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6 minutes ago, spence said:

People made light of that version, but you can easily see *JW took the *Ford mantle here & I think it's well made (***1/2) Not so sadly when he did '68's Green Berets.   Ever see the well made ($23m,.) (***) *Billy Bob Thornton version?

Haven't seen it.

4 minutes ago, spence said:

The Mick was at times brilliant in this cheapo gangster flick.  Haven't seen it since the '80's also on very late tv-(my favorite time by far of the day, how about yourself?)   Cary Grant without pause when asked who's the most talented actor in Hollywood, "MICKEY ROONEY" always his quick answer

Yes, Mickey Rooney is always memorable on screen. It doesn't matter if it's a studio "A" film or an independent low-budget flick. He's consistently great.

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4 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks for asking, Spence! I just finished it. I'm a huge-huge fan of George Raft. And also Joan Bennett. So I enjoyed the film very much. I think Raft's personality comes through in almost all his roles. What we see on screen is the real deal. Bennett is much more poised, mannered (a bit artificial if the role calls for it)...and Raft has this way of pulling her down to earth. In NOB HILL, that was needed because she's playing an upper class woman who is slumming with him.

They previously did the screwball comedy SHE COULDN'T TAKE IT (1935), and the gangster drama THE HOUSE ACROSS THE BAY (1940). 

Never really knew fans that thought he was great though, as they say to each his own, he wasn't bad, like others we could mention, just nothing like a *Tracy, *Cagney, *Bogie, Eddie G., *Muni, Garfield,etc

 

Did you know he was thee sole person to be a lifelong pal Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegels 1947 funeral?

 

I usually know by heart just how many films such & such did, not Raft?  Do you know on average?  as *Cagney write in a must have autobio Of the for real toughest it was him & Raft!   Did like him a lot in Some Like It hot & The Ladies Man, plus somewhat in Ocean's Eleven

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5 minutes ago, spence said:

Never really knew fans that thought he was great though, as they say to each his own, he wasn't bad, like others we could mention, just nothing like a *Tracy, *Cagney, *Bogie, Eddie G., *Muni, Garfield,etc

Did you know he was thee sole person to be a lifelong pal Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegels 1947 funeral?

Yeah. I love George Raft and think he's great. I wish he was more recognized by classic film fans. 

I do like the fact his own life was just as colorful as the characters he played on screen.

He was a unique actor! Joan Bennett enjoyed working with him.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Yeah. I love George Raft and think he's great.

Yeah, a lot of folks around here don't really like him. You must be a strange person to like him so much.

:lol:

He almost got to be Sam Spade in Falcon. I wonder how that would've turned out.

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1 hour ago, laffite said:

Yeah, a lot of folks around here don't really like him. You must be a strange person to like him so much.

:lol:

Thanks...I think. :) 

I just re-watched SHE COULDN'T TAKE IT (1935), the first Raft-Bennett picture. It's on YouTube. They're so good together. She's a blonde in it, since it was made before she switched to being a brunette for the rest of her career.

There's a great scene where she has the hiccups and tries everything she can think of, with his help, to stop hiccuping. He finally says he knows what will cure her, and he grabs her for a kiss. She is truly repulsed by him, since he's an ex-gangster and beneath her station in life. But then she realizes she likes him kissing her, and he knows she's now hooked.

They just did those kinds of scenes so well together...her patrician haughtiness and his brutish thuggery. These attitudes/themes are also present in THE HOUSE ACROSS THE BAY, and even more so in NOB HILL, because that time around her character lives on Snob Hill, and he's from the Barbary Coast, once again the wrong side of the tracks.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks...I think. :) 

Yes.

And I seem to think he is okay. There's a 50s movie where he played an investigating police chief. Not much to do, really, strictly business as usual for such a role, but I remember thinking that he was good, very competent. Can't think of the title. There was a famous (and aging) actress in it, she wasn't bad either. Blonde.  Maybe you can come up with it, off the top of your head.. ///

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4 minutes ago, laffite said:

Yes.

And I seem to think he is okay. There's a 50s movie where he played an investigating police chief. Not much to do, really, strictly business as usual for such a role, but I remember thinking that he was good, very competent. Can't think of the title. There was a famous (and aging) actress in it, she wasn't bad either. Blonde.  Maybe you can come up with it. ///

Sounds like BLACK WIDOW (1954). Ginger Rogers was the female lead in it.

You might also like A BULLET FOR JOEY (1955). Though in that one, Edward G. Robinson is the investigator and Raft is back in crook mode.

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RE : THE HANDMAID'S TALE

This from the NYT, today :

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"Under the guidance of the showrunner Bruce Miller, the TV series did a brilliant job in Season 1 of translating the novel to the screen, but in generating new story lines for Seasons 2 and 3, the show’s writers have subjected Offred (played by the gifted Elisabeth Moss) to a wearisome 'Groundhog Day' loop of tribulations, including several failed escape attempts, repetitious, soap-opera confrontations with Serena and Aunt Lydia and more and more preposterous situations calling for bad-**** heroics."

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Ach so !!!

Therefore, everything following the first season is sheer exploitation. Having seen the first season, I was in hiatus with this show pending further consideration but now I can happily say that I am quite through. Earlier in the thread, I actually defended the show from being "misery porn" per se, because Atwood's conception, though dark, was still brilliant and the show's treatment, as the NYT says above, was equally so.  But everything following corresponds to misery porn because all the nastiness is gratuitous without (gleaning from the above) adding much if anything to the story. Lawrence, this was probably the basis for your point earlier about the show being termed "misery porn." The article relates that the "grisly story" (and porn fans should read article since it goes into all the details) is not what novelist Atwood emphasized as she was more interested in the social and political stuff.

