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Posts posted by YabbaDabba

  1. 15 minutes ago, rjbartrop said:

    25 years is a pretty reasonable cutoff.  It's also the date that you can register a vehicle in most places as an antique.   I would suggest a couple of exceptions.

    First off, definitely keep on showing those documentaries on the history of film.  Also, I think i'd be willing to make an exception for more modern films that are about the early days of film (Hugo, biographies of early actors, or directors), or are outright homages to classic films (The Good German,  Down With Love)


    Yes, the cars, exactly what I was thinking.  

    The documentaries are also excellent.  I guess I don't consider those in the same vein as I do the others!

  2. 2 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    Actually, even though a "classic"  movie fan for many years, hardly a day goes by that I fail to see some "classic" movie that despite it being as old as 80-90 years old, is NEW to me!  ;)  on TCM.


    This right here!  

    I do like some of the changes they've made - loving the addition of more foreign movies, for one thing.

    And, I get that some newer movies are classic (although I would hesitate to call La La Land such, not all Oscar winners are deserving).   Or remade from classic movies.  It doesn't mean TCM needs to play them to gain newer viewers.   In my area, TCM is a *pay channel.  They lump it in with sports.  Thank you (not), Comcrap.

    Keep TCM 25 years old and before.  We're already saturated with the new stuff, leave that to AMC et al.

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  3. Why can't TCM just use their own app and allow us to subscribe to it directly?  

    Have been wanting to cut the cord for a while.   Could just stream Hulu (and get TCM that way, too).   Problem is they will want to charge me more for the internet....sigh....they get ya coming and going.   There's no FIOS here to threaten them with, just satellite, both of which stink.   At least here they do, because the phone company is so bad (can't get Verizon) that the lines send electrical surges and kill modems over and over again.

    Comcrap has no a la carte, no senior citizen rates - it does not surprise me that they don't care about the folks in nursing homes, etc.  They are just money pigs.

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  4. On 7/2/2019 at 8:41 PM, EricJ said:

    More specifically, Gettysburg and G&G were Ted Turner's little backyard-toys at playing with movies--Confederate Civil War epics, of COURSE--so if anybody would be showing them, you'd think it would be TCM.

    If for no other reason than to watch Ted get shot....

  5. On 7/2/2019 at 11:09 PM, sewhite2000 said:

    My initial reaction is the heck does Gettysburg have to do with July 4 anyway?

    Um, the main battle - Pickett's Charge - was fought on July 4.  You know, the battle where the south lost half their army marching across an open field like sitting (or marching) ducks?  Or maybe you don't...  Watch the movie.  

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  6. Googled "why doesn't TCM show Gettysburg" and found this thread. Now the film is 26 years old, so if 25 years is the technical definition of classic, then it's "eligible".  It's already 8-10 years older than the LOTR movies...which along with other newer movies, TCM has already shown anyway.  No other channels show the Gettysburg movies, either.

    So TCM is denying its community of one of the better historical movies made in the last 50 years.   Not to mention missing out on all the fun banter we used to have on the IM** forums back in the day, the history, the bloopers (finding moving trucks, statues amongst the greens), the varmints that served as mustaches and beards - and discussing the various cuts of the movie....  Now, there is a Director's Cut, which has added not only more minutes, but actual music with orchestral instruments (as opposed to only using electronic music in the original movie).  The cuts did not terribly detract (although adding them did connect a few of the stories) as they did with Gods and Generals, but it's the version we watch most in our home now. 

    Gods and Generals.....whoever edited that movie should have been fired.  It was barely tolerable.  When they released the Extended/Director's Cut version, the lights went on, the movie made sense, it didn't drag on...it wasn't just Stonewall sobbing into his hanky.  It's not as good as Gettysburg, but ya know, if they had released it the way it should have been released, we might actually have that third Shaara movie after all.  

    TCM, not showing these movies is really a shame.  

  7. I don't have so many from this year.   But Lola is one of my favorites - and the music is awesome.

    Run, Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

    The Dinner Game (1998) Francis Veber, France

    Open Your Eyes (1997) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

    The Way We Laughed (1998) Gianni Amelio, Italy

    The Phantom of the Opera, Dario Argento, Italy

    The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark 

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  8. Here are mine...

