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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.
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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. 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.
  4. Bette Davis was beautiful. Angela Lansbury is beautiful. Not everyone has to be a blue eyed, buxom blonde to be considered attractive.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.
  7. It says on their actual site that their library will also be available on the Warner Media platform that launches next year. Not sure if that means that Criterion subscribers will have access to Warner Media and vice versa?
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    Tyrone Power

    Re: Tyrone Power's early death. He died of a heart attack, as did his father. I am wondering if it was hereditary? I do like Tyrone Power, but I haven't seen many of his films. I've seen Nightmare Alley, Alexander's Ragtime Band and The Sun Also Rises. I have some films of his recorded: The Eddy Duchin Story, The Mask of Zorro, The Rains Came, and Blood and Sand. I also picked up The Razor's Edge at some point, but haven't watched it yet.
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    Tyrone Power

    Nightmare Alley was a great film. It's one of my favorite of the Fox Film Noirs. I especially liked Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray and Helen Walker. I loved this movie because it was so delightfully creepy.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    White Christmas is showing this month. Today actually and Wednesday. I already have my seats reserved for the Wednesday at 7pm showing. It's almost sold out. Only seats in the front are available. I bought my seats a month ago. My husband and I are going to make it a date night (lol) and hit up maybe an early bird special or a happy hour somewhere, probably go over near the theater, browse Powell's Books and then see White Christmas. I'm already planning on The Wizard of Oz next month. There are really only a handful of the 2019 films that I'm interested in seeing in the theater. Hopefully other Portland-area theaters will make up for the lack of old classic films featured in the Fathom events. I actually just borrowed Steel Magnolias from the library a couple weeks ago, because I've never seen it. After seeing Sally Field a couple weeks ago and getting an autographed copy of her book, I'm kind of in a Sally Field phase. I'm bummed that my recording of Norma Rae didn't take, not sure what happened. The film is modern enough though that I should be able to find it at the library.
  11. That's how "wonderful" a present it is, it's so wonderful it needed another L. 😉
  12. "A reduced subscription fee for as long as you keep your subscription active. The regular fee will be $10.99 a month or $100 a year, but as a Charter Subscriber you’ll pay $9.99 a month or $89.99 a year."
  13. I did see this. Right now (I think it's still going on) they have a deal where if you sign up now, you'll be classified as a "Charter Member" and you'll pay a discounted price from the regular subscription price. https://www.criterion.com/channel I don't think I'll sign up, because I can obtain all the Criterion films I want through the library and the library's Kanopy streaming service, which also has Criterion. For those who are interested in more of the foreign films and independent art house type fare, this may be a great service. I'll admit that my experience with foreign film is very slim. I kind of dabble in it occasionally. I have seen Amelie and M. I have all the intent to start seeing some, perhaps some of the classic French or Italian ones to start with. But I have to get myself psyched up to watch them. I think I have a few recorded (Diabolique, La Notte, Marriage Italian Style, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Yesterday Today and Tomorrow).
  14. Hopefully future posters who haven't yet signed up for the boards won't visit you in your dreams!
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    Interviews with Vulgar Words and Phrases

    I don't know, I always find it amusing when someone who you wouldn't expect, uses an expletive. Like Beakman from Beakman's World for example. If you've ever watched any of the Warner Brothers "Breakdowns of [insert year]" videos, these are hilarious! Who doesn't want to hear Bette Davis swear? These videos are funny 1) because the blooper itself is funny; 2) because of how these stars react to said blooper; 3) And because the classic Hollywood era is romanticized as being so goody goody, it's fun to see that that wasn't the case. It also shows that these stars were like anyone else. Not that this is using an expletive, but I think that is part of the reason the Paul Reubens theater incident was such a scandal. Reubens' Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse was a children's program. Reubens was caught participating in adult behavior in an adult space. I think it is a little silly that it blew up how it did (I would probably expect that type of behavior in that type of venue), but he was supposed to be for children. WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?! Re: vulgarities, sometimes it is perfectly appropriate when used for effect. If someone got impaled by a fence post, I wouldn't expect them to go, "golly gee whiz, that really hurt." There are those however who use it every other word, for every part of speech. I find that gratuitous and to me, indicates a lack of vocabulary. In the end, a word is a word, even something very crass, like "see you next Tuesday," is just a word. It's the context, tone, intent of the word that determines its meaning. As an aside, it's interesting to have a thread about expletives and vulgarities on a board that regularly censors such words. It's a writing exercise to try and discuss these words without having your post censored. I occasionally hear "hell" and "damn" in classic films. Of course there's Clark Gable's immortal line in Gone With the Wind, Charles Coburn uses "damn" in a different sense in The More the Merrier and in Picnic, William Holden says "damn." I just watched The Lady Vanishes, and Michael Redgrave used both "hell" and "damn" in their modern context (of course, that was a British film).
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    Noir Alley

