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  1. Mad Scientist Review Board

    And his son was no less delusional:
  2. joe

    (Darn, you snooze and you lose the great drive-through punchlines... )
  3. This Is Murder!

    I was going through the library DVD shelves, and found three of my favorites stacked together in the appropriate space on the M shelf: Murder by Death, Murder by Decree, and Murder on the Orient Express. ...Now, if only the first two would get Blu-rays. In Death's case, preferably WITH the expensive original Charles Addams art on the cover: As for Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple, and Murder, She Said, I'll pass.
  4. Mad Scientist Review Board

    Thank you for posting that, Nip...I don't know WHAT we would have done if somebody hadn't!
  5. I Just Watched...

    Actually, most of the vintage-clip characters are more or less playing themselves-- When Martin calls up hysterical Barbara Stanwyck from Sorry, Wrong Number, he explodes "Listen, you phony fruitcake!", Ingrid Bergman from Notorious is "F. X. Huberman" and James Cagney in prison from White Heat is Cody Jarrett who won't talk to anyone but his mother (or Martin in disguise). And of course, the line where Charles Laughton from The Bribe asks "And do you know who I might be?", Martin replies, "...The Hunchback of Notre Dame?" I remember when this movie came out in 1982, when B/W movies were still "the Late Show" trivialized on television before the VCR and Cable movie-rennaissance came along (which is why we got a lot of old-movie/celebrity jokes before 1983), and nobody got the jokes. Most knew that old movies in general were being featured, but only about 10% actually knew which movies, and--as it was Martin's first movie after "The Jerk"--most just focused on the comedy scenes where Steve pours coffee or shaves his tongue. But, at least it's on Blu-ray now: BM36 isn't a great movie (starring Jack Benny back before he had an act or was likeable), but it's got one of Powell's more amazing tap scenes on film, as her chorus girl has to pass herself off as famous French star "LaBelle" to try and attract her man-- Although to say it also might be average for Powell's career at MGM, is also to the point. Every time I see that obnoxious sour-grapes-cultural-leech feminist t-shirt/bumper sticker slogan about "Ginger did everything Fred did, backwards", I want to sit them in a chair and show them how Eleanor did everything herself AND wowed Fred.
  6. Mad Scientist Review Board

    And the Rotwang Memorial Career Achievement medal goes to: Peter Cushing as Doctor Frankenstein (Hammer era) - A mad scientist so sympathetically dedicated, you root for him.
  7. I only knew Leonid Kinskey as the "crazy" anarchist who gets one line in Duck Soup, and now I spot him anywhere. And if it wasn't for a classic Twilight Zone episode, I wouldn't also be able to spot Arthur Hunnicutt in old 50's-60's Westerns:
  8. I Just Watched...

    Agreed--Not to mention Franco's Andy Kaufman-esque antics of staying in character as Wiseau while directing pretty well put the movie in the "Cult" ghetto, where loyal cult-fans nag about why it didn't get a Best Picture/Director nomination. Nothing wrong with you, you just happened to be one of the people who noticed that it wasn't Tim Burton who directed "The Nightmare Before Christmas", it was Henry Selick. I'd recommend "James & the Giant Peach" as a director followup, but boy, did Disney ruin that book.
  9. Godzilla

    The Japanese version was restored by Rialto, the part of the corporate parent family of Janus and Criterion-- Which is why we've been seeing more of the originals on TCM post-Filmstruck, and last year saw more of the goofier Ishiro Honda canon, although their licenses seem to be for both versions.
  10. Godzilla

    Then, gone over to Filmstruck, where they were streaming.
  11. I Just Watched...

    "Charlie had a bigger room than I did!" When Edgar came back to do his later radio show in the 50's, lil' 6-yo. Candy was often brought on as Cute-Relief, such as showing off her trying to learn her dad's ventriloquism. No--Considering I've got a good number of them on old-radio MP3. Bergen actually worked better on the radio, since his physical "skill" wasn't that great, but his comic timing was. With the visual distraction removed, and Charlie's own talent for making Edgar the foolish straight-foil, it was that harder to believe that Edgar, Charlie and Mortimer were not being done by three different radio comics. That was a favorite running joke: If Edgar was surprised and said "Why, do you realize what you're saying, Charlie?", the response was, "I should, I read your lips." Also, in one radio show, Edgar had a slight real-life cold, and Charlie was starting to develop a slight cough in his lines. "Sorry, folks," Charlie explained, "when Bergen has a cold, everyone suffers."
  12. I Just Watched...

