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    What Are You Watching Now?

    I’m watching Noir Alley—“The Stranger”
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    I Just Watched...

    This thread is intended for people to share their thoughts on films that they recently saw. I also made a counter thread "A Waste of Space on the DVR" for those films that were total duds. This is not limited to films seen on TCM. I just watched a few films: Wabash Avenue. I just saw this film with Betty Grable and Victor Mature. I remember last summer, Dargo tried to get me to like Mature more. While I did like him in I Wake Up Screaming, I can never see him as the supposed heartthrob that he was supposed to be. Mature does absolutely nothing for me--lookswise. I do like him as smarmy characters. He seems to do smarmy well. Betty Grable was beautiful as always and wore many costumes to show off her great legs. This film was entertaining when I watched it, but is ultimately forgettable. The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This was a great film. While it was heavy on the CGI, it was a fun film with an interesting plot. James Spader was great as the voice of the villain, Ultron. The Avengers themselves were also fun, and I thought it was interesting how the filmmakers worked around Scarlett Johanssen's pregnancy (stunt doubles & CGI). I also like that the group seems to be evolving and making room for two new Avengers: The Scarlet Witch (played very well by The Olsen Twins' sister, Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon. I look forward to the next film and the next superhero film in the Marvel franchise-- Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. I recorded this film for Jean Arthur. I'll have to admit right here that I've seen three Capra films: It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Arsenic and Old Lace. My opinion of star Gary Cooper unfortunately is not that high. He was awful in Love in the Afternoon. I found him very dull and in Love in the Afternoon, director Billy Wilder would have been better off hiring a mannequin for Cooper's part. In Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Cooper wasn't that bad, but I can't figure out WHY he was such a big star. Maybe he was better in silent films. Cooper just seems to have no pizzazz. Perhaps if they had cast James Stewart or maybe even Cary Grant, it might have been more interesting. I wanted to say Errol Flynn, but he might have had too much flair for the part of Longfellow Deeds. I hate to say it, but I liked Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder's remake better! But I did love Jean Arthur in this film. She never gives a bad performance in my opinion.
  3. I am surprised that the 23 year old in question hadn't at least heard of Chaplin via the 1992 biopic starring Robert Downey Jr (who did a fantastic job, by the way). But I guess maybe even 1992 is before his time. Even though I was only 8 in 1992, I remember my parents renting this film from the video store and I watched it. While I'm sure some parts went over my head, I remember really liking it. I saw it again a few years ago as an adult and appreciated it even more.
  4. When I was 23 (and before then too) I knew who Chaplin and Keaton were. While the "it's before my time, therefore it's not important" attitude seems prevalent among the latest generation, I've talked to people of all generations who have no interest in anything that happened before they were born. It's sad to me that so many people remain pridefully ignorant of the past. I've read countless Reddit threads (and other forums) where people make the erroneous claim that technology is only getting better, therefore, films are getting better. In some online circles, old films are seen as archaic and unimportant. While yes, the more technical aspects of filmmaking (cinematography, sound, picture quality, special effects, etc.) are improving every year (though I would argue that in some cases, like special effects, it's getting a little too refined, thus looking fake), people are not taking into account the art of filmmaking. Storytelling, camera angles, editing, set decoration, costuming, etc. are classic and can be appreciated in any era.
  5. well it was the red headed wench and the bride auction scene that was removed from the ride... I guess the "privates" would be included too.
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    I Just Watched...

    I liked Sweet Smell of Success, I agree re: Tony Curtis. One of my favorite things about the film is the overall aesthetic of it and the music!
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    Favorite Robert Mitchum Movie

    Secret Ceremony? I am honestly trying to remember why I recorded it... I think it was to see the pairing of Mitchum with Elizabeth Taylor.
  8. I completely agree with Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood. I also agree with Bogart as Rick in Casablanca. These film roles (and so many others) are so iconic, it's hard to even imagine anyone else in the part. Some stars seemed to have lucked out in landing multiple iconic film roles that they are cemented as legends and not just stars. Many big Hollywood stars of the golden era never landed that part that would endure for decades to come and turn them into icons of the era. Rita Hayworth as Gilda Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho Jack Lemmon as Daphne in Some Like it Hot Montgomery Clift as Prewitt in From Here to Eternity William Powell & Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man
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    Favorite Robert Mitchum Movie

    I loved him in The Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear. It's fascinating to me how Mitchum can be so dreamy-esque in his noir films, and then a total creep in films like 'Hunter' and 'Fear'... and his characterizations are the same! He was absolutely terrifying in 'Fear,' especially in the houseboat scene with Polly Bergen. (Great, now I think I'll have to watch Cape Fear tonight when it gets dark). I also loved him in Out of the Past, especially his "Baby, I don't care" attitude. He was great in some of his early films like The Locket and Crossfire. Even though, frankly, I think almost anyone could have played his role in Crossfire. I've also seen River of No Return, but it's been so long, I cannot even remember anything about it--except for Marilyn Monroe's jeans and the river. I also loved Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh. It was a nice departure for Mitchum. Looking over Mitchum's filmography... apparently I haven't seen many of his movies. If I had to rank my top 5 Mitchum films based on what I've seen: 1) Cape Fear 2) The Night of the Hunter 3) Out of the Past 4) Holiday Affair 5) The Locket On my DVR, I have: Where Danger Lives, The Sundowners, Secret Ceremony, Rachel and the Stranger, and My Forbidden Past all recorded.
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    Noir Alley

