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Posts posted by SamTherapy

  1. I've really come to appreciate Mr. Tracy's style, over the years of viewing his films.

    My favourite casting of him is in Dinner At Eight.

    Also, quite enjoy him in The Best Man in which he completely outacts Fonda (albeit not all that difficult to do).


    And anyway, anyone who **** on a military parade is definitely aces in my book.


    Rest in peace, Mr. Tracy.

    I like your style.




    S A M


    ~p e a c e~

  2. Since Der Bingle was no stranger to reefer, thought the tag appropriate.


    Anyway, there is a fantastic collection of his recordings which is in fact ongoing and is up to Disc #51.


    A must for fans of Mr. Crosby's marvellous voice.

    Even includes some full-length narrations which were released on vinyl, the narration from Legend Of Sleepy Hollow inclusive.



    And speaking of Bing Bang Bong . . .



    S A M


    ~p e a c e~


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  3. HollywoodGolightly



    Thank you ever so much, HollywoodGolightly.

    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner to thank you.

    A very nice end-of-year tribute to a long list of folks who will be missed.

    I do miss the original, angel-in-the-heavens-with-the-tolling-bell openings, though.






    Aloha, lz! ;-)


    Thanks for the welcome back.

    Sorry to you, also, for not getting back on sooner to thank you for the welcome-back.


    Hope all is well with you and yours, too.


    Checked out your home page: www.classiclasvegas.com - a very smartly designed site, first-rate art design.

    Look forward to that Gallery. B-)


    Don't know how you feel about The Meadows in this supposedly modern age, but I think that (along with 'The Happiest Place On Earth' these days), it's dead.


    I much prefer the kitsch of the bygone days . . . as I knew it. ;-)


    Ever since 1989, despite it being the brightest area on Earth as seen from space, I feel like Sin City has blacked out for me as a novel place to tour; although, when I was long-hauling in the nineties, I did stopover there one night, and the south-end of the Strip is rather a marvel to see from a distance. Also saw said marvel from the air once, flying in and out of McCarran.


    Nevertheless, I do feel that Vegas' current excess ? is indeed "what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday nights if the Nazis had won the war."


    Have you seen Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas?

    I thought that the art director did a superb job of capturing the aesthetic feel of the town's (in my estimation) heyday.


    "Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?"

    Who knows, we might swing by sometime despite my criticisms.


    Would like to see the Boulder Dam and the Atomic Testing Museum, and we have, for some time in fact, had a desire to check out the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, ever since seeing an endearing documentary on it: http://www.amargosafilm.com



    Maybe I should jet over in August to see Steely Dan at the Palm?


    Anyway, wonderful to see you are still at it here. happy0144.gif


    Catch ya, later.




    _Kyle In Hollywood_


    Good hello, Kyle! wavey_new.gif


    // Sorry to hear you're TCM-Free these days, old friend. But that's no reason for a two year absence.//

    Point taken. I see, now, that is indeed the case.

    Looks like I owe you a drink at the Formosa next time I'm way deep into nothing special, riding the crest of a wave breaking just west of Hollywood.


    In fact, two drinks, maybe more, because those links you gave me were fantastic!



    You're right about the '15/90' montage - very cool.


    And the anniversary redirect is great!!!

    A great design.


    It was a treat to see Bob O's first intro.

    Didn't know that '100 Years' was the very first thing to air.


    Loved the 'Risque Business,' 'Separate Cinema,' 'Films From The Black List,' 'Warner Bros. 75yrs Anniversary' 'and 'Bowery Boys festival' promos.


    The Bowery Boys festival was before I started getting TCM.

    Wish they had reprised that frequency of airing those flicks.


    Other airings that were before my access to TCM which I wished they had reprised were the documentaries 'Midnight Ramble,' 'Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu' and 'The Race To Save 100 Years.' Never got to see those. sad0014.gif


    Wonder, in which year did TCM start doing the 'TCM Remembers?'


    The archived printed media was very nice, too.

    I wish they would have shown all of the 'Now Showing' covers.

    And, I wish they would make posters of the 'Who's Who Of Whodunit's' and the 'Cary Grant Film Festival' advertisements.


    As for the 2008 programming that I missed . . .

