LawrenceA

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    I Just Watched...

    The Connection (1961) - 6/10 Arthouse drama about a group of heroin addicts hanging around an apartment in Harlem, waiting for their connection to arrive with the day's fix. The characters monologize about their pathetic lives, while a few of them play jazz music. The film is presented as a documentary being filmed by a director (William Redfield) and his cameraman (Roscoe Lee Browne, in his debut). Featuring Warren Finnerty, Jerome Raphael, Jim Anderson, Barbara Winchester, Henry Proach, and Carl Lee. Shirley Clarke directed this film version of a play which structurally resembles the later mockumentary genre, only without the humor. The subject matter and the presentation ensure that this will have little appeal outside of the arthouse crowd, as most audiences will find this tedious, self-indulgent and of minimal entertainment. I applaud the effort and the intent, but the end product isn't something I'd want to revisit. Source: internet
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    I don't see this lineup as very strong. In fact, as they stand right now, Trump will steamroll over every one of them. And you know how I feel about Trump. Things may change as the field narrows and their platforms and personalities become more focused, but I'm not holding out much hope at this very early point.
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    I Just Watched...

    Come September (1961) - 7/10 Breezy, light romantic comedy with Rock Hudson as a wealthy businessman who arrives at his Italian seaside villa for a rendezvous with his lover (Gina Lollobrigida) only to discover that his butler (Walter Slezak) has rented the place out as a hotel, and that a group of teenage American girls (including Sandra Dee) is currently in residence. When a group of young American men (including Bobby Darin) show up, too, Rock and Gina's romantic getaway turns into a chaperone assignment. Also featuring Joel Grey, Joan Freeman, and Brenda de Banzie. This isn't my usual sort of movie, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, despite the chaste corniness of it all. The cast are all good, and I especially liked Lollobrigida, an actress that I'm normally not too fond of. This was the movie where Dee and Darin met, and they were married before the film was released. Source: Universal DVD
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Oh, yeah. She was the witch Angelique. I didn't recognize her.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Who is that?
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    Hey, Canadians...

    I've often read lamentations from the boards' Canadian contingent about TCM skipping Canada Day programming. If the channel were to devote 24 hours to Canadian themed films, what titles would you choose? You don't have to post a full 24 hours worth of stuff if that's too much for you, just a title or 3. However, full schedules are also appreciated. I ask this as I just watched The Canadians, and it's pretty bad.
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    Hey, Canadians...

    I'm all for a 24-hour salute to Rowdy Roddy Piper on TCM.
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    Hey, Canadians...

    I forgot about Guy Maddin. I'd have to include at least one of his strange films. I liked that one, and My Winnipeg. I need to see more.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Canadians (1961) - 5/10 Clunky western about the origins of the Northwest Mounted Police. Canadian soldiers Robert Ryan, Torin Thatcher and Burt Metcalfe try to make peace with Sioux natives led by Michael Pate who have moved north from the U.S. into Saskatchewan following the Battle of Little Big Horn. A tentative peace is made, but it's soon threatened by trigger-happy ranchers led by John Dehner. Also featuring Canadian opera star Teresa Stratas as "The White Squaw", Jack Creley, Scott Peters, Richard Alden, and John Sutton. This was the directorial debut of screenwriter Burt Kennedy, who later admitted to being clueless how to direct a picture at this point. The potentially-interesting material is served poorly by bad pacing, clumsy editing, and weak performances. The copy I watched was pan-and-scan, so the beautiful widescreen location scenery is also lost for the most part. Source: Encore Westerns
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    Hey, Canadians...

    I'm not Canadian, but the first thing I always think of when I see Canadian films brought up are the works of David Cronenberg, particularly his earlier stuff (They Came from Within, Rabid, The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome), and Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions.
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    I Just Watched...

    I saw this when it was new, and I liked it. Tim Roth was on a roll with his career at the time. This may have been the first movie that I saw with the Russian mob as the criminal focus. They'd soon become inescapable in both TV & film crime dramas and action flicks.
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    I Just Watched...

    By Love Possessed (1961) - 5/10 Glossy, sluggish soap opera melodrama. Alcoholic Lana Turner is having an affair with attorney Efrem Zimbalist Jr., a partner in the law firm of her emotionally-distant husband Jason Robards. Meanwhile, Zimbalist's son George Hamilton is also struggling with romance as he woos nice-girl Susan Kohner. Featuring Barbara Bel Geddes, Thomas Mitchell, Yvonne Craig, Everett Sloane, Gilbert Green, Frank Maxwell, Jean Willes, and Carroll O'Connor. Action director John Sturges seems an odd choice for this Peyton Place-esque soaper, and his skill with action scenes doesn't really help enliven this dull affair, nor does an obtrusive score by Elmer Bernstein. Source: internet
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    ClassiCategories

    Airport The Terminal Unaccompanied Minors
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    Hottest Teen Idols

    They show up fine for me, as well.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  20. 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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