jameselliot

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  1. Japanese Horror

    Goke, Black Lizard (the second version by Fukasuku), House of Terrors (Ghost of the Hunchback), Horrors of Malformed Men, the Dracula trilogy and Matango.
  2. Dirty Harry vs. Bullitt

    The cop with a Magnum (or otherwise giant revolver) who operates by his own rules, kicked off by Dirty Harry, became a huge '70s movie trend in the States and in the Italian Poliziotteschi (Maurizio Merli was like an Italian Harry) plus on TV (Hunter, Starsky & Hutch). Bullitt, while a great film, didn't have that kind of influence in cinema and TV.
  3. I Just Watched...

    The film looked better on my old picture tube TV than on the smart TV but it was still a poor print and the audio was substandard. The story was all over the place and the cinematography was lackluster. We were disappointed considering the cast.
  4. Tulpa Time

    This probably doesn't qualify as a tulpa in the Tibetan meaning of the word. Roger Moore made a film in 1970 called The Man Who Haunted Himself. It's a very difficult film to find in the US. It's based on the novel the Strange Case of Harold Pelham. Hitchcock did a 30 minute TV episode with Tom Ewell. Kolchak the Night Stalker and the X-Files both did shows about the subject.
  5. I used to go in often, mostly to read the message boards about the TV shows I watched. But I can understand why they deleted the boards. The trolls had taken over and they were a vicious bunch.
  6. Wild Seed

    Wild Seed was meant to be downbeat and sad about two people who find their destination was each other not the place they were going to. This kind of moody, melancholy love film, such as David & Lisa, and Lilith, is not produced anymore since Hollywood would rather play it safe and churn out hundreds of worthless (to me, anyway) rom-coms. I've never read about Parks' personal political stance or heard him talk politics in interviews. I knew he was a singer (did the Bronson theme song), was discovered by Frank Silvera (High Chaparral) and Universal blacklisted him. Story here https://the-artifice.com/michael-parks-blacklisting/
  7. The United States may undergo a transformation but will Asia, Africa, the mid-east, South America? I doubt it.
  8. If anything productive comes out of this, it will be the victims going to the police, their physicians and a lawyer right away, not waiting for many years and then going to the news services or just letting it go which (with the silence of the Hollywood establishment) allowed these abusers to flourish. This is not just a Hollywood problem. The business world, politics, the medical field, the military, pro sports and other sectors of society all have this sickness that needs to finally be exposed and erased. As far as the Hollywood treatment of women as victims, what's always been hypocritical is how violence against women is seen as entertainment (pick any TV show, Criminal Minds, for example) but bare a breast and American society spews a tirade of condemnation.
  9. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    I'm a big fan of his Kommissar X series with his close friend Tony Kendall (Luciano Stella), now both gone. I'd love to see TCM program a few of them. They're tongue-in-cheek in the style of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the Flint films and were filmed all over the world.
  10. Why These Freudian Slips?

    I've emailed TCM before about Freud. Never got a reply. (Nothing unusual about that.) AMC played it once in 1980 or 81.
  11. Comedian/activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

    Much, much more than a stand-up comic. We're not in a good place now and it feels like his lessons have been ignored. CBS did a long overdue piece on him a few weeks ago.
  12. Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

    40 years of Labor Day telethons, 2.4 billion dollars raised. He had superhuman endurance hosting it. It was a TV tradition in my house and millions of other homes for decades. I stopped watching post-Jerry. His departure led to its eventual cancellation.
  13. I Just Watched...

    I'd only seen a few clips from The Man Who Had and always wanted to see it. While I hoped that TCM would air a theatrical widescreen print, the full-screen (VHS quality as you pointed out) version was better than nothing. I understand now why this dark comedy-drama is an oddity in Taylor's impressive filmography. I'd also hoped that a Rod Taylor day would have included the ultra-rare Darker Than Amber. It has one of the most brutal fights (between Taylor and William Smith) in movie history and it wasn't shot and rapid-edited like the ridiculous fight scenes in today's movies. I've emailed TCM for years about Darker without a reply.
  14. I Just Watched...

    I bought this on VHS at Ray Dennis Steckler's Mascot Video store in 1996 and still have it. It was an interesting B-movie and had all the elements I like. Another enjoyable film I would put in this category, although totally different in plot, is Hellbound with John Russell. TCM should try to find good prints of both.
  15. I Just Watched...

    I've emailed TCM a few times over the years to program this flick and Frankenstein Conquers The World.

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