LawrenceA

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  1. I thought I apologized for this already.
  2. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Pay or Die! (1960) - 7/10 True-story crime drama with Ernest Borgnine as NYPD Lt. Joseph Petrosino, who battled the Black Hand, the precursor to the Mafia, circa 1906-1909. Petrosino has to convince the terrified Italian-American community to testify against the extortionists and racketeers, while also using undercover officers and other innovative crime-fighting techniques. Also featuring Zohra Lampert, Alan Austin, Renata Vanni, Bruno Della Santina, Robert F. Simon, Robert Ellenstein, Vitto Scotti, Paul Birch, and John Marley. I don't recall having heard of Petrosino, but after reading up a little on him, he seems like a fascinating character. Borgnine is good in the role, even if the real guy was 5'3''. Supposedly Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to a new screen biopic on Petrosino. Source: TCM
  3. I commented. You said that my comment was disagreeable, or at least to you personally, and not properly thought out, or specifically "failed to take various factors into account". I agreed with you, twice, and apologized for making a thoughtless comment, twice. I don't believe that I asked you for anything, including an apology, but if I did, I apologize. Good luck on your move.
  4. Okay. My apologies for commenting.
  5. LawrenceA

    From around the galaxy

    Bees discovered living in a woman's eye: 'They were still intact and all alive' A woman was shocked to discover that a group of bees were living inside her eye — and feeding off of her tears. The 28-year-old, known only as Ms. He, thought dirt had been blown into her eye while she was pulling out weeds around the graves of her relatives. Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? for Yahoo’s newsletter. However, several hours later the 28-year-old visited a hospital in southern Taiwan when her eyes started to swell and cause her pain. Dr. Hong Chi Ting, who works at the Fooyin University Hospital, said he was “shocked” when he saw four bees living in He’s eye upon further examination. “She couldn’t completely close her eyes,” he told the BBC. “I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg. “I grabbed the leg and very slowly took one out, then I saw another one, and another and another. They were still intact and all alive.” The insects are known as sweat bees because they land on people so they can drink beads of perspiration. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/bees-discovered-living-womans-eye-still-intact-alive-110601280.html
  6. Okay. My apologies for commenting.
  7. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I've seen The Mark. It was good, I thought.
  8. The chief reason behind not including 70's+ films into traditional "classic film" categorization is due to content. 70's movies have naughty words, boobies and fake blood. The "Classic Film" label tells viewers that they are likely going to avoid any of those offending items, which is what a great many movie watchers want. Not me, of course, but enough of them.
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    I Just Watched...

    Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960) - 7/10 Hammer Films drama set in Canada about an English family who have arrived in a small town so that the father (Patrick Allen) can be the new principal at the local high school. Soon after settling in, their young daughter (Janina Faye) is sexually molested by an old man (Felix Aylmer) from the town's richest and most powerful family. When the father seeks justice, he learns that not only is there a history of such incidents committed by the old man, but that the townsfolk look the other way due to the old man's influence. Featuring Bill Nagy, Allison Legatt, Michael Gwynn, Budd Knapp, Frances Green, and Niall MacGinnis. This is shocking material for the time, and it's presented as frankly as was possible. It's disturbing, and the subsequent legal shenanigans will infuriate most viewers, as intended. Source: Mill Creek DVD
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    1951 - one opinion

    1951 (138 titles seen) The Thing from Another World The Day the Earth Stood Still Strangers on a Train Othello Ace in the Hole Detective Story A Streetcar Named Desire A Place in the Sun When Worlds Collide The African Queen Runner-ups: Decision Before Dawn, A Christmas Carol, The Idiot, Der Verlorene, Come Fill the Cup, Bright Victory, and Diary of a Country Priest. Best Actor: Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire Best Actress: Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire Best Supporting Actor: Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis Best Supporting Actress: Lee Grant, Detective Story Best Director: Orson Welles, Othello
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    I Just Watched...

    Never Let Go (1960) - 7/10 British crime drama starring Richard Todd as a working-class salesman who's barely holding on to his position in a competitive job market. His situation is made more dire when his recently-purchased car is stolen, so he goes searching for it, bringing him to the attention of violent crime boss Peter Sellers. Also featuring Elizabeth Sellars as Todd's worried wife, and Adam Faith as the leader of the youthful gang employed by Sellers. With Carol White, Mervyn Johns, Noel Willman, David Lodge, Peter Jones, John Bailey, Nigel Stock, and John Le Mesurier. Sellers has one of his only non-comedy roles, and he's effective, if unnerving, as the quick-tempered and very violent underworld figure. Todd is also good as the desperate working man on the edge of losing his career, his marriage and his family. Source: VCI DVD
  12. LawrenceA

    Summer Under the Stars 2019

    The movies are weirder and trashier than the typical TCM fare. It would be like a 24-hour TCM Underground marathon.
  13. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I don't recall even hearing about this one before your write-up, and I keep up with the newer films, too. I've seen Tiffany Haddish in a few things. She was good in the Key & Peele movie Keanu, and she was one of the better Saturday Night Live hosts in the past few years. I haven't seen Girls Trip, which was her big breakthrough. I also didn't know Ike Barinholtz was from MadTV, but I confess to not being too knowledgeable about their cast history. I never really liked the show as much as SNL or the other sketch shows. I've liked Barinholtz in a handful of movies that I've seen recently, though. Thanks for the write-up, as the movie's now on my radar.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Naked Island (1960) - 7/10 Unusual Japanese drama from director Kaneto Shindo. A family of four struggles to survive on a small island, barely making a subsistence living in their harsh environment. Featuring Nobuko Otawa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, and Masanori Horimoto. The movie has very little dialogue; just a few snippets of songs and a word here and there are heard. A decent musical score and natural sound effects are used to accent the excellent widescreen, B&W cinematography. The director claimed to be attempting to capture poetry in motion and hard work, and he largely succeeds, but how much you are moved (or bored) by it will be variable. This would make a good double-bill with Man of Aran (1934). Source: The Criterion Channel
  15. LawrenceA

