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  1. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay so I had to skip over all THE SNIPER discussion because it never did show up on my Sling TV TCM On Demand after I missed it last weekend. I did catch PANIC IN THE STREETS on that very On Demand access portal. WOW!!!!! I purchased the Blu-Ray immediately. I LOVED every minute of that movie. THE THREAT (1949) - I enjoyed. I did not immediately look to purchase it , but I would definitely sit down and watch it again if it came on. I will say that I'm not quite sure why anyone ever thought O'Shea was going to be a major star. His performance was fine, but I didn't really see anything outstanding. I can only assume it has to do with the fact that he could act, sing, and dance so people believed he would make it big? I don't know. McGraw definitely stole the show, but I thought the whole cast was pretty good. Virginia Grey also really stood out. And Muller was definitely right about the climax.
  2. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay so I've been quiet for the past two because A. I was busy and B. neither impressed me too much. I thought they were both decent enough, but I'd never likely seek them out again. THE HUNTED - I never for one second believed Belita was any sort of threat. If anything I worried stalker Johnny was going to kill her. This film had some qualities I REALLY liked, but I can't say that on the whole it was very memorable unless it is used as an example of a film where the perceived hero seems like the actual threat. FOLLOW ME QUIETLY - I have to say that the 60min running time was my favorite part. Lots of stuff to like in this one, but I DEFINITELY think Jeff Corey would have been a better choice to play Harry Grant. Lundigan did absolutely nothing I found interesting. I think a big issue I had with this one is that I saw a lot of potential for a really good story and I felt like they dropped the ball. SPOILER And I'm sorry, but the scene in the darkened office on the rainy night was excellent, but it turning out that the dummy was someone we're obviously supposed to think was The Judge was just too far fetched. Maybe if something similar had happened earlier I might believe The Judge would attempt something like that, but the way it happened just seemed unbelievable. I admit it was wonderfully creepy and there were some great moments like that, but FOLLOW ME QUIETLY is another one that on the whole fell short for me. I did really enjoy Jeff Corey's work in this one and, as I said, I think it would have played better for me had he been Harry Grant. Of course, in 1949 his face wasn't as marketable as Lundigan's. AND just to confirm, FOLLOW ME QUIETLY has not shown up on my TCM On Demand either.
  3. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Definitely agree on the "superficial matter." THE DAMNED DON'T CRY - I enjoyed it. I found it to be a little dull until the transformation into Lorna occurred. I thought Crawford was great. So here is something I felt, and if I missed someone else saying this please let me know, but isn't this a Noir movie from the Femme Fatale's point of view? That is what I kept thinking. It was a movie where you see where the Femme Fatale is coming from and why she is the way she is. Am I wrong? Have others been discussing this and I missed it? She basically destroys three men's lives and her own, unintentionally but for selfish reasons. I can't say I loved this movie, but I do feel like it is a must see just because it focuses on a female lead in this type of story. I thought the script was great and it was well made.
  4. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I did. WOW!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!! I thought ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW was fantastic on EVERY level. I plan to buy the Blu-Ray immediately. I only wish it had Muller's bookends to go with it. I'm not joking when I say I loved ever minute. I am actually planning to watch it again just to try to find a complaint. PLEASE let me know where you all see the flaws. I was blown away. I love Robert Ryan, but after seeing this I now love Harry Belafonte as an actor. I wasn't familiar at all with his acting work until this. Seriously everyone in this cast was so fantastic. I could go on about every performance, but the one that really elated me was Richard Bright. OMG!!!!! I've seen that guy in so many movies where he was playing a type and him as Coco just knocked my socks off. I recognized him immediately and it just floored me that he was playing a similar character to characters I've seen him play before, but what a twist. I love seeing actors stretch their range and in 1959 Coco was a brave character to bring to life.
  5. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay late to the party so I'll be brief. THE STRANGER - Like many I've seen it a few times. Enjoyable, but not extremely memorable. There are some excellent qualities, but ultimately THE STRANGER isn't going to make many Top Ten lists. Love the actors, love the small town setting. I feel like this movie is a template that others followed. I read people talking about the suspension of disbelief that this was taking place just a years after the war ended. I got the impression that we were supposed to think Franz Kindler fled Germany early. I don't know why, but when I was watching it there seemed to be a moment that suggested he disappeared well before the war ended. I have no clue when that might have been, but it seems like it was at some point when Wilson was describing something about Kindler. THE GANGSTER - I really enjoyed it and I LOVED the sets. I like that Muller said it was very "theatrical". I think part of the point is that it is supposed to feel like a small world; their little chunk of a big boardwalk. Yeah we all know it was a money thing, but I definitely enjoyed the atmosphere Wiles created. I loved the psychology of it and that where you expect their to be typical cliche gangster stuff they actually say lines like "Things aren't done that way anymore." I liked the point that Shubunka had a gang, but he lost control of them because he got too distracted by extracurricular activities. I liked that the scene in the pool hall didn't go typical gangster and have him start knocking some of the guys around when they told him they weren't his guys anymore. The movie had so many moments toward the end where I thought this or that was going to happen and then they went a different way. I love that Cornell just backed off when Shubunka came for the sit down. It was like they were breaking the rules. SO I enjoyed THE GANGSTER. I hadn't seen it before and I am very glad I have now. I thought the cast was great and I definitely have a new respect for Barry Sullivan.
  6. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay so I actually watched ANGEL FACE Sunday evening On Demand, but am only now coming to comment because I've been busy. It was a very strange experience because this is a brilliant and slightly strange movie. The experience was enhanced because my mother and aunt were staying with me and watched as well. I don't think they really liked it, but I think that is because they were expecting a bit of a mystery. They did have a lot of reactions to some of the crazy in this movie, so they were entertained. This is another one I don't think I'd ever be motivated to see again. I don't know. Something about it having a bit of unpredictability made it highly predictable. I mean once you establish that Frank sees through Diane's ploys then you know it is the one he doesn't see through that is going to cost him. I really did love that the movie started in this manner where you felt like she was going to lure him into being her patsy, but then it flips you when right off the bat he lets her know he won't be falling for it. I really appreciated that aspect of it. And the dynamic of how he resists her attempts becomes such a motivating factor in her interest in him to the point of that awesome final look. Like I said, I think the movie has a lot of brilliant in it, but I doubt I would ever sit through it again, especially without having Muller's bookends attached. Muller's bookends were great, probably the best to date. That really added to the experience for all of us at this house. And some of the comments here really nailed how visible things are in the film. I agree, this movie was not trying to make Jean Simmons look all that physically attractive with those lighting setups, but I say kudos to her for chopping her hair off and refusing to be someone's plaything.
  7. Looney

