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Everything posted by TikiSoo

  1. Yes you can! (I have to correct my posts all the time) In the upper right hand corner of your post are 3 tiny grey dots-they are menu items. Edit post is a choice.
  2. Ugh. I have a hard time watching any movie with submarines. A phobia. I bet it's worth giving it a try though, Widmark is just so amazing. I read that too and couldn't imagine that story with those actors.....or non-actor in the case of Kevin Costner.
  3. I don't mean to be nitpicky, but please include the movie title & year so we can identify the production if we'd like to see it too. I have no idea what you watched- A drama? Comedy? Documentary? Last night I watched NO WAY OUT from 1950 starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell & Sidney Poitier. While I had seen pieces of this movie before, this was the first time seeing it all the way from beginning to end. Wow. It's essentially the same sort of plot line about racism but way out in the open compared to today's more hidden racism. Poitier plays a new surgeon in a Prison Hospi
  4. The former president has no manners, but I suppose you meant "manor". While Hearst actually had ideals & interest in the world, politics & people...the current charactor only has desire to gain personal power & money. CITIZEN KANE is a story of a man who focused his energy into political power because he grew up without the ability of having personal relationships.
  5. Thanks for reiterating my post's original point: that so many top actors were "charactors" in their way of speaking & emoting; example Cary Grant, Bette Davis, etc. The test is how easily are they imitated by impressionists? So many of today's stars act "real" they just come across as bland. We can connect with "bland" actors but are more easily delighted by watching actors with "charactor", like Woody Allen. The very few actors of today that come to mind when I think of "imitate-able" characteristics are brooding Nickolas Cage, prissy Johnny Depp & goofy Steve Buschemi.
  6. Wow. Seems more difficult to make Hughes a tragic charactor- he was a popular playboy type when young. Hughes only got tragically weird when older- a recluse germaphobe living in Las Vegas. It also seems easier to base a story of "populist persuasion" on a newspaper magnate than an aviator/inventor. Interesting that both of them (& Joe Kennedy) saw the potential power of populist persuasion via movies.
  7. Sorry, could you clarify what is "it" you're referring to in your first sentence? If you're referring to a theme of movies shown on TCM for New Years Eve, that's been their tradition for decades. One year TCM showed all Marx Brothers until midnight, another year all Astaire/Rogers movies, etc. If you're referring to the difference between what's shown in US vs Canada, it's always due to legal "rights" issues of what TCM can broadcast.
  8. Without reading your link, I can add the gist of conversation I heard yesterday on NPR: the most popular (new) shows/movies during the pandemic have been dramatic, adult situations like THE QUEEN, QUEEN'S GAMBIT, FABULOUS MRS MAISEL, SCHITTS CREEK, etc They mentioned mature adults, mostly women were more interested in charactor driven stories than action/hero stories. The panel was surmising this might be the end of big budget movies geared towards teen boys/men that have little chance to earn profit without of theater release. I hate to divide viewing by gender, but that's how the e
  9. Woo-boy, exactly. I dated a guy who worked on a film with Hanks early in his film career. He acted like a prima donna and just read his lines without acting. Maybe there was a conflict with the director, who knows? In all fairness, films today are 45 second "takes", you'd have to be a powerhouse to emote in a second like a light switch. But I've stomached through a few films with Hanks in them because I couldn't resist the subject matter: Apollo 13, Mr Banks, etc. but find him more wooden than Gregory Peck, minus the handsome. As for Jim Carey-boy is he talented and can
  10. Without reading the link I assume you're suggesting either Howard Hughes wanted to make CITIZEN KANE or star in it? He certainly was handsome enough, but Welles brought brilliance to the portrayal of Kane no one else could match. If Hughes financed it, might it have a different angle?
  11. Thanks for this thread-slaps always make me laugh-it's the funny sound effect. My mind reacts as if it's 3 Stooges. My very favorite movie slap is the Mildred Pierce/Veda with June Allison/Joan Collins a close second. I hate seeing Errol Flynn slapped by Bette Davis-that beech!
  12. I love FAERIE TALE THEATRE, so glad my library has several of them. Although somewhat inconsistent, each episode shows cleverness & artistry in the writing, performances & production values. It was a great thing for Shelly Duvall to do and seems to only get better as time goes on. Thanks for the YT tip!
