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  1. LawrenceA

    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I completely agree with DVDPhreak in regards to the Underground lineup. There are literally hundreds of applicable titles that TCM will most likely never show. As Tiki mentioned, most if not all of the movies that they show are most likely part of some package deal, and this is a way to "burn them off" and fill up air time. For years myself and others have complained that the Underground scheduling seemed like the laziest part of the schedule, with the same movies appearing so often that we stopped updating the Underground thread in the Programs section of the message boards. But these same complaints are heard about most aspects of the TCM lineup. At the end of the day, it's still better than any other channel currently broadcasting. And even if I don't watch/record TCM Underground as often as I used to, I'm still glad it's there.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    Blood and Black Lace has been on TCM twice, in October of 2016 and April of 2017.
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    Host replaced?

    I want to clarify that when I clicked the "HaHa" emoji on your post, it's because I imagined it being delivered like this:
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    I Just Watched...

    The Scapegoat (1959) - Intriguing mystery/drama from MGM and director Robert Hamer. Alec Guinness stars as John Barratt, a reserved British French-language teacher with no private life at all. He travels to France on holiday and meets Jacques De Gue (also Guinness), a man that he's never but who looks exactly like him. Barratt soon finds himself mistaken for De Gue, while the real article seems to have disappeared. Out of boredom and curiosity, Barratt assumes De Gue's life, but it soon becomes apparent that there may be sinister motives afoot. Also featuring Nicole Maury, Irene Worth, Pamela Brown, Annabel Bartlett, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Bull, Noel Howlett, and Bette Davis. Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier and with script from director Robert Hamer and Gore Vidal, this is an unusual film, primarily due to the ambiguous lead character played with expert inscrutability by Guinness. The viewer continuously wonders if Barratt will be able to maintain his charade as he's tested time and again. The eventual revelations as to the reasoning behind it all weren't exactly surprising, but the film managed to hold my interest to the end anyway. Bette Davis is a treat in a small role. (7/10) Source: TCM
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    I Just Watched...

    Sapphire (1959) - British murder mystery from the Rank Organization and director Basil Dearden. When a young woman is found murdered in a London park, police inspectors Hazard (Nigel Patrick) and Learoyd (Michael Craig) are on the case. Their investigation reveals shocking secrets and a seething undercurrent of racism among the citizenry. Also featuring Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles, Olga Lindo, Earl Cameron, Gordon Heath, Jocelyn Britton, Rupert Davies, Harry Baird, Freda Bamford, Desmond Llewllyn, Barbara Steele, Peter Vaughan, and Fenella Fielding. I found this to be an engrossing, well-acted and straight-forward mystery. The film takes an unflinching look at anti-black sentiment in London of the time, a subject of infrequent discussion. The color cinematography and location shooting are also pluses. (7/10) Source: FilmStruck
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    Upcoming Releases

    December Criterion Titles Announced! A Dry White Season (1989) December 11 DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas Five Scenes, a new program featuring Palcy Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland Excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry Forty Guns (1957) December 11 SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interview with director Samuel Fuller’s widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller A Fuller Life (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City Stills gallery PLUS: An essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fuller’s 2002 autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking Panique (1946) December 18 SPECIAL FEATURES New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray The Art of Subtitling, a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and copresident of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles New interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon Conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film’s production history Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer New English subtitle translation by Duvivier expert Lenny Borger PLUS: Essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger Plus a Blu-ray upgrade of: Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) December 18 SPECIAL FEATURES New 2K digital restoration (Blu-ray) or restored high-definition digital transfer of the film (DVD), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie Introduction by Bergman from 2003 PLUS: An essay by critic John Simon and (DVD only) an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat
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    Films of 2018