    Frustrated

    GUUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! How did you know Widmark was one of my favorites?! Wait I have hundreds of favorites, so you just got lucky. But that is definitely an autograph I would love to have. Honestly I love the unsung heroes and that is how I view Widmark. Yes he is an acclaimed actor, but I see him as an unsung hero because people might know his movies, but not remember his name. And if those are your only three things then be grateful. I have so much stuff it is ridiculous. It is funny how I still collect stuff, but it seems the older I get the more I try to get rid of what I collected in my youth - or at least stop collecting it. I would LOVE to collect movie posters and at one time I had hundreds (worked at a video store that went out of business). Unfortunately, posters take up a LOT of room, especially when you store them correctly. Ooooop out of time. Gotta gooooooo.........
  8. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I enjoyed DESPERATE. I have to say Burr was definitely my favorite part. I really appreciated seeing Brodie get his chance to be the star, but the Burr side of the tale stole the show for me. I love how simple it was. ME CRIMINAL. ME DESPERATE TO GET MY LITTLE BROTHER OFF THE HOOK. ME COME UP WITH PLAN TO FORCE THIS OTHER GUY TO TAKE THE FALL. ME STICK TO THAT PLAN NO MATTER WHAT ALL THE WAY UP TO MY LITTLE BROTHER BEING EXECUTED. I mean it was insanely 'Desperate'. But seriously it was great because he was so simple that once he got it in his head that this was the way to save his little brother he could devise no other plan - definitely desperate and menacing. I love how you know months are going by while all the while Radak (Burr) is just locked in that little dark room waiting for his prize to be brought back to him so he can save his little brother. You have Randall (Brodie) desperate and on the run and Radak (Burr) and locked in a room. It all worked so well, except for the little parts here and there where it didn't. (I mean we can put two and two together and assume there was some way Radak (Burr) found Randall (Brodie) at the end, but it would have been nice to see Randall's (Brodie) mistake. Up to that point a big part of the movie was how Radak (Burr) was able to find Randall (Brodie), so skipping that part at the last moment didn't really work for the narrative other than creating suspense - Muller said there would be huge plot holes. Of course it wouldn't have been a shock, but we all knew it was coming anyway. Maybe they didn't see it coming in 1947, but we all knew in 2018. )
  9. Looney

