LawrenceA

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  1. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Apache Woman (1955) - 4/10 Woeful western from director Roger Corman features Lloyd Bridges as a government agent investigating reports of Apache attacks near a small town. Lloyd falls for title dame Joan Taylor, a half-breed whose brother (Lance Fuller) is secretly behind the attacks. Also featuring Morgan Jones, Paul Birch, Jonathan Haze, Chester Conklin, X Brands, and Dick Miller in his movie debut. Corman, directing for only the second time, manages to bring out the worst in his performers, some of whom have done good work before and since. Dull and amateurish, this was the first feature released by AIP, then known as American Releasing Corporation.
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    I Just Watched...

    Witness to Murder (1954) - 7/10 Thriller with Barbara Stanwyck as a woman who witnesses George Sanders murder a woman across the street from her apartment. She promptly reports it to the police, but they find no evidence, so Sanders walks. Then it becomes a game of cat and mouse as Stanwyck tries to prove what she saw and Sanders tries to shut her up. Also featuring Gary Merrill, Jesse White, Claude Akins, and Juanita Moore. A solid nail-biter, well-shot by John Alton and directed by Roy Rowland.
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    Bruno Ganz dies at 77

    He's set to make an appearance in Terrence Malick's next film, Radegund, which also features Michael Nyqvist, who died in 2017. Being a Malick film, though, means there's a chance their performances will be edited out before release.
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    I Just Watched...

    Yma Sumac is also in Omar Khayyam (1957), with Cornel Wilde, Michael Rennie, Raymond Massey, and John Derek. Here she is on the right, with Debra Paget:
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    May 2019 Schedule is up

    Paul Newman is Star of the Month. Here are the weekly links: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2019-05-01 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2019-05-08 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2019-05-15 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2019-05-22 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2019-05-29
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    I Just Watched...

    Satan's School for Girls (1973) - 5/10 One of the all-time great TV-movie titles unfortunately delivers a mediocre film. Pamela Franklin stars as a woman whose sister commits suicide after attending an exclusive all-girls school. Franklin assumes a false identity and enrolls at the school herself to try and find out why, leading to some infernal discoveries. Featuring Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd as fellow students, Jo Van Fleet as the oddball headmistress, Roy Thinnes and Lloyd Bochner as teachers, Bing Russell, Bill Quinn, and Frank Marth. There are a few fleeting moments of suspense and mystery, but not enough, and the overly-dark cinematography makes the dull stretches seem even longer. The film's revelations don't come as much of a surprise, either.
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    I Just Watched...

    Secret of the Incas (1954) - 7/10 Adventure set in Peru with Charlton Heston as a cynical tour guide and mercenary who travels to Machu Picchu with foreign gal Nicole Maurey in search of a legendary Inca treasure. They meet up with archaeologist Robert Young and scheming crook Thomas Mitchell along the way. Also featuring Glenda Farrell, Leon Askin, Michael Pate, Marion Ross, and Yma Sumac. Heston is entertaining as the anti-hero, whose look inspired that of Indiana Jones. Michael Pate plays a native, sporting one of those Peruvian pointy hats. Singer Yma Sumac has one of her only two acting roles as another native, and she gets to sing(?) a few songs(?), as well. A fun Technicolor popcorn flick.
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    Upcoming Releases

    Yes, I like that film a lot, as well. I know a lot of people don't, specifically Crouse's performance, but I didn't mind it. Plus Mamet's style puts a lot of people off. Of the films that Mamet has directed, I also liked Homicide, Spartan, The Spanish Prisoner, Heist, and Redbelt.
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    I Just Watched...

    I know what you mean. It's even more striking when one considers the rather beatific look he has on the poster.
  10. LawrenceA

    Drafting a Movie Concept Script

    So you're saying you're a dude? P.S.: I own Beyond the Valley of the Dolls on Blu-ray. I gots plenty of class.
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    I Just Watched...