    Life Is Beautiful (1997) Roberto Benigni, Italy

    Happy Together (1997) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

    The Thief (1997) Pavel Chukhrai, Russia

    On Connait La Chanson (1997) Alain Resnais, France

    Children of Heaven (1997) Majid Majidi, Iran

    Rien ne va plus, Claude Chabrol, France

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  9. 1.  La Ceremonie (1995) Claude Chabrol, France

    2.  Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands

    3.  Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995) Claude Sautet, France

    4.  Les Miserables (1995) Claude Lelouch, France

    5.  The Flower of My Secret (1995) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

    6.  La Haine (1995), Mathieu Kassovitz, France



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    Il Postino (1994) Michael Radford, Italy

    Chungking Express (1994) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

    Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Ang Lee, Taiwan

    Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) Krzysztof Kielowski, France

    Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994) Krzysztof Kielowski, France

    Before the Rain (1994) Milcho Manchevski, Macedonia

    Le Colonel Chabert (1994) Yves Angelo, France

    La Reine Margot (1994) Patrice Chereau, France

    Farinelli: Il Castrato (1994) Gerard Corbiau, Italy

    Satantango (1994) Bela Tarr, Hungary



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  11. 22 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

    Do feel free to join in.  We go one year at a time and spend a week on each.   This week is 1990 so if you would like to compile a list of your favourites in order for 1990 it would be most welcome.  I list everyone's number one from each year at the end of a decade.

    Ok, thanks - sorry I messed up and did the whole decade.  I got too excited. ;)


  12. Now that I have found you all.... :)  I think the 1990s were one of the best decades for foreign movies.  JMO.    In no particular order....

    1.       My Father’s Glory (1990) – Yves Robert, France  (Except this one.  an all-time favorite)

    2.       My Mother’s Castle (1990) – Yves Robert, France

    3.       Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang, China

    4.       Life is Beautiful (1997) – Roberto Benigni, Italy

    5.       Chungking Express (1994) – Wong Kar Wai, China

    6.       Three Colors: Red (1994) – Kryzsztof Kieslowski, Poland  (OK, also Blue and White, but, a list of ten)

    7.       Run Lola Run (1998) – Tom Tykwer, Germany

    8.       Il Postino (1994) – Michael Radford, Italy

    9.       Akiro Kurasawa's Dreams (1990) – Akiro Kurasawa, Ishiro Honda, Japan

    10.     Belle Epoque (1992) – Fernando Trueba, Spain

    I also loved The Thief, Ponette, Kolya, Europa Europa!, Cyrano de Bergerac, Open Your Eyes, Eat Drink Man Woman.....there are way too many to list here!

  13. I don't come here often.  But I just binged all 91 pages of posts in this thread!  I applaud all of you who have seen so many of the older films - I have just made a huge list of everything I want to see.  I wouldn't know where to find half of it, especially the German films from the 20s and 30s.  Also, everything you find on Youtube and elsewhere seem to not have subtitles.    But I *will find them!  Thanks for all your efforts!!!


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  14. Just found this out today - when for the second time in three months I have not received my NP in the mail, I went to complain, and it sent me an email with a link.  


    It figures.  First RO dies, then IMDB got rid of its boards (I wonder if the boards here are next???) and now no more Now Playing.  


    Why would I want to print out their email?


    They better make sure we get the answers to the last month's puzzle, too.  :P

  15. THE BIG COUNTRY is definitely among my top ten westerns, an intelligent William Wyler production, with an outstanding cast all rising to the occasion and one of the truly great western musical scores by Jerome Moross.


    I have a feeling that many western buffs might be dismissive of this lengthy film primarily for two reasons:


    1. its relative lack of action


    2. its pacifist message






    You might be right.  Dad loved this movie, though, and he wasn't a pacifist.  Not to mention that Heston is in it....lol   But when he got his first DVD player, this is one of the movies I got him to go with it.  


    Big Country *also wins for the music.  That theme gives me chills, the best theme from a western ever, hands down.

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