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  1. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Rainy Dog, Takashi Miike, Japan (1997) - 7/10 Yuuji (Sho Aikawa) is a former yakuza living in Taiwan, working as a contract killer for a local triad boss. His grim life starts to unravel once he falls for a prostitute (Xianmei Chen), and a former lover drops a young boy on his doorstep, a son he never knew he had. Now Yuuji takes his girlfriend and his son on the run as the vengeful relatives of one of his recent victims goes on a bloody rampage. Filmed on location in Taiwan, this has more dialogue in Chinese than Japanese. It's also more mainstream than most of Miike's films, although still violent and dwelling on the uglier aspects of humanity. Tetsuo the Iron Man star Tomoro Taguchi has a memorable supporting role as a bumbling yakuza assassin.
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    January 2020 Schedule is Up! Patricia Neal SOTM

    Yeah, it's rather sedate for a TCM Underground film, but it's written and directed by Larry Cohen, who also wrote-directed the following It's Alive, the best of the monster-baby movies.
  3. Cable channels aren't subject to those broadcast FCC fines, though, are they?
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    January 2020 Schedule is Up! Patricia Neal SOTM

    Come and See is an outstanding film, but it is tough viewing. I wasn't thrilled with The Night Porter. It was a little too dull and serious for its scandalous reputation. I'd recommend all of the other TCM Imports films, as well, especially the lesser known The Bridge. The Oulaw and His Wife is an interesting early effort from Victor Sjostrom (The Phantom Carriage).
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    January 2020 Schedule is Up! Patricia Neal SOTM

    Silent Sundays Bardelys the Magnificent The Lodger a bunch of Harold Lloyd shorts on the 19th The Outlaw and His Wife TCM Imports The Shop on Main Street Kapo The Bridge Au revoir, les enfants Lacombe, Lucien The Night Porter Come and See TCM Underground Chopping Mall Multiple Maniacs Female Trouble The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover It's Alive (1974) Scary Movie (1991) Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Deathsport Cherry 2000
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    Glenda Jackson Returns

    I recall Diary of a Mad Housewife being one of the last Oscar-nominated performances that I tracked down to watch. I think it was on YouTube several years ago when I finally saw it.
  7. Timothy Carey or Mantan Moreland
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    Noir Alley

    Trapped is a public domain title, so it's available in a lot of terrible editions. I have it on one of those 50-movie sets from Mill Creek. I gave the movie a 6/10, but I don't recall much from it.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Live Flesh, Pedro Almodovar, Spain (1997) - 7/10 Melodrama with Javier Bardem as David, a former cop left in a wheelchair after being shot by Victor (Liberto Rabal), an unstable young man obsessed with beautiful model and drug addict Elena (Francesca Neri). Victor had taken Elena hostage, and when David and his abusive, alcoholic partner Sancho (Jose Sancho) responded to the scene, Victor and Sancho struggled, and Victor's gun went off, hitting David. Several years later, Victor is released from prison and begins stalking Elena. She's now married to David, who has become a famous paraplegic athlete. Meanwhile, Sancho's relationship with his long suffering wife Clara (Angela Molina) continues to deteriorate. Also with Penelope Cruz and Pilar Bardem. This was a little more conventional and "safe" than many of Almodovar's other films that I've seen. It's well acted, and looks good, but it lacks any kind of real spark. I liked the film's opening sequence, set in 1970 and showing Victor's birth aboard a city bus. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, later to marry, don't share any scenes, although Cruz spends much of her brief screentime with Pilar Bardem, Javier's real-life mother.
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    GODZILLA, King of the Kaiju....

