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  1. I'm heavily biased but this is one of my favorite SOTMs TCM has done. Last Thursday was a smash hit for me, with The Little Giant (1933) becoming one of my new favorites. And another watch of Larceny Inc (1942) tonight, but instead of replacing Brother Orchid with a non-Edward G. Robinson movie, they could have put up any Eddy movie. Anything. I'll see if I can catch a quick nap before the last one of the early morning.
  2. I'll always remember Dust be my Destiny as the replacement for a Noir Alley pick in Canada. Glad they have Elevator to the Gallows for their "Jazz in Film" spotlight. Miles Davis was aces in it, set the mood perfectly. Friday June 19th, clearing my schedule as that is prime noir goodness. Always thought the Austrian Funny Games was older, and mistook the one TCM is showing for the remake.
  3. A Bout de Souffle (Breathless), TCM aired it yesterday, caught it by chance and I just fell in love with the soundtrack. Couldn't decide between the two pieces but the entire soundtrack is something wonderful.
  4. Friday, March 13 8:45AM - Larceny, Inc (1942), Edward G. Robinson as an ex-con that tries to go straight, with comedic results. Always loved this one.
  5. Beach Party (1963) It's harmless stuff that you can just put on and forget about. Has some easy thrills, a lot of groovy slang, a beach with beach guys and beach girls, bongos, more groovy musical choices and Greasers that remind me of Bikers but might be Greaser Bikers- but none of that matters as the reveal of Big Daddy, the man chilling in that chair for the entire movie is revealed and he says the word. That was easily the best part of the movie, even over the credits dancing that is on the level and really gives you the scoop and a song that fits the movie perfectly. That reveal... that was worth sitting through it and surprisingly, the word wasn't "Surf's Up" and cutting to them all surfing and catching some waves. 6/10 (Originally 5/10 but that reveal was a +1)
  6. Been waiting for TCM to replay this one. The reprise of Lovely is even better than the first one and I still listen to the soundtrack regularly.
  7. Some Like it Hot (1959) This never gets old. At least my third rewatch of it and it's still one of my favorite comedies with one of my favorite final scenes in any flick. It's a lengthy one at over two hours but it has plenty of comedy; wordplay, back-and-forth dialogue, punchlines, visual gags, reaction shots and quips from something that happened off-screen and running gags. And what really sells it is that Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon make pretty convincing ladies. They play off each other well, with Marilyn and the other cast. If I had to pick a Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis duo movie, it would be this one, even over The Great Race, which I also love. And which is up next on 31 Days of Oscars. 9.5/10, Sort of related, but Jack Lemmon should have gotten at least a nom for The Great Race. Professor Fate is pure hilarity.
  8. Only Kris Kringle could beat out Tommy Udo for Best Supporting Actor. And thank you for this! I can keep the shakes off with a constant stream of classic noirs.
  9. If anything, to me he had the most memorable number in Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964). And it's the scene where I remembered I watched the movie before.
  10. Try and Get Me! What a way to wrap up Noir Alley for a month. I enjoyed the beginning and middle; the down on his luck Joe getting in over his head, the escalating business of crime, the wonderfully awkward conversations and terse replies of Frank Lovejoy to Katherine Locke, just trying to start something. The fatal mistake in his declining mental state, and while it was building up tension as he was collapsing, the moment he spilled the beans it just became heavy. And then it enters the final act. That act was such a contrast to what came before, and the growing tension of setting the fuse of a powdered keg. It was gripping, engrossing, and more taught than a wire. The contrast between Frank and Lloyd in their respective jail cells, facial expressions and general demeanor, it was like the difference between a docile prisoner and a feral animal. He was just aces in that cell, just keeps you right in it. The conclusion is just so spot-on and has lost none of its punch. I'll miss the one month wait but what a way to go! I just can't praise it enough but I'll end up rambling.
  11. Nicolas Cage in Deadfall (1993). The movie is terrible from the start in every single way, but once Nicolas Cage gets into the picture, it becomes hilarious. It's the definition of Cage, his Cagiest performance in all of Cagedom, and he's the reason anybody remembers that a movie called Deadfall came out in the 90s. Absolute, hilarious insanity. Once he leaves, the movie isn't the same.
  12. TCM Underground in excellent form with the first one.
  13. I wish I could pick one of the "So You Want To..." shorts with George O'Hanlon (Love those!) but have to go with a rewatch of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), followed by So You Want to Build a House (1948), probably intentional as they had So You Want to be a Gambler (1948) on later but that first one with Cary Grant, I just love it. Absolutely love it. Got up early to watch it at 6 AM Saturday and it's still funny after it being a rewatch. The entire room colour scene, the dialogue and ace acting, visual gags, it's just tops.
  14. I watched a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies in December, but they are a massive guilty pleasure. They are derivative, cliche, always have some jokey mini snowball fight and the relationship breaking up and crumbling right before the final act where they get together in a schmaltzy ending- but they're safe comfort food that is both harmless and can be half-watched. It's nice to have on, even if they blend together after a while.
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