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  1. The Disney Treasures cartoons were Archive collector's boxsets, and also had Leonard Maltin to explain the context. That's how they could get away with the wartime-propaganda set. (Even defending them in some of the Chronological Mickey/Donald cases: "In this cartoon, Donald goes hunting, but as we see in the end, he's too softhearted to actually shoot anything.") In the later sets, however, they fell back on Warner's condescending "We can't ignore such mistakes of the past" disclaimer. Here, it's considered broadcasting, so whatever was taken out of broadcast syndication--like one or two episodes of Rescue Rangers or Buzz Lightyear of Star Command--will stay out. Especially Bre'r You-Know-Who.
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    So . . . Scotty Bowers?

    It's a subject rich for creative embellishing, especially if the teller thinks (and he always does 😓 ) that he's "shocking" the audience's expectations for beloved established culture. It's always easy to Out dead people, whether wishful-thinking or not. Which was also true of most of the Tell-All craze of the late 70's/early 80's, in the wake of Joan Crawford or Britt Ekland, but groupie bed-hopping and celebrity child-abuse is SO 1979...
  3. Aladdin: the Series, however, as with disk, is still MIA. There was an article on which movies will NOT be coming to the service, the new ones still contracted to Netflix (Solo, Incredibles 2, Infinity War), for example. Also, in addition to the unmentionable S*ng of the S**th, 1981's "The Devil & Max Devlin" is mysteriously missing from the lineup, since, as Disney knows, Bill Cosby is the devil. Basically, it's the same comprehensive lineup of Disney films as was available on Vudu's VOD catalog, with noted exceptions. Me, however, I'm just glad I held on to my Disney Treasures steelbook DVD of "Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow".
  4. Ah, I see, it's being eaten by a boa constrictor. Oh, dread, it's up to
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    Top Five Favorite Judy Garland Movie Songs

    Darn, can't find it on YouTube, but now I'm hearing Carol Burnett's dead-on parody (from a Mickey & Judy sketch) of Judy's "heartbreaking" contralto-vibrato every time she got a torch song. Once you see it imitated, you can't un-hear it. 😂 And even if the movie itself was pretty poor, Mack the Black was the only other catchy moment from "The Pirate"...Even if you do find yourself subconsciously singing the "Casey Jones" words to it.
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    R.I.P. Anna Quayle

    Farewell to our little Chu-Chi Face:
  7. No, FilmStruck was sank because Warner wanted to be greedy and tribalistic about their Archive film catalog, once they had eyes on expanding their subscription services. This was because Comcast wanted to be...well, okay, you may have a point. (And welcome to all our new single-digit posters who showed up to add their Comcast-victim stories--I take it this thread has found its way to GoogleNews?)
  8. Perennial Roger Corman star Beverly Garland owned a hotel just outside what's now Universal Studios: In the 90's, when EVERY Hollywood power-player wanted to be the next chain-restaurant Bruce Willis, Steven Spielberg and (uh-oh) Jeffrey Katzenberg invested in submarine-themed restaurant Dive! in LA and Vegas. Reviewers called it "Aptly named." 😛
  9. "And this is a photo of feminists burning their bras; you'll notice it's a very small fire..." - Woody Allen, Sleeper 😁
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Just bumping this thread in the hopes you haven't given up your quixotic quest. And as a little bit of motivation: A shoutout to my most recent YouTube discovery, tuber Eric Stran, whose channel has--I say this with awe and admiration--archived, indexed, separated, and categorized by theme EVERY Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert review from their four-year stint on PBS's "Sneak Previews", 1978-1982...Yes, the original, from the Yes/No days before the culture-iconic Thumbs, with Dogs of the Week included. And thanks to the miracle of home-edited compilation, one half-hour "virtual episode" of Disney's new-release live-action movies from '79-'82, to give you some idea of what's ahead: (And the link, for our one resident low-techie.) I add the following disclaimers, of course: 1) North Avenue Irregulars wasn't really that bad, and 2) no, nitpickers, "C.H.O.M.P.S." was not a late-70's Disney movie, it was only panned for looking like one. ...Don't give up! Although, as mentioned earlier, giving up after 1983 wouldn't be a bad idea at that. 😛
  11. My cord was cut FOR me, when I moved to an new apartment and discovered there was no possible furniture arrangement where I could have the cable jack and TV on the same side of the room without cutting off access to one of the doorways. But it was no loss, as I'd only had basic channels, and hadn't watched them regularly, outside of PBS, in more than a year. Even the HD network affiliates thirty miles away I couldn't watch, since our topography similarly can't get air signals, and Comcast--in their generosity to specially package-price things we already know about, like landline phone and wi-fi--had moved all the HD network affiliates to their $99-150/mo. Digital Tier. The minimum access level where the premium channels can be rented for an additional charge, including, yep, you guessed it. Now I not only get by on Netflix, Amazon and PlutoTV, I also get by on "artificial TCM": I wait to hear what everyone else is watching, and then I go next door to the library and look it up on disk. 😁 (If TCM had a private Amazon streaming sub-channel, like Showtime or Britbox, I might deign to pay extra for that, but Warner Don't Play That Game.)
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    I Just Watched...

