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  1. LawrenceA

    Why I love TCM

    I enjoy the complimentary soup, salad and breadsticks.
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    The Birthday Thread

    Inspired by the great work done by GregoryPeckFan during the month of February, and the nice photos posted by bansi in the Candids thread, I've decided to start a thread to list all of the movie, tv, or otherwise related individuals birthdays. Comment or not, as you wish.
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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.
  4. 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:
  5. 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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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Big Donnie has a new wallpaper for his oval office laptop: "So beautiful. So majestic. And that's just describing my BFF Kim! Why couldn't that stallion have a big red comb-over?"
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Yeah, that was my recommendation. One of my favorites of the 00's. I recall renting the DVD and not expecting anything, as I hadn't heard of it, and it was released here under the "Dimension Extreme" label, which tended to be trashy low-rent stuff. Instead, I was blown away by it, and was stunned when I realized that the intruder was Beatrice Dalle from Betty Blue. It was remade in 2016 with Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring in the leads, but I haven't watched it. Much like the American remake of Martyrs (2008/2015), I'm not sure if I want to see it.
  10. Carole King was inducted in 1990 along with Gerry Goffin in the Non-performers category, for their songwriting. I've wondered if that's why she hasn't been inducted as a performer, although it shouldn't make a difference. NIN were the crossover-into-mainstream industrial band, the first music of that type that a lot of people heard, and thus influential on that generation. They were industrial-lite to my tastes (I prefer Skinny Puppy, Ministry and KMFDM), but they (he, really) have left their mark. I've never gotten the MC5 love. I haven't heard a lot, and what I have heard sounded sloppy and uninspired, but I never saw them live, which is where they made their mark, or so I've heard. Dave Matthews Band were elevator music, the kind of stuff that department stores play on their intercom systems. They were popular with the granola crowd. Matthews himself seems like a good bloke, though. Rufus/Chaka Khan never did anything for me. I listened to a few of their songs again yesterday, and I can't even remember anything about them this morning. The Doobie Brothers...ugh. I feel the same about Whitney Houston, although with her I at least respect her talent. T. Rex should have been in a while ago. I think their relative obscurity among American listeners may be the reason it's taken as long.
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    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    The Mysterious Island (1929) - I really enjoyed this mess of a movie from MGM, based on Jules Verne's book. Lionel Barrymore stars as Count Dakkar (Captain Nemo in the book), a brilliant scientist and inventor with a volcanic island laboratory. The island is part of a larger kingdom known as Hetvia, and Dakkar's research efforts are put on hold when his former friend Falon (Montagu Love) decides to stage a coup. He tortures Dakkar in order to obtain his many scientific secrets, but Dakkar escapes and joins a group of opposing forces in an effort to stop Falon. Also featuring Jacqueline Gadsdon (as Jane Daly), Lloyd Hughes, Harry Gribbon, Gibson Gowland, Dolores Brinkman, and Snitz Edwards. This was a troubled production, taking years to complete. It started out as a silent, but as sound came into vogue, they reshot only parts with full sound, while leaving the majority of the film silent, using title cards, and also adding sound effects and a score. Lucien Hubbard wrote the script and got final screen credit for direction, too, although footage had been shot as far back as 1926 by directors Maurice Tourneur and Benjamin Christensen. The movie is an exciting adventure for the first 2/3 or so, but when the action goes undersea, we head into fun & bizarre territory, with a race of duck-faced dwarven undersea people, a giant octopus, and an alligator with a horn glued on his snout. Being Pre-Code, this has some surprising moments of violence. The disparate pieces of this don't go together smoothly, and the ending seems kind of rushed, but I liked this oddity a lot. Recommended. 8/10 Source: TCM by way of YouTube.
  12. I think you "stan" Lucille Ball. Just a little bit.
  13. Yes, it is Mads Mikkelsen. I was switching the avatars around to feature my favorite foreign-film actors of the decade, while I was watching films from said decade. So, 90's = Takeshi Kitano, 00's = Choi Min-sik, and 10's = Mads Mikkelsen. I finished up all of my discs Monday, though, so I should change it again, although I plan on watching several more from 2017-2019 via streaming in the next week. I haven't decided where to go next with the avatar. Maybe my favorite key grips from the classic film era. Or maybe Best Boys through the ages. Or maybe multiple Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees who never won.
  14. As of a week ago, it has been a decade since I've read a work of fiction. I remember the date due to other life events that coincided with the last novel I read. It's been nothing but non-fiction since then. I feel like I should be sadder about that than I am.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    I think my problems with the film came from heightened expectations. The film (and book's) chief point was the ease at which a Hitler-type could come to power in the current German political climate, with heightened nationalism and the immigration crises. In that respect, one couldn't be more on-the-nose than to depict such a leader as literally Hitler himself. The funny thing is, like in many satires of this sort, there is a portion of the audience who actually agrees with Hitler, and for whom the point is lost, twisted or ignored. It's gutsy that the movie was even made. I wonder how big a release it was in Germany?
  16. Your OP was only part of what Speedy was responding to (the Scorsese bit). She was also responding to the Bill Maher comments, which were brought up again, as well as someone's comments about how people dress/groom themselves.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Look Who's Back, David Wnendt, Germany (2015) - 6/10 Muddled, obvious satire based on a best-selling novel, with Adolf Hitler (Oliver Masucci) miraculously transported through time from 1945 Germany to 2014 Germany. He quickly acclimates to the massive changes that have taken place in the world, and soon finds himself a major TV celebrity, playing on anti-immigrant sentiments among the populace. The film starts out as a clumsy Borat-style goof, with Masucci in his Hitler guise interacting with real Germans who provide many cringe-worthy comments. However, the obvious editing used, and Masucci's apparent lack of improv skills, undercut much of this. It also switches over to scripted bits with obvious professionals playing "real people" quite frequently, casting even the genuine guerrilla-style interviews in a dubious light. The second half is a slog, with Hitler becoming an unlikely TV star (shades of Howard Beale in Network), and tedious scenes of the various network staff and their uninspired romances and machinations. The satire here is stale, as well (calling out ubiquitous reality TV programming as vacuous garbage isn't exactly daring commentary). The film also relies on a lot of German cultural in-jokes, with real TV celebs playing themselves having awkward interactions with Hitler, much of which falls flat for anyone unaware of who these people are. There's also a lot of then-current political skewering, but beyond Angela Merkel, I was unaware of who these people were, so for me it didn't work. And of course I wasn't crazy about the scene where Hitler kicks and then shoots a small dog. However, that bit was mitigated by it being poorly-done CGI. The filmmaking itself isn't interesting, with flat, digital-video cinematography which often (purposely?) looks amateurish. The score is mainly sourced classical snippets, with some oddities thrown in ("The Gonk", most famously used in the mall in the original Dawn of the Dead, is heard at one point"). All that being said, I still laughed a little at some bits.
  18. Scorsese didn't, but some posters said as much. Speedy was responding to them, as well as the OP, or at least that's how I took it.
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    I Just Watched...

