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  1. Just a quick note to TCM: it's been awhile, but thanks for "Tormented." That really worked for me. spadeneal
  2. I was delighted with the cartoon program on the 21st -- the UPA, Fleischer features, Stathes collection and all of it. And I enjoyed Jerry Beck's interaction with Robert. A strong choice, and please, let's have more. spadeneal
  3. Thanks TCM for all of the fantastic horror fare this October, covering the range of the bad, the mediocre, the good and the great. The range of offerings was very strong this year, including several things I had either never before seen or hadn't seen in so long it was like watching a new film. Thanks from the bottom of my classic horror loving heart. spadeneal
  4. I finally saw The Magician. I think Crowley would have been flattered by Wegener's demonic, determined performance but he also would have been disgusted that the character was explained away as a mere mental patient towards the end of the film. I liked The Magician very much; to me it is clear that it had a profound influence on Dracula, Frankenstein and White Zombie in terms of certain details, situations and atmosphere; it is a seminal horror film, even though it is unclear whether Ingram et al meant it to be a horror film -- imdb lists it as "Drama - Fantasy - Romance." Alice Terry's pe
  5. TCM thanks for Booked for Safekeeping; that was totally, totally great and I didn't know it existed. My dad was a detective sargeant in New Orleans in the late 70s, and I think he will be as blown away by this little film as I was. spadeneal
  6. > {quote:title=Metropolisforever_0 wrote:}{quote} > I seriously doubt most "lost" films are really lost. As the Metropolis discovery proves, most people don't even bother to report these "lost" films to film preservation societies. I'll bet you a million bucks that 4 Devils is sitting in some guy's barn in God-knows-where... I mean, how does TV Guide have a [review|http://movies.tvguide.com/devils/review/123655] of it? And numerous people have reported its alleged whereabouts. > > Numerous films have been lost and found... A Page of Madness (1926) (in the director's own gard
  7. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, with King Kong vs. Godzilla a close second. Mothra is also a strong favorite. I like both versions of the original Gojira, and I've heard that Raymond Burr was very pleased to have been involved with breaking the big dragon into the US. But I would agree with the earlier poster in that he was seen to better advantage in almost anything else, except perhaps the dismal Gorilla at Large. spadeneal
  8. My Favorite is _The Tingler_, but I'd love to see some of Castle's early work, particularly _Klondike Kate_ (1943), a vehicle starring Ann Savage and Tom Neal made two years before _Detour_. Sure, it's Columbia, but TCM does show Columbia pictures from time to time. Castle was a great showman and he knew how to make a picture; his autobiography is fact-challenged, but a great read. spadeneal
  9. The print quality of "Things to Come" tonight is by far the best I've ever seen. And I can make sense of most of the soundtrack. Amazing! It's like seeing a wholly different movie. Thanks! spadeneal
  10. > {quote:title=joefilmone wrote:}{quote} > The movies lacked the proper dreadful atmosphere which is a key to Lovecraft's style. There have been dozens of Lovecraft related films in the last 20 years or so, but you seldom hear about them or see them. When it was new I thought _ReAnimator_ (1985) was really good but the ReAnimator thing seems done to death by now. I had read that a major studio was developing _At the Mountains of Madness_ for 2009 release and I was very happy, as that is one of the most readily cinematic of Lovecraft's works. But I've heard nothing about it in awhil
  11. I caught if from *Cynara* to when the tape ran out and I don't know when that was. *Cynara* was a beautiful film - I wished I had more attention to pay to it. However, *A Notorious Affair* was great; that was an ideal role for Basil Rathbone, and the handling of the story was very advanced and adult. Kay looked GREAT in that riding outfit, boy. You don't see Lloyd Bacon's name kicked about much in reference to being a very artistic director. But there was a lot of "art" in the movie -- this picture must have been seen by Orson Welles, as he recrated elements from the little montage which f
  12. Thanks for the tip. I'm not so curmudgeonly that I won't try it. Sounds good. spadeneal
  13. Gee, I hate to be the fella who throws cold water over this Bob Cummings lovefest, but I'm like the old folks -- I have a hard time "loving that Bob," and in fact, can barely stand him. He's just too cheeky and ingratiating for my taste, not to mention someone who has that Bill Murray-ish quality of playing himself no matter what role he is in. In *Saboteur*, which is a film I like for its set pieces more than for the film itself, he literally gnaws on the scenery in that closing courtroom scene; it's almost like a Bugs Bunny parody of someone doing a scene like that. I can't endure *The P
