Looney

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  1. Definitely true, but I'm not sure you work for TCM/Warner Brothers corporate. I definitely separate the two. To me Classic = Quality. I still would rather this channel stick to pre-1980 movies as much as possible despite the fact there are many movies since 1980 that I would consider Classics. (I love Casablanca so much.)
  2. More than likely they just licensed it to show the one time. It is a Miramax film and, the last time I checked, Miramax is owned by Disney, so one time showing is the most likely candidate. And as far as "80's Movies" go it is inevitable that the further we get from the 1980s the more TCM will have to consider "80's Movies" they own as "Classics". And as time goes by eventually the 1990s. But I think it is important to define what we are talking about. When we are saying "80's Movies" are we talking about movies that show up on TCM Underground or any movie from the 1980s. What I mean by that is TCM Underground tends to show "80's Movies" that are more of the Cult Classic Variety. But TCM has shown movies like Chariots of Fire (1981) more than once. So is the concern that TCM will just start showing any movie they own from the 1980s, good or bad, or just that they will move into showing movies from the 1980s on a regular basis? Personally I'd prefer they stick to pre-1980s and keep TCM Underground because it doesn't just show "80's Movies". But we are all getting older and I'm sure many people consider movies from the 1980s the same way I think of movies before 1980.
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    Noir Alley

    I really liked BLACK MAGIC. TWO FOR THE GUILLOTINE was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be much darker. I loved Connie Stevens in this. She added a charm to this character I didn't expect. So onto ROADBLOCK (1951). I enjoyed it. I feel like Muller's intro painted a bit rougher character than Joe Peters ended up being, but I agree that his wrap-arounds can be pretty good. I wouldn't say I'd go out of my way to see this one again, but I will say that more than once I was caught off guard by where this very predictable movie went. I mean the journey was obvious, but how they got there had some interesting nuance to it.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I reacted, but it wasn't enough. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! But then I was because it is so true. Now please don't take offense that I might not post in this giant thread again. I don't need to be reminded of the constant "Whoppers" anymore.
  5. Yeah those two, especially The Last Dragon (1985), are definitely on the Cult Classics list. But I think you are going to see more and more films from the 80s and 90s showing up on TCM for the reasons mentioned above; corporate can use them or license them for little cost.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I'm not going to pretend I've read all of these posts, but WOW is this one big thread. Seriously that is a lot of pages about one liar. I can't tell if I am laughing or crying about it.
  7. And of course they can also say that time has passed and these films are old enough to be considered "Classics". I think we should all be honest. When TCM/Warner Brothers corporate uses the term "Classic" they don't mean memorable; they mean old. And if they own the movie they are going to show it because, as calvinnme pointed out, it doesn't cost them like it does to license content from other companies.
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    TCM schedules

    I love you! 😍 I knew they had a DVR feature, but I don't believe it is included with my package. Your mentioning the On-Demand feature inspired me to do more research and sure enough I found it. Unfortunately I am only seeing few from yesterday and they are the few that I saw yesterday. LOL BUT there is so much more. Thank you for inspiring me to dig deeper!
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    TCM schedules

    Uggggh yesterday was one of those days I wanted to see every movie. I hate it when that happens. LOL FYI, I watch TCM through the Sling TV App so I can't stream anything because they aren't considered a recognized provider. This means I have to watch things as they air, unless someone knows a way around this?
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    I Just Watched...

    I liked it more than you did, but it is definitely flawed when you start breaking down some of the logic. It has been awhile since I saw it, but I want to say you might have missed something about the power. I feel like they explained why they had power. Anyway, as I said in another thread I think this movies' biggest weakness is the score. The music itself is fine, but this movie needed no music. Having music actually robbed this movie of a lot of suspense. If anyone purchased the Blu-Ray please tell me they have a feature where you can watch the movie without a musical score.
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    Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

    I am by no means someone who is into musicals or who really knows much about them. I will say that I disagree with anyone who says The Wiz (1978) and The Pirate Movie (1982) are the worst. The former is wonderfully entertaining and bizarre. The latter is so wonderfully bad it is good. As others have mentioned I might have to say it is The Apple (1980). This movie is bizarre and it is bad, but it is rarely entertaining in those regards.
  12. Yes I set the standard by Suchet as well. I will say that one thing I like about the new version is that it draws attention to the older versions. With all of the remakes and reboots out there it becomes evident to the public that there were other versions and maybe they decide to seek them out. As far as Branagh's Murder on The Orient Express goes I think it falls into the category of good enough. It is by no means the most memorable, but it was entertaining enough that I would watch it again. I agree Branagh's acting was fine, but physically I did not see Poirot. When I think Poirot I think Suchet followed by Ustinov then Finney and finally James Coco. Who am I kidding, Coco right after Suchet.
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    Movies You Were Too Young to See But Saw