    Godzilla Godzilla, King of the Monsters (the American dub/edit of Godzilla) Godzilla Raids Again Mothra vs Godzilla Mothra Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster Invasion of Astro-Monster Son of Godzilla Destroy All Monsters All Monsters Attack - There seems to be a hole in the schedule here - They have this 70-minute movie scheduled from 8PM until 1AM! My guess is they will show Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and Godzilla vs Hedorah/Godzilla vs the Smog Monster in this time slot. Rodan Godzilla vs Megalon Godzilla vs Mechgodzilla Terror of Mechagodzilla War of the Gargantuas, another Toho giant monster film, is scheduled after Terror of Mechagodzilla.
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    Glenda Jackson Returns

    I seem to recall Burstyn winning a Best Guest Performance Emmy for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for what was little more than a glorified cameo. It's been a while since I saw it, so maybe there's more to it than I recall, but I remember being surprised to see her nominated for it, and then when she won I thought it didn't speak highly of her competition.
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    Misleading Titles

    Your use of "here" is correct. However, your use of the past tense "worked" in this context is incorrect, and should have been "work".
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    Glenda Jackson Returns

    Who would you have chosen among the nominees? Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I think I've read that phrase, or a variation of it, at least once a week for the past 3 years. Saying that there's been a decline suggests that there was a height at which it previously existed. I can't recall ever seeing that.
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    Police Force abuses?

    10 years?!? That's it? I suppose we're just supposed to be grateful that they allowed it to go to trial at all.
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    GOP madness Unbound...

    Fox News Host Todd Starnes Out After Suggesting Democrats Worship Pagan God Moloch Todd Starnes’ contract at Fox News is not being renewed. The host will no longer be working at the network, its website, or its premium subscription service, Fox Nation. His removal comes a few days after he said on his radio program on Monday that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god often associated with child sacrifice. When asked for comment, Fox News confirmed the news that Starnes is no longer working at the network but did not elaborate on the reasons behind Starnes’ departure.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    There needs to be an emoji that's a cross between LOL, confused, and nauseated.
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    The Soap Opera Thread

    Yeah, Mr. & Mrs. Horton (Macdonald Carey & Frances Reid) on Days are good examples.
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    Yeah, I don't watch a lot of broadcast television, so that may be another reason I've only seen the one promo for it. I think that was during Jeopardy. I was also considering the amount of trailers that I've seen for Joker. Like I said, I don't watch a lot of commercial television, but I swear I've seen that Joker ad about 150 times in the past two weeks.
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    Was this meant for the fave political film thread?
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    I Just Watched...

    I didn't watch Cleopatra (1912), but I know you're (Hamradio) not the first around here to say that it was bad. I would have to keep it in context of its time. I know you mentioned another short film from the same year, but you can't really compare features and shorts. I do know that Cleopatra was made before Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, which really changed the language of cinema profoundly, so I usually look at movies made before it with that in mind. A lot of them were just static shots of the stage, with no close-ups or edits or multiple angles, etc. That being said, I'm still not sorry that I missed it!
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    I Just Watched...

    According to Wikipedia, the score was actually commissioned by TCM when the film was restored and first shown in 2000.
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    I Just Watched...

    Intolerance uses multiple color tints.
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    I can attest that outside of L.A., the movie Judy was hardly promoted at all (as I mentioned earlier in the thread, I only saw one very brief commercial on television for it), and I saw no articles about it elsewhere except for the (not positive) few mentions after its screening in Venice. If one doesn't read the Times, which the majority of the populace does not, then they would be totally unaware of this "event of the year" hype. To most of us, Judy is another minor indie film that most will not see. And I say this without any animosity toward the film. In fact, I hope that it's successful, if for no other reason than to spur further adult-oriented dramas.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Gonin 2, Takashi Ishii, Japan (1996) - 6/10 Sequel in name only, with five women, complete strangers to one another, finding themselves in the same jewelry store when an armed robbery goes down. The women, each with their own hardship to deal with, end up with the loot and on the run from authorities and the yakuza behind the heist. Meanwhile, a man driven mad by grief over the suicide of his wife (she had been assaulted by the same yakuza thugs) goes on a bloody rampage of revenge. There's some inventive camera work and quite a bit of violence, but the characters are weaker than in Ishii's previous effort.

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