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  1. Neither of them, nor anyone else, won an Oscar for The China Syndrome.
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    From around the galaxy

    Here are the posts you are looking for, I believe:
  3. Scorsese has made further comments on the topic: “It’s not cinema, it’s something else. We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.” He also addressed the streaming vs purely theatrical issue, as Netflix produced his latest film The Irishman: “There’s no doubt that seeing a film with an audience is really important. There is a problem though: we have to make the film. We’ve run out of room, in a sense; there was no room for us to make this picture, for many reasons. [But] having the backing of a company that says that you will have no interference, you can make the picture as you want – the trade-off being: it streams, with theatrical distribution prior to that. I figure, that’s a chance we take, on this particular project.” Netflix has been the target of more traditional sectors of the film industry, especially exhibitors, who are committed to defending the status quo and so major chains like AMC and Regal are refusing to screen the film.
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    Films in 2019

    I hope the end of the year brings more interesting movies, because I've been watching 2019 releases for the last few days, and so far this is on track to be the worst movie year of the decade, if not longer.
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    Isn't that generally regarded as a cinema masterpiece? Now, personally I didn't care for it, but I think we've firmly established that I'm an idiot, so my appraisal doesn't mean much.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Svengali (1931) - Supernatural thriller from Warner Brothers and director Archie Mayo, based on the novel Trilby by George L. Du Maurier. John Barrymore stars as Svengali, a composer and music impresario who teaches singing in hopes of finding the right talent to mold into stardom. He discovers it in pretty young woman Trilby (Marian Marsh), and sets out to harness her abilities, which also requires him to exert his supernatural ability to hypnotize and dominate the thoughts of others. This understandably upsets Trilby's suitor Billee (Bramwell Fletcher). Also featuring Donald Crisp, Carmel Myers, Luis Alberni, Lumsden Hare, Ferike Boros, and Paul Porcasi. Barrymore, with a long pointed beard and heavy makeup, gets to glare about and look intimidating. The scenes showing his hypnosis, during which Barrymore wears white contact lenses, are effective, as is a scene with the camera swooping over highly-stylized rooftops to show his hypnotic pull over great distances. Marsh is pretty but unpolished, acting wise, but as she was just 17 at the time, it's understandable. There's a scene of her nude modeling for an art class that could only have been Pre-Code. While this film is generally categorized as horror, I wouldn't go in expecting much of the typical horror film elements. This earned two Oscar nominations, for Best Art Direction (Anton Grot) and Best Cinematography (Barney McGill). 7/10 Source: TCM.
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    Films in 2019

    Oh, and also this weekend is the US release of South Korea's Parasite, one of the best-reviewed foreign films this year, having won the Palm d'Or at Cannes. It's a darkly comic satirical drama from director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja).
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    Films in 2019

    That description may be under-selling the movie a bit. It's a historical film adaptation of several of the "Henriad" plays of Shakespeare. Timothee Chalamet stars as Henry V, with Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    So....I just finished watching a show that I had DVR'd, and switched it over to TCM to see which Godzilla movie was currently, only to discover that my TCM has now also been made inaccessible. I checked and double-checked, both SD and HD channels, and neither is now working, with a prompt appearing on screen informing me that this channel now requires a subscription. So my local Comcast provider implemented this sometime today, because I was watching TCM late last night just fine (I saw a bit of Blood on Satan's Claw). So no more TCM for me, either.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Yes, if you have a receiver box, then they can track what you are watching.
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    TCM Premieres

    It appears that Destroy All Monsters (1968) 2:45AM ET is a premiere. Tune in to watch Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minilla, and more slap each other around.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Nightmare Cinema (2018) - 5/10 Anthology horror film with 5 short tales. In the first, from director Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead), a young woman is stalked by a masked killer straight out of an 80's slasher flick until the scenario gets flipped in an unexpected direction. In the second, from director Joe Dante (Gremlins), a young woman with a facial scar from a childhood accident may get a new look from a sympathetic plastic surgeon (Richard Chamberlain). In the third, from director Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train), a priest (Maurice Benard) and a nun (Mariela Garriga) battle satanic forces in their church. In the fourth, from director David Slade (30 Days of Night), a worried mother (Elizabeth Reaser) goes to extreme lengths when she has to wait too long for a meeting. And in the fifth, from director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers), a teenage boy miraculously survives a deadly car-jacking, only to find something is amiss in the hospital where he's recuperating. There's also a brief wraparound segment with Mickey Rourke as the projectionist in the theater showing the five tales. These vary in quality, and I wasn't too crazy about any of them. Slade's B&W segment looked the best, while Brugues' is played for laughs. The last segment features the grandson of Charlie Chaplin (Orson Chaplin) as the carjacker.
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    Draft evasion

    Exactly. I'd also like to point out that a what-about-ism thread on Bernie Sanders registering as a conscientious objector somehow morphed into Immanuel Kant and the immorality of gay-wedding cakes.
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    Draft evasion

