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    Movies-(but, prefer "Hollywoods Golden Age" by far!), going online, reading, watching tv, music, used to lift weights & ride a huffy bike, until back pain stopped 'em!) 0f course going to new releases-(of which I've been reviewing between 36 to 60 per year since 1982 at only age 17/18) & have also been an *Oscar oddsmaking/pundit since that same year. Winning iv Variety as it's annual *"Oscar-0racle" for 2002-(plus, won several local newspaper contests too) -(P.S. though did weak this past year of 2015, unfortunately) & have been collecting everything cinema-(memorabilia, books, lists, dvd's,etc) since 1979

    & DESPITE SEVERAL FELLOW TCM-ITE'S ATTEMPTS TO HELP, I STILL CANNOT "PASTE" A PHOTO ON MY PROFILE???

    & to any reading this, please also feel free to contact me at (Jeffshannon50@gmail.com) I corresponded w/many over 16yrs mostly about cinema

    THANK YOU

    & my personal favorite's in THE MOVIES-(sept. 2016)>

    (DVD Time Capsule): (*-denotes *Oscar winner)
    1. "The Godfather (l90l-90) Trilogy-(non theatrical release)
    2. "Citizen Kane" (l94l) (RKO Radio)
    3. "Captains Courageous" (l937) (M-G-M)
    4. *"Casablanca" (l943) (Warner Bros.)
    5. "City Lights" (l93l) (UA)
    6. "Dumbo" (l94l) (Walt Disney/RKO)
    7. "It's a Wonderful Life" (l946) (RKO)
    8. "The Searchers" (l956) (WB's)
    9. "Vertigo" (l958) (Paramount)
    10th "The Quiet Man" (l952) (Republic)

    Actors:
    1. *Spencer Tracy (l900-l967)-(NOTE: Also No. 1 & 2 are my top two idol/heroes!)
    2. *Frank Sinatra (l9l5-98)
    3. *James Cagney (l899-l986)

    Actresses:
    1. Natalie Wood (l938-l98l)
    2. Greta Garbo (l905-90)
    3. *Katharine Hepburn (l907-2003)

    Directors:
    1. *John Ford (l895-l973)
    2. Alfred Hitchcock (l899-l980
    3. *Woody Allen (l935-) & Howard Hawks-(l896-l974)

    & worst:
    1. "Plan 9 from 0uter Space" (l959)
    2. "Glen or Glenda" (l956)
    3. "Myra Breckinridge" (l970)

    & though they are very rarely even written about anymore the 1980's (fake) "Faces of Death" were, as Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel always ranted about, as arguably the most disgusting ever produced!)

    THANK YOU & SEND ANY & ALL COMMENTS

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  1. Destry Rides Again (1939)

    Ever had the opportunity to see the documentary by *Maximilian Schell "Marlene" (l984)? & for any *James Stewart fans out there & there are lots of course. Try & find online-(I still have it somewhere on video) A marvelous special *"James Stewart: A Wonderful Life" where he walks around the Universal backlot-("Harvey" is just one he shot there & as of this 1987 special, the house was still-standing) he just talks & walks with host: Johnny Carson-(l925-2005) & lots of clips, think it's 90 minutes & maybe on youtube Since he was a young buy Johnny's movie idol was *Jimmy & Jack Benny-(l894-l974) overall & his fav. pic was *"Casablanca" THANX & let me know if you saw it already, or find it
  2. Destry Rides Again (1939)

    For those that don't hate her out there, it's now become "the In Thing" to pick on her, mainly because she's older a bit now, but *Streisand is 75 & *Cher, 71 (MADONNA (Louise Veronica) CICCONE-(l958-) all-time & most of her life, is Dietrich & Marilyn Monroe HENCE: Her famed, but I found out it was fake "Beauty Mark" she had for yrs, though it's now been gone for yrs unfortunately & on the subject of her & movies>"To Kill a Mockingbird" "*English Patient" & "A Place in the Sun" her fav. films. Most don't know she's really a bookworm-(she has made 27 films td)
  3. Destry Rides Again (1939)

