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  1. 2017 Christmas Schedule

    Of all the Christmas movies that are scheduled on TCM this year, these are my favorites: Meet John Doe. Surprisingly this Frank Capra film starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck doesn't seem like it has an official studio backed release. I believe that this film was public domain at one point or another. The Man Who Came to Dinner. This film has a great cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Monty Wooley. Sheridan is one of my favorites and Davis is good in her small role. Meet Me in St. Louis. Sure this film is schmaltzy, but it is charming and has fun songs. In the Good Old Summertime. I actually prefer this remake of The Shop Around the Corner. I love Judy Garland and this film has great songs. I'll Be Seeing You. I really enjoy this film with Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple. It's interesting that an inmate would be granted leave during the holidays. I don't believe that this is still practiced today. Christmas in Connecticut. This is a fun Barbara Stanwyck movie. She is just as adept in comedy as she is in heartwrenching drama. Remember the Night. Another Barbara Stanwyck Christmas movie. She and Fred MacMurray shine in this Preston Sturges classic. Bachelor Mother. I'm a big fan of Ginger Rogers and I really enjoy this film starring her and David Niven. It has just the right amount of comedy, drama and Christmas schmaltz. The Bishop's Wife. I love Cary Grant and this is such a great film. I think I may have accidentally purchased two copies of this film. Auntie Mame. Rosalind Russell is hilarious in this film. The Kid. This silent Charlie Chaplin film has comedy and drama. The scene where Charlie and Jackie Coogan are separated is devastating. TCM Films I want to see: Holiday Affair. I'm a fan of Robert Mitchum and I haven't seen this film in its entirety. Bundle of Joy. A Debbie Reynolds film I haven't seen yet. It Happened on 5th Avenue. This film is scheduled every year and I haven't seen it yet. All Mine to Give. I haven't heard of this film. Period of Adjustment. I haven't seen this Jane Fonda film yet. Mrs. Parkington. This film has quite an impressive cast which includes Agnes Moorehead whom I'm a big fan. Other Christmas films I will watch to round out the season: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 1966 cartoon) A Charlie Brown Christmas Frosty the Snowman Home Alone White Christmas Holiday Inn Grumpy Old Men Christmas Vacation Never Say Goodbye Elf A Christmas Story It's a Wonderful Life Miracle on 34th Street (The original) Love Actually Susan Slept Here
  2. 2017 Christmas Schedule

    White Christmas is on Netflix. For me, I just purchase all the Christmas movies that I must see each year. That way I don't have to rely on them airing on television. I'll DVR any of the TCM selections that I haven't seen and want to check out to see if they're worth purchasing. I'm so happy that this year I finally got my own copy of Remember the Night.
  3. Recent Buys

    *I finished my Christmas movie collection and purchased: Home Alone Bachelor Mother White Christmas (I already owned it, but I upgraded to a 60th Anniversary Blu Ray) Remember the Night The Bishop's Wife I'll Be Seeing You (This movie is going to be released on 11/21) *Then I took advantage of the Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble and picked up The Philadelphia Story. *Recently, I also purchased: -The Moon Spinners w/ Hayley Mills -That Funny Feeling w/ Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin -Icons of Screwball Comedy Vol 1. This boxed set contains: Too Many Husbands, If You Could Only Cook (both w/ Jean Arthur), My Sister Eileen and She Wouldn't Say Yes (both w/ Rosalind Russell). Christmas is coming up so I'll have to add some more movies to my Christmas list. Lol.
  4. What Are You Watching Now?

    It's an Errol Flynn kind of night. Starting things off with Captain Blood.
  5. Rebecca, Rear Window, and North by Northwest...

