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  1. I may have posed this question yrs ago, not certain, just in case ^ of course tastes change & of course again new motion pictures come out, so here goes again & to all my fellow TCMITES I post quite a number of items I truly thought would be interesting for you folks & much of the time nada even a response, let along your pix of some? 1st of I first got this one from one of my oldest movie books simply titled FILM FACTS out of NYC & all test-(out of print unfortunately now THOUGH A TIP FOR OLD BOOKS, FOR ME MOST WANTED ARE THE CITADEL FILMS OF SERIES I already own about 6 to 7 but must get & the advertised it in the back of one FILMS OF: NATALIE WOOD & MY VERY FIRST HERO & IDOL AGES 9 to 15 THE KING OF MOVIE COOL: STEVE McQUEEN & ANOTHER ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE HOPEFULLY SOME DAY ALSO ADVERTISED: FILMS OF JOHN FORD. TRY & THEY ARE STILL THERE I THINK IN PA HARVEST BOOKS don't right now to give you there # it's own the website & not FB though, matter of fact I've actually called them a couple times) I'll star the ball rolling my top 5 candidates for the all-time greatest performances of the silver-screen are>-(*always denotes an ACADEMY AWAERD (AMPAS) winner) ACTORS: It's just me I had my own rule like the OSCARS & only 1 nominee in each category, feel free to subject as many as you like though)> 1st place 0rson Welles in Citizen Kane (l94l-RKO radio)-(I know it's old, but everything in it is a revelation & still is For the record Orson lost to *Gary Cooper in Sergeant York) 2nd Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind (l960-UA)=(NOTE: VERY TIGHT VOTEBETWEEN HIM HERE VS HIS EPIC WORK ALL BY HIMSELF IN 19589 WB's THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA) 3rd Charles Chaplin in City Lights (l931) (UA)=(Barely over him in the equally perfecto 1936 Modern Times) 4 th *Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (l980)-(VERY CLOSE BETWEEN CHARLIE ABOVE & HIM THOUGH?) & 5th nominee Laurence 0livier in Richard III (l956)-(next time compare this to his role in his only acting statute 1948's Hamlet, which in My Alt OSCARS files, I voted for him in Hamlet-(disgustingly though defeated one of the all-time greats in The treasure of the Sierra Madre for BP Gold?)?) (TRIVIA: & fact, for those like myself that saved their old & SUPER PREMIERE mags the once conducted a survey on the single greatest performance-(by anyone) in history & the winner was: Peter 0'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (l962-columbia)-(but los tto Peck (Atticus Finch) in To Kill a Mockingbird) AND; THE LADIES: 1st lace for & close between her & runner-up: *Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice (l982)-(EASY PREDICTION: She'll never hit this high note again) & runner-up *Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (l95l WB's)=(all not are positive this role unhinged poor Vivien's mind trouble's. Jessica Tandy plated in on stage vs Brando) 3rd Greta Garbo in Camille (l937 M-G-M-(many historians cite this 1 as all-timer by an actress. Not her finest feature like Queen Christina, *Grand Hotel or Ninotchka though) 4th Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc (l928 French) -(don't know what the deal with w/her * the film-(silent) was with the ACADEMY that year??? Who saw this? Because as I ve written a myriad of times in depth L.B. Mayer invented them to go against labor unions & pretty much controlled winners until the mid to late '30's, 36 always rumored it's most fixed yr between Mayer & Jack L. Warner & over the grave of Thalberg) In my books a few with question always say Falconetti still delivered all-time work as an actress Ans 5th choice for me *Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter-(Now I like *Streisand & in Funny Girl, but they outrageously tied for the ACADEMY AWARD that year, WHAT?) All insist due to *TRACY leaving in June of '67 *KATE & without 2nd thought, drove herself into this magnificent production (TRIVIA: To date only other tie in acting is 1931-32 *Fredric March in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde & *Wallace Beery in The Champ but, under AMPAS rules of the day it was still a tie, despite *March being 1 vote ahead of *Wally) THANK YOU & AS ALWAYS WANT YOUR INPUT
  2. If quite a few respond, I'll take another page of FILM FACTS BOOK from 1979 & do DUIRECTIORS that is if people care?
  3. WELL SLAYTON, HOW COME I WONDERR, I IKE TO VOTEMYSELF, TO EACH HIS OW BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO VOTE, JUST SELECT
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    Favorites and Other Lists & Musings

