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  1. LawrenceA

    What Would Be Your Fan Dedication Movie?

    My choice would be Hell Divers (1931), an aviation movie with Clark Gable and Wallace Beery, and I would dedicate it to my grandfather. My grandfather wasn't the most demonstrative person, and kept his feelings and opinions to himself for the most part. He worked nearly his entire adult life for Kodak, and rubbed shoulders with the likes of James Wong Howe, but he never expressed any particular love for movies. He would see them on occasion, but my grandmother enjoyed them more than he did. However, there was one movie that he would mention really liking, and it was Hell Divers. He never said why this specific movie was so special to him; maybe he had a hot date when he saw it. But he mentioned not having seen it since he saw it upon original release. Which brings me to why I would choose it for a TCM Dedication. When TCM first became available in my area, I noticed Hell Divers on the schedule. My grandparents didn't have the same cable package that included TCM, so I recorded the movie and took it over to their place and watched it with them. My grandmother wasn't too impressed, but my grandfather had a grin on his face like a little kid, and he was effusively thankful for my having brought the movie over. He passed away not long after, so I'm grateful to TCM for providing a real bonding opportunity with him. P.S.: Watching Hell Divers with him was doubly great after having mistakenly recorded Hell Drivers (1957) and bringing him the tape, leaving it with him because I had to work. He called that evening to ask, "What in the hell was that?!?"
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    Movies to Video Games (or Vice Versa)

    GoldenEye was probably my favorite. Many hours lost playing that one. Games based on movies were notoriously awful, from what I recall, but my memory is growing cloudy on such matters. I haven't played a videogame in over a decade, and I had largely quit trying to keep up with them long before that. I recall playing an arcade game based on the Clint Eastwood movie Firefox, and liking it. I also recall a Nintendo game based on Friday the 13th which was very difficult. I also recall several Star Wars based games, and a few Star Trek games, all of varying quality.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Whatever your personal politics, most find it best to avoid the Off-Topics unless they enjoy pulling their hair out. If you're interested in movies, and talking about them, this isn't such a bad site, but don't judge the rest of the place based on what you see in the Off-Topic section.
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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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    Upcoming Releases

    I'll probably get the Do the Right Thing release. I have the bare-bones Universal Blu-ray that I got in a bargain bin a few years back. I may get Klute during one of the Criterion sales. I have the DVD of that one. I'd like to see the BRD Trilogy, but not enough to buy it sight unseen. I'm hoping there will be a Criterion release of David Lynch's The Elephant Man, as it's available to stream on The Criterion Channel, and they've released a few of Lynch's films in the past.
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    Fire at Notre Dame in Paris

    There's been a thread in the Off-Topics since this afternoon, if you're interested in more comments:
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    You didn't miss much, but of course these things are subjective, and there are people who loved it. It seems to have been big with the 3D crowd, of which I'm not one. The story is as clunky as most of James Cameron's films (excepting The Terminator and Aliens). I suspect that it will be inescapable as the flurry of sequels approach.
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    Noir Alley

    I've seen the alternate cut with the title Mr. Arkadin. It's kind of a mess, but if you like Orson Welles' later stuff, this has some interesting moments.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    AT LAUNCH: – The first-ever live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian”. – “Captain Marvel”, at least 11 other MCU films & several Marvel animated series – All “Star Wars” movies + ‘Rebels’ and ‘Clone Wars’ series – Disney’s entire 13-film Signature Collection – First 30 Seasons Of “The Simpsons” – The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” film – “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” Reality Series – “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” – Numerous unscripted original series – 250+ hours of National Geographic content – Catalogue films including: “Avatar,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Rocketeer,” “Tron” – Disney Channel content (100+ Films, 5000+ episodes) including: “Boy Meets World,” “Ducktales” (1987 & 2016), “Kim Possible,” “That’s So Raven”. WITHIN FIRST YEAR: – All Disney theatrical releases from 2019 onwards – All Pixar movies and shorts. – Marvel Series: “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “What If…” – The new “Phineas and Ferb” Movie & Entire Series – “Monsters At Work” – the “Monsters Inc.” Series – “Diary of a Female President,” “Love Simon,” “The Sandlot” Series – “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 7 – More unscripted original series – Multi-Episode “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2” Doco – Original movies: “Noelle,” “Timmy Failure,” “Stargirl,” “Togo”. WITHIN TWO YEARS: – Marvel Series: “WandaVision,” “Loki” – The announced this week “Hawkeye” Mini-Series – The untitled Cassian Andor “Rogue One” prequel series
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    Noir Alley

