Berkely musical “Gold Diggers of 1935” and only “The Great Waltz” as a relatively obscure picture (which I really haven’t much interest in) This person does not watch TCM enough to know that this was the first week of 31 Days of Oscar and thus you are not going to see TCM's typical fare on display.
  13. These numbers were supposed to be accurate as of 2013: The ironic thing is that the site that these came from actually wants you to pay to get more of their statistics, yet their statistics are wrong. Douglas Shearer (1899-1971) had 21 Oscar nominations including 7 wins: Scientific and Technical Academy Award 7 wins Academy Award for Sound (Wins): The Big House (1930)[2] Naughty Marietta (1935)[3] San Francisco (1936)[4] Strike Up the Band (1940)[5] The Great Caruso (1951)[6] Academy Award for Best Special Effects (Wins): Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)[7] Green Dolphin Street (1947)[8] Academy Award for Sound (Nominations): Viva Villa! (1934)[9] Maytime (1937)[10] Sweethearts (1938)[11] Balalaika (1939)[12] The Chocolate Soldier (1941)[13] Mrs. Miniver (1942)[14] Madame Curie (1943)[15] Kismet (1944)[7] They Were Expendable (1945)[16] Green Dolphin Street (1947)[8] Academy Award for Best Special Effects (Nominations): The Wizard of Oz (1939)[12] Boom Town (1940)[5] Flight Command (1941)[13] Mrs. Miniver (1942)[14] Of course, among living nominees, Meryl Streep now makes the cut in 2018 with a total of 21 Oscar nominations in her career. John Williams stands at 51 Academy Award nominations: Year Project Category Result 1967 Valley of the Dolls Best Score Adaptation Nominated 1969 Goodbye, Mr Chips Best Score Adaptation Nominated The Reivers Best Original Score Nominated 1971 Fiddler on the Roof Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score Won 1972 Images Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated The Poseidon Adventure Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated 1973 Cinderella Liberty Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated "Nice to Be Around" (from Cinderella Liberty) Best Original Song Nominated Tom Sawyer Best Score Adaptation Nominated 1974 The Towering Inferno Original Score Nominated 1975 Jaws Best Original Dramatic Score Won 1977 Star Wars Original Score Won Close Encounters of the Third Kind Original Score Nominated 1978 Superman Original Score Nominated 1980 The Empire Strikes Back Original Score Nominated 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Score Nominated 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Original Score Won "If We Were in Love" (from Yes, Giorgio) Best Original Song Nominated 1983 Return of the Jedi Original Score Nominated 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Original Score Nominated The River Original Score Nominated 1987 Empire of the Sun Original Score Nominated The Witches of Eastwick Original Score Nominated 1988 The Accidental Tourist Original Score Nominated 1989 Born on the Fourth of July Original Score Nominated Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Original Score Nominated 1990 Home Alone Original Score Nominated "Somewhere in My Memory" (from Home Alone) Best Original Song Nominated 1991 JFK Original Score Nominated "When You're Alone" (from Hook) Best Original Song Nominated 1993 Schindler's List Original Score Won 1995 Nixon Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated Sabrina Best Original Musical or Comedy Score Nominated "Moonlight" (from Sabrina) Best Original Song Nominated 1996 Sleepers Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated 1997 Amistad Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated 1998 Saving Private Ryan Best Original Dramatic Score Nominated 1999 Angela's Ashes Original Score Nominated 2000 The Patriot Original Score Nominated 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Original Score Nominated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Original Score Nominated 2002 Catch Me If You Can Original Score Nominated 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Original Score Nominated 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Original Score Nominated Munich Original Score Nominated 2011 The Adventures of Tintin Original Score Nominated War Horse Original Score Nominated 2012 Lincoln Original Score Nominated 2013 The Book Thief Original Score Nominated 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Score Nominated 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Original Score Pending
  14. The problem with all of these candidates is their age - Joe Biden, Bernie (who will be 78 in 2020), Trump. We really need somebody about 15-25 years younger. I remember when Reagan was elected a concern - a valid one - was his age. He turned 70 shortly after his inauguration. And all of these people will be 75-80 in 2020. The presidency is hard on a person's health, but I thought Bernie could hold up for one term. Too bad he didn't get the chance.
  15. I think many Sanders voters stayed home, knowing that the Democratic primaries had been rigged. I haven't met a Sanders supporter who voted for Trump yet - or at least who will admit it. Let's face it, the only thing Hillary had going for her was sanity.
  16. Films of 2017

    It's also unprecedented to see a woman continue to get quality roles into old age. Streep joins Kate Hepburn in that distinction. Even 50 years ago Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Barbara Stanwyck had to do horror pics if they wanted to be in feature films as they aged. They did get a chance to do more quality work on television though.
  17. When will Canada become the 51st state?

