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  1. Just one of the many changes in the ways "television" is presented to us. I remember reading an article in Entertainment Weekly when The Good Wife came to an end that it might be just about the last American television show to have an old-timey 22-24 episode season.

  2. I dislike being labeled "easily agitated" or the contention that I'm "all riled up", as I feel both descriptions easily apply more accurately to the OP than myself. Although I suppose just by saying I "dislike" it, you will use that as evidence to "prove" your point.

    I too actually am curious about what ran during Crosby's SOTM. Could be they just didn't show many movies that month. When Robert Redford was SOTM, I think they only showed 15 movies. If somebody remembers what aired, I hope they share.

  3. I really didn't intend to throw this thread into a tizzy with an offhand comment about "woke", which I'm pretty certain is my first attempt to use the word in conversation. I honestly don't know that I've ever heard anyone speak it, but I do recall a time within the past year or two where it suddenly started appearing in print everywhere, particularly Entertainment Weekly, which suddenly introduced it without context, as if it was assumed it was a word all its readers would know. I had to ask some of my hipper friends around my own age what it meant. I figure by the time I've heard of an expression, the kids probably already stopped saying it at least two years prior. I really wasn't trying to cast aspersions on the word or say it an eye-rolling manner, as Lawrence indicates a certain segment of society is now doing. It also didn't occur to me there were others on here who were completely unaware of its existence.

    Sorry, TopBilled, if my random comment completely hijacked your thread. All you wanted to talk about was the weird time placement of Drums, and you gently tried to steer the conversation back in that direction, but the tidal wave appears to have been unleashed. I certainly know what it's like to start a thread into which I've given some thought only to have it steered instantly into something I didn't intend. Almost every thread I've ever started ends up like that. I didn't know my one stray comment was going to cause such furor. It was just a side observation I thought was interesting in addition to trying to explain that Dog Day Afternoon was getting the prime time slot for a specific reason.

    So, I think my last word on the issue, unless maybe I pick it up in another thread. I will say having watched it again tonight, Dog Day Afternoon is a fantastic movie. What a great, great actor Al Pacino was. All that nervous energy here. So different from the cool command of the first two Godfather movies. I don't know what happened to that guy between then and all the hoo-wah overacting of Scent of A Woman. Though I did quite like him in Heat, most of the stuff he's done in the last 25-30 years is hard for me to watch.

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  4. 20 minutes ago, LsDoorMat said:

    Either Mary or Elizabeth - can't remember which - has black advisors, and there is an Asian lady in waiting in Elizabeth's court. However did they get there in  1560? Also Mary's private secretary David Rizzio is shown as openly gay.

    I either started a thread about or at least reviewed this film at the the time it came out and provided a link to an interview with the director, whom I assure you was completely disinterested in the inaccuracies you mention but rather took it as a point of pride and as a triumph for progressive thinking that there was diversified casting in a non-traditional context. 

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  5. Oh boy, I'm seriously not qualified. That may be the first time I ever attempted to use the word. But it has something to do with a heightened appreciation of and placement of equal respect on all cultures, races and gender identities. It's a young person phrase, but it has seeped into the mainstream in a lot articles I read, specifically about entertainment. I had never heard of it as recently as a year or two ago myself. 

  6. That early an airing for an R-rated movie is unusual for TCM, but the reason its gets the prime prime-time slot is because it's a selection for the Ava DuVernay co-hosted The Essentials. Sounds from the brief preview we saw last weekend that she's mostly into it not because of the gritty realism or suspenseful plot but for its being an early example of woke culture for the surprising love story revealed late in the film.

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  7. Too sleepy to go back through four pages, so apologies if someone's already mentioned this, but I didn't care much for Christian Bale after hearing leaked audio of his rant on one of his movies where he was pretty much prima donna'ing it all over the place. However, when he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Fighter from 2010, he specifically addressed that incident and I believe very sincerely apologized for it. So he's in my good graces again. Just thought I'd mention it since he has another potential Oscar contender, Ford vs. Ferrari, about to come out.

