LawrenceA

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  1. LawrenceA

    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    That was Lives of a Bengal Lancer, I believe.
  2. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By aka The Paris Express (1952) - Technicolor Euro-noir, from Eros Films and director Harold French. Meek Dutch bookkeeper Kees Popinga (Claude Rains) has his quiet life thrown into turmoil when he learns that the company boss has secretly been embezzling from the firm in order to pay for his French mistress, Michele (Marta Toren), who lives in Paris. Popinga takes off with a suitcase containing the last of the company's money and journeys to Paris himself, where he confronts Michele, who quickly begins plotting how to take the money and ditch the old man. But Popinga has just begun his descent into the underworld, and it's best not to underestimate the lengths he's now willing to go. Also featuring Marius Goring, Herbert Lom, Ferdy Mayne, Felix Aylmer, and Anouk Aimee. This is a strange little movie, with definite noir underpinnings, but shot in vibrant Technicolor. Rains is very good as the repressed Popinga, and he seems to relish his later physical scenes. My main issue with the film is that Popinga's psychology isn't clearly established, and one wonders why he so quickly abandons his seemingly loving wife and two young children, and that's before he gets caught up with the devious Michele. Still, the movie kept me engaged, and I liked seeing Rains in one of his last starring roles. He spent the next four years working intermittently in television before making another movie in 1956. (7/10) Source: TCM.
  3. LawrenceA

    The Trump and Putin Show

    Just as I pointed out in the "Whoppers" thread, the Russian talking points are the same ones heard on right-wing radio and TV for a decade or more. They don't have to blackmail Trump or the Republicans because they're already on the same page.
  4. LawrenceA

    Need variety in movies

    This section of the message board is related to the annual TCM Film Festival held in Los Angeles, and not for the TV channel programming. If you want to talk about the TV channel, go to the General Discussions section fourth down from the top of the forum index.
  5. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I'll propose something...that Putin doesn't have to have anything on Trump for him to play into his hands. If you read the posts of the right-wingers around here, many sourced from what are considered mainstream right-wing sites and pundits, the types of policies that seem so pro-Russia (anti-NATO, anti-trade, anti-EU) are all things that these same sources are advocating, and have been for many years. While we see it as pro-Russia, they see it as anti-globalist. While we see it as anti-trade, they see it as fair trade. While we see it as anti-EU, they see it as anti-open borders and standing up for "Western culturalism". So I don't think it's even necessary for Putin to have anything on Trump, or to be blackmailing Trump, for Trump and his coterie of far-right policy makers to play right into his and the other oligarchs' hands simply by trying to implement the types of policies that have been advocated on right-wing radio, right-wing websites, and Fox News for the past 2 decades or more.
  6. LawrenceA

    2018 Elections

    Both parties are being increasingly dominated by their fringe elements, since they make the most noise, and "play better" on the 24 hour news cycle and on the short-attention-span social media platforms. The quiet reasoned approach, whether from the left or the right, is being drowned out and steamrolled. Whether you view this as a good or a bad thing depends on your own personal positions.
  7. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Lone Star (1952) - Passable western from MGM and director Vincent Sherman. Set in 1845, the independent Republic of Texas is caught in turmoil over whether to accept annexation into the United States, or to stay independent and sign a mutual protection treaty with Mexico. Former US president Andrew Jackson (Lionel Barrymore) sends trusted envoy Devereaux Burke (Clark Gable) to Texas to try and sway the legislature to side with annexation, which sets Burke at odds with independence advocate Thomas Craden (Broderick Crawford). Burke and Craden also find themselves both after the affections of newspaper publisher Martha Ronda (Ava Gardner). Also featuring Beulah Bondi, Ed Begley, James Burke, William Farnum, William Conrad, Moroni Olsen, Russell Simpson, and George Hamilton in his debut. The action gets bogged down in too much political talk, but this movie isn't without its merits. The big action finale is well-mounted, with an interesting variation on the battering ram that I don't think I've seen before. Gable and Gardner have screen chemistry, and Crawford gets a more complicated character than usual. I liked William Conrad's small role as a Cajun. Barrymore, reprising his turn as Andrew Jackson from 1936's The Gorgeous Hussy, has only a brief appearance, and he looks in ill health. This would prove to be his last character role. He appeared in one more movie, 1953's Main Street to Broadway, playing himself, before passing away in 1954 at age 76. (6/10) Source: TCM.
  8. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Limelight (1952) - Sentimental showbiz drama from United Artists and writer-producer-director Charles Chaplin. He stars as Calvero, an alcoholic, washed-up music hall comedian who saves a rooming house neighbor from committing suicide. The neighbor, young ballet dancer Thereza (Claire Bloom), stays with Calvero while she recuperates, and the old comic starts to improve himself as he sets out to get Thereza the chance to prove herself as a world-class dancer. Also featuring Sydney Chaplin, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Norman Lloyd, Marjorie Bennett, and Snub Pollard. Chaplin's last starring role came in this bittersweet drama, a massive hit everywhere else in the world, but barely released in the U.S. due to Chaplin being labeled a "dangerous leftist". I had the same opinion of this that I did with many of his silent movies: it's technically proficient, but the sentimentality is a bit too thick, and it often seems blatantly phony, and not earned by what has been shown on screen. I've grown to like many of Chaplin's films on repeat viewings, and even love a couple of them, but I've always preferred the work of Buster Keaton. It was nice seeing the two on screen together, but it wasn't for long enough. The movie eventually received an Oscar-qualifying premiere in L.A. twenty years later, and thus bizarrely won the 1972 Oscar for Best Score (Charles Chaplin, Ray Rasch, and Larry Russell). (7/10) Source: TCM.
  9. Why don't you just post "Abortion and Gay Marriage Bad!" and save us all the time it takes trying to decipher that word salad you just vomited up.
  10. LawrenceA

    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    What about Fire Maidens from Outer Space, the K. Gordon Murray Mexican horror films, or the BFI uncut Horror of Dracula? See, at least one person is listening to your pleas!
  11. LawrenceA

    Caligula (1979)

    Caligula was an awful movie. Remove all the "naughty bits" and it becomes a boring awful movie. "probably a great film"...gimme a break.
  12. That was my first thought, too, but I wasn't sure. I found this on YouTube.
  13. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I can honestly say that it never confused me. And all I know is what I learned in school, or read or watched on my own (in other words, I've never traveled there). Perhaps, having a penchant for geography and world history, I just held on to the knowledge more readily. I also have framed maps of various countries and continents throughout my home, including one of Britain and Ireland, so that helped, too.
  14. I hope the irony of these two sentences being in the same post isn't lost on anyone.
  15. These are frustrating...I'm pretty sure that I've seen both this kidnapping movie, and the one you describe about the guy getting dumped out of a conveyor-bucket on the beach, but I can't recall the name of either movie, or any other details.

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