    ***SPOILERS*** I thought Too Late For Tears was great too. I fell asleep during the ending (not because of the movie, but because I'm apparently incapable of staying up past 10:30pm now) and had to rewind to see what I missed. I'm not normally a Lizabeth Scott fan, but I thought she was great in this film. As Eddie Muller mentioned, it's not often that a housewife is the femme fatale. I think she legitimately loved her husband (Arthur Kennedy), but the allure of the sudden windfall literally falling onto their laps was too much for her to overcome. I liked her constant struggle between right versus wrong, with wrong ultimately winning out, especially after Kennedy takes a bath in the lake. Eventually, she segues into being a master manipulator with Duryea falling victim. I liked the ending and the twist with Don DeFore's connection to Scott's first husband. The suggestion that Scott was a black widow was hinted at earlier in the film, with her comment about how she thought her husband would bring her happiness, i.e. money, but it didn't happen. The cycle seemed to be repeating itself with her marriage to Kennedy. I also liked Dan Duryea's part. It was a different type of part for him. Duryea's character, while not a good guy persay, was just as much a victim in this film as Scott's husband was. His usual kind of weasley demeanor was present, but ultimately, he was just a guy trying to get the money that he extorted from someone else. It was technically *his* money (despite the means he used to get the money), so I can understand his motivation for wanting it back. It seemed that he was a bit unsavory, though I wasn't sure if he had a criminal past prior to the extortion scheme, or whether he was just an average joe who took advantage of an opportunity when he stumbled upon it. Scott used Duryea's motivation to get his money to her advantage, fully planning to pin her husband's murder on him. He helped her off her husband and she screwed him by murdering him and taking off with the loot. Of course, while Scott is enroute to Mexico City, she encounters a nosy busy-body. There are always nosy busy-bodies in noir. I thought for sure she would murder him too, but the cop showed up and let her off the hook. I loved the Mexico City hotel she stayed at--her room was so opulent. I liked the scene when DeFore showed up and told her the jig was up. I liked the ending--it was very dramatic, especially the close up of her bloody hand on top of her precious money. I was kind of hoping for her to get away with the whole thing, but I knew that per production code, she would end up dead or arrested somehow. I also really liked Kristine Miller, the actress playing Scott's sister-in-law. She had beautiful hair. It is unusual for actresses to have such long hair on screen. Usually their long hair is tied up in a bun a la Ann Harding, or it's inside a snood, or something else. It looks like she only appeared in a couple dozen films, many of which are uncredited roles. She is just one of hundreds of actresses who were never able to breakout of the role of the ingenue. This was a great film and I'm glad Eddie Muller's Film Noir Foundation and UCLA were able to save the film and restore it.
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    Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

    Who cares how a movie was seen? The point is that it was seen. This obsession with when things last aired (or if they've ever aired, and if so, when?) on TCM is a little ridiculous, imo. Who cares? It's on or it's not.
  18. Now to play the waiting game to see what movies I get for Christmas. I already know that my husband got me The Beatles' "Revolver" album on vinyl and a new record player! The Amazon shipping alert popped up on my phone. Oops!
  19. I don't know if anyone else has gotten their copy of The Magnificent Ambersons yet (probably because I ordered kind of late), but it's so cool. The blu ray comes in a cardboard sleeve (instead of the normal clear plastic case) with a cardboard case. Inside, there's a small replica of Orson Welles' original treatment document for the film! There are even "pencil" marks on the book.
  20. If one is open to listening to podcasts, You Must Remember This, is excellent. The current season is dedicated to debunking the rumors and gossip published in Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon.
  21. Maybe it's all a strategic plan by Gruden to secure #1 draft pick for his team next year. Then he can build a better team! Lol. They're moving to Vegas next year? Or is it 2020?
  22. Even though this thread was created when I was still a senior in high school (3 months from graduation! Yay!), I feel that this delayed PC outrage re: Speedy Gonzalez is very similar to the current outrage re: the lyrics to "Baby, It's Cold Outside," a 70+ year old song that has been a staple of every Christmas season since. It is only in the past couple of years when people have decided to go out of their way to be offended by everything (Franklin and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" ::Groan::) and have decided that the lyric, "say? what's in this drink?" is obviously about some guy slipping the girl a roofie and trying to coerce her into staying. I have never come to that conclusion myself. I always figured that he made her a strong cocktail of sorts. This easily offended/outrage culture has gotten absurd.
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    Detective Story

    Yes she did. The doctor that Kirk is trying to catch throughout the film is the one who performed Eleanor's abortion. Kirk learns of the abortion after learning of her previous relationship. He is further enraged when he learns that the abortion is the cause of Eleanor's infertility. Kirk and Eleanor are discussing their fertility problems at the beginning of the film.
  24. I've noticed that the Dish On-Demand for TCM has anywhere between one to two dozen of the most recently aired films. They stay available on-demand for about a week or two. But the Dish Anywhere app has pretty much every movie they've aired recently--it seems comparable to what's offered on the Watch TCM app. While I don't have Live TV on Hulu, I just have the non-commercial subscription, I love Hulu. They have entire seasons of The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I also have Netflix, because I enjoy The Great British Baking Show. My husband also watches whatever he watches on both streaming platforms. I'm considering upgrading to the Hulu w/ HBO subscription because right now Dish is in dispute with HBO. I love my Smart TV. I actually resent my bedroom TV for NOT being a smart TV; but I can watch TV from my adjustable bed, so I guess I have to compromise.
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    Bye Bye Birdie Live

    I think these live musical adaptations might be better if they actually cast people who could act, sing and dance, like a professional Broadway actor, or at least a star known for being versatile (like Hugh Jackman, for example) not whatever the flavor of the month is. I get though that they need a "name" to draw in an audience.

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