    "Based on a True Fantasy" - Ie., the filmmakers (including Elton's own production company, that also gave us "Gnomeo & Juliet") didn't quite know whether they wanted to do a stylized Baz Luhrmann-style "pop fantasy", where characters in 20's NYC or fin-de-siecle Paris break out into glam Beyonce' hits, or a straight Bohemian-style biopic. Sounds like we got too little of each, and not enough of one.
  13. It's like the Fifty Foot Woman and model-picture thing, that's supposed to be a "running gag", only-he-knows-why. Let's just say Nip has always been one of our most colorful posters on the whole, ahem, spectrum.
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    Imagine:John Lennon (1988)

    The film idea was to reportedly watch them record in a big cavernous studio, and that wasn't what they were used to working and improvising in, so the general air was uncomfortable and only added to the tension. Also, the group wanted to go more acoustic for the album, and John reportedly told their usual producer George Martin "We don't want any of your 'backward' **** on this one."--But whether they worked better with Phil Spector is a matter of fan debate. Still, one more hurdle overcome...Now there's still the 60's King Features "BeatlesToons" to restore out of exile, for Yellow Submarine completists.
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    Imagine:John Lennon (1988)

    That's the most striking scene in the movie, since we know, and he doesn't, that not all "confused" fans that encounter him are going to be quite as reasonable. The whole Lennon Culture, during and after John's brief, troubled fling with what we all thought was going to be the "Hippie Revolution" until the war and Watergate ended, just built up something John himself couldn't control, and it got him in the end. 😥 FTR, and just tangentially on topic, there's rumors that Let It Be (1969) may not be MIA much longer-- Sir Paul, who took the movie out of circulation, always felt that the documentary focused too much on documenting the breakup-tensions, and made it look like the group had been at each other's throats for the whole session. A year ago, he was rumored to be looking with Peter Jackson at an extended re-edit/remaster for disk, restoring deleted footage that shows a balance of more of the lighter moments. And from Ringo's comments last summer, sounds like they're already at work. 👍
  16. How about watching him clown around in his own fantasy world on a "reality" show for nine years? Think we still got a good idea from that.
  17. The promos for Comedy Central's roast has been making fun of Baldwin's recent career-stall: "Hey, I was in 'Hunt For Red October' and 'Glengarry Glenn Ross'!" "Really? You played Trump in those, too?" 😛 But yes, I assumed it would have to be TV/Cable, since the one pro-Trump movie we got tanked in theaters ("Death of a Nation"), and the one anti-Trump movie we got tanked in theaters ("Fahrenheit 11/9"). Maybe we just, y'know, don't want to see him on screen at ALL, and just pretend the last three years never happened?
  18. Put it this way: Who was the one creation god in the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism? Now try this one: Who was the most famous survivor of the planet Krypton? Don't feel badly if you find one question easier to answer than the other. 😛
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    Do many of you like Shakespeare?

    The Kurosawa version is arguably THE version on film--It's hard for first-timers to appreciate Macbeth's complete collapse into tyranny by the last act, but with Mifune, it's VERY easy to believe. Shakespeare's Macbeth only got a sword duel, not an arrow through the neck. The '10 Stewart version, for those who haven't seen it, puts the entire action in a Cold War-era Soviet bunker, with Macbeth as a Stalin clone...That's also a little easier to understand Shakespeare's larger point about the character's transformation. (The witches are also depicted as the bunker's nurse staff--Weird "sisters", get it?) The entire concept of Shakespeare Not Being Shakespeare is a pure product of the English academic world, in a country that feels it can only express its individuality by attacking the same sacred cows they're told to worship--the church, the monarchy, their historical heroes, etc.--just for the act of dismissing them. Particularly--for those who've sat through Roland Emmerich's nuttiness--the need to say not only that Marlowe, or Devere, or Bacon "might" have written them, but that Shakespeare was a country boob who couldn't even write his own name! And a fraud! And a peasant! And an illiterate! And...okay, okay, we get it, you could have just stopped at "What if someone else wrote Hamlet?", we don't need the bloodthirstily revisionist embellishments. A writer has to have a unique style to hook you, and "whoever" wrote Shakespeare had to have written them all--They've all got that one distinctive voice, with a love of irony, sarcasm and reversal-of-fortune, a Greek-theater taste for recognizing hypocrisy in the higher-ups, and the ability to see human weakness in even the most symbolic historical figure. That would be pretty hard to imitate, and easier to go with the theory they all came from one guy. 😁
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    Do many of you like Shakespeare?

