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  1. The ones that I've noticed were not watches. If anything, they resemble braces. I was wondering if they had their origin as some piece of cowboy gear or heavy laborer's wear that would strengthen the wrist.
  2. I've noticed in more than a few things that I've watched recently guys wearing leather wristbands. The shows/films have been set in then-or-near contemporary times. Is it just a fashion accessory or did it serve a practical purpose? Was there a specific person that inspired this trend to catch on for awhile? I'm not a fashion person in the least, so I have no idea about this stuff.
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    I Just Watched...

    Bridge to the Sun (1961) - 6/10 Wartime drama starring Carroll Baker as a Tennessee girl who marries Japanese diplomat James Shigeta sometime before the outbreak of WWII. Shigeta is against the aggressive posture of his government, but he and his wife and young daughter are sent to Japan soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They struggle to survive in a hostile environment as the war rages on. Also with Tetsuro Tamba, James Yagi, Yoko Takahashi, Hiroshi Tomono, Yoshiko Hiromura, Sean Garrison, and Ruth Masters. Baker attempts to establish her dramatic cred with this true-story romantic drama that only partially works. I thought she was good in some scenes, dreadful in others, and the script is a bit too glib. However, it's an interesting story, and the interracial romance angle had to have been risky film material at the time. Source: TCM
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    I Just Watched...

    Black Tights (1961) - 5/10 If you like the French, and you like ballet, then you may enjoy this French ballet movie. Maurice Chevalier hosts four segments: "La Croqueuse de diamants" features Zizi Jeanmarie as a pickpocket who falls in love with furniture mover Dirk Sanders; "Cyrano de Bergerac" tells the tale of the title fellow (Roland Petit) with a big nose who assists friend Christian (Georges Reich) in his efforts to woo the lovely Roxanne (Moira Shearer); "Deuil en 24 heures" has rich wife Cyd Charisse witness her husband (Hans von Manen) duel another man (Roland Petit); and finally, in "Carmen", a soldier (Roland Petit) falls for a gypsy girl (Zizi Jeanmarie). The film was put together and choreographed by Paris Ballet, under the supervision of Roland Petit, while the film was directed by Englishman Terence Young. None of this is my cup of tea, and I watched it simply because it was included in a box set that I have. Source: Mill Creek DVD
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    I Just Watched...

    Armored Command (1961) - 4/10 Shoddy WWII drama featuring Earl Holliman as the leader of a small US Army squad during the latter part of the European campaign. His squad rescues an injured woman (Tina Louise) found near death in the snowy hills, and they bring her with them to the small town where their division is massing for an upcoming offensive. While Earl falls for Tina, commanding officer Col. Devlin (top-billed Howard Keel) tries to get all of his men ready, while also dealing with a spy in their midst. Also featuring Warner Anderson, Carleton Young, James Dobson, Marty Ingels as "Pinhead", and Burt Reynolds as "Skee". The melodrama with Holliman and Louise is amateurishly written and acted, while the scenes with Keel are just dull. Reynolds plays the squad heel, and he gets to manhandle a woman much like in his previous film. He wouldn't appear in another movie for four years. Source: internet
  6. And I've read and heard the opposite, that Mueller and his team found several incidents of obstruction and attempted obstruction, but that since he cannot be criminally charged while president, they left it up to Congress to proceed in the only means available to punish or censure a sitting president.
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    I Just Watched...

