Sgt_Markoff

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    Blast of Silence (1961)

    Nicely summarized. I hadn't remembered that the director was also the lead actor in this movie. Thanks for that!
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    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    'Panic in the Streets' -- one of the sweatiest movies ever made eh?
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    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    Swithin, no offense intended but those stills you posted look more like Calvin Klein ads. Look at those babyfaces! Look at those tender complexions! What little cherubs! This is the kind of thing I think of for 'low life' characters...
  4. --JJG 'Oh, bother' sighed Pooh Without taking any 'side' in the changing of a specific name, it should be clear to all that our civic environment is always a quality-of-life issue whatever the specific controversy may be.
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    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    'Advise and Consent' has several underhanded characters of dubious stature Burgess Meredith --always solid--turns in a fine little part playing a mentally unbalanced witness
  6. aeons ago, LawrenceA hissed It's a quality-of-life issue; such intangibles often do not fit such narrow, abstemious, confines...
  7. I would ask them: what has his politics got to do with it? He's a legendary American actor; for this reason alone the airport should be honored to bear his name. Its outrageous. Why don't these whining, cringing curs have anything better to do with their time than go around fussily rearranging stuff like this?
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    The situation is nigh well the same when it comes to books. Peer-compliance, wanting-to-be-hip, herd-behavior --combined with an industry where popular books are often united with highly-promoted cable tv series and movie franchises --all this is making for myopic readers who are highly attuned to things like 'Game of Thrones', 'Hunger Games', 'Divergent', 'Harry Potter', 'Fifty Shades of Gray' and 'Twilight'. Almost entirely fantasy and nothing else. You have to remind them that this detritus is barely even a knock-off from richer fare; ya gotta be able to tell them what the literary precedents were, where these authors copied from, in order to evoke any interest.
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    Hollywood's conservativism

    Two excellent, informative, and unusual articles by none other than the Mises Institute in Vienna (one of the foremost economic think-tanks in the world). https://mises.org/library/how-antitrust-ruined-movies https://mises.org/library/hollywood-and-state-longtime-partnership This is not to say that the economic thought of Ludwig von Mises is correct or that I myself adhere to it (I do not). But the institute is a source for reliable analysis. This can be agreed upon, even if one feels their conclusions always-too-strongly favor free-market theories in public policy-planning. Either way, you'll nonetheless find these two briefs enjoyable reading. A three-fer: https://tinyurl.com/yapghsm5
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    Hollywood's conservativism

    Disquiet on sets, as Hollywood tries to reduce costs with digital content rather than pay live actors. An ugly trend. This article from AdAge. https://tinyurl.com/yxvn9eum
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    M A G A >> WINNING!

