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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. I was told that it was a great place to cast pearls. If what is such a dreary chore? Doing something (such as watching old movies) not for fun, enjoyment, and pleasure but because some taskmaster (like for instance, a "classic film" buff) thinks that you should do it? Having to explain one's comments to prickly remedial school graduates who get snippy when something they read upsets them?
  2. Thank you, txfilmfan, for . . . (Ahem!) validating what I've always thought was the reason why some folks want/need others to think and feel the same way that they do. Being a loner, I have difficulty understanding the want/need to belong (to a group). On a not altogether different note . . . Whenever I hear or read someone wax prosaic about the "communal" experience of watching movies, I just don't get it. Sitting in a crowded movie theatre doesn't make, to me, a comedy funnier (because an audience is laughing), a "tear-jerker" more moving (because an audience is crying), a horror
  3. Well, I'll give Lydecker and Overeasy the benefit of the doubt and not presume that they feel self-important. Pardon my neurosis (or don't), but my undies tend to get bunched when I hear or read someone trying to impose their likes/dislikes/preferences/opinions/ideas/beliefs/whatever on others. I periodically re-read Harlan Ellison's Watching (a collection of Ellison's movie reviews and essays on cinema), which I enjoy because of his P.O.V., scriptorial artistry, and acerbic wit. Ellison's failing as a movie reviewer, IMO, was his puerile compulsion to demand that the reader align wi
  4. Man, if there's anything that "triggers" me more than people trying to convert someone or make a suggestion to someone, it's people explaining other people's comments. I don't have any problem understanding Lydecker's comments -- both of them. But whether Lydecker wants to convert people to black & white movies or merely suggest "classic films" to people, my reaction is: Why? I don't get why some folks who like something want others -- or everyone -- to like what they like. Why isn't enough that you like something? And if you are the only person who likes something, why does
  5. I merely quoted what you originally wrote. Trying to convert someone is a whole lot more forceful and dogmatic than making a suggestion to him or her.
  6. As well they should. Why do you feel compelled to "convert folks to the joys of watching black/white [sic] movies from the 1920's - 1950's"? Movies -- with the possible exclusion of documentaries -- are entertainment. They are recreational diversions, not essential requirements needed for one's existence and survival. IMO, trying to "convert" (force) someone to do . . . well, anything . . . is a guaranteed, sure-fire way to obliterate the joy from doing the thing -- making it a dreary chore instead of a pleasure and delight.
  7. Nope! A quoted message does not get updated after the original message is changed. That's been my experience on TCM Message Boards.
  8. This is the kind of useful, practical, and scholarly wisdom that I signed on to the TCM Message Boards for. Thank you, Mr. Lonelyhearts! Well, it certainly beats my technique: sizing up The Monster Club and going home with the one who doesn't turn people to stone.
  9. In our case, it would probably wind up as The Mirror Has Two Faces (and they both need lifting).
  10. The Voice of Experience. Penalty is nine to ten at Leavenworth. Did five to ten at Woolworth, myself.
  11. Have you tried approaching a gal who isn't a hot babe? Heed the sage advice of one of America's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who is, remember, depicted on the $100 bill. Regarding Spencer Tracy, I suspect that his status and financial wealth probably compensated for his, IMO, average looks. Regarding the appeal of a man who has a sense of humor: Hmmm. Funny (no pun intended) that criterion isn't on the list of Six things that women find appealing in men (suggested reading, Dargo). FYI and a word to the wise: when a woman tells you that she's attracted to a man who has a
  12. How the heck was a mug like Spencer Tracy -- no Clark Gable or Cary Grant looks-wise, IMO -- getting so much action?
  13. You "saw" tight pants on Ruby Starr? If her outfit had been any shorter, she would have had to powder two more cheeks. Give it up for Starr belting out Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed (during which she almost starts to channel Joe Cocker).
  14. For your dining and dancing pleasure, here's a heaping helping of 100%, Grade A, Jen-Yoo-Wine, bona fide, certified, U.S. Prime foot-stompin', chest-beatin', headbangin', tail-shakin' ROCK 'N ROLL! 🎸 🎸 🎸🎸
  15. Yeah, the look (cinematography and especially the production design) of Crimson Peak is what redeems the rather blah plot for me. I've yet to see a Guillermo del Toro movie that totally grabs me (and I haven't seen all of del Toro's movies). I've come to expect "style over substance" when I watch a del Toro flick. Another problem that I have with del Toro is his conception of the horror film as a fairy tale. It's his infusion (for me, infection) of a childlike (or, to be nasty about it, childish) sensibility into The Shape of Water that put me off del Toro's "most personal film" and
  16. The perception that I'm "talking out of both sides of [my] mouth" is merely a deft act of slick ventriloquism. My elocution originates from a distinctly lower region of my anatomy (as do my opinions), generally covered by pants.
  17. IMO, the Internet has democratized mass communication. No more being ignored, edited, or censored by a select few, elitist -- sometimes self-appointed -- gatekeepers, "bouncers," and screeners on newspapers and magazines and on talk radio shows. Now The People have direct, unfettered access to express and share their opinions! Now Joe Blow/Joe McDoakes/Joe Sixpack can be heard and read! I dig it myself. Democracy and vox populi in action! Bravo, say I! And similar to the naive idealism of inventors of television who envisioned TV as a way of bringing people together and unifying Mank
  18. I've got Hulu, but not Hulu+Live TV. I don't have YouTube TV. Both services cost $64.99 per month . . . which is more than I was paying for cable TV when I had it. Being "deprived" of Watch TCM is no biggie. I'm subscribed to more than a few "boutique" streaming services that specialize in the movie genres that I dig. Watching TV is now a case of "my cup runneth over" and also "so many movies and not enough time."
  19. Thanks for the notification. Alas, your suggestion doesn't work on my Roku device. After I enter the code to activate the Watch TCM app on my Roku device, I am prompted to select my TV Service Provider. I don't have one; I "cut the cord" years ago, and watch TCM strictly via Sling TV on Roku. Thanks anyway!
  20. You can access Watch TCM (which I cannot) via a Roku device (which I have) only if you also subscribe to a pay TV service. I watch TCM via Sling TV on my Roku device. But because I do not have a cable TV provider (too much double-dipping, triple-dipping for me), I am unable to access Watch TCM. I wish that I could (without having to pay a cable TV provider) because the drag about watching on Sling is that sometimes a TCM broadcast is unavailable on Sling because of contractual agreements, ownership rights, licensing issues, etc.
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