    Rogue Cop (1954) - 7/10 Crime drama with Robert Taylor as a veteran cop who's on the take for mobster George Raft. Taylor's younger brother, fellow cop Steve Forrest, won't play ball, so Raft orders Taylor to wise him up, leading to escalating conflict. Also featuring Janet Leigh as Forrest's chanteuse gal-pal, Anne Francis as a drunken gang moll, Alan Hale Jr., Robert Ellenstein, Robert F. Simon, Peter Brocco, Olice Carey, Roy Barcroft, Ray Teal, Paul Brinegar, Richard Deacon, Russell Johnson, Milton Parsons, and Vince Edwards. Taylor is pretty good cast against type, even if he is still a stiff square. The supporting cast is top notch.
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    TCM Imports - 2019

    Updated with May 2019 schedule. I'm not sure what's up with the third week's lineup. It's Watership Down and Twice Upon a Time, both of which are English language, and the latter of which is American. It may be part of a late-night animation spotlight, as the Silent Sunday programming that night is also animated. We'll have to wait and see if the above-mentioned are presented under the TCM Imports banner or if Imports will just be preempted that night.
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    TCM Imports - 2019

    Here are the movies shown on TCM Imports in 2019: January Colossal Youth (2006), Dir: Pedro Costa, Portugal - January 6 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967), Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, France - January 13 Masculin Feminin (1966), Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, France - January 13 Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Dir: Peter Weir, Australia - January 20 Querelle (1982), Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany - January 27 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973), Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany - January 27 February TCM Imports programming preempted for 31 Days of Oscar March TCM Imports programming for the first Sunday in March is preempted for 31 Days of Oscar Jour De Fete (1949), Dir: Jacques Tati, France - March 10 Trafic (1970), Dir Jacques Tati, France - March 10 The School for Postmen (1947), Dir: Jacques Tati, France - March 10 Farewell to Dream (1956), Dir: Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan - March 17 The Garden of Women (1954), Dir: Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan - March 17 Les Enfants Terribles (1950), Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville, France - March 24 Magnet of Doom (1963), Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville, France - March 24 Secrets of Women (1952), Dir: Ingmar Bergman, Sweden - March 31 The Passion of Anna (1970), Dir: Ingmar Bergman, Sweden - March 31 April Maitresse (1975), Dir: Barbet Schroeder, France - April 7 More (1969), Dir: Barbet Schroeder, West Germany - April 7 TCM Imports programming is preempted on the second Sunday in April for TCM 25th Anniversary Day of Wrath (1943), Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark - April 21 An Autumn Afternoon (1962), Dir: Yasujiro Ozu, Japan - April 28 The End of Summer (1961), Dir: Yasujiro Ozu, Japan - April 28 May Princess from the Moon (1987), Dir: Kon Ichikawa, Japan - May 5 Her Brother (1960), Dir: Kon Ichikawa, Japan - May 5 Autumn Sonata (1978), Dir: Ingmar Bergman, Sweden - May 12 My Life as a Dog (1985), Dir: Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden - May 12 Watership Down (1978), Dir: Martin Rosen, United Kingdom - May 19*** Twice Upon a Time (1983), Dir: John Korty & Charles Swenson, US - May 19*** Pale Flower (1964), Dir: Masashiro Shinoda, Japan - May 26 Double Suicide (1969), Dir: Masashiro Shinoda, Japan - May 26
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    Silent Sundays - 2019

    Updated with May 2019 schedule.
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    Silent Sundays - 2019

    Here are the movies shown on Silent Sundays in 2019: January Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Dir: Fritz Lang - January 6 The Extra Girl (1923), Dir: F. Richard Jones - January 13 The Godless Girl (1929), Dir: Cecil B. De Mille - January 20 The Red Lily (1924), Dir: Fred Niblo - January 27 February Silent Sunday programming preempted for 31 Days of Oscar March Silent Sundays programming for the first Sunday in March is preempted for 31 Days of Oscar When a Man Loves (1927), Dir: Alan Crosland - March 10 The Bride's Play (1921), Dir: George W. Terwilliger - March 17 Wild Oranges (1924), Dir: King Vidor - March 24 Souls for Sale (1923), Dir: Rupert Hughes - March 31 April The Best Man (1928), Dir: Harry Edwards - April 7 Thundering Fleas (1926), Dir: Robert F. McGowan - April 7 Bright Eyes (1922), Dir: Malcolm St. Clair - April 7 Silent Sundays programming for the second Sunday in April is preempted for TCM 25th Anniversary The King of Kings (1927), Dir: Cecil B. De Mille - April 21 Passing Fancy (1933), Dir: Yasujiro Ozu - April 28 May Comedy Shorts (1911-1916), various directors - May 5 Gribiche (1925), Dir: Jacques Feyder - May 12 Bobby Bumps animated shorts (1916-1921), various directors - May 19 Comedy shorts (all 1915), various directors - May 26
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    TCM Underground - 2019

