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    You might not believe this, but I'm interested in classic films.

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  1. Feego

    The Mummy's Hand

    Sadly, I must agree with Hibi. I made my way through all of the Mummy movies last year, and it was more of chore than I ever expected. The Mummy's Hand is ok, perhaps because it spends so much time on the (lame) comedy that it gets into and out of the mummy action in brisk time. After that, the rest of the films blend together as the wrapped zombie just shuffles about while people either follow behind him or faint in front of him. I liked Turhan Bey in whichever one he was in, and Virginia Christine's resurrection was cool in whichever one she was in, but not enough to justify the movies surrounding them. As for the tragic ending for the heroine who dies tragically, I just didn't care at that point. The role was so bland and the film so lacking in tension that when she died it just came as a relief. Earlier this year, I had more luck with the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man series. Beyond the first films there are no great masterpieces, but I quite liked the third Creature film, The Creature Walks Among Us. It develops the story in interesting ways that go beyond just rehashing the first movie and features a genuinely spooky scene of our heroes on a small boat being stalked by the gill man in the dark waters. The Invisible Man films were hit or miss, but I had a good time watching Invisible Agent. It's blatant WWII propaganda, but it features some nice effects (at one point John Hall is lathering up in the bathtub while invisible, and we see the lather around his leg and foot!), plus Peter Lorre appears as a Japanese man with an Austrian accent! The Invisible Woman goes for straight-up comedy, and it's not particularly funny, but a movie can't help but be livened up by a cast that includes John Barrymore, Margaret Hamilton, Oskar Homolka, and Shemp Howard! At the very least, the worst of these series were still better than most of the Mummies.
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    Remake? Really?....

    Three Godfathers was remade once again in 2003 as a Japanese anime, Tokyo Godfathers.
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    Travesty or Triumph?

    I've tried to watch Dracula with the Glass score a couple of times, but it's mixed too loudly on the DVD/Blu-ray editions and drowns out the dialogue. The making-of documentary on the disc mentions that Dracula was released as a silent film in some theaters that were not yet equipped for sound. I actually think it would have been a very interesting experiment to have included a "silent" version on the disc, complete with intertitles and Glass's score rather than trying to mix it with the dialogue.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Of the three classic Disney princesses (the ones created while Walt Disney was alive), my favorite is Cinderella. For me, she is the most dynamic character who goes beyond being a mere cypher. It was also the one I saw at the earliest age, probably when I was about 4 or 5. Sleeping Beauty gets my vote for being technically the best of the three, though it's the one I have the least emotional attachment to, as I didn't see it until I was in college. Even Snow White doesn't evoke much nostalgia for me, as it wasn't released on VHS (and thus I didn't see it) until I was about 10 or 11. But I still appreciate the stunning design of both films, and the wicked queen and Maleficent are just amazing characters. I actually love that in Sleeping Beauty, it's basically Maleficent against the good fairies, with Aurora and the prince just pawns in their battle. It's not insignificant that without the good fairies, the prince would likely die at the end.
  5. Actually, the play that inspired Here Comes Mr. Jordan was titled Heaven Can Wait, so in 1978 they just went back to the original title. To confuse you a little more, Mr. Jordan was followed by a 1947 sequel called Down to Earth. In 2001, Chris Rock starred in yet another Mr. Jordan remake called ... Down to Earth.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    Radner also portrayed the child character Judy Miller on SNL.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    Elisha Cook Jr. is another interesting man-child type, who excelled at playing the wimpy or nervous "kid" type in films throughout the late 30s and early 40s, most notably in The Maltese Falcon. The thing is he was actually in his mid to late 30s at the time. He in fact was six months older than Peter Lorre, but that didn't stop everyone from bossing him around like a child in Maltese.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    Sissy Spacek is perhaps a less obvious example, but it's interesting that she spent the early part of her career playing characters much younger (or at least younger-seeming) than herself. She was in her twenties when she played a 15-year-old in Badlands, a 17-year-old in Carrie, and 13-year-old Loretta Lynn in the early part of Coal Miner's Daughter. Then there was her strange character in 3 Women, whose age is not revealed but who definitely seems very immature. I wouldn't say that Spacek necessarily looked young for her age, but she was incredibly adept at capturing the mannerisms and insecurities of teenagers in a believable way.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    Leslie Caron would probably be one of the shining examples of someone who earned her initial fame as a woman-child. Her roles in An American in Paris, Lili, The Glass Slipper, and Gigi are all very childlike, made even more glaringly so by the fact that she's cast in all four movies with actors who were 10 to 15 years her senior. Another great example is Carroll Baker in Baby Doll. As for man-children, this certainly applies to many a comedian. From Lou Costello and Jerry Lewis to Adam Sandler, many male comedians have built their comic personas on being oversized children.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I guess somebody made a boo boo. That rat fink.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    Yes he was. Sagebrush posted a video of one of his intros a few posts up.
  12. Feego

    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    Burton is still pretty busy these days. I think someone along the lines of Joe Dante would be good, as he is both a director of several cult films and generally knowledgeable about some of the older ones. In fact, his Trailers from Hell series, with contributions from various filmmakers and writers (including TCM favorite Illeana Douglas) is already a step in the right direction.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I too have long thought it would be nice to have someone introduce the TCM Underground features, even if it's just Ben (or Alicia or Dave). Some of these movies could use a little context, so any bits of info would be appreciated. But I would absolutely love if they chose someone who "fits" the theme, like a cult filmmaker or critic (a la Eddie Muller on Noir Alley). I have fond memories of Joe Bob Briggs hosting Monster Vision on TNT in the 90s, though I fear his brand of humor would be too politically incorrect today (hell, it was incorrect back then!) and a bit blue for TCM. Elvira's still around! That was a great show!
  14. And now that I think about it, that's another movie that fits into this thread, as Tarantino took (and deliberately misspelled) the title of the 1978 movie The Inglorious Bastards, starring Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson.

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