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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    That's how you lose viewers in today's TV watching climate. I don't like it either but that's how it is.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Deprisa, Deprisa (1981) Carlos Saura, Spain - 3/10-Drugged up Spanish teens mess around Madrid and plan robberies to get by on. Things go bad during a botched robbery attempt. This is like a proto-City of God film except more boring and less graphic. Supposedly it used real criminals and drug users from lower class Spain.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    My Fuhrer (2007) Dani Levy, Germany - 5.5/10- In late 1944, Adolf Hitler is extremely depressed about losing the war with the USA and Russia so Goebbels plans to cheer him up for his next rally by bringing in his favorite Jewish comedian. Of course, things aren't as simple as that as the comedian's family tries to push him into assassinating Hitler. Things are also complicated when Heinrich H1mmler comes back from the Eastern Front and wants to kill the comedian. I thought this one had a great set up but the jokes themselves were just not that funny and could have been done better. I did think it was a bit funny though that H1mmler is shelled so his arm is in a cast permanently in a "Sieg Heil" salute.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    A bit off topic to this thread but the literary critic Harold Bloom died today. He's famous for defending the traditional canon of western literature (Kafka, Cervantes, Freud, Kant, etc.) I've read his famous book on the western canon and recommend it. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2019/10/14/harold-bloom-critic-and-author-anxiety-influence-dies-89/3980044002/ Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89 NEW YORK — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and was teaching as recently as last week. Yale says Bloom died at a New Haven, Connecticut, hospital. Bloom wrote more than 20 books and prided himself on making scholarly topics accessible to the general reader. Although he frequently bemoaned the decline of literary standards, he was as well placed as a contemporary critic could hope to be. He appeared on best-seller lists with such works as "The Western Canon" and "The Book of J," was a guest on "Good Morning America" and other programs and was a National Book Award finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A readers' poll commissioned by the Modern Library ranked "The Western Canon" at No. 58 on a list of the 20th century's best nonfiction English-language books. His greatest legacy could well outlive his own name: the title of his breakthrough book, "The Anxiety of Influence." Bloom argued that creativity was not a grateful bow to the past, but a Freudian wrestle in which artists denied and distorted their literary ancestors while producing work that revealed an unmistakable debt.
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    Faust (1926)

    Or he could just watch them online for free like most people.
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    HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY

    Yeah, he wanted slaves to work in his gold mines. I remember reading about how he would put them into the mines and if they tried to escape he would cut their hand off. This was in Hispaniola or one of the other colonies, I believe.
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    Still crying about blacklisting

    TCM's current hosts and staff very clearly have a political bias but blacklisting is an important topic of discussion behind the film's creation.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    Maher himself did also echo similar sentiments regarding Marvel movies a few months ago. Scorsese does tip into the mob theme a bit too much but Silence is pretty good.
  9. I've never been a huge Fonda fan but I like her segment in Spirits of the Dead.
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    Faust (1926)

    It's up on YouTube for free.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Mine was removed a bit later than most of your's. It was removed earlier today and I was going to watch In the Mood for Love on TCM on Demand too. I wish they would at least leave us that option if they have to take the channel. Really though I try to find films for free online (usually through Mega service if I can). In this day, there are many options available to find films where you don't even have to pay a cent.
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    Films in 2019

    https://jacobitemag.com/2019/10/12/jokers-trick/ JOKER’S TRICK Not in recent memory has going to the movies been pervaded by such a looming sense of potential death. The lead-up to Todd Phillip’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, was met with widespread media outcry that the film could be a target for a mass shooting like the one at a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. The villainous Joker wasn’t in that particular Batman movie, the sequel to Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning Joker performance in The Dark Knight—but he turned up nonetheless in the form of James Holmes, who killed twelve people and left many more injured. Now the Joker is back—and not in the form of Ledger’s gritty-but-witty gangster kingpin that executes a spectacular bank robbery at the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Phoenix’s Joker is not the supervillain who meets his match in the vigilante aristocrat Batman. Not yet at least. Now we see the Joker getting his own superhero-origin-story treatment. And the Joker’s origin is that he is a pathetic incel. At least that’s how the hype would have it. In our age when news is just an inventory of the most-mentioned social media outrages at any given moment, “all press is good press” reigns especially true when corralling the lazy masses off their couches and into the cinemas. Nothing is more seductive than the possibility that one could be senselessly murdered.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Female Agents (2008) Jean-Paul Salomé, France - 7/10 - Basically an all female version of the Dirty Dozen. In 1944, an English geologist doing a test to prepare for D- Day is captured by the Germans and an all female team of prisoners and soldiers is made to go behind enemy lines and bring him back. They are headed by a man but soon he is captured and they are left alone in enemy controlled France with the mission of killing the evil German general Heidrich who has him prisoner and is going to reveal the D- Day plans to the Fuhrer. This film is very well acted and the guns and weapons are mostly accurate. Sophie Marceau is good in the role of the main female who tries to keep them together after their male leader (who also happens to be her brother) is captured. The only problem I have with the film like with the Dirty Dozen is the implication that the resistance fighters were forced into it because they were prisoners instead of heroes who willingly signed up to liberate their nation. This is a very beautiful film and I recommend it.

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