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Everything posted by thomasterryjr

  1. My favorite car chase scenes have already been mention, "The French Connection" and "Bullitt". There is one movie car chase which intrigues me, not because of the chase, but of the introduction of camera technology in filming the impact of a car crash from within the vehicle without the camera bouncing around and falling all over the place. I speak of the "Bourne Supremacy" car chase through the streets of Moscow. What caught my attention was not the car chase scene itself after Matt Damon had taken the cab and is being pursued by numerous police and chase teams. It was when they woul
  2. I want TCM Nation to know that this is my 300th post on this discussion board. I was holding out for a thread which I could really give my opinion on something substantial but this thread was just too fun to pass up. My favorite title is from a movie which I have never seen and the plot seems somewhat weak but TCM schedules it now and then. Leave it to the British to come up with such a title: "The Knack...and How to Get It". Any title which has ellipsis catches my eye instantly. A rock and roll band called "The Knack" should have considered this for a title for one of their albums.
  3. TCM premiered a movie back in January 2011 which I thought was simply wonderful. It was Cary Grant's debut film, "This Is the Night". Not quite a "Short and Sweet" film as its running time is about 80 minutes. I remember this film for having blue tint in the night scenes which was something unique. This film was scheduled twice on TCM and has not been scheduled since 2011. Now somebody in TCM Nation will most likely prove me wrong with documentation stating otherwise. There was a running gag used three and a half times in "This Is the Night" where the chauffeur would "accidentally" catch
  4. This is the one thread which I would look at and say to myself I will never never ever ever participate because I do not do much book reading. I do most of my reading off of the Internet. I was reminded of this thread as I was reading a book the other night. I have been reading this particular book for a few weeks now. I ordered this book a few years ago and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am reading this book for sheer pleasure as I become better acquainted and knowledgeable in my hobby, film history. I do not have the time nor do I want to read through 20 plus pages of threads
  5. TCM had the wonderful Julie Andrews on as a Guest Programmer. She chose three films to screen, one of them being "Thoroughly Modern Millie". I will not be as long-winded with this review as I am with others which I have pen. I do not remember TCM ever scheduling this movie in prime time before. It may been part of the month of musicals TCM had a few years ago but I bet it was scheduled at a time when it would not receive much notice. This little gem released in the great year of 1967 was truly a delight. Julie Andrews was magnificent. I watched Carol Channing knowing she won a Supportin
  6. TCM Programmer(s)you should take note. According to this thread citizens of TCM Nation have not seen any films which rate a 9 or 10 in a month since September 2019. I want to stop this drought with a review of a title which caught my attention in the month of October. It is a pre-code flick from First National Pictures and directed by William A. Wellman, "Safe In Hell". The movie stars Dorothy MacKaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Horolde, Nina Mae McKinney and Clarence Muse. Dorothy MacKaill plays a character named Gilda who has problems throughout the film. Starting with being set-up to me
  7. If TCM were showing "Mark of the Vampire" and their automation machine were to malfunction and freeze on Carroll Borland on my television screen for seventy-five minutes I would forever hold a special place in my heart for this film as well.
  8. I might be suffering from a blatant case of revisionist history. I remember TCM having a month of Jewish film celebration during the month of November between 1998 and 2004. I believe "Schindler's List" was shown as part of this celebration. Robert Osborne may have had a guest programmer(s) during the month speaking about Jewish films and how Jews are depicted in film. But I do remember thinking that TCM has never repeated a Jewish Film celebration since this time and why TCM Programmers do not want to repeat any type of month of special programming, even if it was originally broadcast ove
  9. I was watching a cult classic from 1945, "Detour", recently. There's a scene where Charles Haskell does a favor for Al Roberts. Al replies, "Gee Mr. Haskell that's mighty white of you to do this." "White" was a term from the 1940s which meant good, nice, or great. The slang terminology for "white" has undergone a great change. Today "white" means cocaine.
  10. I stand corrected and thank you. I thought Ms. Russell's splendid performance in "Mourning Becomes Electra" was worthy of Oscar consideration.
  11. When I first saw the title I thought "Mourning Becomes What!!?". Did someone misspell "Morning". Who or what is an "Electra"? I watched the movie and I found out what the definitive definition of a "Dysfunctional Family" is. This is a good film and I enjoy watching it when TCM programmer decides to schedule it during daylight hours. It is surprising that with all the powerful performances in this film only Michael Redgrave was able to receive an Oscar nomination. Kirk Douglas and Rosalind Russell should have been nominated as well for their respective performances.
  12. I am so very sorry but I must contradict your statement about the movie "Bunny Lake Is Missing". You are not alone. Any movie which has a plot line that states a woman reporting her young daughter missing but nobody has actually seen her daughter nor is there any evidence of her daughter's existence is the type of movie which fascinates me, especially the last twenty minutes of this masterpiece. Kudos to the young actress Carol Lynley who held her own against maybe the greatest male actor of the twentieth century, Laurence Olivier.