    TO ONLY LAWRENCE, what exactly are your personal top ten all-time favorite motion pictures by the way? As I think I also told you over the yrs-used to be on these forums starting in 01 with a different handle & then approx. 250 posts) So I first still most important rank my files of everything cinema 1st & foremost,. still) Started around 1979 at only age 15 also when THE GREAT TRACY became my #1 idol & hero &* fell IN LOVE with the movies, I wanted to know why the likes of CARSON=)by the way JOHNNY'S fav movie CASABLANCA), TOM SNYDER (REBECCA & again Spence was his hero & idol), , MERV GRIFFIN, MIKE DOUGLAS-(he really put the hook in me because & it was a given say as example HUMPHREY BOGART, CLARK GABLE, GARY COOPER & THE GREAT: SPENCER TRACY & in same order but with different stars of the Studio-System Era-(circa 1925-63) (approx. 35-38yrs it lasted.) Don't have to tell to folks the TRACY was his idol since childhood I reckon' do I So, I immediately first at then young age why all these celebs & others called him that, or why KANE was constantly regarded as the finest ever produced & why GARB0 was constantly ranked as the greatest all-time actress, So I felt I should start studying them 1st & worked my was up to the present,etc & A QUESTION, IT IS IMPORTANT HAS TO DO WITH YOUNGER SO CALLED MOVIEFANS-(that ok, not movie buffs) THAT ABOUT 95% OF THE TIME OR MORE SAY & WITHOUT PAUSE AN OLD CLASSIC OH, THAT WAS BEFORE MY TIME unquote? ESPECIALLY MILLENNIALS I AM RIGHT? IN COMEDY CINEMA WE WENT FROM> CHAPLIN, KEATON, MARX BROS, STAN & OLLIE, W.C. FIELDS, THREE STOOGES. A & C TO KEVIN HART, PAULY SHORE, JACK BLACK & AVID SPADE SAME GIOES WITH MUSIC I know I sound like an old man, but it's true WHAT HAPPENED?
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    Favorites and Other Lists & Musings

    LawrenceA-(PLEASE LET ME KNOW, ASKED YOU YRS AGO IF YOUR HANDLE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE ALL-TIME HEAVYWEIGHT 7 TIME Oscar sweeping: Lawrence of Arabia OR NOT??? Which you know is & I can't wait meself as us IRISH used to phrase it to see it on the big screen as it should be seen. (Regal Theaters for the rest of you folks) & also my A #! all-time favorite-(NOTE: Though THE GODFATHER is superior as AFI voted it so both times 1998 & 2007) GFII_later this yr will also=-(among others) be re released to regal Theaters, due to it's 45th anniversary of course. But do you mean in your post only the top five of each decade & not ten & which decade are you starting with please??? I did a recent post somewhat similar in my votes for the top ten since the 1980's-(AFI's included)-(TO MY FEKLOW TCM_ITES, please look it up, I know it's long but need to be & still another work in progress, like one I did yrs ago but could as yet never get back to it TITLED> SINATRA vs. ELVIS vs BING well, my fellow TCM-ITES jumped on it saying I did it before,etc Never finished it & yada, yada, yada-(oops Seinfeld slipped in) think I only finished the THE CHAIRMAN'S section &other things came up. & I completed my fav of each decade starting 1980's except for my final 3of this decade I believe, still not finito though AONG TOP REASONS FOR POSTING SUCH A LONG LIST, TO ILLUSTRATE THE QUALOTY GOING DOWN HILL EACH DECADE SINCE THE '80's LAWRENCE, I SEE NOW< YOUR STARTING WITH THE SILENT WERA & ONWARD & UPWARD GOTCHA! When I can I hope to submit my own top 5 each decade here if it's ok? But, to me CHARLES (SPENCER_) CHAPLIN-(l889-l977) IS NOT ONLY THE ULTIMATE COMEDIC KING OF CINEMA BUT OF MOTION PICTURES IN GENERAL Not a aole in the history of our fav medium could do i all All speak about ORSON WELLES-(l9l5-1985) & justifiable so, but CHARLIE did him 1 better, MUSIC SCORING! My Mother Thanks, You, My Father Thanks You, My Sister Thanks You And I Thank YOU
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    How did Rock Hudson REALLY catch AIDS?

    TopBilled-(arguably thee finest on these forums buddy) never firget summer of '85, because I was in the hospital ATTHE TIME & THEIR TV SHOWS Hudson AT 6'6 HAVING TO HAVE LOTS OF GUYS CARRYING HIM OFF THE PLANE EITHER GOING TO OR COMING FROM pARIS
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    How did Rock Hudson REALLY catch AIDS?

    That is a staggering, asinine question pal??? He even left his will & testament to his live in lover from what I understand & either his male lover towards to end or another-(same with Liberace & his) left all to this individual & further more this person sued someone & worrying he'd not also catch the disease As for me I always try 7 separate the achievements on screen from a person's personal life-recently *Kevin Spacey is the ultimate choice in this regard & still his per as B. Benedict in the legendary GIANT was great! & others that left all to their live in male companion are>RAYMOND BURR, J. EDGAR HOOVER & others I can't recall at present
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    Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