    Books were hard to come by, even after Gutenberg. I'll see your TV documentary and raise you - If you're going to play the Roland Emmerich "Was he illiterate?" card, the answer we do know is, "No": John Shakespeare wasn't always a "poor glovemaker"--he was Lord Mayor of his village at one point, and may have been lucratively skimming off the corruption-filled wool trade at the time, before relocating to Stratford under very sudden circumstances likely due to the family's Catholicism--and had enough money to put Shakespeare through school. The Shakespeare bios say Will learned "some Greek", which mostly came from reading Ovid's poetry and the plays. There's an old writer's saying that "The first thing every author writes is the last favorite thing he read", and Shakespeare's first two plays, "Comedy of Errors" and "Timon of Athens", were flat-out fan-cribbing of classic Greek plays. (Hey, at least he didn't write YA novels about vampire girls with crossbows, like most high-school-girl would-be writers. 😁 ) He was doing the role onstage, and couldn't film it without stepping on the production's rights--If you liked the "Actor analysis" documentary, the BBC did three seasons of Shakespeare Uncovered, where other actors similarly "explore" the backgrounds of other plays--Trevor Nunn's analysis of Prospero in "The Tempest", from the viewpoint of it being Shakespeare's last play before retirement, and seeing his grown daughter Judith leave the nest, is a particular conspiracy-killer. And I haven't seen more Al in Shakespeare, but his Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (2004) retires the role, without having to resort to "woke" re-interpretations for modern sensibilities.
  21. Superheroes are our new cultural mythology, now that we don't believe thunderstorms are created by Zeus-- At one point, back in the 80's, when Golan/Globus's producer eyes were bigger than their budget/experience stomachs (qv. Superman IV: the Quest for Peace), they'd cranked out a wrong, but relatively well-meaning low-low-low-budget theatrically-unreleased version of Captain America (1990). Okay, they got the "experiment" and "frozen in the Arctic" right, even if the Red Skull now had to be an Italian supporter of Mussolini, because the Israeli filmmakers didn't want the implications of "Hail Hydra". Emboldened by this, they briefly and unsuccessfully tried to take over James Cameron's notions about doing a Spiderman movie for the first time, back when nobody had yet--Although they didn't quite know the story as well: Here, Peter Parker was going to be the prisoner of an evil genetic lab, gradually turning into a real spider creature, and in the climax, battling some of the other evil genetic experiments. Now, consider that most of the audience, like us, would be saying "What? No! Just...freakin'...NO!! He's a kid--He was in high school, was bitten on a field trip, shoots sticky stuff out of a gadget on his wrist, couldn't save his Uncle Ben, and takes news photos for the Daily Bugle!" This is something that presumably EVERYONE knows, even though it was only written for a $0.25 serialized magazine, to be sold to little kids on comic store shelves right next to Superman, Batman and Uncle Scrooge. It was an experience that also happened way too often back in the "Curse" days of the 80's/90's, when timid producers wanted to cash in on the next Christopher Reeve, without delving too deeply into complex or ridiculous cult-mythology, and tried to make it look like any other cliche'd movie or TV show. Until the company that actually WROTE the danged things decided to do it themselves, and knew which parts of the mythology not to get wrong. And, as it turned out, ended up doing a lot better at it than the companies that didn't write the danged things themselves, and were still trying to churn out Hollywood movies. And those seem to be the ones everyone is complaining about--Y'know, like a version of Batman where the Joker didn't fall into a vat of chemicals, and just monologued around his ratty NYC loner apartment like Travis Bickle.
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    I Just Watched...

    And does said injury also cause you to have endless conversations with yourself, and beg for responses on a rotation of three different topics all month? (Yeah, one time I sprained my ankle, and couldn't stop talking about Oscar predictions for three weeks...)
  23. Black Panther was downright disappointing, compared to the character's introduction in Captain America: Civil War. Still considered the all-time state of the art for "real" (ie. Disney) Marvel movies, and that, IMO, includes the long shaggy mess of "Endgame".
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    I Just Watched...

    Oops, sorry, typo--"Doesn't always quite deliver", meant to say. (And again, look at the deleted scenes, and you'll see some of the package returns.)
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    GODZILLA, King of the Kaiju....

    Speaking of Shortest Godzilla Battles Ever-- 😁 Would be remiss in not mentioning the time when Japan--now bitterly regretting their big pre-release-hype promise to include Dean Devlin's '98 Godzilla, now aka "'Zilla", into the official Toho Kaiju canon--finally let the two duke it out in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004): ("I knew I couldn't depend on that tuna-head!"...Yes, the idea of Godzilla eating tuna cracks the Japanese up, as does Devlin's utter psychological obsession with telling us this non-existent fact in his script.)

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