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    I Just Watched...

    Nothing subtle about "Written on the Wind", was there? This was my first exposure to Douglas Sirk several years ago and my overriding memory of the film is the end where Dorothy Malone is fondling that miniature oil derrick like she wished it was something else. In those days they had to pull their punches but that didn't stop them from hitting you over the head. Lots of lurid latent symbolism.
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    I Just Watched...

    Every time I hear Robert Stack speak I think of "Airplane"
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    the leading actors in "Sabrina" (1954)

    The fact that Bogart was able to snag 19 year old Lauren Bacall in real life helped make the relationship believable, not to mention in the film Sabrina was always surrounded by much older men, whether it was her father, David, or Linus. Remember when she was in Paris she befriended the old Baron. I think she was just drawn to mature, sophisticated, cultured men. This is one of my favorite films and if it is on I always watch it.
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    the solution to climate change

    The conservative response to "An Inconvenient Truth" is to get out your pencil and paper and count all the doomsday scenarios Algore promised that haven't materialized.
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    Your Choice For 1969 Best Song Oscar

    June 8, 2016 This from Rolling Stone magazine: Ray Parker Jr. vs. Huey Lewis and the News (1984) "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. (1984) vs. "I Want a New Drug," by Huey Lewis and the News (1984) The Case: Producers of the film Ghostbusters originally approached Huey Lewis to pen the film's theme, but he was already committed to work on another sci-fi comedy – Back to the Future – and declined. Producers tapped Ray Parker Jr. to do the honors, apparently directing him toward a sound that could be described as "Huey Lewis-esque." Lewis himself certainly thought so, and filed a suit against Parker, alleging that he lifted the melody from his own song "I Want a New Drug." The Verdict: The pair settled out of court in 1995 on the condition that both parties refrain from speaking about the suit in public. All was well until Lewis unloaded about the settlement on a 2001 episode of VH1's Behind the Music. Parker sued him soon after for breaching the confidentiality agreement. Why It Matters: Though no legal precedents were set, the lawsuit's ghostly reemergence served as a strong reminder that confidentiality agreements weren't just a formality.
  6. I caught the film "This Could Be The Night" for the first time the other day. It starred Tony Franciosa, Paul Douglas, and Jean Simmons. Part of the way through the film it struck me that Franciosa has an acting doppelganger in Paul Giamatti. Not their looks, for sure, but their voices, accent, delivery, even gestures and facial expressions are uncannily similar. In this movie anyway, you could close your eyes and imagine it was Giamatti making a play for Jean Simmons....ew.
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    Your Choice For 1969 Best Song Oscar

    "one or two earworm Ray Parker riffs just captured Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd's offbeat goofiness in a bottle and took you along for the movie's ride." I recall Huey Lewis and the News sueing Ray Parker for copping said riffs from their hit song "I Want a New Drug". "Raindrops" sticks out like a sore thumb in "Butch Cassidy" and every time I see it a wonder what it is doing there.
  8. Seeing another chapter of Treasures From the Disney Vault reminded me of two of my favorite Disney films that I wish TCM would play. The first is "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh", starring Patrick McGoohan, and the second is "Emil and the Detectives", a story of a young German boy embroiled in crime and intrigue in postwar Berlin. I haven't seen either since the early 1960's but I found them very entertaining at the time and hope TCM could put them in their Disney rotation.

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