    I have an online FRIEND, now turned author & go to FB to locate him, his og the works MICHAEL F. BLAKE-(looks a lot lie Wilford Brimley) He & I always correspond & sent each other pictures in his msg, all of a sudden folks soon as his COWBOY, HOLLYWOOD MAKE-UP-(he & his father were make-up artists & if you go over his page both, mostly his pop, worked with almost all the heavyweights, doing their make-up) Now he gives most, including myself of all people, because we were pretty tight-(NOTE: JUST REMEMBERED ON AN IN BETWEEN SUPER TCM TRBUTE, I THINK TO JW & WESTERNS, BLAKE APPEARS FIRST TIME EVER IN TV, Watch for it, ) Not certain but I also think Michael was a fellow card-carrying member of REEL COWBOYS,.ORG-(fan club & again, a marvelously crafted site!) CYNDI TRACY-(relative of the GREAT: TRACY & I were ultra pals & not just online, spoke on the phone & more) Cyndi got me in FREE to REEL COWBOYS, even getting huge envelopes from them in snail-mail & topper being membership card) For the record CYNDI TRACY-(l961-) was the then wife of SPENCER'S grandson JOE TRACY-(l955-) Not a good guy, where she was cool & more cared about SPENCER by far then he ever did) Pint being MICHAEL'S ALL-TIME TOP 5-6 FAv. STARS ARE>CHANEY, SR.-(make-up again & his ultimate idol), JOHN WAYNE, CAGNEY, TRACY &STANWYCK-(the sole female)
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    Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

    SGT MARKOFF, absolute love you handle pal! I bet most even on here have no idea-(especially without you Avatar) even know who he was, sadly
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    Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

    To Omar, love her or hate her & I am 100% in the love her category M.A.D.O.N.N.A's cinematic idol was DIETRICH-(that's where Louise's MADONNA'S Beauty Mark first started & then Marilyn's) & not to give away to much on my love MADONNA"s was fake & moved all over her marvelous face-(much to my awful chagrin, because I went so far as the get a massive tattoo of her VOGUE style, taking up most of frt right though! & even went back 3 times just to get her famed beauty mark Darker? Go-FIGURE RIGHT That's Love Sports Fans) Altogether cist me over $300.00 bucks. That was in late 2015 If someone told me i'd even get a tiny tat-(which can you believe she doesn't believe in on her body-(in the movies, they where what are called MAT TATTOS) like she does on stage. She had it removed in 2011 which she git other work done, which made me ill, botox, steroids,etc BACK to Marlene Dietrich-(l90l-92) her sole Academy nod was for 1930's MOROCCO (Paramount) But for me & sorry, only once found her attractive, most of all in 1930's powerful THE BLUE ANGEL strong ***1/2) opposite what during the silent era most deemed greatest actor in the world & very 1st Best Actor winner EMIL JANNINGS-(l884-l950) Long story about why he won over CHAPLIN in The Circus though that yr much to do with the nan of whom invented them Louis B. Mayer-(l885-l957) THANX AGAIN
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    Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

    Nipper, as most true bona fide film buffs know John Dillinger-(l903-l934) actually lost his life outside The still standing Biograph Theatre in Chicago sneaking out to her 1934 MANHATTAN MELODRAMA (M-G-M) (***-out of 4 stars) Ironically also about Gangsters w/Gable & William Powell & Later reworked tremendous by Warner Bros in 1938's ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES of course starring CAGNEY! (TRIVIA: On Myrna, in the somewhat still known massive movie fans poll conducted in 1938 fans voted in Photoplay mag & others Gable & Myrna Loy as KING & QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD. And over 20 million moviefans voted in the poll, it was first held-(a huge party by L.B. Mayer I think at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) at a tacky celebration, later given the Royal Treatment instead & the 2 winners were given Crowns & somewhat pal THE GREAT: SPENCER TRACY fitted Gable with his & at THE EL CAPITAIN THEARE on H. Blvd-(also amazingly still there, for now)
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    Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

