• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. LawrenceA

    money equivalency--help. $10,000 in 1924???

    Here's the one I use. It's from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. LawrenceA

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Tall Story (1960) Next: witchcraft
  3. No, Number one son (Lee Chan/Keye Luke) left the series, so the character in the movie you mention seeing part of was Number two son (Jimmy Chan/Victor Sen Yung). It's unusual in that, instead of the regular practice of recasting the original character (much the way that Charlie Chan was recast), they brought in a whole new character in the next eldest son.
  4. Victor Sen Yung played Jimmy Chan, aka Number 2 son. Number 1 son was Lee Chan, played by Keye Luke in the earlier Warner Oland/Charlie Chan films. When Oland left, so did Luke. Instead of considering it a recast, they just said Lee had moved away for school, and Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) became his father's chief assistant/comic foil.
  5. LawrenceA

    the new Grinch is millennial wuzzy

    Clutch Cargo was the prime offender in that regard, and I've always seen it referred to as "Clutch Cargo animation" ever since.
  6. LawrenceA

    money equivalency--help. $10,000 in 1924???

    $10,000.00 in 1924 equals approx. $146,176.30 in 2018 dollars.
  7. LawrenceA


    Pet Sematary (1989/2019)
  8. LawrenceA


    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
  9. LawrenceA


    Dead Boyz Can't Fly (1992) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Se7en (1995) Mo' Better Blues (1990) eXistenZ (1999) Kalifornia (1993) Thr3e (2006)
  10. LawrenceA

    & then there's the rest of the WORLD...

    American killed by an isolated tribe on remote Indian island PORT BLAIR (Reuters) - A young American adventurer and evangelist visiting one of the islands in India's remote cluster of Andaman and Nicobar has been killed by a tribe of hunter-gatherers who live there isolated from the outside world, police said on Wednesday. The North Sentinel Island, which is out of bounds for visitors, is home to the Sentinelese community, believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world. The American, identified as 26-year-old John Allen Chau, was killed after being illegally ferried to the island by fishermen, Dependra Pathak, the director general of police in Andaman and Nicobar, told Reuters. "A murder case has been registered against unknown persons," said Pathak, adding that the fishermen had been arrested. Chau's social media posts identify him as an adventurer and explorer. Responding to a travel blog query about what was on the top of his adventure list, Chau said: "Going back to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India." Chau also said in the blog: "I definitely get my inspiration for life from Jesus." Based on his social media posts, Chau appears to have visited India multiple times in the last few years, exploring many parts of southern India and preaching in some places too. The police said in a statement late on Tuesday they had launched an investigation after being contacted by the U.S. consulate in the southern city of Chennai. "We are aware of reports concerning a U.S. citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," a consulate spokeswoman said in an email, but declined to provide further details. North Sentinel Island is about 50 km (31 miles) west of Port Blair, the capital of the island cluster. In 2006, two fishermen, whose boat strayed onto the 60-sq-km island, were killed and their bodies never recovered. An Indian Coast Guard helicopter sent to retrieve the bodies was repelled by a volley of arrows from the community. Pathak said a Coast Guard vessel with police and experts on the tribe had gone to scout the island and formulate a plan to recover Chau's body. Chau made two or three trips to the island by canoe from Nov. 15, making contact with the tribe but returning to his boat. He told the fishermen on Nov. 16 he would not come back from the island and instructed them to return home and pass on some handwritten notes he had made to a friend, Pathak said. The next morning they saw his body being dragged across a beach and buried in the sand, the police chief said, adding: "This was a misplaced adventure in a highly protected area." A source with access to Chau's notes said Chau had taken scissors, safety pins and a football as gifts to the tribe. In his notes, the source said, Chau wrote that some members of the tribe were good to him while others were very aggressive. "I have been so nice to them, why are they so angry and so aggressive?" the source quoted Chau as saying. Reuters was unable to immediately trace contact details for Chau's family or a representative. The source, who asked not to be named, said Chau wrote that he was "doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island...Do not blame the natives if I am killed." (Reporting by Sanjib Kumar Roy; Writing by Euan Rocha; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Gareth Jones)
  11. LawrenceA


    This may be of some interest to some around here: FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned. The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse(Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking. In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine. See full article at Variety »
  12. LawrenceA


