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  1. 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
  2. I mentioned Kim Atwood and Dawne Damon a few posts up. Neither appeared in another film.
  3. 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.
  4. Brewster McCloud (1970) - "Introducing Shelley Duvall"
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. What prompted this? Was there some announcement? I'm lost, confused...and scared. Plus, a Japanese Ogre! 😵😕😨👹
  12. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - A NY doctor (Tom Cruise) questions his sexual potency after imagining his wife (Nicole Kidman) having an affair. Also featuring Sydney Pollack, Thomas Gibson, Todd Field, Vinessa Shaw, Leelee Sobieski, Rade Serbedzija, and Alan Cumming. Kubrick's final film is a clunky arthouse version of an erotic thriller, a particularly dubious sub-genre that was very popular in the 1990's, glutting video store shelves and late-night cable TV schedules. It arrived with much ballyhoo, unfortunately partly due to Kubrick's untimely death a few months before i
  13. Full Metal Jacket (1987) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - War is Hell - Vietnam edition. With Matthew Modine, Vincent D'onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin, Arliss Howard, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, John Terry, and Bruce Boa. Kubrick uses the Vietnam War to illustrate how young men become killers. The film is unofficially divided into parts. The first half, detailing Marine basic training and the tragic effect it has one specific sad sack of a recruit (a brilliant turn by D'onofrio), is usually cited as the strongest, and it is. Yet the second half, following Modine's war repo
  14. I must have missed the latest developments, because I don't recall anything being said that was rough enough to get the thread zapped. It's a shame they couldn't have just zapped the "offensive" posts and left the thread.
  15. I watched those two online in the past couple of years. I liked the latter film. I watched it for Anthony Quinn, who has a small supporting role. Here's a thread on the film from 2010 : https://forums.tcm.com/topic/32809-roger-touhygangster1944/?tab=comments#comment-605927
  16. I spoke to a friend earlier today on the phone. He said that he went to fill up at a local gas station ($1.69 a gallon!), and that the cashier inside was speaking to someone else, and telling him that he (the cashier) had just recovered from COVID-19, saying he got a positive test a couple of weeks earlier, and how poorly he still felt. My friend said the guy looked like death warmed over, and that he coughed more than once while my friend waited to pay. The cashier said he couldn't take any more time off or he'd have been fired. The cashier was not wearing a face mask or gloves. So that'
  17. He was the fussy, whiny English officer in the early scenes. He was suitably grating. I liked the pose he struck while marching with his troops.
  18. The Shining (1980) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - A recovering alcoholic (Jack Nicholson) has family problems while working as a caretaker at a secluded, closed-for-the-season mountain resort. With Shelly Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Philip Stone, Barry Nelson, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, and Joe Turkel. SPOILER WARNING Kubrick's much-maligned adaptation of Stephen King's book changes a lot of the details, yet in my minority opinion, improves upon the source material (the hedge maze is a vast improvement over the goofy hedge animals). I also have no problems with either Nicholson o
  19. That's just one of several reasons that I thought that movie was mediocre at best.
  20. I don't think those words mean what you think they mean.
  21. I finally got out my Blu-ray and found the scene (it's at 0:43:54 in the runtime). I turned on the subtitles, and here's what Carradine says ( speaking into a pay phone): "Say, is that the police? Was that $1,000* reward right? Well, listen, I've got a way to catch him. The paper says he threw ink at the man he killed. Well, you get your own back and squirt ink about with a hosepipe until you hit him. The ink'll stick on him, see? Then you can shoot him." * He actually says pounds instead of dollars, but I don't know how to do the British pound symbol.
  22. Barry Lyndon (1975) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Period-piece drama set in late 18th century Europe, with Ryan O'Neal as a socially ambitious Irishman who finds himself caught up in war and intrigue. Also with Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Steven Berkoff, Philip Stone, Leon Vitali, Andre Morell, Ferdy Mayne, Pat Roach, and Murray Melvin. This has been my least favorite Kubrick film (beyond his first two amateurish efforts), but I find myself liking it more with each re-watch. I still think casting O'Neal is a fatal flaw, although I've heard dozens of arguments to the contrary.
  23. Yeah, I'm sure I won't notice him at all.
  24. Relax, it's a fictional character. Yet somehow you're the expert.
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