    A Val Lewton documentary and four Sinatra music specials?!?!?!



    However, I cannot say I missed Elvis Mitchell's insinuative presence on TCM; in fact, I am glad I did.

    I think he is a total sleeping_new.gif

    His "interviews" on IFC were mediocre at best.

    I do hope TCM is not even considering replacing Bob O with him when the former retires.


    And speaking of other hosts, how's the BM coming along these days?


    Well, again, my sincere thanks for the tip about the archives.


    //Hoping you'll stop by once in awhile//


    Thanks. Will do.







    S A M


    ~p e a c e~

  4. Indeed: rest in peace, Ms Arthur.


    //What a pity she never got a big fat role in a Woody Allen film//



    Yes, she would have been a good addition in any of his films.


    She would have been good too, on a similar thought, as some character in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, someone vexing Larry.


    My favourite role of hers was her cameo in History Of The World, Part I as the Vnemployment clerk, when she paraphrases what Comicus does (being a "Stand-Up Philosopher") as being a bullshtt artist. And her closing line when she says she can no longer be of assistance because she is going on her wine break. :D


    S A M


    ~p e a c e~

  5. Greetings any and every one.


    Haven't been by in a long long time.

    Nice to see the website look has remained as the Northern Star.


    Appy polly loggies if this matter has already been discussed, previously:

    Was there no TCM Remembers ~ 2008?


    Doesn't seem to be anything in the media area, so am wondering if the tradition ended in 2007 which would be a shame if the case.


    Milady and I no longer have cable, for two years now, so we cannot viddy the great TCM montages, any longer :(


    Nowadays, we just watch new dvd's and the 5000+ movies recorded from TCM, IFC, Sundance and AMC (from wayback when Clooney was host).


    TCM programming - the only real loss from having no cable.


    Anyway, could someone please advise that, indeed, there was no end-of-year, 'TCM Remembers' montage in 2008.




    S A M


    ~p e a c e~

  6. [nobr]This was the first time I had been given an opportunity to see some of the 'Lone Wolf' series of films, and, as I expected - they were a lot of fun. As the gal from the bronx said - very enjoyable.[/nobr]


    Such a treat for TCM to air the ones they did.


    But (not to look a gift horse in the mouth as the saying goes) if do-able, I can't understand why all the available films of an enjoyable series can't be shown either in a nice block of them, or periodically in groups but more regularly?


    Personally, am not much interested in any of the silent-era films featuring the 'Michael Lanyard' character which starred either Henry B. Walthall:


    . . . or Jack Holt:



    But would love to see Columbia's series that spanned the early 'talkies' era which apparently starred Bert Lytell as 'Lanyard.'



    But mostly, would love an opportunity to see any and all of the 30's-40's run, particularly the remaining Warren William ones (The Lone Wolf Keeps A Date, Secrets of The Lone Wolf, Counter-Espionage, One Dangerous Night and Passport To Suez):



    And the first one of that period (The Lone Wolf Returns) which stars Melvyn Douglas as the role. Here's a link to get to a great image (too large to post) from that one: http://www.doctormacro.com/Movie%20Star%20Pages/Douglas,%20Melvyn.htm


    And don't let's forget the one after Douglas and before William - The Lone Wolf In Paris, the only outing with Francis Lederer as the character:



    And then there's the four films featuring the two other Michael Lanyard's:

    ~ The Notorious Lone Wolf / The Lone Wolf In London / The Lone Wolf In Mexico

    Gerald Mohr:



    ~ The Lone Wolf And His Lady

    Ron Randall:



    Maybe someone could do up one of those petitions again?


    Although the success of the first one has yet to be seen. 823.gif



    S A M


  7. [nobr]Appy polly logies, but haven't the time to peruse five friggin' pages of previous posts, so don't know if this has already been broached, or in what capacity, but I nevertheless wanted to pipe that I regard Mr. Morrow as one of my all-time favourite character-actors; indeed, he is one of the best.[/nobr]


    His quality is evidenced in the casting of him as semi-leads, and in the fact that in any television-show episode in which he was cast he brought a heightened level of entertainment to that series' episode.


    His performances which I find most memorable are: Blackboard Jungle; Glass House; Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry; and Twilight Zone - The Movie.