    The women-directed silent films shown recently coincided with the release of those movies, and others, on a Blu-Ray/DVD set. The channel can, and has in the past, make deals with distributors to lease films that will be released on home media at a reduced rate, since the broadcast is acting as a de facto advertisement. Thus, the showing of those particular silents were subsidized. As for being patient, I believe drednm has waited 24 years, so his bringing up his request again seems reasonable.
  13. LawrenceA


    This was my first thought on the topic, as well. Both Davies and Gish would need to air at least a night or two of silents, and that may put off too many viewers. Not I, as I enjoy silents, but I realize that I'm in the very small minority on that.
  14. LawrenceA

    Scarlet Empress

    I have the original solo Criterion DVD release of Scarlet Empress, and the picture is only okay. It was one of their earlier releases, and may have been a transfer from the laserdisc. However, Criterion released a remastered Blu-ray box set last year of the collaborations between Dietrich and Von Sternberg, and that's likely the copy TCM showed this latest time. If you're a fan of their work, then the price is worth it, but it ain't cheap at $99.96 on the Criterion site. You can currently get it for $62.49 at Barnes and during the Criterion sale, which lasts until the end of the month. New 2K or 4K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays New interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King; director Josef von Sternberg’s son, Nicholas; Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronneburg; and costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis New documentary about actor Marlene Dietrich’s German origins, featuring film scholars Gerd Gemünden and Noah Isenberg New documentary on Dietrich’s status as a feminist icon, featuring film scholars Mary Desjardins, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White The Legionnaire and the Lady, a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable New video essay by critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin The Fashion Side of Hollywood, a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and costume designer Travis Banton Television interview with Dietrich from 1971 PLUS: A book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme
  15. LawrenceA

    favorite thanksgiving chow

    What is pozole?
  16. LawrenceA

    Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse

    Assuming that's who you are referring to, it was announced a while back that Ted Turner has dementia. That tends to slow one down.
  17. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1975

    I looked him up and it appears I haven't seen anything by him. I thought maybe I'd seen Emmanuelle 5 (I can't keep them straight), but I haven't.
  18. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1975

    I've heard of this one for a long time but unfortunately I haven't seen it yet.
  19. LawrenceA

    LEAST & MOST FAVORITE of the week...

    I watched 34 movies in the past week. It was a particularly weak run of films, with few to recommend. The best was Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016), a documentary that recently aired on TCM. It details the history behind a terrific find in 1978: a large amount of silent film reels buried in a landfill in the title Canadian city. The movie does a tremendous job of intertwining the history of that small gold rush town and the beginnings of the film industry far south in the U.S. While it seems to go off on several digressions, they only serve to illustrate the importance of the film clips recovered from the site, as many offer the only moving visual record of people and events from the first part of the 20th century. The film's lengthy running time is largely like the silent films it discusses, with no narration or interviews except for bookends. Much of the film has on-screen notations, accompanied by moody, avant-garde music. I liked it a lot, and recommend it to historians, of the film variety or otherwise. Other movies that I thought were good include Slow West (2015), Southpaw (2015), Turbo Kid (2015), Where to Invade Next (2015), Allied (2016), Anthropoid (2016), Colossal (2016), and Free State of Jones (2016). Among the mediocre titles were Self/Less (2015), Synchronicity (2015), Tale of Tales (2015), Tales of Halloween (2015), Victoria (2015), American Pastoral (2016), ARQ (2016), The Assignment (2016), The Bad Batch (2016), Bad Moms (2016), Ben-Hur (2016), Beyond the Gates (2016), Central Intelligence (2016), Certain Women (2016), The 5th Wave (2016), Free Fire (2016), The Good Neighbor (2016), Holidays (2016), and House on Willow Street (2016). The truly bad ones included Shark Lake (2015), The Binding (2016), Cabin Fever (2016), Code of Honor (2016), and Friend Request (2016). The worst was The Asian Connection (2016), a cheap crime drama about an American criminal in Thailand who regularly crosses the border into Cambodia to rob banks. This brings him into conflict was a Cambodian crime boss played by noted Asian thespian Steven Seagal. That should say it all, but Seagal, even in a much smaller role than usual, still manages to embarrass himself and his co-stars with his half-assed performance and laughable posturing.
  20. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1975