    It's hard to believe, but it's that time again, when one year closes and another is on the horizon. I'll start off this new year's thread by posting the list of the most anticipated releases of 2018 as voted on by the users of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Deadpool 2 Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom Tomb Raider Pacific Rim: Uprising The Predator Ocean's Eight Mission: Impossible 6 Solo: A Star Wars Story That's 3 superhero movies leading off the list, and that's not even all of them. There's also Ant-Man and the Wasp, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants, Venom and Aquaman. I haven't read much about the next year's films but there are a few on my radar that I'm interested in: Annihilation is the new science fiction film from Alex Garland, the writer-director of Ex Machina, and writer of Sunshine and 28 Days Later. It stars Natalie Portman as the leader of an expedition into a mysterious alien realm in search of her husband. Isle of Dogs is an animated film from director Wes Anderson. I like his quirky sensibilities. God Particle is a science fiction story whose details have been kept under wraps. It's supposedly going to be tied to the Cloverfield movies, but only in a very minor way. The 15:17 to Paris is Clint Eastwood's take on the thwarted terrorist attack on a French train a few years ago. The actual guys who stopped the attack play themselves. A Wrinkle in Time is the long-gestating adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's much-loved science fiction fantasy novel. The movie features Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey. Mary Magdelene is another look at the biblical character, starring Rooney Mara, with Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. Ready Player One is a big-budget science fiction adventure from Steven Spielberg, based on a best seller about people searching for treasure in a virtual reality game populated by familiar pop culture characters. Sicario 2: Soldado is a follow-up to the excellent 2015 film Sicario about the US/Mexican drug trade, with Benicio Del Toro returning as a lethal secret agent. As usual, most of the more interesting movies won't be out until late in the year, and as such I haven't heard about them yet.
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    I Just Watched...

    Samurai Saga (1959) - Japanese romance from Toho and director Hiroshi Inagaki. In 1599 Kyoto, feared samurai Heihachiro Komaki (Toshiro Mifune) is asked by younger samurai Jutaro Karibe (Akira Takarata) to help him woo the beautiful Princess Chiyo (Yoko Tsukasa). The younger man is handsome and brave, but lacks communication skills. Heihachiro is a wordsmith as well as a fierce warrior, but he was cursed with an ugly, out-sized nose. The older man agrees, despite secretly loving the same woman, but impending war threatens to derail their plans. Also featuring Keiko Awaji, Akihiko Hirata, Seizaburo Kawazu, Kamatari Fujiwara, and Eiko Miyoshi. If the story sounds familiar, yes, it is Cyrano de Bergerac, Japanese-style. Mifune is excellent as the multifaceted hero, although the decision to make his nose wide rather than long is odd, and he often looks very silly. The production values are strong, with colorful sets and costumes, and large numbers of extras for the crowd scenes. The battle scenes aren't the best, though, and some shots even seems like stock footage, but that may have just been the editing choices. (7/10) Source: FilmStruck
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    Upcoming TCM Underground features include: Macon County Line (1974) and Return to Macon County (1975) on 9/21 Alone in the Dark (1982) and Eye of the Devil (1966) on 9/28 Deadly Friend (1986) and Demon Seed (1977) on 10/5 Funeral Parade of Roses (1970)** and Portrait of Jason (1967) on 10/12 Dreamscape (1984) and Dead Sleep (1990)** on 10/19 The Hand (1981) and The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) on 10/26 The Lawnmower Man (1992) and The Terminal Man (1974)** on 11/2 Lady Street Fighter (1981) and Sister Street Fighter (1975) on 11/9 Sisters (1973) and Eyes of a Stranger (1981) on 11/16 River's Edge (1986) and In Cold Blood (1967) on 11/23 Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1996)** and I Was a Teenage Serial Killer (1993)** on 11/30 **I have not seen these, and will most likely be recording/watching them.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    And some of us like the cheesy ones, too.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I love that TCM Underground exists, but I don't often watch it any more since they rarely show something that I either haven't seen or own a copy of. And it's been on more than a few years. It's been on for 12 years. Relatively short in the scheme of things, but for half of the time that the channel has been broadcasting.
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    I Just Watched...

    Our Man in Havana (1959) - Cold War spy comedy-drama from Columbia Pictures, writer Graham Greene, and director Carol Reed. Alec Guinness stars as Jim Wormold, a British vacuum cleaner salesman in pre-revolution Havana. He gets recruited into the British secret service as various factions seek to overthrow or prop up the current corrupt regime. Featuring Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs, Noel Coward, Jo Morrow, Gregoire Aslan, Raymond Huntley, Ferdy Mayne, Paul Rogers, Maurice Denham, Karel Stepanek, Jose Prieto, Rachel Roberts, and Ralph Richardson. The humor is low-key, and much of the film is played straight, and even turns dark at moments. Guinness is restrained in a role that could have been played as broadly farcical. Even Ernie Kovacs, as the chief crooked Cuban military officer on the scene, plays his role with realism. Not everything works, and there are some pacing issues, but the once-in-a-lifetime cast combined with the behind-the-scenes talent make this worth a look. (7/10) Source: Amazon video
  13. I hope so. It's a quick indicator of the character of the speaker.
  14. Keitel or De Niro maybe. But John Cazale? No.
  15. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Sounds like the perfect Donald Trump nominee. Now if only he operated on a 5th grade communication level, and wrote all of his rulings via Twitter.
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    I Just Watched...

