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    MURDER on ORIENT EXPRESS - any opinions on newest version?

    Suchet was the best Poirot of them all, but I have yet to see his version. I preferred the lighter takes from that series before they became deadly serious later on.... Its been a long time since I saw the 1974 film which had the best cast of the three versions. I really do need to rewatch it. As for the most recent version, there were some moments that didn't fit in, in particular a brief action sequence about a minute in length that was just not appropriate for Dame Agatha. But, overall, it worked. The story was still mostly intact, Branagh (in spite of the giant moustache) gave a good, understated performance, the film looked fantastic ( it was done on 65 MM film), and they really emphasized the emotional hurt that motivated the murder, and it was a very good idea, made the story more poignant, more tragic, and certainly gave a certain someone one of their meatiest scenes in years to play.
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    What's up with all the crappy 80's films?!

    The Underground films are apways different from the rest of what TCM airs, often newer and often goofy/violent/sex-fuelled etc. in order to appeal to a different audience. It is true of some of them that they are in the Turner or WB library (Private Parts, Who's That Girl, After Hours [which is very mainstream really, and highly praised to boot], Cleopatra Jones) but some I guess must be aired because they are cheap to air. They aren't really representive of what TCM regards as the best of the decades. As for others ones in late night, like The All-American Boy or Revolution, they aired as second bills of late night double features of Jon Voight and Al Pacino respectively. It's nothing to worry about.
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    Top Ten Films of...

    1. The African Queen 2. Strangers on a Train 3. An American in Paris 4. A Streetcar Named Desire 5. On Dangerous Ground 6. Show Boat 7. Scrooge 8. The Browning Version 9. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 10. The Mating Season Runners-up: The Model and the Marriage Broker, A Place in the Sun, Alice in Wonderland, On Moonlight Bay, Callaway Went Thataway, Royal Wedding, The Great Caruso, His Kind of Woman
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    i don't know if there has been a thread for this before, but since Warner Archive decided to fold their streaming service into the TCM/Criterion run FilmStruck, I thought that now would be a good time to start a thread on some of the offerings that are being added. New arrivals (which last through late August- Early September) include: the entire Thin Man series Films directed by G.W. Pabst (Secrets of a Soul, The loves of Jeanne Nay, Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, Westfront 1918, The Threepenny Opera, Kameradschaft) The Astaire/Rogers films (Flying Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat, Swing Time, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Carefree, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, and The Barkleys of Broadway) Films directed by Fred Zinnemann (Redes, Kid Glove Killer, Eyes in the Night, The Seventh Cross, The Search, Act of Violence, From Here to Eternity, The Nun's Story, The Sundowners, Behold a Pale Horse, A Man for All Seasons) Bette Davis films (Hell's House, The Cabin in the Cotton, Three on a Match, 20,000 years in Sing Sing, Of Human Bondage, The Petrifed Forest, Marked Woman, Jezebel, Dark Victory, The Old Maid, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, All This and Heaven Too, The Great Lie, The Little Foxes, The man Who Came to Dinner, Now Voyager, Watch on the Rhine, Mr. Skeffington, The Corn in Green, Another Man's Poison, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Dead Ringer, Lo Scopone Scientifico) and films featuring Peter Falk (Wind Across the Everglades, Robin and the Seven Hoods, The Great Race, Penelope, Machine Gun McCain, A Woman Under the Influence, Mikey and Nicky, the In-Laws, All the Marbles, Wings of the Desire, The Player (where I guess he had a walk-on cameo))
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    Goldfinger, the best Bond film?

    It's definitely one of the best of the series, although admittedly I have not seen any of the last 4 films in the series. Saw the first 20 over a few months back in 2010, and at the time, I found Goldfinger to be the best, followed by The Living Daylights, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and For Your Eyes Only.
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    Star of the Month voting for December 2018

    I have a feeling that Dick Powell might be the one chosen as he is featured more often on TCM, but I could be wrong.....
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Wild Strawberries is one of my favorite film s of all time. Nights of Cabiria was also masterful.
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    Monday is Joan Blondell Day!

    Of the ones I saw, I thought that Broadway Gondolier was the best, a snappy, funny little film that didn't take itself seriously and was great fun.
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    Best Old Biddies

    CaveGirl, you might want to check out a late but indelible addition to the old biddy genre, 1994's Widows Peak, a film set in a small town in Ireland where the majority of the population are middle-aged to older biddys and gossips headed up by Joan Plowright as their queen bee.
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    Dick Powell or Warren William as SOTM December 2018

    In the public's eye, she has the "horror" tie-in with her films like Baby Jane, Dead Ringer, Sweet Charlotte, and The Nanny (not to mention the lesser known Burnt Offerings and Watcher in the Woods), so in keeping with the last few Octobers, she would fit in, and also it makes sense because there have been so few female SOTMs this year....
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    Dick Powell or Warren William as SOTM December 2018

    I'm getting a strong inkling that Bette Davis might get her third SOTM tribute in October.....
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    Top Ten Films of...

