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  1. CinemaInternational

    I Just Watched...

    And Dear Brigitte, Another Time another Place.....
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    I Just Watched...

    Since Glynis is still alive, somebody should see if she could see all this that is being written about her, be it about Miranda, While You Were Sleeping, Zelly and Me, Mary Poppins, Personal Affair, or The Chapman Report, because she is definitely having her "moment" here.
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    I Just Watched...

    4 movies today. (1 before bed last night though after midnight) 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956;FXM Retro On Demand) was a wonderful surprise package. Van Johnson played a blind man who overheard a kidnapping plot and raced against time to try to prevent the crime. A twisty plot only added to the interest. It might have been inspired by Rear Window, but it is still pretty fresh in its own right, and Johnson really gave a wonderful performance. The Divine Lady (1929;TCM) was a bit of a slog. Well-detailed, not horrible, but just a bit dull overall. Zelly and Me (1988;Amazon Prime). Another surprise package. Unabashed tearjerker involving a war of wills over a little girl never quite goes where you expect it to, and becomes a deeply touching and moving film in the process. There is a sequence in the first third involving childhood imagination that is Whimsy with a capital W, but overall the film is sweet, yet also unflinching. The little girl who is the lead shines, as do Isabella Rossellini as her loving governess (a mother figure definitely) and Glynis Johns playing against type as a jealous, icy grandmother. Also David Lynch (yes, that David Lynch) has a supporting role as an ordinary person with no touches of anything ominous. Sadie Thompson (1928; TCM) was the livelier silent film of the day. Gloria Swanson really shone in the title part, and Lionel Barrymore oozed noxiousness in his part. Pity that the last reel disappeared over the years, but it seemed like a much more involving film than the more famous Joan Crawford version, Rain, just 4 years later.
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    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Only The Muppets in 2011 actually won an Oscar. Three other Muppet films, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan were all films nominated in the music branch.
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    Woody Allen has been shelved

    BTW, Lorna, completely unrelated to this topic at hand, but a while back, I remember you saying that you preferred the 1991 TV movie version of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane to the 1962 film, welll the 1991 TV movie of it is streaming on Amazon prime right now......
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    Woody Allen has been shelved

    I must say that my favorite Woody Allen ones are typically the ones in the streak from Zelig through Deconstructing Harry. Almost all the ones in that streak were tremendously well-written, and Broadway Danny Rose, Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, Another Woman, and yes, Husbands and Wives, are some of the best films of their respective years. And Everyone Says I Love You is tremendous fun. And although I don't often go for down and dirty comedies, Deconstructing Harry was a scream. Of the ones prior to that point, Sleeper was my favorite (especially the Blanche Dubois scene). Afgter that, best was Small Time Crooks.....
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    I Just Watched...

    Earlier today, I saw Boyz N the Hood (1991) for the first time. What a strong, powerful film. It sags a little bit in the middle but the beginning is very strong and the finale is a heartbreaking powerhouse. And Lawrence Fishburne was excellent as the father.
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    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Just checked Allen's TCMDb page, Alice is on the schedule in late March, and Manhattan Murder Mystery appears again in April but no Allen films are showing during the 31 days.
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    My Favorite 25 movies released AFTER 1960

    But, done the regular way with an actual top 25 (alphabetically) ..... Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Beauty and the Beast (1991) Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Charade (1963) Chinatown (1974) The Dead (1987) Dead Man Walking (1995) ET (1982) The Fisher King (1991) The Godfather (1972) Harry and Tonto (1974) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) The Last Metro (1980) A Man for All Seasons (1966) Nashville (1975) Ordinary People (1980) Paris, Texas (1984) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Quiz Show (1994) Running on Empty (1988) The Sound of Music (1965) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) What's Up Doc (1972) The Young Girls of Rochefort (1964)
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    Sympathetic Characters And Someone To Root For

    Depends on the genre. Its not necessary for a noir, but it certainly helps in a romance.....
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    And Your Favorite Howard Hawks Film Is...?

    Bringing Up Baby for me.
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    My Favorite 25 movies released AFTER 1960

    If doing one per letter (although I'm out of luck with X; I've only seen one film that started with an X, but that was only in other countries. The American name was different, and while I liked it at the time, my mind is fuzzy on it now.) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Beauty and the Beast (1991) Chinatown (1974) Dead Man Walking (1995) ET (1982) The Fisher King (1991) The Godfather (1972) Harry and Tonto (1974) In the Mood for Love (2000) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) The Last Metro (1980) A Man for All Seasons (1966) Nashville (1975) Ordinary People (1980) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Quiz Show (1994) Running on Empty (1988) The Sound of Music (1965) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Victor/Victoria (1982) What's Up Doc (1972) The Young Girls of Rochefort (1964) Zootopia (2016)
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    Julie Adams (1926-2019)

    Also 3 episodes appear every weekday morning (Monday through Friday) on WGN america.
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    Julie Adams (1926-2019)

    Not to mention her indignant reaction on finding herself as one of the many targets in a tell-all book about Cabot Cove, and returning home one night to find a dead body in her bedroom. Cabot Cove might have been a small town, but it was never dull, that is for sure!
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    That definitely makes much more sense. I can definitely imagine this on underground.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    It seems like I have seen 7: Blue Velvet, Caged, The Dead Zone, Pretty Poison, Freaks, After Hours, and Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, which as a main stream animated film of recent datage (2003) is a very surprising pick.
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    Dick Miller (1928-2019)

    It's really crazy because he died on Wednesday, and I was looking things up about him because I had seen Gremlins 2 on Monday. RIP.
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    Whew! That Was a Long 8 Hours, Ay Folks?

    I'm just grateful that the boards are back. I really thought it might have been the end of them yesterday.
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    the prisoner of second avenue

    It is a good film, and both leads excel.
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    Michel Legrand 1932-2019

    Umbrellas and Young Girls have some of the most beautiful music put to film.
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    Movies that won't be shown on TCM

    I think they did show some Mae West ones not too long ago, so there are those too.
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    Are these 10 movie ratings on the IMDb accurate?

    Newer films almost always get higher scores than earlier films or so it seems. I wouldn't put too much stock in them..... they often get skewed.
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    Black Face in Mary Poppins

    All it is is soot. Let's not make this into more than it has to be. Chimney sweeps would naturally be clouded over with soot. Soot is black. Nothing unusual there. I never took the scene as blackface.
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    I Just Watched...

    Big surprise, at least for me, today. Viewed Gremlins 2: The New Batch on cable TV today. Even with commercials, it really exceeded expectations. It was an absolute blast, with all the film in-jokes, the crazy surrealism, the brief throwaway gags that were still hilarious. I can't remember the last time I laughed so long or so hard at a film. It's dotty yes, but for a film fan, its an utter delight. Especially the bit with Tony Randall voicing one of the monsters and singing "New York New York" over a Busby Berkeley-esque production number.
  25. The train wreck just keeps coming. Seems like 3 out of the 5 songs nominated for best Song might be barred from the telecast. Rob Lowe and Snow White are now inching closer to that vindication.....

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