Looney

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  • Birthday 12/18/1974

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  1. Looney

    Actor Richard Erdman 1925-2019)

    I admit that I always enjoyed the man's work. He is one of those actors whom I saw in STALAG 17 as a child and then continued to notice him in other things the rest of my life. I will fully admit he did not become one of my favorites until he played Leonard Rodriguez on COMMUNITY. After that I started actually seeking out his other work rather than just being able to recognize him when I came across something he was in. QUESTION: Was he a TCM Star of The Month a couple of years back? My memory says yes, but some might say my memory is fallible. I say those people are crazy.
  2. Looney

    Noir Alley

    That is so true and I wouldn't be surprised if she did off camera just to make up what happened on camera. And back to the HIGH SIERRA car chase. I think it would be one of the best ever if it wasn't so obviously a dead end!!!!! I remember that from the first time I saw it. I knew as soon as he started going up into the mountains that he was racing into a dead end and it was so upsetting.
  3. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay since I waited all week to post about D.O.A. (1949) I'll go ahead and post my thoughts on HIGH SIERRA (1941) as soon as possible - meaning now. I am not saying this a a bad movie by any means - but I don't like IT. It just doesn't sit right with me. There is absolutely nothing "Bad" about it; I just get annoyed. Even when you know the twists and turns are coming because they are predictable it punches. I love Ida Lupino and I think Bogart is great. I mean the whole cast is good. I think it just makes you want things to go so differently and then they don't. I mean I really hate that ending and I guess I am supposed to. It is like I see the things coming and I'm like "Okay don't do that. No don't do that. You're doing it. Stop doing that. Don't turn there. Park there and hide. No stay on the bus and keep going. Don't go to that scene. No quit that. Don't talk to that reporter. Get away from that scene. AND LOSE THE DOG ALREADY!!!!!" So it isn't that I don't think it is a brilliant film; it just isn't my favorite Bogart movie with the word "Sierra" in the title - though I admit I often repeat many of the same statements from above while I am watching that movie.
  4. Looney

    Actor Richard Erdman 1925-2019)

    Damn!!!!! Damn!!!!! Damn!!!!! I always wanted to meet him and now I've blown it!!!!! UGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! I bet he was working at the time. WHAT A CAREER!!!!!! I mean I could go into the acting, the directing, the writing, the producing - seriously, the guy worked! Because my time is a bit short I'm going to focus on how insanely wonderful he was on COMMUNITY. The only flaw was that he wasn't used enough. I mean the character was great, but what always added to Leonard Rodriguez was that I kept realizing, "That is Richard Erdman! Dan Harmon got Richard Erdman as a regular on his show. THAT IS AWESOME!" Then it always depressed me because I realized how many people watching didn't know they were seeing the guy they were seeing. Such a storied career and many folks will see this news and only think of him as the old guy from COMMUNITY. That might be okay. I thought it was a wonderful character and I know thousands of actors would love to be remembered for even one role they played.
  5. Looney

