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  1. I've loved reading the comments on this movie! Grew up in SC, learned to shag (the dance) though I never was that great at it, love beach music, look back very fondly at every summer as a kid spent at Cherry Grove and Ocean Drive beaches (now North Myrtle Beach) with my family. And going to Calabash for seafood (yes, there really was - is, still? - a town called Calabash, hardly anything except seafood restaurants, all really good. And the Gay Dolphin, which by my time - late 60s/early 70s - was then about 3 floors tall, packed with the tackiest souvenirs in the world. Just a few commen
  2. A great movie for the 4th would be "Avalon", about grandfather and his family who come to America, and the assimilation and lives of the later generations. A beautiful movie. He arrives in Baltimore on the 4th of July, and wonders at all the celebrating going on around him; his story about coming to America is repeated later in the movie. (Here's a clip of his arrival on the 4th: ).
  3. From the 1980s, an HBO movie, "Glory Glory" - a wonderful satire abou ministry that's rapidly losing money when the charismatic preacher dies; the ministry is left to his son, played by Richard Thomas, who has no gift at all for moving the faithful (especially to send cash). Until one day he sees a rock singer, played by Ellen Greene, who then becomes "Sister Ruth", singing to the faithful and bringing in the cash. Great cast (James Whitmore in particular), wonderful music, extremely funny plot and dialogue and some unexpected emotion. Would love to see this again.
  4. I really like true-crime movies, when done well - and some are terrific (like "In Cold Blood"). So here's the one I want to see: I want someone to finally do a good movie about the murder of Judge Chillingworth and his wife in South Florida in 1960. The story has everything for a great movie: horrible murders, lots of low-lifes, an evil judge, gambling and money and the Atlantic ocean and deathbed confessions. Really a heck of a crime that is barely written or known about - and a great subject for a movie. Here's a link to a good write-up of it: http://historicpalmbeach.blog.palmbeachpost.c
  5. This was new for me, my introduction to the hard-boiled Dick Powell; I've seen him in several dramatic roles, but not like this. And I agree - I think his character shows a bit of amusement at what's going on around him (definitely in this clip - he anticipated that she was not what she claimed and seemed to enjoy letting her go on with her story before calling her on it.) I'm really, really looking forward to seeing this one!
  6. Like many of you have pointed out, the dynamic between Lydecker and McPherson seems to be one incorporating differences in class, in status, in intellect, and more. Lydecker has lots of 'objects' (and they made me think of "Citizen Kane" too - all those works of art in one giant warehouse); Waldo's enjoyment of those objects stems not from their beauty, but from the fact that no one else has them, or they're rare or expensive. McPherson's main 'object' is that little baseball game, about as simple as you can get, possibly won at a carnival or picked up for 50 cents somewhere, but it soothes h
  7. I'd add another one: House of Games. Wonderful characters, lots of twists and turns, lots of the requisite cigarette smoke, and some dynamite dialogue from David Mamet. ("Oh, you're a bad pony. I'm not gonna bet on you.")
  8. Wish I could help, but most of the ones on the list for June 12 are new to me, with the exception of Laura (watched it again Thursday), Mildred Pierce, Detour (and if you ever get the chance to read up on Tom Neal, his life could've been a noir movie!), and my very favorite, Nightmare Alley. LOVE Nightmare Alley!
  9. I love this class (I've taken two online classes before - such fun!). I'm already thinking of other topics or genres that TCM could maybe find someone to do a course on. Horror / thriller movies, for sure, and maybe westerns?
  10. For me, knowing that this movie was 'point of view' proved distracting, because at first I thought that the main character was actually in the vehicle carrying the barrel, who was watching the barrel roll off! It's more than a bit unsettling, though, switching from watching the character escape the barrell, to suddenly BEING the character, watching the police, then being picked up, then hitting the driver (lots of hitting too - that was rough!) Great job of setting the location, not only with the 'San Quentin' on the barrel and knowing that he's trying to get to San Francisco (the Civic C
  11. Many years ago, E. G. Marshall was going out to law schools, I believe as part of some American Bar Association initiative, and the Student Bar Assn. here was having a reception for him (nothing lavish, basically tea and cookies.) One of the students, knowing I'm a huge movie fan, came to get me, and I went through the reception, found him, and shook his hand. And knowing that I'd never get the chance to meet a real star again, and feeling that I had to say something, I told him that there was a movie trivia contest ongoing in one of the Chicago papers (which I only read for the movie reviews
  12. My first thought on watching this clip, after seeing the first two this week, was: music. "M" grabbed you right from the start, with the lack of music being one of the most notable things, and then this started off with that wonderful, languorous music. Then the gun sounds, and the music is cut off suddenly, and, as a pilot friend says, "the poop hits the prop." The contrast between the opening moments - the sleeping workers, the oppressiveness of the heat that you can almost feel, even the one worker swatting at a mosquito - and the gunshot (and what follows) is huge, and it really pulls
  13. I've seen "M" twice and was surprised the second time by how much more of a punch to the gut (sorry, but that's what it was) it was the second time; maybe it took getting older, being around children, knowing more about the world in general to find just how scary it really is. And watching this clip again yesterday, something was nagging at me during the children's song. I realized that it was "Night of the Hunter" - I kept thinking of the group of children there singing "hing hang hung", and little Pearl wanting to sing it too, not realizing that the song hit entirely too close to home.
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