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  1. 1 minute ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    I was looking at Sunday's schedule!!!    Thanks for pointing this  out.     Either way if you haven't see Robert  Ryan and House of Bamboo,  I highly recommend it (that is Sunday night).


    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.

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  2. 1 minute ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    I guess no Eddie Muller and Noir Alley tonight?     

    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.

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  3. 16 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    this is wild.

    those of you with ROKU know there area bazillion add-on channels, most of them are not good, but i came across one- MOVIELAND that I almost suspect must be constructed from viewing my online search history because DAMN if they don't have some stuff that appeals to me!


    They also have the original FRIGHT NIGHT which I watched for the first time in forever. I almost wonder if this movie was intended with an even younger male protagonist in mind (like 12 or 14); and I half wonder if it would not have worked better that way (the girlfriend could be rewritten as a babysitter.) There are scenes from SCARS OF DRACULA dubbed over and RODDY MACDOWELL has a terrible wig BUT his first good part since LORD LOVE A DUCK, and he seems to realize it. The guy who plays EVIL ED is amazing [my sister's RAGGEDY ANN doll became a source of dread after this movie] and his scenes with MACDOWELL are the highlight of the film. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS and MAKE-UP (Roddy's wig aside) ARE OUTSTANDING. I question for a moment the validity of the supposition that VAMPIRES are filled with THE GREEN SLIME FROM YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION!, but the filmmakers are committed in their vision and clearly able, so I'll allow it.

    This film is TOTALLY LOW-KEY GAY by the way. Come for me for saying that if you must, but know in doing so it says a lot more about YOU than it does ME.

    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. 

  4. 6 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

    Cookie (1989) is the second half of TCM Underground tonight  and its worth a look. Not a major film, but nice sharp playing by Emily Lloyd, Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest and Brenda Vaccaro makes it a fun little comedy.

    And not something that belongs on TCM Underground. I guess they just wanted another Susan Seidelman film to pair with the more appropriate Smithereens

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  5. 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.


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  6. 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. 

  7. 3 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    While Wayne didn't enlist in the Armed Forces in WWII,   the reason was because he was selfish and not because he was a coward.

    His career was really starting to take off after Stagecoach and the Republic studio suits didn't wish to send him to war,  since it would have put a pause in his career development.

    (like it did Holden,  Glenn Ford,  and others that were just starting to get noticed in the early 40s). 

    I think we've discussed this before on here, but when I read a thorough Wayne biography a couple of years ago, they discussed his WWII enlistment issues in depth.

    He was granted a family deferment (which Wayne applied for) when his first draft notice came in. After the war office changed the draft guidelines a while later, it looked like Wayne would be drafted after all, so he volunteered to join but only if he were granted an officer's commission the same way John Ford was. However, Congress had begun cracking down on the large number of such officer commissions being doled out, and Wayne was told that he'd be a regular draftee. It was at this point that the Republic bigwigs interceded and made sure Wayne wouldn't be drafted, to continue his "morale-boosting film career".

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  8. Click on your own avatar pic to go to your profile page. 

    Click the button on the right that says "See my activity".

    After it loads up (it may take a few seconds), look to the left and click on "Topics".

    It may take several seconds to load up, but then you'll see a full list of every topic you created.

  9. 20 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:


    I have to say though, 90s thrillers, the neo-noir types, are kind of a guilty pleasure for me. They are often stylish and have casts that are enjoying themselves. I would have loved to have been in an audience for 1991's Shattered just to see the audience go crazy over the twist. I actually saw one of that genre's ilk late last night, and unfortunately it only got really juicy in the last 45 minutes or so. That was 1993's Malice, which really didn't hit its full stride until Anne Bancroft dropped in for a foul-mouthed five minute cameo as a tipsy woman who held all the secrets of the film's plot. Bancroft was a blast. She knew her material was trashy and she played it to the hilt, and made her every line into great entertainment. :D She could have given a seminar at the time: How to steal a 107 minute film in only 5 minutes.