    Good (***1/2) very good topic! But for me now age 54 & have been a card-carrying moviebuff, reviewer, oddsmaker & for awhile AFI member Always like to first split hairs & 1st my personal; favorite all-time movie actresses are> Natalie Wood-(l938-l98l), Greta Garbo (l905-90) & Katharine Hepburn (l907-2003) AND my votes for top 3 All-Time Greatest> Meryl Streep-(l949-), Garbo & again 4 time leading AMOPAS winner Kate Heburn (NOTE: Although much of the critics within the last 30yrs or so generally vote for Ingrid Bergman (l9l5-l982) even fmr U.S. pres Bill Clinton
  13. (PART #1) vote a little contest & poll on here a few yrs ago, but it was only Elvis VS. *Sinatra, now I want to also add *Bing Crosby This is a kind of poll/survey & analysis on whom you fellow TCM-ITES like the most of all (3) heavyweights? PLEASE CAST YOUR RESPECTED VOTE THOUGH? I think *"The Chairman" won in that other previous topic. My vote of couragous with my #2 idol *FS!-(only after *"The Great: Spencer Tracy") Francis (Albert) Sinatra-(19l8-l998) Hgt 5'8 & 1/2. Nationality: Sicilian. In Hoboken, New Jersey. & amazingly120lbs at one time 1945's short "House Live In" (RKO), 1953's Maggio in *"From Here to Eternity"-(Columbia & competitive victory), 1970/71 Jean Hersholt award & though he didn';t win it himself his songs won 3 times "Three Coins in the Fountain" 1957's "All the Way" &'59's "High Hopes" His only other shot at *"The Golden Boy" for acting was his pick ashis best "Man With the Golden Arm" (UA) Career film spam: 1943-84) Over 200 albums & 1,800 songs! *FS has (3) WOF-STARS-(most an individual gets is (Gene Autry holds that honor) But bombed onhis short-lived tv show late '50's. won 13 GRAMMYS. (TRIVIA: He even pd anonymously for Bela Lugosi's 1956 funeral & gotthe blacklisted Lee J. Cobb back into Vegas Then, being such a loyal friend of heavyweight boxing champion: Joe Louis, he pd for his open heart surgery but Louis suffered a stroke in the middle of it! He had a pad in B. Hills area, but always lovedPalm Springs by far the most & passed away at cedars sinaiMay 14th, l998 of a heart attack. WHICH FANS CAN STAY OVER FOR A RIDICULOUS $18.OO PER NIGHT??? He was laid to rest in Palm Srings at Desert Memorial, park near his mother & father Strangely a very humble grave?> They buried him with a pk of cigs, coins in his pocket & a red scarf. & now my top 4 "Essential *FS films: *"Some Came Running" (l958-MGM), "*From Here to Eternity" "Manchurian Candidate" (l962 version) & I love 1945's "Anchors Aweigh" Tinsel Townnever looked more gorgeous!!! (HOJNORABLE MENTION: 1954's powergouse"Suddenly" He played a genuine villkiajn here & superb at it & was robbewd of another nom.) & my top (4) songs of his: 1st place "It Was A Very Good Year" (l965)(lso my fav. number by any artist) 2 "In the Wee Small Hrs of the Morning"-(his highnote post Ava years & at his pinnacle at Capitol Records)-(l958) 3. "Summer Wind" 4. "One More for the Road"-(also mid 1950's, his ultimate music era) & 5th "All the Way"-(see above) (TRIVIA: His own favorite was "My Way") Alsoi though he didn't write it, but his version of "Angel Eyes" must easily be among the most depressing songs ever!) Also his worst was "Mama Will Bark" & his "Duets" as a mess, done when he was 80 & of course his legendary "Rat Pack"-(originally called that with *Bogey, Bacall, Debbie Reynolds, Judy & others, Ithink even *Niven? At first dubbed "Holmby Hills Rat pack" because *Bogart lived in that area, then of course they consisted of *FS, Dino, Sammy, Joey Bishop & the tragic Peter Lawford LOTS MORE, BUT PLEASE CHIME-IN THIS IS ONLY PART #1
  14. (*-always will denotes an Academy (AMPAS) award winner) I tried to conduct this should be great survey of fellow TCM-ITES a couple of yrs ago, but my introduction as too long on say THE CHARMAN OF THE BIOARD & only could barelyElvis & 4-got Bing Crosby altogether in that so a 2 way contest instead of 3 So this time i'll just pretty much just throwit out there &you folks if you like first do some research on these icons as the A #1 of all-time between these three giants of the industry Now, the somewhat rules are broken down in of course MUSIC first, FILM & Whatever you like to include I'd usually & alwaysin these type of fun things submit a ton of credentials on it, to kickstart the proceedings, this time you gotta' try &do it (NOTE: Having a trouble with my typing, mostly my keyboard right now, bear with me please)
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    Sinatra, Elvis OR Bing???

