LawrenceA

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    Recently Watched Horror

    Incident in a Ghostland (2018) - 6/10 Canadian horror from director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs). A mother (Myelene Farmer) and her two young daughters Beth (Emilia Jones) and Vera (Taylor Hickson) travel to their new, secluded home out in the country. They are followed there by a pair of psychos in an ice cream truck. The sinister duo attacks them, leaving the family scarred or worse. Many years later, adult Beth (Crystal Reed) is a successful horror novelist with a loving husband and a young son. Circumstances lead her to return to the family home, where her mother cares for the psychologically damaged Vera (Anastasia Phillips), who claims that evil forces continue to torment her. The narrative plays around with reality, so the viewer isn't sure what's real and what isn't. The acting is good, but the antagonists are nothing that you haven't seen in a hundred other psychos-on-the-loose stories. The film has a low-budget quality that's surprising given Laugier's previously polished works. Still, one could do much worse than this semi-successful thriller.
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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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    SCIENCE, NATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE

    Yeah, those Twitter video clips only work about the half the time for me.
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    SCIENCE, NATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE

    Did you actually watch the video clip? It's not a "rocket barely got off the ground". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_Ladder:_The_Art_of_Cai_Guo-Qiang Here's a clip that shows more:
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    I couldn't recall how much of that was in French. I'll add it to my list.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    The first film is also filled with infinitely-quotable lines. I don't know how many times I've greeted a friend with this Exorcist quote - "Your mother sucks **** in Hell, (insert friend's name)!" "The power of Christ compels you!" was also a frequently repeated chant during marathon drinking sessions. Or telling a soon-to-be-traveling friend, "You're gonna die up there", followed by whizzing on the floor. Good times!
  7. Is it any of the ones listed on IMDb? A Touch of Texas (1942) (uncredited) Music by Jimmy McHugh A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (1943) (uncredited) Music by Jimmy McHugh Played in the score Speak Your Heart (1938) (uncredited) Music by Allie Wrubel Sidewalk Boogie (uncredited) Music by Roy Webb "Paradise (1931) (uncredited) Music by Nacio Herb Brown Played in the score "The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited) Music by Hoagy Carmichael Played in the score
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    He did say: " Pazuzu, king of the evil spirits of the air, help me to find Kokumo!"
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    I really should break out my Blu ray of the second one and watch it again (it came with the box set). I haven't seen it in probably 25 years or more. Part of it's turkey reputation came from the heightened expectations from the first one's success, and the people assembled to make the second one. Director John Boorman had great acclaim for helming Deliverance, but I guess they forgot that he also made the Zardoz. Adding Richard Burton, James Earl Jones, Louise Fletcher (who'd just won an Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Ned Beatty, and Paul Henreid brought more prestige, and figuring out a way to bring back Max Von Sydow was also a plus. However, the result was one of the strangest misfires of the decade.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    I sincerely hope you didn't take my comments to be a knock on you. You're one of my faves around here. My comments seem to be engendering a lot of hostility or displeasure from a number of people around here, and I'm not sure why. It's one of the reasons that I don't post as often as I once did (I know, I know - some people wish that it were a lot less). Most likely I'm just very poor at expressing myself. Or maybe it's that many people are only looking for positive reinforcement with no disagreement. Personally, I've been lectured more than once on here by people who say that they're all for disagreement in opinions, but I don't see that being the reality, unless they're the ones doing the disagreeing. I'm not referring to you here, Lorna, but if they bother to read this, the persons to whom I am referring will know who they are. There are a few people to whom I will be ill-tempered with because I straight-up just don't like them at all, and a few more who I wish would just go away, but for the most part I attempt to be civil and courteous, and more often than not, tongue-in-cheek and good-humored. Which is how I hope you took my previous comments.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    Yeah, you were one of the people I was thinking of when I recalled that some around here had voiced disliking the movie in the past. My point to Lorna was that if one found the first movie goofy, then I would have expected them to find the second one a veritable Mount Olympus of goofiness. However, I suppose since the first one has a much greater critical reputation, while the second one is often cited as one of the all-time turkeys, it's easier to see someone being disappointed in the first and surprised by the second.
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    The Exorcist Conventional?

    If you can say that the first one was "awfully goofy", and yet think the second one was "not that bad", then yeah, you're wired differently. But I seem to recall several people on here voicing dislike of the first movie.
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    2020 Election

