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  1. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    1996 Pusher, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark Microcosmos, Claude Nuridsany & Marie Perennou, France/Switzerland Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan Ponette, Jacques Doillon, France Killer Con_dom, Martin Walz, Germany Beyond Hypothermia, Patrick Leung, Hong Kong/South Korea I've also seen: The Stendhal Syndrome, Dario Argento, Italy Rebirth of Mothra, Okihiro Yoneda, Japan 1001 Movies You Must See Gabbeh, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran Three Lives and Only One Death, Raoul Ruiz, France/Portugal
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    I Just Watched...

    The Untouchables - Season Two (1960-1961) Sophomore season of the 30's-set crime drama, running 32 hour-long episodes. Robert Stack returns as Eliot Ness, G-man crimefighter extraordinaire. He's joined by the previous season's team (Abel Fernandez, Nicholas Georgiade, and Steve London), as well as newcomer agent Lee Hobson (Paul Picerni). They fight all facets of the underworld, from dope peddlers to extortionists, to human traffickers and bootleggers. They also roam around the country, from their usual base in Chicago to New York and even Canada. Since the episodes aren't shown in chronological order, various crime figures from the previous season that were killed off return once again in earlier-set escapades, such as Frank Nitti (Bruce Gordon) and Dutch Schultz (Lawrence Dobkin and Robert J. Wilke). Notable guest stars this season included Elizabeth Montgomery (who was nominated for an Emmy for her season-opening appearance), Steven Hill (as Legs Diamond), Oscar Beregi, Luther Adler, Michael Ansara, Nehemiah Persoff, Will Kuluva, Eduardo Ciannelli, Henry Silva, Frank Silvera, John McEntire, Steve Cochran, Jan Sterling, June Havoc, Richard Jaeckel, Jack Warden, Francis Lederer, Joseph Wiseman, Murray Hamilton, Gavin MacLeod, Rip Torn, Richard Conte, Harry Dean Stanton, Keenan Wynn, Susan Oliver, James Coburn, Brian Keith, Telly Savalas, Sam Jaffe, Michael Constantine, Harry Guardino, Ed Nelson, Larry Parks, Jack Elam, John Marley, John Dehner, Ricardo Montalban, Barry Morse, Victor Buono, Viveca Lindfors, Constance Ford, and Lee Marvin. Two of the best guest turns were courtesy of Joan Blondell as an eccentric old dame who fugitive Richard Devon uses to make a getaway, only to discover that Joan is more dangerous than the cops; and an early-career appearance by George Kennedy as a deaf-mute goon who manhandles Ness on a few occasions. The show has the same exceptional production values as the first season, although there's still the anachronistic hairstyles. There is a lot of action, even too much in a few episodes, but I liked the exaggerated gunshot sound effects. The violence level is still high, as well, although it seems a little less shocking than the first season. The show reached #8 overall in the ratings, the height of its popularity. Source: Paramount/CBS DVD
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    Hotties From Early TV

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    Hottest Teen Idols

    When I was in school, the biggest teen idols were Francis X. Bushman and Gladys Cooper.
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    Favorite Performers By Decade

    If we're listing multiples for each decade, then I'll add other choices. Here are the guys: 1920's - Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Conrad Veidt, Emil Jannings 1930's - Edward G. Robinson, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Paul Muni 1940's - Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains 1950's - Robert Mitchum, Toshiro Mifune, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, William Holden 1960's - Peter O'Toole, Peter Sellers, Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen 1970's - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Lee 1980's - Harrison Ford, Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson 1990's - Ralph Fiennes, Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton 2000's - Christian Bale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe 2010's - Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling Now the additional gals: 1920's - Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Renee Jeanne Falconetti 1930's - Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Joan Blondell 1940's - Gene Tierney, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Jean Arthur, Barbara Stanwyck 1950's - Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Thelma Ritter, Setsuko Hara, Giulietta Masina 1960's - Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Steele, Deborah Kerr 1970's - Jane Fonda, Glenda Jackson, Liv Ullmann, Faye Dunaway, Madeline Kahn 1980's - Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Lange, Kathleen Turner, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close 1990's - Judy Davis, Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Salma Hayek 2000's - Laura Linney, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Samantha Morton, Scarlett Johansson 2010's - Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Jessica Chastain, Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie
  6. What actors and actresses are your favorites by decade? They should be judged by their output decade by decade specifically. Meaning, when considering the 1930's, Cary Grant should only be considered for the films that he made from the 1930's, and not from subsequent decades. If you feel someone is your favorite for more than one decade, then list them for each decade. Also, it's fine if you wish to skip some decades that you are less familiar with. I'm sure we've all done this before a hundred times, but I'm bored, and there's not much happening. 1920's = Lon Chaney & Lillian Gish 1930's = James Cagney & Myrna Loy 1940's = Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman 1950's = Marlon Brando & Deborah Kerr 1960's = Sean Connery & Jane Fonda 1970's = Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton 1980's = Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep 1990's = Gary Oldman & Emma Thompson 2000's = Daniel Day-Lewis & Cate Blanchett 2010's = Joaquin Phoenix & Amy Adams
  7. The GOP is unlikely to work on any of those things, but we'll see. I can tell you that my district's GOP Representative was featured on the front page of the local paper this morning with a story about how his priority now is to investigate the DOJ and the FBI so as to root out all of the corruption responsible for "giving President Trump such a hard time." And that includes Obama and Hillary.
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    BarberShop (2002) Beauty Shop (2005) Coming to America (1988) Smart Money (1931)
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    Just in case anyone missed this nugget of "wisdom" in the midst of all that effluvia.
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    How could I forget:
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    I wasn't trying to be funny, Cid. I was seriously asking those questions. But I suppose your response is answer enough, and more than I'll get from anyone else.
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    Hotties From Early TV

