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Everything posted by KeithFromKC

  1. tcmweb1, I just wanted to pop in this one final time to say that although there are people happy with the upgrade, for which I'm glad, it has been a total failure for me. I am posting this here, as e-mail messages sent to you directly have been largely ignored. I posted a message stating that I would no longer post here a couple of weeks ago. But I at least planned on reading other's posts once a week or so. However, I see that my old posts are STILL not out there on the board under my name, so, due to your negligence, I no longer have any reason to even visit the TCM boards. Your service
  2. I just wanted to pop in one last time to say what a pleasure I had posting here on the TCM Message Board and to thank all of you who have conversed with me the past couple of years that I've been around. The movie fans on this board are amongst the friendliest and brightest on the planet! I truly believe that. So, it's with a heavy heart that I will no longer post here. The reason I am leaving this board is, of course, this crazy upgrade and how it not only wiped out the number of posts I had acquired (which I didn't mind all that much), but how ALL of my posts switched from my username and a
  3. Can this be done for me, as well?? Also, will my past messages (all 400+) be back out on the board under my name, instead of 'GUEST?' It's as if my whole history here has been erased........I am NOT happy with the upgrade, if anyone's keeping count.
  4. TCMWEB1, Again, my question would be, where did my name go on the 400+ posts I've made here? It's as if I never existed here. I am glad that someone likes the new upgrade, but I'm finding it hard to use. Maybe it's just not worth coming back to....this really sucks.
  5. The problem I am having with this lousy upgrade, is that all of my message (400+) are addressed to guest, instead of KeithFromKC, so it's as if my whole identity has been erased from the board. I sent a complaint to the tech staff, but this really makes me upset. The few threads I actually started, don't even have my name on them. So, on the new board, this will be the first message that actually has my name attached to it. What a mess.........
  6. I don't always buy the whole 'Red State, Blue State' comparison, nsallieharding. I say this, because I think that a lot of people feel that most everyone in the 'Bible Belt' is a God-fearing, die-hard conservative, which just isn't true. I am SURROUNDED by Red States, yet still am exposed to a wide range of poltical viewpoints. To each his own, but I am usually not simpatico with the whole Red State political agenda. You mention Bill Maher, who I admire as well. I saw him live here in KC about two months ago, and he even debunked the myth of the whole Red State/Blue State mentality. He reminde
  7. I couldn't agree more with you, tracey65k. Be it the stars of yesterday, or any of our modern celebrities, their sexual preferences are just not an issue with me. I am aware of many stars, past and present, who were rumored to be gay or bisexual, and it doesn't taint my opinion of them one bit. As long as they are interesting to watch onscreen, that's enough for me. Now if someone who is vastly celebrated, yet, underneath it all, is a horrible actor/actress (I so badly want to name names here, but I'll refrain), well, that's when the gloves come off.......
  8. Mare Winningham as future legend!? Wow, I may have to break out my old, dusty copy of ST. ELMO'S FIRE and give it another assessment. I must have missed something there...........
  9. I have been a fan of Isabelle Huppert for a very long time, zooty. Juliette Binoche, as well. Although both have made English-speaking films, the bulk of their work has been in French films, as you know. They both do great work, but many Americans are probably remotely aware of their talents. Speaking of French actresses, I always enjoy anything that Emmanuelle Beart does (with the exception of her small role in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2). Beart is one of the modern film world's great beauties, as well as possessing a wealth of talent. Her amazing performance in UN COEUR EN HIVER (A Heart In Winter
  10. As I was writing composing my 'rant,' I missed your post, Larry. You mentioned the lack of good material being offered to actors today, which I more or less repeated. It's a really important factor in the scarcity of stand-out performers these days. Anyway, I do like your choices.....
  11. I wholeheartedly agree with your choice of Cate Blanchett, rinkrat58. I have raved about her on these boards in the past and think she is hands-down the best film-actress working today. She just keeps evolving and continues to choose interesting projects. Hillary Swank has definitely improved as an actress, and I have always loved Emma Thompson, but I don't see her onscreen as often as I did a decade ago, which is a shame. If I can add an actor to stand beside Blanchett as my pick for future legends, I'm really a fan of Ralph Fiennes' work (That silly J-Lo film notwithstanding). Fiennes wa
  12. So what? How many people have actually read the book? I have been an avid reader my whole life and wasn't even aware that there was a Wonka book. If we are just talking about the Two movie versions, I will take the original over this half-baked remake by a mile. As far as the book-to-movie comparisons, The GODFATHER novel was kinda lousy. The filmed version had so much more depth. But if you're a purist and prefer the new Wonka film because it is "truer to the book," well, more power to ya!
