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Posts posted by JamesJazGuitar

  1. 3 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Absolutely do not need to use reconciliation to pass either the human infrastructure bill

    Wouldn't the Dems need 60 Senators to avoid a filibuster in order to pass the "human infrastructure bill" in the Senate?

    I ask because I don't think there are 10 GOP Senators that would support this bill unless the total cost is reduced even lower than that 1.5 Trillion Manchin said he would support.


  2. Note that Hell Bound  was produced by Howard W. Koch;   He was a producer and director working mainly for United Artist and during the 50s was associated with some films that are similar (in some ways) to Hell Bound;   

    He directed and produced Shield for Murder (1954) with Edmund O'Brien and Mara English (with Carolyn Jones as Girl-at-the-bar) and , Big House USA (1955) with Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker and an up-and-coming Charles Bronson:

    He directed  The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) with Mamie Van Doran and Ann Bancroft,  and Untamed Youth (1957) again with Van Doran and Lori Nelson.



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  3. 17 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

    maybe he ate some of the earth food.


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    Isn't that Yvonne Craig,   who was Batgirl?      I'm trying to find a film that she did with Tommy Kirk but I can't find one and as far as  I can tell,  Kirk never was on the Batman T.V. show.


  4. 3 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    It is worth pointing out that these reactions do seem to be the modus operandi for this forum.  New members join and such people may be inspired to join because they have a complaint.  That does not make a complainer a troll. 

    True.    It is more about how they complain.     Often,  like we see here,   the complainer is misinformed and way over the top.


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  5. 7 hours ago, Toto said:

    I love this idea!  I'd tune in.  Great film choices.  I have a special place in my heart for "The Adventures of Robin Hood".  Here's a few more of medieval films that I like.

    The Seventh Seal (1957)  Directed by Ingmar Bergman.  About a Swedish Knight who returns from the Crusades to find his country overcome by the Black Death and who decides to make a deal with death in a chess match.  The striking photography of haunting scenes you will find hard to get out of your mind.

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)  A gripping story of the 15th century teenager doomed to death.  A silent movie that is really moving.

    Becket (1964)  About the troubled relationship between Henry II and his friend turned bishop Becket.  I really like Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in this film.

    I love the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare.  "Macbeth" takes place in medieval Scotland.  Are there any film versions of Macbeth that anyone would recommend?

    I also like the film "Camelot" just for the great songs!

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    A Medieval film night is a good idea,   but I don't know if I would wait over 12 years to get my wish!


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  6. I like the Ekberg noir film Screaming Mimi (1958).        The setting is a jazz club owned by Gypsy Rose Lee,  that features dancing and Ekbreg is  one of the dancers.   A few first rate jazz performances.     


    SCREAMING MIMI [1958] - Horror Cult Films

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  7. 14 minutes ago, unwatchable said:

    Did the errant member face any disciplinary action?

    No and Eddie's responses implied he didn't wish for there to be any.      Eddie did clarity a few of the bogus assumptions that this member made;  E.g.  that Eddie doesn't love films in general and only noir and even with noir,  he wasn't very knowledgeable.     Eddie didn't come off as defensive,   but instead made that member look foolish.


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  8. 22 minutes ago, Hibi said:

    Well, when a poster does this with only a few posts to their name or its their first post, it definitely seems trollish..

    I don't see where the title of the thread was necessary:   poor eddie muller is hellbound.       Ok,  I see the pun,  but that type of negativity is over-the-top to me.

    Then the posters goes on with the assumption he knows what Muller was really feeling;    NOT.   I.e. none of us have a clue with regards to that.

    So yea,   definitely seems trollish sound on-target.


  9. 15 hours ago, LoyFan said:

    Myrna Loy is my favorite actress. I find her watchable in any movie regardless of whether or not I like the movie as a whole.  I would be hard pressed to say that about any other actress.  We do have some common ground as I also find Mr. Blanding tedious and silly. However, my current opinion of it is possibly related to age. Twenty or thirty years ago, I was crazy about it.  Now, I wish the pairing of Grant and Loy had not been wasted on it

    We also have common ground with Mr. Blanding;    The film is tedious in that it is mostly a one-joke comedy.    Also I find the best performance to be by Melvyn Douglas.    The film has it moments (what film wouldn't with the sheer talent and comic ability of Grant and Loy),   but it isn't one of my favorite Grant or Loy films.   They made a much better team in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

    I'm curious about your feelings of early Loy films where she plays a negative character:  E.g.  The Animal Kingdom with Leslie Howard and Ann Harding.    Loy gives a solid performance in the film, but she isn't the loveable type of character she plays in the vast majority of films she made starting with The Thin Man.    She also played some vamps in early 30s films.

    1,046 Myrna Loy Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty Images



  10. A common complaint is that TCM shows certain films way-too-often,  too many from the main studios of Warner, MGM and RKO,  too much focus on star actors and directors and their big-budget films, and that generally, TCM should open up their rotation.

    Eddie does that here with Hellbound;   A United Artist, low budget film with no big name actors (other than maybe Whitman,  who was just starting to make somewhat of a name for himself when this film was made).    

    I guess my overall point is there is no pleasing of all-the-people-all-the-time.


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  11. 20 hours ago, misswonderly3 said:

    I think you and I have different ideas of what "passive -aggressive"  is.  "Backing off"  regarding my difficulty believing that the poster "hates" the songs in West Side Story  :  I was deliberately communicating my mixed feelings about that.  Like,  "  Ok,  you don't like the songs.  ---But wait !  How can you not like those fantastic songs?  ! ?  "    

    As a musician, james,   I would think that , despite your criticism of my being "so funny"  ( and obviously you mean that not in a good way, more like   "You pretend you're not a bee-atch  but you are " )   and  yes,  we all know that   "everyone has the right to their opinion and also the right to express it blah blah "  ---- sorry,   rambling a bit there----       Anyway,  shirley,  as a musician,  you can acknowledge the fine composition of the music in West Side Story.     (  and of course it's possible to acknowledge something is of a high calibre without personally liking it.  )

    I know you think I'm harsh, james,  and you rarely hesitate to tell me so.  But I kind of don't mind,  at least you don't have me on  "ignore".    

