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    Noir Alley

    I'm also a big fan of Pickup. (clearly my favorite Nazi\Commie noir). I believe we have a very similar POV here but I would have said 'because the Commie character is actually pretty minor'.
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    How does one make it to 23 having never heard of Chaplin?

    The same way someone over 50 doesn't know who Drake is.
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    Noir Alley

    I don't really care for them when the main noir character is a Nazi or Commie like in The Stranger. Instead I like some of these film when the main character is a more typical noir figure; someone that operates on edge of darkness (e.g. is a criminal) but is still an overall decent person in that they wouldn't sell out their country for a buck. E.g. The Richard Widmark character (and Jean Peters and Thelma Ritters) in Pick-Up on South Street. In Nazi or Commie noirs they are just really evil people and when too much of the plot is focused on them, I find it less compelling. As already noted in The Stranger the most interesting aspect is how the wife (Young), deals with what is unfolding.
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    The Evolution of #MeToo

    Note that this week Major League Baseball put Addison Russell on administrative leave under their 2015 domestic violence agreement between management and players union, based on his ex-wife blog post about abuse that occurred while they were married. MLB didn't investigate these latest allegations. All a player can do is challenge the leave before an arbitrator. Russell still gets his pay. I'm not sure if that is always the case based on the agreement.
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    Leave Him To Heaven-- the presidential hate of drumpf aka trump

    Of course it has something to do with the fact so many perpetrators are not charged and sentenced for their crimes. DUH! But it should be clear what the actual agenda of NARAL is here; compelling government authorities to file charges against possible perpetrators when there isn't evidence beyond a reasonable doubt and to convince jury members to find the defendants guilty without evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. I.e. that since one must 'believe' one must convict. In addition they want to convince employers to fire or suspend employees, colleges to kick out students, based only on an accusation, even when the accusation is done years after the fact or is anomalous. Note that generally zero-tolerance type policies are unfair to the accused. The ACLU has figured this out and is siding with the accused as it relates to ensuring due-process and justice.
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    SCOTUS battles

    Yes, Hatch and Grassley are buffoons and are highly likely to come off looking like incentive a-holes and that will reflect poorly on the GOP which may cause a few GOP Senators to tell Mitch they can't vote for the appointment.
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    Healthcare in America?

    So researchers are racist. Yea, right. This so called number crunching is so misleading. Here are a few reasons: Clinical trials are NOT done to give access to patients of cutting-edge drugs but instead to get the drugs "tested" so the FDA will approve the drug. Note that many patients get a placebo. It isn't that no blacks were NOT being given the drug but instead that they were never the 'largest group represented'. Most likely whites were the largest group represented because they are the largest group in the general population. Yes, maybe blacks were unrepresented, especially for the cancers that impact them more than other groups, but one would need the actual stats on the ratio of representation per cancer. I.e. NOT being the largest group doesn't mean they were underrepresented as it relates to impacting the results of the trial.
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    I Just Watched...

    This is all Wiki had to say: Eden's role was instrumental in getting her cast as the star of the TV series I Dream of Jeannie, even though she did not play a djinn in this film. BUT this comment relates to how the film helped her land the T.V. show.
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    What's up with artists and their windows?

    Uh, you do know that the title of the show was 100% from the perspective of his older brother. I.e. it was his way of saying that no one loved him. Anyhow, I'm not much of a fan of this sit-com especially since Raymond's mom was one of the most annoying characters in sit-com history. PS: Brad was in Til Death and that show is much funnier than Raymond.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    That is all because Trump hates black people. Come on, get with the program.
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    Spotlight: The Black Experience in Film

    Thanks for the tip. I haven't seen this film but it is on my bucket list.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Sadly under the law they are: American citizens living in a US territory don't have all of the same rights and privileges that those living in a US state have. This is wrong and unfair which is why I have been saying for decades they need to either make a territory a state, fold a territory into an existing state (e.g. Guam becomes a county of Hawaii), or 'free' the territory so that it becomes it's own nation.
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    The Evolution of #MeToo