    Angel Baby (1961) - 5/10 Half-baked drama with Salome Jens as "Angel Baby", a mute girl in the Deep South who gets "healed" by tent-revivalist George Hamilton. She joins his ministry, preaching the Word, quickly inspiring jealousy in Hamilton's wife Mercedes McCambridge. Also with Joan Blondell, Henry Jones, and Burt Reynolds in his movie debut. Obviously inspired by the success of the previous year's Elmer Gantry, the script for this is weak, the direction flat, and the performances either too much (Hamilton, McCambridge) or too little (Jens). Reynolds plays a Florida good 'ole boy, which he was. Source: internet
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    I don't wish to derail things either, but I have to chime in and say that I'm also a Tarantino fan, although I don't think Pulp Fiction is his best movie. I absolutely agree on that fantastic opening, and the use of "Miserlou".
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    NY Cowboys

    I can't speak to specifics about those guys, but it was general practice to train potential actors in basic horsemanship from the 40's through the early 70's or so, as the western genre was so pervasive, especially during the mid 50's through the late 60's. Almost every working actor in film and/or television would appear in at least one episode of a western TV show, so that skill was basically a requirement. I think of it the same way contract players were trained in singing and dance, even if the studios weren't necessarily planning on using them in musicals. Having those skills on your resume helped get them work even after the contract system faded. I'm sure there were more than one ranch out west that served as a training ground for actors.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    1996 Pusher, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark Microcosmos, Claude Nuridsany & Marie Perennou, France/Switzerland Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan Ponette, Jacques Doillon, France Killer Con_dom, Martin Walz, Germany Beyond Hypothermia, Patrick Leung, Hong Kong/South Korea I've also seen: The Stendhal Syndrome, Dario Argento, Italy Rebirth of Mothra, Okihiro Yoneda, Japan 1001 Movies You Must See Gabbeh, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran Three Lives and Only One Death, Raoul Ruiz, France/Portugal
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    I Just Watched...

    The Untouchables - Season Two (1960-1961) Sophomore season of the 30's-set crime drama, running 32 hour-long episodes. Robert Stack returns as Eliot Ness, G-man crimefighter extraordinaire. He's joined by the previous season's team (Abel Fernandez, Nicholas Georgiade, and Steve London), as well as newcomer agent Lee Hobson (Paul Picerni). They fight all facets of the underworld, from dope peddlers to extortionists, to human traffickers and bootleggers. They also roam around the country, from their usual base in Chicago to New York and even Canada. Since the episodes aren't shown in chronological order, various crime figures from the previous season that were killed off return once again in earlier-set escapades, such as Frank Nitti (Bruce Gordon) and Dutch Schultz (Lawrence Dobkin and Robert J. Wilke). Notable guest stars this season included Elizabeth Montgomery (who was nominated for an Emmy for her season-opening appearance), Steven Hill (as Legs Diamond), Oscar Beregi, Luther Adler, Michael Ansara, Nehemiah Persoff, Will Kuluva, Eduardo Ciannelli, Henry Silva, Frank Silvera, John McEntire, Steve Cochran, Jan Sterling, June Havoc, Richard Jaeckel, Jack Warden, Francis Lederer, Joseph Wiseman, Murray Hamilton, Gavin MacLeod, Rip Torn, Richard Conte, Harry Dean Stanton, Keenan Wynn, Susan Oliver, James Coburn, Brian Keith, Telly Savalas, Sam Jaffe, Michael Constantine, Harry Guardino, Ed Nelson, Larry Parks, Jack Elam, John Marley, John Dehner, Ricardo Montalban, Barry Morse, Victor Buono, Viveca Lindfors, Constance Ford, and Lee Marvin. Two of the best guest turns were courtesy of Joan Blondell as an eccentric old dame who fugitive Richard Devon uses to make a getaway, only to discover that Joan is more dangerous than the cops; and an early-career appearance by George Kennedy as a deaf-mute goon who manhandles Ness on a few occasions. The show has the same exceptional production values as the first season, although there's still the anachronistic hairstyles. There is a lot of action, even too much in a few episodes, but I liked the exaggerated gunshot sound effects. The violence level is still high, as well, although it seems a little less shocking than the first season. The show reached #8 overall in the ratings, the height of its popularity. Source: Paramount/CBS DVD
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    Hottest Teen Idols

    When I was in school, the biggest teen idols were Francis X. Bushman and Gladys Cooper.
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    Favorite Performers By Decade

