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  1. LawrenceA

    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.
  3. 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.
  5. Yeah, for me The Adventures of Robin Hood is the best movie of 1938.
  6. 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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    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
  9. 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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    It's A Wonderful Town

    The Warriors (1979) - All over the city: Riverside Park, Coney Island, Central Park, 96th St IRT station, etc.
  12. T. Rex was very big in the UK, as influential in their time as David Bowie and Roxy Music. They had 11 top-ten singles from 1970 to 1973, as well as 4 top-5 albums, including 1971's Electric Warrior, which went to #1. However, in the US, their albums never went higher than #17, and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" was their only top ten single here, reaching #10 in '71. As I stated in my previous comment on them, I think T. Rex should have been inducted a long time ago. They had a big impact on the rock acts that came out after, especially the more theatrical rock of the 1980's. And Marc Bolan was a textbook example of a Rock Star. His death in '77 at age 29 resulted in a smaller catalog of songs than some of his contemporaries, but he's almost always listed as one of the best British rock performers of the 1970's. Here are a few other songs I like by them:
  13. I would think so. I know many performers have been inducted multiple times, like Eric Clapton 3 times (as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream, and his solo career). Here's a list of those: However, I'm not sure if anyone from the other categories (Early Influences, Non-performers, and Sidemen) have been inducted as a regular performer, as well. I don't think they have. But there can always be a first time. By the way, if anyone's interested, here's a list of the acts who have previously been nominated but have not yet been inducted:
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    Upcoming Releases

    January Criterion Titles Announced Holiday (1938) January 7 SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Holiday (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barry’s play, directed by Edward H. Griffith New conversation between filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow Audio excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and ’71 Costume gallery PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens Le Petit Soldat (1963) January 21 SPECIAL FEATURES High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Interview with director Jean-Luc Godard from 1965 Interview with actor Michel Subor from 1963 Audio interview with Godard from 1961 New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott All About My Mother (1999) January 28 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 2K digital restoration, supervised by executive producer Agustín Almodóvar and approved by director Pedro Almodóvar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Fifty-two-minute documentary from 2012 on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Pedro Almodóvar; Agustín Almodóvar; actors Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Cecilia Roth, and Antonia San Juan; production manager Esther García; and author Didier Eribon Television program from 1999 featuring Pedro Almodóvar and his mother, Francisca Caballero, along with Cruz, San Juan, Paredes, and Roth Forty-eight-minute post-screening Q&A in Madrid from 2019, featuring Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, and Paredes New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by film scholar Emma Wilson, along with (Blu-ray only) an interview with Pedro Almodóvar and a tribute he wrote to his mother, both from 1999 Fail Safe (1964) January 28 SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films “Fail-Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri Plus a Blu-ray upgrade for: The Fugitive Kind (1960) January 14 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES High-definition digital restoration, approved by director Sidney Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Interview from 2009 with Lumet Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others Program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson
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    You should read up more on Erdogan: On 14 June 2018, in a video that was leaked to the public, President Erdogan is caught calling his party members to resort to electoral fraud, by "marking" the votes of an opposition party, HDP, in a bid to consolidate a better position for his own party at the 2018 June elections in Turkey. Other topics include: Silencing the press State of emergency and purges Authoritarianism Suppression of dissentğan

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