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    I think you should definitely have two chapters. Sharks and Jets people. Sharks and Jets. I wish I could join, but there is no chance I'm close enough. I'm almost an hour north of the person in Brighton, Illinois - but good for you Brighton. I will definitely let you all know if there are any changes in my life, but as of right now meeting with folks on a Sunday, even one Sunday a month, would mean giving up my only day off to a LOT of driving. I just don't think I have that level of commitment to our relationship. But damn I sure am glad you have this chapter (or chapters) up and running. It is great to know you are all so near, but just out of reach. And if you all are voting I definitely vote that you find a way to make ONE chapter work. There is no reason for two chapters. Just find away to make it work. So what if it is a little farther away than you want. Do you know how far away I am from anywhere in STL and I'm still about 20% in?!
  6. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay so Looney is checking back in. I had this elaborate plan to post when the new season started, but then I've been sick all week and didn't feel like doing anything. Truth be told I haven't watched much TCM since I was denied seeing MURDER MY SWEET (1944) again by the "CONTENT UNAVAILABLE" demon. Since I did not know that was the end of the NOIR ALLEY Season I was treated to THE L-SHAPED ROOM (1962), which aired in the NOIR ALLEY slot soon after MURDER MY SWEET (1944). I REALLY loved that movie. I've always liked Brock Peters work, but I was blown away by Leslie Caron. Okay, Okay onto D.O.A. (1949) You are not going to believe this story, but two days prior to seeing this film I saw the 1988 version. I had no clue the D.O.A. (1949) was the week's NOIR ALLEY offering. I just found a used DVD 8 pack. I bought it. It happened to have the 1988 version and I just happened to decide to watch it. It was very strange and didn't really hold a candle to the 1949 offering. Dennis Quaid was possibly a little too unhinged or off the wall or something. He just didn't seem to fit in this movie -nor did Meg Ryan. The best qualities from 1988 were Daniel Stern and seeing Jane Kaczmarek in a role that wasn't Lois from MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. My apologies, but after you've seen Lois you can't see there is an actress playing a role. So D.O.A. (1949) was definitely one that I got more into as it went along. I thought O'Brien being over the top and frantic fit the mood. And what a reason to be murdered, witnessing a signature of someone basically passing by. OUCH!!!!! It was pretty entertaining. I likely wouldn't pay much attention to it if I had the chance to see it again, but I enjoyed it for one go-round. Dear Diary - I talk to a person every once in awhile about TCM. The only issue is he always says "TMC". Do I correct him? Do I risk sounding like a snob? I am asking because I already have to correct a lot of what he says and answer a lot of questions he has about all kinds of movies. I don't think he minds when I answer his questions, but sometimes I feel like telling him "It is TCM not TMC" or even yelling it at him might send the wrong message. D.O.A. (1988) Does have a cool poster . . .
  7. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Sorry I've fallen way behind following this thread, but I have been watching. In reverse order. LURED (1947) - I really liked almost all of it despite being able to predict the end as soon as the I saw the guilty actor's face appear on screen the first time. Loved how it looked. Loved Lucy. Loved Zucco, Karloff, Coburn, and everyone in the film was great. I can't say that I enjoyed all the twists, but I am definitely putting this movie in the category of possibly needing to own some day. HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951) - Okay this was a very good movie until Vincent Price showed up - then it became a great movie. I am a Price fan and I had never seen this picture before. WOW! was he fantastic. The only real downfall of the film is that he isn't in it enough. But seriously, you put Robert Mitchum and Raymond Burr in a movie and I am going to watch it. Add Vincent Price and I am kicking myself that I hadn't found this film before now. Okay that does remind me of another issue; Raymond Burr also isn't in the movie enough. But that isn't the big issue. I will have to read other's comments on this because I need to know I am not crazy. Didn't Burr have an accent in his first scene that seemed to disappear when he reappeared? I do plan to go back eventually and read what others have said over the past few weeks. I've just been busy and sick. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) - Do I really have to comment?! I've seen it so many times and it is still a classic and I still have my same complaint. I guess it isn't really a complaint, but more of a least favorite part - the entire Zachetti / Lola plot line. It is one of the alternate Universe wishes I have that I'd like to see what happens with the story if those two aren't a part of it. It is a strange thing that I've always had where I feel let down when the story starts focusing on those two. Anyway, I watched the film for the twentieth time to hear Muller's comments and I am glad I did. I really wished there Noir Alley Blu-Ray releases.
  8. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Having said that it is still pretty damn good if you want to see quality acting. I completely agree that BEWARE MY LOVELY might easily induce one into slumber-land, but Robert Ryan was GREAT. Lupino was pretty damn good as well. There is a lot to love about this movie, but I agree that it is definitely a movie you have to be in the mood to see because if you are not it will probably seem a bit dull. Still there are so many questions I have after seeing it. There so many moments that made me question what was really happening. I know that in 1952 what Howard Wilton told you about himself was likely exactly what the filmmakers wanted you to think, but there were still moments where I question it as being the truth. Anyway, I enjoyed the film despite not quite delivering the thrilling punches I was in the mood for this week. (I fully admit my opinion might just be based on the fact that I really like Ryan and Lupino and they were both really good. I also did really like how Howard Wilton was done as far as the script and tension went.)
  9. Looney

