speedracer5

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About speedracer5

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

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    Forest Grove, Oregon
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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. Looking over the list of this year's inductees: The Cure Def Leppard Janet Jackson Stevie Nicks Radiohead Roxy Music The Zombies The Cure I am indifferent about. I like some of their songs, but overall, they're too mopey for me. Just like Radiohead. Blah. I do not care for Radiohead at all. The only Radiohead-adjacent thing I like is Kermit the Frog's rendition of "Creep." I am tired of Def Leppard, but will not question their induction into the hall of fame. I am really just burned out on hair metal. I'm actually really burned out by 80s music in general. With that said, I do like Janet Jackson ("My first name a'int baby, it's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty"). I also don't mind Stevie Nicks, but I am tired of "Edge of Seventeen." I love "Leather and Lace." I do like Fleetwood Mac, but am sick of "Don't Stop." Every time I hear it, I think of Bill Clinton's campaign. That song was everywhere in the mid-90s. I have never heard of Roxy Music. I love The Zombies. I've been really into 50s and 60s (read: not radio 60s like Beatles and Stones, but more of the one-hit wonder or lesser known bands or girl groups) bands lately. Thanks to Apple Music, I can load my phone up with all kinds of albums and songs and completely avoid listening to the commercial-laden radio. Even my NPR is a no-go with their obsession with politics. For Christmas I know my husband is getting me a record player (the shipping notification popped up on my phone! Oops), so now I can pick up some vinyl. I already have a Mamas & Papas album, The Doors' Morrison Hotel, and I'll soon have The Beatles' Revolver. I'd love to pick up some more vinyl. Anyway, I digress. I love the Zombies. I like "She's Not There," and "Time of the Season." I will need to load up some Zombies on my Apple Music, so I can hear more of their music.
  2. I saw the Stones in 2005 and they were awesome! We decided to splurge on tickets and go figuring that it might be our last chance. Obviously (and fortunately), it wasn't!
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    Noir Alley

    I didn't find the Too Late For Tears title apt, until the end. At the end of the film, after being confronted by Don DeFore, Liz turns on the waterworks when she realizes that she's been caught. I thought of the title, "Too Late For Tears," in a more sarcastic sense, like: "the jig is up, Liz. You've murdered two people and now you've been caught. Don't cry. It's too late for tears." I also really like the title La Tigresse. Killer Bait makes the film sound like a cheesy exploitation picture, or one of those bad juvenile delinquent films.
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    Your Choice For 1964 Best Actor Oscar

    I like My Fair Lady, mostly for the songs, the costumes and Audrey Hepburn. What I don't like about the film are Marni Nixon's vocals. With all due respect to Nixon, she has a beautiful voice, but it never really seems to match the actress whose vocals she's providing. It would have been interesting if the filmmakers had let Julie Andrews reprise her role from Broadway. I understand them needing "a name" to sell tickets--especially if it's an expensive production, which My Fair Lady appears to have been. I think Andrews did alright though--she went on to win an Oscar for Mary Poppins the same year that My Fair Lady was in contention for the awards.
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    I Just Watched...

    I was kind of disappointed by Safe in Hell. It wasn’t as scandalous as I’d hoped.
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    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.
  11. 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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