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    The two Dunes

    What do folks think of the two Dune movies? I am quite a sci fi buff (novels), and I consider Dune the greatest single sci fi novel ever, by a wide margin. (though I'd place Azimov's 20+ related novels first for a 'future history' category). Anyway, there's the theatre film, the director's cut of the same, and the SciFi Channel TV movie. I hated the original, since it totally destroyed the glory of the novel. The director's cut was much better, and although still failing to convey the scope of the novel, it was comprensive enough to thoroughly enjoy the casting, which seemed *perfect*. Paul, his father, his mother, and his 'mistress', along with his 'sister', were superb, and I can't imagine better actors for those roles. The SciFi version was, not unexpectely, disappointing, but it did have the redeeming grace of covering the whole novel very well. Let's face it.. you can't make a good movie of Dune in less than at least 4 hours. But the cast and the production quality both left a *lot* to be desired. If only someone could take the director's cut, and lengthen it to be as comprehsive as the SFC version! What do others think?
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    no idea on what film that is, though with that detailed a clue, I'm sure someone could get it, if only they checked out the thread. And just in case we still have the 'one guess per clue' rule, I'm not making a guess. And GWTW, I like the 'time' rule. I'd 'vote' for 48 hrs, to give folks some leeway. Also, I'd add a provision that if you knew you were going to be absent longer than that, you could post multiple clues (say 1 for each 24 hrs you'd be gone) and if we had/have the 'one guess per person per clue' rule, folks could guess as many times as the the number of clues given at once, then everyone waits til the MC gets back to see who won. One more idea to toss in the pot.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    thanks for the post, GWTW. I still don't see any *reason* for the 'one guess per chue' rule. A 'one guess per person per clue', makes sense, but why make everyone wait on the 'MC' to log back in before the game can continue? In addition, it puts pressure on the MC to log in several times a day to check to see if there's been a guess yet. And finally, what do you do when someone answers correctly but isn't the first to respond for that clue? It happened before as you noted, it happened this time, and with new folks always coming along and not knowing the original rule, it's sure to happen in the future. And what point is there to posting another clue, when the answer has already been given? So, for my two cents, I think the rule should be changed to 'one guess per person per clue', and the game should be able to proceed much more smoothly that way. But I'm happy to go along with whatever most folks prefer. Ike
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    A Lyrical Game

    not a clue, lol.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Oops, Nos.. forgot to thank you: thanks for the info on movie, The Miracle Mile. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Congratulations, JH, you are 100% correct. The movie was The War of the Worlds, which has a special place in my heart since it was the first movie I ever saw, before I had ever even seen television. Well, before my family had a TV anyway... it's possible we had been invited to a neighbor's home to see a TV before the time I went to the movie: my memories are fairly cloudy that far back. Anyway, it is now your turn to pick a flick and start the clues roling. Good luck! And thanks to all who participated. P.S. According to the original rules, there is only supposed to be one guess per clue. Personally, I don't understand the reason for that. Seems to me that the rule should be one guess *per person* per clue. It's not like this forum is overrun with posts anyway.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    I apologize, Nos, but I can't say whether your guess is a good one or not (though I'm sure it's the latter), since *embarrassed aura* I can't remember ever hearing of a movie titled Miracle Mile. I know of 'the' Miracle Mile, a ridiculously successful advertising gimmick for a portion of Wilshire Blvd. in L.A., but nothing of a movie by that name. I'm sure someone, perhaps you, will enlighten me. Anyway, I guess it's time for another, though perhaps 'less easy' : Clue #8: a stained glass window.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Guess it's time for another clue, specially since I won't be around during the baseball games (my one other love on TV than TCM). Also, guess it's time to start making some of the clues a bit 'easier', so here goes Clue # 7: Los Angeles
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    Hello, I'm new!

    I quite agree Joe, and I apologize if I misworded my response so as to sound as if I were criticizing you... no criticism was intended, but I fear it sorta sounds that way even to me when I reread it. And it's so true that most everyone who posts here is in love with classic movies, and a bunch of the folks, unlike me, really know their stuff! Ike
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    I was wondering...

    I think it *is* a great topic, Phoebe (great name too!). Alas, there probably aren't many 4-5 minute long monologues in the movies, since they'd rarely keep the general public's interest riveted for that long. Still there are some great monologues or near monologues. I'll toss out a few, others may well think of better ones. Some of the 'good guy's' longish sequences from Twelve Angry Men can't be too bad. There's also a great monologue in The Fountainhead (that's the one bout the architect, right, not Atlas Shrugged? --always mix those novels/movies up), but of course Ayn Rand's philosophy isn't everyone's cup of tea. It isn't mine either, but the movie, and the monologue, are still great! Then we can't overlook To Kill a Mockingbird, which should have lots of great material for you. Possibly you could 'stitch together' a monologue from some of Bogie's lines in Casablanca. Oh, and one more, Paul Newman's summation to the jury in The Verdict. That's the newer movie of that title, not the old one, but possibly it's still old enough now to fall in the 'classic' category; great movie in any case. Well, that's enough from me. Maybe some other folks will be more discriminating. Ike
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    a hats off to tcm