    Yeah, I'll agree, you couldn't help it. And before we go further down that road, one of the traditional requirements for an understudy samurai in training was to avoid all women until he'd earned his crest (a running joke on anime's "Lupin III"), which explains why that budding romance with the girl was responsibly stifled...Nothing to see here. And not just the editing, but Akira's sense of storytelling is such that it may have a slow start before the samurai show up, but once they do, you're into a three-hour movie where literally an hour and a half go by before you even think of checking your watch. Something a lot of movies (like that '16 Magnificent Seven "remake" that had never seemed to have seen Kurosawa's or John Sturges' movie in their life) can benefit from learning. Even for a black-and-white movie, when Takashi Shimura goes into the hut disguised as the monk, all we hear is a tense pause, a "whsshht!" of a sword, and a dead outlaw collapses out, that's one of the most "...WHOA. " moments in classic action films, considering it isn't even onscreen.
  13. Turn on Kane for the "Required reading" academic study assignment, stay for bad-boy Orson: Welles, young and old throughout the story, manages to be so electric, and Herman Mankewicz's script manages to drip with enough literate ironic sarcasm for that velvet baritone to utter, that on first watch, you don't CARE who directed it or how. If Millennials think "Old people are telling me I should watch more ancient great pre-1985 movies, so okay, geez, I'll watch Citizen Kane!", you won't find, quote, "two hours of your life wasted", I guar-on-tee. And yes, see it now before you run into some snottypants making a pop-cultural joke thinking everyone in the world already knows who Rosebud was.
  14. What's with Attack of the 50 Foot Women?

    Basically 50FW has become the archetype "Cheesy 50's drive-in movie" with people (especially who've never seen any of them in their lives. Throw in Dreamworks trying to make the CG Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) as their "Tribute to 50's monster movies"--now that, hey, we're using 3-D now, kinda like they did back then!--and, why, just look who takes over the plot as the central sympathetic story-focus protagonist: (Why, we even get a satirical gag homaging the Amazing Colossal Man dart-throwing the giant syringe, pretty much the only single OTHER 50's Kitschy Sci-Fi Movie Scene anyone ever remembers in their lives without ever having actually sat down and seen one!) 50 Foot Centerfold was standard New Concorde direct-video softcore, but given that "Oo, we're homaging 50's MOVIES!", tried to turn themselves into a "pageant" to What People Think 50's SciFi Musta Been Like, with mad scientists and mutated hamsters and cameos by Russ Tamblyn and Tommy Kirk. 60 Foot Cheerleader was even further off the mark (oh, Roger, what happened after you went to cable and thought you had to compete with the Asylum?)--As it seems to be remaking everything producer Corman remembered about Centerfold, the lab, the camp humor, the mutant-experiment monsters, the cameos (watch John Landis embarrassed in a "tribute" cameo after he found out Corman wasn't directing it like everyone thought he was), the evil girl-rivalry...and seem to forget to have any story time left for an actual big cheesecake girl on a rampage. Which leads us to: ...Oh, good lord, I'd rather forget that one. That one managed to combine the worst of both stereotypes, the "All 50's drive-in movies looked like this one" myth, AND the other reason this movie gets quoted so often: The wishful belief, mostly from women and gay men who never saw it, that the story was some "avenging feminist allegory", just because they know the poster and think Nancy really is going to spend the whole hour and a half picking up cars off the highway looking for "Harry!" Even Jeffrey Katzenberg at Dreamworks picked up the myth-ball in MvA and ran with it, after he knew his Shrek-sequel bread was buttered on the female audience laughing at the anti-princess jokes, and the "Big female empowerment" cliche's (look, she's escaping a wedding at the beginning!) is slathered on so strategically and one-syllable thick, it almost makes Daryl Hannah's dour, rueful, crabby and consciously kitschy "social revenge fantasy" look graceful in comparison. Like we constantly....constantly......(sigh) CONSTANTLY try to tell a certain plastic-model-graphic obsessed goofy-cult-line quoter who seems to forget how many times he's already posted it out of context, the script was originally supposed to be a generic standard Amer.Int'l woman-scorned B-potboiler, until execs had no idea how to sell it, and one wag suggested "Why don't we put a flying saucer in it and sell it to the teens?" Famous last words. In the real world, nobody who ever suffered through more than five minutes of the first hour, let alone the whole slogging mess, would ever mistake 50FW for a "feminist allegory", and in fact, would probably cringe at most of the faux-Joan Crawford hysterics Alison Hayes was forced to go through in the script before American International's last-minute bit of demographic rescue. But then, given that really there's only one goofy would-be symbolic-kitschy line any wannabe ever remembers from it in the first place (heard it, thank you!), maybe that's supposed to be the idea.
  15. What's with Attack of the 50 Foot Women?

