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    TCM Premieres

    Lifeforce hasn't been on TCM before? I thought it had, or I would have been making a big deal about it all week. A personal favorite, and highly recommended to fans of strange movies that throw a lot at the screen even if much of it doesn't work.
  2. When Herschell Gordon "H.G." Lewis is mentioned, filmlovers usually think of his groundbreaking 1963 classic Blood Feast, or the cult favorite Civil War drama Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964). However, my personal favorite is the completely unhinged 1967 masterpiece Something Weird. Few other films combine witches, psychics, LSD, karate, the spirit world, and excellent late 60's fashions like this piece of celluloid treasure. Below I'll list my ten favorites, so feel free to mention your own favorites, although I know with so many choices, it will be hard to narrow it down to just a few! Something Weird (1967) Blood Feast (1963) Scum of the Earth! (1963) She-Devils on Wheels (1968) Color Me Blood Red (1965) Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) The Wizard of Gore (1970) Just for the Hell of It (1968) A Taste of Blood (1967) The Gruesome Twosome (1967) Honorable mention: The Gore Gore Girls (1972), This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971), Year of the Yahoo! (1972), Blast-Off Girls (1967), The Alley Tramp (1968)
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I just saw Mazurki playing Japanese again in an episode of M Squad the other day. He was a homicidal karate instructor.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Yes, facial structure has a lot to do with it. I learned long ago to accept it, just as with white/European actors playing many other ethnic or racial groups. I don't like it, but it is what it is, and there are many movie with whites in "yellow face" that I still enjoy. Oland and Asther are both actors who worked better in those roles than others. I think the worst were Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Mike Mazurki in Behind the Rising Sun, and Lee J. Cobb in Anna and the King of Siam.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    MontyCliftLover, you may wish to avoid any Hollywood Asian-themed or set film made before, say, 1985, as 99% of them feature white people in "oriental" make-up.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    There have been many local news stories about the ever expanding tent "city" in nearby Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida. The tent city (which is what they actually call it) has created massive sanitation problems, as well as being a hotbed of crime and drug abuse. It's several acres in size. Even in my relatively small town, there have been stories in the paper lately about sizable homeless camps springing up underneath interstate overpasses, creating trash problems as well as the attendant health and safety risks. And all during the "greatest economy this nation has ever known".
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    I Just Watched...

    Midnight Offerings (1981) - 5/10 TV movie with Mary Beth McDonough (from The Waltons) as the new girl in school, and who secretly has psychic powers. She runs up against Melissa Sue Anderson (from Little House on the Prairie), the school's alpha female, who also secretly has psychic powers. However, Melissa augments her abilities with an unhealthy dose of demon worship and black magic ritual. The two gals fight over Patrick Cassidy (from Midnight Offerings), who's the quarterback on the football team and who has skinny legs. Also featuring Marion Ross (from Happy Days) as an expert on all things psychic and supernatural, Gordon Jump (from WKRP in Cincinnati) and Cathryn Damon (from Soap) as Melissa's parents, and Vanna White (from Wheel of Fortune) as a cheerleader. This is as silly as it sounds, but it can be fun if you're in the right mood. I was, sort of. I liked the bad early-80's hair and fashion.
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    I Just Watched...

    M Squad - Season Two (1958-1959) Lee Marvin returns as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger of the Chicago PD, M Squad division. He's still fighting crime and cracking heads, this time for a whopping 40 episodes. The only real changes from the first season are Paul Newlan getting credited as Ballinger's captain, and a jazzy new theme song courtesy of Count Basie. Among my favorite episodes of the season was #15, "The Teacher" featuring Tom Laughlin (Billy Jack) as the crazed leader of a gang of hoods at a trade school. It's up to decent student Burt Reynolds (22 years old but already looking 35, and in his first large speaking role) to bring Laughlin down. I also really liked #29, "The Fire Makers" with James Coburn and Leonard Nimoy as brothers in the arson-for-hire business. Nimoy is a short-tempered menace, a stark contrast to the later Spock.
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    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    I put off seeing the movie for many years, as I wasn't interested in the story or the cast, and some people that I knew that had seen it were not very favorable toward it. It wasn't until I started trying to see all of the Oscar-nominated films that I eventually got around to it, and going into it with very reserved expectations, I ended up liking it more than I expected. I was particularly fond of Gould, an actor that I don't always warm to.
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    Oldtime B movie premiere question