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard gets 2020 endorsement from David Duke Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has apparently gotten an endorsement she said she can do without — from former KK Klan leader David Duke. The 68-year-old white supremacist and former GOP Louisiana state senator plastered a banner on his Twitter page prominently featuring a photograph of the Hawaiian lawmaker, the New York Post reported. “Tulsi Gabbard for President,” it blares, along with the tagline: “Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!” “Tulsi Gabbard is currently the only Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to send White children off to die for Israel,” the former Grand Wizard tweeted his more than 50,000 followers along with a photograph of Gabbard meeting a US service member and his child. But Gabbard wasted no time in lashing back at Duke and rejected his backing. “I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support,” she told The Post in a statement Tuesday. “Publicizing Duke’s so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before.” Gabbard — who is of Samoan heritage — served with the US Army National Guard in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was first elected to office in Hawaii in 2013. https://www.yahoo.com/finance/m/0ec7afdc-eb7a-31c8-be08-a0bc5a78e209/rep.-tulsi-gabbard-gets-2020.html
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    2016 Train to Busan, Sang-ho Yeon, South Korea The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, Iran Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas, France The Handmaiden, Chan-wook Park, South Korea The Wailing, Hong-jin Na, South Korea Raw, Julia Ducournau, France Operation Mekong, Dante Lam, China Elle, Paul Verhoeven, France I've also seen: Shin Godzilla, Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi, Japan Under the Shadow, Babak Anvari, Iran Shelley, Ali Abbasi, Denmark/Sweden Headshot, Kimo Stambeol & Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany Bad Black, I.G.G. Nabwana, Uganda 1001 Movies You Must See The Handmaiden, Chan-wook Park, South Korea Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany Under the Shadow, Babak Anvari, Iran
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Scary Movie (1991) - 5/10 Not to be confused with the later Wayans brothers comedies, this is a very low-budget regional horror flick from Austin, Texas. It's Halloween night, and frightened wimp Warren (John Hawkes) goes with his friend and two gals to a "haunted house" attraction, the kind of do-it-yourself fright show amusements that used to be ubiquitous around Halloween, often run by civic groups who donated proceeds to charity. Anyway, on this same night a notorious serial killer escapes from custody and makes his way to the spookshow, where he poses as one of the masked participants. Also featuring Butch Patrick as a bully, big Robert Jacks (who would go on to play Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation) as a thug, Suzanne Aldrich as Warren's oddball date, and Ev Lunning as the sheriff. This is very cheap, but it's evocative of the season, and I liked the spookshow attraction setting. I worked in a few in my youth, and even designed and built one with some friends one year. It was a lot of fun. Hawkes, who would later go on to a much bigger career including an Oscar nod for 2011's Winter's Bone, is described on the cover insert as "channeling a mix of Buster Keaton and Crispin Glover." I can see that, with a little Don Knotts thrown in for good measure. The movie is more light in tone than scary, although it's not a straight-up farce, either. The cover insert also states that the film never received distribution, and is only now being widely seen, thanks to the AGFA Blu-ray released just a couple of weeks ago.
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    Ron Ely

    I have the SCTV DVD box sets. On one of them, there are lengthy interviews with the cast and writers. When the inevitable comparisons to SNL are brought up, one of them, I think Dave Thomas, said that it really isn't fair to compare the two, as they were made very differently. SNL writes all of its sketches in a 2 or 3 day marathon before the show night, with attempts made to tailor to them that week's host and their strengths and weaknesses. Then they rehearse them only two or three times, and before performing them live with no re-takes possible. On the other hand, SCTV was a filmed show with no rushed deadlines, and they had a lot longer to get the writing polished and the performances just right before putting them on film/tape. I agree that SCTV was a funnier show sketch-for-sketch, but they had a lot of advantages to achieve such success that the SNL people didn't and still don't.
  17. I know what you meant. Just as comedies, romances and genre films (action/horror/sci-fi/etc.) are often said not to be "Oscar material".
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    TCM Premieres

    I'm still curious what will be shown during Silent Sundays on the 27th. The Haunted Hotel (1907) is scheduled for 12:00AM ET, but it's only 7 minutes long. The time slot, though, is a full two hours, with the next scheduled film being the TCM Imports showing of The Living Skeleton (1968) at 2:00AM ET. If I don't have TCM beck by then, which is a strong likelihood, I hope someone will post about what else was shown during that 2 hours.
  19. Yeah, for me The Adventures of Robin Hood is the best movie of 1938.
  20. I like You Can't Take It With You more than The Citadel, Marie Antoinette, Test Pilot, and Holiday, but your point remains valid. I would add another nominee from that year, Grand Illusion, to the list of those better than the winner.
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    M A G A >> WINNING! WINNING! WINNING!

    I read an article last week about Matt Gaetz, where it stated that he's going to be a major player in Republican politics for decades to come. It called him savvy and intelligent, and that he's had one of the fastest rises on the national stage of any recent politician. I think that says a lot about the sorry state of things if that's true.
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    Faust (1926)

    Faust is a great silent movie. One of Murnau's best, as well as Jannings. There's nothing "woke" or "film school" about it. Plus, it fits in with October, and the other Halloween-style programming. In fact, I don't see any other films scheduled for Silent Sunday for the rest of the year that suggest the idea that the programming is being changed substantially from what it has been previously
  23. I'd buy a Fred Mertz action figure. And display it prominently in my home for others to enjoy. Edit: I was joking, but wouldn't you know it, there is such a thing. What child's face wouldn't light up at the sight of such a treasure under the tree on Christmas morn? -
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    Why I love TCM

    I enjoy the complimentary soup, salad and breadsticks.
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    The Birthday Thread

    Inspired by the great work done by GregoryPeckFan during the month of February, and the nice photos posted by bansi in the Candids thread, I've decided to start a thread to list all of the movie, tv, or otherwise related individuals birthdays. Comment or not, as you wish.

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