    Why are you hopeful that it will be overturned? What will you gain by it being overturned? I'm not trying to get a rise out of you, but I'm just surprised that someone that has been so vocally anti-religious is also this worked up about homosexuality. Trying to lump it in with pedophilia, which includes non-consenting minors, is particularly egregious.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    No, it was an extremely cheap and dumb movie that showed up on SyFy Channel back when they were on a kick of killer creature movies. I'm astonished that it had any kind of theatrical release. IMDb doesn't label it as a made-for-TV movie or a direct-to-video movie, yet no theatrical release dates are listed, either. It starred Yancy Butler and Patrick Bergin, both looking awful. I gave it a rare 1/10 score.
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    Draft evasion

    The study cited does not prove that sexuality is a choice. Here's another take on the same study: "The study shows that genes play a small and limited role in determining sexuality. Genetic heritability — all of the information stored in our genes and passed between generations — can only explain 8 to 25 percent of why people have same-sex relations, based on the study’s results. Moreover, the researchers found that sexuality is polygenic — meaning hundreds or even thousands of genes make tiny contributions to the trait. That pattern is similar to other heritable (but complex) characteristics like height or a proclivity toward trying new things. (Things like red/green colorblindness, freckles and dimples can be traced back to single genes). But polygenic traits can be strongly influenced by the environment, meaning there’s no clear winner in this “nature versus nurture” debate." You seem to be applying the same kind of absolutism as a number of religious fundamentalists.
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    Marsha Mason

    The Marsha Mason movies I've seen, in order of preference: Cinderella Liberty (1973) The Goodbye Girl (1977) Audrey Rose (1977) 2 Days in the Valley (1997) Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Nick of Time (1995) Chapter Two (1979) Only When I Laugh (1981) Max Dugan Returns (1983)
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Yeah, it was considered boundary-pushing and controversial when released. It's really just a trashy exploitation movie, although some of the production values were a bit higher than in many of those. And like most "shocking" movies of their eras, they seem sillier and cheesier years later. The DVD I watched of it had English, German and Italian soundtracks. Like many European movies of the era, they had the actors perform in their native tongues and just made multiple audio tracks in various languages in post, just like the spaghetti westerns.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    From their list, I've seen Hyde Park On Hudson, That's My Boy, This Means War, Alex Cross, Underworld: Awakening, Assassin's Bullet, Piranha 3DD, The Magic of Belle Isle, and Silent House. Silent House doesn't belong on the list. Neither does Hyde Park On Hudson. Most of the others were just mediocre, but not so bad as to be extraordinary. I would say the worst were Piranha, Assassin's Bullet and Alex Cross. My choices for worst of the year, out of the 240 titles that I've seen, and restricted to theatrical releases: Shark Week Awesome Killer Audition Fetish Dolls Die Laughing Monsters in the Woods True Bloodthirst Gallowwalkers The Devil Inside Alien Uprising Assassin's Bullet Piranha 3DD
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    What are the channels that you "can't stomach"? Just curious, but if it's an issue, don't feel compelled to respond. I sympathize with everyone out there in TV land who had their TCM move to a higher tier/different package. I didn't have that issue, as TCM has always been on a higher tier with my Comcast (previously Time-Warner) cable. I have always paid extra for TCM, and most if not all of the additional channels in that package are not anything that I watch, being mostly sports channels (Golf channel, some racing channels, a couple of outdoors/hunting/fishing channels, etc.). I've considered dropping that tier, or even cable altogether, but I haven't yet. There are no viable competitors here, either. Even the dish TV providers are a no go due to the topography.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Marrowbone (2017) - 6/10 Old-fashioned mystery/horror about a British mother and her four children who travel to her family's dilapidated ancestral estate in order to escape the children's father, a brutish monster convicted of multiple murders and robberies, but who escaped incarceration. Not long after arriving, the mother falls ill and dies, leaving the children alone, and under the supervision of eldest brother Jack (George MacKay). While they try to keep up the pretense that their mother is still alive, Jack finds romance with sweet librarian Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy, from The Witch). However, things take a dark turn when a sinister force seems to be haunting the children's home. Featuring Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg, and Kyle Soller. This is decent enough, though ultimately unmemorable. It also falls prey to that tiresome modern horror shtick of pitching the dialogue at very low volume so as to startle the viewer with excessively loud soundtrack jolts.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Does that mean you're leaving the message board, too? Say it ain't so.
  23. That was scheduled to be done in my area about 15 years ago, but then at the last minute the two power companies that serve my town canceled it. If there's one state it makes sense, it's here in Florida with the lines going down during every other storm. But they decided that it would be too expensive, and they'd have to "pass along" the cost to consumers meaning higher bills, which customers polled said they didn't want. Plus they said it would jeopardize the jobs of thousands of linemen around the state.
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    Marie Antoinette

    I've seen them both, and I remember virtually nothing from either one.
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    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    Ejecta (2014) - 3/10 Dreadful sci-fi thriller about a man (Julien Richings) who gets kidnapped by military types who think that he has some knowledge about a possible impending alien invasion. The film jumps back and forth between his interrogation, which is shot in the traditional manner, and flashbacks shown in a documentary style. It seems like two half-finished bad movies stitched together into one terrible whole. Avoid.

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