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  1. Are you saying an African-American doesn't have the right like anybody else to star in an over-produced and slickly marketed blockbuster movie adaptation of a comic book superhero franchise that covers up a lack of character and plot development with mind-numbing CGI effects to appeal to the undiscerning masses? For shame.
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    A sandwich! Finally something useful for intermissions! But you demonstrate you have your priorities right. A movie can be diverting, or consciousness raising, but a sandwich--that's food.
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    Tampopo (1986)

    Ramen occupies a positon in Japan similar to what barbecue does here. It's a national dish with regional variations. It's a food of the people, but with exacting specifications. And it's every citizen's birthright to know exactly how it should be prepared and taste. But I don't know if there's a counterpart here for Tampopo, at once a satiric send-up of, and affectionate tribute to the mania for ramen. It's a whimsical, funny, and engaging story of the quest to make the perfect ramen, filled with characters fanatically devoted to the ideal, and acted with just the right amount of exaggeration to make them amusing, without overplaying. It would be a wonderful family movie if it weren't for some explicit interspersed scenes of a couple who explore food in their own unique way. If you can stay up to watch it, you won't be sorry. On tonight, 11:45 p. m., Pacific time.
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    And there's something wrong with that?
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    They didn't know themselves how much they really worshipped the movie.
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    That's a nice car!

    So there you are, blithely watching something--a movie, or TV show, or something, all unsuspecting, and someone drives up, and gets out, and--wait a minute. . . .you can't help saying to yourself: That's a nice car!: or:
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    That's a nice car!

    From the Antiques Road Trip front, a 1959 Elva Courier: Here's some info:
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    Films and the old South

    I'd hate to imagine the reality people were facing that would make them consider Jezebel (1938), and Gone With the Wind (1939) as escapist. These are two heavy, powerful dramas whose characters face the most dire circumstances possible. The fact is, they were very definitely message movies. They had multiple messages, included among them is the post-bellum southern message that slavery wasn't that nasty institution those Yankees made it out to be, and that the slaves were really content with their lot, except for a few incorrigibles, and occasionally a certain sternness was required. The only movie that comes to mind that addresses the topic is of course, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927):
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    How do I add a photo?

    I think I understand you want to add an avatar from a photo on your computer. I don't know if you have a pc or apple, but the method will be similar. I have an apple computer. First, go to the top of a page and click on your name, then click on profile: You will see: Click on the little green square and you will see: The option to upload a photo from your computer will automatically be selected. Then click on the Choose Single File button and you can browse on your computer for the image you want: Your computer may look different, but select the image you want and choose it. You will see: Your image should appear in the screen. Click on the Save button, you will see: You can adjust the borders of the photo how you want, then click on Save. You will see: Your avatar! Lo! after all these many years! Hope this helps!
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    Sounds like a gamin movie, Shirley Temple, or Margaret O'Brien, or the like.
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    A few posts.
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    Am I missing something from this thread? Have some posts been disappeared?
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    Movie with showgirls during the war

    The closest I can come to is Four Jills in a Jeep (1944): Click on Read the full Synopsis for a detailed description.
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    How do I add a photo?

    Your welcome! Hope it helps.
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    How do I add a photo?