  13. Your point is well taken but possibly only a part of the answer. When I think about classic movie stars I think the likes of Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Bogie, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, etc. All these people have unique PERSONALITIES- a way of gesturing, an unusual way of speaking, bringing themselves to the part. These kind of actors can elevate a so-so movie or unbelievable plot line just by their unique personality. There seem to be very few "stars" today with strong personalities & mannerisms larger than the role. Mostly what you remember is funny lines or situati
  14. You'll find most message board readers appreciate coherent writing....including spelling & punctuation. I used to say to my teen, "When you speak using slang/jargon you risk your ideas being misunderstood by the recipient. Not everyone speaks in American Teen." Ugh. When Lawrence first came on the board he posted a "review" of a movie along with the ending. I PMed him suggesting he not reveal "spoilers" in his posts for those who may have not seen the movie yet. He just about had a tantrum, saying I was "bullying" him! LOL!
  15. Well, you need to bear in mind his core audience. I think the childish humor is great because it's geared to younger viewers most likely watching with their parents - remember it's Sat night 8p-10p time slot. It's a great strategy for introducing younger kids to these classic films; breaking up the story into small bites interjected by goofy humor & visuals. It can be engaging for younger kids with limited attention spans. I assume hosted Sat monster movies was how I first discovered classic film. While we may roll our eyes at Abbott & Costello or Robot Monster as adults, the si
  16. Whenever speaking of him and see a puzzled look, I could refer to him as the 7Up "Cola Nut" guy: Sadly, forgotten today. He was a treasure, can't take my eyes off him. Did he say "Semun Up?" maybe there is no V in their language. My neighbors are from the Caribbean and I can't understand a word they say!
  17. Ugh, I dislike the "world that time forgot" dinosaur movies, they're even too cheesy for me. It's only 84 minutes long, which means lots of silly Svengoolie bits interspersed. Any show that repeats so much eventually loses their following. I like the whole "horror movie host" tradition and want to join in every week, but even I'm getting tired of the constant repeats of these really bad movie offerings.
  18. We had HBO NOW just to get Bill Maher's show on Friday nights. But "now" meant "later" for HBO, who would only stream the show 24 hours after airing, not a "live" stream as NOW implies.... Apparently, all the HBO channel versions have been rolled into one because last night we watched THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER offered on HBOMax. It looked great and because it was the old version, there were no commercials. One complaint: if you want to pause the movie, the audio continues for about 30 seconds after the picture freezes....when you resume, it starts after those 30 seconds-importa
  19. ...let's hope the picture is good at least.... Never saw this listed on TCM. Looks like a great cast but preposterous plot. Just requested from my library.
  20. ...not even love. Things. ...not even things made with love, but simply purchased.
  21. I have several autographs that thankfully are 100% real as they were signed in person. I always request they sign it "To Sue" so the celebrity knows it's truly for me, not just something to sell. My avatar is a signed Gloria Swanson I got as a teen. Of the "vintage" autographs I have, a few were found surprises: George Murphy in a book and Mitch on the back of a photo-both were ebay purchases that did not mention the inscriptions! Only three of my autographs were purchases-Gloria Gaynor, Joanne Woodward & an early Shatner-all in person from dealers at film festivals. My recent i
  22. On recommendation of another TCM forum member, I watched THE MISTS OF AVALON which was a TNT mini series in 2001. It clocks in at 3 hours, so I watched it over two evenings. This is the story of King Arthur told from the female character's perspective with Julianna Margulies as Arthur's sister, Joan Allen as her Aunt and Angelica Huston as Lady In The Lake. Much of the tension comes from the old Pagan "witch" ways of these ladies and the new emerging Christian religion. I don't know much of Arthur's story, so I'd enjoy any portrayal that fleshes them out as people and this movie deli
  23. Well yeah, that is long, but I love that movie. For me, it's an illustration of what "patriotism" is. Manipulative? Yeah, but it tells different scenarios about what really went on & how people reacted. I especially like the Agnes Moorhead charactor. According to my Mother, a LOT of people reacted similarly during WW2. Heck, I see that attitude/mindset in some during this pandemic. I always found Since You Went Away a perfect companion piece to Best Years Of Our Lives.
  24. Because some are a real joy. My friend's custom designed 2020 card: I send out New Years Cards, usually Mae West. Not this year... I scored these Hallmarks off a "free" table & sending them out:
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