LawrenceA

Members
  • Content Count

    29,071
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    218

Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. LawrenceA

    TCM Underground - 2019

    Updated with May 2019 schedule. The last week of April has also been changed.
  2. LawrenceA

    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
  3. 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.
  4. LawrenceA

    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).
  5. LawrenceA

    Upcoming Releases

    I'll definitely be picking up Blue Velvet and The Heiress.
  6. LawrenceA

    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
  7. LawrenceA

    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.
  8. LawrenceA

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. LawrenceA

    Joan Bennett for SOTM

    Joan Bennett films that I've seen: The Divine Lady (1929) Bulldog Drummond (1929) Disraeli (1929) Me and My Gal (1932) Little Women (1933) The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) Private Worlds (1935) The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Big Brown Eyes (1936) Wedding Present (1936) I Met My Love Again (1938) Trade Winds (1938) The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) Green Hell (1940) Man Hunt (1941) Wild Geese Calling (1941) The Woman in the Window (1944) Scarlet Street (1945) Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) The Macomber Affair (1947) The Woman on the Beach (1947) Secret Beyond the Door (1948) The Scar (1948) The Reckless Moment (1949) Father of the Bride (1950) Father's Little Dividend (1951) Highway Dragnet (1954) We're No Angels (1955) House of Dark Shadows (1970) Suspiria (1977) That's more than I expected!
  11. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Long Wait (1954) - 7/10 Mystery/crime drama with Anthony Quinn as an amnesiac who tries to piece his past back together, only to learn that he's wanted for murder. Featuring Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle, Mary Ellen Kay, Shirley Patterson, Dolores Donlon, James Millican, Jay Adler, and Bruno VeSota. Based on a book by Mickey Spillane, this features his usual trope of having every woman on screen fall instantly in lust with the leading man. It's overdone to the point of hilarity, although Quinn leans into the role with gusto. There's also Spillane's penchant for fisticuffs, which is most humorously displayed when Quinn slaps rotund Bruno VeSota around before sending him down a flight of stairs. A fun time in the dark city.
  12. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Lilacs of the Spring aka Let's Make Up (1954) - 5/10 British romantic fantasy with Anna Neagle as an actress during WWII who has to decide who to marry: producer David Farrar or financially-secure Peter Graves (not the American one). Anna imagines herself and her suitors in different time periods and as different characters, as well as reflecting on her relationship with her father (Errol Flynn). Also featuring Kathleen Harrison, Helen Haye, and Stephen Boyd. The film jumps from B&W to color, depending on the era of the scene. I thought Flynn did a good job in more of a supporting role than usual. Some sources claim that this is Sean Connery's movie debut, as one of the background extras.
  13. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    That why they need Joan Bennett for Star of the Month. Then they can show this.
  14. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Exploitable political props that government hacks use for cheap sentimental theatrics. Or, mothers of people who were killed by illegal immigrants.
  15. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1988

    I'll delete that one, too.
  16. LawrenceA

    ClassiCategories

    Sleeper Idiocracy Aliens
  17. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I watched a couple more 70's TV movies: The President's Plane Is Missing (1973) - 6/10 There's a big cast in this political mystery/thriller about the disappearance of the president after Air Force One goes missing while en route to California. Vice President Buddy Ebsen is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, while reporter Peter Graves tries to figure out what happened. Also featuring Rip Torn, Raymond Massey, Arthur Kennedy, Joseph Campanella, Louise Sorel, James Wainwright, Dabney Coleman, Mercedes McCambridge, James B. Sikking, and John Amos. I was about halfway through with it before I realized that I had seen it before. I finished it again anyway. The cast is the draw, as the story never built up sufficient drama to hold my attention. A competently made example of 1970's television. Runaway! (1973) - 5/10 Run-of-the-mill disaster flick, with Ben Johnson at the helm of a runaway train coming down a mountain from a ski resort. The passengers brace for derailment as they keep gaining speed. Featuring Ben Murphy, Martin Milner, Vera Miles, Ed Nelson, Darleen Carr, Frank Marth, John McLiam, Frank Maxwell, Kip Niven, Laurette Spang Lee H. Montgomery, and Ray Danton. Not much to see here, so move along...
  18. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1988

