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  1. I'm sure there are several films that are hard to find on TV, streaming, renting, and even purchasing. For me, I'm working on finding a couple of Fred Astaire films that are impossible to find. Even physical copies are not compatible to US. You Were Never Lovelier Let's Dance I hope TCM will have these films on TV. What else should they add? Anyone know of other sources to watch hard to find films?
  2. The three extremes film is one of the best horror movies of all time. It's an anthology horror masterpiece. Three extremes film took me on a journey full of disgust, shock, horror, dread, etc.! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole movie! In this review, I'll try my best not to spoil too much because this is a must-watch horror movie! Stories: Three extremes had a strong and gross opening story! Three extremes wasn't afraid to include very dark and violent content that might've crossed boundaries! Three extremes' dialogue was bone-chilling and electrifying! It made the film tenser! In fact, the dialogue is what made the Three extremes film so scary! If you want to read more, check my blog post! Three extremes film review
  3. The Soul disney pixar movie stood out to me because of its predominantly black characters and emotionally powerful story. I love the Soul Disney Pixar movie for it's profound themes, humor, memorable characters, list goes on. Story: The Soul Disney Pixar movie is about Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher who's life doesn't go as planned. He's passionate about Jazz but when he travels to another realm and helps another being find its passion - he learns the meaning of soul. I loved how the Soul Disney Pixar movie portrayed blacks realistically in regards to their mannerisms, culture, speech, etc. I loved how Joe hated Jazz at first until his father took him to a Jazz club and Joe falls in love with Jazz after hearing it. I loved the character development in the Soul Disney Pixar movie. Joe was selfish and didn't care about the spiritual realm he was in. Eventually he realizes life is more than just your career. 22 originally doesn't want to live on earth because it's worthless in her mind. Joe could've been a lost soul had he continued in his selfish ways and stayed disconnected from life. 22 doesn't see the purpose of life which is why she refuses to go to earth. The animation of lost souls disturbed me especially when Joe saw 22 in the body of the lost soul and heard her insecurities. I loved the ambiguity of the ending in the Soul Disney Pixar movie. We don't know which body Joe Gardner and 22 end up in. I'll analyze my favorite scenes from the Soul Disney Pixar movie. We're introduced to Joe Gardner doing band practice with his students in a classroom that's poorly funded. First of all, I love how accurate this scene is. When I was in elementary school, kids dressed and behaved as shown in the the Soul Disney Pixar movie. They were fooling around and not taking music seriously. Joe dislikes this judging from his cringe but tries to instill his passion for Jazz in his students despite the situation he's in. The girl (Connie) plays the trombone with passion. When she stands up, we can see she's the only one who took music seriously. Nevertheless, she loses confidence when the class makes fun of her. She doubts herself when she points out she's 12 years old. The school is poorly funded probably because of institutional racism against blacks and society doesn't take music seriously in school. I loved the sense of humor in this scene. Joe's work seems to pay off when he plays the piano in front of the kids and they simply watch in amazement. Soul started with a strong opening because we not only learn Joe is passionate about Jazz that he doesn't care about money, he also wants to inspire others to be like him. I love how Soul reveals to us who the characters are through body language. When Joe looks at a picture of Dorthea Williams in the classroom and presumably his favorite Jazz musicians, we learn he idolizes them. Joe's flaws are revealed early in the Soul Disney Pixar movie. He's selfish. For example, when he tells his story to Connie - he doesn't stop and think if she can relate. Another flaw is he's not completely honest about his feelings towards others. This is shown when he tells the school principal "you're doing my ears a favor." His student gets offended and Joe says "not you! You're good!" but secretly tells the principal he's not. When he talks with his mother, we can see what kind of person she is. She doesn't completely support him. It seems she only loves him for who she wants him to be. When his old friend, Curly, calls Joe - we see Joe is humble. When Joe rehearses with Dorthea Williams and the rest of the band, we can see Dorthea is not impressed at first. This is probably because of so many musicians who failed to meet