LawrenceA

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  1. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    LA 2017 (1971) - 5/10 Episode of the series The Name of the Game directed by Steven Spielberg, later re-shown as a standalone TV movie. Series star Gene Barry is on his way to a conference when he has a car accident that renders him unconscious. He's awakened in the year 2017 in a dystopian future-Los Angeles that has relocated underground following an ecological disaster that has left much of the planet uninhabitable. Barry tries to learn what exactly led to this nightmare scenario, and is disturbed by the fascist government led by Barry Sullivan. Also featuring Sharon Farrell, Paul Stewart, Severn Darden, Edmond O'Brien, Louise Latham, Michael C. Gwynne, and Geoffrey Lewis. This "glimpse into the future" gets much of it wrong, as usual, but it's still amusing to see the worries of the day, most of which are still present. Some noteworthy touches: the cops are also degree-holding psychiatrists that spout psycho-babble; milk is a luxury and status symbol; a visit to a nightclub features an elderly acid rock band performing for a bunch of geriatric hippies; and a discussion about a "supposed sighting of a real Negro in Cleveland", which hasn't been seen since "the riots of '86". Source: YouTube
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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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    I Just Watched...

    The End of Summer (1961) - 7/10 Japanese comedy-drama from writer-director Yasujiro Ozu. An elderly sake company owner (Ganjiro Nakamura) worries his extended family when his health falters and his financial choices come into question. Featuring Setsuko Hara, Michiyo Aratama, Yoko Tsukasa, Daisuke Kato, Akira Takarada, and Chishu Ryu. Ozu returns to familiar territory, including marrying off unwed relatives, familial obligations balanced against personal fulfillment, and the simple pleasures of domestic life. It all looks nice, each shot meticulously composed, and with added attention to ambient sound effects, like the sound of crickets chirping in the afternoon. Ozu only directed one film after this, 1962's An Autumn Afternoon, before dying in 1963 at age 60. His frequent star, and a major Japanese film fixture of the post-war years, Setsuko Hara, would also only appear in one more film, 1962's Chushingura. She lived in retirement another 53 years, passing away in 2015 at the age of 95. Source: The Criterion Channel
  4. Add anger, and you've just described 99% of all 21st century news media.
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    I Just Watched...

    Dead Eyes of London (1961) - 7/10 German crime thriller featuring Joachim Fuchsberger as Scotland Yard Inspector Larry Holt, who is tasked with finding those responsible for the deaths of several elderly men in recent weeks. His investigation eventually leads to a gang of blind killers controlled by a mystery man. Featuring Karen Baal, Dieter Borsche, Wolfgang Lukschy, Ady Berber, Eddi Arent, Anneli Sauli, Bobby Todd, and Klaus Kinski. This was based on an Edgar Wallace novel that had also served as the basis for the 1939 Bela Lugosi film The Human Monster. I liked some of director Alfred Vohrer's oddball choices, such as having a shot that zoomed in on a drinking glass and then out from the back of another character's head, or another scene shot from inside a man's mouth as he's using a waterpik to clean his teeth. Klaus Kinski looks cool sporting some mirrored shades, and 6'6'' Austrian wrestler Ady Berber, looking like Tor Johnson, is a memorable sight as a blind, hairy, hulking brute. Source: YouTube
  6. LawrenceA

    Descartes - What Is Known Clearly and Distinctly

    I had cause to glance at the Trivia section on Tor Johnson's IMDb page today, and noticed this tidbit: "Due to his enormous weight, he had a habit of breaking toilet seats." I'm sure he'd be proud to see that listed as part of his legacy.
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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?
  12. LawrenceA

    Hey, Canadians...

    I'm all for a 24-hour salute to Rowdy Roddy Piper on TCM.
  13. LawrenceA

    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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    Airport The Terminal Unaccompanied Minors
  19. LawrenceA

    Hottest Teen Idols

    They show up fine for me, as well.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  25. 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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