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Everything posted by Feego

  1. I've never thought of a film's scare factor being related to color/B&W cinematography. I generally find movies scary based on the situations presented rather than on how they look. Full disclosure, the three films that have scared me the most, in the sense that they truly got under my skin and made me feel uneasy for several days, are Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, and Eyes Wide Shut. All three are in color. What frightened me about the first two is their nightmare logic in which the line between what's real and what isn't is blurred. Along those same lines, the black-and-white Vamp
  2. Not going to comment much on the change in format except to say that I think it looks fine. I don't have a great preference one way or the other for either this one or the old one. HOWEVER, be sure to double check the times listed for your time zone. I am in Central time zone, but I noticed that all of the times listed were an hour behind. Setting it to Mountain time zone, I can now see the correct schedule for Central time.
  3. It won't. In the weeks following the George Floyd protests, TCM has shown numerous films containing blackface and insensitive portrayals of African-Americans. Just yesterday, they showed Jezebel in which poor Theresa Harris' skin was actually darkened to make her blacker. They also dedicated a spotlight this month to John Ford movies, many starring John Wayne, despite Ford's prickly depictions of Native Americans (at a time when the Washington Red Skins have retired that name) and despite the reignited controversy about John Wayne Airport. TCM is clearly not prohibiting movies based on cul
  4. A more recent and popular doppelganger movie is Us (2019), directed by Jordan Peele. It kind of builds on the premise of the old Twilight Zone episode "Mirror Image," in which a woman (Vera Miles in the TZ, Lupita Nyong'o here) fears she has a double who is after her. I had some issues with the way this story develops in the second half, particularly with regards to several revelations made, but it's a generally creepy movie with TWO excellent performances from Nyong'o.
  5. And you've yet to provide one good reason why Gone with the Wind should stay off TCM's schedule that wouldn't apply to so many other movies. It's racist. We get it. Literally everyone agrees with that. So are a good number of movies regularly shown on TCM. This thread is only about Gone with the Wind because YOU made it about Gone with the Wind. Why? We know racists made this movie in Hollywood in the late 1930s. Why is it not acceptable to give it a continued national audience? Before you say, "cuz it's racist," you really need to consider what makes this film so much m
  6. And you still don't respond to my comments about other films frequently shown on TCM that feature blackface, yellow face, brown face, racial and ethnic stereotypes, casual sexual assault, and misogyny. By your reasoning, shouldn't these be apologized for as well? What is the fixation with this ONE film? It makes sense that it's causing a big ruckus on HBO Max because I presume they don't offer many films from the classic studio era. which makes it an outlier and an easy target. But on TCM, it's just par for the course. TCM by its nature celebrates a period in history when Hollywood no
  7. But it is by no means the only racist film shown on TCM. Are you prepared to take all of the others (as I mentioned in my earlier post) off the air as well? Sometimes people focus on the removal of something small because it is easily attainable and they can pat themselves on the back about it, when in fact it changes nothing.
  8. I'm very aware that the depictions of black people in Gone with the Wind are offensive and racist. I never said otherwise. The difference between the two is that Gone with the Wind, while reducing its black characters to stereotypes, does not paint them as patently non-human nor ask its audience to hate them. Yes, it is problematic, and I know it makes people uncomfortable. Again, I never said that wasn't the case, and I'm not saying people should be happy about the racial depictions. But there is indeed a difference between a film with offensive racial attitudes and a film (The Birth of
  9. Why in the world would Gone with the Wind be any less appropriate for casual viewing than many other films shown regularly on TCM? What about all of the films with blackface musical numbers (e.g. Yankee Doodle Dandy, Swing Time, Babes on Broadway)? What about all of the Westerns that depict Native Americans as savages? What about films in which Asian characters are played by white actors in yellow face? What about films that casually depict acts that would now be construed as sexual assault? What about films that depict black servants or slaves as perfectly happy and content with their se
  10. How dare you, sir! What's wrong with sax and violins? If children aren't exposed to sax and violins, they won't appreciate good music, and they won't drink milk!
  11. Man, Ava Duvernay's tenure on the Essentials ended more than a month ago and people are still complaining about her. That's what you call having a lasting impact!
  12. Yes, the German and English versions were shot simultaneously. The actors delivered their lines in both languages for different takes, although several of their voices were still dubbed for the English cut, including Kinski. French-born Isabelle Adjani and Roland Topor were actually dubbed in both the German AND English versions, but that is indeed Topor's laugh! Herzog has explained that he cast Topor specifically for his laugh. Despite the dubbing, the movement of everyone's lips matches the spoken dialogue in each cut. The only actor whose voice I am certain can be heard in both versio
  13. Last Summer actually did air on TCM several years ago (perhaps during Oscar month?), but I believe it was a censored, non-widescreen version. Perhaps TCM could only acquire a TV edit.
