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    Six posts in a row? All about TCM "never" changing their film selections, despite the fact that there's a frequently updated thread called "TCM Premieres" listing movies that have never been shown on the channel before, a thread that gets posted in at least once a week. If you want to see Hot Spell, go to YouTube. It's there right now.
  2. Happy Birthday to Me

    Happy early birthday, Nipkow, and congratulations on your new portable DVD thingamajig.
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    Hangman (2017) - Cliched serial killer thriller from Lionsgate, Millennium, and Saban Films, and director Johnny Martin. Homicide detective Ruiney (Karl Urban) is ordered to escort writer Christi (Brittany Snow) through his latest case so that she can write a book on it. It just so happens that the next case to land on his desk turns out to be a victim of a serial killer nicknamed the Hangman, since he both leaves his victims hanging, and leaves a hangman word puzzle near each crime scene. To solve this case, Ruiney has to enlist the aid of his retired ex-partner Archer (Al Pacino) who may end up having a personal connection to the culprit. Also featuring Joe Anderson, Sarah Shahi, Chelle Ramos, and Steve Coulter. This barely-released police thriller made some headlines last year when it received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That score has gone up to 6% (out of 100), but the movie really isn't that awful. It's not good, either, but I've seen worse. The faults here lie mainly with the tired serial killer plot tropes, and some abysmal editing during the film's finale that makes things a little confused and laughable. Brittany Snow does a decent job as the reporter with literal scars from the past, while Karl Urban looks puffy and constipated. I watched this for Pacino, whose choice in films has been really awful for the past decade or more, with a few exceptions. This one seems like another check-casher, and he puts forth just enough effort to skate by. (5/10) Source: Lionsgate Blu-ray.
  4. I'm not sure what The Pack Panother is about, but I'm curious what a panother is, and what it's packing, And I'm being totally honoist. Why do you have no desire to see it, by the way? I mean, it's important enough to you to start a thread about it.
  5. Stephen Hawking Dead At 76...

    So you think something that's already been accomplished is laughable?
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    Anna May Wong in King of Chinatown
  7. I Just Watched...

    Always in My Heart (1942) - Saccharine musical drama from Warner Brothers and director Jo Graham. Mackenzie Scott (Walter Huston) has just been paroled from prison after serving many years for a crime he didn't commit. He learns that his ex-wife Marjorie (Kay Francis) has told their children that their father is dead, so Mackenzie continues the ruse, even while making contact with his musically gifted daughter Victoria (Gloria Warren). Also featuring Una O'Connor, Sidney Blackmer, Patti Hale, Frankie Thomas, Armida, Frank Puglia, Anthony Caruso, John Hamilton, Lon McCallister, and Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals. Huston's character is supposed to be a gifted composer who has written a new song named "Always in My Heart", and it gets performed in one form or another many times. It even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song. Gloria Warren, who gets an "Introducing" credit, was Warner Brothers attempt at making a Deanna Durbin-style wholesome singing star. She appeared in another 4 or 5 movies and retired from the screen. She's not terrible, but she doesn't make much of an impression. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of this movie are the Harmonica Rascals, a group of oddball characters who all play harmonicas, naturally, and add comic relief. (6/10) Source: TCM.
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    Maybe in bits of the content, but certainly not in the style, which is what differentiates a David Lynch movie for me. The camerawork and soundscapes he uses are an unnerving and essential part of his formula, while Joseph Losey showed no flair for either in Secret Ceremony.

    You really gotta learn to quote the posts you're responding to, because that one was out of left field.
  10. Stephen Hawking Dead At 76...

    Yeah, man...have you ever noticed how the structure of an atom, with electrons orbiting a nucleus, looks like a solar system, with planets orbiting a star? So, like, imagine if maybe our solar system is, like, an atom in some giant structure in a larger universe? Like, what if we're all just part of one atom of a giant turnip, or a table, or a toenail? Or what if, due to the relativity of time, our universe is all just a nuclear explosion taking place in a larger universe, starting with the big bang, and all of our existence has been in the relative blink of an eye at the macro scale? And if that's the case, man, then what if when we trigger nuclear explosions, we're creating tiny universes ourselves? Woah, dude. Pass that joint, my brain just exploded.
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    Secret Ceremony (1968) - Embarrassingly awful psycho-drama from Universal Pictures and director Joseph Losey. Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor) has been walking about in a haze of grief ever since her 10 year-old daughter drowned five years ago. On the way to visit the child's grave, a strange young woman named Cenci (Mia Farrow) begins following Leonora, eventually explaining that Leonora looks like Cenci's recently deceased mother. Leonora sees a certain resemblance to the woman that her daughter might have grown up to look like in Cenci, and realizing that Cenci has more than a few screws loose, the older woman decides to move into Cenci's opulent home to look after her. The two spend time in a giant bed and a giant bath tub, but Cenci's bizarre behavior continues to get worse, a situation that is exacerbated by the arrival of Cenci's lascivious stepfather Albert (Robert Mitchum). Also featuring Peggy Ashcroft and Pamela Brown. How a movie this bizarre, one that struggles so much to be outrageous and push the new freedoms in cinema, can still end up being so boring and dull, is a real testament to director Losey. For me, the movie starts out with two strikes against it thanks to Taylor and Farrow, two of my least favorite actresses. Taylor generally just bores me with her overwrought histrionics and eyebrows by Sharpie, but Farrow really irritates me, especially during the wide-eyed, fragile waif period of her career, which is in full effect here. I watched this for Mitchum, but even he's pretty terrible, with a shoddy accent that only accentuates the lurid absurdity of his "shocking" discussions of incest or measuring the sexual arousal of hamsters as they watch Jean Harlow movies (No, that's really part of the dialogue!). TCM timed the showing right, playing it as a TCM Underground entry, and I can see this having a fervent, if misguided, cult following thanks to the general silliness of it all. But for me it was just a boring slog of "Ooo, look how naughty we're being!" dialogue and ham-fisted psycho-babble encased in a poorly-acted waste of time. (3/10) Source: TCM.
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    Le Corbeau aka The Raven (1943) - French mystery drama from Continental Films and director Henri-Georges Clouzot. In a small French town, Dr. Germain (Pierre Fresnay) receives a letter accusing him of moral crimes. It's signed "the Raven", leaving the sender's identity a mystery. Soon Dr. Germain learns that others in the town are receiving letters from the Raven, accusing various townsfolk of infidelity, theft, and other wrong-doings. As paranoia and hysteria start to mount, Dr. Germain tries to find the true identity of the Raven. Also featuring Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Helena Manson, Liliane Maigne, Pierre Larquey, Noel Roquevert, and Jean Brochard. Clouzot's movie, made for the German-controlled Continental Films during the Occupation, ended up being condemned not only by the Nazi censors, but the Free French Resistance as well, with both groups finding fault with the morally nebulous tale of a town ripped apart by revealed secrets and scandals. The performances are excellent, particularly from Fresnay as the embattled doctor, and Ginette Leclerc as his lonely, crippled neighbor. As far as the mystery, the script does a good job of making multiple people appear to be the "obvious" suspect, so that the true culprit isn't known until the movie's final moments. Recommended. (8/10) Source: FilmStruck.
  13. I recall Madigan as being an acceptable although not extraordinary police drama. I've seen Inger Stevens in a lot of things, like The Buccaneer, Firecreek, Hang 'Em High, and Five Card Stud. But I think the role I remember her most from is "The Hitch-Hiker" episode of The Twilight Zone.

    You mean the fiction book The Da Vinci Code wasn't telling the truth? What clued you in, the "fiction" part?
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