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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. I was sad to see this. I enjoyed Khan in quite a few films. 2001's The Warrior was exceptional. I also liked him in A Mighty Heart (2007), The Namesake (2007), and The Darjeeling Limited (2007), as well as those mentioned in the thread title.
  2. I'm watching a rather lackluster thriller on Netflix entitled The Perfection (2018), and part of the plot involves two Americans staying in China when a mysterious and deadly disease starts spreading.
  3. Another, even shorter, performance by Joaquin Phoenix that I enjoyed was as volatile doofus Toby N. Tucker, aka TNT, in Oliver Stone's 1997 neo-noir black comedy U Turn.
  4. When you compose a message, you'll see a list of options at the top of the message window. From left-to-right, you'll see a "B" (for making text bold), an "I" (for making text in italics), a "U" for underlining, etc. One of the options on that line is a little face emoji. If you click that, you can choose through a whole menu of emoticons/emojis. I know I'm not who you addressed your query to, but he likely won't post again until tomorrow.
  5. The American people have established, whether with Bill Clinton or Donald Trump, that even multiple credible accusations of sexual assault don't matter when it comes to choosing a US President. 🙁😉
  6. Like with most of the foreign-language films TCM shows, the Lone Wolf & Cub series is available on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray. The schedules are usually set 2 or 3 months in advance, so July is the earliest that they would be likely to re-schedule the last two movies in the series. Unfortunately, whenever there's a relatively last-minute change to the schedule (usually due to a major celebrity death, but this time due to the COVID-19 necessitated cancellation of the TCM Film Festival), the stuff originally scheduled doesn't always get re-scheduled.
  7. I've always been a fan of the haunting score from the 1982 version of Cat People. The David Bowie-sung theme song is better in its opening moments than when it becomes a full-out rock track, but it was memorably re-used in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
  8. I watched a couple of newer releases a few days ago. Underwater (2020) - Kristen Stewart stars in this deep-sea survival tale. She's part of the crew of a huge drilling station located at the Pacific Ocean's deepest point. One night something goes wrong and the station is catastrophically damaged, killing most of the crew. The handful of survivors band together to try and reach the surface. Their difficulties increase when they are attacked by strange, carnivorous sea creatures. With Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr. and Mamoudou Athie. Much of the running time is taken up with standard deep-sea disaster movie tropes - flooding, loss of oxygen, the dangers of abrupt pressure changes. Things pick up when the creatures arrive, and there's an unexpected development in the last act that almost saves the movie, but too much of the cinematography is dark and murky, and a lot of impact is lost. From what I read after watching the movie, there was a lot of interesting detail cut from the final film (to "pick up the pace") that would have added immensely to my enjoyment. (6/10) V.F.W. (2019) - In a grungy near future, where a new drug has turned the cities into crime-ridden slums, a group of grizzled ex-soldiers gather at the bar (that doubles as a VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] hall) owned by one of them to celebrate a birthday. Unfortunately, a bloodthirsty drug-dealer and his cronies are based across the street, and when their stash goes missing, they send a marauding band of drug-addled psychos to the VFW to look for it, triggering bloody conflict. With Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, and George Wendt as the veterans. This was produced by Fangoria Films, and was promoted as a horror film, but it's really just an excessively gory action film, similar to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, with a much lesser script. I enjoyed seeing the veteran character actors together, but the dialogue is needlessly crude (and I ain't no prude), the plot developments are silly, and the actions taken by every character range from stupid to just plain unbelievable. This movie somehow garnered rather good reviews (it has an IMDb average score of 6.2 out of 10, and a Metacritic score of 72/100), but I thought it was dumb and boring. (4/10)
  9. Unfortunately, no, I haven't been able to track down a copy to watch yet. Edit: In an odd coincidence, I just read that a Blu-ray release of Fear No Evil was announced this evening: https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=26742
  10. 1973 Have seen: A Cold Night's Death The Devil's Daughter Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Frankenstein Frankenstein: The True Story Horror at 37,000 Feet Isn't It Shocking? The Night Strangler The Norliss Tapes Ordeal The President's Plane Is Missing Runaway! Satan's School for Girls The Stranger Terror on the Beach You'll Never See Me Again Have not seen: The Cat Creature Dying Room Only Maneater The Picture of Dorian Gray Scream Pretty Peggy She Cried Murder Snatched Trapped I'll return with the mid-to-late 70's later.
