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Stephen444

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  1. I don't know if The Birds has been shown in the 1.85 ratio in the past on TCM. I do know that many films that are 1.85 ratio are altered to fill up the TV screen, including the films on TCM. More so with the premium channels (HBO, Starz etc) Personally I want to see films presented as the director framed them.
  2. What a treat to look at this movie shown in it’s correct aspect ratio.
  3. The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan... Although I didn't particularly like the movie I have been thinking about it since the Coronavirus pandemic. We don't know for sure how the Coronavirus is spreading. Like in the Happening when the wind blew people killed themselves.
  4. I agree that Sidney gives this film life, for which she got an Oscar nomination, but I think the scene where Balsam experiences a flashback of his war experiences in the second half is worth seeing similar to Man In The Gray Flannel Suit , Save The Tiger or even the flashbacks in MadMen of Donald Draper's experiences in the Korean War. As horrible as war must be I have read that some veterans feel that it is also the most intense and exciting experiences of their lives. Best of times worst of times.
  5. There are many times when captions are not exactly accurate due to the limitations of the captioning process but what I discovered in this movie was an intentional change to the dialogue being spoken. I might not have even noticed the censorship of the spoken dialogue if I hadn't been especially interested in a line that Martin Balsam says when he is remembering his war experiences, in the scene where they are visiting the WW2 battlefield where he fought. The line that I was interested in was "**** on them". I remember my father saying this in various situations when I was growing up.
  6. Garbo. She certainly had the option to make more movies but chose not to.
  7. That's certainly possible. I guess he died not long after production ended but that may well be true about the need to dub something in post production. I had never heard that.
  8. That's news to me. I can't think of any part of the film that he is missing from. I always heard that he had a line in his contract that he could not race as long as he was in production.
  9. Saragtoga and Brainstorm both feature actresses that did not live to finish production of the their last movies. I don't know about the other titles today except Giant that was James Dean's last film. Maybe just a coincidence.
  10. Certainly not. This has nothing to do with Bergman. I'm not comparing Mia Farrow's qualifications to talk about Bergman films to Woody Allen's. I'm sure Allen is well qualified to do the commentary but I personally don't want to hear it. That's just my opinion and I will continue to turn it off when it comes on. Granted he made some nice films in the early years like Radio Days and Hannah and Her Sisters but I personally cannot bring myself to watch any of his films again.
  11. My wife told me that this commentary about Bergman films had been on but I had not seen it until tonight. I would much rather see commentary by Mia Farrow. Don't know if she has ever been a host on TCM but I question TCM's judgement. I don't appreciate nor am I interested in seeing Woody Allen.
  12. This is the only film that I ever saw, when first released, that I remember hearing people sniffling in the audience. I can still remember the gun shot and the cloud of smoke that dissipates to reveal the boy’s tearful face. Don’t remember anything else though.
  13. Rollerball 1975....I can watch football all day long but I can't rewatch this movie. Same issues of head injury but the coach of the team asks.."Who said this is just a game" Disturbing. A world controlled by corporations through sports and entertainment. Hey, that is what's happening today. Depressing.
  14. I don't want to ruin the ending for those who haven't seen the movie but I think the hopeful ending is the main reason. Many of the events in the movie can be seen as depressing but that's life and like I said, there is hope at the end.
  15. Good addition to the list of unwatchables. Great music, performances but everyone is lost except for Jack Lemmon. Why should he be the one to be rehabilitated? He got Lee Remick to start drinking. What he did to her would drive anyone to drink.
  16. TCM is presently running an unwatchable good film. A Place In The Sun. Shelly Winters is so good in everything she does and she doesn't disappoint in this effort. The same for Montgomery Cliff. Hopeless outcome for him though. It reminds me of what happened to Ted Kennedy when the girl drowned in his car.
  17. Oh, Phantom Thread is also an excellent addition to the unwatchable list. Poisoning someone and being a willing victim of a poisoning are right up there with lobotomies, rape
  18. Anyone else see The Ice Follies of 1939? Oh man this definitely belongs on the dud list for 1939 and of all time. It's hard to find so many stars in such an uninspired dull movie. Even Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart and Lew Ayres could not do anything to save this turkey. I had never seen this Crawford movie and, I think, it is probably her worse picture (and in her prime) if you eliminate Trog and Strait Jacket. I like Camp movies but for something to be Camp it has to be serious on some level and seek to be a serious but there is absolutely nothing in this movie that is in the l
  19. Oh, Phantom Thread is also an excellent addition to the unwatchable list. Poisoning someone and the rest of it is right up there with lobotomies, rape and lack of purpose in one's life. It's a quality movie but I can't watch it again.
  20. I agree, NCFOM is an excellent example of unwatchable films. The lobotomy air gun is something that I can’t forget. The only redeeming element for me in the movie is Woody Harrelson when he is talking to Josh Brolin about the mistake people make in dealing with Javier Bardem’s character. When he says the mistake people make is that they think that he is human like you and me.
  21. Hey Crawford fans, Ice Follies of 1939 is going to be on this Friday at 5pm. Some sequences are in color. I guess the skating scenes.
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