    As I said awhile ago it was actually a work in progress & was 1stly focused on SINATRA, I had to stop at that stage & planned to get back to it progress & 1stly focused on The Chairman the most, had to stop then forgot it ok
  16. *Always denote an ACADEMY AWARD (AMPAS) winner Yes, I posted a few items on here onkly hours back &eeded help on a couple to, but NADA? They were not that big a deal or earth shattering, I;m mostly disappointed in this audience, I write on many &always either get a positive or negative response, this time O) They were not earth shattering, or world changing, just wanted others to get the scoop likeyself. If you want or feel to please try &check them out & I vetight now not 1 other TCM-ITE replies on this one either WHATS UP DOC? WARNING MY KEBOSARD IS DOING BIZARRO THINGS TODAY HENCE ALL THE SLOPPY WRITING I've written/posted this fun cinefax previously &on other sites, if you don't care to respond it's ok TOP TEN MOVIES OF EACH DECADE (NOTE: I have in my files & books EVERYTHING film related, but decided to cut this one short & start with the 1980's ironically since I've been alive 54yrs this was my favorite decade, not only movies either & everytime I talk to not a millinial-(HATE THAT WORD!) & MOVIES, they agree the 1980's was the strongestever since the previous ones of course So, here it goes> AFI-(American Film Institute) (Est: 1967- (TRIVIA: Oscar winner Gregory Peck (l9l6-2003) was it's first chairman by way): also AFI & voting for foreign language films ineligible 1st place Raging Bull (l980_(& was almost a landslide in a polls) 2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (l982)-(NOTE: My debut year at going to between 36 & 60 new releases) 3.Blue Velvet (l986) (TRIVIA FUN FAX: Lynch'stv Twin Peaks is truly a companion pc this the more than bizarre masterpiece, with Dennis hopper brilliant in one of film history's sickest villians) 4. Hannah & Her Sisters (l986) (was probably the runner-up that year to only *Platoon"_ 5th place Atlantic City (l98l)-(NOTE: Lived there at only age 16 just after shooting finished) 6. Raiders of the Lost (l98l)-(TRIVIA: THE now 77yr old Harrison Fordmay already be working on the 5th installment?) 7. *Platoon (l986) 8. Once Upon a Time in America (l984)(directors cut only)-(Ennio's beautiful scoring also a companion pc to Leone's 1969 Western Once Upon a Time in the West) (A SECRET Both scores are tied for my own favourite moton opicture scores ever composed Ennio only recently finally took one home for Tarentino good but not spectacular Western Hateful Eight(2005) He by far at that pt held AMPAS record for oldest winner at 87, then 2yrs ag James Ivory upped it at age 94 by winning screenplay OSCAR) 9, Prizzi's Honor (l985) 10th place by AFI votingThe King of Comedy (l983)'(I thought thisbrilliant even at age 18 & Jerry Lewis never givencredit fir his straightmanwork as Jerry Langford, Then there' the wacky Sandra Bernhard-(fmr M.A.D.O.N.N.A.as closer apparently & more then a buff &I LOVE HER TO PIECES-(aka "In Love" over 5yrs)ts she's done this a loy in her 60yrs after using friends as stepping stones, she leaves & never a will again? I have theories what happened-(not for here)EVER CATCH ONLINE BERNHARD BRAGGING ABOUT KNOWM IN ETTERMAN AVID ADE LIGHT OF HER-(l988) & SHE BROUGHT OUT LOUISE M liked Dave thought appearing on 8 times. As for Sandra I've always felt she was robbed of a supporting shot for King. It was then too weird fr mainstream Academy vters. & for it's first & only time they included actor Jack Nicholson-(l937-) Actress (MerlyStreep (l949) and Director Martin Scorsese (l942-) All 1980's VS. My own top 10 1980's-(YOU CHOOSE?) 1. Raging Bull-(AFI even vited this the overall #4th great film in it's 2007 100yrs...100 Movies-10th Anniversary Edition>(P.S,. like Schindler & only a handful of others in a category I call JAW DROPPERS & YOUCOULD HEARA PIN DROP AT IT'S CONCLUSION) 2. Blue Velvet 3. *Platoon-(went back 3 times) 4. E.T.-(hate to strangers, I;m a big Irish, fmr bodyiftng MICK, but it made me cry after first seeing it) Saw in in New Jersey first time &my debut yr in trying to its mrt the already Oscar exprts, oddsmakers you name it I BOMBED! Thinking the best ET would win over thestillvery good (***1/2) long in filming, tns & tins f cast members &most of all during thee days the AMPS admired, generic, coffee tables epics SO I DD LOUST FURS COUOLE OF YEARS ANYWAY I firthore blew it I WAS SO GREEN THEN, TOOK MY UNTIL '86's & the yr of PLATOON to get a dandle on all a lot more 5th fav Atlantic City 6 (tie) Hannah & Her Sisters and Crimes & Misdemeanors ('89)-(usually don't believe in tis, exceptof course in sorts, these ar ever so close to this moviegoer By the way *The woodman usually cites Crimes… as his finest work) 7 Who framed Roger Rabbit (l988)(never knew whythere wasn';t a sequel though, took home 4 Golden statues &made $154m.???) 8. Once Upon a Time in America (again D/C only, over 88 minutes were cut out from this gangster masterpiece for N America) 9, Cinama, Paridiso (l989-Italy)-(also this Oscar victor is my personal all-time freign language film, stick around for it's beautiful final & asual the now 91yr old Ennio Morricone's work as a musician is perfecto) 10th fav of my own Shoah (l985-French) (9 hr documentary on the Holocaust, but never dull) (Ebert called this a film for the AGES unquote) 1990's (AFI told me via phone bac then they weren't gonna conduct another huge decade/movie survey due to them putting tgether another in it's 100yrs specials, this one being 100yrs...100 Laughs instead? A #1 for me Schindler's List (l993) (could anyone image it not being #1 on any suveys &later went so far in both famous 100yrs...100 Movies (l998) AFI;s 1998 100yrs...100 Movies tv special poll coming in at 9th all-time ONE FOR THE AGES 2. GoodFellas (1990)-(As much as *GFI is my No. 1 all-timer in any genre, this &tv's The Sopranos are the real deal) 3. Saving Private Ryan (l998)-(NOTE: Very close call between #2 & #3 here) 4. *Unforgiven (l992)-(also rank this among the all-time Westerns, only after The Searchers, Shane, Once Upon a Timein the West Very unlikely the now going on 89 living leged Clint will do better, sadly in the recent mule hate to admit (William Munny) looks awful & has another coming. 