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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. 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".
  2. He was also in Woman of Desire (1994) which may be considered neo-noir.
  3. 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
  4. 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 Wayn
  5. Thanks for the courteous response. It's much appreciated.
  6. Artist Alex Ross did a series on the classic Universal Monsters:
  7. Google is a search engine. Their browser is Chrome. Microsoft's current browser is Edge. Nits have been picked.
  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. 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 Heights, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Consenting Adults, Unlawful 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 l
  10. People in the US eat possum, squirrel and armadillo.
  11. 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 ab
  12. 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.
  13. 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 an
  14. Who the **** is "Mrs. Chipmunk"? Do you think everyone gets or watches NBC4?
  15. 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) a
  16. I mentioned Kim Atwood and Dawne Damon a few posts up. Neither appeared in another film.
  17. 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.
  18. Brewster McCloud (1970) - "Introducing Shelley Duvall"
  19. I just re-watched MASH (1970). There were a lot of "Introducing" credits at the beginning including: Jo Ann Pflug Gary Burghoff Fred Williamson Kim Atwood Tim Brown John Schuck Dawne Damon Carl Gottlieb Tamara Horrocks G Wood Bud Cort Danny Goldman Corey Fischer
  20. That Cold Day in the Park (1969) Dir: Robert Altman - A lonely, repressed woman (Sandy Dennis) invites an apparently homeless, mute young man (Michael Burns) she finds in a park into her luxury apartment. Also with Susanne Benton, John Garfield Jr., Luana Anders, and Michael Murphy. Altman shows more creative growth in this unusual psycho-drama. He toys a bit with his soon-to-be-signature sound mixing (multiple voices overlapping in small-talk conversation), particularly in a stand-out scene in the lobby of a doctor's office where various women discuss birth control issues. The movie is
  21. Countdown (1967) Dir: Robert Altman - An American astronaut (James Caan) prepares for a dangerous solo space mission. With Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore, Barbara Baxley, Michael Murphy, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat, Mike Farrell, and Ted Knight. The space race was at its height when Altman directed this dull docu-drama that strives to be as realistic as possible. I found it interesting to see future Godfather co-stars Caan and Duvall playing opposite each other. Here Caan is more subdued, while Duvall is the aggressive and hot-tempered one. Michael Murphy, playing another astronaut, would g
  22. One of the things that has made the right-wing so successful politically over the past 30 years has been their unified front. They firmly embraced the notion of "us vs. them", sports team vs sports team, and they've stayed largely loyal, especially with their media (Fox News, talk radio, right-wing websites, etc.), while the Democrats have always been plagued by in-fighting and self-sabotage. Now in the Trump era, there has been a huge increase in right-vs-right rhetoric. RINO as a term precedes the Trump years, but it has become a ubiquitous epithet since. From print commentators like Kr
  23. Brit Hume: "Time to consider possibility that coronavirus lockdown was colossal public policy calamity." https://www.yahoo.com/news/brit-hume-time-consider-possibility-033656171.html
  24. The Delinquents (1957) Dir: Robert Altman - In Kansas City, Missouri, a nice teenage boy (Tom Laughlin) falls in with a bad crowd. With Richard Bakalyan, Peter Miller, and Rosemary Howard. After cutting his teeth on industrials and other short subjects, Altman directed the dubious documentary The James Dean Story (1957), and quickly followed it up with this JD cheapie, his first scripted feature. It was shot on location in Kansas City, where Altman was based at the time, and the director's 10-year-old daughter, as well as his second wife, both appear in it. The movie is fairly sedate for
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