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Everything posted by CasaCinema

  1. No, I don't like Van Johnson. I LOVE Van Johnson. Love, love, love him. Boy next door, aw shucks, but with a little bit of mischievousness and that twinkle in his eye. So adorable and endearing. I love watching him. He just goes down easy, you know? And he was in so many good movies, from musicals to romance to war. Very versatile, and yes, I agree, underrated. I love his pairings with June Allyson (another vote for Remains To Be Scene, please!), Esther Williams and Judy Garland. 23 Paces to Baker Street was one of the first movies I saw him in when I was much, much younger and is still one
  2. Sylvester and Frank Stallone Tatum and Griffin O'Neal James and John Belushi
  3. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty Ben and Casey Affleck Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert John and Ellen Travolta Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal Chris and Liam Helmsworth Stanley and Barry Livingston Don and Lani Grady
  4. Julia and Eric Roberts Kim and Kyle Richards Patrick Swayze and Don Swayze Rob and Chad Lowe Colin and Jonathan Firth Ralph and Joseph Fiennes Kate and Oliver Hudson Tim and John Considine Kevin, Noreen and Donna Corcoran
  5. I'm so happy to see The Slipper and the Rose is going to air. I think it's a TCM premiere. I haven't seen that movie since I was a youngster. Very enjoyable. That was about the only new movie on the schedule for me. I know you two gents may not watch it, but JA absolutely shines in Call the Midwife. The years have been very kind (and not in a nip/tuck kind of way) and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for her. But Logan's Run was all about Richard Jordan and Michael York for me, lol.
  6. Just as a point of reference for those of you having problems, I have TWC and I checked my guide. It shows listings through 11/27. So, no problems here in that regard.
  7. Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is a wonderful program. We love it. I don't know of too many people who are aware of it. It hasn't aired on tv in a very long time. We also love to watch the old holiday tv specials. MeTV airs a lot of them and is actually going to start their Christmas programming tomorrow night @ 8pm cst. Up this week are Family Affair, The Bob Newhart Show, Dobie Gillis, The Lucy Show, The Doris Day Show, Make Room for Daddy and The Brady Bunch. This is early for MeTV as they usually wait until December 1st.
  8. Actually, Come to the Stable, which I mentioned in my previous post, is not a Christmas movie at all, and yet for me has that Christmas feel you mentioned. New England setting, snow, winter time, nuns, Christian faith overtone, etc. It will air on December 20th at 3:45 pm EST, in case anyone is interested.
  9. Oh, dear. Is this a bad time to admit I watch some of those Hallmark Christmas movies? Don't forget the Lifetime ones, too! Lol I wish someone would show Christmas Eve with Loretta Young and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear with Mickey Rooney. It's been a loooooong time since they've aired and my taped copies aren't that great anymore. I don't think TCM ever will, as they are TV movies. I love watching all the movies listed here, except for One Magic Christmas. Haven't seen that one yet, maybe this year. We're No Angels has become a Christmas favorite. Keeping with the Loretta Young
  10. LOL! I've been meaning to see someone about these darn "junior" moments I've been having. As soon as I posted, I remembered Justin Morgan Had a Horse and The Littlest Horse Horse Thieves with Alistair Sim. I was in a horsey frame of mind. Speedracer, I totally forgot about Freaky Friday! One of my favorites and pretty funny. Unlike Superdad, lol.
  11. I guess you could call old Disney movies a bit of a hobby of mine. I actually have Watcher in the Woods on right now. Great little movie from 1980 with Bette Davis, David McCallum, Carole Baker and Lynn-Holly Johnson (a couple years after Ice Castles). I've gotten re-acquainted with lots of Disney movies through the Disney Family Movies On Demand channel. Last week they had Moon Pilot on with Brian Keith, Tom Tryon and Kent Smith. Magnificent Rebel is another obscure one, as is The Horse Without A Head and Horse with the Flying Tail. One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing with Helen Hayes is fun.
  12. "With a hip, hip and a clippety-clop, he's out looking for a top to chop..." I've really been enjoying this evening. I always look forward to the Disney nights, and the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is one of my favorites. I still remember going to see the Witch Mountain movies in the theaters with the ol' gang. They are sooooo '70's, lol. I'm not an expert in any sense of the word when it comes to this whole ratio and aspect thing. But, what I have noticed is that when Disney airs "letterboxed" movies, either something at the top or the bottom will get chopped off in terms of sce
  13. On our standard tv the image was cropped. On the hd tv, the image was fine, plenty of scenery on either side of the opening credits, no stretching. We usually keep the resolution at 480i on the standard (smaller) tv when watching TCM in order to avoid the postage stamp image (borders on all sides). Our box from TWC allows changes in resolution output, even on standard tv's. I, too, was disappointed that this was the dubbed copy. I was hoping it was the original audio track, but no soap. I find it so distracting. Greatly mars the enjoyment of this movie. BTW, Disney Movies On Demand is
