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    2018 Elections

    In May a Democrat politician (running for a state Assembly seat), Melissa Fazli, alleged that Democrat Cisneros suggested that they go to a hotel room together and later made a comment about 'pay for play'. Cisneros is running against Republican Young Kim, a women, for a House seat in CA (a seat vacated by a retiring Republican). Of course Kim and GOP PACs have been running ads using #MeToo and other catch phases pointing out the accusations. Well yesterday, Fazli tweeted that there has been a 'HUGH misunderstanding" and demanded that the 'vile' ads related to her accusations be taken down. BUT, as recently as two weeks ago Fazli called the ads "accurate" and said Cisneros and the Dem Congressional Committee 'refused to take me seriously in May, and this is the price they will pay'. Of course Fazli declined to elaborate on how her original allegations could be chalked up to a misunderstanding. I guess Dems really believe all women must be BELIEVED, even when they change their mind! (but what is more likely is that there was 'pay for play' and that in the future the Dem committee, as well as Cisneros, will support Fazli providing money and resources).
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    Racism in Trump's America

    What an asinine and silly thing to say by an FBI agent. The defense should use this statement in court since it clearly implies that behavior associated with citizens the agents find 'reprehensible' are the ones the agency goes after. Note that often when non-whites commit such violations of federal law they are labeled misunderstood and a plea deal is reached resulting in little to no jail time.
  3. At least K didn't look straight into the cameras and wiggle his finger. Of course maybe his wife already knew what a bad boy he was.
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    will kavanaugh be confirmed this friday?

    But can Kavanaugh be believed? Also, it is within the realm of human nature for one to wish to settle the score. So what he might have believed before this circus, may not be how he ends up voting if appointed. Note that if RvW was overturned it may help Dems in red-states gain power. E.g. a red states passes a law making an abortion illegal (or a 5 week limit). Even in most Red state this would pass by only a 10% or so margin. That margin could be overcome by waking up pro-choice voters, and along with #MeToo and Trump-hate, really increase left-leaning voter turnout at all levels.
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    Noir Alley

    Also, fantastic jazz music score. Odds Against Tomorrow has many of the 'classic' elements of late 40s \ early 50s noir as well as more advanced neo-noir themes and elements (like niffy jazz music instead of a more traditional movie score). Also, the actors are aged and other then Belafonte not elegant. While this wasn't the first film Winters decided to 'go low', her realistic portrayal is gritty as well as moving. From Wiki: The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The soundtrack album was released on the United Artists label in 1959.[7]To realize his score, Lewis assembled a 22-piece orchestra, which included MJQ bandmates Milt Jackson on vibraphone, Percy Heath on bass and Connie Kay on drums, as well as Bill Evans on piano, and Jim Hall on guitar.[1][8][9] Allmusic's Bruce Eder noted, "This superb jazz score by John Lewis was later turned into a hit by The Modern Jazz Quartet. It's dark and dynamic, and a classic".
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    will kavanaugh be confirmed this friday?

    I have no respect for your Taliban POV.
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    I Just Watched...

    Is Rathbone charming in the role, having any flair? Now I'm not expecting the Powell type persona, but I do wonder if Rathbone comes off as being a little too serious (of course my question is influenced by the photo).
  8. Garner is kind of wimpy in The Children's Hour. Note that the Bates character in the book was not slender and frail. My guess is that you view the role as needing someone like that since the Perkins performance is an established image in your brain. If Garner was given the role and 'nailed it' his image would be the established one that one would be comparing too. E.g. I can't see Perkins as Bates,,, that guy is too slender and frail!! I.e. classic chicken \ egg.
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    will kavanaugh be confirmed this friday?

