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About MrBoynton

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  1. It was pretty much a disaster at the Oklahoma City theater I attended (Cinemark's Tinseltown USA). The image stuttered and the sound cut out every so often for the first ten minutes, and then the sound cut out completely for the next twenty minutes or so. It was a full house when the movie started, but the vast majority of people walked out and demanded refunds while the sound was gone. They finally fixed the sound problem at about the thirty-minute mark, and I did get to see the rest of the film, along with about two dozen others who stayed. Some of the people who walked out were deeply d
  2. Howard da Silva was certainly a rarity in one respect -- I don't know of any other actors who portrayed Ben Franklin and Khrushchev.
  3. "1776" is a reasonably historically correct movie... On the contrary, I'd describe "1776" as "historical fiction", with an emphasis on the "fiction." The characterizations of John Dickenson and Judge Wilson are distorted beyond recognition for dramatic purposes. The musical basically telescopes a year's worth of debate on independence into four weeks. (By mid-May of 1776, independence was pretty much a foregone conclusion.) It was Adams, not Dickenson, who insisted that the vote for independence needed to be unanimous. Jefferson's wife had nothing to do with events, of course, and Jef
  4. And I don't think that is something Disney has done - but they have edited stuff out of their animated movies, without saying anything about it. Or, they have withhold stuff from home video release, as in the case of Song of the South Have you seen any of Disney's short cartoon DVD packages? The four volumes of Donald Duck cartoons, for example, go well beyond what Warner Bros. does. Cartoons with racial stereotypes and other "questionable material" are placed in a special section of each DVD called "From the Vault." When you access it, you get a special introduction from Leonard Maltin
  5. I'm particularly interested in getting to see nice, clean copies of PREST-O, CHANGE-O, and SNIFFLES AND THE BOOKWORM, since Warners has yet to release either of these on DVD.
  6. > I wonder if we're in for another 'style' change. It seems kids today are taking writing in a new direction. With the advent of the internet, structured writing seems a little fractured these days. lol First off, thanks for an interesting and offbeat thread. I just wonder, though, has the internet really made that much of a difference? Sometimes I'll see things young people post in various message forums and comment boards and it reminds me of what us older folks used to write in handwritten notes when we were kids and pass around furtively in class. No stylebook needed for tha
  7. > I was aware that adverbs and adjectives need to be capitalized, but I didn't know about the long conjunction rule. Hmm, "before" wasn't mentioned in Schoolhouse Rock's "Conjunction Junction." :-) Does that apply only to long conjunctions, or to all of them? What does rule (4) say? I thought short conjunctions such as "and" and "or" were supposed to be lowercase. Would "and" need to be capitalized in To Have and Have Not ? Oops, I inadvertently left out that "rule 4" when I was quoting Chicago. Here it is: "(4) Lowercase the conjunctions and, but, for, or, nor." That d
  8. > Since you seem to be up on grammatical rules, I have a question I've been wondering about which you might be able to answer. Also FredCDobbs may be able to answer since he was a professional journalist. Normally short prepositions are supposed to be lowercase, although I know some places are now using the rules that all prepositions are lowercase. When I was in grade school, it was only prepositions of fewer than six letters. > > > My question is, is the preposition "with" in the title To Sir, With Love supposed to be capitalized? My instinct is to capitalize it, perhaps b
  9. See Tuesday's "Spider-Man" comic strip -- http://joshreads.com/?p=1753 It was picked up by Josh Fruhlinger, the "Comics Curmudgeon," who adds a few approving comments regarding TCM and a facetious remark about the network "paying third-rate superhero comic strips for product placement."
  10. She did an album of American folk songs in 1950 that contains the most beautiful version of "Shenandoah" I've ever heard. Listen to it here -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gSdHajaXVo
  11. I'm happy to see a TCM Underground listing for 1967''s *Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush* with Judy Geeson, the same year as her role alongside Sidney Poitier in *To Sir, with Love*. It's got some interesting connections with 60s rock -- the British progressive band Traffic does the title song and part of the soundtrack, along with the Spencer Davis Group, who also appear in the film. Plus, the original novel and screenplay were written by Hunter Davies, shortly before he became famous for his authorized biography of the Beatles. And it's apparently never come out on VHS or DVD. I t
  12. Great idea for a thread... *The Man Who Knew Too Much* sponsored by Sylvan Learning Systems *Of Mice and Men* sponsored by D-Con *Dirty Dingus Magee* sponsored by Ajax Cleanser
  13. Lady on a Train with Deanna Durbin The Lemon Drop Kid with Bob Hope
  14. 39 in Jack Benny years. Oh, all right...I'm 53.
  15. Just for fun, I've been trying to blog World War II in real time for the past five years -- keeping up with magazines and newspapers week to week, and posting as time allows. Right now I'm at February 1944. My current entries are available at -- http://www.mikeblog.blogspot.com/ I've got archives going back to March 1939, but they disappeared from the page when Blogspot revamped and I've never taken time to figure out how to make them visible again.
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