    1. Sunset Boulevard 2. Caged 3. Born Yesterday 4. All About Eve 5. Broken Arrow 6. In a Lonely Place 7. Last Holiday 8. Night and the City 9. Cinderella 10. Cheaper by the Dozen Runners-Up: Harvey, Where Danger Lives, Walk Softly Stranger, Stage Fright, No Man of Her Own, The Yellow Cab Man, Perfect Strangers, The Miniver Story
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    UNIVERSAL VAULT

    It was seemingly dead since 2016.... and then, out of the blue, these titles dropped out of the sky in May, according to another website.... Fast and Loose (1930) Honor Among Lovers (1931) The Phantom President (1932) The Misleading Lady (1932) She Loves Me Not (1934) Private Worlds (1935) The Jungle Princess (1936) Zaza (1938) Six Bridges to Cross (1955) Boom! (1968) FM (1978)
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    Movies You Were Too Young to See But Saw

    Wow. That's amazing, and that's a lot of films (and a lot of excellent films at that). I'm a 90s kid myself, and I didn't see too many Rs before the age of 17. I did sneak a few and watched them alone at 16. However, I did see Working Girl at the age of 4, and although I'm not certain due to a very fuzzy memory, I might have seen Postcards from the Edge and Foul Play (PG, but still) around the same time. I do know I grew up watching a lot of films not known to be for children that were PGs and PG-13s like Terms of Endearment, Beaches, Steel Magnolias, Moonstruck, The First Wives Club, 9 to 5, Fried Green Tomatoes, While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, and Driving Miss Daisy.
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    Opulence on opulence: Tommy directed by Ken Russell

    Lair of the White Worm is, until the end of August, slithering the rounds around the premium channel Showtime in their on demand section, and they have issued a (very expensive) Blu-Ray of the film recently.
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    Top Ten Films of...

    1949 1. The Third Man 2. A Letter to Three Wives 3. Come to the Stable 4. On the Town 5.The Heiress 6.The Reckless Moment 7.The Set-Up 8.The Red Pony 9. Pinky 10. DOA Runners-Up: I Was a Male War Bride, White Heat, In the Good Old Summertime, Adam's Rib, My Dream is Yours, East Side West Side, That Forsythe Woman, Madame Bovary, The Stratton Story, Holiday Affair, Neptune's Daughter, Flamingo Road, The Secret Garden, Twelve O'Clock High, Whirlpool, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad, The Red Danube, Under Capricorn, All the King's Men.....and all scenes with Margaret Rutherford in Passport to Pimlico.
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    Strangest Musical Moments on film, 1928-1960

    Kiss and Make Up from 1934 is a film I've only seen once But several years on, I still remember that musical number: "Corned Beef and Cabbage, I Love You" And also the "Marijuana" numer in Murder at the Vanities.
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    Upcoming Releases

    Warner Archive July Blu-Ray Debuts: Village of the Damned (1960) Billy Budd (1962) The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
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    Top Ten Films of...

    1. Portrait of Jennie 2. I Remember Mama 3. The Red Shoes 4. Rope 5. The Boy with Green Hair 6. They Drive by Night 7. A Foreign Affair 8. Letter from an Unknown Woman 9. The Naked City 10. Johnny Belinda Runners-Up: The Big Clock, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Key Largo, Sitting Pretty, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Pirate, Enchantment, The Paleface, The Snake Pit
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    Filmic Ailurophobia

    A few no-nos Harry and Tonto The Aristo#a#s The Three Lives of Thomasina Any Eve Arden scene in Stage Door Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Bringing Up Baby #a# People The #a# Returns The Adventures of Milo and Otis The Incredible Journey Alien Kiki's Delivery Service Oliver and Company All the Tom and Jerry cartoons Batman Returns A character name in Goldfinger And a certain long-running Broadway musical.
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    People Who Don't Need to Be SOTM Again Any Time Soon

    Your post here saying about Bette only being honored twice made me think last night that she might be the SOTM for October. She has the horror connection due to Baby Jane, Sweet Charlotte, Dead Ringer, and Burnt Offerings, and its also been 12 years, since she, one of the most frequently seen stars, has been SOTM.
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    One Good Turn Deserves Another

    Sometimes I can pick up on a homage that is purposely there, but personally, finding ones that might not have been intentional are more fun. Take the case of the brand-new animated film Incredibles 2. Saw it yesterday, and was struck by one character...alright SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS I'll admit she was the villain, and I was struck by the animated character's slight resemblance to Jessica Walter in Play Misty for Me. Character even had the same name: Evelyn. Maybe it was just my mind playing tricks on me, but it felt like a low-key visual nod and refence to me.
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    Angela Lansbury wasn't a big enough name

    I know that in 1980, Angela Lansbury appeared as Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd which was filmed in England. She gave a good, low-key performance, but screentime wise, I think Elizabeth Taylor had just as much screentime, maybe even more than Angela. And Kim Novak, as a catty movie star, had a real field day with her part and stole every scene she was in. But Angela did have top billing, something she rarely had before in a theatrical film. In 1979, she was in a remake of The Lady Vanishes, and the year before that, she received lots of great notices for Death on the Nile.
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    ClassiCategories

    Interrupted Melody (1955) Eleanor Parker contracts polio. And then Lionel Barrymore, due to his real-life health is always in a wheelchair in his films from about 1939 on Mildred Dunnock had that infamous scene in Kiss of Death (1947) and I gather that a 1969 film called Eye of the Cat put a teetering wheelchair inhabited by Eleanor Parker atop a steep hill.... But the 1962 film The Notorious Landlady also had a similar scene with Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon racing to save the poor woman. many of the other films that could fit in here are newer films like Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), Gaby:A True Story (1987), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004),The Sea Inside (2004), and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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    Movies you almost despair of seeing on TCM

    Looking at that big list of titles never shown on TCM, many I'm not too surprised about. Many are newer, foreign, and many come with graphic content that would make them suitable for only late night viewing ... But it is shocking that John Huston's swansong The Dead has not been seen. Its a period piece, very delicate, would fit in very well on TCM, especially on St. Patrick's Day.

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