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  1. 58 minutes ago, laffite said:

    Hi, I posted asking for help with a problem with streaming the Criterion Channel. You were helpful with this. I cannot find those exchanges. I thought sure it on this thread that I used but they are no where to be found. I found the solution and would like to share it but I would like to find those posts. Any ideas? Perhaps it was another thread?

    Here are the posts you are looking for, I believe:


  2. Scorsese has made further comments on the topic:

    “It’s not cinema, it’s something else. We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”


    He also addressed the streaming vs purely theatrical issue, as Netflix produced his latest film The Irishman:

    “There’s no doubt that seeing a film with an audience is really important. There is a problem though: we have to make the film. We’ve run out of room, in a sense; there was no room for us to make this picture, for many reasons. [But] having the backing of a company that says that you will have no interference, you can make the picture as you want – the trade-off being: it streams, with theatrical distribution prior to that. I figure, that’s a chance we take, on this particular project.”

    Netflix has been the target of more traditional sectors of the film industry, especially exhibitors, who are committed to defending the status quo and so major chains like AMC and Regal are refusing to screen the film.

  3. Oh, and also this weekend is the US release of South Korea's Parasite, one of the best-reviewed foreign films this year, having won the Palm d'Or at Cannes. It's a darkly comic satirical drama from director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of MurderThe HostSnowpiercerOkja).


  4. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    THE KING (war drama) from Netflix

    That description may be under-selling the movie a bit. It's a historical film adaptation of several of the "Henriad" plays of Shakespeare. Timothee Chalamet stars as Henry V, with Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin. 


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  5. So....I just finished watching a show that I had DVR'd, and switched it over to TCM to see which Godzilla movie was currently, only to discover that my TCM has now also been made inaccessible. I checked and double-checked, both SD and HD channels, and neither is now working, with a prompt appearing on screen informing me that this channel now requires a subscription. So my local Comcast provider implemented this sometime today, because I was watching TCM late last night just fine (I saw a bit of Blood on Satan's Claw).

    So no more TCM for me, either.

  6. 16 minutes ago, CMM said:

     To JASONLEEISAGOD:  I would guess that Comcast has access to ratings from Nielsen and others to come up with that percentage of who is watching.  That, or our cable box is reporting back to headquarters on what we are watching since it is somewhat interactive.  Until now, I never thought of that possibility before.

    Yes, if you have a receiver box, then they can track what you are watching. 

  7. 3 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

    confused on GODZILLA   flicks.....

    It appears that Destroy All Monsters (1968) 2:45AM ET is a premiere. 

    Tune in to watch Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minilla, and more slap each other around. 


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  8. Nightmare Cinema  (2018)  -  5/10


    Anthology horror film with 5 short tales. In the first, from director Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead), a young woman is stalked by a masked killer straight out of an 80's slasher flick until the scenario gets flipped in an unexpected direction. In the second, from director Joe Dante (Gremlins), a young woman with a facial scar from a childhood accident may get a new look from a sympathetic plastic surgeon (Richard Chamberlain). In the third, from director Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train), a priest (Maurice Benard) and a nun (Mariela Garriga) battle satanic forces in their church. In the fourth, from director David Slade (30 Days of Night), a worried mother (Elizabeth Reaser) goes to extreme lengths when she has to wait too long for a meeting. And in the fifth, from director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers), a teenage boy miraculously survives a deadly car-jacking, only to find something is amiss in the hospital where he's recuperating. There's also a brief wraparound segment with Mickey Rourke as the projectionist in the theater showing the five tales.


     These vary in quality, and I wasn't too crazy about any of them. Slade's B&W segment looked the best, while Brugues' is played for laughs. The last segment features the grandson of Charlie Chaplin (Orson Chaplin) as the carjacker.



  9. 5 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

     Who the hell cares anyway?  Live and let live.  


    I'd also like to point out that a what-about-ism thread on Bernie Sanders registering as a conscientious objector somehow morphed into Immanuel Kant and the immorality of gay-wedding cakes. :lol:

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  10. 3 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

    And people have the right to oppose it and hopefully it will be overturned one day.

    Why are you hopeful that it will be overturned? What will you gain by it being overturned?

    I'm not trying to get a rise out of you, but I'm just surprised that someone that has been so vocally anti-religious is also this worked up about homosexuality. Trying to lump it in with pedophilia, which includes non-consenting minors, is particularly egregious. 

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  11. Just now, speedracer5 said:

    Is Shark Week based on the annual Discovery Channel programming that was ruined because it became popular and trendy? Or were you just really disappointed in Discovery's 2012 Shark Week spectacle?

    No, it was an extremely cheap and dumb movie that showed up on SyFy Channel back when they were on a kick of killer creature movies. I'm astonished that it had any kind of theatrical release. IMDb doesn't label it as a made-for-TV movie or a direct-to-video movie, yet no theatrical release dates are listed, either. It starred Yancy Butler and Patrick Bergin, both looking awful. I gave it a rare 1/10 score.




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  12. 3 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

    The study cited does not prove that sexuality is a choice. Here's another take on the same study:

    "The study shows that genes play a small and limited role in determining sexuality. Genetic heritability — all of the information stored in our genes and passed between generations — can only explain 8 to 25 percent of why people have same-sex relations, based on the study’s results.

    Moreover, the researchers found that sexuality is polygenic — meaning hundreds or even thousands of genes make tiny contributions to the trait. That pattern is similar to other heritable (but complex) characteristics like height or a proclivity toward trying new things. (Things like red/green colorblindness, freckles and dimples can be traced back to single genes). But polygenic traits can be strongly influenced by the environment, meaning there’s no clear winner in this “nature versus nurture” debate."

