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  1. sewhite2000

    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    There was a thread recently about use of the word "film" vs. "movie", and it does seem for a long time, certain people have used "film" to imply something more pretentious. "Cinema" maybe even more so.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    Hmm well I have no idea what any of those perspectives are, so this take was new to me. I haven't read the book and frankly after three or four viewings of the movie still have no idea what's going on in that opening scene.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    I thought this was a pretty interesting take on the film and why it may actually be more conventional and sort of out of place amongst the easy riders and raging bulls. Heck, I saw the director's cut when it was in theater some years back, and Friedkin apparently wanted to make it even more conventional by playing up Lee J. Cobb's very old school movie cop character.
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    Sid & Judy

    I didn't even know who "Sid" was until I read this article. I just don't know a lot (and often am not terribly interested) about the personal lives of the Golden Age Hollywood stars. I don't know that I really care to watch this. Just seems like more confirmation of what I've always heard about Judy's life - that she was handled as a commodity practically from birth. But I thought some of you might be interested:
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    Bill Macy has passed

    Must confess when I first saw this thread topic, I thought, "Oh my gosh, William H. Macy committed suicide because his wife is in jail for two weeks!" Then I remembered the other Bill Macy. Sorry to hear about this.
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    Movie Blunders

    I don't want to belabor the point. It's all great music. I have most of those songs in my iTunes collection. I just find it hard to believe songs four to eight years old would be blaring out of the car radios of teenagers in that era way more the songs that were in the Top 40 at that moment.
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    Movie Blunders

    Oh yeah, and in American Graffiti, which is set on high school graduation night, almost all the songs playing in everyone's cars, except maybe for the Beach Boys one, are anywhere from four to seven years old. What radio stations being listened to by all the high school seniors would feature only music from their middle school years?
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    Movie Blunders

    Speaking of cars, in North by Northwest, when Cary Grant tries to lean over the one gunman and open the door of the car, there's a quick insert shot of him fiddling with the door handle, which proves to be locked. But there's no longer any gunman between him and the door in that shot for him to lean over. He's back in the next shot, after Cary has given up.
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    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced

    Well, Whitney is a shoo-in. Then Biggie and NIN are pretty likely. Doobie Brothers is an intriguing example: I"ve wondered how many kind of MOR '70s/'80s bands with long track records but never much critical acclaim in their day were or were not going to get in when their time came. The resurrection of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the last 10 or 12 years (not even that massive a hit back in the day, curiously) paved the way, I think, for Journey. Then the Cars got in. Chicago is in. But still no Foreigner. MC5 and Kraftwerk are both important for helping launch new genres, but are they well-known enough? I would say Depeche Mode, who owe a debt to Kraftwerk, are more likely to get in than Kraftwerk. T. Rex and Thin Lizzy were both much bigger in the UK than the US. It may be hard for voters to distinguish between Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Chaka Khan solo, so they might have a shot. Todd Rundgren, quirky and interesting, a few big hits, but I dunno. I guess now that Nirvana and Pearl Jam are in, Soundgarden was maybe the next most obvious example from the grunge era (or maybe Stone Temple Pilots). It will be interesting to see how many acts from that era actually get put in. Pat Benetar ... maybe, in an effort to get some more women in? I don't really know the relative contributions of each of these metal acts, but I would think Judas Priest more likely to get in than Motorhead.
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    R.I.P. Anna Quayle

    Not an actress I really know other than her brief appearance in A Hard Day's Night and her work in the Tony Curtis film Drop Dead, Darling, which I saw on YouTube. But I suspect a lot of you will be way more familiar with her than me.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    My parents got their first smart TV a couple of years ago, and in addition to Netflix and Amazon Prime, they can watch YouTube on their TV. i don't think what they're watching is YouTubeTV. It's just regular YouTube. But they use it to watch movies. I don't think it comes through the cable, though, but because of the TV they have? Not sure.
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    CASABLANCA is only the 24th most popular classic

    It's largely seasonal, it appears. A couple of Halloween movies sneak into the Top 10. Otherwise, everything's from this year.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    One of my local sports talk radio stations did an interesting thing where several show hosts recorded themselves asking their kids, all post-millennials, I guess, all born after 2000, how many different channels they could name, maybe a half dozen kids total. What was interesting was every single child immediately had to ask his or her parent what a "channel" was. The word was not part of their vocabulary. A couple of them said you mean like the Disney Channel? And we all know how many zillions of channels there are now. And I think the best any kid did was still in the single digits. Most of them could only name about three, and usually they were all part of the same family, like different Disney channels. A very small sample size, but it indicates to me kids don't watch TV anymore. They watch YouTube, maybe stream "Friends" or "The Office" on Netflix (shows that are over, but it's new to them), and that's about it. Otherwise, they're texting each other. The Disney Channel or Nickleodeon being about the only exceptions. Some of the PBS cartoons for the really young. There is no more aimlessly flipping around the TV like I used to do before I had Internet at home. So, I don't know what cable has planned for the future. But unless they can get YouTube off the Internet and on to cable, I think they're in trouble. I don't know how much kids even watch these sports that every one here seems to have disdain for. Baseball's the only sport I care about, but it has the oldest demographic of any of them. Football dominates. Basketball does all right. But I don't know that the kids really watch games live on TV. Maybe they catch the highlights on YouTube. Also, I think more people by far catch the Car Karaoke and Jimmy Fallon playing ping-pong with a celebrity and the latest SNL sketch later on YouTube or other services than on their initial TV airing. On Demand is a pretty nice feature, if you can afford it, I suppose.
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    Predicting the future: films in the 2020s

    I think more movies will be made like Idiocracy, except they won't be comedies.

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