    Or, maybe he just wants to post that same danged plastic-model picture for no reason, and has to find one every day.
  16. That Wine Club sure gets around!

    Oh, and they'd DO it, too, if only "Duck Dynasty" was still popular. As it is, betting's open for what and when will be the first History Channel vintages.
  17. That Wine Club sure gets around!

    Depends who the parent companies are: National Geo owns its own, Warner owns TCM, but if we start seeing an Animal Planet label, an American Heroes wine brand or a Travel Channel "Wines of the world", you can bet ID's Discovery Channel parent thinks it's the new "brand thing"--Hey, cable, more Brand Label!
  18. Bud Cort Film Festival

    If it's an excuse to finally get Electric Dreams (1984 - no, not the Amazon series that always get me to notice "Great, they finally...oh, crap!") out of music-rights limbo and onto cable and disk in the US, I and my computer are all for it: (There are exactly three last VHS tapes remaining on my shelf, and this is one.)
  19. Really bad but classic movies.

    Most of Ed Wood is a crock fantasia which, despite its pasted-on book credit, seems to be fourth-grade-school-report cribbing all its "facts" out of the same three pages of Michael Medved's "Golden Turkey Awards" that everyone else read. (Wood's partner Alex Gordon, who co-wrote and produced "Bride of the Monster", is completely missing from the Golden-Turkey-verse version of the story, despite the fact that Gordon introduced Lugosi to Wood as a possible star.) No comment on screenwriter Larry Karaszewski's private life, but a pottymouthed Bela and a focus on Ed's crossdressing is the version he would write...'Nuff said. And while Lugosi grumbled about passing up Frankenstein (or playing Frankenstein in "Ghost of"), he was reportedly friends with Karloff, appearing in that one "sinister" Hollywood chess match for a Hollywood event.
  20. I LIKE them, but.....

    Probably because the studio realized there's a difference between being called a Baptizer, and being called a Baptist. OTOH, Kelly seemed a little TOO well-cast as the cynical wiseguy reporter in "Inherit the Wind"-- We're conditioned to think of Kelly's characters as "nice guys" from his MGM musicals, but look closely, and see how many of his typecast characters are hustlers, girl-chasers, and generally Cheshire-grin insincere, Don Lockwood included. But yes, you don't put someone named "Kelly" in an Italian role when Sinatra is available.
  21. Don't blame us, blame Ted-- Reaching for Citizen Kane was perfect karma out of ancient Greek tragedy.
  22. Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser

    Even if fans are wondering whether Disney is now treating it as damaged goods after the Last Jedi fan backlash, putting the rest of Disney's "side-story canon" in limbo, and possibly making Ep. IX more of a "finale" than expected. At least, like Force Awakens, this one's got Lawrence Kasdan on the screenplay, which is one thing Last Jedi........................SURE could have used.
  23. Return of Creature Features?

    Now that Criterion owns the Classic Godzilla canon (look for the Blu-ray set coming soon! ), and Filmstruck has made Criterion and TCM the best of partners, it's possible those articles might come in handy now and again...
  24. the solution to climate change

    Every year when some (orange and/or Bush Jr.-sentimental) Republican says "There can't be global warming, it's too cold!"--followed by trying to tell us why documentaries are the most insidious evil on this earth--I always say: Why not spend a nice, warm, toasty evening sleeping out on the desert, and in the morning, I'll explain what causes "Temperature extremes"? Nobody else would know this saying, but it's a favorite among one of my obscure fan-niches: Among regular Disney-parkgoers, there's complaints that the Florida park is popular with Brazilian tour groups during the spring, who literally treat their junket like a World Cup weekend, going in loud groups barging, chanting, and generally unacquainted with more reserved behavior up north. And on park-fan discussion forums, any greedy-parent who wonders why they got public disapproval for considering themselves "owed" enough to break protocol rules, like pushy behavior, sneaking in on discount loopholes, or Momzilla entitlement for their kids, or anything else frowned upon by the more polite fans, falls back on the exact same Whataboutist phrase, to the point that it's become a running joke among core fans: "...But what about the Brazilians??" I have to explain that in detail, because very few people ever know what I'm talking about when I use that phrase in political discussions.
  25. I Just Watched...

    (Yeah, that was the one I was thinking of....Am I that transparent? )

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