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  8. My Top 10:

    1. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, USA)
    2. Shane (George Stevens, USA)
    3. The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir, Italy)
    4. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
    5. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minelli, USA)
    6. Tales of Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)
    7. Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
    8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, USA)
    9. Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, France)
    10. The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, USA)

    And then, mainly to honor several films that would probably be between 11-15 but deserve recognition in specific categories:

    Best Director: Anthony Mann, The Naked Spur
    Best Actor: Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity
    Best Actress: Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street (Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and consider her a leading actress in that one)

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  9. My Top 10:

    1. The Ear (Karel Kachyna, Czechoslovakia)
    2. Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner, USA)
    3. Performance (Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, UK)
    4. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, USA)
    5. Tristiana (Luis Buneul, France)
    6. Little Big Man (Arthur Penn, USA)
    7. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica, Italy)
    8. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico)
    9. Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowsky, UK)
    10. The Spider's Strategem (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy)


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  10. We'll see how the rest of these goes. I certainly enjoyed the intros/outros I watched with Miller and Short, though I suspect most of the Miller haters on here will only give credit to Short. I wasn't really aware of Miller being "gray-listed", although I don't see him popping up in movies anymore like he did before becoming more overtly political, so that certainly seems plausible (some irony, I suppose, one used to get blacklisted for being too left and now graylisted for being too right). I liked Miller discussing how much he liked the gentleness of the satire in one of the movies, I think The Big Picture. It sounded really sincere to me. He certainly doesn't seem to be angling only for movies that express a certain political viewpoint.

    I also loved Short mentioning he once saw Robert Osborne heading for Bette Davis' apartment.

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  11. I've read this thread with interest, but I don't know if I have any good suggestions. I've worked both as a full-time and substitute teacher for more than 20 years now (not any sort of charter school, just regular public schools) and I've noticed I've started symbolically weeping for the future of humanity more than ever this year. I don't know that there are many kids who could even sit through Frozen unless they can be 'gramming or playing a video game on their phone at the same time.

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  12. There have been a few threads about this, at least one of which I may have started. I've never found any solid information, but yes, it's been 10 years now since it's last TCM airing. The only evidence that led me to believe there's some legal reason TCM can't air it was its curious listing in bold print in the article about the Michael Curtiz tribute that aired in the last year or two. Generally, in one of these articles, all films listed in bold are going to air, while the ones in italics are not. And Angels was in bold, which led me to believe at the time the article was written or posted online, TCM intended to air it, but at some point figured out they couldn't. 

  13. Daffy: Let's try that again. Wabbit season.

    Bugs: Wabbit season.


    You know the rest ...

    Edit: Oops, meant to put that in the quotable lines thread. Oh, well, it's still funny ...

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  14. And any time I learn something new, I like to quote John Laroquette from Stripes: "I didn't know they could doooo that!"

    And, well, pretty much anything from Stripes if I can find a situation that's even remotely applicable:

    "They should call you the dork!"

    "Oh that hurts, Ma'am."

    "Lighten up, Francis."

    "All I know is I finally get to kill somebody."

    "No ... but we're willing to learn. Is there some kind of special course we could take, or ...?"



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  15. On 11/5/2019 at 11:31 AM, speedracer5 said:

    When we go get our Christmas tree at the Christmas tree farm, someone always says something about getting the Griswold Family Christmas Tree.

    I don't always find the perfect situations to apply them, but I will shoehorn in a direct quote or a variation thereof  rom the original Vacation as often as possible, including, but not limited to:

    "Roll 'em up."

    "Good talk, Russ."

    "This is crazy ... this is crazy ... this is crazy ..."

    "This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest! A quest for fun."

    "Can I get you a spoon? ... Please?"

    "I don't know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It's great just by itself!"

    and the fairly disturbing "Yeah, but my dad says I'm the best."

  16. There's another thread discussing The Irishman and the de-aging CGI used in both it and some of the Marvel movies, and somebody suggested what with this new process and the hologram concert performances that are occasionally happening, we might be seeing Bogart or Astaire in new movies. When I heard about Dean on the radio today, I wanted to post on that thread about it, but I see a new thread has been started already.

  17. I really didn't want to look, because I figured it would really depress me if I'd never won a day. But apparently I've won two days in 11 years on these boards. Now I wonder what I ever posted on here that people actually responded to. Maybe they were both Christmas days, and I was the only one who posted something new ...

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  18. 2 hours ago, DougieB said:

    Great cameos from people like Dick Dale, Bob Denver, Connie Stevens, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, etc. and a terrific number by Pee Wee Herman,

    As I recall, this movie also features Lori Loughlin, whom I had quite the crush on back in the day. Now she possibly faces serious jail time for tampering with the college admissions system for her daughter.

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