5th *Titanic (l997)-(of coursenot to be confused with the 1953 Fox version, whch is entertaing enough, yet a but too sappy, I;m not a cgi guy, but still t this day I've not seen anything come close with what Cameron & crew put together A ONCE IN A LIFETIME UNDETAKING!!! Now will skip to 5th highest grossing film ever prioduced, still considerrng studios cannot show a 3"14 minute feature as many tmes vs say the current blockbuster Avengers End Game-(coming up to #2) Back in ;82 & fr yrs after Id go back to certain movies, but for yrs nope. Very rare, did go to see this 3 times myself & as a legendary directr said"Make Your Final Shot Yur Best Shot" & it lives up to that!. \ 6. Pulp Fiction (l994) 7. The Shawshank Redempion (l994) (TRIVIA: imdb.com high movie websites a coule yrs ago polled it's readers & they vted this the best movie of all-tme even over KANE & THE GODFAHER) 8. The Remains of the Day (l993) 9. Leaving Las Vegas (l995) & 10th personal fav. Reservoir Dogs (1992) And the 2000's 1st Gangs of New York (2002) (NOTE: I personally rank *D. Day-Lewis brilliant creation as true to life villain Bill "The Butcher" Cutting among Oscars top 5 biggest sins of omission, losing to *A. Brody a great pic The Pianist, but the works don't even come close? in my book &D Day should have a staggering (4)leading actor statuettes?) (QUESTION TCM0ITES: Who truly deservedBest Actior Bridy, D-Day even 12 time nominee Nicholson in about Schmidt *tough not nommedRobin Williams(l9512014) may have deliveredperformance of his life in One Hour Photo?? Pre annual critis awards were devidedbetween *D Day & Jack though Broy didn't win 1 ifthise now too many annual awards Pianist a great film & OPOikabsu;s directuion equay som but>>> 2. *Million dollar Baby (04) (I;m no fan of women's boxing, huge boxing fan &buff &even scorecard keeper once in awhile, but this warms one up to it, beware arguably among Hollywoods Most Depressing pictures) 3. Cinderella Man (2015) (I seem among the chosen few that love this boxing picture BIG-TUIME! Don't understand why it got dumped on a lot? Guive it another shot,no pun intended My fav of all concerned Ron Howard,Crowe-(barely over *Gladiator though, *Zelleweger,etc Must admit Iee it I got to spend 8 or more hrs with Howard &most of the cast of Cocoon=(smmer of 84 down here in St. Petersburg, FL) 4. King Kong (2005) (No what your sayin' WHAT Can't help it even went back once thought it was grand entertainment, of course no match for the legendary 1933 version BUT WILL SOMEONE TELL MY WHY JACK BLACK?) 5. KB2 (2014) (Tarentino's Western flavor follow up to his even more ultra violent KB1 which has an Asian texture) 6. United 93 (2015 or 16) (S Kingwhen he write on again off again reviews in EW cited this along wth KANE &THE GODFATHER) 7. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (Absolutely magnificent & brilliant filmaking from Eastwood here. Tells opposite story of the Americans at Iwo Jima while his earlier Flags of Their Fathers told by U.s. Marine's) 8. *Gladiator (2000) (WHAT IS THERE TO SAY NOW?) 9. Almost Famous (2000) 10, Finding Nemo (l993) (at this late Wat Disney/Pixar date still my own fav. (TRIVIA: To date highest moneyspinng Pixar animated feaure is last yrs Incredibles 2) AND so far for 2010-)-(NOTE: To most upon seeing these decades breakdown, theyalways say "WHAT HAPPEED" '82 was a great movieyear I personallyrated 10 new releases full ***stars for 1982, last few yrs barely one 1st The Artist (2011)-(Prfecto filmmaking such as this deserved more then just 5 Academy Awards & his Dog, studio put out a campaign in Variety for the puppy to get a s. actor nod Plus, I;m alway a sucker for anything Hollywoods glorious Golden age) A possible debit & Kim Novak quoted as saying she felt slowly raped when seeing it, due to it's score, virtually one of all-timers in Vertigo To top things off among it's five wins Best Original-scire was among them I';m always more a sucker to for B &W 2nd Gravity (2013) (Absolutely staggering, stunning moviemaking &no lt up either &only 91 minutes Even Leonard Maltin-(another pen pal of mine) rarely gives a film 4 stars, he seemed to want to give this sci-fi heavyweight more.I don't prchaee many new titles ondvd(heck, if you want you can virtually watch entre film on youtube right now but i'd get this &am no big sci-fi fan either Sandy Bullock is astonishing her, her detractorswill be stunned by her one woman show here TRUST ME! & Mr. Cool Oscar winner himself Clooney adds just the right tough as usual WARNING: Please don't divulge a truly confidential sequence) As far as Hollywood went, I accurately predicted eventual winner very good to 12 Years A Slave wold styill take