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  1. Sgt_Markoff

    Why are the Message Boards so clunky?

    Aha! I have it. Start typing the colon or the dash and the code fills in a choice of faces. Yay!
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    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !

    You'll always be her little bouncing boy, Dargo! Don't kid yourself with these Audie Murphy fantasies!
  3. Sgt_Markoff

    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !

    We're not parting mothers and babies on the Canadian border now, are we?
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    And Your Favorite Billy Wilder Film Is...?

    Hear hear, Dargo. I wouldn't expect any woman to thrill to a film predominantly concerned with engines, engine parts, machinery, equipment, safety precautions, or precision instruments! Noooo....let's face it, they stay home laying on their backs, doing-their-nails, playing with poodles and terriers, and eating bon-bons ...while men build stuff, earn records, and conquer the world!
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    My esteem being now on record, I can now freely heap some diss on Page 4 of this thread. "Lengthy Journeys" is the theme; but... its useless to me! All of these titles far too recent of vintage. So I am resuming my reviews (of these reviews) on Page 5, 'Woody Allen'. The Wood Man! Sparkling evaluation, but I don't actually know that I've ever seen 'Annie Hall' from start to finish. Woody's battle with Joan Didion looms larger in my mind than the actual movie. Naturally I know about how Keaton's wardrobe changed fashions. What probably stands out more to me is the cameo role by Chris Walken. Hmmm--I reckon I'm probably more interested in Woody's character (in this flick) than I was in Annie's; and while what he did here was adequate its by far not as revealing as was 'Manhattan'. The latter film has many standout moments. I don't recall any exultation in 'Hall' (for me, anyway). A (minor) issue I have with discussion of 'Annie Hall' is constant harping on "oh that was a thing of its time". I never find this advantageous. There are fundamental things in any movie no matter when released. If I have my druthers, I'd wish that in each case, let's ask 'what are they? what is still relevant?' (rather than state: 'it's hard to understand what people once saw in this' etc). Just a suggestion. Moving right along to more straightforward storytelling: i have a lot of respect for Allen's 'Interiors' (himself found nowhere in it) and I'm looking forward to perusing this, the next review in page 5 of this thread! ["I'll be reviewing it later today"]
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    Disliked Movie Settings or Story Types

    --Stoopnagle Some restaurants in New York City have recently adopted a rule that if you don't finish all the food on your plate, you get a surcharge tacked on the check, at the end of the meal.
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    yes, climate change is a fact

    Yeah for accurate and astute data-driven analysis of global climate trends, I am gonna lend an ear to what numbskulls sitting in their armchairs in Kansas think about it, as they watch local forecasts on TV.
  8. Sgt_Markoff

    That's a nice car!

    Ha. And of course its not a 'nice' car either. Not nice at all. It'd be a lot of fun to ride down the street with it though. Aside: looking at it I still can't figure out why the wheels are arranged the way they are. Do they operate like gears? The grooves on the tyres acting like cogs and turning each other?
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    That's a nice car!

    $350K Landmaster
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    Will TCM ever go HD?

    Like TS Garp? Eh well, this is all over my head. I'm just a child in these matters. I just hope I dont have to buy any kind of adapter or get charged an extra monthly service fee to view the TCM website
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    Will TCM ever go HD?

    'HD'. I've often heard this acronym. What is it? I hope you don't mind me asking such a simplistic question. I hope no one takes offense.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Gotta give credit where credit is due. You're setting the mark for capable film reviewing around here. I'm glad to salute it. Goes beyond agreeing/disagreeing about the movies on the table: writing well, is a vanishing skillset in the wasteland of quick-twitch 'txts' and 'status updates'. Warms the cold chalcedony cockles of my heart to see such effort
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    Cartoon Network

    Put up a fake 'detour ahead' sign on the interstate near their offices
  14. Sgt_Markoff

    PAID (1930) Joan Crawford burns it down!~!

    ah yah! Thats another thing about Joan's movies. What other woman besides herself and Bette and Babs go through these bizarre life transformations. One day, they're a homely spinster or collecting eggs from the henhouse and thirty minutes later they are in an executive boardroom, flirting with George Brent or Brian Aherne or Don Ameche. I'm glad you raised this point. Yep, thats how their films are. Going all the way back to pre-code days. Anyway your remarks are well-taken about Joan and while I agree with my 'head' my heart still turns away from her. But its always fun and valuable to chat with a devoted fan, so thank ye. One can always learn, after all. (Hurrah for the aficionado and the connoisseur). I won't address your 'take' on Ingrid because I don't know enough about her private character in order to opine on it. I like the word 'precocious' as applied to her, that's fine with me. 'The Visit'! Haven't thought about that one in a long time. Frederich Durenmatt. Whew. Powerful flick.
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    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !


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