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slaytonf

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  1. Dargo, ol' bud, I can see you are channeling Dickens' ghosts and working to get me to see the miserliness of my views. But I'm a failed Scrooge. I guess I'll go to sleep in a fearsome grave and have my bed linen stolen from under me. I just noticed this, which I overlooked: An achingly beautiful scene, one of my favorites:
  2. Do you know when you watched it? Say , the month. The beginning or the end of the month.
  3. Admit? Nay, proclaim. Take aim at the holy holies and--sniff at them.
  4. Hey, um--this thread is for blasphemies. See the title? Blasphemies. Instead all that's happening is people gushing a river of sticky, sicky Christmas sentiment. Seems people have smoked the mistletoe, and all their wasted eyes see are visions of tinkerbells and snowflakes. This is meant as a haven for people, irritated beyond endurance at the irrelevance to real human conditions of the standard Christmas offerings, to come and vent their suppressed loathing of them the the tired, hackneyed empty shells used to validate a system based on exploitation and expropriation of rights and indivi
  5. Well, Dargo--Bah! And humbug to A Christmas Story. Never got beyond the opening scene. A Christmas in Connecticut--bah! The Bishop's Wife--bah! Now, Scrooge (or, A Christmas Carol, 1951) is ok, principally due to Alistair Sim. A bit of alright. He managed the tricky transformation from meanness to niceness without a tinge of phony.
  6. I hate Christmas. Christmas in movies. The whole ooey, goopy mess. Watching them you imagine the crew went around in a glassy-eyed trance, mindlessly intoning the universal seasonal mantra: "God bless us, everyone." Ugh. And here's anotherthing. I loathe It's a Wonderful Life (there, I won't even put the made-year after it). I've started watching it twice and never made it past about twenty minutes or so. What a drag. There are some good ones, or ones not so insufferable you can't sit through them. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is good, though I can't say why. Natalie Wood, the cut
  7. Here's a site that lists some +Pittsburgh movies: https://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/2016/01/pittsburgh_movies.html If I makes you feel any better, lots of cities come in for abuse, so you're not out there in the cold alone.
  8. It is my understanding, and I know this because TCM tells me so, that TCM does not alter the movies it shows. It has been documented that on occasion, movies have been shown not in their original ratio, even some--gasp!--in pan-and-scan. People have attributed this to the sources from which TCM gets its movies.
  9. Coincidentally, on YouTube, as part of the Shows Must Go On fundraising series, is the stage adaptation of An American in Paris.
  10. How 'bout A Matter of Life and Death (1947) with David Niven and Kim Hunter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Matter_of_Life_and_Death_(film) It's in both b/w and color. It shows up on TCM from time to time, so keep an eye out for it.
  11. You get an A for effort. I stick to what happens in the movie. Women who come into contact with Bond have a high mortality rate.
  12. From the beginning of the series, it's been remarked the toll James Bond takes on women. Though he never kills any, I believe, association with him often proves fatal. Of course, he's responsible for the deaths of a lot of men, too, and quite directly. But they are almost all bad guys who should expect as much considering their line of work. I am led to wonder if anyone ever made a tally of the casualties. I also wonder if the body count lessened over time, as misogyny levels tempered in Hollywood, or the fears of appearing so increased.
  13. If you go to the movie's TCM Database page, you will see a subheading under the picture. One of them will be Articles & Reviews. It may not be as extensive as on the old pages, I can't say, but it's something. Here's an example from tonight's lineup: https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/73717/duck-soup#articles-reviews
  14. No need. Happy to oblige. The Austin Healey makes surprisingly few appearances. If you remember Patrick McGoohan's TV series Danger Man (one of TV's answers to James Bond), you'll find a couple of appearances. And in Steve Martin's reprisal of Father of the Bride (1991). The MGA (twin cam used in Antiques Road Trip) also surprisingly shows up only in a handful of assorted European movies too obscure to mention individually. I give only the IMCDB page: https://www.imcdb.org/vehicles.php?make=MG&model=A+Twin+Cam&modelMatch=1&modelInclModel=on
  15. The Antiques Road Trip has started a new season. At least on YouTube. It shows the effect of the Corona Age. No longer do the two contesting antiques experts shake hands with shop proprietors on meeting them or concluding a sale. Everyone keeps a safe distance. Auctions are all on line or by phone, which is a drawback. You loose the ambience of a roomful of people and the antiques experts efforts to massage the crowd, a big part of the show's fun. Bidding for objects feels mechanical, despite the efforts of the contenders to pep it up following the auction on personal tablets. Lost als
  16. It refers to the person who violates Vincent Gowrie's grave. Supposedly it refers to Chick Mallison, who intrudes in the dust (the repository of the mortal remains), although as it turns out, he does not really, as Vincent's body is no longer in the grave. Crawford Gowrie, is the real violator, removing the body of the brother he murdered from his grave to hide his guilt.
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