  14. Which is why some people I know call it "Cinco de Drink-o"...
  15. Feliz Cinco de Mayo to you, too! I happen to be Mexican-American and maybe because of our rich and very present Mexican heritage and maybe because we live within spitting distance of the Rio Grande and Mexico, everyone around here knows Cinco de Mayo is about the Battle of Puebla. And yes, besides knowing the history of the day, it's a good excuse to have great food and great music. :^0
  16. I use a vcr practically every day. I find them very easy when I want to record something at a moment's notice. The "newest" one I have is from 2003, the oldest from the early '90's. I have about 8 or 9 that are usable in one form or other and with the scarcity of them on the market nowadays, I'm not getting rid of these old ones, lol. I love new technology, but I still have a soft spot for the older stuff. Besides, this way I don't have to rent or buy a dvr, at least for now. Whatever I want to record for posterity goes on a dvd disc, with a vhs backup, just in case the disc fails or doesn't f
  17. I'm not surprised they showed at, as they promoted it nonstop when it came out in theaters. A couple of years ago around Easter-time they showed the Jesus of Nazareth miniseries with Robert Powell over 4 nights. It was unedited and commercial free as well. They've also shown the various biblical themed tv movies that were done a few years back with actors like Richard Harris, Barbara Hershey, etc. And to the OP, I say amen and hallelujah for TCM as well.
  18. Any more alerts to future airings of the longer version would be very much appreciated, as I would love to record it. I happened to catch the one today after Joy of Living. What a treat! Just this morning, my dad and I were waxing nostaligic about Doris Day and how much we both love her and her movies. Dad has a neighbor, who happens to be named Doris, who met Doris Day years ago and that she couldn't have been nicer to her. She also said the thing that struck her was how tall Doris was. Such an elegant lady. Maybe Robert Osborn could do an interview with Doris and have it prese
  19. The Disney Channel airs commercial-free movies every Friday morning/afternoon (depending on your time zone) as part of its Disney Junior lineup. They've shown Snow White, Dumbo, Robin Hood, Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers, The Rescuers Down Under, The Great Mouse Detective, etc. And if you get MoviePass On Demand, they showed all three Lion King movies, Mulan I and II, plus many others, and are currently showing the Aristocats, as was mentioned, as well as The Shaggy Dog and The Shaggy D.A., all commercial-free. One treat over the Christmas season was the airing of The Christmas Tree wi
  20. My top choice would be the wonderful Richard Kiley, closely followed by Liev Schreiber. Two of the best narrators ever, ever, ever.
  21. I haven't watched a Super Bowl since the holy trinity of Aikman, Smith and Irvin went by the wayside. Without them and Moose Johnston, it's just not worth tuning in. So, early in the afternoon it will be a bit of the AbFab marathon (loved the brand new episode!), then later on Columbo, followed by Downton Abbey and then a Holmes Inspection to round things out. I might take a peek at The Lavender Hill Mob or The Ladykillers, as those are always enjoyable.
  22. I have to admit that as much as I loved seeing this movie again, the audio and music score drove me nuts! I didn't know the score had been tinkered with, but I knew something was wrong. The dialogue audio was so low in many spots, almost as if they were all talking in hushed tones, and then the music audio seemed to fight with the dialogue, making the music the clear winner in that battle. I kept raising and lowering my tv volume to catch what was being said, only to be blasted by the music. Ugh. The most recent Jane Eyre version I have enjoyed was the one with Maggie Smith's son, Toby S
  23. Now this was a real treat! Thank you, TCM! I have seen clips from this production on those Best of Broadway tributes that PBS airs now and again, so it was terrific to get to see the whole thing. No offense to George Hearn, who was absolutely fabulous as Todd, but I would love to see a Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury version of Sweeney Todd. They had great chemistry in their Murder, She Wrote pairings of Jessica Fletcher and Michael Hagerty, so I can only imagine that chemistry on stage. I hope TCM will occasionally air specials like this.
  24. Add another member to that small club of VCR owners, lol. I have a stand-alone dvd recorder that I use to permanently record movies, etc, but I love my VCR for popping in a tape at a moment's notice to record something. I also have a ton of old VCR tapes, and although I have duplicated most of them onto dvd, I still can't get rid of them. One of these days.... As for the quality of dvd's, a lot depends on the manufacturer. I used Sony's exclusively for years and years, but within the last year they changed manufacturers and are now producing a cheaper product, it seems. I found this ou
  25. Lol, I find closed captioning very useful in movies like this. Odd that it doesn't have any. Trying to lip read is next best, lol. One of my little pet peeves is the wrong types of roses in period movies. Hybrid teas weren't introduced until the 1860's and yet are often seen in movies set prior to that.
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