    1988 Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan Camille Claudel, Bruno Nuytten, France Ariel, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland Story of Women, Claude Chabrol, France Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pedro Almodovar, Spain Powaqqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, USA Police Story 2, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong Evil Dead Trap, Toshiharu Ikeda, Japan The Vanishing, George Sluizer, Netherlands Light Years aka Gandahar, Rene Laloux, France I've also seen: Men Behind the Sun, Tun Fei Mou, Hong Kong Top Line, Nello Rossati, Italy Cross Mission, Alfonso Brescia, Italy Zombie 3, Lucio Fulci & Claudio Fragasso & Bruno Mattei, Italy Delta Force Commando, Pierluigi Ciriaci, Italy Ghosthouse, Umberto Lenzi, Italy Raiders of the Magic Ivory, Tonino Ricci, Italy Night of the Sharks, Tonino Ricci, Italy Witchery, Fabrizio Laurenti, Italy Robo Vampire, Godfrey Ho, Hong Kong 1001 Movies You Must See Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan Alice, Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia Ariel, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy Grave of the Fireflies, Isao Takahata, Japan Hotel Terminus: The Life & Times of Klaus Barbie, Marcel Ophuls, France Landscape in the Mist, Theo Angelopoulos, Greece Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou, China Story of Women, Claude Chabrol, France A Tale of the Wind, Joris Ivens, Netherlands The Vanishing, George Sluizer, Netherlands Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  19. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Highway Dragnet (1954) - 6/10 Moderately entertaining crime thriller with Richard Conte as a Korean War vet accused of murdering a "floozy tramp" in Las Vegas. He goes on the lam, hitching a ride with photographer Joan Bennett and her model Wanda Hendrix. Conte takes them hostage as the law closes in, and there's much fast car driving and shooting of the tires. Also featuring Reed Hadley as a cop named White Eagle, Mary Beth Hughes, Iris Adrian, Harry Harvey, Frank Jenks, House Peters Jr., and Joseph Crehan. This marked the first film credit for Roger Corman, as a co-writer and co-producer. Conte's character is irritated and irritating, making a bunch of dumb moves. Bennett's performance ranges from okay to awful. Hendrix wears a bathing suit for half the film.
  20. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I enjoyed how most of the scientific and engineering "experts" on staff had no clue what to do when things went south. Granted, if they were better at their jobs, there wouldn't have been much of a movie. I also liked the monkey-freezing. Nothing brightens up a morning like a good monkey-freezing.
  21. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Golden Mistress (1954) - 5/10 Lukewarm adventure set in Haiti. John Agar stars as a treasure hunter looking for a statuette that will lead him to a legendary fortune. He's joined by the lovely Rosemarie Bowe as they brave voodoo ceremonies and dangerous terrain. Also featuring Abner Biberman (who also co-wrote and directed the film using a pseudonym), Andre Narcisse, Jacques Molant, and Pierre Blain as the "Houngan". The script is corny and the plot routine, but there's a lot of nice location scenery, and anyone with any interest in voodoo ceremonies should definitely check it out. 30's and 40's movie-bad-guy Biberman began a second career as a director with this, later branching out into television, as well. Co-star Bowe married Robert Stack in 1955, taking his name and staying together until his death in 2003. Rosemarie herself passed away less than a month ago, in January of this year. The production used a lot of locals for the supporting cast and crew, including hiring a local physician named Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier to be their set medic. He'd become the notorious president of Haiti in 1957.
  22. LawrenceA

    more interesting movie photos..........

    #2 & #3...A Tale of Two Cities. Ronald Colman on the left of both pictures. I believe the man on the right in #2 is Walter Catlett. Not sure about the man on right in #3.
  23. LawrenceA

    more interesting movie photos..........

    #5...the woman is Sara Haden, not Fay Holden, and the man next to her is Russell Simpson.
  24. LawrenceA

    more interesting movie photos..........

    #7 looks like Lyle Talbot and Ann Dvorak. They were in Love Is a Racket, Three On a Match, Stranger in Town, College Coach, Heat Lightning together, as well as Murder in the Clouds. That last one could be the "MC", as it also had Henry O'Neill, which appears to be the man on the left.
  25. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Gog (1954) - 5/10 3-D science fiction dud from Ivan Tors. When strange deaths occur at a top-secret government laboratory, Richard Egan is sent to get to the bottom of things. It seems one or more saboteurs may be at work, perhaps connected to the giant computer controlling the lab, which also operates a pair of robots named Gog and Magog. Also featuring Constance Dowling, Hebert Marshall, John Wengraf, Philip Van Zandt, and William Schallert. This features some of the funniest bad acting that I've seen in some time, which alleviates the dullness of the film's ponderous science lectures. Not much happens, and what does happen is pretty dumb, but the atrocious performances and the 50's sci-fi ambiance almost make it worthwhile.

New Members:

Register Here

Learn more about the new message boards:

FAQ

Having problems?

Contact Us