    If we're listing multiples for each decade, then I'll add other choices. Here are the guys: 1920's - Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Conrad Veidt, Emil Jannings 1930's - Edward G. Robinson, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Paul Muni 1940's - Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains 1950's - Robert Mitchum, Toshiro Mifune, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, William Holden 1960's - Peter O'Toole, Peter Sellers, Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen 1970's - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Lee 1980's - Harrison Ford, Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson 1990's - Ralph Fiennes, Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton 2000's - Christian Bale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe 2010's - Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling Now the additional gals: 1920's - Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Renee Jeanne Falconetti 1930's - Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Joan Blondell 1940's - Gene Tierney, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Jean Arthur, Barbara Stanwyck 1950's - Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Thelma Ritter, Setsuko Hara, Giulietta Masina 1960's - Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Steele, Deborah Kerr 1970's - Jane Fonda, Glenda Jackson, Liv Ullmann, Faye Dunaway, Madeline Kahn 1980's - Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Lange, Kathleen Turner, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close 1990's - Judy Davis, Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Salma Hayek 2000's - Laura Linney, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Samantha Morton, Scarlett Johansson 2010's - Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Jessica Chastain, Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie
  14. What actors and actresses are your favorites by decade? They should be judged by their output decade by decade specifically. Meaning, when considering the 1930's, Cary Grant should only be considered for the films that he made from the 1930's, and not from subsequent decades. If you feel someone is your favorite for more than one decade, then list them for each decade. Also, it's fine if you wish to skip some decades that you are less familiar with. I'm sure we've all done this before a hundred times, but I'm bored, and there's not much happening. 1920's = Lon Chaney & Lillian Gish 1930's = James Cagney & Myrna Loy 1940's = Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman 1950's = Marlon Brando & Deborah Kerr 1960's = Sean Connery & Jane Fonda 1970's = Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton 1980's = Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep 1990's = Gary Oldman & Emma Thompson 2000's = Daniel Day-Lewis & Cate Blanchett 2010's = Joaquin Phoenix & Amy Adams
  15. The GOP is unlikely to work on any of those things, but we'll see. I can tell you that my district's GOP Representative was featured on the front page of the local paper this morning with a story about how his priority now is to investigate the DOJ and the FBI so as to root out all of the corruption responsible for "giving President Trump such a hard time." And that includes Obama and Hillary.
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    BarberShop (2002) Beauty Shop (2005) Coming to America (1988) Smart Money (1931)
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    Just in case anyone missed this nugget of "wisdom" in the midst of all that effluvia.
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    How could I forget:
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    I wasn't trying to be funny, Cid. I was seriously asking those questions. But I suppose your response is answer enough, and more than I'll get from anyone else.
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    Hotties From Early TV

    Elizabeth Montgomery Mary Tyler Moore Irish McCalla Yvonne Craig Julie Newmar
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    I'm curious as to whether any of our resident Trump supporters feel that way. If so, will that change their support of Trump, and if not, why? Is it a question of the ends justifying the means, partisan loyalty, both, or neither?
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    I know it's popular to dislike the work of John Williams now, but I still find many of his themes to be iconic. Star Wars Superman Raiders of the Lost Ark I'm also partial to the work of Ennio Morricone A Fistful of Dollars Once Upon a Time in the West The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Thing (1982) The Untouchables (1987) Other random films: Halloween (1978) - John Carpenter Conan the Barbarian (1981) - Basil Poledouris Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Maurice Jarre The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Elmer Bernstein Taxi Driver (1976) - Bernard Hermann Psycho (1960) - Bernard Hermann The Godfather (1972) - Nino Rota
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    The Twilight Zone Star Trek Game of Thrones The Addams Family Peter Gunn Miami Vice It's Garry Shandling's Show Batman
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    Staying here?

    Yes, TCM has always been part of a higher tier package (Time-Warner, then Comcast/Xfinity) in my area.

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