  11. 1972 Have seen: The Eyes of Charles Sand Gargoyles Haunts of the Very Rich Home for the Holidays Moon of the Wolf The Night Stalker Pursuit Short Walk to Daylight Something Evil The Strangers in 7A Taste of Evil The Victim When Michael Calls The Woman Hunter Have not seen: Family Flight The Screaming Woman She Waits Women in Chains
  12. 1971 Have seen: Black Noon Dr. Cook's Garden Duel Five Desperate Women Murder Once Removed Paper Man Revenge! Sweet, Sweet Rachel Have not seen: Deadly Dream The Devil and Miss Sarah A Howling in the Woods Terror in the Sky
  13. Yikes, that's a long list. I'll break them up by year. Have seen -1970: The Brotherhood of the Bell Crowhaven Farm The House That Would Not Die How Awful About Allan Ritual of Evil Sole Survivor Have not seen: Night Slaves
  14. That's Nippy's usual style. He "doan" care. I enjoyed the incredibly goofy Cruise Into Terror, as well. It was a lot crazier than most of the made-for-TV movies of the time. I had to check, but I haven't seen Nowhere to Hide. I have a book entitled Television Fright Films of the 1970's. Last year or the year before, I tried to see every one listed that I hadn't seen. I ended up catching about 75% of them. Most were available on YouTube, and many of them had good quality prints, too.
  15. It was also recently announced that there would be a 2K restoration Blu-ray of Killdozer released later this year. Talk about overkill... https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=26705
  16. House of Bamboo is enjoyable. I wasn't crazy about Tokyo Joe. They do continue the Japanese crime theme with the TCM Imports film Fireworks. I like that movie a lot, but it may be too offbeat and slow for many viewers.
  17. Why do you say that? It looks like Wicked Woman (1954) is on tonight and tomorrow. The only difference is that Saturday's showing starts 15 minutes later than usual due to the Bogdanovich stuff running long.
  18. Was there a scene with a vampire filmed with green slime? I know that Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) had a servant (played by Jonathan Stark, if I remember correctly), and I recall him getting slimy, but he wasn't supposed to be a vampire, but rather an undead servant of some sort. I really enjoy Fright Night, but I haven't seen it in years. I even bought an import deluxe Blu-ray that I haven't watched yet. With Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowell, and Stephen Geoffreys (Evil Ed) in the cast, it's hard not to see a little something gay in the movie. Geoffreys later came out very vocally in the horror press, and even acted in some gay porn, I believe.
  19. And not something that belongs on TCM Underground. I guess they just wanted another Susan Seidelman film to pair with the more appropriate Smithereens.
  20. Trump reportedly watches up to 7 hours of cable news every morning before getting to the Oval Office as late as noon President Donald Trump is watching hours upon hours of TV while he's cooped up and cranky in the White House as the coronavirus drags on, The New York Times reported. Trump views up to seven hours of cable news in the morning before arriving to the Oval Office as late as noon, when he finally gets his intelligence briefing, according to The Times. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama typically got their briefings early in the morning. Bush would arrive in the Oval about 6:45 a.m., while Obama became the first president to get an electronic version of the briefing on an iPad so he could read it shortly after waking up before arriving in the Oval about 9 or 10 a.m. After Trump gets lunch with other officials, phones some governors and world leaders, and wraps up his marathon coronavirus briefings, he goes back to watching TV with close aides to review his performance while enjoying "comfort food" such as french fries and Diet Coke, The Times said. Then he watches even more TV back in the White House residence area, only occasionally making time for dinner with first lady Melania Trump and his 14-year-old son, Barron, the report said. As much as he may review the footage of the briefings afterward, The Times said Trump rarely attended the meetings of the White House coronavirus task force that take place beforehand. Even when it comes to the prepared remarks he gives, Trump is seeing them for the first time, making last-minute "tweaks with a Sharpie just before he reads them live," according to The Times. Unable to hold rallies or visit his other properties to go golfing, Trump has grown increasingly irritable, taking shorter phone calls from outside advisers and echoing frustrations over his media coverage. "Many friends said they were less likely to call Mr. Trump's cellphone, assuming he does not want to hear their advice," The Times said. "Those who do reach him said phone calls have grown more clipped: Conversations that used to last 20 minutes now wrap up in three." However, Trump will always take calls from Brad Parscale, his campaign manager who updates him on his internal polling numbers, which have worsened in swing states, according to The Times. Aides told The Times that Trump was increasingly worried about his reelection prospects and has grown angry with Fox News for not portraying him as positively as before. In mid-March, Trump's morale bottomed out, with Mike Lindell — known as the My Pillow guy — offering to cheer him up by showing the president a text message from a Democratic friend who thinks Trump is doing a good job, Lindell told the Times. "I just wanted to give him a little confidence," the My Pillow founder said. https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-reportedly-watches-7-hours-150121711.html
  21. I like all three quite a bit. I've seen all 20 of Bird's picks, and have 19 of them on disc. Good films, but as has been stated, "same old same old".
  22. He was also in Woman of Desire (1994) which may be considered neo-noir.
  23. We've discussed Wayne's shoe size in the past, and the urban legend about his "tiny" feet being the cause of his lack of wartime military service. While his actual shoe size of 9 and a half is relatively small for someone of Wayne's height (6'4''), it's not debilitating (he was a champion-level athlete, remember), and had nothing to do with his being drafted or not. By the way, John Wayne's "official" stats have his boot size as 11. He was also known to wear to lifts make himself look even taller. The reason Wayne's feet look so small at Grauman's is because he didn't plant them in the cement properly.
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