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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. That should also have the gremlin on the airplane wing: Nightmare at 20,000 feet.
  2. >per pturman: >And the original post to this thread was dissin the 360 shot in Paper Moon. Personally, I think that shot works great. It's nice to see a car chase set in real time The real timeyness can be easily achieved without the roundabout shot, which I maintain is stagey, obvious and egotistical. >and: >where does the camera turn 360 degrees in "Mr. Blandings?" It comes when they first see the house, the real estate agent parades around, showing them the attributes of the property. It doesn't work for me.
  3. Perhaps this is what you were thinking of, though it was in early June: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/500600/Seven-Years-Bad-Luck/
  4. My point about using the quote is that it sums up everything about the essential film noir set-up with the flawed leading man and the fatal femme. The man had the smarts to know better, could have known better, ought to have known better, *did* know better, but went ahead and did it anyway. The Jeff Bailey's of the world will always follow compliantly wherever thier Kathies lead them (and that is to their destruction). It isn't only sexual attraction, but a kind of fascination with their amorality. As if the women they are obsessed with are making real their own fantasies about rebellion.
  5. As Jeff Baily says to Kathie Moffat: "Baby, I don't care."
  6. >Per mrroberts: >Its really not fair to judge the early 30's films against the later work. The early stuff was just the beginning, a learning and development time, without it you wouldn't have the later stuff. I think its fascinating how much the film industry progressed in such a short time. And I do find some interesting moments and performances in the early films. By the early thirties there had been about twenty years of filmmaking, and the essential grammar of it had been developed. You also had most of the great directors either established or beginning their careers, includi
  7. Have to admit, Flynn and Sabatini are an unbeatable combination. And don't forget Olivia de Havilland, and Michael Curtiz. Although it's not quite in the mainstream of the genre, I might mention The Court Jester, with Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone doing a spectacular and hilarious homage/takeoff on all the climactic swordfights in the movies you mentioned. By the way, it's Danny Kay's best movie. And Glynis Johns is---oh, lovely.
  8. Yes, I liked it, too, until it turned into a standard retribution murder story. When Julio offers the couple peppermint frappes from a different bottle . . . oh, that's an oooold device. Until then, it held promise of being something different, even if it had the reused subplot from Vertigo of him perversely recreating the woman he was obsessed with.
  9. Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure my TV is worth having the kind of work on it you're talking about. It's an LG I got before Circuit City went belly up. But I'll look around for someone who can adjust the overscan. I was hoping it was possible to do it myself.
  10. So it appears that your problem was due to the way TCMHD broadcast the movie. In the bacward part of the country I live in, only SD is available. I am glad to learn about the overscanning. I've always noticed that the images on the screen appeared to be cut off a little on all sides. I thought this was part of the process of digitizing the films. I'm going to investigate the possibility of adjusting my set.
  11. The film was letterboxed. Perhaps you have your cable feed or TV set to zoom the image (to have a larger picture and eliminate the letterboxing). On my cable and TV unzoomed it came out fine.
  12. There has always been in this country a not insubstantial element (that exists even to this day) that was opposed to our involvement in at least the European part of WW II, and has always maintained that it was FDR who manipulated America into it. This element was, and is, at least sympathetic to Hitler's regime, if not actually espousing Naziism, and virulently opposed to any form of communism or socialism. It considered us (Americans) dupes for fighting Germany with the Allies, thus Mollett's comments to Homer. Naturally, exponents of this philosophy styled themselves as true patriots (ta
  13. >Per JakeHolman: >>More books and movies about the Vietnam War have been written than I care to Count. That war ripped this country apart. And if you had taken the care to read what I posted, instead of see what you were looking for, you would know that is what I wrote. The Korean War was waged with general indifference by the American public, who viewed it with irritation and impatience, and wanted it ended. Most people went on with their own lives unaffected by it. The same, or similar, condition as today. The upheavals in American society either caused by, or attendant wi
  14. Yeah, but Strother Martin, on a Hollywood Hills hilltop, a spiritual guru. Let me tell you. he's no falconer. I was cringing in sympathy through the entire scene. It must have taken that hawk a week to recover from its treatment. And why not a Louis Wolheim night? Edited by: slaytonf on Jul 31, 2011 8:51 PM
  15. That's a good scheme for updating the movie. But the problem is that recent events, say since the end of the Viet Nam war, have not had the same level of effect on American society, so the film, no matter how well it is done could never have the same signifgicance. What makes The Best Years so powerful is that it deals with a time when the entire structure of American society was undergoing realignment. Though we've fought three wars in Southwest Asia, they've hardly had any effect on the way we live our lives. In that respect, the period we most echo now is that of the Korean War. And
  16. >After Dargo: >And my guess for THAT ONE's future is that she turns around and immediately marries Steve Cochran...err...Cliff, and he becomes Husband No.2 of 5 in total. And, she ends up dying in 1997 embittered and alone inside her residence at the Shady Tree Mobile Home Park in Needles California holding an empty quart of Costco's Kirkland brand Vodka in her left hand!!! Guess? Or hope? Don't forget she was making good money before Fred came home, and she don't need no man to take care of her. She's the most realistic and practical person in the whole movie. What's to say she
  17. Lew Ayres night. Why not a Louis Wolheim night? Well, anyway, All Quiet's a great movie. Kildare? Nah. Unfaithful. Nnno. Johnny Belinda's ok. Jane Wyman's one of my favorites. Like her best in The Yearling. . . . Hey! Panic on the---oh, Air, not Streets. Oh well. . . . .Star of Midnight, William Powell, Ginger Rogers, I'll give it a try----no, I'll record it, I won't be up at 3:30 . . . . Mmmm . . . Washington . . . Sweet . . Oh Boy! Harper! Rarely seen quirky Newman vehicle. Gotta catch that. Oh hell!
  18. America's best film by America's best director. It addresses themes which are necessary for a film to be truly great: what it's like to be human, how do you decide what it is to live like a human being, or how do you live square with yourself, with what you are doing? Most of my favorite scenes have already been mentioned. One I would like to highlight is Homer's homecoming. Every time I see the movie, as the scene comes up, the three of them sitting in the cab, I say to myself, "I've seen this many times before. It' no big deal. I can take it." Then the second the camera looks out
  19. What I can't understand is why you bothered subjecting yourself to a movie you didn't like for fifty minutes.
  20. Robert Osborne says: "Lewis Milestone was a good director. . . " No, Lewis Milestone was a great director. The equal of any other. A truly underappreciated genius. And All Quiet on the Western Front is his masterpiece.
  21. >As kingrat: > Wonder how many takes it took for the mule to eat just the one page? It may not have been too hard. They might have smeared it with something sweet. Oh, I forgot to say: Josephine Baker, an Algerian rustic--with tweezed eyebrows and false eyelashes (or is it mascara?). Anyway, she's the only reason for watching the movie.
  22. You can check to see if a film is scheduled by going to it's TCM page. In this instance: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69663/Bride-of-Frankenstein/ The scheduled air date(s) appear under the title. Air dates extend out about three months. As you can see, The Bride of Frankenstein is not scheduled. Edited by: slaytonf on Jul 29, 2011 8:21 PM
  23. It might actually be In Cold Blood (1967): http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3752/In-Cold-Blood/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIctOCn7Bgw|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3752/In-Cold-Blood/ Edited by: slaytonf on Jul 29, 2011 1:34 AM Edited by: slaytonf on Jul 29, 2011 1:35 AM
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