    Updated with May 2019 schedule. The last week of April has also been changed.
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    TCM Underground - 2019

    Here are the movies shown on TCM Underground in 2019: January Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971), Dir: Thomas Casey - January 4 Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Dir: Jim Jarmusch - January 4 The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy (1958), Dir: Rafael Portillo - January 11 The Mummy's Shroud (1967), Dir: John Gilling - January 11 Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker aka Night Warning(1981), Dir: William Asher - January 18 Strait-Jacket (1964), Dir: William Castle - January 18 (TCM Underground for the last week of January is preempted for special event scheduling) February TCM Underground programming preempted for 31 Days of Oscar March TCM Underground programming for the first Friday in March is preempted for 31 Days of Oscar Rabid (1977), Dir: David Cronenberg - March 8 Scanners (1981), Dir: David Cronenberg - March 8 Another Son of Sam (1977), Dir: Dave Adams - March 15 Nightmare Honeymoon (1972), Dir: Elliott Silverstein - March 15 Lifeforce (1985), Dir: Tobe Hooper - March 22 Queen of Blood (1966), Dir: Curtis Harrington - March 22 Final Exam (1981), Dir: Jimmy Huston - March 29 Night School (1981), Dir: Ken Hughes - March 29 April The Lawnmower Man (1992), Dir: Brett Leonard - April 5 The Terminal Man (1974), Dir: Mike Hodges - April 5 Lady Street Fighter (1981), Dir: James Bryan - April 12 Sister Street Fighter (1974), Dir: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi - April 12 Sisters (1973), Dir: Brian De Palma - April 19 Eyes of a Stranger (1981), Dir: Ken Wiederhorn - April 19 Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1996), Dir: Sarah Jacobson - April 26 I Was a Teenage Serial Killer (1993), Dir: Sarah Jacobson - April 26 I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987), Dir: John Elias - April 26 May Mac and Me (1988), Dir: Stuart Raffill - May 3 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987), Dir: Rod Amateau - May 3 River's Edge (1986), Dir: Tim Hunter - May 10 The Chocolate War (1988), Dir: Keith Gordon - May 10 Rappin' (1985), Dir: Joel Silberg - May 17 Beat Street (1984), Dir: Stan Lathan - May 17 Santa Claus (1959), Dir: Rene Cardona - May 24 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), Dir: Nicholas Webster - May 24 Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), Dir: John Hough - May 31 Outlaw Blues (1977), Dir: Richard Heffron - May 31
  18. LawrenceA

    Liam Neeson Backlash- will this ruin his career?

    They each come from very different backgrounds. Neeson grew up amidst the Troubles, and the resultant paranoia and animosity inherent in that environment. He also seems to be a very different person than the other two, as Neeson's sole "offense" was to foolishly bring up a subject that he shouldn't have in this social-media-outrage atmosphere. He was honest about a difficult subject, and he's being pilloried for it. He never actually attacked anyone, and has no history of mistreatment, either verbally or physically, of any of his co-workers, family members, or any one else. Crowe is a New Zealander who identifies more strongly as an Australian. He started out in the industry as a pop singer, and only reluctantly began acting, and that career took off. He's never seemed comfortable as a Hollywood star, and he has dealt with many anger management issues. He has been physically and verbally abusive to multiple people over multiple incidents. Why? I can't say, but he seems to me to be a typical pub-crawling soccer hooligan at heart, although of the Aussie variety. Mel Gibson was easily the biggest star of the three, at one time being among the top two or three male movie stars in the world. But he came from a very contentious background. His father was a religious zealot and more than a bit of a crackpot, and that's why he moved his large family to Australia when Gibson was 12 (he was born and raised in New York state up to that point). Gibson's later life issues seem to stem from that corrosive form of extreme fundamentalist Catholic upbringing combined with his father's own conspiracy theories about the world. Add to that Gibson's long battle with alcoholism, and the problems are easy to root out.
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    I Just Watched...