    & once again of that deservedly legendary motion picture year of 1939-(NOTE: The next year was the first time "The Envelope" was born) & from 1931-32 until 1944 they had ten BP contenders-(a dozen consecutive years) as they do now, unfortunately-(I prefer the 5) Back during Hollywoods Golden Age & Studio-System-(circa 1925-1960) The studios AKA: "Dream Factories put out more product & greater then today of course. Bob Hope-(l903-2003) all-time champ as host (15 to 18 times) said it best about it being a benefit for *David 0.Selznick-(l902-65) (EXAMPLE: The BP nominees were>*"GWTW"-(swept 8 & 2 special statuettes), "Dark Victory" "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" "Love Affair" "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" "Ninotchka" "0f Mice and Men" "Stagecoach" "Wizard of 0z" & "Wuthering Heights"-(NY Film Critics voted this as Best Film) & just another sample>9Forementioned) "Destry Rides Again" "Stanley & Livingstone" "Only Angels Have Wings" "Gunga Din"-(outrageously not 1 single nom.), "Gulliver's Travels" "Jesse James" "Young, Mr. Lincoln" "Babes in Arms" "Hunchback of Notre Dame" "Idiot's Delight" "Drums Along the Mohawk" "In Name 0nly" "Made for Each Other" "The Rains Came" "The Roaring 20's" "Beau Geste" "Pvt. Lives of Elizabeth & Essex" "Intermezzo" "Juarez" "Golden Boy" "The Light that Failed" "Bachelor Mother" "At the Circus" "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" & more! (TRIVIA: & in a rare public/stage appearance for him *"The Great: Spencer Tracy"-(l900-67) handed out Best Actress, of course to as he said "Ms. Vivien Leigh in *"GWTW" unquote & the annual $B.O.$ champ for 1939 was Mickey Rooney-(l920-2015) THANK YOU & at the time of "Destry..." *Jimmy Stewart-(l908-97) was 6'3 & 1/2 & just 139lbs. To enlist in WW2 he had to gain at least 10 more lbs.
  4. I previously wrote to a pal o'mine on here about knowing the nationwide release date of *"The Woodman's"-(a phrase I picked up once from Bill Murray on SNL when predicting the 1977 *Oscars) Who will turn 82 in Dec. Latest release "Wonder Wheel?" It marks his 47th as director. Last year he had the ok (**1/2) "Café, Society" By the way 2016 had a handful of flix that were tributes to Tinsel-Town>"La La Land" ($155m.) "Hail, Caesar!" ($30m.) (**1/2) & *Beatty's biggest $flop$ of his career, only raking in $4m. I thought it was pretty good though, but far from accurate i.e. "The Aviator" & a 1980's tv movie starring *Tommy Lee Jones, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (***) I like 'em better when he's in them myself Please contact me on it's release-(says Dec. 1st but limited, meaning LA, NY & Chicago) His flix "Scoop" "Celebrity" & a couple others never got a wide release, so I'm wondering?) He already holds record for most writing nods with (18 to date) *Kate Winslet stars in this one. "Essential *Woody" *"Annie Hall" "Manhattan" "Hannah and Her Sisters" & "Crimes and Misdemeanors"-(equal & it's his choice as his finest), "Broadway Danny Rose" & "The Purple Rose of Cairo" But his funniest & he once challenged Ebert & Siskel to watch his 1971 "Bananas" again & see if they didn't bust a gut laughing, they did & he won & his 1972 performance in "Play It Again, Sam?" deserved a Best Actor shot) His Worst: "Anything Else" (2005) ($5m.) (*) & his biggest $hit$ "Midnight in Paris" ($71m.) (***) (P.S. A kinda' funny & true story according not only to Mia, but others. Back when he had that sex scandal-(1994) Mia's ex *FRANCIS (Albert) SINATRA virtually nagged Farrow if he could have *Allen's legs broken, she declined) THANX AGAIN
  5. To Marcer, the site said you just replied to this topic, but I don't see yours?
  6. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    They may be fading politically-(Bill looks awful!) & I voted for him twice too. But, they are ever so $wealthy$ She's like the thing that wouldn't leave though-(another great SNL skit with John Belushi)
  7. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Hillary Clintion (l947) is quite possibly the worst presidential candidate in history, or as far back as my 53yrs go Though like approx. 97% of the public it sure looked like she'd win