    It seems that Canada is perfectly happy being an independent nation. Why would they want to give up their system for our dog-eat-dog one?
  18. OK, I basically agree with this guy. I have to admit I FFWD'd a bit after the video got past Mr. Chomsky's words. If he is saying - and I think he is - that the DNC sabotaged itself by providing a coronation for Hillary rather than an unbiased primary, and that an unbiased primary would have produced Sanders as a candidate, I agree. Then you would have had two anti establishment candidates, one very ethically challenged. The other - Bernie - baggage free and definitely a straight shooter. As it was there were two ethically challenged candidates, neither considered very truthful, but one represented the establishment and one represented something entirely new. What the DNC had not counted on was how much the American people were tired of the establishment and tired of the Clintons and their lies and their parsing of the English language to say that they had not lied, and how they seemed to take the American people for chumps who would buy whatever it was they were selling. At that point we had not had a big dose of Trump and his lies, so the people - electorally anyways - turned to Trump.
  19. Well, sick men are like children for sure. I don't care if you always stay single. If you are an American (or Canadian) you have the right of free agency. Why would anybody care? I just don't know why you guys don't just put the issue of women and family behind you and talk about sports, health, workout routines, hobbies, etc. But no, MGTOWs keep bringing up the subject of women. I have no idea why.
  20. Well, yeah. If "NO MEANS NO" then that means no courtship, no begging, etc. You'll simply get asked out and if the answer is "no", the door is closed. There will be no wooing. In the workplace especially, there is going to be a hands off policy. I'm glad I'm 60 and don't care about this stuff anymore.
  21. Men Going Their Own Way in the Media

    The problem with MGTOW is that 99% of all straight men will eventually have sex with women or their heads will explode. When they have sex there is the possibility of fatherhood. And although shotgun weddings are out of vogue, there is a place for men who do not pay child support and it's called jail. Just see the MGTOW subreddit to see that if these guys were truly turning their backs on women over 90% of the threads would not be about how awful women are or how they wish this was 100 years ago when they could simply discard a woman after they are through with her, married or not. On the other hand, sentiments similar to MGTOW - that marriage could possibly lead to court ordered impoverishment - I think are leading to men refusing marriage. And why shouldn't they? Women move in with them, do their housework, have sex with them and THEN ask for marriage? I can't tell you how many times I've heard women complaining "After being together for 7 years he told me he is not ready for marriage and I am just going to have to accept that or leave. I have to go now, he gets cranky if his dinner isn't on time." WHAT?? Not only are these women giving away the milk for free but the ice cream too. Marriage minded women, do not waste more than one year of your life on a guy unless he proposes, and not even that if you can see he is some kind of serial monogamist or if you feel like you are "Miss Right Now".

    I do give money to NPR and PBS - I'm not sure if this remark is aimed at me to some degree or not - but I usually do it outside of the period of any pledge drives just to make a point. And I don't pay big $$$ for the latest devices, because I don't even have a cell phone. Or a debit card. I'm sure I'll be shot in any holdup because no hoodlum is going to believe that an adult in the 21st century has neither of these things. Not having any of these cool devices I get annoyed when my favorite sites get destroyed just so young people can access them with these cool devices. A laptop is all that I have. I'm really talking about imdb in this case. I haven't written a review there since they tore the site up December 10 with no warning. Oh, and while we're on the subject - and I am getting way off topic here - here is imdb's founder talking about his goals for imdb for 2018 - "One of our goals is to make advertising units which our customers will love." Is this guy clueless as to why people use his site or what? Well, sorry for getting so OT.
  23. TCM's treatment of Ronald Colman

    I'd love to finally put faces to these pen names, but it would be difficult for me to tear myself away from the dealer room. I've picked up some stuff there I can find nowhere else. Plus the dealers are so honest. I asked one of them "What brand of media do you use?". Answer - "The cheapest I can find".

    I've seen commercials for Draper and for Liberty Mutual on the three PBS channels I have access to - Maryland Public Television, HUT (Howard University Television), and WETA - but no ambulance chasers yet. I guess that they are just desperate for funds. The bad thing about the pledge drives is how ineffective they are. When an online entity puts up a paywall, as soon as I subscribe and pay, I have access to the information I want with no limit to articles. But whether I contribute to PBS or not, and regardless of when I do it, I'm going to sit through endless begging for bucks until PBS is scheduled to stop begging for bucks. I can remember as a kid in the 60s that there were very few pledge drives and zero commercials. I can only assume that this was because PBS was truly "public" in those days, with the government picking up the vast majority of the tab.

    Don't forget "Independent Lens" either. The only bad thing I can say about PBS is that in the last few years they have been airing what are thinly disguised infomercials, sometimes for days at a time. It's practically Suze Orman's second home. But this is probably due to the fact that the feds have so radically cut their funding. After all, payoffs to girls who have been groped by congress critters is a much better use of the people's taxes.

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