    Orders are Orders (1954) - 5/10 British comedy about an American film crew causing chaos on an English army base by taking over the barracks to film a low-budget sci-fi film. The fast-talking film producer (Sidney James) convinces the base commander (Raymond Huntley) to comply via use of his seductive leading lady (Margot Grahame). Meanwhile, another officer (Brian Reece) tries to build up the nerve to propose to his girlfriend (June Thorburn). Also featuring Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Peter Martyn, Maureen Swanson, Clive Morton, Barry McKay, and Donald Pleasence. The laughs are few and far between. Sellers, looking chubbier than I've ever seen him, has a small role as a goofy gofer. The movie got re-released after he became a big star, and the posters promoted him as the star (see above).
  20. LawrenceA

    Upcoming Releases

    I'll definitely be picking up Blue Velvet and The Heiress.
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    Upcoming Releases

    May Criterion Titles Announced! The Heiress (1949) May 7 SPECIAL FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New conversation between screenwriter Jay **** and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New program about the film’s costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head Appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan Show Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon Wyler’s acceptance speech from the American Film Institute’s 1976 Salute to William Wyler Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson Funny Games (1997) May 14 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath Press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe Trailer New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri Let the Sunshine In (2017) May 21 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 4K digital master, approved by cinematographer Agnès Godard, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interviews with director Claire Denis and actor Juliette Binoche Voilà l’enchaînement (2014), a short film directed by Denis and adapted from a text by author Christine Angot, featuring actors Norah Krief and Alex Descas Trailer New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977) May 28 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnès Varda and cinematographer Charlie Van Damme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Women Are Naturally Creative, a 1977 documentary directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard Réponse de femmes, a 1975 short film by Varda, on the question “What is a woman?” Plaisir d’amour en Iran, a 1976 short film by Varda, starring Mairesse and Ali Raffi Trailer New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film’s original press book Blue Velvet (1986) May 28 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch Alternate original stereo soundtrack “Blue Velvet” Revisited, a feature-length meditation on the making of the film by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production The Lost Footage, fifty-one minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch Mysteries of Love, a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film Trailer More! Plus a Blu-ray upgrade for: House of Games (1987) May 14 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchía, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay Interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna from 2007 David Mamet on “House of Games,” a short documentary shot on location during the film’s preparation and production Detail from a storyboard of a short con not used in the film Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet’s introduction to the published screenplay
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    I Just Watched...

    Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) - 7/10 TV version of George Orwell's novel, produced as part of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre. Peter Cushing stars as Winston Smith, a lowly worker in a future fascist dystopia. He begins to question the authority of Big Brother as he falls for Julia (Yvonne Mitchell). Also featuring Andre Morell as "O'Brien", Donald Pleasence, Arnold Diamond, and Wilfrid Brambell. Adapted by Nigel Kneale after the success of the first Quatermass TV project, this remains pretty faithful to the source. It's a mix of live performance with some pre-filmed inserts. It was a massive though controversial success, and even led to debate on the floor of Parliament over the merits of the program. It firmly established Cushing as a rising British talent, and his career took off afterward. The same was true for Donald Pleasence, who went on to appear in the big-screen adaptation in 1956. This 1954 TV version was thought lost for decades (a Peter Cushing biography that I read years ago listed it as so) but a copy was later discovered in the Library of Congress. It's now available via Amazon prime video.
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    I Just Watched...

    No I didn't. I forgot to program it, darn it all. However, I just tracked it down online, and I'll add it to my list of stuff to see.
  24. Linda Darnell movies that I've seen: Day-Time Wife (1939) Brigham Young (1940) The Mark of Zorro (1940) Chad Hanna (1940) Blood and Sand (1941) The Song of Bernadette (1943) Buffalo Bill (1944) It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Hangover Square (1945) Fallen Angel (1945) Anna and the King of Siam (1946) My Darling Clementine (1946) The Walls of Jericho (1948) A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Slattery's Hurricane (1949) No Way Out (1950) Second Chance (1953) Zero Hour! (1957) Not very many.

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