  13. I normally do not bother to read all of the pages of a thread when it goes six and ten pages. So I had time on my hands and I was surprised to see that nobody in TCM Nation did not acknowledge the last scene in Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" as a great moment in Cinema. To refresh your memory, the Tramp has just been released from jail and he is walking down the street when he passes by the flower shop where the blind girl which he had been assisting financially in getting an operation to gain her eyesight. He stares in the window at her and she, not knowing that the Tramp is the bene
  14. I second the motion for seeing Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" on a movie theater screen with an audience. I saw "Modern Times" on a theater screen outdoors and enjoyed it. I also would like to see Laurel and Hardy's "The Music Box," "South Pacific" and "This is Cinerama" on a movie theater screen.
  15. Who would have thought in December 1980 when Tom Hanks was part of an ABC television series with Peter Scolari and Donna Dixon titled "Bosum Buddies" would be receiving the Cecil B. Demille from Hollywood constituents for his body of work. It goes to prove that you can become someone who matters and a superstar no matter where or how you start in any business.
  16. I feel I am the only person, maybe a very few people, who likes "Jewel Robbery" with William Powell and Kay Francis. I think this is a hilarious, sophisticated film. I love the robbery scene in the jewelry store where if you do not do what you are told there are two guns shoved in your face to make you reconsider your stubbornness. Another film which I feel I am the one of a few who view this film as a favorite is a Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Sharon Tate film, "Don't Make Waves." An adult California beach movie with a side of bedroom farce. Claudia is oh so gorgeous as always b
  17. Did you actually watch all of these titles in July 2019? Quite an impressive list. "City Lights" is and always will be rated a "10" and a "Four Star" movie.
  18. I could not find the video clip for this great moment in cinema. Maybe someone else more technically advance can place it in this thread on my behalf. I am sure everyone in TCM Nation has seen this film. It was awarded the Best Picture Oscar in 1942. The title: Mrs. Miniver. At the end of the movie actor Henry Wilcoxon portraying "The Vicar" delivers an overwhelmingly stirring sermon to the congregation in his bomb-tattered church. Every-time I see Mr. Wilcoxon deliver the speech which has become known as the "Wilcoxon Speech" I become happy, exhilarated and nod my head up and down.
  19. I must confess to a try at revisionist history or is it simply bad memory. Actually four people survive Javier Bardem's character: the gas station attendant and the secretary who did not want to give out an address or something. Bardem's character was going to kill her as well but he heard a toilet flush and decided to leave her alive. The two kids at the end of the movie make four survivors of Javier Bardem's character in "No Country For Old Men".
  20. One of the best compliments you can give an actor or actress is you forget who they really are and believe they are the character. Javier Bardem in the movie "No Country For Old Men" won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a psychotic killer out to recover some money. Every person who came in contact with Javier Bardem's character was killed with the exception of two children he met at the end of the movie. He was downright crazy ruthless. Josh Brolin stayed ahead of him for the majority of the movie but was eventually gun down. Tommy Lee Jones' Sheriff character couldn't f
  21. There was an over 15 year hiatus between scheduling "South Pacific" on TCM but the wait was worth it. I thought maybe TCM had finally wrestled the rights to show this title. The one title which I have never seen in my life and it seems to be absent from other classic movie channels is "Oklahoma". Why is this title absent from movie channels?
  22. I would like to ask our esteem colleague, Brown Shoes, a question which might take some research on his or her part by looking at the Friday schedule for the month of July 2019. You state TCM schedules mostly two star or less movies. I am interested in your opinion: TCM is showing movies from what is regarded the greatest year of cinema, 1939. Of all of the movies TCM is showing from the year 1939 which do you regard as four star movies and which do you regard as two stars and less? I am asking because your opinions about movies shown on TCM are very strong, valued, interesting and
  23. I know I bumped and knock down a beehive by asking if made for TV movies could qualify for scheduling on TCM. I will probably be seen as a hypocrite by stating after further review I remember TCM showing the same TV special twice in one evening a few years ago. Frank Sinatra was the Star of the Month I believe and TCM programmer thought it would be advantageous to show his November 1965 TV special which ironically won an Emmy for that year. That TV special was one of the best TV specials I have ever seen in my life. I had never seen nor heard of this TV special until that evening when
  24. I take by the tone of the responses in this thread that showing TV fare is foolish and not needed on TCM which I agree. I do have a question about TV movies which were made in the 70s and 80s like the ABC Network's "Trilogy of Terror" and mini-series like "Roots","Shogun", "Thorn Birds", "Centennial". Could TV movies qualify as movies to be shown on TCM if you could receive permission from whomever owns the rights to these titles?
  25. I want to review a film released in June 1967, "Don't Make Waves", featuring Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Sharon Tate, Mort Sahl, and David Draper. Tony Curtis gets involved accidentally, and I mean accidentally, with Claudia Cardinale when her car's bumper gets hooked onto Tony Curtis' Volkswagen bumper causing his car to roll down a hill and crashing down a mountain side on its roof stopping a small psychedelic bus of hippies and Claudia Cardinale's car. Claudia is hysterical speaking in Italian when she lights a cigarette and throws the match in the direction of Tony's Volkswagen w
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