    Per Twitter, Eddie Muller says his top 5 femme fatales are: 1 Jean Simmons, Angel Face 2 Joan Bennett, Scarlet Street 3 Jane Greer, Out of the Past 4 Peggy Cummins, Gun Crazy 5 Jean Gillie, Decoy --- I've seen 4/5 of these performances, I haven't seen Decoy.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I rarely watch TCM Underground. I'm not a big fan of horror movies and the TCM Underground seems to mainly consist of terrible horror movies. Occasionally, I'll see something on the schedule that I want to watch, e.g., Roller Boogie or Burnt Offerings, but it's few and far between. I wouldn't mind if TCM dumped Underground and replaced it with another series, a la Noir Alley. For that matter, I rarely watch Silent Sunday Nights or TCM Imports, but I know those series, and probably TCM Underground, have their fan bases. I wouldn't dream of trying to prevent silent and foreign film fans from seeing these weekly showcases.
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    Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

    In-N-Out's burgers are okay, but their fries are terrible. I went to an In-N-Out a few months ago and literally watched them slicing potatoes to make into french fries. Whatever happens to the fry between potato and fryer is anyone's guess. I much prefer the local fast food chain, Burgerville, centered in the Pacific Northwest. All ingredients are locally sourced and their burgers and fries taste great. They have these amazing Walla Walla onion rings, which are only available during the summer. Hardee's I think is Carl's Jr on the West Coast. Carl's Jr is actually pretty good. They're my second favorite after Burgerville. I was just in Austin and considered going to Whataburger because I've heard of it, but had never gone there, but I never ended up going. Next time I guess.
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    I Just Watched...

    I liked Touch of Evil but I thought Charlton Heston's Latino makeup was ridiculous. I also thought it was weird that he didn't even attempt a Latino accent--though if he'd done that, we could have ended up with a "Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's" situation and that would have made it worse, I think. I liked Orson Welles' prosthetic nose. It looked like he attached a potato to his face.
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    Noir Alley

    I wouldn't be able to get by without my DVR either. I like being able to watch what I want at the time I want. TCM Primetime starts at 5pm for me, and often times, I am not ready to just stop for the day and spend the evening watching movies. But I don't want to miss out on things I want to see. And sometimes, there are movies I want to see that are airing, but that particular day, I might not be in the mood for that film. Oftentimes, movies that I want to see are on at an inconvenient time, like when I'm at work or when I'm asleep. There are other evenings when I'm limited for time, but want to watch a movie, so it's nice that I can go through my movies and find something short. Re: Filmstruck. I've looked at the offerings and some look good, but many of them are movies that I already have. I'm not going to subscribe to a service to watch movies that I could watch for free. I also don't like that you're restricted to watching on your device or on the computer. I want to watch movies on my TV, not on my phone and not on my laptop. If Filmstruck were to come up with a smart TV app or an app that can be installed on Playstation or XBOX then I maybe would consider it. I wish Watch TCM was also available via an app that can be installed on the TV or on a video game console.
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    Noir Alley

    I sometimes watch Noir Alley live too, but only at 9pm Saturdays. I usually always DVR it too, in case I fall asleep or need to rewind because my bird distracted me, or even if I just want to see it again. I like that TCM airs it twice. If I forget to record Saturday’s offering, then I have another chance.
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    Noir Alley

    Well said! While I think smoking is disgusting in real life, for whatever reason, I like it in old movies. It’s just part of the time and as much as I hate to admit it, they make smoking look cool! At 34, I won’t be swayed to take up smoking “to look cool,” but I can’t help but think that it looks cool. I like that the characters offer cigarettes to others like one might do with appetizers. Even Bette Davis and Paul Henreid’s cigsrette scene in “Now, Voyager” looks romantic even though in real life, I’d be like “blech! No!” I also like that the characters just smoke nonchalantly. Not like in real life when many of the smokers I know have to make a big deal about how they need to smoke. I just think, “ugh just do it, away from me, and shut up about it already!” I’m always fascinated by how characters seemingly put away highballs of straight booze so easily. I’m not a fan of drinking straight booze. I too like how the characters help themselves to someone else’s alcohol. The nightclubs always look so elegant and what I’d give to sit in one of those swanky nightclubs sipping a champagne cocktail. Sometimes the drinking looks sexy. Can’t help it. Sometimes I’ll make the same type of drink the characters are drinking if I happen to have the ingredients on hand. I don’t mind alcohol and smoking in films. I don’t need my media censored for me. I am a self sufficient person who can make her own decisions.
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    Errol Flynn....still the best.

