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    Noir Alley

    While the situations most noir protagonist are involved in are unlikely to happen in real-life the reaction of the protagonist is often very realistic. E.g. Jeff in Out of the Past; Joe in Side Street, etc... Maybe 'go over to the dark side' was overstated since I meant that they do things that are 'wrong', and they know they are, but they are still basically decent folks. (Jeff lying to a gangster because he falls in love, or Joe taking money that doesn't belong to him, but instead illegal mob cash, because he is poor and his wife is pregnant). Most of my favorite noirs feature such protagonist with the main plot line focused on if they can get back on the up-and-up (Jeff of course fails but Joe is successful).
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    Nice to see the University of Michigan taking such a stance. Here in CA the State University Board is again discussing if they will pass a rule that suspends any student for various anti-Israel actions like joining a boycott or even encouraging one since such actions hurt the feeling of Jewish students and facility. This is so un-American it makes me sick. Note that Dem Chuck Schumer tried to get Congress to pass such a law that would apply to all Americans.
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    2018 Elections

    I went to a rally to ask Porter what she meant but I wasn't picked so I didn't get to ask. But if Porter just meant that Walters "voted for things that Trump favored" I find that bogus since as you say, Trump is so indecisive etc... So while I understand the strategy of linking the GOP candidate to Trump, to me this 99% stat is misleading, at best.
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    Remake? Really?....

    Madame X is a great example of my soap-box rant that we all need to focus more on the original source material related to all films, but especially 'remakes': Madame X was a play that came out in 1908. The older the release date of the original source material, the higher the odds that there are multiple movie versions. In fact there are two silent film versions prior to the release of the Chatterton 1929 release. Note that the 1941 The Maltese Falcon was one of the first 'classic' films I got into back in the 80s. After seeing it I checked out the book and discovered it was released in 1930. Since there was over a 10 year gap between the Huston film and the book, I checked to see if there were prior film versions, and of course there were two.
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    2018 Elections

    Here in my So Cal district the GOP incumbent running for her House seat (Walters) focuses mostly on women issues, avoiding all things Trump, while the Dem (Porter) runs ads that say Walters 'voted with Trump 99% of the time'. Now a President doesn't vote, so I find it somewhat misleading to say any House member 'voted with the President', but I assume the Dem means that Trump signed bills that this GOP House member voted 'yes' on. Yea, that is voting in sync with the GOP establishment but not really Trump (the President), but of course linking any GOP candidate to Trump in most CA districts is a sound political strategy.
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    Noir Alley

    Interesting. I have always viewed noir films as being more nuanced and presenting a more complex view of life. E.g. basically decent folks that, due to desires (sexual, greed, power), go over to the dark side. Now basic crime drama are rather one-sided and therefore not very 'noir'.
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    2018 Elections

    I agree that Congress has impeachment and conviction powers and that can be viewed as oversight and accountability. I guess that is what Mr. Sargent was getting at (but I believe we agree that would be a mistaken road for the Dems to travel down related to Trump or Judge K). As for the appointing judges; yes, the current Senate didn't do their duty and this is clear by the mostly partisan voting.
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    The Man Who Would Be King

    Well a TCM host is very likely to give such a 'warning' as part of their intro comments. I'm kind of neutral on this topic, because there may be a lot of viewers that lack much knowledge on American film history and therefore are clueless (as well as way too many overly sensitive snowflakes). So I can see why TCM might feel the need to appease these folks.
  9. Rich Trump supporters should buy tickets, show up and then not be civil.
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    SCOTUS battles

    I agree that is a much better question since Judge K has been appointed. Now that question was a sound one when Clinton was running against Trump; do you want an activist originalist judge on the Supreme Court? But since Clinton ran such a poor campaign these actual concerns were not given enough attention.
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    Police Force abuses?

    Maybe I gave you too much credit for being nuanced: If your point is that one needs to worry about violence from the far right much more than the far left I agree with that 100%, but the far left is engaging and encouraging more violence then they had in the past (well expect maybe the 60s and early 70s). Funny I was just thinking about this in my moderate to conservative area of Orange County; I walk a lot and I haven't seen one sign supporting the House GOP incumbent (Mimi Walters), but a few signs for her Dem challenger, Kati Porter. Is this due to blue-wave or because conservatives don't wish to openly show support for a GOP candidate to avoid their house getting egged (at best)?
  12. Looks like The Pope is calling for a women that gets an abortion to be charged with murder. (because that is what happens to someone that hires a hitman).
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This has always been the 'bar' that the free press uses as well as social media companies.
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    2018 Elections

    The job of the house is to pass legislation and NOT 'oversight and accountability' of the Executive Branch, which falls mostly to the Federal Courts. Of course the Executive Branch appoints those on the count and while that is clearly a conflict of interest, that is how the founding fathers set up our system of government.
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    Hollywood Running Out of Ideas?

    Has any film historian actually done a research project on this topic? E.g take Hollywood produced films from two different 5 year periods, 40 or more years apart and tally those based on 'new' material (original screenplay, newly released books, plays that have never been filmed) and 'old' material. One could also then tally the box office take between 'new' and 'old' material to get insight into what movie goers were most interested in paying to see.
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    Remake? Really?....

    Like you always do, you're now singing a very different song. Go back and read what you originally posted. Anyhow, why would it be 'to their surprise???', again, it would only be a 'surprise' to those that assume and thus are clueless that Hollywood has been making remakes forever. The only legit reason one would be surprised is when watching a film made in the 30s. The reason for that should be obvious but again, someone has to know something about movie history instead of assume based on lack of knowledge.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Yea, Johnny Carson made jokes about Trump related to his tax evasion games, general business dealings and mistresses. I catch these from time to time and it is interesting to see how culturally relevant Trump was especially to New Yorkers, during the 80s.
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    Remake? Really?....

    My answer is still "no" for the same reason; I don't assume a film is an original or remake. I.e. if I don't know, I don't assume. Instead I do the research.
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    China tells US to stop criticism, says relations suffering

    Wow, you really have no clue what is going on. Yea, I know who created this thread but that doesn't mean everything he says is wrong (only about 90%). Prior US Governments (and NOT just the Obama admin), have been to easy going with regards to China, especially with regards to currency manipulation. The US needed to deal more aggressively with China. Of course the way Trump does things is over the top as well as asinine, but at least it is more aggressive.
  20. Sadly most people stick to silly and immature binary framing of political issues at this forum; E.g. something is either great or evil. No nuance, no 'it depends'. You're either with US or your part of THEM. Note that since you're intelligent enough to offer a nuanced POV, you may need to consume more of that magic juice if you plan on sticking around these parts (wink).
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    Racism in Trump's America

    Of course Princess is confused but I'm 100% sure she would support my comment if it was directed at an FBI agent that called the behavior of the Judge K protesters on Saturday 'reprehensible' (like those morons Mitch and Donny). FBI agents shouldn't make political comments, but instead just do their job.
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    Remake? Really?....

    I NEVER watch a movie thinking it was something (e.g. a "remake"), since that would be an assumption based on lack of knowledge. Of course when I first got into studio-era movies I saw a lot of films that were 'remakes' but I didn't think about that, one way or the other. Once I gained more knowledge about studio-era film history I knew when I was watching a movie that had a previous adaptation.
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    Noir Alley

    The odds are very high she will post about the film tomorrow.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    But 'this' was just a job interview, right??????
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    Noir Alley

    Watched the first hour (but I have seen the film many times) before switching to The Saint. I also wonder about Grahame's character and how the character is 'defined' in the screenplay.

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