    Ok, Trump said something asinine and stupid related to victims of sexual assault NOT reporting the incident to the proper authorities. That shouldn't surprise no one. BUT the real concern here is how too many progressive wish to change the rule of law as it relates to ensuring an accused perpetrator is punished (e.g. jailed, losing their job, not getting a job, getting tossed out of college or suspended etc....). Traditionally progressive have sided with the accused over government authorities or employers when it comes to protecting rights, due-process and ensuring justice but this isn't the case with allegations of sexual assault or harassment. E.g. that since one has to 'believe', testimony from an alleged victim, with little to no other evidence meets the 'reasonable doubt' standard (because otherwise one is saying they don't 'believe')??? NFL players have been suspended after a police investigation has determined that there wasn't enough evidence to charge the man and \ or because the investigation couldn't determine what actually occurred. College men kicked out of school based on a very flimsy accusation (even the progressive ACLU came out against the Obama admin recommendations for how colleges should deal with such cases). Note that in prior decades this type of justice was used against black men for almost any sexual related incident involving a white girl. They should remake To Kill A Mockingbird updating the story to what is going on today. But we need to find an Atticus Finch.
  14. If the Dems (e.g. Feinstein) didn't have a strategy they are even bigger dummies. I.e. believing they had a plan is a complement. Also, having a strategy doesn't mean Ford is lying or even 'confused' but instead was done to try to protect her from asinine GOP attacks (like what Trump said). E.g. Feinstein disclosing that there was a complaint but that the accuser wasn't going to come forward. Like I said if this alone would have 'worked' (got 2 GOP Senator to tell Mitch they couldn't vote 'Y' now), then Ford wouldn't have had to expose herself and face any attacks.
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    Spotlight: The Black Experience in Film

    Yea, both Bird and Round Midnight are fine films about jazz musicians. Gordon is the sax player I listen to the most.
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    Spotlight: The Black Experience in Film

    Same here. The film is well known in the jazz musician circles.
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    "Harriet Craig"/"Craig's Wife"

    Rain is a 1932 film where Joan plays Sadie Thompson who is a prostitute on an island.
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    About as many as their parents and the governments of their country.
  19. You're assuming that Ford and her 'team' are actually hesitant because she fears being attacked and treated unfairly. Instead maybe they are just changing their strategy, yet again, as it relates to their goal; getting Trump to pull the appointment (because Mitch tells him the GOP doesn't have the votes). Note that initially the accuser wasn't even going to go public or even release her name. Feinstein makes the accusation public. That doesn't detail the process and therefore the goal wasn't met. So they move to plan B; that was going public and demanding the Senate have Ford testify. Then they change to plan C; a 'full' FBI investigation. Hey, all of these changes could be 'organic' (decided at the time since there was never any overall strategy). BUT what is more likely is that as they see that each 'plan' isn't going to get the goal, they move to the next plan. E.g. they realized that even in the age of#MeToo, a hearing isn't going to changed how a GOP Senator plans to vote and therefore they move to the next plan.
  20. Note that I edited my post; I meant to say 'does NOT attempt'. Anyhow, you're correct that this is the same old discussion related to 'remakes' and what I find to be the silly over the top POV of 'OMG how could they!!'.
  21. Of course a new adaptation does NOT attempt to 'fix' anything related to a prior adaptation. That POV is just nonsense just like the POV that implies a new adaptation somehow 'harms' prior adaptations.
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    I Just Watched...

    Yes, Blood on the Moon is a solid film. Fine acting and I especially liked how Robert Preston played his character. He gave the impression that he really wasn't that bad of a man. That he would 'turn it around'. Looking at his film legacy that was one versatile actor. E.g. at first I didn't believe this was the same man that was in The Music Man or Victor Victoria.
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    What Robert Osborne Said--Revisited

    After seeing Thunder Road, the Mitchum film, I got into bluegrass music and learn a few songs but here in So Cal I couldn't find anyone that wanted to play that type of music. I do love David Grisman and his style of music. Check out what he did with Deadhead Jerry Garcia.
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    Interesting. My guess would be that the Flintstones were 'better-remembered'. All I know is that saying 'Barney, Barney, Barney' is something my age 50 something siblings and I still use to this day.
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    I Just Watched...

    I had to look up what a 'wipe transition' was: A wipe is a type of film transition where one shot replaces another by travelling from one side of the frame to another or with a special shape. Learn something new everyday.

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