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  1. The crazy thing is that she rolled the wrong dice. She was willing to take a risk; she just took the wrong one.
  2. Quoting myself about the film, from earlier in this thread: Witchfinder General, one of the great horror films of all time, was released in 1968. It not only features one of Vincent Price's best performances (he agrees), it is one of the most tragically beautiful movies that culminates in a pit of sadness. This film is about the presence of evil in the midst of beauty, and ultimately, the victory of evil. Another film that typifies the period (though it's from 1967) is Chappaqua, made by Conrad Rooks: drugs, sex, music, all through a psychedelic lens. The film features William S
  3. Now this is sad and could have been prevented: "A folk singer from the Czech Republic has died after deliberately catching Covid, her son has told the BBC. Hana Horka, 57, was unvaccinated and had posted on social media that she was recovering after testing positive, but died two days later. Her son, Jan Rek, said she got infected on purpose when he and his father had the virus, so she could get a recovery pass to access certain venues. The Czech Republic reported a record number of Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. Mr Rek and his father, who are both fully vaccinate
  4. Lovely actress, RIP. She was also excellent as one of the three ladies who take an unusual revenge on Paxton Quigley in Three in the Attic (1968).
  5. The Indian Tomb (1921) -- Parts I and II. Directed by Joe May. Screenplay by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang. Starring Conrad Veidt. (Maybe pair it with the 1959 version, directed by Lang, with Debra Paget). (I just noticed that I mentioned this film in this thread five years ago!)
  6. United Fruit is mentioned by Phil Ochs at the end of "I Ain't a Marching Anymore." "Now the labor leader's screamin'When they close the missile plantsUnited Fruit screams at the Cuban shoreCall it peace or call it treasonCall it love or call it reasonBut I ain't marching anymoreNo, I ain't marching anymore"
  7. I think Curse of the Crying Woman, which features evil Aunt Selma, would be good on a triple bill with Auntie Mame and Aunt Clara (starring Margaret Rutherford), a series devoted to different types of aunts. I love Mexican horror films. I wish someone would locate the dubbed version of The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959), which is the best, though the subtitled version is fine, too. Regarding repeats, they don't bother me. They give people who don't have the ability to record, the opportunity to see the films. It was Million Dollar Movie which introduced me to classic films as a kid, and they
  8. A small performance that I love is that of Gina DeAngelis in Radio Days (1987), who steals the one scene she's in, playing hit man Danny Aiello's mother. DeAngelis: "Where are you gonna dump her body?" Aiello: "I'll dump her body in Jersey, Mama." DeAngelis: "4:00 in the morning, you want to dump her body in Jersey? Dump her in Red Hook!"
  9. "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" -- Rufus Jones for President (1933) Next: Sung in anger
  10. I'm going to watch the film today, as it's on Apple TV, which has given me a three-month trial. Many of my favorite British actors are in it, including Alex Hassell, who was a great Henry V at the RSC; Harry Melling, who was an excellent Edgar in the Old Vic's King Lear starring Glenda Jackson; Bertie Carvel, whom I've seen in several plays, including in drag; Kathryn Hunter (American born), who was excellent in an odd Peter Brook play; and, most notably Miles Anderson, who was a brilliant Macbeth many years ago with the RSC. Miles Anderson, Amanda Root in Macbeth. Royal Shakespeare
  11. Just saw that! That was on West 34th Street. Near Penn Station, so maybe a bridge-and-tunnel customer. When I look at the seating reservations at my local-- it's all reserved seats now -- there are very few seats taken on any given day. For tonight's screening at 9:30, only 22 of several hundred seats taken at the moment. I think Omicron is keeping people away, even though you have to show ID and proof of full vaccination.
  12. Although I posted that New Yorker article, I haven't seen the film yet and am reserving judgment. I have heard -- and read -- many very good things about the film (as well as not-so-good things). I may see it this week. It's still playing at the AMC Lincoln Square in my neighbourhood, which makes sense, since this is the neighbourhood where the story takes place.
  13. Peter Ibbetson is one of the great movies, and one of my favorites. It has been called a masterpiece of surrealist cinema by Andre Breton, the pioneer of surrealism. An incredible movie, Luis Bunuel called it "one of the world's ten greatest films." Gary Cooper, Ann Harding in Peter Ibbetson (1935)
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