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  1. Upcoming Releases

    No release dates apply yet (Probably will be in March), but Warner Archive's Facebook page is announcing Blu-ray upgrades for 3 50s titles: The horror/sci-fi The Black Scorpion (1957) and two Fritz Lang directorial efforts from 1956: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and While the City Sleeps.
  2. One of a Kind Movies

    Mulholland Drive was one of a kind.
  3. Your Choice For 1961 Best Supporting Actor Oscar

    Montgomery Clift, which is my pick right offhand for the best Supporting Actor performance of all-time.
  4. I Just Watched...

    Earlier tonight, I rewatched a portion of California Suite, although I was busy doing some other things as well, so I don't know how much I really saw. Anyway, having seen it a few years ago, it must be stated that it is a lumpy film overall, but portions of it wirk quite well. The Pryor/Cosby sequences fizzle, but the others are all interesting to various degrees. I think I liked the Fonda/Alda segment a bit more this time, the Matthau/May one was rather amusing and I loved her final line, but really this film belongs to Maggie Smith and Michael Caine who steal it from everyone.
  5. This is a sad, tragic day.....
  6. Best Movie Year of the Decade Poll -- Part II

    Onto the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
  7. April 2018 Schedule is Up

    This made me laugh out loud.
  8. April 2018 Schedule is Up

    Looking at movieCollector's schedule, it was last shown in June of 2008.
  9. programming changed

    As others have stated, its 31 Days of Oscar at the second, and it always skews a bit newer than usual. Typically more 70s and 80s films arrive for this month only, and some come from even later (like Antonia's Line last night, and the upcoming Blue Sky, Dead Man Walking, Braveheart, and There Will Be Blood). Typically, these films will appear only during this month. Harry and Tonto, a 1974 title on in a few days, has not been shown for about 4 years now, and is probably a one-off like many of these others. A few years ago, they arranged the films chronologically, and newer titles like Chicago and The Cider House Rules were on the schedule. They have not been back since. TCM has shown some newer films since its inception. Within a few days of launching in 1994, they showed an R-rated film from 1981, Rich and Famous. Its always been a channel for many different eras, but as the stats shows, it is still heavily vintage. Doing some stats with moviecollector's figures above, about 87% of what TCM showed in 2017 was made prior to 1970. It is not going to change as they are already beloved for what they are, and they aren't going to monkey around with it.
  10. April 2018 Schedule is Up

    Fedora's omission is very sad, as it stands as a poignant counterpoint to Sunset Boulevard, and is an outstanding film in its own right.
  11. April 2018 Schedule is Up

    Just looked it up. He was the SOTM back in September 2006.
  12. March Schedule is Up Elizabeth Taylor is the Star of the Month. Her films air on a few successive nights and days (March 12-16) TCM Spotlight is on great Movie Endings (March 19-23) Guest Programmer is Drew Scott from the HGTV series Property Brothers
  13. Best Movie Year of the Decade Poll -- Part III

    Doing a little note about my own picks for these more recent decades... The 1980s are much stronger in retrospect than people say they are as there are quite a few juicy dramas and comedies awaiting rediscovery. And the biggest standout year for me is 1988, with its vast array of finely wrought films. The 90s, interesting decade really even though the first half of the decade is my favorite part of it. Really, 1990, 1991, and 1993 are extraordinary years with many cinematic riches. I gave this to 1990 when I voted, but 1991 might have just cleared out an edge. 2000s, well, there are two years that really stand out: 2001 and 2007. I went for the latter of the two, although either would have been a fine pick. Current decade, a bit haphazard, but 2013 takes it for having the highest percentage of films I would care to rewatch. (As well as having my personal favorite film of the decade so far)
  14. Wow this guy really doesn't like TCM anymore!

    oh, if anything film is a very sensitive medium to talk about. I used to get upset about certain films, but aside from one occasion last year when I was appalled by what i read on the internet concerning one new one release and what it included in its runtime, I rarely raise my voice about films I dislike unless there is a worst film thread going on somewhere. See, every film has at least one defender in the world, and I also think it is more beneficial to talk about films one actually likes rather than ones people dislike. It's just better to spread the love. otherwise, if one focuses on film negatives, it comes across eventually as misanthropic.
  15. Wow this guy really doesn't like TCM anymore!