    I constantly fear (guess I'm quite the pessimist) that TCM will gradually go the way of cheapest, quickest fast buck, and lose its wonderful unique position in cable/dish television. One reason I fear that is that if it were the terribly lucrative, others would have copied the format by now. Hopefully I'm wrong, and perhaps the MGM/Turner library gives TCM a unique ability to be nicely profitable. Or perhaps good ol' Ted still has the clout to keep it as it is to 'atone' for all his colorizations (he's one of my favorites in the business world, and I don't have many there!) (love Jane Fonda too.. broke my heart when they went there separate ways... back when I lived in Atlanta and was well off enough to have a season ticket package to the Braves, it was great to see them together so often at the ballpark, and Ms. Fonda with her great sequined (sequinned??) Braves cap. Only other celebrities that mattered to me there were the great Senator Wyche Fowler and President Carter, both of whom I'm proud to have shaken hands with). Arrgh! Sorry for the rambling, but I couldn't resist. Some of us here *are* old and verbose. Anyway, whether TCM can manage to stick to its great guns or not, figured I should add my thanks to all who are responsible for having given us the best channel on television for 10 years now. Thank you! Ike
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    Hello, I'm new!

    "just for the record", Joe, not all of us (or at least one of us not) consider ourselves 'pretty knowledgeable' about classic movies. I love 'em, but claim little knowledge, especially that I can remember anyway. I mention this mostly so no one will feel 'inadequate' posting here. But also, if Joe is mostly right, sure would be fun to have more of you regularly responding to the three ongoing triva threads in the trivia forum! Two of them are restarted weekly, the other is over a year old now, where folks try to guess what a classic movie is from clues provided, and the winner becomes the next 'MC'. The weekly ones are self-explanatory. For the ongoing one, check out the very first post on the thread to be sure you understand. Oh, and welcome to our newest participants, too! Ike
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    What is "Double-Talk"?

    Someone else might be able to define or explain it more clearly, but here's my try: Double-talk is a comedy gag where a person speaks a series of words that have the grammar and inflection that make them sound like they mean something, but if you actually listen to the words you realize that they don't make any sense at all. Of course, one sound clip would be worth a thousand words of explanation.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Good guess, GWTW, but that's not it. At the risk of making this sound like it's The Sound of Music (which it isn't), except for the nuke clue, here is Clue #6: a hymn
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    not that one. Clue #5: a mountainside
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    good guess, but that's not it. Clue #4: three colors
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    Best and Worst Lines

    Apologies in advance for mistakes in my quotations, but here are a few that I think deserve nomination: Dr. Stranglove (OHILTSWALTB) is full of them, but I guess the best is Sellers' "You can't fight here... this is the WAR ROOM!" Much more subtle, but I love the line, Zhivago/Sharif to Lara/Christie, "I think we should go mad if we think about such things." And finally, yes, it's best known as a funny line, but it's a great line too, and thank heaven for the brief period of pre-code talkies: "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" Mae West of course.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Interesting guesses. As for what constitutes 'cheating', I'll leave that to those who've played the game longer than I. I have no idea if it's 'ok' to check web sites to help you remember a movie. In any case, it's a moot point at the moment, since that is not the movie. So, on to... Clue #3: a nuclear explosion (that should narrow it down a bit )
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Not that. Clue #2: a camping trip
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Thanks for the positive vibes, GWTW. Got my movie picked. (And no, it's not Kelly's Heroes. ) Clue #1: a church
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    Kate Hepburn fans

    Thank you for the information. Do you (or does anyone) know yet if any 'intimate' letters or other communication between her and Tracy are in the collection? I'm not sure if I hope there are or not: their well-known (however accurate) unfulfilled love seems such a tragic story; I'm not sure if any details on it belong to the public or not.
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    [b]CHRISTOPHER REEVE[/b] dies

    STTL. A good and very enjoyable actor, and apparently a good man as well. Not to take anything away from him, but having been brought up on '50's TV, I can't say he is "THE" Superman... his 'namesake', George Reeves, has to be given at least honorable mention. The older, though of course not the first, superman's death was also very sad (suicide, said to be from depression about being typecast). Though I wish such a death on no one, I remember that when George Reeves died (and I was a teenager at the time I think) it seemed appropriate, while still very regrettable, that the 'only' Superman for me at that time died the only way Superman 'could have'. I mean no offense by mentioning a perception from my younger years, and hope no one takes any.
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    The two Dunes

    Have to disagree, Sloppy... to my mind, it's SF when the plot is not inconsistent with known science, fantasy when it is. By that definition, Dune, Asimov's 20-odd connected novels of future history, etc., are SF (as is, for that matter, Jane Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear), but Tolkien, etc. are not. I don't see what length has to do with the definition as it is generally accepted. (Though whether Auel fits in the 'generally accepted' definition is arguable; just my gut feeling on that.) As for what makes the best movies, that's another question of course. It's certainly easier to make a normal-length potentially good SF movie from a short story, since a full-length well-conceived SF novel typically requires 'epic' treatment to convert to cinema properly. Which is also true of fantasy, though I'm not sure if it applies to all novels. But the richer the novel, of any type, the harder it is to make a good movie of it without making the movie very long, or so I'd guess.
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    A Lyrical Game

    Vg, GJ... your turn now, since no one seems to have the answer to the Top Hat question.
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    wow.. can't believe I got it. Guess that means I have to come up with the next one. I'll need a bit of time to think of a movie I can do well enough. Will post soon as I have decided. Thanks for the last one, 6.

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