    On the latter flick - it is such pathos, his sacrifice.


    S A M


  8. [nobr]Also a good link - very comprehensive:[/nobr]



    And, an interesting review of the film, there at the CrimeLibrary:



    The intriguing puzzle of The Zodiac is very much akin to that of The Ripper in that they are both unsolved, yet point to an apparent, potentially-likely though not-unequivocally-substantiated suspect.


    And don't let's forget the advanced connexion between The Zodiac and The Unabomber.


    S A M


  9. [nobr]Possible, but am not convinced because of the precedent: there was another film aired last month (again, cannot recall the title save that it was, if memory serves, a black&white Jennifer Jones flick) in which the exact same thing occurred but even worse - for whilst the sound effects track was abnormally distinct (like someone below mentioned - like it was a re-record, even), that was the only audible thing. The dialogue and incidental music track was completely muted.[/nobr]


    So it was an identical sort of incident, only more so.


    Was funky and sort of interesting, but completely unviewable.


    Am surprised it wasn't mentioned at the time on the boards; I thought about doing so but didn't get round to it.


    But I know what you speak of, CS. Your example: I Married A Witch is definitely in need of a restoration.


    S A M


  10. [nobr]While I appreciated it's intent, I found SuperSize Me disappointing in that it wasn't a very effective expos? on its intended target. [/nobr]


    The only thing it seemed to expose is what will happen to someone if s/he gives in to the thought-control advertising ("I'm Lovin' It!" "Gotta Have It!") of the fast-food industry, and eat excessive amounts of semi-enriched garbage as one's only diet.


    This Fast Food Nation sounds more like what I was hoping for from SuperSize Me in that it sounds like it truly investigates the vile machination of the fast-food industry. I hope it is comprehensive.


    On an aside, and speaking of fast-food, an excellent film to see is The Yes Men.


    S A M


  11. [nobr]//I think it'a about time that we all let TCM know that we're enjoying the fact that all those wonderful movie series from Columbia...//[/nobr]


    Here here!


    And, as CS mentions, also thanks be to Magenta . . . I mean Columbia. ;-)


    AL-though: can't decide if I'm elated or distressed about the wonderful deluge of even more films I have to watch and collect! :P


    Here I thought I was getting caught up! :D


    S A M


  12. [nobr]Seeing The Missouri Breaks again reminded me about Kathleen Lloyd.[/nobr]



    Always liked her style and beauty. Too bad she got cast in a lot of forgettable films.


    Thinking about her reminds me of a seventies flick that she co-starred in that is another silly seventies Satan flick (silly but fun cause they're played so straight), that would be perfect for The Underground: The Car.



    S A M


  13. [nobr]Fincher's directing is very nicely done, and the acting is good (particularly, Edwards, Cox, Lynch and Sevigney), but what really stood out for me and made the 158m run time too short for me was the production design of Burt and the cinematography of Savides, which really placed me comfortably back in the San Francisco of the late-60's/70's in which I spent much of my life then.[/nobr]


    They both deserve Oscar nominations, respectively. Amazing - the retro, 'film' look that Savides and Fincher were able to achieve with this Viper digital video system which I understand they used to film the entire film with (apparently the first all-film use of the system).


    Learning now that Fincher is a native of Marin County explains his attention to capturing the wonderful time-travelled look for the CityByTheBay.


    It was interesting to see the Embarcadero Freeway again.



    Unfortunately, Ruffalo and Gyllenhaal are competent, but failed to grab me as the leads. That was disappointing casting, for me.


    The film is an intriguing examination of the investigation, reporting and researching of the Zodiac slayings versus a glamourising of the serial killer's actions.


    Although, that said, there are nevertheless two extremely effective and, subsequently very disquieting, murder sequences in the film, which, although are not with excessive gore, are nonetheless quite frightening (probably more so due to the lack of gore). So be forewarned.


    And there is a real nicely done, very suspenseful yet non-violent, fly-in-the-spider's-web sequence.


    And the film puts a creepy connotation to the tune, 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' by Donovan, incidentally.


    The film had m'Lady pretty spooked out when we got home, and it was all-the-lights-on, and loud and cheery Johnny Mercer tunes on the stereo, that evening!

    Didn't mind that my self. :D


    S A M


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