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Everything posted by darkblue

  1. I am a pretty ascertaining viewer, that's true.
  2. I like 'The Chase' a great deal. Very entertaining movie.
  3. Has Jolie ever done any movie that was good? Vastly over-rated, I think she's kinda the kiss of death for any movie in which she appears (in terms of their finished quality). An unconvincing actress, unable to project genuineness.
  4. The only movie I can definately remember walking out on was 'Gone With The Wind'. I left at intermission, unable to take any more of what felt to me to be overblown, overlong, overwrought over acting. But I don't think it's the worst movie ever. Just one I can't get through.
  5. > I wanted to throw my remote at it, and hopefully hit Natalie and/or Ashley right on their carefully windblown hairdo's. It's just so earnest and silly. One sappy dopey movie. I wasn't gonna post here, as selecting an all-time worst is problematic when one has seen thousands of movies. But I like that you just went with a movie you really didn't like and what you've said above reminded me of one where my feelings are almost an exact duplication of yours. 'Mystic Pizza' (1988) - one of Julia Roberts' most amateurish, unconvincing performances ever - and the template for much of her other work - plus a ridiculously lame character played by Lili Taylor (who is actually a good actress). Really, really annoying movie. Insulting in it's naked manipulativeness, trying to be 'cute'. Syrupy, overplayed, gag-reflex inducing. The throwing the remote thing was definately an urge to suppress. What really annoys me is that it had a 3 star rating. I truly couldn't see how it could be rated above a single star by any discerning viewer.
  6. You know, I didn't like 'The Gauntlet' either when I saw it. But when I revisited it in later years, I realized that Eastwood was doing something very different in it - an aspect I hadn't appreciated at first. He was stepping outside of his usual coolness and playing a rube cop - a dummy who is absolutely not cool or even very street smart. Now, and in spite of its ridiculous over-the-top climax, I think it's not that bad. It's a comic book of course, but seeing Clint deliberately playing a dummy for a change is kind of refreshing.
  7. A piece written by Chris Wickham for Reuters (London) reports: Pop music too loud and all sounds the same - official Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same. Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010. A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used. "We found evidence of a progressive homogenisation of the musical discourse," Serra told Reuters. "In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations - roughly speaking chords plus melodies - has consistently diminished in the last 50 years." They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds. Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier. The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a 'loudness war' but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.
  8. I hadn't thought about this actress in quite some time, a generally supporting player who seemed to be all over the tv back in the 60's. But I just today got around to watching 'Buck and the Preacher' which I'd dvr'd a month or so ago - and there she was. She has beauty - of course - but it's those eyes. And to a lesser degree, the set of that mouth. It's just me, I'm sure - just one of those unexplainable internal reactions, but she is one beauty that's always produced a feeling of fear in me. I get a sense of cold cruelty from her. Naturally, the nasty role I saw her in today did nothing to dispel that old sense, it re-awakened it from the long ago. If I were ever to meet Nita I'd probably find she's the nicest person in the world and fall in love with her.
  9. Clicked on 'Rocky' (1976) that's scheduled for this afternoon. The Maltin review is: Lumbering Flynn vehicle set in Civil War times, with Rebs and Yankees fighting off an Indian attack. Umm, that seems kinda inaccurate.
  10. Skyfall12 attempted to start a nice thread complimentary to the talents of Mr. Baldwin but TCM Administration quickly shut it down saying: *another topic about Alec Baldwin isn't really necessary when there are literally dozens already.*
  11. A treat to see a Lee Marvin movie scheduled (Point Blank). He had a double-sided career. For the first 15 years he laboured as one of the best supporting players in the business, usually playing highly-convincing villainous roles. This took him up to 1965 with 'Cat Ballou' and' Ship of Fools'. Then, after winning the Oscar, he spent the next 15 years at the top of the marquee, often carrying the picture on his back - and though still playing exceedingly tough characters, not so clear-cut villainous. Which side of Lee Marvin do you like better - the supporting years (before 'The Professionals') or the starring years (after 'Cat Ballou' and 'Ship of Fools').
  12. We don't get TRENT'S LAST CASE, MR. ARKADIN or THE THIRD MAN. This really chili's my peppers. Who the heck is interfering with the rights to these movies up here?
  13. Why does TCM have a Canadian Schedule which I can only assume is different than the US schedule? Wouldn't it make more sense to simply have one schedule for the entire network? Having asked that, has anyone ever noticed a difference in the 2?
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