speedracer5

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    Errol Flynn's girlfriend in a parallel universe,back in time
  • Birthday 06/22/1984

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    Any and everything Classic Hollywood; reliving my nostalgic Nick-at-Nite days by watching a combination of Hulu, Amazon Prime, You Tube and my DVDs; my favorite TV show of all time--I LOVE LUCY; cooking; baking; trying new beers, wines and cocktails; antique stores; writing my blog; playing with Buddy--my yellow-sided Green Cheek Conure; traveling; sleeping; procrastinating; anything and everything that I like.

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  1. speedracer5

    Best Party Scene

    I would have loved to have gone to the Christmas party in Desk Set. What an amazing party to have while at work. Actually, despite the job being completely obsolete due to the internet, I would have loved to have worked with the ladies in the office in Desk Set. That job would have been right up my alley. The only caveat would be having to answer the phone so much.
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    Begone era of the Scrapbook

    I have the Hopper through Dish. It has a 2TB harddrive. I have almost 500 movies recorded and am at 80%. I will record Noir Alley films that I already own just to hear Eddie Muller’s intros and closing comments. I just delete it afterward. No big deal. I think you can record part of a program by adjusting the timing of the timers. That seems overly complicated to me. It’d be easier to just record it and delete it when you’ve seen the part you want to watch. I grew up watching Nick at Nite on a 13” b&w tube TV with a VHF & UHF dial. We had a cable box hooked to it. It was a big thing when my sister and I got a 19” color tube TV so we could play Super Nintendo and not monopolize the “big” 27” TV. I have the opposite problem from Lawrence. Much of the prime time features are on too early at 5pm. Noir Alley is on at the perfect time, 9PM Saturday.
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    Begone era of the Scrapbook

    The technology that I am really happy to have is DVR. I wouldn't be able to see anything on TCM that I want to watch if I didn't have it. I can watch what I want, when I want, and I don't have to be annoyed that the movie I wanted to see is scheduled to air at 3AM. When I was in elementary/middle school, I used to program the VCR to record things that were airing while I was at school or asleep. It was always a bummer when you went to watch your recording, only to find out that the recording didn't "take" or the tape ran out, or someone interfered with it at some point.
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    Noir Alley

    Maybe it was the Lizabeth Scott dummy that was very effective at falling off the balcony! Lol. However it happened and whoever/whatever fell, I liked it.
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    Noir Alley

    I thought Liz was great at falling over the balcony. I liked how she flipped over backwards and she had a great scream. The scene with her bloody hand splayed out next to her precious money was very effective, in my opinion.
  6. My husband and I did the Sony Pictures tour on our honeymoon. His cousin worked at Sony (she has since changed jobs) and she hooked us up with free tickets for the studio tour. The Sony lot used to be the old MGM lot. We saw the street where Gene Kelly filmed the title song for Singin' in the Rain, we went into the old recording studio where Judy Garland recorded "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The recording studio had been around since the 1920s and apparently had such amazing acoustics that people from other studios would rent the space. The room was very bare bones and somewhat in shambles, but the tour guide explained that it's never been remodeled (only maintained), because people were afraid of ruining the acoustics. Barbra Streisand apparently purchased state of the art recording equipment for the studio. The recording booth is known as the "Barbra Streisand recording studio" or something like that. But that space was used to record the score to Star Wars and Pixar uses it for the music for their films. It was a really fun tour and it was free (to us, at least)! Two of my bucket list goals is to go down to LA one year to attend a TCM Film Festival and also to visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum that is opening next year. My husband, sister and I are driving down to the LA area in April--but we're going to Disneyland, not LA.
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    Begone era of the Scrapbook