  8. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    To JAKE HOLMAN, McQueen was my very first Hero, Idol & or Role Model by the way, ages 9 to 15 He was robbed of at least a 2nd nomination for the hugely depressing, yet powerful epic "PAPILLON" (a strong ***1/2) out of 4)Matter of fact to this day method man *D. Hoffman speaks of him starving himself & no sleep,etc so he could look awful in the movie & then saw the dailies & Steve was stealing all the scenes. You probably know this, but McQueen had a massive competitive thing going against *Paul Newman, to put it mildly. He was constantly trying to either do as good as *Paul & ironically the 2 first starred together in '56's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" MGM) (3 & 1/2) Then came 1974's huge $smash$ "The Towering Inferno" & Steve was so competitive he wanted the same amount of dialogue as him & wanted top billing over *Newman too. The studio kinda' gave in on the billing though, since people read from left to right McQueen was on the left side of the poster. During it's making they got along famously
  9. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    I'm not particularly a Donald Trump (l946-) fan, but the so called media nowadays is sooo obnoxiously liberal-(as has HOLLYWOOD become) it's despicable! The all-time great newsmen>Edward R. Murrow-(l907-l965) Walter Cronkite-(l9l7-2010) just gave the news & without their own views,etc I didn't vote for Trump & would never even think of voting for Hillary!!!-(Bernie was my guy this time out, my 9th year in voting for the President. My very first time was for Ronald Reagan's-(l9ll-2004) 2nd term in 1984. But, no matter what the current media acts like a bunch of babies in Clinton losing BIG-TIME! (NOTE: I once wrote an extensive article/post titled "All the President's Movies" it was also a PBS tv special, starting with FDR, for the record his fav was "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" & was said to have a crush on Myrna Loy! The first U.S. pres. to really be a huge moviefan was JFK & he has a few fav. motion pictures including *"Bridge on the River Kwai" "Bad Day at Black Rock" "Spartacus" & of course fmr actor(WB's) Ronald (Wilson) Reagan was actually the 1st to install a state of the art theatre in "The White House"-(Bill Clinton later updated it & he always cited "High Noon") & The Reagan's loved "It's a Wonderful Life" best & ironically his movie idol also worked under contract at Warner Bros. *James Cagney! He even got to present him w/the Medal of Freedom Award around 1983/84 & of course many, many more were included By the way, don't think Trump is a big moviebuff, he briefly pointed to the legendary "Citizen Kane" as his favorite. Surprised news media didn't jump on that too & typical of LBJ he picked a docu about himself WHO RECALLS THE ARTICLE I ACTUALLY DID IT TWICE OVER THE YEARS BUT, I MISSED THE PBS SHOW GO FIGURE
  10. I previously wrote to a pal o'mine on here about knowing the nationwide release date of *"The Woodman's"-(a phrase I picked up once from Bill Murray on SNL when predicting the 1977 *Oscars) Who will turn 82 in Dec. Latest release "Wonder Wheel?" It marks his 47th as director. Last year he had the ok (**1/2) "Café, Society" By the way 2016 had a handful of flix that were tributes to Tinsel-Town>"La La Land" ($155m.) "Hail, Caesar!" ($30m.) (**1/2) & *Beatty's biggest $flop$ of his career, only raking in $4m. I thought it was pretty good though, but far from accurate i.e. "The Aviator" & a 1980's tv movie starring *Tommy Lee Jones, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (***) I like 'em better when he's in them myself Please contact me on it's release-(says Dec. 1st but limited, meaning LA, NY & Chicago) His flix "Scoop" "Celebrity" & a couple others never got a wide release, so I'm wondering?) He already holds record for most writing nods with (18 to date) *Kate Winslet stars in this one. "Essential *Woody" *"Annie Hall" "Manhattan" "Hannah and Her Sisters" & "Crimes and Misdemeanors"-(equal & it's his choice as his finest), "Broadway Danny Rose" & "The Purple Rose of Cairo" But his funniest & he once challenged Ebert & Siskel to watch his 1971 "Bananas" again & see if they didn't bust a gut laughing, they did & he won & his 1972 performance in "Play It Again, Sam?" deserved a Best Actor shot) His Worst: "Anything Else" (2005) ($5m.) (*) & his biggest $hit$ "Midnight in Paris" ($71m.) (***) (P.S. A kinda' funny & true story according not only to Mia, but others. Back when he had that sex scandal-(1994) Mia's ex *FRANCIS (Albert) SINATRA virtually nagged Farrow if he could have *Allen's legs broken, she declined) THANX AGAIN