    Errol, my love? Why? Had he not been so self destructive, I bet he would have turned into a very handsome, distinguished, older man. I just watched “Gentleman Jim” the other day and it’s sad to see how much he aged in such a short period of time.
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    I loved her as “Diana Jordan” in “I Love Lucy.” “My mother told me to pick...YOU!” Don’t blame her, given the choice between Ricky, Fred or Ralph Ramsey, I’d pick Ricky too. Re: How to Marry a Millionaire,” which part did she play? I also liked Barbara in an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.” She plays a young woman who moves to Mayberry to start a new life. Her vocation is as a manicurist. She ends up opening her manicuring business in Floyd’s barber shop. The men of Mayberry enjoy having their nails cleaned and trimmed by a pretty girl...until their wives get jealous and demand that their husbands stop visiting Barbara.
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    Grammer question pls

    According to the dictionary, films noir and film noirs are both correct. I always thought that noir was one of those words where the plural and singular were the same. I guess that shows what I know. Lol.
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    That would also be a good choice as presumably the casting directors would provide some sort of insight or opinion or something that would back-up the choice as to why such and such film is an example of great casting.
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    I'm curious about the "Art of Casting" Spotlight. I wonder if the focus is on specific casting directors? Because wouldn't choosing films based on having a great cast (for example), be just subjective on TCM's part?
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    Noir Alley

    I like that they added the Saturday showing. It now airs at 9pm Saturdays, a respectable noir time. Even though I always DVR it, getting up at 7:00am Sunday morning to watch noir is ridiculous. Lol.
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    I don't have first hand experience watching I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, etc. as new shows, but my knowledge of these shows comes from watching them on Nick at Nite. 1990s era Nick at Nite was fantastic. I discovered it when I was 11 or 12 or so and from then on, I always had my homework done by 8pm so that I could watch "my shows." My show was I Love Lucy, but I also loved watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as well. When I watched Nick at Nite, many of the stars of the shows were still alive. With each passing year, more and more of them are gone. There are very few left. Barbara Eden would regularly pop up on Nick at Nite hosting an I Dream of Jeannie marathon or something another. I know 'Jeannie' wasn't groundbreaking television by any means, I mean Eden couldn't even show her navel! But I still enjoyed it. It was a fun show, even if it didn't make any sense most of the time, but I loved it, so I went with whatever crazy thing Jeannie was doing.
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    How exciting. I don't know much about Glenda Farrell except for the few movies I've seen with her and Joan Blondell. I'll have to read more about Glenda's movies to see which ones I should record. I'm in Austin for work and it's apparently already 9:30pm, even though for me it's 7:30pm. I was planning on watching something on Watch TCM before I go to bed, but it looks like I'll have to peruse the November schedule first. 11/3 Panic in the Streets. This is one of the Fox Noir that I keep checking out from the library and keep having to return it before I'm able to watch it. Sniper. The Noir Alley feature sounds interesting. I didn't know that Adolphe Menjou ever appeared in a noir. 11/5 Kissin' Cousins. I can't explain it, but for some reason, I want to watch the Elvis movies. Heat Lightning. This sounds interesting. The Secret Bride. A Barbara Stanwyck movie that I haven't seen yet. 11/10 The Noir Alley feature, The Threat ::snooze:: More freaking war movies. Blah. 11/12 Johnny Eager. This Lana Turner movie sounds interesting. 11/13 Vigil in the Night. A Carole Lombard film that I haven't seen yet. 11/16 Sisters. I've always wanted to see this movie 11/19 Looks like the evening is dedicated to Glenda Farrell's collaborations with Joan Blondell. 11/21 I love the birthday tribute to Eleanor Powell. I love Eleanor Powell. My favorite movies of all these selections is Lady Be Good and Born to Dance. I think I've seen/have all of the movies airing--except I Dood It. But the other one I don't have is Rosalie, so I may record that one. I notice that 11/21's theme is called "TCM Backlot." Are these films voted on and chosen by Backlot members? 11/24 The Killing is this night's Noir Alley feature. I always see the DVD for this film in the used section. I'd love to see the movie. 11/28 The Outlaw. I've always wanted to see this film. His Kind of Woman. This movie sounds interesting: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price. --- All in all, a pretty interesting schedule. I'll have to research Glenda Farrell a little bit more to see what films of hers I want to watch. I can't help but feel that parts of this schedule are a compilation of all the themes of this past year.
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    LP, Can I still go in and edit my notes? I’m traveling from Portland to Austin today for work. I’ll probably be able to do it this afternoon/tonight. Possibly tomorrow as well? It's apparently already 9:30pm, even though for me it's 7:30. Lol.

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