    I assume you are posting pics using the paperclip attachment thingie on the left side of the window, which allows you to upload pics from your computer. There is a limit to the size of the pic and the total amount you can upload. The way to avoid these limits is to use the 'Insert other media' tab on the right side of the screen. You can upload any pic you find on a site, with the exception of a few which are blocked. You have to copy the image's address and paste it into the box you see after you click on the button. If you have a mac, you select the image, a dialog box will open, and you can click on 'copy image address.' I don't have a pc, but I believe you right-click on the image you want, and there will be a similar dialog box which will allow you to copy the image address. If you want to post something that's already on your computer, you have to upload it to an image posting service. I like It's simple to use, but there's a secret to getting the address. After you upload the image, click on it. A separate tab will open with your pic on it. You can then select the image to get the address.
  16. It is a measure, among many, of the respect and admiration Virginia McKenna has in her country that she was awarded the role of portraying Violette Szabo, who has the position of veneration in England which Private York or Audie Murphy have pale analogues here. Recruited for resistance work in France because of her heritage and language abilities, she died in captivity and remains a blazing symbol of British heroism, dedication, and sacrifice. This movie, a prime example of the class-act filmmaking of Golden-Era Britain, gives Miss McKenna one of her best opportunities to show what a really fine actress she is. She's of course known best in America for Born Free (1966), and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957), and maybe Ring of Bright Water (1969). But she has a long, varied, and well-rewarded career on the English stage and screen. Her roles range from Shakespeare, to musicals like The King and I and A Little Night Music, to children's favorites like Peter Pan (1976), to adventure (The Wreck of the Mary Deare, 1959), and historical epic (Waterloo, 1970). On early tomorrow morning 12:30 AM Pacific time. Westies can stay up to see it, Easties who aren't owls can record it.
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    Groucho's Real Moustache

    Dick who?
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    Flora Robson Day!

    One of the few historical movies I like.
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    Flora Robson Day!

    I just recently re-watched her series Elizabeth R. It also featured Robert Hardy, of later fame as Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small.
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    The south is a woman.

    It's not surprising Margaret Mitchell chose a woman as the central character of Gone With the Wind to personify the destruction and rebuilding of the south during and after the Civil War. Not many authors have done a good job depicting the internal workings of the opposite sex. Not having read the book, I will have to take it as a given David Selznick faithfully translated Miss Mitchell's work to the screen. So what can we see she was saying through the person of Scarlett O'Hara? She is a strong-willed and determined person. She knows what she wants, and is clear-headed going about getting it. Practical, and unsentimental, even to the point of being mercenary, she doesn't hesitate using any tactic to accomplish her goals. It's understandable, the hardships she faced drove her to make fearsome resolutions. Scarlett's progress represents the destruction and revival of the southern economy, its agriculture, commerce, and industry. She's quite a busy person, managing Tara, then becoming a retail queen, and building a lumber empire. Her marriage to Rhett Butler rounds out the picture with trade. But combined with that is a curious and contradictory irrational obsession with Ashley Wilkes. He is the old order, destroyed in the war, that stood for slavery, nobility, honor. He was the flower of the social order, its full realization, but also weak, attenuated. He's a dead end, but in this instance, she blinds herself to reality--out of pride, or conceit, or something, until she realizes (only too late) how misguided she was. Her preoccupation with him ruins her relationship with the one she ought to hanker after, Rhett Butler, as the south preoccupied with the past hurts its recovery. He's the future, practical, sensible like Scarlett, unhindered by outmoded ideals, or nostalgia for what's lost. He's obviously presented as an alternative to the enervated Wilkes. At the end however, Scarlett remains as she was, a combination of realistic, and irrational. She rightly recognizes her source of strength is Tara. But her freedom from her obsession with Ashley Wilkes, alas, is only replaced with another futile hope, getting Butler back. Margaret Mitchell's efforts to appraise people of the dangers of worshipping the dead past went unheeded, dragging down states, and hindering peoples' advancement for too many decades. To the contrary, her work is even now not looked on as a cautionary tale, but as a celebration of what she argued should be left behind. A prime example of people seeing what they want to see, and not what is there.
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    The south is a woman.

    Yes, she has multiple facets to her personality, which can be contradictory. This is after all, human. It is her irrational preoccupations which damage her life.
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    The south is a woman.

    Perhaps for families, read family's.
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    Singer in "Sleuth"

    How did you try and get in touch with them? Did you call during business hours and actually talk to someone? Let me suggest two stations I listen to. One is KSDS, out of San Diego City College. The other is Kjazz, or KKJZ, out of Long Beach State University. Be ready to supply a recording of the singer, or where people can go to hear the song. Becoming a member of these public radio stations might be a help in getting a response.

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