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  1. Eleanor Powell - Her smile lights up a room. Her dancing is absolute perfection and I find it exhilarating. I can't take my eyes off of her. A lot of her dances are on YouTube and I'd be embarrassed to admit how many times I've watched them, and I'll continue to do so. She's the greatest anti-depressant I've ever had. She's gorgeous, mesmerizing, and glorious.
  2. I know I shouldn't do this, but what the hell. In my view "Strict adherence to fundamentalist religious dogma (of all stripes) is the root of all evil on this planet". The human population would be carrying around a whole lot less shame, guilt, paranoia, superstition, stupidity, and hate if the world were freed from the chains of religion. I'm an atheist and damn proud of it. Let the diatribe begin. Bob C.
  3. I first became aware of Yma back in the late 70's when I went over to a friends house, smoked some killer weed, while he (a true music aficionado) put an LP of hers on the hi-fi. It was a transporting and transcendent evening listening to Yma and her unbelievably wide ranging voice while we sat there transfixed, eating popcorn and doing shots of Wild Turkey. What a great evening. I've been a fan of Yma's ever since. Bob C.
  4. I agree that the film is good, but this is a title that TCM ought to put under wraps for about a year as it seems to be scheduled every other month. I haven't watched it for a couple of years because I've just had my fill of it. Along with a few other TCM favorites which get repeated and repeated and repeated. We all know which ones they are. Bob C.
  5. I found the film mediocre at best, but Ellen Parker was absolutely radiant. What a stunningingly beautiful woman. It's too bad she didn't have a longer career. I'm going to put in a request for another showing so I can tape it. Yeah, I REALLY was blown away by her. Bob C.
  6. Kyle, Yes, I'll be around. Let it get messy. We can take it and dish it out with the best of them. The Aim of an Argument ... should not be victory, but progress. - Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) Bob C.
  7. Hey Ask, you remind me of a good George Carlin quote"Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!?. Hello Kyle in Hollywood. You are of course correct about the bankruptcy act. It's a bankers wet dream. I must admit this thread is a little more interesting than the usual "What's your favorite Katherine Hepburn movie?".BS, which is why I go on long sabbaticals from this forum. Bob C.
  8. All of you Bush (i.e: the village idiot) apologists please read carefully: Everything that is psoted by myself & the Celluloid kid regarding Bush's resume is 100% verifiable to anyone who cares to do some real time research. Of course I realize that you right wing wackos really don't bother with facts because it might interfere with your ludicrous dogma, so please feel free to turn your attention back to ' Faux news' and get even stupider than you already are. And boy, is that ever monumentally STUPID ! Bob C.
  9. George W. Bush's Resume Past work experience: Ran for congress and lost. Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie. Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after he sold all his stock. Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using tax-payer money. With father's help (name and money) was elected Governor of Texas. Accomplishments: Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog-ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any Governor in American history. Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of his fathers appointments to the Supreme Court. Accomplishments as President: Attacked and took over two countries. Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury. Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history. Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period. Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market. First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner. First president in US history to enter office with a criminal record. First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history. After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in US history. Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in US history. In his first two years in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs. Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history. Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period. Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history. Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television. Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in US history. Presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed. Presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have. Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans. Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest his actions (at least 15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of humankind. Dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history. His presidency is the most secretive and un-accountable of any in US history. Members of his cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (the "poorest'" multi-millionaire, Condoleeza Rice has an Chevron oil tanker named after her). First president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt. Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world. First president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation. Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States. Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history. First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission. First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board. Removed more checks and balances, and has the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history. Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. Withdrew from the World Court of Law. Refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions. First president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US elections). All-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations. His biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation). Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history. First president in US history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community. First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1). Took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history). With a policy of disengagement, created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years. First US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view his presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability. First US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea. Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts. Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by awarding no bid contracts to war profiteers (Haliburton, KBR, etc ...). Failed to fulfill pledge to get Osama Bin Laden "dead or alive." Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history. In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the US has ever been since the civil war. Entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down. Murdered more than 4,000 American troops and countless Iraqi civilians in an illegal and unjust war based on lies and deceit. Records and References: At least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available). AWOL from National Guard and Deserted the military during a time of war. Refused to take drug test or even answer any questions about drug use. All records of tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to fathers library, sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view. All records of any SEC investigations into insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view. All minutes of meetings for any public corporation he served on the board are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view. Any records or minutes from meetings he (or his VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public review. For personal references please speak to Father or uncle James Baker. (They can be reached at their offices of the Carlyle Group for war-profiteering.) Any government which assumes that the population is going to do something evil has already lost its franchise to govern. The tacit contract between a government and the people governed is that the government will trust the people and the people will trust the government. But once the government begins to mistreat the people it is governing, it loses its mandate to rule because it is no longer acting as a spokesman for the people, but is acting as an agent of persecution. -hillip K. Dick If the government doesn't trust the people, why doesn't it overthrow them and elect a new people? Bert Brecht
  10. Laurel & Hardy are good for a few hours, but after that, it becomes repetitive and tiresome. 24 hours straight is MUCH too long. Personally I would just as soon TCM drop their "summer under the stars" programming. It too has become old and stale. While I'm on a roll, "The Essentials" can leave without a tear being shed by me. There are no more essential films to see. None. They've done them all. Now they just keep repeating themselves. If they were to introduce some foreign films into the essentials category I wouldn't be writing this. There's plenty of great foreign films that could be viewed as essential, but they don't use them (with a few notable exceptions). I realize that they may have some trouble getting copies of some of the foreign films, but they ought to try. Godard, Truffault, Fassbinder, Bergman, Antonionni and many others have great films made that have rarely seen the light of day in America. I know there's a certain prejudice toward domestic films and probably some xenophobia as well, but the medium of film transcends all borders, both physical and psychological and TCM (and the viewing public) would benefit greatly if these boundaries were dropped. As long as they stay in the Hollywood realm, the essentials are over. Bob C.
  11. Without question for me it's 2001 A Space Odyssey. For the first time viewer, the final 20 minutes are a transcendent experience. Even with repeated viewing's (I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many times I've seen it) it still excites and startles the senses. A film I will never, ever grow tired of watching.
  12. Cyd Charisse is one of the most gorgeous creatures that's ever walked on the planet. For me, any argument ends there.
  13. I would really like to see TCM (or anyone for that matter) show Monte Hellman's early 70's classic Two Lane Blacktop. I don't know whatever became of that film. As good as Warren Oates was in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, he was even better in this.
  14. The luminescent and extraordinarily charismatic Gong Li. For the uninitiated, watch Raise the Red Lantern and you will be transfixed by her hypnotic face. Isabelle Adjani (who I wish would make more english speaking films) is a distant second.
  15. I'd like to be a member of the Wild Bunch and die in a hail of balletic slow motion bullets.
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