    Operation Petticoat (1959) - Amusing submarine comedy from Universal and director Blake Edwards. In the Pacific theater of WW2, Lt. Cmdr. Matt Sheridan (Cary Grant) is the captain of broken down submarine named the USS Sea Tiger. Sheridan's new XO, Lt. JG Nicholas Holden (Tony Curtis), proves to be an excellent scrounger of needed parts, but his methods aren't always legal. Things get further complicated when a quintet of nurses are brought aboard for transport, causing mayhem. Also featuring Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Dick Sargent, Arthur O'Connell, Virginia Gregg, Madlyn Rhue, Marion Ross, Gene Evans, Gavin MacLeod, Frankie Darro, and Robert F. Simon. Edwards manages to make a hybrid military/war comedy and sex farce at the same time, and it works. The performers are all well-cast, despite some trepidation on the matter (Grant thought that he was too old, while O'Brien was a last minute replacement for Tina Louise who objected to all the boob jokes). The big visual gag late in the film is funny, and I liked an extended sequence where Curtis steals a pig and then has to pay recompense for it. This was the last "career prime" Cary Grant movie that I had not seen, having now watched everything that he made from 1936 on. This movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. (7/10) Source: Republic VHS
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    I Just Watched...

    Odd Obsession (1959) - Japanese drama from Daiei and director Kon Ichikawa. A respected art historian (Ganjiro Nakamura) tries to come up with ways to raise the sexual excitement level in his life in an attempt to thwart the infirmities of old age. This leads to an "odd obsession" concerning his much younger wife (Machiko Kyo), as well as straining his already tense relationship to his grown daughter (Junko Kano). Things are further complicated by young Dr. Kimura (Tatsuya Nakadai) who is treating the old man, as well as being engaged to his daughter, and having an affair with his wife. Also featuring Tanie Kitabayashi, Ichiro Sugai, Mantaro Ushio, and Mayumi Kurata. The title fits this strange glimpse at psycho-sexual dynamics in a very unconventional household. There's a ripple of subtle, black humor throughout the proceedings, but things are largely played straight and somber. Ichikawa uses some jarring camera and editing techniques that keep the viewer off balance. The performances are all good. Ichikawa continues to be a hard filmmaker for me to pin down, as his films are all over the place, both in style and subject matter. (7/10) Source: FilmStruck
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967 I the only one who's seen King Kong Escapes? What have you all been doing with your lives?!?
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    I Just Watched...

    The Naked Road (1959) - Very low-budget crime drama from Simar Productions and writer-director William Martin. A model (Jeanne Rainer) is kidnapped by a crime syndicate which tries to force her into prostitution. She swears that they'll never break her, and a battle of wills commences. Also featuring Ronald Long, Art Koulias, Frances Hammond, Eileen Letchworth, Kent Montroy, Ed Jordon, and Paul Judson. This very minor effort is statically filmed but reasonably well-acted. The main heavy is played by a Thomas Gomez type, and he's pretty good. I kept expecting this to cross over into exploitation territory, but it never did. (5/10) Source: Image/Something Weird DVD
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    It's also possible that the OP does not know that thread titles can be altered. If that's the case, just go back to the initial post at the beginning of the thread and click the "Edit" button. That will allow one to change the thread title.
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    Films of 2018

    They include: At Eternity's Gate Boy Erased Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Favourite First Man Green Book If Beale Street Could Talk mid90s Non Fiction A Private War Roma A Star is Born Vox Lux Widows Wild Rose Meh. Some or all may be very good, but on paper none of them sound very interesting to me.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) - Low-budget creature feature from Vanwick Productions and director Irvin Berwick. A grouchy lighthouse keeper (John Harmon) has secretly been feeding a humanoid sea monster for years. When he misses a meal, the creature starts decapitating the nearby townsfolk, which causes some concern. Also featuring Les Tremayne, Jeanne Carmen, Don Sullivan, Forrest Lewis, Pete Dunn, and Frank Arvidson. This is perfect Saturday morning fare: silly, occasionally stupid, but entertaining. The creature is only teased through most of the film, and isn't fully seen until the last 10 minutes or so. It looks like the Gillman's uglier cousin, and reuses parts of the costumes used in The Mole People and This Island Earth. The acting is all pretty terrible, and the 75 minute film manages to drag in places, but for fans of B (or C) 50's monster movies, this is worth a look. (5/10) Source: Olive/Paramount Blu-ray
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    Lunatics at Large

    That's also widely available under the title The Seducers. It was remade in 2015 with the title Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves as the victim, and Lorenza Izzo & Ana de Armas as the "lunatics".

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