her standards as a pianist. This also suggests performing on stage with Dorthea Williams isn't what Joe is expecting. Joe can't see it because he's blinded by a fantasy and idol worship of her. This will play a bigger part later in the film. Joe plays the piano and gets into "the zone." This is likely when he somehow opens a connection with the soul realm later in the Soul Disney Pixar movie. When Joe's so excited that he finally got the job, he carelessly moves around and nearly gets in accidents. From this scene, we can see Joe's weakness. He cares too much about his career that he doesn't care much about his wellbeing. He believes life's purpose rests on your actions, namely his dream career. If you want more, check my post! Review of Soul Disney Pixar movie
  4. up the film is an incredible and emotionally-moving masterpiece from Disney's Pixar with a powerful message on society's treatment of the elderly, relationships, life's purpose, along with other complex themes. up the film is about an old man named Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year old balloon salesman who is about to fulfill a life-long dream. He ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies to the South American wilderness but his worst nightmare is when he finds a boy named Russell aboard the house. When I saw the beginning of up the film, I walked out not because it was a bad movie. It was because i was so overwhelmed with emotion, I couldn't continue watching. I was a teen at the time. I was terrified of facing my future. I got really upset at how fast life passed. People pressured me to do my best to become successful by having a career, a house, education, and other things. I was looking for an escape from my problems and boring life. I felt like people held me to unrealistically high expectations. I resented people for not understanding why I wasn't trying my best. I didn't know what I wanted to do in life or how my future would look. The escape from reality for me was focusing so much on finding a relationship. I was so devastated at the thought of working so hard to get what you think makes you happy and loved by all only to see it disappear. When you're old, it feels like everyone including your spouse leaves you. It feels like people advantage of you, your accomplishments, your gifts, your body, your personality, money, etc. When you can no longer offer anything more as an elderly person, society isolates you with your kind then forgets about you. I was very demoralized by these emotions. The thought of forming a relationship, the main form of escape from reality for me at the time, only to watch it disappear destroyed me. The thought of meeting unrealistic expectations and working so hard to be successful only to watch it disappear completely broke me. I thought "wow! This is the thanks i get for everything i do for society? What's the point in life if this is my future?" After I processed my emotions, I watched it again. For a children's movie to get someone my age to react the way I did speaks volumes. That's what made up the film so memorable. The animation I loved the animation in up the film because it was so detailed and also helped us understand the characters better. Carl's unique square figure made him stand out from round characters like Russell. Voice acting I love the voice acting. Russell's voice was not a stereotypical child voice. It felt authentic as did all of the characters. The cinematography The cinematography also develops the story as well as reveal some of the most beautiful scenery. Wide camera shots reveal how small characters like Carl are in the beautiful landscape. The soundtrack Up the film's soundtrack is amazing. Not only does it sound like music from the 20th century, it adds so much emotional depth to the story. The characters I loved how deep the main characters were. They were well developed and three-dimensional. The side characters were also interesting. The themes I loved how up the film made an old man the main character rather than a child. It sends a powerful message that just because you're old, doesn't mean you have to live a sad life in isolation and despair. You can have a grand adventure at any age. In summary, up the film is a powerful movie with an inspiring and healing message. Its an adventurous story full of hope, joy, imagination, nature, etc. If you want more, check my post! Up the film review