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"We identify because the events in Atwood’s novel — which not so long ago felt like something that could only happen in the distant past or in distant parts of the globe — now feel frighteningly real. Because news segments on television in 2019 are filled with images of children being torn from their parents’ arms, a president using racist language to sow fear and hatred and reports of accelerating climate change jeopardizing life as we know it on the planet. This also explains why the scenes in 'The Handmaid’s Tale' that feel most haunting today are the flashbacks in which Offred remembers her former life in America, when she and her friends took for granted the rights and freedoms they enjoyed, when people reassured one another that whatever emergency measures taken by the new government (in the name of protecting against Islamic terrorism) were temporary and that normalcy would soon return." -----NYT

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/books/review/testaments-margaret-atwood-handmaids-tale.html

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Note: This adding new story lines is something to be aware of. Game of Thrones did this too and it showed. They left the original story line (necessary of course because they had exhausted it) and it suffered for it. The show was good enough overall the get away with it but not without some deep sighing (by me anyway) along the way).

I'm going to post on the final season of Hum@ns soon, a show that only lasted three seasons (abruptly cancelled and with no closure) but did an outstanding job with incrementally and patiently expanding the narrative in a realistic manner. Not sure what the original source was but the writers did a great job of establishing a premise for the story and building on it without going off the rails as other shows do in an desperate attempt of making extra bucks. That's what Handmaid's Tale did.

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On 9/2/2019 at 6:42 PM, TopBilled said:

Sounds like BLACK WIDOW (1954). Ginger Rogers was the female lead in it.

Yes, the title did not convince me, though. I looked it up and confirmed. It came back to me. I seem to remember really liking Ginger. And I remember being reminded again of how limited Van Heflen is as an actor. He is often unconvincing IMO.

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North to Alaska (1960) - DVD

w/ John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine. Plus Mickey Shaughnessy, Karl Swenson, Joe Sawyer, Kathleen Freeman, John Qualen and Stanley Adams. And produced and directed by Henry Hathaway.

The seventh movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. He sure made a number of movies with singers.

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I was looking for something on youtube, and this was in the recommended list (I don't know why..never watched Taxi there..)  but I had forgotten how funny this 'go slow' bit was (starts about 4 min in): 

 

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Watching Escape to the Country a British reality series where people buy homes in rural areas.

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I’m watching “All About Eve.” I’ve seen this movie a million times but I love it. I never tire of it. 

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12 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Re-watching episodes of Emmerdale.

never even heard of this one, what exactly is it?

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4 hours ago, spence said:

never even heard of this one, what exactly is it?

Emmerdale is a British soap that airs six or seven times a week. It's been in production since 1972.

Outdoor scenes are filmed on location in the beautiful Yorkshire dales.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmerdale

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51 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Emmerdale is a British soap that airs six or seven times a week. It's been in production since 1972.

Outdoor scenes are filmed on location in the beautiful Yorkshire dales.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmerdale

WHAT DO YOU GET IT ON NETFLIX,ETC?

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6 minutes ago, spence said:

WHAT DO YOU GET IT ON NETFLIX,ETC?

It's on Britbox, a streaming service that features classic British television programs and films.

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Do you like many others consider the original Twin Peaks (l990-9l) (NBC) a soap?  No matter what I found & still o mesmerizing & that beautifully haunting score b Angelo Badalamenti was perfecto for it

It was an extention of his (David Lynch's) brilliant yet bizarre 1986 Blue Velvet   This even according to Lynch himself He really specializes in villians, used to be a website about them alone Of course Hopper n BV was leading the charge as Frank Booth  Can you believe e earned is sole acting nomination that year, but instead for Hoosiers (***1/2)?

But the '92 release of his Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was a disaster (*1/2) & only hit $8m.

Then there was the recent Twin Peaks: The Return on tv, it started very much a let down, but picked momentum

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1 minute ago, spence said:

Do you like many others consider the original Twin Peaks (l990-9l) (NBC) a soap?  No matter what I found & still o mesmerizing & that beautifully haunting score b Angelo Badalamenti was perfecto for it

It was an extention of his (David Lynch's) brilliant yet bizarre 1986 Blue Velvet   This even according to Lynch himself He really specializes in villians, used to be a website about them alone Of course Hopper n BV was leading the charge as Frank Booth  Can you believe e earned is sole acting nomination that year, but instead for Hoosiers (***1/2)?

But the '92 release of his Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was a disaster (*1/2) & only hit $8m.

Then there was the recent Twin Peaks: The Return on tv, it started very much a let down, but picked momentum

I never saw Twin Peaks but feel it's something I'd probably get a kick out of watching. Thanks for mentioning it. And yes, I'd say it has soap opera elements.

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On 10/2/2019 at 12:09 AM, speedracer5 said:

I’m watching “All About Eve.” I’ve seen this movie a million times but I love it. I never tire of it. 

*Davis won he NYFCC Award (New York Film Critics) but as you know se lost the Oscar-(which she adored such things & was even AMPAS president in '35)  I agree with historians that both she & Gloria Swanson canceled each other out, letting *Judy Holliday take Best Actress for Born Yesterday instead,  speedracer, do you like *Eve-(among Ben Mankiewicz' top 5) over Sunset Blvd?

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3 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

I never saw Twin Peaks but feel it's something I'd probably get a kick out of watching. Thanks for mentioning it. And yes, I'd say it has soap opera elements.

You really should & start with BV-(knowing you though you've probably seen Blue Velvet already) & then the original series  But, that music must be loud

I'm not giving anything away, but it seemed most of the country were going crazy about "Who Killed Laura Palmer" & I won bets getting it about 2 moths earlier just had a gut feeing

 

THANX TO TCM FOR FIXING THAT TECH PROBLEM!

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