slaytonf

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    Political Correctness?

    Looks like the Russians have been successful. They've got people talking about politics instead of movies. The strategy is simple and powerful. Offer up a tasty bit of incendiary bait to get people going over something inconsequential and distract them from what's important.
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    Political Correctness?

    But really, the Russians are getting too transparent in their efforts to sow social discord.
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    Political Correctness?

    So you can measure movies and history! What are you doing wasting your time on this backwater site? You should be out making yourself king of the world.
  4. As most of the old movie studios and TV networks are now owned by the same megalopses (or is there just one now?), it seems logical that access to TV movies for TCM would be similar to ones produced for theaters. Am I right? Probably not. Still, in hopes that TCM will someday have a TV movie series (Wednesday night?), I offer candidates: Isn't It Shocking? (1973). A mix of new and old-style actors makes for an engaging and entertaining murder mystery with a lot of comedy and droll wit along the way. Alan Alda delivers one of his less off-putting performances as a small-town sheriff confronted with a series of elderly deaths that take on a disturbing character as numbers and odd details mount. He's joined by old timers Will Geer as a retired counter-cultural doctor who plays coroner, Ruth Gordon, an idiosyncratic free spirit who terrorizes the town with her cab driving, Edmond O'Brien as the candy-chomping menace, and Lloyd Nolan, a beloved deputy pal of Alda. But the true bright spot of the movie is Louise Lasser, her deft and naturalistic delivery is so delightful she steals every scene she's in, even the ones with Ruth Gordon. I don't know why she never became a bigger star. Thursday's Game (1974). Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart. That's all I really have to say, but I'll say more, because this quirky, irreverent comedy deserves it. Wilder and Newhart play pals who, after their weekly poker game breaks up due to a dispute, decide to keep meeting each Thursday to preserve their time away from home. They go through life vicissitudes and changes, discuss and philosophize, and generally display their genius. But that's only the beginning. They're backed up by talent like Ellen Burstyn and Nancy Walker. The movie is also packed chock-a-block with a dizzying array of guest actors, each of whom has a brilliant vignette, including Rob Reiner, Norman Fell, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Dick Gautier. A Cold Night's Death (1973). Robert Culp and Eli Wallach match wits at a high-altitude primate research laboratory with--with who? With an unseen enemy? With themselves? As soon as they get to the top of the mountain, everything starts going downhill, with monkeys and apes playing the chorus--and something else? One of the very few horror movies I like, because it is not a formulaic mowing down of stock victims at the hands of some quasi-supernatural malevolence. There is true character development as we watch personalities disintegrate into nameless fear, self-doubt, paranoia. . . . .it doesn't end well.
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    Shane (1953) aspect ratio.

    Thanks for the info! I'm surprised Stevens would be ok with changing the format. Directors like him take great care about composition.
  6. From time to time I record movies I already have on DVD to see if I can get a better recording. I used to record at a lower resolution to get more on a disk. I did this with Shane (1953) the other day (Saturday, November, 9), and when I compared the new recording with one I already had, I was surprised to find the pictures were different. Direct TV offers different formats to display the picture and a choice of a standard or wide-screen TV options. Also, my TV offers a number of different aspect ratios to choose from. Altogether, it's a confusing array of settings. But no matter what combination I tried, and I did not go methodically through all of them, I could not get the recent airing of the movie to match my existing recording, or get the recent airing to display in a 1.37:1 ratio, in which Shane was shot (per IMDB). Here's a still from my existing recording: And here's one from the recent airing: Looks to me the recent airing was formatted for widescreen TVs. The bottom of the picture is chopped off to accomplish this. Strangely, it also shows more on the sides than the old recording. Was it because the 1.37:1 ratio was slightly wider than the 1.33:1 you get with a strictly 4:3 picture? Shane airs again tomorrow night. Gonna see what happens then.
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    Shane (1953) aspect ratio.

    I guess most of the country saw the movie in the standard 3:4 format. Does the book say what George Stevens' thoughts on the widescreen showing were?
  8. My comments were concise and appeared as criticism or dismissal. I made them so you would not feel upset at this movie's inaccuracies, as they are not unique or egregious. You should know as long as movies have been made, history has been cut, pasted, condensed, stretched, twisted and disregarded. Movies are entertainment and not scholarly works, regardless of how good they are saying something about the human condition. As the Buddha says, in his serene detachment, if you want accuracy, look elsewhere.
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    Shane (1953) aspect ratio.

    So IMDB is wrong about the 1.37:1 ratio. But showing Shane in widescreen at Radio City doesn't explain why TCM is showing it in faux-widescreen when is has previously been presented in formats approximating 3:4 proportions. We'll see in a little bit if it was a fluke.
  10. You are being intentionally obtuse. Filmmakers in Hollywood, and around the world have always altered history to suit the conveniences of the movie.
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    Shane (1953) aspect ratio.

    That's the first I've heard of that. But if you look at the two stills, the pseudo-wide screen of the recent airing was created by cropping the bottom of the older 1.37:1 image. Not the reverse, the wide-screen image cropped to create a pseudo-3:4 image.
  12. The Great Movie Buddha says: Don't get your history from movies. Movies are always about the times they are made in, not the times they depict.
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    So They Are Making a Film About Clara Bow in 2021...

    How's her Brooklyn accent?
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    no air force

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    Two 1959 Fritz Lang movies

    You know, it don't matter much to me whether it's on a body stocking or not. It seems more likely to inspire imagination than defeat it.
  16. So that's, like, for getting through traffic?
  17. Go ahead, make my breakfast. Um, wait. . . .
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Yes, that was in In Harm's Way (1965).
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    Two 1959 Fritz Lang movies

    Le Tombeau Hindou translates as The Indian Tomb (1959): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052924/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 in which Miss Paget does her famous snake dance: Le Tigre Bengale is, of course, The Tiger of Bengal (1959): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052295/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1
  20. You may find that funny. I find you scary.
  21. This is almost getting as absurd as the once rife threads about the immanent demise of TCM-as-we-know-it. And almost as dampening to enthusiasm for participating. I'm tempted to think this was a Russian ploy to sow discord in advance of the upcoming era of political obnoxiousness, if it weren't for the fact that these boards fly at too low a level even for the Russians to pick up.
  22. Golly, lighten up.
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    30s Cartoon

    And my point was to highlight the increasing pressure to politicize the message boards coming with the recurrent madness that possesses the country. Why these boards would be targeted is beyond me.
  24. Not worthy of mention. One, a class act. The other a waste of film.

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