  14. Kathy Bates has no shortage of nominations, and of course she won Best Actress for her role in the Stephen King adaptation Misery. But one of her absolute best performances was in another King adaptation, Dolores Claiborne (1995). For reasons that I'll never understand, that film was completely overlooked by the Academy and the general public at the time. Perhaps it didn't catch on with King fans because it's not a horror film, but that didn't stop the book from being the #1 best-selling novel of 1992. Bates is excellent as a woman accused of killing her employer, which dredges up old rese
  15. Japanese Actor Jo Shishido Dies at 86 https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2020012101106/japanese-actor-jo-shishido-dies-at-86.html
  16. The Jazz Singer is not exactly the first talkie, although its success did effectively bring an end to the silent era and kick off the talkie "fad." It's really a silent film with synchronized-sound musical numbers. I believe Al Jolson only has one line of spoken dialogue that is audible, the rest appears in intertitles. The first true all-talking picture, Lights of New York (1928), is airing on March 7 at 8:29 am Eastern, so set your recorder if you're interested. By all accounts it's pretty terrible!
  17. The most mysterious disappearance on Happy Days wasn't that of Chuck but of their dining room. Like, how do you misplace a freaking dining room? They went from having a nice dining room between the living room and kitchen, complete with a large table, in the first season to sitting at a rinky dink table IN the living room for the rest of the series. Also, their front door swapped sides, having previously been on the opposite side of the house as the kitchen. On I Love Lucy, one of her friends' names also changed. The character generally known as Carolyn Appleby was called Lillian Appl
  18. I happened to wake up the other night while Female Trouble was on. I'd seen it before, and while I remembered much of the "plot," as it were, I'd forgotten some of the more revealing scenes. I turned on my TV just in time to be treated to, shall we say, an introspective look at Divine's loverboy. Now that's a wake-up call! 😂 Oh how I wish straight-laced Dave Karger provided an intro/outro to this!
  19. I hope they don't include her now. She deserves more than to be shoehorned in for the last four remaining days of December. I hope they just wait and give her a proper inclusion next year, as they did with Debbie Reynolds. Poor Carrie Fisher received only a split-second clip added in when she passed away at the end of December, and it seems few people saw it in the four days it aired.
  20. I'm not surprised Ava DuVernay will not be coming back after this season, not due to any "backlash" or controversy, but because that's fairly normal for most hosts of The Essentials. After Robert O.'s passing, Alec Baldwin only hosted for one season with guests like David Letterman and Tina Fey. Didn't Molly Haskel, Carrie Fisher, and Rose McGowen only co-host for a single season? As for the films being repeated, that's also normal. They only choose so many films per season and then the intros and movies are just repeated for a few months. As someone who had absolutely NO interest in
  21. No they are not because Doris Day received a 24-hour tribute earlier in the year. The year-end tribute (which was only last night and early this morning) is only for people who did not receive such treatment (that would also leave out Stanley Donen, Peter Fonda, and Albert Finney, who each received dedicated tributes earlier this year). Specifically, the people they paid tribute to last night were Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon), David Hedison (The Fly), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tim Conway (McHale's Navy), Rutger Hauer (Eureka), D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop),
  22. It's been a long time since they last showed the Hedy Lamar film Ecstasy, but that would certainly be worthy. Some mainstream classics that deal with sex rather directly (if not explicitly): Design for Living (menage a trois) Cat People (more about a lack of sex, but worth discussing anyway) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Kockenlocker) Madame Bovary (in which Jennifer Jones practically **** as she thinks of her first tryst with Louis Jourdan) A Place in the Sun (unwanted pregnancy) A Summer Place (the most seXXXed up story I've seen in a 50s movie. Almost ev
  23. Let's not forget there was a nearly 30-year age gap between Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. I really have no stake in this matter insofar as how I determine whether to watch films with either Allen or Farrow's involvement. Like speedracer5, I prefer to leave someone's personal life out of the equation when judging their artistic work. To draw a parallel to a case closer to what Woody Allen has been accused of, Gloria Grahame did in fact marry her former stepson. Her fourth husband was Tony Ray, son of Nicholas Ray whom she divorced a mere 8 years earlier. None of us will probably ever k
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