    Does anybody pay attention to TCM's daytime programming? There are a lot of vintage classics usually on in those hours that are hard-to-find films. I love their daytime programming with all the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s gems that I crave. And honestly, regarding films made after the 60s, it makes perfect sense that more praised ones should pop up, because I have begun to notice that even films as recently as the early 90s have all but vanished from most other TV channels with only a few exceptions (ie things like James Bond or Back to the Future, and HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax are currently carrying things like The Doctor, Doc Hollywood, The Color of Money, Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, What About Bob, and Class Action) So, if the films are of high quality and everything why should they be discriminated against just because they are a bit more recent if they aren't getting airtime elsewhere? The alternative (for quality films to go unseen) is not a good one. And its not as though its a recent phenomenon as when TCM debuted back in 1994, they showed a film that was only 13 years old at the time (Rich and Famous) during their first week of programming. Just let the majority be vintage classics, with a polished smattering of later films, like TCM has been doing and it will be as good as ever.
  16. I Just Watched...

    For the Boys (1991; VHS tape) Ok, this film does not have the best reputation, but despite its flaws, I ended up enjoying this a lot. Credit for that must go mainly toward Bette Midler who is on her A-game here in a role that showcases her dramatic, comic, and musical abilities. It's one of her best roles. James Caan is pretty good here too, in a not too flattering role. Film itself is a bit too long, and some sequences have much more pull than others, but its highlights such as the first USO show and the later tearjerker moments are knockouts. And this was one of the few first viewings in recent weeks (Deep Valley being another) to get those tear ducts of mine working. So it was all worthwhile.
  17. This is inspired by the thread "So Bad Its Good", where two prime examples listed multiple times were Valley of the Dolls and Mommie Dearest. I will be the first to admit that they are far from perfect, and that at points they are quite laughable in terms of dialogue. But, at the same time, I actually think that Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, and Lee Grant actually did good jobs in Dolls, whereas in Dearest, Faye Dunaway gave an exceptional performance given what she had to work with (and Diana Scarwid was pretty good too) So maybe, I'd like to know what you all feel are some other performances that outshine their material by far.
  18. My very early 2017 OIscar predictions...

    Its hard to say what will win Best Picture this year. Three Billboards is very polarizing and might not do well on a preferential ballot. Shape of Water is gaining steam, but sci-fi is rarely the academy's genre of choice. Lady Bird is beloved by a lot of people, but its been rather quiet on that front recently. Dunkirk and Get Out were probably released too early, Phantom Thread too late. The Post, Darkest Hour, and Call Me By Your Name are extreme long shots.
  19. Your Choice For 1969 Best Song Oscar

    Purple Rain did get an Oscar for Prince in the category of Song Score (the last year it was awarded). It won over the Kris Kristofferson/Lesley Ann Warren film Songwriter and the family film The Muppets Take Manhattan.

    This is suddenly making me think of Equus..
  21. Best Movie Year of the Decade Poll-- Part I

    Pick your favorite year from each decade and feel free to explain why in a comment.
  22. Your Choice For 1969 Best Song Oscar

    Come Saturday Morning for me too. Should have been nominated: the title song from The April Fools
  23. I Just Watched...

    Mulan is an example of conflicting tones. The underlying story is quite strong, Mulan herself is a great character, the dramatic moments are well handled, and there is a strong, stern, grim musical score from Jerry Goldsmith that makes a big impression. But I found the comic relief to be too frequently intrusive to the detriment of the rest.
  24. I Just Watched...

    I wasn't too wild about the new Jungle Book either although its effects were good. I did like Cinderella (which unlike the 1950animated film was not a musical) It was a bit too long, but it told the story well and in a way that brought some new insights to that stepmother of hers (played quite well by Cate Blanchett).

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