the biggie, but 7 check this out Gravity swept &anyway I must watched this,notcountig the theatre 50 times so far can't take the ol' eyes off it &excuse me her either ya' know 3. Stan & Ollie (2018) (Bow I have faith BIG-TIME in you Classic Tinsel-Town Buffs & Fans is at least knowing about this barely advertised yet amazing comedy-drama from the U.K. & most still call & without pause The GreteastComedy Duo in Movie History" No, not taling about Olson & Johnson here either. This is &you hear this a lot A MUST SEE IF YOU COULD SEE ONE MOVIE ALL YEAR CHOSE THIS, same ol' same publicity nonsense THIS FILLS THAT BILL, Reason you can trstme for a myriad of reasons I frst got very heavily into Stan Laurel (l890-l965)& OliverHardy (l892-l957) in the early '80's on tv of course &then L. Maltin produced a late night series of their dyanamichrts-(mostdo agree overallthose shorts with Hal Roachto the features though my fav is1937's superb Way Down West the duo's feature & wonderfully focal pt, especially rge numbers they sang in the comedy-western Would have to look it up, but that's cheating but I think it's Sound & Sound ("Trail of the Lonesome Pine") were in that Golden Race. For me the instant enindr ofeven youngfans-(due to tv) immediately laughed at that glorious dancing moment. Then-(will not divulge(their careers take a downslide, regularpeople round the globe don't recognize them anymore, the works I KNOW A TON OF FELLOW MOVIE BUFFS, YOUNG & OLD, SOME MILLIENIALS-(loath that phrase & most that now about Stan & Ollie or saw old movie(one that stunnespeople is they started in the silent era as well) A lot of this also on display in the kind of film nowadays &gven the dfferent eras may not be made again There have been lots on HOLLYWIOODS ALL-TIME GREAEST COMICS mostly for tv though '92';s Chaplin was a veery rare exception but only grossed $9m. W.C. Fieldsand Me" (976) Bio of W.C. Fields starrig rod Steiger, sadl fir him you coud catch his acting & it hit the heck.WELP, KNOW YOU TIRED HEARINGBIT & OPINIONS & A LOTTA' MORE. In shirt John C. Reillyas ollie was more then perfecto! & Steve Coogan as Laurel same goes but more restrained Only sold 4m. to so called Golden age Comedy Fans??? (SMAME SHAME)Then here comes the ACADEMY Reillyhas been to the dance once beforefor his spporting turn in 2002's Chicago & his snub to not only me but thers I know & have cintact was disgusting, you decade lok at the Best actor nominees? Cooganwas up fir a SAG Award at ;east 4. Life Itself (2013 or14) (this fr me was very personal docu on Roger Ebert also author, screenwriter Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (l970) This excellent docu deals wth hisfinal weeks & days barely being kept alivein a hospital His only wife him Also: his caregiver. Ebert was a hidden Alcoholic for decades, nit sure he smoke thuoghas most of his fans & viewers know he was alwals very much overwgt I frst strted watch via just plain old channel surfing while living in Seaside Heights, NJ & stopped because 2 guys summer on 1979 were taling about new movies, most notablea then unkown film Breaking Away Of curse they gained immediate popularily & went onto SneakPreviews, At the Movis & I think the duo of him & on screen partner Gene Siskel-(l946-1999) where the THUMBS UP stated. The were everywhere Johnny Carson, Jay leno, Letterman, morning shows& more, Weirdest thng is Gene fell ill with CANER beforeRoger^& Rogernever forgave Gene because he never informed him he contracted brain cancer until towards the end Gene was operated on but it didn't take, so in theirgory days on showsSisel would kidd him about his wgt Welp, last interview bothwere on shortly beforeGene went, Gene was making jokes at his expense but instead of the audience laughing with him they were laughing at Gene Siskel instead Topper is now forgitten siskel doesn't even have a WOF-STAR but ebert dies? as for riger I just happened ti ctch himon a TCM commercial & couldn't rI WAS SO DEOPRESSED SPORTS FANS!!! box, had no sides to his dead on bothides Rogerwas never tall at all man 5'7 at best & a bit over300lbs early on, butthis was a shell of the man. Took him to a special hosp where much ofthis docu feature took place, wfe at bedside. He git sooo excited when she was going to literally take they tried to do so monthly to a real movie theatre. In shirt, all dressed the the nine's you know it A shirt time after his moviegoing experience he went from yet another infection NOTE: Even prior to Life Itsef was totally snubbed the the Oscars, years ago he made a pretty accurate about the AMAS, especially the category he may have been up for Best Documenary-Featre & how many times he'd witnessed them screw-up in this same category i.e. SHOH, WINGS IF DESIRE,etc I;m positive TopBilled, LawrenceA Jakeem can locate ther omissions in 91yrs of Oscar here WELP, VERY LONG, PLEASE DON'T DUSRARD & MOSTLY I;M OISSED WUTH MY KEYBARD RIGHT NOW, AGAIN EXCUSE THE MESS I MUST FINISH UT WHAT SO FAR APPEARS TO BE THE LANES QUALITY MIOVIE YEAR & It'S TOP TEN BEST OF THIS DECADE (2010-) PLESE SEND ALL COMMENTS
  17. thanx tithise that applied & I know what Laffite is going on about a year & 1/2 ago or even 2 years about I started a similar thread=(hate that term, article or post will suffice) But I comoiled a topic only on SINATRA VS ELVIS-(no Bing in site (Lafitte) Never was abe to finish it all(stats,etc) only got mostly through THE CHAIRMAN So, your obviously off your rocker here But I thank you te
  18. spence