    I would never put you on ignore since I enjoy your comments and insight.    But newbies may not understand your style of posting;   The user you replied to had posted only around 14 post.      Thus saying "As for the songs,  they're fantastic.  If you don't like them,  you clearly don't appreciate good song-writing.  I know this sounds personal and insulting, that's not my intention",   might come off as an insult to such a newbie,  regardless of your intention.

    But don't change your style.   As Bogie said to your avatar buddy,  Joel Cario,   users will just have to take-it-and-like-it! 

    (oh,  and yes,  I find that songs in WSS to be well written,  both the music and the lyrics).



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  12. 20 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    Maybe we should just go back to at-large representation.  It's not like a single person can adequately represent nearly 800,000 people anyway.


    At large representation clearly benefits whatever "group" is the majority.     (assuming most people's primary criteria for voting is "group" association,  which appears to be the case,  statistically).     This is why CA doesn't allow at large representation;    E.g.   Counties and City have to have districts and those districts need to be made where a minority "group" can have a majority.     E.g.  60% of the county is white,  20% Latino,  15% Black,  5% other.      Back in the 90s At-Large was leading to all white county supervisors.  So 5 districts were created,  with two of them with a majority of Latinos and Blacks.    It still took decades for a Latino to win "their" district,  since their voter turnout was so low.   Anyhow finally the overall group representation was 3 white,  one Latino and one Black.   But as the Asian population grew now they complained and the county is trying to figure out what to do again.   (with the goal being one less white,  since if the Asian was to replace a Latino or Black all hell would break lose)!    BUT this is proving very difficult since Asians here in So Cal tend to live in-multiple-places instead of being highly concentrated in specific hoods.

    Thus there is no hope!    (ha  ha);    





  13. On 9/26/2021 at 10:34 PM, misswonderly3 said:

    Of course you are.  Sometimes we just plain don't like something, and that's that.  Ok,  I'll back off on the point about the songs  ( but you must have ears made of cement to not like the songs,  -- ok,  ok.....)

    But this is not opinion it's fact,   that something that is a deliberate retelling of a story is NOT a "rip-off".   West Side Story can't be a rip-off of Romeo and Juliet because it is an intentional allusion to the Shakespeare play, no sneakiness or plagiarism involved.


    You are so funny,  especially in your claim that you're not passive \ aggressive.    E.g.  Ok,  I'll back off on the point about the songs  ( but you must have ears made of cement to not like the songs,  -- ok,  ok.....)



  14. 59 minutes ago, ElCid said:

    Certain criteria can be fed into the computer, such as race/ethnicity, income levels, geography, etc. 

    Of course criteria can be fed into a model:  the question was that should they be and if that answer is YES,  then of course the pols that control a  state are going to feed in other those that benefit them.


  15. 14 minutes ago, ElCid said:

    Welcome to Trump's America.

    Isn't it  gerrymandering in both cases:   E.g. doing what Texas does by purposefully not creating districts based on race or ethnic group identification,  or doing what CA does all the time,   purposefully creating them based on those reason.

    This is  the debate here in CA will districts created by computer modeling;  does the model need to be "trained" to recognize race \ ethnic group make-up?



  16. 1 hour ago, charvakan said:

    Great topic.  I agree with the consensus favorites Red Dust, Baby Face, and Red Headed Woman, as well as Three on a Match and others.  I'm not sure I saw anyone mention The Match King with Warren William, but it's great.  By the way, his Perry Mason series shows a lawyer literally helping a client get away with murder in the Howling Dog, something that a year later would probably not have been allowed.

    Jewell Robbery's best line:  "Someone's outside--I can hear the gwavel cwunching!"

    TCM has shown The Match King,  which as you note is a really good film with William and soon to be Flynn's wife,   French actress, Lili Damita.

    Yea,  pre-code Mason films were more faithful to the novels than Production code films or the T.V.  series.      


  17. 36 minutes ago, DougieB said:

    It's hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that anyone could accept John Wayne as "new product". I'm really feeling my age.

    As you know there are a lot of people that reject any and all black and white films.     Wayne is iconic,  especially to a certain segment of the population.    

    So I could see a father with children that are teens (as well as their grandfather) wanting to expose them to Wayne films and the films being "modernized"  could help in that regard.

    The proof of if doing so was a good idea or not, from the POV of those that did this,   is only based on their sales;  Did they sell more of these "new product" versions than the original one?    

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  18. 1 hour ago, LuckyDan said:

    Early Nicholson-Arkoff and set in a girls school. I don't see anything to complain about here. 



    What film are you referencing?      I ask because others are discussing Blood of Dracula,  the film for this Saturday,  which was released in 1957 and the above photo is dated 1974.   Also I don't see a link between Blood of Dracula and Nicholson-Arkoff. 


  19. 1 hour ago, Mr. Gorman said:

    One thing I remember about EMPEROR OF THE NORTH was the filmmakers were daring enough to show Lee Marvin with horrible teeth.  Very few movies show their lead actor with awful choppers.  → Usually no matter how grubby the surroundings are the actors still have pearly whites to flash toward the camera. 

    I reckon most filmmakers/studios figure they don't want to repulse their audience by showing too many rotten choppers on-screen!  🦷

    Have another dentin → 🦷

    Where the teeth actually his,  or did the costume department use artificial teeth to achieve a more realistic hobo?


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