    Are you trying to give me nightmares? Of course you are right. It would be just like Sister Mary Stigmata in The Blues Brothers (1980). CigarJoe's comments sounded like a 14 year old boy's paradise. And what a great way to describe La Parisienne (1957) darkblue. Bardot has been known to cause that effect.
  14. I am a newbie so I have no idea what you, Spence, are talking about. Are you saying someone at TCM censored your post or just that a technical issue cut it off? Back to the point. All great choices. I love them all. The Stooges were always my favorites with Abbott & Costello in a close second and Laurel and Hardy a very close third. Of course this is because I was exposed to them as a kid. As an adult I learned about the genius of Chaplin and how insanely remarkable Keaton was. More recently Harold Lloyd has come into my field of vision thanks to TCM. It is truly amazing what these people accomplished. In some case a hundred years later they can still get laughs. And we should never forget the television gems like Gleason and Carney as well as Randall and Klugman. Not that they didn't all have wonderful film careers. I could honestly go on and on with this, but I know others have their picks and I will agree with most of them. The first person I am going to mention is an individual who could do it all and definitely deserves to be on this list. Jack Lemmon. His talent was boundless.
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    Movies You Were Too Young to See But Saw

    Yes the Nuns learned a valuable lesson about pre-screening the movies you take the kids to see. Of course they never took us to another movie. And clearly they assumed that a movie title A CHRISTMAS STORY was about the birth of Christ. Oh if I could go back in time I would laugh in their faces so hard. I know that sounds mean, but I am not kidding. I'd be rolling on the floor and pointing at them. In fairness, some of them were pretty mean. I will credit my parents for giving me the experience of seeing the old Universal Horror movies at a young age. And Psycho (1960) as well as a couple of other Hitchcock classics. So glad VCRs were invented in my lifetime.
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    I Just Watched...

    I like The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) as well. If I remember correctly Bettie Page Reveals All (2012) has little bit about this movie in Page's own words. I think I would call it a "Quasi" Documentary.
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    Movies You Were Too Young to See But Saw

    Oh I find it so annoying to see people bringing their kids to inappropriate movies. Now here are a few of my stories. (But I really do find that to be so very annoying.) Here is one you likely won't see too often these days. In the summer of 1982 I would have been 7. We traveled to visit my grandparents in Louisville, Kentucky. One afternoon we were in a shopping mall. I wanted to see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Mom wanted to shop so she took me to the theater and bought me a ticket. It was the first movie I saw alone. At 7 that movie was pretty freaky. Couple that with being a kid without adult supervision and it was a memorable experience to say the least. After the movie I was just supposed to wait outside the theater for Mom and Grandma to show up. I don't think you'll see too many parents send a 7 year old to a movie alone and leave them unsupervised in a shopping mall for multiple hours in this day and age. I grew up in a rural area and we had two TV channels to choose from on a good day; three to four channels a few times a year. So when I went to Grandma's house and she had cable TV my schedule was filled. The most prominent example I can remember is Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando (1985). It was on HBO and I watched it with my younger brother. If you are unfamiliar with the film it is ultra-violent. It is a movie that set a violence tone for the future and has been spoofed repeatedly. Anyway, my dad caught us watching it and too this day it is still a family story. Yes we eventually saw the entire movie because the movie repeated and Dad couldn't watch us all of the time. We didn't tell him until we were much older. And finally here is a tale about a movie that I'm not saying I shouldn't have seen when I was young, but others felt that way. I went to Catholic School. There was a movie called A Christmas Story (1983) playing at a movie theater four blocks from the school. The Nuns who ran the school decided to take all of the children to see it. We loved it! The Nuns paced the aisles talking among themselves until the tire changing scene. That is when the entire school was told to rise and make the trek back to school. There are many more, but those are a few prominent examples. There was a Babysitter at my aunt's house who placed my young brother and I in front of a television with Friday The 13TH Part 2 on so she could make-out with her boyfriend. I believe others mentioned Babysitters.
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    Films of 2018