    Summer Under the Stars 2019

    This lineup would be certain to generate complaints, but here's my Mary Woronov schedule. 6:00 AM - Silent Night, Bloody Night (1969) 7:30 AM - Seizure (1974) 9:15 AM - Hollywood Boulevard (1976) 10:45 AM - Cover Girl Models (1975) 12:00 PM - Jackson County Jail (1976) 1:30 PM - Deathrace 2000 (1975) 3:00 PM - Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989) 4:45 PM - Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) 6:20 PM - Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991) 8:00 PM - Eating Raoul (1982) 9:45 PM - Night of the Comet (1984) 11:30 PM - Sugar Cookies (1973) 1:30 AM - Chelsea Girls (1966)
  16. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Nun (2018) - 5/10 Supernatural horror tale that's a prequel/spin-off to one of The Conjuring movies. Priest Demian Bichir and initiate nun Taissa Farmiga are sent by the Vatican to investigate a suicide at a remote abbey in Romania. They discover an ancient evil that was confined long ago, but has recently begun to seep out from the crumbling holy site into the neighboring countryside. Also featuring Jonas Bloquet, Ingrid Bisu, Charlotte Hope, and Bonnie Aarons. I went into this expecting the worst, as I'm not a fan of any of the Conjuring movies that I've seen, so maybe my lowered expectations allowed me to like this a bit more than it deserved. The director (Corin Hardy) has a knack for effective imagery, but the script is a threadbare amalgam of cliches from better movies. Source: HBO
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    I Just Watched...

    The Mountain Road (1960) - 6/10 WWII drama starring Jimmy Stewart as the head of a small detachment of US troops tasked with blowing up supply depots, roads, and bridges in China to hamper the Japanese military advancement. Featuring Lisa Lu as a dead Chinese general's wife being escorted by Stewart and company, Harry Morgan, James Best, Glenn Corbett, Mike Kellin, Frank Silvera, Rudy Bond, Frank Maxwell, Eddie Firestone, and Alan Baxter. This anti-war drama marks a rare appearance in a war film for combat-veteran Stewart. Lisa Lu, who made her movie debut here before going on to a lengthy and successful career in China as well as the US, is still around at age 92, and had a featured role in last year's Crazy Rich Asians. Source: TCM
  18. LawrenceA

    Name the Western

    Winchester '73 next: John Belushi
  19. LawrenceA

    5 Supporting Players Make The Movie

    Correct! Your turn, TopBilled.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Loves of Hercules (1960) - 3/10 Italian sword'n'sandal fantasy with Mickey Hargitay as the muscled demi-god Hercules, here seeking revenge for the death of his family. Also with Jayne Mansfield in a dual role, wearing black and red wigs, alternately. This was bad, with a lousy script and poor action scenes. Hercules battles a three-headed dragon that has to be seen to be believed. Source: internet
  21. LawrenceA

    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Yeah, that's what I was alluding to. Even if there had been 100% definitive, irrefutable evidence of Trump actively being an agent of the Russian government, most of his supporters wouldn't care. I was being a bit hyperbolic, perhaps, as some middle-of-the-roaders may think twice about voting for him if evidence were produced, but that sort of evidence will most likely not be forthcoming. If anything, the unredacted report probably alludes to some sort of financial or procedural malfeasance not directly linked to any Russian collusion scenario, and that's what Barr is referring to when he says some of it may harm reputations.
  22. LawrenceA

    5 Supporting Players Make The Movie

    Next: Charles Coburn Marjorie Main Laird Cregar Allyn Joslyn Louis Calhern
  23. LawrenceA

    5 Supporting Players Make The Movie

    Two-Minute Warning They all only appeared in the TV edit of the movie.
  24. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) - 5/10 French New wave comedy-drama from director Claude Chabrol. Four young women (Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Lucile Saint-Simon, and Stephane Audran) look for love and meaning in Paris. Also with Pierre Bertin, Jean-Louis Maury, Albert Dinan, and Claude Berri. I found this banal and uninteresting. The actresses were good, the men were not. There's development late in the film intended to shock, but I didn't care by that point. Many people love this movie, but it did nothing for me. Source: Kino DVD
  25. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The League of Gentlemen (1960) - 7/10 British crime comedy directed by Basil Dearden from a script by Bryan Forbes. Jack Hawkins stars as a former army officer who assembles a team of other former soldiers who have fallen on hard times in order to commit a complicated heist. Featuring Richard Attenborough, Roger Livesey, Nigel Patrick, Kieron Moore, Bryan Forbes, Terence Alexander, Norman Bird, Robert Coote, Melissa Stribling, Nanette Newman, David Lodge, Patrick Wymark, Nigel Green, and Oliver Reed. A great cast and a detailed script makes for an enjoyable ride, even if it's a tad too long. There's some surprising story elements, such as Moore's character being blackmailed for his (implied) homosexuality, and a quick appearance by Oliver Reed as a mincing actor who interrupts a meeting of the would-be robbers.

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