    They're basically the same movie, anyway...
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Disney’s Iger: Fox Buy Due To Streaming It wasn’t the possibility of superhero team-ups, it wasn’t sport, it wasn’t owning cable networks – according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the single biggest reason Disney forked out tens of billions to purchase 21st Century Fox? Streaming. In a new interview with CNBC, which was done after the unveiling of the Disney+ streaming service, Iger spoke about the purchase which he says would not have happened if Disney hadn’t decided to get into the direct-to-consumer streaming business. There’s also the added bonus of owning the dominant share of the Hulu pie, giving the company another pipeline for its product: “We would not have done that transaction had we not decided to go in this [streaming] direction because – if we hadn’t, we would have been looking at that business and through a traditional lens: ‘Oh, we’re buying TV channels. We’re buying more movie-making capability, et cetera’. But by the time the acquisition opportunity came up, and we knew we were going in this space, we evaluated what we were buying through this new lens of: ‘Wow, what could National Geographic mean to us?’. What could it mean having access to [Fox’s] library, not to monetize it through traditional means, but to do it through [streaming]?. Bam! I mean, the light bulb went off.” Disney+ launches on November 12th, for $6.99 per month.
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    Upcoming Releases

    July Criterion Titles Announced Europa, Europa (1990) July 9 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland New interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider New video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin The Baker's Wife (1938) July 16 SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles Introduction by Pagnol from 1967 Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps Short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau Klute (1971) July 16 SPECIAL FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New conversation between actors Jane Fonda and Illeana Douglas New documentary about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring scholars, filmmakers, and Pakula’s family and friends The Look of “Klute,” a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins Archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda “Klute” in New York, a short documentary made during the shooting of the film PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris and excerpts from a 1972 interview with Pakula 1984 (1984) July 23 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Roger Deakins, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interviews with director Michael Radford and cinematographer Roger Deakins New interview with David Ryan, author of George Orwell on Screen Behind-the-scenes footage Trailer PLUS: An essay by writer and performer A. L. Kennedy Plus Blu-ray upgrades for: The BRD Trilogy July 9 SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K digital restorations of The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks High-definition digital restoration of Veronika Voss, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentaries from 2003 featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Marriage of Maria Braun), film critic and author Tony Rayns (Veronika Voss), and film scholar Christian Braad Thomsen (Lola) Interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Rosel Zech, and Barbara Sukowa Interviews with cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger, screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer, and film scholar Eric Rentschler Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder, an interview filmed for German television in 1978 I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length 1992 documentary on director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s life and career Dance with Death, a program from 2000 about Ufa studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss Conversation between author and curator Laurence Kardish and film editor Juliane Lorenz Trailers PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones and production histories by author Michael Töteberg (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Do the Right Thing (1989) July 23 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 1995 featuring director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee Introductions by Lee Making “Do the Right Thing,” a documentary from 1988 by St. Clair Bourne New interviews with costume designer Ruth E. Carter, camera assistant Darnell Martin, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., and writer Nelson George Interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown from 2000 Programs from 2000 and 2009 featuring Lee and members of the cast and crew Music video for Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” directed by Lee, with remarks from rapper Chuck D Behind-the-scenes footage Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1989 Deleted and extended scenes Original storyboards, trailer, and TV spots PLUS: An essay by critic Vinson Cunningham, and (on the Blu-ray) extensive excerpts from the journal Lee kept during the preparation for and production of the film
  13. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie?
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    Fire at Notre Dame in Paris

    Despite being an anti-religion atheist, I too am saddened by this. I never want to see great works of architecture, or anything of historical significance, destroyed. If it ends up being totally destroyed, it will be a massive loss to human history and culture.
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    George Conway Speaks Up