    I can't say I've seen all of these, but I definitely have a couple of issues with this list. Starting with #1. I think it is good, but I saw flaws in Black Panther. I would put Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Incredibles 2 all in front of it. I thought it had a pretty good story and I loved many of the characters, but I found the Erik Killmonger character to be problematic. Michael B. Jordan did a fine job with the character, but the script presented us with a description of Erik Killmonger that I didn't feel matched the character we got. There was nothing wrong with the character, it just didn't seem to match the person they described when laying out his past. I would have rather see Jordan give us the character than have a resume handed to us that didn't seem to fully match the character he created. My other issue was that they introduced the smartest person in the world with Shuri, but they went WAY over the top with it. I get that she is super smart, but they also had her doing most things alone. There were way too many times where it just didn't seem logical that there were not more people around helping her; something that carried over into Infinity War. I love her character, but Okoye 😍 is my favorite. So I think Black Panther is a good movie, but it is my opinion that the others are better. So from what I did see I would say: #1 Infinity War #2 Incredibles 2 #3 Deadpool 2 #4 Black Panther And A Quiet Place has no business being that high. It was a good movie. It was maybe even a Top 10 for this year, but #2 no way! You know what would have made that movie really good?! If there had not been a musical score. I hope they include a feature on the Blu-Ray release that allows you to turn the music off. I would buy it if it had that feature. I love seeing Blockers at #8. And Tag definitely does not belong on the "Worst" list. Nor does Pacific Rim Uprising. I'm not saying either were instant classics, but neither belongs on a "Worst" list - especially Tag. I could see people having issues with Pacific Rim Uprising, but Tag was pretty decent. One I really enjoyed that others didn't seem to find as entertaining was Life of The Party. And moving away from the list, I too find it funny that Ant-Man and The Wasp grossing $85 million is a win while Solo: A Star Wars Story grossing $85 million is a flop. I was disappointed Ant-Man and The Wasp did not have a better opening weekend. I thought they would easily pass $100 million due to the expectation of a connection to Infinity War. I guess I was wrong. I really liked Ant-Man and The Wasp as well as the original, but I can see that it might not be the most mainstream of the Marvel franchises. I would like to see just The Wasp show up in another Marvel movie. I love the comedy of the Ant-Man movies, but I feel one thing lacking in Ant-Man and The Wasp is not enough of The Wasp. So I think it would be great to see her, and maybe Hank Pym, show up in another MCU movie.
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    Noir Alley

    Errors in grammar aside this should read, "Now, let's see THEM giant ants get out."
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    Noir Alley

    That is one fantastic pic Joe! I would have loved to see that scene in person. There was never much in there when I lived there.
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    Noir Alley

    Looney lived in the best of both worlds. I went to the party and still made it home in time for the movie. I did miss Muller's intro, but I was able to pick it up Sunday morning. The party was dying down around 10:30, I took that as my cue to start the long drive home just in time to catch the movie. I hit all of the major points of the party and all that remained after 10:30 were those who wanted to stick around getting intoxicated. I had something better to do, so I made my exit. It is always interesting to attend this party because the host is a big time autograph hound. He has hundreds, if not thousands, of autographs and selfies with different Actors, Directors, Musicians, Politicians, and just about anyone who has a claim to fame. His house is like walking through a pop culture museum. I think he spends much of the year traveling from my little area in the Midwest to New York and Los Angeles. I find it fascinating. I enjoy collecting the occasional autograph and meeting celebrities, but I need the desire to put the effort into the attempt and it would take a lot to get me to approach someone on the street. I understand personal boundaries. I don't think he has any criteria other than whether or not he has met the person already. I get the thrill of the hunt, but I think it would have to be more than just the hunt to inspire me. Anyway it is an interesting place to go so I thought it was worth attending to see what was new. Now PARTY GIRL. I think I agree with everything every member has said about this movie. I definitely feel it was worth seeing once, but I can't imagine I would ever go out of the way to see it again. There were parts I liked. There were parts I didn't like. There were parts I didn't like the more I thought about them. And yes, there were parts where I just got bored and almost fell asleep. So I wouldn't say it is bad, but there is little I will likely remember from seeing it.
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    Best Old Biddies

    Exactly what it looks like, though "jumped out of spite" makes sense. It is just so visually awkward. I wonder if there were "Code" reasons they needed to make the act a question?
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    Noir Alley

    I shall bare my soul to you now. I have an invitation to a huge 4th of July party tonight. I am seriously considering, despite the fact that I can watch it tomorrow morning, skipping the party so I don't miss Noir Alley tonight. I don't even know that I will like the movie, but Noir Alley has become a Saturday night tradition for me these last several weeks and I don't want to miss it. That sounds soooo pathetic, but it is true. (Truth be told last year's party wasn't that great, but the hosts are interesting people and I haven't seen them since last year.) So what would YOU do? 1. Party = A few hundred people, fireworks, food, and "Fun"? 2. Noir Alley = Snacks, Solitude, and a movie I've never seen?
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    Best Old Biddies

    I just commented that I didn't think the Aunt's from Arsenic fit your criteria, but then you chimed in and accepted that they did meet your criteria. After I posted it I couldn't get it to edit out the entire quote so that is why I "Blur"red things for you. I'm sorry, but this thread may need to be closed so I don't have to find and watch all of these movies.
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    Best Old Biddies

    The first time I read this thread I immediately thought of Moorehead in Dark Passage because I just watched it again, but then I realized the title was "Old Biddie" and her Dark Passage character was not old so I didn't say anything. And as Swithin pointed out, Madge might be too evil to give such a title. I have been associating the designation of "Biddie" to be someone who causes problems, but is by no means a true villain. I guess because the term has a bit of a humorous tone to it. So are true villains like Madge in Dark Passage to be referred to as a "Biddie"? She meets the criteria, but to a very extreme measure. And I was totally going to bring up the "Jumped" debate, Swithin. (Like Minds. LOL) I want to say she jumped, but I also just saw it and it almost looks like they wanted you to think she might have tripped while trying to be cute and clever. I like making the titles bold. I've found it interesting to see the different manners in which Members post movie titles.

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