    Doesn't matter here is CA. We will keep on with the killing. AND loving it!!!
  10. What gets me is that people are calling for Congress to get involved. NOT. Dummies just need to STOP USING FACEBOOK!!!!!
  11. Of course anyone would have a little problem seein Garner in the role of Norman based on seeing him in all those later roles especially Rockford. But that is folly. Instead one needs to try to picture Garner in the role in the early 60s before he had established that more macho screen persona. Garner was a good enough actor to have pulled that off.
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    Mickey Rooney after WW II

    I like Rooney but he is a polarizing actor around these parts. E.g. some really find him alloying. Of course there the films he did with Garland but I also enjoy many of his 'B' noir \ crime films. And two of his wives rank in my top 10, Gardner (wife #1) and Martha Vickers (wife #3).
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    Noir Alley

    I have to think the film got 3 out of 5 and not 3 out of 10. I would give it a 6 out of 10.
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    SCOTUS battles

    In addition what impact will this have on how he votes? The resentment he will have towards all things 'left' during his entire SC tenure could cause him to vote even more as an activist 'originalist' conservative.
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    Greatest Cult Actress...I'm Right!

    I think it is great that some of these really old threads are being re-surfaced Note that on some of them I have made comments, often many years ago, and I like re-reading what I said to see if I have changed my POV or not. So keep it up! As for the number of active users: Yea, not many. E.g. the jazz guitar forum I frequent has many more active users. I guess there are just not that many people really into American Studio-era film.
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    Love Crazy?

    FYI: The question was asked over 7 years ago and that user only had 4 post. The odds of them returning are about as likely as Sgt. Markoff showing some compassion.
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    Greatest Cult Actress...I'm Right!

    Funny, that threads that haven't had comments in over 8 years are 'reopened' by a 'newbie'. (but I see you're an "advanced member" now!). As for Tura; first rate cult choice. A user here has her as their avatar with this picture:
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    Beat the Devil (1953)

    My wife is from southern Italy and I go there every other year or so (she goes every year), and we love Beat the Devil. The Italian ship captain's rage is a hoot but the Italian purser stands out as that odd \ interesting character on the boat (thanks to dialog provided by Capote). We went to Ravello, above Italy's Amalfi Coast on our honeymoon. Now I had seen the film a few times but at the time I didn't know it was filmed in Ravello. Well while we were walking around I had a feel I had been there before. I even pointed out some thing and my wife was saying 'wow, how did you know that was going to be there???'. It wasn't until we went out on the terrace and I saw those little statutes and the view of the coastline that I realized I had walked into the same spot where Bogie makes his first pass at Jennifer Jones.
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    Noir Alley

    Yea, Kenny even had to play second fiddle to an over 6 feet tall vegetable!
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    Worst Film Of Classic Stars

    I'm a big fan of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. The cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. Most of the movie was shot on location in Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain and there is some wonderful visuals in the film. Ava Gardner looks breathtaking in living color and I like the surreal plot and story line. Plus I'm a romantic and therefore a sucker for this type of film.
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    I Just Watched...

    Fashions of 1934 is a good movie, mainly because of William Powell, but Bette does well in a secondary role. But yea, I always wondered if the wig used was passed on to Barbara Stanwyck for Double Indemnity. While the wig had a purpose in DI, it just looks silly on Bette.
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    I Just Watched...

    More corny then a field in Iowa. One thing I did notice was that in the one with Malden, at the end when the nice looking blonde is hit by an arrow, Malden ends his sentence with "Doctor", and the blonde says "NO". I assume this was in reference to the 1962 Bond film.
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    What Current Big Stars Will Be Forgotten?

    I'm curious why you don't feel this is SOMEWHAT of a lame thread (and I know you left that word out accidentally, ha ha). Do you have a better crystal ball then the Wiz? PS: the better question would be: what stars today to YOU believe should be remembered, say, 50 years from now, by future generations. (since that doesn't require one to guess what OTHERS will remember or NOT).
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    I Just Watched...

    I enjoy the 41 version more for a few reasons with one being that I just don't see Morgan being such a romantic draw to the two ladies. I.e. more like when ladies run. Morgan was a fine actor but this role just doesn't work for me. PS: so will you be reviewing Cleoparta soon? (wink - now that I know why you change avatars). If you do please ensure you post the bath scene picture from the film!
  25. Lovey picture of Fay Wray. That is all I have to say, until after this mess is over.

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