    Oh, that channel that you "never watch"?
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    Recently Watched Horror

    So here's a question about Us (that will be filled with spoilers, so be forewarned): If the plan was that each of the "Tethered" had to kill their above-ground double to be free, what happened when one of the Tethered killed some other above-ground person? Since the doppelgangers are supposed to be connected, and what happened to the people above was reflected on those below, does that mean that the "Tethered" version would die? For example, when the little girl is chased down the street by her double, they end up at that guy's car, and he comes out of his house to confront them. The girl's double is seen approaching the man as the girl runs away, and we hear stabbing sounds, so the assumption is that the double just killed him. What happens to his double, since everyone has one? Normally these kinds of logic questions wouldn't be an issue with a supernatural fantasy, but since Peele decided to make things "scientific" with his explanations at the end, these questions begin to emerge.
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    Movie Messiahs...and others....

    Others that have played Jesus - Enrique Irazoqui in The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Jeremy Sisto in Jesus (1999) Christian Bale in Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) Joaquin Phoenix in Mary Magdalene (2018) Ted Neeley in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  18. I highlighted the two most interesting points above. You're exactly right with the first statement. They can't continuously position themselves in the marketplace as the "new" television and then complain when their product is considered television. And we don't hear the same complaints about Amazon because they release their films theatrically. As such, many of their films have been nominated or have won Oscars, including Manchester By the Sea, The Salesman, I Am Not Your Negro, and The Big Sick, with none of the attendant complaints that plague Netflix. And The Big Sick ended up being a sizable theatrical hit, as well.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Kapo is also another release-year anomaly, in that virtually every source I have in print, as well as The Criterion Channel where I watched it, lists it as a 1959 movie, but IMDb lists it as 1960, so that's what I went with. One of my movie books also states that it's mainly in English, but the version I saw was primarily in Italian, and no English is heard except for one brief scene with a British POW.
  20. Swedish actress Bibi Andersson has died. She was a frequent co-star in the films of Ingmar Bergman, including Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958), The Devil's Eye (1960), Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), and Scenes from a Marriage (1973), among others. She also appeared in films for other directors, both in the U.S. and in Europe, including Duel at Diablo (1966), The Kremlin Letter (1970), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), Quintet (1979), and Babette's Feast (1987).
  21. Check out this thread if you have the time. There are a lot of suggestions and comments in it:
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    Movies to Video Games (or Vice Versa)

    Has there been a good videogame-to-film adaptation? I ask this as someone who has watched Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Super Mario Bros., all of the Resident Evil films, Silent Hill, all 3 Tomb Raider movies, Tekken: The Movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, Wing Commander, both House of the Dead movies, Alone in the Dark, Doom, all 3 BloodRayne movies, Rampage, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, both Hitman movies, Far Cry, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Warcraft, Assassin's Creed, and Max Payne.
  23. So then should theatrical films be eligible for an Emmy? How about a Tony? The venue is the defining characteristic. I'm with Spielberg. Play it in a theater if you want an Oscar, and if you don't, then submit it to the Emmys. They have a made-for-TV movie category for a reason. Netflix is in the process of buying theaters in LA and NY in order to screen their films so that they will qualify, so it will soon be a moot point.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Kapo (1960), Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy - 8/10
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    I Just Watched...

    Kapo (1960) - 8/10 Italian Holocaust drama with Susan Strasberg as a teenage Jewish girl in France during the occupation. She's soon sent to a concentration camp where she assumes the identity of a non-Jewish political prisoner, thus avoiding immediate execution. She's later sent to a women's work camp, where her desperation drives her to become a "kapo", a sort of trustee assigned to guard over her fellow prisoners, earning more food and creature comforts, but in exchange losing her humanity. Also featuring Emmanuelle Riva, Laurent Terzieff, Gianni Garko, Annabella Besi, Graziella Galvani, Paola Pitagora, and Didi Perego. Stark, brutal and emotionally devastating, with fantastic performances from Strasberg, Riva (as a sensitive prisoner), and Perego (as a tough-as-nails prisoner). The version I watched was mostly in Italian, but I understand that there's also an English-language dub. Source: The Criterion Channel

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