TomJH

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    Ann Sheridan

    Ann was one of the few leading ladies who could stand up to James Cagney. She had a way with one liners and she excelled at playing a tough dame on the outside who would soften if the right guy came along. It was Angels With Dirty Faces, in a supporting role to Cagney, which really put Sheridan on the map and made Warners decide to groom her into a star. The price she paid was all that "oomph girl" publicity. But in her second film with Cagney, Torrid Zone, Sheridan stole the picture away from the studio's foremost tough guy. That, plus the delicious chemistry the two had on screen, made the film a memorable fun time. Plus all those great one liners. Next came City for Conquest, with Jim as a boxer and Ann ambitious to be a dancer (with Anthony Quinn yet). Cagney gave of his best in that film, but Sheridan held her own. There could have been a fourth film with the two of them together, but, alas, it was not to be. Sheridan was on strike with Warners over money and turned down the title role in The Strawberry Blonde. Too bad, though a break for Rita Hayworth, of course. Cagney and Sheridan were never co-starred again. He was gone from Warners by the end of 1942 and by the time he returned in '49 Sheridan was then gone from the studio. Such is fate, but the three times they were teamed together remain memorable occasions. For my money, Cagney never had a better leading lady.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    "Don't worry about Russia when you have the us election disgrace." What you really mean is, "I can't explain Trump's bizarro behaviour regarding Putin and Russian hacking of the U.S. election so let's talk about the Democrats instead." And that's just a transparent attempt at distraction on your part.
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    Ann Sheridan

    Ann Sheridan at the peak of her glamour, singing "Love Isn't Born, It's Made" in Thank Your Lucky Stars. No one looked quite so good in a snood as Annie. Something else Sheridan demonstrates in this musical number, along with a contemporary sounding singing voice: Style, baby, style!
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    I Just Watched...

    Actually, in that particular photo, I would say that Mamie is using them.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    It would be nice if a Trump supporter who isn't a loony right conspiracy nut bar would actually address my question regarding Trump's obsequiousness regarding Trump. To ramble on about "libtards" and "attempted coups" only shows that the poster involved has no answers. There are a ton of reasons to be suspicious about the Trump-Putin relationship, starting with Trump taking Putin's word about Russian hacking in Helsinki over that of the U.S. intel agencies. That Russians have a blackmailing hold of some kind on the President of the United States is a distinct possibility.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    You can't laugh off Trump's bizarre obsequious behaviour regarding Putin. According to Bob Mueller there was no collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians during the election (though, what, exactly, do you call Don Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian to get dirt on Hillary if not an act of collusion?) but there is still so much smoke regarding the American President's relationship with the Russians, especially since he was still in negotiations with them to build a Moscow Trump Tower right up to election day. And Trump refuses to ever criticize Putin while he's ready to attack everyone else from judges to Gold Star families to a dead American war hero. So I repeat: WHAT DOES PUTIN HAVE ON TRUMP?
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Trump continues to say nothing about Russian hacking. WHAT DOES PUTIN HAVE ON TRUMP?
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    And no one talking about ramifications for the Russian hacking. Putin must be laughing as the divisions in America only widen. Yup, he certainly helped to get the right man for him elected President.
  9. There's going to be an investigation to see if Herodotus colluded with the Egyptians.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    They have a difficult role to fill then. They'll never find one as bad as Trump.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    We need to see the Mueller Report, not a four page summation of it written by a Trump appointee. Mueller punted on the issue of obstruction. He couldn't or wouldn't decide if Trump was guilty or innocent. He may have been leaving it to Congress to make a final decision with his report, but Bill Barr, a man appointed attorney general by Trump after saying, in essence, a President couldn't be accused of obstruction, then made the final decision for Mueller, rather than letting Congress do it. If we see the actual wording of the Mueller Report on this issue then we will see whether or not Bill Barr took it upon himself to save Trump on the obstruction issue, rather than letting the elected representatives of the nation (divisive and partisan as that may be) make the final call (which, again, may be what Robert Mueller wanted).
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    So who do you believe then? Putin, when he says the Russians did no hacking?
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    I Just Watched...