    B-movies were usually shown with an "A" picture. Recall that an evening's showing would include a newsreel, a short or two, a "B" movie, and then the "A" picture. As such, the "B"'s didn't get the prestige treatment often, if ever. There were also independently owned theaters that would exhibit movies from the "poverty row" distributors, most of which would be considered "B"-quality pictures. I doubt that there was often any ballyhoo at these pictures, but there may have been exceptions, and may have been more up to the theater owner than the studio that made the film. That's as far as I know, and I'm sure others can chime in with more specific detail.
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    Husband and Wife

    That's the duo! Your thread, Princesse du Claquettes!
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Disney Shuts Down Fox 2000 Division In a surprise decision in the immediate wake of its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Disney Studios is shutting down the Fox 2000 division. The group has championed mid-range releases and underserved demographics, and indications were it was going to remain intact after the merger even if its content was likely to be shuffled more towards Disney+ and Hulu. The division has also produced numerous critical and/or commercial hits in recent years including “Hidden Figures,” “Life of Pi,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Love, Simon,” and “The Hate U Give”. Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window” starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman will be the final film released by the label when it arrives in cinemas in October. The news follows a day of departures at Fox as numerous execs have been given their marching orders.
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    Husband and Wife

    He is a British actor who found his greatest success on American television in top-rated shows in the 1960s and again in the 2000s. He's still alive. She was a British actress in film and television who was perhaps more famous for her second marriage to a star that she met on the set of one of her husband's films. She died tragically too young. Who are they?
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    Husband and Wife

    Stanley Donen and Yvette Mimieux. She was in The Time Machine and Where the Boys Are.
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    on svengoolie tonite

    This week on Svengoolie:
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    Steele Dossier Now Admitted to have been Faked

    Where did I say that I wanted a "pro-US" view? And I don't even know what "pro-US" means anymore, as the slant of CNN certainly isn't that of the current US government.
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    Steele Dossier Now Admitted to have been Faked

    Just to clarify, Steele's dossier is bunk because he sourced portions of it (which portions?) from random, anonymous individuals on the internet. And yet, there are multiple threads and posts on this message board stating over and over again that internet "citizen journalists" aka random, anonymous individuals on the internet, are to be trusted more so than traditional "corporate" journalists aka the "MSM". Yeah, that makes sense. The wording of the above Russia Today article betrays its bias, as well. And I have no dog in this fight, so I'm not "wanting" things to be true or false, one way or the other.
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    They aired it once, as I recorded it from that broadcast. It was discussed quite a bit on the boards at the time. I like the movie a lot, but many people don't, as it's very ugly. As for "cruise", how about this one?
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    The Real Great Escape - 75th Anniversary

    He directed the TV movie City of Fear (1980) which I watched and reviewed in the Just Watched thread recently. He had his name taken off of it after the producers added some more violent scenes to spice things up, after shooting had completed and without Taylor's knowledge. The movie was Mickey Rourke's first filmed role, and David Janssen's last.
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    I Just Watched...

    Jaws of Satan (1981) - 4/10 With the title, I expected a shark movie or another Exorcist/Omen rip-off, but instead this is a killer snake flick. Fritz Weaver gets top billing as a priest that's a little worse for wear. He teams up with a doctor (Gretchen Corbett) and a herpetologist (Jon Korkes) to try and stop a murderous cobra that's causing all the local rattlesnakes to act more aggressive. The cobra ends up being Satan in disguise, attempting to carry out a curse on Weaver's family line for their subjugation of the Druids centuries earlier. Also featuring Diana Douglas, Norman Lloyd, Bob Hannah, Nancy Priddy, John McCurry, and 9-year-old Christina Applegate in her film debut. This movie is goofy and sloppy, but it's unusual, and the Alabama locations add another off-beat flavor.
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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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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Really? Because to me he seems like the same addled-brained dip**** he's always been. It's not worse, it's just more of the same.
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    Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    I'm assuming you are discussing the British Things to Come (1936), and not the Canadian The Shape of Things to Come (1979) which, while hilarious, was a cinematic travesty.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I'm assuming it's referencing the post above it regarding the beginning of the Iraq War under GWB.
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    Do you give silent films your own soundtrack?

    It depends on the movie. Late-period silents were often exhibited with specific musical accompaniment intended by the filmmakers, including some original compositions. This often came in the form of sheet music that was sent along with the prints, but sometimes it included a phonograph cylinder or record. Silent films were very rarely actually shown silently. There was almost always at least a live piano accompanist, and often a 3-piece musical group, or even larger depending on the venue and the showing. Other theaters used phonographs to provide music, and later sound effect tracks that were sent with the print. Many silents available now use generic, public domain music that is often irritating and/or repetitive. If that's the case, I'll mute the sound and listen to something appropriate to the film.

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