    While Vertigo doesn't rank even among my top 5 Hitchcock films, there's something about it that keeps me watching again and again. Yes, the plot is convoluted and at times confusing, but there is something about it that keeps me watching it. I like the style of it, the scenery, and I like James Stewart and Kim Novak. Yes, Kim's eyebrows are a little crazy, but I figured that was more for her Judy character and less because Kim liked them. I don't know what it is about this film, but I find it fascinating and will give it a re-watch every so often. A few years ago, my husband and I stayed at the Hotel Vertigo in San Francisco. This hotel was used as Kim Novak's character's apartment building, the Empire Hotel in the film. Vertigo plays in the lobby 24/7. We stayed as high up in the hotel as we could, because I wanted to get the dizzying effect looking down the famous square spiral staircase. There are 6 floors in the hotel, we stayed on the 5th floor. The 6th floor is the penthouse. The staircase was really cool.
  6. 2017 Academy Honorary Awards

    Not trying to quote myself, but to add on... The only one of these "extra" things that I can even remember and enjoyed from recent (well late 90s-early 00s) Oscar telecasts was Olivia de Havilland receiving a massive standing ovation as she presented "Oscar's Family Album" for the 70th & 75th anniversaries (why they did it twice in such a short amount of time, who knows?). It was so special seeing so many of the Golden Age of Hollywood celebrities who are sadly not with us anymore. Now, there aren't very many of them left. The Oscars now are so lowbrow, I almost think it'd be embarrassing to have these Golden Era stars there. Both "Family Albums" are on You Tube and they're fun to re-watch and re-visit. One of my favorite things to watch on You Tube are old Oscar things (from before I was born, so pre-1984), especially the Honorary Oscar presentations. The Charles Chaplin one from 1972 and the Barbara Stanwyck one from 1982 are especially poignant. Don't even ask me why John Travolta presented Stanwyck her award however. Along with Honorary Oscars, I also like watching the old Cecil B. Demille and AFI presentations.
  7. Please cut the politics

    I guess I was mostly thinking of the 1933 version of King Kong which in its time, was acclaimed for its special effects. I'm sure there are better examples of films that were innovative in their time, but whose special effects today's filmmakers have decided needed to be re-done. Over and over and over again.
  8. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    I find these pictures of abandoned malls, homes, etc. oddly fascinating. Especially when signage remains intact. There is a website called Abandoned America that has pictures of decrepit Pizza Huts and Dairy Queens and other businesses that have sat vacant for years. It's amazing to me that some of these malls pictured in the slideshow you linked (and I looked at all 51 slides) closed only two years ago and have already fallen into such disarray. I thought it was funny to see an old Montgomery Ward storefront in one of the first pictures. I remember that store closing in my hometown (Salem, OR) when I was in elementary school back in the early 90s. Now that store is a Burlington Coat Factory. I agree that there seems to be more of an emphasis on city life and there's less of a desire to live in the suburbs, unless you happen to live in some hot spot area in the country. I live in the Western-most suburb of the Portland Metro Area. I think it's called a "bedroom community." Portland is in such high demand right now (mostly from people moving here from out of state) and real estate and rent prices are so insane that most people have to move to the suburbs. The real estate in Portland is out of control thanks to people coming from places like California where the real estate prices are so high that Portland homes seem cheap. People are getting into bidding wars and offering prices higher than the asking price. Portland is experiencing an affordable housing crisis as people can't afford homes and the only apartments available are highly competitive or expensive. It seems that developers only want to build tiny hoity toity condos in the trendy areas of town. Also, thanks to the huge influx of people moving here to work at Intel (which has at least 6-7 locations in Hillsboro), Nike in Beaverton, and all the other tech companies setting up in Hillsboro, the West side is almost as expensive as Portland proper. As people are priced out of each suburb, they're moving further West, East, etc. People are even being priced out of the suburbs. Basically, if you want to live in Portland and you're not Mr. Moneybags, you either have to pay an exorbitant amount for a tiny studio, live in the dangerous part of town, live in the suburbs, or consider Portland a pipe dream and live in a less desirable part of Oregon, like Eastern Oregon. Even Southern and Central Oregon, which used to be sparsely populated, are gaining in popularity.
  9. I would have to agree with Audrey. Anne Frank died when she was 15. Audrey Hepburn would have been 29/30 when the film was being made. I would say that that would have been a stretch. I'm sure that were she a teenager and had the same look and skill she did as an adult, she would have been perfect. But 1958/1959 Audrey was simply too old.
  10. 2017 Academy Honorary Awards