    The Yakuza (1975) Intelligent action drama, with Robert Mitchum as a former private eye asked by a friend (Brian Keith) to travel to Japan to help save that friend's daughter, held captive by the Yakuza, a Japanese crime organization, after the friend failed to deliver some guns to them. An action film which also effectively delves into relationships, dealing with men who live by a code of honour, putting their lives on the line in the process. The film's action scenes still work, presented with impact by director Sydney Pollack. There may be a few moments of squeamishness for some viewers. Mitchum is excellent, bringing sensitivity to his re-union scenes with an old flame, while at the same time thoroughly convincing when it comes to the action. Takakura Ken matches him in effectiveness, as a former Yakuza with a debt of honour to Mitchum who, despite not liking him, is committed to helping him. As it turns out, Ken will not be the only person in this relationship who lives by a code of honour. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, marvelling, once again, at what a great old pro Mitchum remained to be on screen. He still satisfies as a performer in The Yakuza, a film I would rank as one of the better ones of his career. 3 out of 4
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Is that all you think about? Let's get the Democrats? What about a little issue like a foreign power trying to influence a U.S. election (which is confirmed by the Mueller report), and the fact that Trump refuses to acknowledge that it happened (and, what's more, the Russians will still be doing so in the next election). Trump isn't raising a finger to stop it which, in itself, is a further "go ahead" to Russian hackers. If you thought the Russians had helped Hillary get elected, rather than Trump, I guess you would be a little more concerned. In other words, it's okay if a foreign power influences the U.S. electorate, just so long as they're doing it for "your guy." Do all Trump sycophants automatically turn their backs on their own national security like this? When the Russians or some other foreign power turns its election hacking guns on "your guy" maybe you won't be quite so flippant about it.
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    I Just Watched...

    Well, you know she's at least peeling.
  16. Thomas Mitchell plays a low life creep in the film, if I remember correctly, Charlton Heston's out-for-himself character isn't much to root for, the leading lady left no impression and Robert Young is, well, Robert Young. Not much to get excited about here. And the thing is the film has such a great title, too, wasted on a nothing film.
  17. I found Secret of the Incas to be an undistinguished, minor time waster. It's okay, that's about it. If people didn't make connections with it to the Spielberg film only a few would ever mention it.
  18. Monday, March 25 8am (EST) The Passionate Friends David Lean and Trevor Howard re-united for a variation on Brief Encounter. With Ann Todd (who looks luminous in some closeups) and Claude Rains as the middle aged husband. The final 15 minutes of this understated production is involving and quite moving.
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    I Just Watched...

    One thing we know before tuning in, whichever girl is a virgin will still be there at the end of the film. Any of the others, bye bye! Amazing how these horror flicks (the slasher ones, in particular) always have not so subtle moral judgments about sexual promiscuity regarding women. Men, that's another story.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Trump stomped his way to the top of the Republican Party in 2016 by stoking fear, division, conspiracy theories and HATE, HATE, HATE for "others"! He has never stopped doing it, even as President, much to the detriment of the nation. It is a part of his DNA. Trump is not the first person in American politics to attempt this but he is clearly the most successful at it. He is a man who truly brings out the worst in some people. You can clearly see that same hatred reflected in the comments of some of his followers.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Please explain Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin and taking his word over of innocence over that of U.S. intel agencies with the accusation of Russian interference in the U.S. election. In fact, please let me know why, while everyone else seems to be fair game for him, Trump refuses to ever criticize Putin. I NOW AWAIT YOUR SILENCE TO THESE QUESTIONS.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    No wonder you support Trump. You're as classy and sophisticated in your comments as he is. And, boy, do you leap to conclusions about "innocence" before the conclusions of the report have become public. I noticed, by the way, that you carefully avoided the "family separating, racial inflaming, dead war hero attacking, Moscow Trump Tower negotiating during the election" comments that I made about him.
  23. Much as I love Barrymore's divine lunacy as Oscar Jaffe in this screwball comedy, you can't understate the contribution of the balancing "sanity" that Walter Connolly and Roscoe Karnes bring to the film as Jaffe's associates. Columbia put all of its Oscar hopes into the It Happened One Night basket this year when it came to their promotions for the awards. I've always thought it a shame that Barrymore didn't get a much deserved Oscar nod for his performance in this film. Gable is engaging and likable in the Capra film (one of his best performances, without doubt) but Barrymore is truly inspired in 20th Century.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Whether or not his Presidency protects him from an indictment by Robert Mueller, family separating, racial inflaming, dead war hero attacking, Moscow Trump Tower negotiating during the election Donald Trump is still a scum bag human being, and a disgrace to the Oval Office.

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