    While many of the things the OP mentioned weren't part of my generation (e.g. cars I've ridden in have always had seatbelts and we never owned a grandfather clock), I can agree that I like the scrapbook scenes in films. These scenes kind of go along with newspaper headlines and scenes with superimposed clocks (for example). These scenes, with no dialogue, actors and such, can help progress the timeline or pass along an important plot point. This is excellent storytelling as it "shows" the audience what has happened, rather than telling. I especially enjoy the films that feature newspaper headlines, because the headlines are almost always sensationalized, which makes them fun to read. I especially like newspaper films (e.g. His Girl Friday, Five Star Final), because I like the hustle and bustle of the newsroom that is portrayed. The reporter gets a scoop and has to run to the nearest phone. The editor gets on the line and the reporter implores him to "take this down," the editor takes the notes, hands it to the nearest typist, with the order, "get this ready for print for the evening paper!" All of that is gone now, since with the internet, everything is viral within five seconds.
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    Construction or architect movies

    Hopefully the OP isn't still waiting for suggestions for their video compilation. In Miss Grant Takes Richmond, there is a funny scene where Lucille Ball helps all her female clients redesign the floorplans of their homes. The ladies take all the line markers (noting where the foundation is to be poured) and make all the rooms enormous, or tiny and the homes are overlapping. Then of course, there's The Brady Bunch Movie where Mike Brady is tasked with coming up with a design for his firm. Since this is a satire, and the Brady home (which he designed) is the only project of his that the audience actually sees (in the original show), every one of Mike's designs is just the Brady home with different foliage outside of it.
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    Spotlight: Songs on Screen with Dave Karger and guest host Chris Issak

    I love Chris Issak's "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing." He's a great singer.
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    Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

    Ooh I saw Beyond the Forest in the theater at the Portland Art Museum! It was amazing. I loved it more than I have of the supposedly "good" films that I've watched. While I would agree, that yes, Bette was miscast and I can see why she didn't want to do this film, I loved it. It's so over the top (especially Bette's death scene) that it's enjoyable. I've been wanting to see Errol Flynn's The Perfect Specimen again. I saw a poor quality, bootleg version. I'd love to see a "proper" version. Like 'Forest,' 'Specimen,' is held up in rights hell.
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    Primetime lineup for Wednesday still a mystery?

    They're airing a selection of the films chosen in 2018 by the National Film Registry. I believe that the list will be announced on Wednesday.
  12. Even Gene Tierney who was often cast in roles because of her beauty, had an overbite. There are actresses who are not conventionally attractive, like Bette Davis, or Barbara Stanwyck that I think are very pretty. I've even thought Agnes Moorehead was pretty on occasion. Part of what makes them attractive to me is the personality they bring to the screen. Just like now, so many of the blonde starlets are so interchangeable. They don't bring anything to the screen except being pretty.
  13. Bette Davis was beautiful. Angela Lansbury is beautiful. Not everyone has to be a blue eyed, buxom blonde to be considered attractive.
  14. While I would never call myself the biggest Kirk Douglas fan, sometimes I think he goes overboard, I do like many of his films. I even like him in some of his films. I am happy to see that he is still with us at 102. He epitomizes the term, "living legend." He's one piece of classic Hollywood history still with us. I just watched Out of the Past this morning and loved it as much as I did the last time I watched it. I also thought he was great in Detective Story, despite his scene chewing. In that film, his scene chewing was appropriate. Some other films of his I enjoy: The Bad and the Beautiful, Young Man With a Horn, Ace in the Hole, A Letter to Three Wives, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and The Story of Three Loves. I believe I have Mourning Becomes Electra recorded. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRK!!
  15. I took it as Criterion starting from scratch and needing to offer some sort of incentive to attract subscribers. On their site, they appeal to the former FilmStruck members to join their service. They need to be able to develop a sizeable enough group of subscribers so that they can afford to offer and run the service. Presumably, they will probably need to develop whatever software they'd need for the streaming service and probably hire people to support and maintain the service. I don't know if there are copyright issues that come into play with streaming the films, or whether that is was all covered when Criterion got the rights to the film in the first place. I can understand their need to try and build up a group of subscribers before putting together the service. If nobody signs up, even under a discounted rate (along with the other perks that come along with being a "charter" member, as described on their site), then would they even bother releasing the streaming service? This may be a way for them to also test the waters to see if there is a demand for this service. Because in the end, this is yet another streaming service that someone has to subscribe to. People are trying to cut the cord to save money, but if they have to sign up for 5 different services to attain all the programming they desire, they may end up paying the same or more than they did when they had cable/satellite.

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