    I would rather see them cut the nonsense out of the telecast to fit the Honorary Oscars in. They could cut the pointless montages (except for In Memoriam...), the feeble attempts at witty banter, the individual introductions to all 500 of the Best Picture nominees, the unnecessary host stunts, etc. Though I do understand that the Honorary Oscar and Humanitarian award winners do probably get a longer more intimate celebration and ceremony, but I miss seeing the wonderful Honorary Oscar and Humanitarian speeches. Those were one of the most special parts of the telecast.
  11. Please cut the politics

    It seems like the big thing to do right now is to remake an acclaimed movie that perhaps used older special effects, animation, etc. and CGI it to death. Look at all the versions of King Kong, Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Tarzan, etc. that have come out within the last decade or so.
  12. Please cut the politics

    I would agree with this POV as well. There are films that use the same source material, but produce a completely different film. West Side Story and Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet are both based on Shakespeare's play, but are two completely different films. Emma and Clueless are both based on Jane Austen's novel, Emma, but are two completely different takes on this film. Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You are both based on Shakespeare's play but are obviously two different interpretations. All of these I would consider film adaptations. Something like the 1998 remake of Psycho where it was literally a frame by frame remake would indeed be a remake. I definitely prefer adaptations over remakes. One of the few exceptions being Steve Martin's Father of the Bride. I prefer it over the Spencer Tracy original--though I like the Tracy one too, but I prefer Martin's version.
  13. I Just Watched...

    She does. She has the best lines in Rear Window and All About Eve. I like that her characters don't beat around the bush, she just comes out and says what everyone is thinking. In All About Eve, before she unfortunately disappears while retrieving the movie star's sable, Ritter serves as Bette Davis' "get a grip" friend--the type of friend that everyone needs. Back to Rear Window... Frankly, I'm glad that the mutilation of Mrs. Thorwald's remains was played down and her dismemberment was only hinted at, though don't the police state something about her being scattered all over Manhattan? Personally, I'm glad it was only hinted at that her head was buried in the garden, I don't want a decapitated head popping out at me. The only time that a decapitated head scene has been effective for me is in Jaws when Richard Dreyfuss is underwater exploring the sunken ship of Ben Gardner's boat.
  14. I Just Watched...

    "Must've splattered a lot... Come on, that's what we're all thinkin'. He killed her in there, now he has to clean up those stains before he leaves." Hitchcock did a good job alluding to Raymond Burr's wife's head being buried in the flower garden, before the neighbor's dog got too curious and Burr had to move the head.
  15. Current Films that will be Classics

    This question is in the same family as the "what makes a film a classic?" question that comes up on this board every now and then. As an old millennial, my idea of "a classic" may be different than someone else's. It all depends on the criteria that someone uses when defining a film "a classic." For me, it has less to do with when a film comes out and more about whether or not the film holds some sort of memory for me or I find myself going back to this film over and over. As an 80s-90s kid, there are a lot of films that are nostalgic and classics to me, but to someone in say my parents' generation (my parents were born in the early 60s), they may have no regard for the film whatsoever. As for the OP's question... I think some time needs to pass before we can even declare a recent film "a classic." Will people still be discussing La La Land ten, fifteen years from now? Who knows. It may only be mentioned as being part of the infamous Best Picture Oscar debacle. I think any of the more modern films, say from the 80s-90s, maybe early 00s, can just now start being declared "classics" if they're still relevant, still being discussed and still being discovered by new generations. Films like Back to the Future, the John Hughes movies, Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing are all classics. From the 90s, we've got The Shawshank Redemption, Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, all classics. From the 00s, we'll probably have the Lord of the Ring Series and at least some of the Harry Potter series. I don't know if I'd go as far as to declare all of them classics, but the first one for sure. Personally, I'm not a big fan of LOTR or Harry Potter, so I wouldn't declare them classics, because I find them boring. However, these films are still beloved and are starting to be discovered by a new generation. Recent Christmas films were mentioned. There are the classic classic Christmas films like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn and White Christmas, which are almost watched out of a sake of tradition more than anything else (though I love White Christmas, I watch it multiple times during the holiday season). But for more recent films, these are ones that I find myself returning to year after year, so to me, they're classics: Home Alone Christmas Vacation Elf (yes I love Elf. I don't care what anyone says) Love Actually Grumpy Old Men A Christmas Story The Muppet Christmas Carol Gremlins

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