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  1. It’s not a competition but my older brother managed to talk my grandma and three of my great-aunts into taking us to see For Your Eyes Only, Stripes and National Lampoon’s Vacation during summer breaks. Oh and Splash, too. There’d be a minor scandal and then the next year they’d fall for it again. Time pretty much stopped for them in the 1950s so I’m not sure they knew what an R-rated movie meant. My mom had to talk two of them out of going to see The Shining. Although my grandma was a bit of a wild child, apparently. I recorded Shag; have a vague memory of the movie when it was rele
  2. I have the series though 56 Up on DVD but haven’t watched the last few installments yet. When I looked for 63 Up it was only available on Region 2. It seems like this opportunity was both a gift and a curse for the participants. Thank you for the information.
  3. My family did the same thing when I was growing up. We had an artificial 🎄 to put the presents under (the cats would go there, too) but would also get a tabletop-size live tree to put in the window each year. We had to dig the hole for planting it before the ground froze, though, and then cover that with a board. There’s a small grove of these evergreens on the north side of my dad’s yard. The Bishop’s Wife is my favorite classic Christmas movie. It may not be about the Nativity but the sentiments expressed in it, such as the Professor’s observation that it is a good time for looking
  4. I remember the CBS broadcast switching between parades in Hawaii, Detroit, and a couple other cities. I understand the parade is mostly for advertising but some performers & floats do strike a more holiday tone than others. I love the Rockettes (and have an exercise video by them). Depending on where we’re having Thanksgiving, sometimes get to see the National Dog Show, sometimes traveling when it’s on. I haven’t seen some of the films & shows suggested here but do especially like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and Planes, Trains and Automob
  5. Going to watch Charlie Brown now. After that, debating between a number of others movies/specials. 🎃Happy Halloween!🎃
  6. Had to take Seymour to the emergency vet early Thursday morning ~3am. Brought him home about 9pm Friday. While worrying all day, I thought of how it took nearly a year to gain his trust (he was a stray) and it reminded me of my favorite scene in How to Train Your Dragon. *Sniff* For the impatient...fast forward to when the boy, Hiccup, draws on the ground with a stick. (I note that Hiccup is left-handed. When it comes to noticing other lefties, left-handed people tend to be like Jake the dog in a Far Side panel: a crush of fleeing people and a traffic jam in a city af
  7. I wanted to see the intro to Eye of the Dvl because I’d seen part of it before and was confused by some stuff. But that didn’t work out last night. Are we supposed to think there is witchcraft going on in addition to the pagan rituals? Or is it an example of the attitude that “this isn’t Christian so it’s automatically considered witchcraft”? Mob mentality and ritual sacrifice are two of the scariest things to me so it’s horrifying no matter what. But it’s not just pagan religions where one may encounter those. As for the three films mentioned at the beginning of the thread, I w
  8. It’s a movie that makes you scare yourself. Since so much is left unseen and unexplained or relies on the power of suggestion, it doesn’t work nearly as well with distracted viewing. I’ve never read the novel - except for the memorable paragraph that describes Hill House and talks about larks and katydids dreaming - but apparently there’s a part, not included in the movie, where the women are walking outside when Theo cries out for Nell to run. She’s seen something behind them, something that chases them, but what that was is never revealed to the reader *shiver*. (In the movie, apar
  9. (Watching “Australian Bushfire Rescue” on Nature right now and it is heart-rending and hopeful at same time.) I didn’t know that about the vocal group. The thing about the nightclub scene in Blacula is the song just keeps going...until it occurs to you, “oh, are we going to hear the whole thing?”. I enjoy it though. On the other hand....the rave scene in the second Matrix movie lasted so long that I figured the filmmakers had to be messing with the audience. And I hate the song the school kids sing in The Birds. Not only is it un-melodic but it just goes on and on. And on.
  10. Hello and welcome. The first film I specifically remembering seeing on TCM - with Robert O. intro - was an old favorite, The Wizard of Oz. It was the night they aired Dark Side of the Moon on the secondary audio channel.
  11. Oh my gosh , she looks like Auntie Claus. I should not be posting so late. P. S. I’m not fond of vampire shows & movies though I’ve seen my share. (Almost always watched “in spite of” there being vampires rather than “because of”.) But I do love the nightclub part in Blacula with the singing trio in powder blue.
  12. Sorry about that - the text looked huge on my screen, I wasn’t sure if it was the default size or not, so I decreased the font. Also, I was mortified at how long the post was and it didn’t look so bad with the smaller font. I actually had more to say about Ian Holm but realized I needed to just walk away. That’s why my review ends a bit abruptly. (Part of what I was going to go on about was that in the ‘98 Alice film, Holm gives an idiosyncratic performance as Through the Looking Glass’s White Knight [a character generally recognized as a stand-in for Carroll himself] - complete with
  13. Not sure what you mean by “optimistic, culturally hallowed sacred cows” but it does seem that, overall, Brit culture is more literate, making some things more likely to be targets of humor than in the US. There also seems to be a tradition of poking fun at their institutions and standing - some of that may be earned and some of it may be “we’re going to mock ourselves before anyone else does”, perhaps? But there doesn’t seem to be a hesitancy in “punching down”, as well, when it comes to what will be ridiculed. I do think, however, that it’s often easier to tear something down than it is
  14. Lady in White - worth seeing despite flaws Almost distractingly bad visual effects but a chilling story. Real life monsters can be much more horrifying than imaginary ones. Just so you know, the n-word is used and that part of the story is under-developed. I don’t know how else to say it without giving anything away. Edited to add: meant to mention that the for some reason the image of the windmill silhouetted against the sky by a cottage reminds me of Night of the Hunter.
  15. (Description of plot may include what some would consider spoilers) Dreamchild (1985) - Director: Gavin Millar, Writer: Dennis Potter, Cast: Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper, Amelia Shankley In 1932 Columbia University invited Alice Liddell Hargreaves to its centenary celebration for Charles Dodgson. It was to the Liddell sisters that Dodgson - aka Lewis Carroll - first recounted the story that became Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. How much, or even whether, Hargreaves inspired the character of "Alice" is still debated but she has long been identified with her, a
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