    No, you're absolutely right. Waxwork is pretty dumb if you try to break it down and really examine it. I learned to just enjoy the bits I like and try to ignore the rest. And it's not like I, or anyone else that I'm aware of, think it's one of the best movies of its type, even as far as cheap 80's horror goes.
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    I Just Watched...

    I have that on disc with the sequel. I was thinking about watching part 2 again soon, as I don't recall much from it, other than take-offs on The Haunting and Night of the Living Dead.
  21. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    The New Land, Jan Troell, Sweden (1972) - 7/10 I think everyone else said that they've already seen this, but I finally caught up to this follow-up to The Emigrants, with Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as Swedish settlers in Minnesota circa the mid-19th century. It was good, but very long (203 minutes, although for some reason IMDb lists it with a 102 minute runtime). Ullman, Von Sydow, and Troell regular Eddie Axberg are all very good. Some of the cinematic techniques haven't aged well, and the massacre scene is fairly over-the-top, but I enjoyed the film overall.
  22. I never had the regional Southern accent that's so thick around these parts, either. I suppose since my parents were not from around here, I tried to sound more like them than my peers, despite being raised and schooled here. A school friend of mine met my paternal grandfather, who was born and raised in upstate New York, but who moved down here after retirement to be close to his son (my father) and us grandkids. Anyway, my friend, who is several generations a southerner, asked after meeting my grandfather, "Is he Jewish?" because he had a NY accent. When I said no, he asked "Then he's Italian?"
  23. It also depends on the person's appearance. My nieces and nephew who are mixed race (half-black, half-white) don't have the option as identifying as white, as they "look black" more than they "look white", as in, if a stranger saw them for the first time, they would identify them as black, and never as white. They have cafe au lait skin color, and black, kinky hair. But people make all sorts of silly snap judgments based on appearance. I'm of western European ancestry, mainly Irish, English and French, yet I was asked on several occasions if I were Hispanic, since I had dark brown/black hair, dark brown eyes that often look black, and I get a dark tan when I'm in the sun, and never sunburn. I was also once asked if I was Jewish, and when I asked the person why they thought so, they said it was because I "seemed smart and wore glasses!"
  24. The Criterion site is working now. I ended up ordering 4:
  25. The site still appears to be down. That's 90 minutes of the sale gone! I also still have a $10 digital giftcard from Criterion for being a charter member of the Criterion Channel. I've been saving it to use with the next flash sale. I have 3 or 4 I'm interested in.

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