    Actor-comedian Tim Conway (1933-2019)

    Don Knotts used to take home something like 4 consecutive EMMYS for Andy Griffith-(filmed inclosed to the public by the way Culver studios I never even new about Culver studios, it stuned me after my 05 vacation. all say you can literally throw a rock & hit the Dream factory from Sony Pictures-(was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) But did not Conway win at least 1 Emmy for the superbly funny on all levels CAROL BURNETT SHOW?
  19. spence

    Actor-comedian Tim Conway (1933-2019)

    I don't particular believe n the things they call the THREEs but it's about 85% accurate when stars & such end up passing very close to each & in 3's, of course we had DORY DAY, TIM CONWAY LUKE PERRY & D-JOHN SINGLETON though weren't close together, do they count in this bizzaro contest? OOPS, an actress I thought was even more attractive as time went over was PEGGY LIPTON of Mod Quad but more important DavidLynch's often brilliant& an obviously sequel to his brilliant 1986 BLUE VELVET Both TWIN EAKS (l999l) & the not as magnetic as BV TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURNS Now to to get to morbid, heavyweights stars oldest & downward still here" (QESTION: Isn't Norman Lloyd still here at about age 95?) *Olivia de Havilland (l9l6-) Kirk Douglas(l9l6-) SORRY TO SAY! Carl Reiner(l922-) Betty White (l922-) *Eva Marie Saint (l924-) *Mel Brooks(l926-) Tony Bennett (l926-) *Sidney Poitier-(l927-) Harry Belafonte(l927-) ADD ON YOURS
  20. As al on here by now tcm made a major cut back & closed classic film community or classic film union? Which was it & what does that mean for us fans future? I was sooo depressed when 1st seeing this on the network, turning on the comp & it was CLOSED I immediately saw this as the very possible beginning of end end (P.S, plus, I've been on these forums since about 2001, had a different handle for a couple yrs though & used to immediately get responses in my inbox whenever u hit the reply button at bottom on the screen, not so for a longtime I complained half a dozen times & am ignored?) THANK YOU
  21. Haven't been able to be online & on here the mt. summit of motion picture websties in awhile, but was curious of you fellow TCM-ITES whom hope or has no interest in seeing Hollywoods latest $B.O.$. Blockbuster AVENGERS: END GAME? as I write this it is now the 3rd highest grossing release in cinematic history & is easily poised to become runner-up only to 2015's SW: FORCE AWAKENS ($937 million domestically) as the 2nd biggest ticket seller ever as for me i'm personally pretty fed up_(especially in the summer vie season) with comic books, remakes, sequels,etc Though did go to & admired a few, especially 1989's BATMAN ($251m.) 1979's SUPERMAN, DARK KNIGHT ($535m.), BATMAN RETURNS ($163m.)9solely due to Marvelous Michelle Pfeiffer though) & a few others, but reviewing flix in a theatre as I said I'm no burnt If one looks at the current all-time top 10 champs the majority of which are based on comics, see kids go back & back to each obviously pumping up ticket sales For the record the monolithic 11 time OSCAR sweeping *TATINC from 1997 will slip to 6th place now, a lot due to not being able to show it more time at 3hrs & 14 minutes that didn't sop the legendary 10939 GWTW (MGM/Selznick) officially adjusted for inflation is still A #1 ever made & as most know is 3hrs & 42minutes & a ticket then was a quarter THANK YOU
  22. In you view do you personally think Day deserved one of the slots?
  23. THANKS TOPBILLED, was hurrying Do you plan to see this one? Last film I went to was the beautiful looking from the trailers DUMBO live action remake by Tim Burton, but it seems flat/mediocre (**-out of 4 stars) It did manage to gross over $80m to $90m. though. One be certain that will be a shocker in terms of controversy is Tarentino's take on the infamous & legendary 1969 Manson/Tate murders ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD they are ultra secretive about it thus far, Di Caprio & Pitt are pt of it's big cast Few months ago Sharon Tate's sister was interviewed a couple of times staying she refuses to see the film
  24. eorry to bust some TCMN-ITES bubble here, but was not a fan of Doris, though respect her on film, especially with her passion for animals what we desperately need a ton more of Only performance I liked her in with opposite a dynamic JAMES CAGNEY-(l899-l986) as the true to life Marty "The Gimp" Snyder. Many fans of hers were ultra furious when her peers ignored her for a Best Actress nom for 1955, but Cagney was obviously in that race Just to match em up the Best actress contenders for '55 were: *Anna Managna in "The Rose Tattoo" (won) Katharine Hepburn, "The Rainmaker" Susan Hayward, "I'll Cry Tomorrow Eleanor Parker, "Interrupted Melody" &you folks fill it in this time, know you can

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