  14. I just got done, about a month ago, scoring six very short silent films that added up to about 22 minutes. In the past I've used records, played live piano (not well) and used - in the 80's - a digital guitar to score silent movies. This time I wrote it all out in conventional notation and played it back with what chintzy MIDI I have & synched it up. I "cheated" in some respects, re-editing films, cutting titles to uniform length etc - really making "art films" out of some of the source films. I showed the new program in Cincinnati this past August, and it was a big hit. And I'm really
  15. The Phrase "underground films" goes back at least 50 years; Parker Tyler wrote a book called Underground Film in 1966. Then it more exclusively dealt with abstract art films and experimental filmmakers like Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol. Now I'm not even sure it has a distinct meaning, as it pulls in all of the "Incredibly Strange" drive in fare of the 60s and 70s and other kinds of semi-pro, independent but commercial fare. There is a huge difference, I think, between Anger's _Inauguration of Pleasure Dome_ and _The Wasp Woman_ though they were made basically in the same era. Both are wonderf
  16. While technically an experimental film and not a comedy, Ren? Clair's Entr'acte (1924) ends with a lengthy sequence of a funeral cort?ge where the horse drawn hearse breaks away. This leads to a slow motion chase after the carriage, and when it finally crashes, the corpse rises out of the wreckage with a magic wand and starts to make people disappear. It was intended to be shown between the acts at a Dadaist ballet composed by Erik Satie, who is also in the film as an actor. It may have been designed as "Art," but it is very definitely funny in a "world-turned-upside-down" way which chara
  17. M Der Verloerene Stranger on the Third Floor Beast with Five Fingers Tales of Terror spadeneal
  18. Niki, I was going to apologize for calling you "Miki" - the name of a prominent Japanese composer BTW - as I thought it was owing to my declining eyesight. But it appears that you have modified your name. I think Robert did try to challenge McGowan a little bit by bring up the point about "prestige value." I was floored - you can work in Hollywood for years and years and never hear that phrase; some executives might never have heard it, others deny that such a thing exists, still others are of the philosophy that it's a nice thing when it happens, but there is no good reason to pursue
  19. I realize the music was recorded live for Love, but why is the sound so bad? On my set it seems really muffled, indistinct and quiet. I like that the music is non-interventionist - haven't turned it off so far, like I usually do - but is there some kind of technical issue in play? spadeneal
  20. I didn't find Miki's comments particularly hurtful - Pretty mild compared with some, _ahem_, many of the comments I've seen on this board over time. To prove I'm not all vinegar and gall, here is an excerpt from a note I got from a TCM loving friend who didn't quite agree with me in re: McGowan > overall I think she's a huge step up from the past co-hosts ... McGowan at least offers a personal opinion - kind of refreshing ... I must admit her opinion for not liking SS is more valid than mine - I only watch it because I get to see so much of Toshiro Mifune's butt. After thinking
  21. Yeah - that was the impression that I got. She seems contemptuous of people who are interested in film as an artform, and of directors that have a vision - with Kurosawa, I think it goes beyond any of his films just being "my baby;" especially a big and politically risky film like The Seven Samurai. She should credit audiences with having more staying power with an ambitious movie that might exceed the average TV viewer's attention span. A remote does you no good in a movie theater. At the end she flashed a smile to the camera that seemed to say. "ain't i just the most glamourous movie sta
  22. I love the Peckinpah Westerns, particularly Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, which is sort of like a Western ghost written by William S. Burroughs, lurching in and out of the modern world, but embodying the same twisted values system common to the classic Western. It may not seem so shocking now, but in 1975 I can see why none of the critics made sense of it. spadeneal
  23. Nothing against the recently departed Joe Barbera, but I would have liked for Hanna and Barbera to have permitted Tex Avery to direct one Tom and Jerry cartoon. Just one would have been enough. spadeneal
  24. I really feel like I owe the Tarzan fans an apology. Obviosuly there are those who take the later 1950s and 60s Tarzan films very seriously - I had no idea. And I was wrong about the Tarzan films being shown on TCM back in the 1980s - that was AMC, as I dug out the old VHS' I made of those screeninngs and found I even duly marked them as such. Ah, the vagaries of memory. In my hometown of Cincinnati Channel 19 showed Tarzan on Sunday afternoon for years. These were usually the Lex Barker Tarzans, and frankly I got tired of them. Certain revelations about Barker's personal life since then have
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