  11. Don't know how many have yet to see this utterly marvelous foreign-film from Italy 1989's "Cinema Paradiso"-(won Best Foreign Film) It's my own all-time favourite foreign language film & I;m not really a fan of them myself "Ran" "Das Boot" "La Strada" But never yet got to see 1937's "Grande Illusion" & yet another wondrous score by *Ennio Morricone-(l928-) (TRIVIA: He's now officially the overall oldest *AMPAS winner at 87 for 2015's "Hateful-Eight" ($55m.) (***) & composed my top scores ever both "0nce Upon a Time in the West" & "0nce Upon a Time in America" THANKS AGAIN A rare film I would possibly buy as well
  12. (*-always denotes an Oscar winner) & on that same topic, my personal favs. that last decade were & are>"Gangs of New York" *"Million Dollar Baby" "Cinderella Man" "King Kong"-(of course the '33 classic is in another league!), "KB2" "United 93" "Letters Home from Iwo Jima" "Almost Famous" & "Finding Nemo" "Mulholland Dr." doesn't quite make my own top ten after all, but a runner-up-(of course it's all subjective) & as far as this weak decade goes to date>*"The Artist"-(& a tribute to Hollywood, plus, the reworking of *B. Herrmann's "Vertigo' score is simply tremendous. But, Kim Novak said it made her sick & violated! "Gravity" "La La Land"-(probably the biggest BP upset in history when *"Moonlight" upset this 6 time winner), "Life Itself" "Inside/0ut" & ??? THANK YOU
  13. I just re located this & it's old news, just the same the LAFCA-(Los Angeles Film Critics Association)-(est: 1975-) voted David Lynch's 2001 "Mulholland Dr." ($8m.) (strong ***1/2) as the finest film of the last decade & many agree as well. It's easily in my top ten (2000-2010) & of course Lynch is an absolute acquired taste. His "Twin Peaks-the series" & the bad film are companion pieces to his ultimate masterpiece "Blue Velvet" (l986) I;'m not always a Lynch fan though, hated 1984's "Dune" ($30m.) (*)"-(I personally chose *Scorsese's epic & somewhat accurate "Gangs of New York" (2002) ($80m.) & speaking of that picture, among my all-time sins of omission & a huge upset that yr was *Adrien Brody in "The Pianist" winning Best Actor over *Daniel Day-Lewis as true to life-(*somewhat) William Poole-(l821-l855) AKA: William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting, in yet another extraordinary per. The real "Bill the Butcher" though was shot in the back twice & died in 1855, where is in *Scorsese's epic he was killed during the real life NYC draft riots I think imdb.com also chose "Mulholland Dr." have to look it up THANK YOU
  14. It was only yesterday when I happened to catch one of the in between bits the network airs, this one was all "THE QUIET MAN!" Always among my top ten all-timers! Who else saw it? THANX
  15. Watch for (3) films come *0scar time

    I certainly hope the popular $175m. "Get 0ut" (*1/2-out of 4 stars) doesn't make the cut though myself. It went from barely ok to bad in my opinion. If there are 10-(though last yr there was 9 & the previous yr I think there was 8 BP contenders? It may sneak in. I rank the *Oscar record holder for an actor-(all 3 leading wins) *D. Day as our finest living actor & is certain to nab his 6th nomination for "The Phantom Thread" But early word is kinda' mixed on the film as a whole & most find it very bizarre, it & director PT Anderson may still be in the race. At any rate nobody this time has a chance vs. Gary 0ldman! (P.S. Who else saw "Dunkirk?" It stunningly grossed almost $200m. in the U.S. & has no big stars either I think it's good (strong ***) but no "Pvt. Ryan" or "Thin Red Line") Good post by the way

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