    Frustrated

    Screen goes dark with the caption "Content Unavailable" if I remember correctly. I haven't been able to watch enough TCM lately to run into the issue.
  10. Looney

    Noir Alley

    See I did get STAR 80. I believe I got all of those, but if my memory serves ERASERHEAD was only available to me for a couple of days then gone. I wish TCM would show more "raunchy" stuff and beyond just "raunchy" for them. I do love that stuff because it is usually either entertaining or bewildering.
  11. Looney

    Frustrated

    I find it very annoying when I am not allowed to watch certain titles on Sling TV because there is a "rights issue". I believe it has only happened twice with Noir Alley, but it has happened plenty of other times. And I totally agree about books. Trees are a renewable resource. My only problem with harvesting them is when it is old growth that should be left alone. If a tree has been around a hundred years leave it alone. We can create these things called tree farms to provide us with bountiful supply.
  12. Looney

    Noir Alley

    As I've said before, two reasons I love Noir Alley are: A. Late Saturday night is one of the few times I can schedule to sit down and watch the film. B. If I fall asleep I can wake up and finish it Sunday morning. C. If there were a third reason I guess it would be that I can catch it on Sling TV's TCM ON DEMAND, which I don't know is exactly like normal TCM ON DEMAND. I do know several films that have shown up in that ON DEMAND section don't stay for very long. Okay as far as THE LOCKET (1946) goes I really enjoyed it and I love the poster. The thing I love about the poster is that it looks like a different way of looking at her. And the way her hair is reminds me of what it looked like when she was a child. I know I am reading too much into it, but I can see it. LOL Anyway I really enjoyed how the movie kept me guessing as to whether or not everything in the flashbacks was true right up to the point where she denied ever being upstairs when the shot was fired. Then you knew it wasn't just the misconceptions and paranoia of the person telling the story. So the weirdest thing for me is that I enjoyed this film, but I don't think I would ever have the desire to sit down and watch it again unless I was watching it with someone who hadn't seen it. Anywhoo there is what I think about this the return to Noir Alley. So glad we're back in the shadows.
  13. Looney

    Frustrated

    Okay so I think I liked every post in this topic, but I for one would have to say I am glad I don't get a print edition because I would HOARD the crap out of those things. (I explain why below. I am totally for everyone receiving a print edition. I'm just glad I don't because I would love them too much.) And as much as I wish you all still received your print edition I highly doubt they are ever going to go back to the expense of sending those out. It is a real shame, but spending money on having things printed and mailed just isn't an expense I think most companies are willing to take on. But if you really want to read something I've included a completely inane and pointless bit of trivia for you to memorize below. A little bit of Looney's background and current circumstance. I have only recently gotten regular access to TCM. I haven't had cable television since 2010 thanks to living in a rural community that had a cable TV provider that, I assume, changed ownership every two years to stay ahead of the law. The service was garbage and the channel selection never included TCM. It finally disappeared completely in 2010. I rent and the landlord would not allow us to get a dish, at least not until he realized there was no other way to get television in this town - not even a digital antenna. By the time he came to that realization I was well stocked with online subscription services and no longer needed cable TV, except for wanting to see TCM. So I was able to see TCM a couple of times a year when I traveled a thousand miles to Mom's or when I got bored at my friends house and turned it on when no one was paying attention to me. Cut to about a year ago when I found out I could get Sling TV that had a TCM subscription and POW!!!!! Unfortunately I can't use anything on the App because Sling isn't a listed provider and they took the schedule off the App for some RIDICULOUS reason, so I don't even open it anymore. BUT Sling has access to TCM ON DEMAND, so that makes up for it. And I find that is how I am watching most of the movies other than whatever comes on Noir Alley (not just because I love Noir Alley, but because that is when I can schedule a sit down.) Unfortunately not every movie shows up ON DEMAND and some are only briefly available. Anyway short story long, if the print edition still existed I would not receive it because I am not a normal subscriber and that is a good thing because I wasn't joking when I said I would "HOARD the crap" out of those things. I have issues. P.S. Other than places like this, I too hate reading online or digital editions. I don't read much, but if I am going to read it better be bound in a book.
  14. Looney

