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  1. No, even as a Warner movie, think that was one of the Five AMC Movies, back when their rotation of titles started becoming a (Or do I have that confused with "The Omen"?) This, and I've never understood how British slang turned the onomatopoetic "Whining" into "Whinging". I've never heard a 3-yo. go "whinge, whinge".
  2. Nah, only George Burns can do that:
  3. Well, try the I Dream of Jeannie lyrics instead--Oh, c'mon, you remember, sing along: I'll see your 60's Saturday-Morning childhood, and raise you my 90's Saturday-morning childhood: (Being a child of the 80's, I would have posted the Thundercats theme, but it wouldn't have been in keeping with the thread, as no show could live up to that opening.)
  4. No, but the networks are still airing "The Ten Commandments", thinking it's an Easter film.
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    I Just Watched...

    What, don't you know? Guillermo del Toro puts the Creature From the Black Lagoon in EVERY movie he makes (he reportedly consulted on "Monsters vs. Aliens" while developing projects for Dreamworks), and in this case, he wanted to be 80's-sentimental and remake "Splash":
  6. And any character with a great distinctive walk is automatically going to create his own iconic movie theme--Case in point:
  7. Thanks for the clip--On the soundtrack albums, Moroder would always play the themes on his own studio keyboard, and for years, we were stuck with a gratingly tinny solo keyboard arrangement, instead of the dark full-orchestra that captured the tone perfectly. As one critic pointed out, when Kevin Costner and Sean Connery raid the post office, it's just a minor bust, but Morricone's theme makes you think Henry V had just won the Battle of Agincourt. As for TV, even though it was supposed to be a late-60's/early-70's high school, whose hopeful first week on freshman college campus DIDN'T have Jerry Goldsmith's Room 222 playing in their head while walking across the quad with their map?
  8. It's nice and all--50's epics seemed to have a pre-occupation with reminding audiences how much better their religion was than "bad" religions (qv. "Greatest Story Ever Told"'s constant harping on how Christianity disliked ancient Hebrew sacrifices), but almost nothing that happens in the movie is actually FROM the Book of Ruth. In the text, a Moabite woman marries a Hebrew man, converts, and chooses to remain with the family after his death, and her loyalty inspires Boaz to remarry her...Umm, that's IT. It's okay for emphasizing the "Only good people convert" message of the OT--and the only reason we hear it is because they turn out to be David's grandparents--but cinematically, there's nothing to work with. Not even a decent place to put in the obligatory pagan temple dancer in the bikini.
  9. EricJ

    Secret Agent/Spy Films

    Except that it was only the FIRST one that bore any faint passing resemblance to the genius-cool clockwork-team plots of the 60's TV series: Anything after that was just an excuse for Tom Cruise to have fun indulging Scientologist-indestructible X-stunts on Paramount's nickel.
  10. EricJ

    I Just Watched...

    Hey, what do you expect?--Anyone can be a Friend of Judy, not everyone can be a HUSBAND of Judy... All the seasons (at least back to Cathy Gale, although very little of Avengers '61 remains) came out on A&E DVD, at various points through the 00's. Also the Tara King '68 seasons, although those weren't prime, and even Patrick Macnee said he hated the addition of "Mother". The '67 color Peel season also went to Blu-ray, even if PAL conversion left the pacing a hair sped-up.
  11. While this could have been more clearly worded, I believe this above sentiment accurately sums up the first OT character's death in the New Trilogy. ("Ohh, it's not your fault, Baldrick....(tosses him into pit)") No, but fans are starting to set their sights-of-blame on Disney/Lucasfilm producer Kathleen Kennedy, the one who thought we'd all rally around an insufferably spoiled Mary-Sue in "Rogue One", that loved showing off that her daddy helped ruin the Death Star for everyone. (And this from a fan who still likes Rey, even after everything TLJ tried to do to her...)
  12. EricJ

    Secret Agent/Spy Films

    (Peanut gallery: ) "HIIIII, David! " Er, yeah: B$B was very much directed by Ken Russell. Ipcress gets a little too stylized, which is why I always found Funeral in Berlin the best "straightforward" Harry Palmer, for those who want their dose of snarky 60's-Michael-Caine-voice, although I'll have to watch it again to remember the plot. John le Carre' turned producer and got most of his own recent pseudo-spy novels onscreen. Probably best with Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer (and a scene-stealing Ken Russell) in The Russia House (1990)--which you now can't throw a rock in any MGM Streaming Orphans direction without hitting--and Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush turning in a shaggy Spy-who-cried-wolf story in The Tailor of Panama (2001)
  13. I've said it many times: Start a conversation with a Millennial about "Why haven't they seen older classic films?", and I'll give you ten bucks if they don't mention "Citizen Kane", and why anyone would bother seeing it. Five if they don't mention "Forrest Gump". And twenty if they don't start a high dudgeon about the "racism" in Gone with the Wind. Millennials are rooted in their own indoctrinated notion (probably not their fault, the fault of overenthusiastically revisionist-history high school teachers) that they can defend their passive lack of curiosity by wrapping themselves in the "martyrdom" that everything that happened in the 20th century was bad, and evil, and wrong, or at the very least, socially or technically "broken" and in need of fixing from scratch by a confused new generation left adrift by tragic history. It's the first line of defense from publicly admitting that they don't know something, and that that something was made by an earlier generation. And then watch them turn "expert" and try explain its importance to you ("This was one of the great Oscar-winning classics of all time, and influenced other modern-day movies"), once they discover they liked it. Me, I just end up finding ways to restate the Roman senator Cicero: "Those who have no interest in what happened before they were born will remain a child forever." That's probably why later-20's Millennials have such problems adjusting to, quote, "adulting". ( such word as "Irregardless". 😡 I see that picked on all the time, but didn't think anyone actually used it.)
  14. (And he played a pretentious cynical hipster jerk in that one, too...) Me, OTOH, I was in line for the first Star Wars, and certain lightsaber-tossing Empire-fanworshipping jerk directors have severely slashed my interest in what should be the culmination of a fan lifetime for Episode IX. Even when said fanboy-jerk directors aren't directing it, the taint will never go away. The new Disney Parks area, maybe, but I feel as if my democratic defense of "Force Awakens" has forever been betrayed. 😭
  15. EricJ

    Which Peter Ustinov Films Do You Like?

    I'm not fond of Ustinov's "cute" Poirot--compared to Albert Finney or David Suchet--but he seemed to have a lot more fun in the more tongue-in-cheek Evil Under the Sun (1982), with almost the same cast. I can't understand why people couldn't figure out "WTH is that 'Cats' musical about?" when it came out, since the Old Man was my first introduction to T.S. Eliot's Practical Cats. And since Charlie Chan & the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) is better left unmentioned, I'll pick a more suitable example of a wonderfully earnest, sporting and professional Ustinov performance in an otherwise criminally goofy/moronic movie: Disney's Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

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