    The type of neo-noirs/thrillers you're referring to were sometimes called "yuppie nightmare" movies back then (at least by us in the video store business). They started with The Morning After in '86 or Fatal Attraction in '87, and continued on with stuff like Pacific HeightsThe Hand That Rocks the CradleConsenting AdultsUnlawful Entry, etc.

    The "erotic thrillers" I was referring to in the Eyes Wide Shut review were more low-rent, stuff with Shannon Tweed, Shannon Whirry, Joan Severance, Tanya Roberts, etc. They rarely had more than a perfunctory theatrical release, and appeared on late-night Cinemax ("Skin-a-max") and on video store shelves. They were much less interested in the "thriller" aspect than they were in the soft-core sex and nudity angle. Free internet porn virtually killed off the sub-genre.

    Kubrick's film seemed more like the latter than the former. 

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  10. 3 hours ago, TomJH said:

    Didn't expect to see postings hostile to LiMu Emu. I like the bird, especially with those shades, and his missus is pretty cool, too (in a self spoofing geeky sort of way).

    I can't say that I'm a fan as such of those Emu commercials, but at least they're better than the previous Liberty Mutual ads with the smug, obnoxious jerks talking about how LiMu doesn't penalize them for having a terrible driving record. I recall one with a woman saying, "Newsflash! Nobody's perfect!", as if that should absolve her from being an awful driver and a poor insurance risk. There were a whole series of commercials like those (I believe Sepiatone mentioned them earlier) that used to run incessantly on multiple channels. I think there was even a thread on here with us complaining about them a few years back.


  11. Speaking as a Floridian, I'd just like to stress that there's little us individual citizens can do about these decisions by our state leaders. I didn't vote for these jag-offs, and they don't represent me. And I'm sure the same sentiment is shared by many more both here and in the other listed states.

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  12. 2 minutes ago, hamradio said:

    Another one that gets on my nerves are those 2 idiotic Nationwide so called musicians. Play a few chords of the slogan and they're  famous. :angry:

    I've never seen the commercial you're referring to but the guy on the left is Peyton Manning, one of the most famous football players of the past 20 years (and that's saying something, as I loath football and know next to no one in the sport), and the guy on the right is Brad Paisley, one of the most successful country music artists of the past 20 years (and that's saying something, as I loath country music and know next to no one in the genre). He's arguably one of the most famous West Virginians in the country, as well. So I don't understand your comment - "Play a few chords of the slogan and they're  famous."...??? 

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    Brewster McCloud  (1970) Dir: Robert Altman - An eccentric oddball (Bud Cort) secretly living in the Houston Astrodome plots to build a flying machine so that he can be free as a bird. With Sally Kellerman, Shelley Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Murphy, William Windom, Bert Remsen, Jennifer Salt, John Schuck, Stacy Keach, and Margaret Hamilton.

    An aggressively quirky counterculture time capsule, many modern viewers will be turned off by the bizarre story and outre characters. I happen to like it, and rank it among Altman's best. I enjoy the cast of weirdos, from Duvall (in her debut) as a stock-car driving tour guide, to Murphy playing a San Francisco "supercop" named Shaft that sports turtlenecks and piercing blue eyes. Keach is unrecognizable under heavy old age make-up, playing a miserly parody of Howard Hughes.   (8/10)

    Source: Warner Archive DVD

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    MASH  (1970) Dir: Robert Altman - Hi-jinks abound at an Army field hospital near the front during the Korean War. With Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Tom Skerritt, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck, Gary Berghoff, Jo Ann Pflug, Fred Williamson, Bud Cort, Ben Davidson, Michael Murphy, and Bobby Troup.

    Altman's breakthrough film was a cultural phenomenon at the time, but it's since been overshadowed by the tamer, long-running TV series. I still enjoy the film's irreverent, anarchic spirit and deliberately-messy vibe, even if some of the humor hasn't aged well.   (8/10)

    Source: Fox Blu-ray

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