    News to Me- The Big Sleep

    I will be the first to admit that if you want to trade intellectual blows on film trivia... I'm dumber than a box of rocks so don't pick on me. But I do know that too many people come to places like this looking to have their egos stroked and that is not what it is all about. It isn't about who knows more; it is about sharing. And I love it when people take the time to remind us what it is all really all about. I may know more here than some or I may not. It doesn't mean I need to remind anyone of that fact. (AND if I am perfectly honest I am the type of person who might play the fool on a subject just to start a topic or keep one going. But I definitely don't know everything and hopefully will never pretend that I do. ) And back the movie/book. I have to admit that I don't think I would like it as much if Marlowe had been the one involved with Mars' wife. I liked that he had to gain the knowledge of what everything was all about. And I think my favorite scene in the movie is when Bogie puts on the glasses and turns up the hat to go into Geiger's book store. And I like the 1978 Mitchum re-make, but this one is far superior. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE BLU-RAY EDITION HAS BOTH VERSIONS, (1944 & 1946)?
  15. Looney

    News to Me- The Big Sleep

    I certainly wish I had not seen the Mitchum version first because I'd like to know if I'd caught the pornography reference. As stated it is made very obvious in the Mitchum version. I think I would have caught it in the original without knowing ahead of time. The fact that she was sitting on a raised chair in the middle of a room with a hidden camera wearing something that didn't exactly look ordinary while drugged out of her head were some pretty big clues. I still wish I had seen this version first. Oh yeah and as to Martha Vickers, she was great. Candy Clark plays the role in the 1978 version. She is good, but she makes it very obvious that her character has issues beyond just being spoiled. That takes some time with Vickers' portrayal, which I feel makes things gel a little more smoothly.
  16. Looney

    "PAPILLON" REMAKE?

    Yes, but you are talking about a philosophical desire for creative expression. Your example, SABRINA (1995), was not made out of a philosophical desire for creative expression. It was made because an executive at a corporation realized that if the corporation could get marketable names interested in the project then the corporation could cash in a second time on an intellectual property they already own. There wasn't an individual who was driven by creative necessity to want to remake SABRINA (1954). It was all about making money. It is a pointless (to anyone not directly in line to receive financial gain) remake because the millions it took to make it could have been spent on original material. I'm not saying it has zero artistic input because artists had to use their crafts to get it made, but those artists were more likely driven by capital gain over artistic fervor. If anything PAPILLON (2017) is a better example than SABRINA (1995). At least PAPILLON is heavy dramatic material that one could argue any actor would want to tackle as a challenge where as I'm pretty certain that Harrison Ford slept through most of his time working on SABRINA (1995). THANKS SO MUCH FOR KEEPING THIS DISCUSSION GOING JAMESJAZZGUITAR. I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY LATELY I'VE BEEN FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO COME HERE AND DISCUSS SUCH THINGS AND I LOVE TALKING ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS.
  17. Looney

    "PAPILLON" REMAKE?

    Oh okay I can totally see your point. You are absolutely correct. If I were the creative force who wanted to remake a classic tale and I had the audacity to think I could bring something fresh to it then I totally see your point. But I can't remake a classic film on my own without millions of dollars that would be better spent on other things in this world. Don't get me wrong, I am all for spending millions on making movies that entertain me, but something like this just seems "pointless" when the original is so good. Or perhaps seems more like someone trying to cash in on a classic. Because of this point I can not see the comparison working. When you play music that has been done a different way in times past it does not cost millions of dollars. You are the artist bringing something new to something classic. You alone are a creative force that can breath new life into a classic. If I want to remake BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) I couldn't do it on my own. It would be thousands of hours and lives affected on top of millions of dollars. Yes there might be the creative drive in an individual or group to think they can create something new out of something old, but as I said we are talking millions of dollars that could be spent on something original.
  18. Looney

    "PAPILLON" REMAKE?

