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  1. TomJH

    I Just Watched...

    The Long Haul is one of those good gritty little dramas that deserves to be better known. Mature's flawed everyman truck driver is someone to root for, while Diana Dors, who looks like a man trap, plays a character who is quite sympathetic and appealing. A fine little effort, with one of Mature's most effective performances.
  2. TomJH

    Your Movie Soulmate

    "I'll be all around in the dark cause I'm a small part of a big soul. The big soul that's all of us. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beating up a guy, I'll be there. Mind you if there's ever some small kid present as a witness to see what I do to that cop, I'll have to blow his **** head off. Aside from that, I'm cool." Hey, ya got to love a guy like that! Okay, time for me to get back on my meds again.
  3. TomJH

    Your Movie Soulmate

    "Dark side? Me? I don't know what you mean by that. By the way, if you're wondering what that blunt object is sticking in your mouth its that's my colt .45 and as soon as someone strikes up some Ennio Morricone music I'm going to blow off your **** head! Aside from that, have a nice day."
  4. Do yourself a favourite, Lawrence, and see The Last Hunt and, especially, Scaramouche.
  5. Monday, August 20 Stewart Granger Day, and there are two films that I would recommend: THE LAST HUNT (1956) 12PM (EST) I would recommend this western primarily for Robert Taylor, cast against type as a cold blooded gunslinger/buffalo hunter with racist attitudes towards Indians. This may well be Taylor's finest hour. He may have been a stolid, wooden screen presence in many of his films but in this one he is chillingly effective. SCARAMOUCHE (1952) 12 AM (TUESDAY MORNING) The highlight of Granger's career, and one of the best swashbucklers of all time. Eleanor Parker is feisty as a tempestuous love interest, Janet Leigh is very lovely as a lady who loves Granger, and Mel Ferrer is highly effective as a cold blooded aristocrat and the greatest swordsman in France who loves to duel and put commoners and anyone else in their place. Granger is extraordinarily impressive with a sword in this film (there was little, if any, doubling of the actor) and his final 7 1/2 minute duel with Ferrer remains a classic.
  6. TomJH

    I Just Watched...

    Thanks for the word on this film, Lawrence. I have come to increasingly appreciation Steve Cochran as an actor over the past few years, especially after having seen how effective he could be in a few sympathetic roles later in his career, with a lovely, sensitive little bucolic piece which he produced, Come Next Spring, with Ann Sheridan in her last good role as a farm woman, being a fine illustration. Can anyone explain this? I downloaded a nice print of Il Grido off You Tube with English sub titles. But when I use one software (You Tube Downloader) to do this the print has no sub titles on my hard drive, and when I do it with a different software (Any Video Converter) the sub titles are in a different language (Italian, Spanish?). I can't get the English sub titled version even though that is what is playing on YT.
  7. TomJH

    Now, that's the way to die!

    And now, my nomination as the looooooooongest death scene of the movies. . . Stephen Boyd in BEN HUR When I first saw this film at the show this actor stretched out his death agonies so much I was afraid a TO BE CONTINUED. COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE REST OF THE FILM sign was going to pop up.
  8. TomJH

    I Just Watched...

    Because Colbert's performance was out of this world? Nice pickup on the poster art which I hadn't noticed, Tiki. I assume it has something to do with the film's title, though the private worlds referred to in the film are within people's minds. It sure doesn't have anything to do with astronomy. That poster would probably have pleased Star Hustler's Jack Horkheimer, though. "Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers!"
  9. Yeh, that's about the sound I thought I'd get from you in answer to the question. Crickets. You love to attack the other side (boy, do you love it, including posting any headline you can find as an excuse for another partisan rant) but whenever someone asks you a question about the efficiency of "your team" you're really silent. In its own way, though, that silence says it all.
  10. TomJH

    Voter Shaming Just Goes On and On

    "I can't stop having fantasies about that girl. If I was capable of feeling shame, this might actually trigger it."
  11. TomJH

    QAnon: We Are In Control

    "What's this? A message from QAnon at the bottom of my cup? It says . . . it says . . ." "We're in control and we'll never let go."
  12. Raymond Burr may not have been pretty but some might thinks he beats out this guy
  13. Fay Wray's response to be asked out on a date by this poor guy. Okay, actually it's her response to Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum
  14. Fay Wray's response to first seeing a larger, darker leading character than to be found in most films
  15. TomJH

    I Just Watched...

    What made the sequence especially interesting, especially in view of today's political climate, is the sensitivity that a 1930s film showed toward a character who was Arab, and very much a foreigner in the hospital. It's a rather sad little scene, but at the end the man finds peace because someone is there to share his final moments with him. Then, of course, all hell breaks loose.

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