    I included a trio of very ridiculous, yet entertaining Hong Kong movies on my list for 1975: The Flying Guillotine is one of several martial arts movie from the decade that features the bizarre title weapon. It's sort of a frisbee-shaped collapse-able basket on a chain. The user throws it through the air, and it lands on top of the head of the target, dropping over it like a hood. Then the wielder yanks the chain and voila: it's off with their head. From Meng Hua Ho, the same director of The Flying Guillotine, comes the even more outrageous Black Magic. It concerns an evil sorcerer who is hired by people to curse their enemies or to cast love spells. He decides that he wants the bride of a client for himself, leading to conflict. This movie is a bit unusual as it's set in modern times, yet concerns supernatural powers more commonly seen in period piece adventure films from the region. Last but not least, there's Infra-Man, probably the best known of the three films. It's a Chinese versions of the Japanese superhero-meets-kaiju TV shows like Ultraman or the much later Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Set in the far-flung future of 2015, it features an ancient demon emerging from seclusion to wreak havoc on the world. A scientist uses an experimental procedure to transform a government agent into Infra-Man, a costumed hero. It's very silly, with a Godzilla-film aesthetic, and lots of goofy monsters in rubber costumes.
  21. Robert Downey Jr. was not in any of the Fantastic Four movies. That's Ioan Gruffudd. And the gif you posted was from the TV show Forever.
  22. LawrenceA


    James Dean Luise Rainer Heather O'Rourke River Phoenix Jaye Davidson
  23. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched Horror

    Svengali (1931) - Supernatural thriller from Warner Brothers and director Archie Mayo, based on the novel Trilby by George L. Du Maurier. John Barrymore stars as Svengali, a composer and music impresario who teaches singing in hopes of finding the right talent to mold into stardom. He discovers it in pretty young woman Trilby (Marian Marsh), and sets out to harness her abilities, which also requires him to exert his supernatural ability to hypnotize and dominate the thoughts of others. This understandably upsets Trilby's suitor Billee (Bramwell Fletcher). Also featuring Donald Crisp, Carmel Myers, Luis Alberni, Lumsden Hare, Ferike Boros, and Paul Porcasi. Barrymore, with a long pointed beard and heavy makeup, gets to glare about and look intimidating. The scenes showing his hypnosis, during which Barrymore wears white contact lenses, are effective, as is a scene with the camera swooping over highly-stylized rooftops to show his hypnotic pull over great distances. Marsh is pretty but unpolished, acting wise, but as she was just 17 at the time, it's understandable. There's a scene of her nude modeling for an art class that could only have been Pre-Code. While this film is generally categorized as horror, I wouldn't go in expecting much of the typical horror film elements. This earned two Oscar nominations, for Best Art Direction (Anton Grot) and Best Cinematography (Barney McGill). 7/10 Source: TCM.
  24. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1975

    1975 Dersu Uzala, Akira Kurosawa, USSR Deep Red, Dario Argento, Italy Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmuller, Italy Graveyard of Honor, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan The Story of Adele H., Francois Truffaut, France The Flying Guillotine, Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong Black Magic, Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong Infra-Man, Shan Hua, Hong Kong Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, Chantal Akerman, Belgium Cousin Cousine, Jean-Charles Tacchella, France Katie Tippel, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Terror of Mechagodzilla, Ishiro Honda, Japan Night of the Seagulls, Amando de Ossorio, Spain I've also seen: Lips of Blood, Jean Rollin, France The Story of O, Just Jaeckin, France Cold Blood, Ralf Gregan, West Germany Le orme, Luigi Bazzoni, Italy The Witches Mountain, Raul Artigot, Spain The Return of the Exorcist, Franco Lo Cascio & Angelo Pannaccio, Italy Women Behind Bars, Jess Franco, France 1001 Movies You Must See Deewaar, Yash Chopra, India Dersu Uzala, Akira Kurosawa, USSR Fox and His Friends, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany India Song, Marguerite Duras, France Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, Chantal Akerman, Belgium Manila in the Claws of Brightness, Lino Brocka, Philippines The Mirror, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy The Traveling Players, Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

New Members:

Register Here

Learn more about the new message boards:


Having problems?

Contact Us