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  • Birthday 11/08/1964

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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. All here know Amercan Film Institute (AFI)-(EST 1967-) had it's first mammoth 1998 poll "100 Uears...100 Movies") (CBS-TV in June) Now, knowing to fans & TCM-ITES you probably already know what the tp ten finalists were out of "100 Movies" RIGHT? now pleebs such as myself could not vote in this one though, lower-level card member. So, to start the fun rolling ill 2st list it's overall top 10 & then, you buffs cast your votes in your order, PLEASE? 1st CITIEN KANE 2nd CASABLANCA 3rd THE GODFATHER 4th GWTW 5th LAWRENCE OFARABIA-(must go 7 see this later this year in Fathom's showings!) 6. WIZARD OF OZ 7. THE GRADUATE 8. ON THE WATERFRIONT 9, SCHNDLER'S LIST 10th place in AFI's voting was SINGIN' IN THE RAIN & NOW, FOR FUN, MY CHOICES, THOUGH NOT ALL OF MINE ARE ESPECIALLY "THE GREATEST" BUT MY FAVORITE'S TOO! 1st THE GODFATHER (l90l-90) TRILOGY-(a non theatrical release from '92) 2nd KANE-(I agree, it truly is thee finest film ever produced!) 3rd CAPTAINs COURAGEOUS 5th favorite ever CITY LIGHTS 6th CASABLANCA 7. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 8. THE SEARCHERS 9. VERTIGO-(TRIVIA: IN 2012 S & S Survey defeated & upset the legendary KANE after 50yrs as being voted A #1)o 10th of mine THE QUIET MAN IF FEEL UP TOIT, I';LL POST. WRITE AFI'S 2nd 100yrs...100 STARS POLL & SOECIAL-(they only vited on all-time top 25 in that special though)
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    IS GARBO ALL-TIME GREATEST?

    (TRIVIA: Years back "GUINNES WORLD RECORDS" ONCE voted a portrait OR more of greTA GARBO AS "THEE SINGL:EMOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN THAT EVER LIVED!"
  3. Know she's a acquired taste & rarely smiles-(some say adds to her mystique) But is GRETA GARBO=-(l905-0l990) trilogy as milliions still say THEE GREATEST MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS OF ALL-TIME!? only made 26 ,o motion pictures vs contemporaries like a ette ptpn pictures & all but one in Culver City, CALIF sat the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios-(est 1924-) & her film career only lasted from 1925-1941) Though she would nerver e caught accepting it, shje was voted by AFI in it's 1999 poll as the 5h all-time female move star Standiong 5'7 & 1/2 7 maybe 125lbs during her prime. & like my "LOVE" today, MADONNA. Garbo well known to have large feet To summarize> the OSCARS go for *Kate GHepburn-(all 4 leading actress vuictories) & all 12 leading actress bniominations!) Plus, in '99 AFI voted *Kate as A #1 all-time female movie star, full blooded Swedish Only earned 3 Academy Award nominatins & O wins 1929/30 Anna Christie MGM), 1937 Camille (M-0g-M) & 18939's Ninotchka (MGM) She did try a late '540's comeback at MGM but it failed Other giants in the industry that ranked HARBO as A #1 *Kate Hepburn, *Jimmy Stewart, Maureen 0'Sullivan, Van Johnsopn, John gilbert, Freeddie Barthlomew, Buddy "Buddy" Rogers, Cukor, Lubitsch, Clarence Brown, R. Mamoulian, VIVIEN LEIGH, Fredric March, Melvyn Douglas, William Daniels, Mauritz Stiller & others CASTY YOUR VOTE?
  4. By the way, fans of the original can literally watch entire 65 minute release on youtube same goes for his magnificently brilliant & ahead of it's time FANTASIA!
  5. Just went to this surprisingly flat/mediocre or at times bad (**-out of 4 stars) Live action Tim Burton rehash of one of Disney's all-timers yesterday, or the day before. What a drag, this focusos more on the kids then him & that's the problem of many. Some of the talented & magical Tim Burton has same cast here M. Keaton, De Vito,etc However the even look bored to distraction this time around. Don't even expect the visuals to be remembered come next Oscar race either In all, something is sorely missing, the score-(a staple in his flix) Burton's flix are usual a feast for the eyes &this is somewhat as well, just something missing this time around.? You'd think with one of all-time Oscar champ (26 victories) & nomination champ (59) woulda already laid the ground work for this all-timer though> I don't even recall many songs here either. As for Dumbo himself, another let down & not like it's beautiful & magical trailers show. &on that front the 1941 Walt Disney/RKO Radio classic is my personal A #1 all-time favourite animated motion picture, most, including Spielberg always loved PINOCCHIO the most, but this had the heart & of course ion this pc era there are NO BLACK CROWS HERE??? Looking back at Tim Burton's career-(my favorite is the sadly little known 1994 Hollywood homage ED WOOD ($6m.) & of course 1989's superb BATMAN ($251m.) you know the 1 with JACK NICHOLSON as The Joker & not Ledger. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (l990), BIG FISH, BATMANL RETRNS (l992) (the 1 with Marvelous Michelle Pfeiifer as the definitive Catwiman &not Ann Hathaway, who remembers hers vs Pfeiffer's by the way? He also helm,ed the fun '96 MARS ATTACKS! (***) ($36m.) which I liked more than same yrs blockbuster hit INDEPENDANCE DAY by the way. & several more (TRIVIA: it may surprised even moviebuffs that tim Burton has yet toeven be up for a Best Director Oscar & certainy won't for this mess THANKS
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    & can you believe there's a trilogy titled THE LAST FULL MEASURE?"
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    YUK! & as Crawford said *Shearer was only up for 5 Academy awards because she slept witheith the boss THALBERG-(eventually buried nxt o each other47yrs later in GLENDALE!
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    GLORY is magmagrifuicent filmmaking on every leve4l!
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    MY IDOL FRANCIS ALBERT"s CAREER LONG LAUGHING STOCK, BUT NOT THAT BAD (**) FS was 5'8 & 12 & here only 125lbs!!!
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    Though no fan, nice lady though Her last was Lynch';s bizarre MULHOLLAND DR (2001) (4 stars!) ($8m.)
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    (***1.2) terrific, but the CROWE, BALE remake was good too (***) ($60m.)
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    MGM< & GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ONCE TAPED HER A RECORD 1,000 TAPS PER MINUTE!
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    GETTYSBURG (strong ***1/2-out of 4 stars) (only made $8m,) was thee single longest release I ever attended at 4hrs & 14 minutes, ouit of it's powerful cast Jeff Daniels came closest to an Oscar bid, but typicallty of the staid ACADEMY, they didn' t want to include a tv work GRAND SCORE TOO BY RANDY EDELMAN as well, powerful & a history lesson, shoulda' been anyway. Of that massive cast Jeff Daniels stole the show & some thought an Oscar nod, bu\it see the AMPAS wouldn't have ever included a tv work I visited there as a kid around '76 it was creepy! Ten yrs passed since it's 2nd in the books GODS & GENERALS (**1/2) ($15m.) & it was lacking? Might have been to DUVALL breaking ribs during a fall?

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