    You seem to be applying the same kind of absolutism as a number of religious fundamentalists. 

  13. The Marsha Mason movies I've seen, in order of preference:

    1. Cinderella Liberty (1973)
    2. The Goodbye Girl (1977)
    3. Audrey Rose (1977)
    4. 2 Days in the Valley (1997)
    5. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
    6. Nick of Time (1995)
    7. Chapter Two (1979)
    8. Only When I Laugh (1981)
    9. Max Dugan Returns (1983)
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  14. 9 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

    Mark of the Devil (1970) Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven, West Germany.

    It is borderline S&M soft core porn.  It has none of the virtues of a good Hammer or AIP witchfinder film.

    Yeah, it was considered boundary-pushing and controversial when released. It's really just a trashy exploitation movie, although some of the production values were a bit higher than in many of those. And like most "shocking" movies of their eras, they seem sillier and cheesier years later. 

    The DVD I watched of it had English, German and Italian soundtracks. Like many European movies of the era, they had the actors perform in their native tongues and just made multiple audio tracks in various languages in post, just like the spaghetti westerns.

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  15. From their list, I've seen Hyde Park On HudsonThat's My BoyThis Means WarAlex CrossUnderworld: AwakeningAssassin's BulletPiranha 3DDThe Magic of Belle Isle, and Silent House.

    Silent House doesn't belong on the list. Neither does Hyde Park On Hudson. Most of the others were just mediocre, but not so bad as to be extraordinary. I would say the worst were Piranha, Assassin's Bullet and Alex Cross.

    My choices for worst of the year, out of the 240 titles that I've seen, and restricted to theatrical releases:

    1. Shark Week
    2. Awesome Killer Audition
    3. Fetish Dolls Die Laughing
    4. Monsters in the Woods
    5. True Bloodthirst
    6. Gallowwalkers
    7. The Devil Inside
    8. Alien Uprising
    9. Assassin's Bullet
    10. Piranha 3DD
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  16. 2 hours ago, midwestan said:

    I get where you're coming from.  After being a loyal cable customer from the inception of pay television, I returned my cable box, remote, and some wires to my local cable company office on Wednesday.  At the first of this month, the company had a channel shake up in which it took off several channels (which naturally, I liked watching) and replaced them with stations I couldn't stomach.  So, I have no television programs to watch.  Any content I want to enjoy will come on my desktop.  How long before I go with a competing company?  I don't know.  The thought of saving $125 a month is rather appealing to me.  If I can make it through the college football bowl season without tearing up the house, I'll be fine!  Maybe!

    What are the channels that you "can't stomach"? Just curious, but if it's an issue, don't feel compelled to respond.

    I sympathize with everyone out there in TV land who had their TCM move to a higher tier/different package. I didn't have that issue, as TCM has always been on a higher tier with my Comcast (previously Time-Warner) cable. I have always paid extra for TCM, and most if not all of the additional channels in that package are not anything that I watch, being mostly sports channels (Golf channel, some racing channels, a couple of outdoors/hunting/fishing channels, etc.). I've considered dropping that tier, or even cable altogether, but I haven't yet. There are no viable competitors here, either. Even the dish TV providers are a no go due to the topography. 

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  17. Marrowbone  (2017)  -  6/10


    Old-fashioned mystery/horror about a British mother and her four children who travel to her family's dilapidated ancestral estate in order to escape the children's father, a brutish monster convicted of multiple murders and robberies, but who escaped incarceration. Not long after arriving, the mother falls ill and dies, leaving the children alone, and under the supervision of eldest brother Jack (George MacKay). While they try to keep up the pretense that their mother is still alive, Jack finds romance with sweet librarian Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy, from The Witch). However, things take a dark turn when a sinister force seems to be haunting the children's home. Featuring Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg, and Kyle Soller. 

    This is decent enough, though ultimately unmemorable. It also falls prey to that tiresome modern horror shtick of pitching the dialogue at very low volume so as to startle the viewer with excessively loud soundtrack jolts. 


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  18. 23 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    Simple but expensive solution..... bury all the power lines. It'll probably pay for itself in the long run.

    That was scheduled to be done in my area about 15 years ago, but then at the last minute the two power companies that serve my town canceled it. If there's one state it makes sense, it's here in Florida with the lines going down during every other storm. But they decided that it would be too expensive, and they'd have to "pass along" the cost to consumers meaning higher bills, which customers polled said they didn't want. Plus they said it would jeopardize the jobs of thousands of linemen around the state.<_<

  19. Ejecta  (2014)  -  3/10


    Dreadful sci-fi thriller about a man (Julien Richings) who gets kidnapped by military types who think that he has some knowledge about a possible impending alien invasion. The film jumps back and forth between his interrogation, which is shot in the traditional manner, and flashbacks shown in a documentary style. It seems like two half-finished bad movies stitched together into one terrible whole. Avoid.


  20. Digging Up the Marrow  (2014)  -  5/10


    Writer-director Adam Green (Hatchet) also stars as himself, filming a "documentary" about a man (Ray Wise) who contacted Green via fan mail to inform him of the existence of real monsters. The man, a 61 year old retired policeman, claims to have discovered an underground world called "the Marrow", which is populated by deformed people and other "monsters". Green and his film crew are skeptical, but soon the evidence begins to pile up. Featuring cameos by horror actor Kane Hodder and directors Tom Holland and Mick Garris as themselves.

    I'm not sure what Green was going for here. Some scenes are played for laughs, while others seem to be striving for seriousness. It's also strange to construct the film to look like an actual documentary, but then cast a recognizable actor like Ray Wise as the one "real" non-celebrity person in the movie. The whole thing ends up coming across like a self-indulgent lark.


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