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  1. In many ways this film stands out as pivotal in Frank's movie career. By the mid-1960's, the Rat Pack films had run their course and were played out. (Sergeants 3 anyone?). At the same time, 20th Century-Fox was looking to re-establish themselves after almost closing for good a few years earlier. So this combination of Frank doing an action film without his buddies tagging along, and Fox flexing their muscle doing the type of film that they excelled in during the post WWII era results in VRE. On the heels of The Great Escape, and based on a best selling novel by David Westheimer, this is
  2. This film is unique in the history of gangster films. It's not really a noir film, but has elements of noir influence. Shot in widescreen and color by master cameraman Milton Krasner, himself an architect of early b&w noir (Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, The Set Up), Massacre also has a docudrama feel familiar to anyone who's a fan of the old Untouchables TV series, complete with narration (Paul Frees instead of Walter Winchell) The casting choices reflect the influences of classic Warner Bros. gangster films. Jason Robards bore no resemblence to Al Capone whatsoever, but he d
  3. I used to get the Encore package of channels and my main problem with them was their habit of showing pan and scan versions of widescreen films. When you talk about Fox westerns, you're also talking about ones made during the CinemaScope era. Movies like Broken Lance, Garden of Evil, River of No Return, The Bravados, Warlock, etc. All those films are butchered by pan and scan when shown on Encore. I'd rather wait for those to turn up on TCM instead.
  4. I think TCM would have to change, to a certain extent. I don't expect them to have the same format as they did in 2001 either. Remember, when they started out, it was with titles from the old MGM, RKO, and WB libraries; they rarely showed titles from Paramount and Universal, and practically nothing from Columbia and 20th Century-Fox. Now, in more recent years they have been more inclusive of films from these other studios, and quite frankly, a lot of those titles are grade-b or worse, especially from Columbia. And I like some of those old stinkers. Also, they are the only movie channel t
  5. {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}My recommendations for next year's festival would be movies turning 50, and aside from obvious favorites like My Fair Lady and Dr. Strangelove, which have been screened a lot here in LA, I'd love to see: {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}Goldfinger {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}Mary Poppins {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}The Carpetbaggers {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}The Pink Panther {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}Viva Las Vegas {font} {font:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif}A Hard Days Night {font} {font:Verdana,
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