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    FilmStruck/Criterion Channel is being shut down!

    Its not exactly the way it should be, but there have been some reports about FilmStruck today. What it sounds like is that the closing will occur as scheduled on the 29th. But next year on the new Warner platform, they will include a FilmStruck element with the Turner library films. But there is no word yet on Criterion, and that WB platform doesn't open for another 12 months or so. (We would have Watch TCM in the interim, provided that isn't closed as well) To me however, it seems like a grudging, half-hearted move, a cop out. All the pressure from the LA Times, Washington Post, Variety, New York Times, Spielberg, Scorsese, Streisand, DiCaprio, and the lot of them, and this is all they can give us?
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    Post your least favorite classic films and tell why

    Maybe it is just being a bit cynical, but I have a certain hunch that neither the excellent reviews Blow-Up received at the time nor the Antonioni autheur effect or its enigmatic did-he-see-it-correctly plot were the reasons why audiences went in droves to it at the time. Instead, I think it had something to do with that sequence of models behaving very badly.... Scenes like that were unheard of in English-language films at the time, and most likely adolesent boys and young men streamed into the theatres just for that scene.
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    Post your least favorite classic films and tell why

    Its a real head trip. Bizarre threatening phone calls, amnesia, strange grotesque things hiding behind surprising places, out of nowhere provocative lesbian sex scenes, changing plotlines, creepy travellers, hallucinations, and a staggering and very brave performance from Naomi Watts. And classic film star Ann Miller gets a supporting role in it! (It was both her final film, and her first non-cameo since 1956)
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    Glenda Farrell as SOTM November 2018

    In the last week or two, I have really started to become familiar with Glenda. I had seen her before, and yet this is the first time when I have really been focusing on her in things, and she's such a delight. Great comic timing, wonderful acting, effortlessly steals scenes.
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    Post your least favorite classic films and tell why

    This is downright mild compared to some negative opinions I have heard about this film!
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    Post your least favorite classic films and tell why

    I admire many parts of The Graduate (1967), and yet, I can't quite love it as much as everyone else. Its still a good film, just not a masterpiece. That being said, Anne Bancroft's performance is a masterwork and far deeper than the seductive but shrewish caricature that most people remember her character as.
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    50s-70s romance movies?

    I remember reading about that. The nudity was cut out many years ago when the film was rereleased, around 1972. Tellingly, the 1970 cut was rated R, while the 1972 one was PG. Its pretty much as you figured. The one swear word though, that was on the videotapes, but not on the DVD print. TCM probably shows the DVD cut. (And its not as though Babs hasn't used that word in other films. I believe she used it in Nuts, Prince of Tides, Mirror Has Two Faces, and possibly in Star is Born ) And its not the only early 70s film to get a language cut. See also Harry and Tonto. That had an obscene word in one scene, which has since been replaced by a lesser swear word on all prints.
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    FilmStruck/Criterion Channel is being shut down!

    That petition is over 40,000 signatures now .... and per Variety, its signers include Barbra Streisand and director Guillermo Del Toro....
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    Films with great casts that nobody's seen

    It is hard to say and it is sometimes surprising sometimes not. Elsewhere on the internet, I run polls for movie years. Anyone can vote, the top 50 for each year place. People can vote for up to 20 films. Picked up from another person and have done quite a few. Started in the recent years (2006 done back in May) and headed on back. 1981 was done today. But one thing that is surprising are some of the films that either fail to place even in a top 50 due to lack of passion (Prizzi's Honor) or because they are underseen. Some titles of the 80s that I voted for that failed to get any other votes included SOB, Pennies from Heaven, Cross Creek, Hammett, 84 Charing Cross Road, Madame Sousatzka, Cannery Row, Mrs. Soffel, In Country, Immediate Family, Only When I Laugh, Country, Choose Me, The Stone Boy, Garbo Talks, Ladyhawke, A Chorus Line, Street Smart, Stormy Monday, Moon Over Parador, Cookie, Stand and Deliver, Dead Calm, and the aforementioned Miss Firecracker and New York Stories. Now, admittedly, most of those were not box office hits, and some had very mixed reviews, but several had Oscar nominations and that makes them particularly surprising. And some I just thought there would be more love for. I was wrong.
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    Films with great casts that nobody's seen

    Streep is very good, but Barbara Harris as the neglected wife steals the whole show. We're talking Oscar-worthy.
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    Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind

    The reception has indeed been all over the place. It's not the type of film that was made for a mass market appeal judging by the complete plot description. After all the film skewers both old Hollywood and especially the new Hollywood of the 70s. And for some, its hard to fathom a Welles film with extensive and graphic sexual scenes. (The editing gets some people too, rapid-fire just like a late Welles or an early 90s Oliver Syone) but honestly, the film should not be faulted for shocking people. That was its intention. Its meant to provoke and give food for thought.
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    FilmStruck/Criterion Channel is being shut down!

    Including two Ernst Lubitsch classics: The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg and Cluny Brown. The latter didn't have a VHS or laserdisc release either.
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    Films with great casts that nobody's seen

    I've seen it..... Anyway, that is a tricky question at hand, a favorite one of these types of films.Most presumably would be from the 70s-90s because earlier star-studded efforts are likely to be seen on TCM and thus more talked about. Thus, I'll focus on those decades. I know Miss Firecracker from 1989 was a charming little film, barely released, that had plenty of talent in its cast. Also The Cemetery Club from 1993. The January Man from 1989 didn't completely work, but it still was pretty good thanks to a fantastic cast. Nuts from 1987 was strong too. Others include Stepping Out (1991), Soapdish (1991), New York Stories (1989), The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), The Mirror Crack'd (1980), A Show of Force (1990), Max Dugan Returns (1983)
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    FilmStruck/Criterion Channel is being shut down!

    In the closing days of FilmStruck, I've started a mad dash to catch up on films. I hadn't subscribed to the Criterion level for a while, so its just basic membership, but that still gives me films I have not seen (and quite a few I had). So far, since the notice went up, I viewed the following for the first time. He Who Gets Slapped (1924) Torrent (1926) West Point (1928) Across to Singapore (1928) Lilly Turner (1933) Edward My Son (1949) The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) Brainstorm (1983) Stepping Out (1991) Love Affair (1994)
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    IMDB Watch List Question

    Not only that, but on IMdb, when you watch a title on your watchlist, you have to manually delete it from the list. It's easier to just used Letterboxd, where as soon as you log a film, it will disappear from the watchlist automatically.

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