    Noir Alley

    NOW THAT'S AN ENDING!!!!! Actually what I mean is how amazing Eva Lester was at the end when she was saying she wasn't in the room so no one could claim she committed murder. Scott played it so casual that you really felt this person felt no responsibility for the end result of her actions. Thanks so much for posting that LornaHansonForbes. I usually don't have time to play media when people post it, but that was a perfect little number to have going while I was straightening up my living room.
  10. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I think it would have been more interesting if she had really had to face the music, legally speaking. The death scene just seemed like a gimmick way to end it. I think it is more the way she died than that she died. I feel I would have been more satisfied with her in jail or if she had possibly died in a less theatrical way. And addressing the comments about Duryea's character. I think the key point is that she was able to UTTERLY destroy him with the simple art of manipulation. TALK ABOUT A STRANGER (1952). What an interesting choice for NOIR ALLEY. I honestly would not have made it to the end if it wasn't for the fact that I wanted to find out what happened to the dog. 🐶 LOL The cinematography was the best part of the film. The movie was okay, but that cinematography made it worth seeing. PS - For all of those looking to get me a gift this holiday season I'll take that TOO LATE FOR TEARS restoration Blu-Ray and everything in the Noir Alley Shop.
  11. Looney

    Noir Alley

    TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949) WOW!!!!! I wasn't loving this movie first while, but then it really took off. Definitely has my new favorite Dan Duryea scene of all time. It was amazing. And definitely my new favorite Lizabeth Scott movie ever, not that ever really had one before. What a shame Scott didn't like the movie. I thought she was magnificent. She really seemed to be the Femme Fatale who genuinely could not help herself. Her struggle was great. Sometimes there was remorse and sometimes there wasn't. It was outstanding. I think my least favorite part was the end. I don't think it was bad. It just didn't quite give me the level of satisfaction I was looking for.
  12. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Well thankfully they did put CRACK-UP on the Sling TV TCM On Demand, so I was able to finish it early this morning. Hmmmm . . . . I liked many things about it, but I just don't think I am a Pat O'Brien fan. I really liked the bit of against type setup, but very soon after that O'Brien just wasn't selling it for me anymore. It just didn't see him as possibly being any kind of art expert the further I got into the movie. Overall I don't think I'll remember much about this one, other than I love Ray Collins and Herbert Marshall. Admittedly I doubt I'll remember this film just because they are both in it.
  13. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Looney REALLY blew it with CRACK-UP (1946). Fell asleep several times last night. Then I woke up early and watched THE BIG HEAT (1953) On Demand before the rebroadcast of Noir Alley. Then fell asleep at basically the same points during CRACK-UP again. Oh well, THE BIG HEAT (1953) was great.
  14. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Yes. I stopped watching right after the chase scene. It was magnificent. I thought that was a good place to stop for a little bit and then come back to it, but by the time I came back it was gone. And that final scene with Windsor and Cook is just fantastic. You almost hear sympathy for him in her voice and those final words just sum her up so well.
  15. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Pausing the Blu-Ray you can tell it is definitely not James Edwards who shoots Carey. Edwards is wearing a tie, but it is tucked midway down into his shirt. The guard who shoots Carey is wearing a tie that is out of his shirt. As to the Windsor/Cook marriage I look at it as types. Obviously Sherry (Windsor) is attracted to bad guys like Val. So my guess is that is an angle that enabled George to win her over. He promises future security and he is someone she can manipulate as opposed to her usual type, Val. So their marriage makes sense to me in the same sense of all bad marriages. She wanted a type of guy who was all wrong for marriage, safety, and security, so she eventually gave into a guy she knew she could manipulate who promised safety and security. She could believe George because he was so far opposite to men like Val who only promised excitement and drama. I mean movies are so full of character dynamics in marriages like this. The marriage is either bad because she married the wild stallion she never should have or because she married the seemingly safe guy in hopes she would be taken care of. Okay so this is off topic, but so annoying. Last night I was watching THE SEVEN-UPS (1973) on Sling TV TCM ON DEMAND. I had to stop for about forty minutes to do something else and when I came back the movie was gone. No joke. It was suddenly no longer available to watch. WOW is that annoying!!!!! And I am currently watching HOTEL ARTEMIS (2018). It is pretty good after an hour in.

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