    Elizabeth Montgomery Mary Tyler Moore Irish McCalla Yvonne Craig Julie Newmar
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    I'm curious as to whether any of our resident Trump supporters feel that way. If so, will that change their support of Trump, and if not, why? Is it a question of the ends justifying the means, partisan loyalty, both, or neither?
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    I know it's popular to dislike the work of John Williams now, but I still find many of his themes to be iconic. Star Wars Superman Raiders of the Lost Ark I'm also partial to the work of Ennio Morricone A Fistful of Dollars Once Upon a Time in the West The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Thing (1982) The Untouchables (1987) Other random films: Halloween (1978) - John Carpenter Conan the Barbarian (1981) - Basil Poledouris Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Maurice Jarre The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Elmer Bernstein Taxi Driver (1976) - Bernard Hermann Psycho (1960) - Bernard Hermann The Godfather (1972) - Nino Rota
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    The Twilight Zone Star Trek Game of Thrones The Addams Family Peter Gunn Miami Vice It's Garry Shandling's Show Batman
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    Staying here?

    Yes, TCM has always been part of a higher tier package (Time-Warner, then Comcast/Xfinity) in my area.
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    TCM FILM FEST 2019

    It was a joke...the guy in the middle is Ben Mankiewicz, who I'm fairly certain is not Kingrat.
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    Favorite Performers By Decade

    For me, it was toughest settling on the 50's, 60's, and 70's actresses. I was also surprised at how tough it was settling on either for the 1990's, a decade that I know the films of quite thoroughly.
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    Favorite Performers By Decade

    I like that you mention Pam Grier, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson. I like all 3 quite a bit. Denzel Washington would be in my top 3 or 4 faves from the 90's, too.
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    Which Peter Ustinov Films Do You Like?

    Spartacus is my favorite movie that he appeared in, and he was very good in it.
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    The Boys in the Band play

    Boys in the Band Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Tuc Watkins and the entire Broadway cast of last year’s classic gay drama “The Boys in the Band” revival will reunite for the Joe Mantello-directed Netflix film adaptation of Mart Crowley’s famed play. Ryan Murphy will produce the project which will premiere in 2020.
  22. The Big Sick (2017) - Autobiographical rom-com from Amazon Studios and director Michael Showalter. Kumail Nanjiani stars as Kumail, a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian struggling for success in Chicago. He meets and falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), who he meets at one of his stand-up gigs, but there's a problem: his traditionalist parents want him to submit to an arranged marriage to a Muslim Pakistani girl. His efforts to keep his relationship with a white American girl a secret from his parents eventually leads to discord with Emily, who is unaware of Kumail's dilemma. When Emily suddenly falls deathly ill and into a coma, Kumail must also deal with her parents, Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano). These trying times force Kumail to reevaluate his life and make bold decisions about his future. Also featuring Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler, Vella Lovell, and David Alan Grier. I know Nanjiani from some TV series that he's been in, as well as seeing his stand-up a few times on talk shows. While I've always liked him, I didn't expect to see him in such a well-balanced, authentic, romantic film. He co-wrote it with the real-life Emily (Emily V. Gordon), and their story is fresh, funny, and compelling. Holly Hunter has garnered a lot of praise for her role as Emily's brash mother, and she's good, if a bit showy. Romano is excellently low-key, and I was impressed by Shroff as Kumail's matchmaker mother. This was executive produced by Judd Apatow, and it has that same disregard for cinematic flourishes that all of his movies do. Most modern rom-coms are so formulaic that it's become a running joke how predictable they are. While this movie doesn't re-invent the wheel, it's a very well done look at an unconventional couple. Recommended. (8/10) Source: Lionsgate Blu-Ray.
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    I Just Watched...

    I'll be watching a lot of that stuff as I move through the 60's. I have the rest of Secret Agent and The Prisoner, plus The Saint, available through Amazon Prime. I have the Emma Peel seasons of The Avengers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible on DVD to watch. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the earlier seasons of The Avengers, and I know that most of the first season episodes are lost.

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