    --JakeHolman I wouldn't quite put it that way, myself. A better candidate for 'father of conservative thought' would be Thomas Hobbes. But conservatism in practice goes back not just to dictators like Julius Caesar or the Thirty Tyrants (among many others) of Greece; political conservatism goes back to the Assyrians and other cultures of the Middle East's 'fertile crescent'; the priest-kings, the castes, the age of ziggurats. Any instance where state religion was united with rule of law and operation of government. The most despicable societies ever produced, were (and are) conservative.
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Intrepid Briton, Colonel Percy Fawcett, leader of the infamous 'Fawcett Expedition' which set off in 1925 to find a lost civilization in the South American jungle. The foolhardy explorers vanished without a trace; and resulted in probably the most sensational and talked-about world news story of the 1920s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Fawcett I personally think the influence and impact of this story is larger than we realize today. It's probably at the root of many adventure tropes of the century all the way up through Indiana Jones. The yarn doesn't end there. In 1932 a follow-up expedition embarked from the UK to ascertain what fate had befallen the ill-starred Fawcett mission. They tried to trace the exact route. The account of this spectacularly unsuccessful rescue attempt was narrated by journalist Peter Fleming, older brother of Ian Fleming; and is in itself a sprawling adventure saga. The party broke into two squabbling groups, and they raced each other back to the coast in order to be the first to appoint the blame to the other for the trip's failure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Fleming_(writer)
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    Eh. Gotta demur slightly from that POV. There's no fake means of engineering class into a person, nor courage, nor heart. Just as you can't shape the bones in someone's face or give them musical talent if they haven't got any. What 'engineering' from the big studios did Chaplin or Keaton or Dietrich ever benefit by? Mickey Rooney was in vaudeville as a toddler, did a plastic surgeon have any hand in that? How?
  14. Gee this is such a darn shame. The GOP just lost a potential party leader. Real vote-getter for them, this guy would have been. Maybe they can still work out a deal, who knows.
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    --Mrs. Tiki-Soo Me, I came to this honest and heartfelt conclusion before I was halfway through my teens. So, if what you're saying is that its an "age-related thing", like ..."you young whippersnappers don't know what it means to trudge nine miles to grade school every morning dragging farm equipment up a cliff in the middle of a snowstorm with a butt full of porcupine quills!" --I disagree. Its not necessarily anything to do the habit of people to valorize the past. It may sound surly and grumpy and dismissive but it can also be a matter of conviction and perspicacity and taste.
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    And if these fools are action/adventure fans, remind them that only in classic movies can you see live-filmed (and very dangerous) actual stunts performed by professional stuntmen (and very often stars themselves). Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, raced cars in their personal lives and incorporated that into their roles at times. The James Bond films made a point of doing car and boat chases 'for real'. Yves Montand and James Garner drove Formula One cars in the movie 'Grand Prix' with no insurance. And then, horse stunts too. Many a classic actor could sit a horse well. Ben Johnson, former rodeo champ. Fighting: Bruce Lee. Basil Rathbone and Christopher Lee, accomplished fencers. Dancing and singing.,,,musicians...sailors...Burt Lancaster, circus background. These stars were talented people all around, they were world-beaters, in addition to being able to deliver a line and look great doing so.
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    Another gambit one can offer (I've used it myself) is to play on hormones. Remind kids in their 20s that the men and women of the classic studio era were the most glamorous and gorgeous ever photographed. They outshine today's cheap trash eight ways from Sunday. Who does not know --even dimly--what the name 'Cary Grant' stands for? Class and style and charisma. At the very least, besides talent too. Its just one example of a real man, not a boy movie star. If your friends are female, tell them how much they're missing out on. Tell them they don't know how a real gentleman behaves or what suave really looks like, unless they see a few of his films. If your friends are male, same thing. Tell them that they don't know from nuthin' about women unless they at least know one Marilyn Monroe film. Or one Rita Hayworth. Or Ava Gardner. Audrey Hepburn. Sophia Loren. Jackie Bissett. The hottest women of the century. Not pathetic, floundering floozies like J-Lo and Li-Lo and all these other sad sacks, these walking disasters. Bottom line: anyone with a libido should know what classic beauty is.
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    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    Barry Fitzgerald plays a scurvy ship's cook in the 1941 version of 'The Sea Wolf'. What a scallywag!
  19. TB sez: Maybe I'm misreading this sentence. In all the parlance I've ever heard, a 'whelp' it is what you call any members of the offspring in the litter itself. A whelp is a young pup. I suppose it could be used as a verb though. That's clever, if so. Then, substituting 'Wellllp' instead of 'Well...' when making any remark? This is more like just a gentle "poking-of-fun" at the way rural folks enunciate their words.
  20. It feels like a medieval market town these days, doesn't it? Seems like anyone can come wandering in from the countryside, spread some rumor or calumny, and all of a sudden we got pitchforks and torches being passed out to the menfolk. But anyway it is a thought-provoking article you posted--I'm glad you alerted us to it--after all, its better to know about these studies and have a chance to read up on them, before some college kid slaps it in ya face like a wet fish. Here's another handy example of frivolous science https://tinyurl.com/ycfykob8
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    America's little-known 'Beaver Wars' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_Wars This isn't a post where I'm taking a stance favorable to colonialism here. Just airing little-known factoids about the 1600s in North America, where the Native American tribes of our eastern seaboard had their hands full with vicious internecine "tribe vs tribe" conquests, even before the unhappy event of European settlement and ensuing misery of colonization. The Iroquois Empire, are generally agreed to have been a ferociously aggressive force during this period; pursuing an 'expansionist' political and commercial policy; and routinely in the habit of exterminating or enslaving enemy tribes. I'm not an expert on this topic by any means, so feel free to add your own corrections to what I've just offered. You won't be hurting my feelings!
  22. Treat all 'sensational studies' like this with caution and reserve. Always ask, "what is it proving?", "who has a stake in the results?", and that's even before you consider, "What methodology did they choose?". Or, "What bias do they incorporate into the design of their study?" A colossal amount of statistical studies are poorly-designed but nonetheless still reach the public ear.
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    That's a fair question, Jimbo. I know it probably sounds really 'arbitrary' and 'subjective' on my part, to even hold such an attitude. But in my defense I don't 'draw a line' for this discrimination based on my own personal taste. Instead, I believe that certain changes in the industry itself, demarcate where 'classics' end and 'contemporary' begins. There's obviously been big changes in the business Hollywood model, the ownership model, and the funding streams, for example. What kind of movies and how many movies were offered then, vs kind/amount being offered now. I look at changes in filmmaking technology; changes in the audience; and also subtle changes in the professional development, training, experience, and overall matriculation of the crews and performers. Ultimately, it's not a 'precise' line-in-the-sand; and even with the above criteria stated, it may still be something which must be left up to each movie-buff to determine for themselves. I know for myself--based on the above--'generally' where disinterest sets in for me, but that's just me.
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    The 'Blizzard of 1888', as viewed from somewhere in Brooklyn. What I don't grasp is why there are so many telephone wires, if Alexander Graham Bell only received a patent for his telephone in 1876? This city street resembles current-day Latin American slum. And by the way, how uncanny is it that someone named 'Bell' invented the telephone in the first place? It was not the only invention he had a hand in. The metal detector is another. With regard to the telephone, he 'considered it an intrusion on his real work and refused to have one in his study'.
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    "Fragments", TCM Sunday, September 9th

    I too, very much enjoy the Frank Capra / Ronald Coleman 'Lost Horizon'. Its quite a smashing romp!

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