  13. So jasminegirl1234, you have heard that SIDEWAYS & MILLION DOLLAR BABY are "Two of the worst films ever made?" I assume that you are either joking or the people whose opinions you gathered are too immature or just aren't deep enough to actually UNDERSTAND both films. SIDEWAYS is brilliant and MILLION DOLLAR BABY is also pretty wonderful. How can you call them duds when you haven't even seen them? If these people hated both of the aforementioned films, god forbid, I am curious to know what constitutes a good film to them. I applaud everyone involved in the making of both films, especial
  14. nsallieharding comments that "when films try to be so didactic they become a bore." To each his own, but it's that reasoning that possess Hollywood to spoon-feed us 'light' fare like the countless number of remakes we are currently bombarded with. I would much rather see and appreciate a film that challenges me. One that provides a little 'food for thought', than say, the DUKES OF HAZZARD remake. Maybe that's the film snob in me coming out, but I would rather pay Nine bucks to see something original and smart, as opposed to another lame, star-driven piece of fluff. That's not to say that
  15. The thing I find odd about Tim Burton (who I can take or leave) directing CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, is the fact that he has said in interviews that he didn't like the original Wonka film. That being the case, why on earth would you want to direct a remake of a film you don't like? It makes little sense to me. That would be like me directing, oh, say, any film that Tom Cruise has ever been in. I don't understand the logic of such a move, especially after Burton gave us the brilliant BIG FISH (quite possibly my favorite Tim Burton film) in 2003. I did see this new version of CHARLIE
  16. Wow! Once again I see that CITIZEN KANE gets mixed reactions from people on this board. This was discussed some time ago, but to each his own. I think it's one of the best American films ever made, personally. The script is rife with intelligence and the direction is top-notch....and to think that Orsen Welles was only in his mid 20's when he directed the film! Is there anyone that young in Hollywood that could concieve of and produce such an ambitious project these days? Ashton Kutcher, anyone? I didn't think so...... Again, it all comes down to personal taste. With so many people questio
  17. Don't know that I completely agree with your assessment of modern music, srchpin. It's not all "sick stuff and cussing." That's kind of a broad generalization. Just like in any other art medium, there are great things to be found, if you take the time to search them out. There truly is plenty of great music, literature, theater, and of course, movies, to be enjoyed. Of course, you know this. But I agree that there was something unique and wonderful about the Jazz Age. The 1920's were the high point of the era and there was something really special going on in so many facets of life. The p
  18. That's sad to hear. I've read Lambert's wonderful biographies of Norma Shearer and Alla Nazimova, and want to pick up his biography of Natalie Wood. Condolences to Gavin's friends and family.
  19. Welcome to the message board, Benny! I agree with you on Tom's choices. There were some here that questioned TCM's choice of Tom Kenny as a guest for the guest programmer series, but as you say, he has an obvious appreciation for classic film and is a funny guy. I must say that I have enjoyed Tom's work as a stand-up comic, as well as his contributions to HBO's late, great, MR. SHOW. I have never seen, nor really have any desire to watch SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, so I'm not familiar with Tom's work on that show. But I did watch (as well as taped) some of last night's movies and I thought Tom did
  20. Welcome to the message board, Jasminegirl1234! You pose an interesting question about actors and actresses using contact lenses. The first contact lenses, which were glass and possibly quite painful, were introduced in the 1870's. It would be interesting to know if any of our favorite stars had to wear them. Anyway, enjoy your time here and let us know which movies and which stars you love. Have fun!
  21. CRASH was a really unexpected surprise, emwriterdude. What a good little film, and I never thought I would be impressed by a Matt Dillon performance. Thandie Newton is also wonderful and an actress that we don't get to see enough of. I am really looking forward to ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, as well as HEIGHTS. We have a few good indie theatres here in Kansas City, but some of the arthouse films take a while longer to make it here, if at all. I am going to see MARCH OF THE PENGUINS today, in fact, at my favorite little indie theater. I also saw the enlightening ENRON documentary, ENR
  22. If you're a fan of silent cinema, as many on this board are, this a tough question. For me, it's F.W. Murnau's masterpiece, SUNRISE. It's one of those films that is studied in Film Appreciation courses (Which is where I first saw the film), and for good reason. The direction and acting are top-notch and Murnau's influential vision is evident throughout. I have seen this film so many times and it never gets old. In fact, I find that I tend to practice repeated viewing with silent films over any other era. The silents were magical and set the stage for all of the wonderful cinema that followed.
  23. Now, as far as Brando being sexy, well, that's not for me to say. But overrated?? Can't speak for anyone else here, but I am definitely going to disagree with you. Brando, at least in his prime, was an actor who other actors looked to for inspiration. His influence was and is extremely evident and unquestionable. But hey, to each his own.
  24. PICNIC (1955), with the lovely Kim Novak......
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