    No that was not exactly what I was saying. I meant it is pointless to try to remake something like PSYCHO (1960), CITIZEN KANE (1941), GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) and so on and so on. These are films that are so ingrained in our cultural knowledge that any attempt to remake them would be pointless. One could make a line for line scripted version of the original 1936 novel that might capture something the original GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) failed to present, but it will still be buried in the shadow of the original movie. I have no problem with updated attempts to capture a classic story, but any attempt to redo a tale that already has a highly vaulted original had better have its own unique turn on the tale. An example of an attempted re-imagining I enjoy is THE WIZ (1978). Now I am not saying THE WIZ (1978) is by any means in the same category as THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) or that it is a great film, but it does presented a very different interpretation of the story that is pretty unique. Sure THE WIZ (1978) was an attempt to capitalize on someone's past glory, but it is also highly entertaining for some reasons I'm sure the original filmmakers wish it was not. I mean I REALLY applaud the creativity behind certain aspects of THE WIZ (1978) and I find it to be a very entertaining movie, but I would never say this was a remake people need to see. I would also say that despite the fact that it was very creative and I personally find it to be entertaining there really isn't much reason it ever needed to be made; especially given that many of the reasons I find it to be entertaining are not reasons the filmmakers likely wanted it to be known for. But if you are going to try to remake a classic like THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) it better have some sort of entertainment value like THE WIZ (1978). Having said all of this I don't think the original PAPILLON (1973) is in the same category as the above listed classics. It is a great film, but that is not the reason I would say a remake is pointless. The reason I would say a remake is pointless is based on the source material. This prison drama can only be told so many ways. It lends itself more to the psychological. I highly doubt PAPILLON (2017) has any quality that would make it rise above what Hoffman, McQueen, and Schaffner presented in a more entertaining or intellectual capacity. Unless someone wants to tell me they made it a musical and set it in an fairy tale urban landscape?
  19. Looney

    Unlikely Sex Objects

    YOU DON'T KNOW ME!!!!! **** (That is a very pathetic thing to censor TCM.)
  20. Looney

    "PAPILLON" REMAKE?

    I DEFINITELY agree with that. The only problem is that I don't think the percentage is very high. Even after they learn it is a remake they have to have enjoyed it to hunt down the original. Or they have to have hated it so much they hunt down the original to see if it is as bad.
  21. Looney

    Unlikely Sex Objects

    Yes Sylvia Miles. Even in some of her more interesting roles, THE SENTINEL (1977) and THE FUNHOUSE (1981).
  22. Looney

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    WOW!!!!! ALL THE WAY FROM K.C.!!!!! THAT IS SOME KIND OF COMMITMENT!!!!! I only live two hours away and I was trying to imagine how I could make it, but K.C. is a whole different story. I love your enthusiasm. Can you tell me about being a Backlot Member? Are the benefits worth it, especially given the fact that you've had trouble starting your own chapter in that market? I am a bit surprised by that, but the membership fee is a bit steep . . . at least it seems that way to me. Dang, sorry I missed your response for so long. I've been so busy I work I haven't been able to get my TCM fixes in as much as I'd like.
  23. Looney

    "PAPILLON" REMAKE?

    Remakes have always existed and will continue to existed. My only problem is pointless remakes. It is pointless to remake a classic. It wreaks of being a sad attempt to capitalize on someone else's past glory. It is also pointless to remake a film that never had a following in the first place. If no one saw the original then a remake wreaks of a sad attempt to capitalize on something that you just happen to own the rights to. At least the latter can give the excuse of trying to make a better version, but just because people never saw the original it doesn't mean it was bad.
  24. Looney

    Unlikely Sex Objects

    I think I have found every actress with the last name MILES to be very attractive.
  25. Looney

    Movies Not for the Humor Challenged

    THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996) and pretty much all of Christopher Guests films since GUFFMAN. I feel GUFFMAN is still the best. I also feel that if you go in order since GUFFMAN you can rank his films. I think BEST IN SHOW (2000) and A MIGHTY WIND (2003) are pretty close in quality with a slight edge to BEST IN SHOW (2000). I would also say that maybe MASCOTS (2016) has a slight edge in humor over FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (2006), but CONSIDERATION is possibly a smarter kind of humor. And I am leaving ALMOST HEROES (1998) and some of the TV stuff out of contention. I like ALMOST HEROES (1998), but it is not really in the same category as those others. So .... WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996) BEST IN SHOW (2000) A MIGHTY WIND (2003) FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (2006) MASCOTS (2016) These are all films I feel the comedic-ally challenged would find problematic. (And no I am not saying Guest Directed THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984). He was just brilliant in it. )

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