  5. This is from my blog, The Classic Film Connection. I originally posted it on September 6th (the day after Bob’s 92nd birthday). While it’s mostly about his work in television, I also cover what I feel are his most notable film roles. I’d love to know your thoughts and favorites, too - so I thought it was still message board relevant. 🙂 Bob Newhart: The Introvert’s Hero I’m a day late – but I’d like to dedicate this post as a birthday wish / tribute to the first person who showed me it’s OK to be an introvert… Several years ago, I landed my first real, grown-up, full-time job: a leadership position, in which I was responsible for overseeing multiple programs involving large groups of people. I also worked as part of a team of fellow leaders – all of whom were extroverted to a large degree. I stuck out like a sore thumb. Eventually, in our staff meetings, I began to hear never-ending choruses proclaiming how different I was. (The refrain usually began with, “You’re so quiet!” – and variations of that theme went on from there.) While I’ve often felt different, I never thought of myself as quiet – and I certainly didn’t equate quiet with bad. A supervisor re-introduced me to the terms introvert and extrovert (concepts I hadn’t heard since college) – although he would say “introvert” with such disdain, it sounded like a curse. And it was hard not to take on the idea that my introverted nature made me inferior – especially when that was so often, and so strongly, implied. It was harder still to lead and to do my job well when I felt undercut as a person. Enter Bob Newhart. In the midst of my personal crisis, I discovered The Bob Newhart Show by accident. (I remember I had quickly picked up dinner – and I was so hungry, I flipped on the TV and turned to a classic station, not caring what was on.) The episode I landed on charmed me, which led me to seek out the beginning of the series. Minutes into episode 1, I realized why I was drawn to this show: he was me. I was watching a male, middle-aged version of myself. He talked like me (I even stammer somewhat), thought like me, and functioned as I did in a work group, at home, and as a leader. He was the first true introvert I’d ever seen on screen, and the connection was strong. It was my first step in embracing who I am. And this connection grew even stronger when I researched the man himself and realized he was much more than the “name” of the show. Sure, it wasn’t all on him – there were directors, writers, and producers working together to make the magic happen – but major decisions required HIS approval. There was no mistake as to whose show this was – in title, on camera, and behind the scenes. That’s not to say he was dictatorial. The cast and crew largely seemed to function like a happy family. Everyone had a part to play, but in terms of taking on personal responsibility for the show’s success, Bob was certainly the leader of the team. In fact, the Name / Star / Silent Creative Glue role suited him so well, he repeated it over and over again (with the hugely successful Newhart, then Bob, followed by George & Leo – although I’m not sure how much behind-the-scenes involvement he had in the last one). This inspired me. I bought books on the power of introverts and being an introverted leader, I carried myself with enough confidence at work to at least not feel compelled to cave and change myself just to fit in – and I watched as much of The Bob Newhart Show as I could get my hands on. It was my go-to, especially when I felt misunderstood. I made it through all six seasons in no time – and I still come back to it regularly. Of course, the television shows came as a result of the mark he’d already made as a significant presence in stand-up comedy. His debut album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, became a bestseller. It reached #1 on the Billboard charts – and remains the 20th best-selling comedy album of all time. His rise was meteoric. In a recent interview with WGN News, he relays that Button-Down Mind was recorded during his first-ever nightclub appearance (which was booked for the sole purpose of recording the album!). After its success, he says, “every day was New Year’s”. He appeared often on The Dean Martin Showand The Ed Sullivan Show, and hosted his own variety show (the very first, and Peabody Award-winning, The Bob Newhart Show) – which propelled him to his legendary phase as a sitcom star. I have no doubt the chief reason he garnered so much positive attention so fast (aside from the obvious fact that he is, indeed, very funny and clever) is because he was different. He was quiet. He was thoughtful. He fumbled for words. He listened. (Heck, his most well-known stand-up shtick revolves around his side of telephone conversations!) He was an introvert. His unwavering resolve to stay true to himself rewarded him with a remarkable career – and I venture to say it’s a large part of why he’s 92 (as of September 5th) and, if the WGN News interview from about 8 months ago I referenced earlier is any indication, still going strong. You can watch it here. (It’s delightful, by the way. His button-down mind is still as sharp as a tack!) The cinematic side of his career is less illustrious, but there are notable highlights: – His telephone act was brilliantly worked into his character for his first film role – a featured part in a lesser-known war picture, Hell is for Heroes (1962), starring Steve McQueen. – His perfectly over-the-top performance in Norman Lear’s comical satire, Cold Turkey(1971), deserves more attention. (In his long career, Bob has occasionally played the exact opposite of his well-known personality – always in a crazed, lampooning fashion that’s a perfect spoof of extreme extroversion…See evidence above.) – He achieved Disney immortality (and was perfectly cast) as Bernard the Mouse in the animated classics, The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990). – And who can forget lovable Papa Elf, in the holiday hit, Elf (2003)? (Again, perfectly cast!) But his performances extend beyond the realms of comedy and family fun. There’s his early role in “How To Get Rid of Your Wife”, an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – which I haven’t seen yet, but hope to soon, as I’ve recently learned the entire series is available on Peacock. Granted, from what I’ve read, it does seem to be a comically-tinted episode – but there has to be some seriousness and suspense to it, because a) it’s Alfred Hitchcock, and b) THIS Bob Newhart is most certainly up to something and is decidedly NOT being funny: And there’s his three-episode stint on ER, of which I’ve only seen the first, because ER is generally too much for me anyway – plus I’ve read spoilers and know what happens. (Besides, my heart is still recovering from his appearance on NCIS.) But I do want to see it. I think comedians can make the best dramatic actors, so I love to watch when one steps out and tries. And it’s not like I don’t have the opportunity, since all of ER is on Hulu…I will watch it. I will. I’ll steel myself, and I will. (Now that I’ve put it in writing, I have to follow through.) Regardless of who or in what genre he plays, all of Bob’s characters share this uniquely personal touch that springs from him being so firmly and assuredly grounded in himself. And if you’re an introvert who, like me, needs to feel represented, seen, and understood – seek out The Bob Newhart Show. It’s very ‘70s, but it makes for excellent therapy. (*And all 6 seasons are now on Hulu!*) It’s funny. Entertainment is supposed to be just that – entertaining. And as such, I guess it’s not designed to truly be taken seriously. But occasionally, something or someone you see on screen can impact you in a life-changing way: like one character in a sitcom entirely redefining how you value yourself. That goes so far beyond mere entertainment. It’s the power of art – and the power of someone unwaveringly and uncompromisingly showing up in the world as himself. So, if you’ll indulge me a moment while I send this personal message out into cyberspace: Hi, Bob. Happy 92nd birthday. Thanks for being this introvert’s hero. *** So, what do you think? What are your favorite Bob Newhart moments? And whose work goes beyond entertainment for you? Also, are there any fellow introverts out there? (Feel free to comment here, of course - and, if you’d like to receive notification when I post something new on my blog, go here to subscribe via email or follow me on WordPress. I’d love to connect with you there, too!)
  6. Did anyone see it today? Came on 12 noon here, I enjoyed it. I have heard about it (the movie) but it really was not my cup of tea. This version with Margaret 0Brian was delightful. The little boy was played by dean stockwell who I didn't recognize until later. This is a good film and Margaret 0 Brian was a good actress at that age. Thank you TCM for this one.
  7. Hello, I have watched different promo's of "Women Make Film" on TCM and I especially was amazed and moved by one in particular. It starts off in the present and goes back in time to when film was just in its infancy. It centered on 100 years of films. I do believe it coincides with Women Filmmakers, I think it is so wonderful how far women have come along in the entertainment industry. Directing, producing and writing as well as acting. I have not found the promo/video on TCM or on YouTube.com either. I would like to know if anyone here could tell me about the song that was used to promote it, please? I could tell by the voice that the song was sung by a woman and it was very emotional and uplifting. It really did go so well with the message of the advertisement, if someone here could help me I would really appreciate it a lot. Thank you for your time and be well. Good evening, LadyLoriAnn46
  8. I just came from TCM Film festival. The passes were sold-out so I bought individual tickets for each movie. In total I only spent $50 ($10 per movie). For me the real fun is meeting the fans. Often I will skip the films and just stand-around talking to people. The highlight was the Final Party celebrating 25 years of TCM..... free food, champagne, and a birthday cake. Plus tons of people I got to meet & greet Thank you Ted Turner, Robert Osborne, and the TCM family .
  9. Calling all dreamers! I'm assembling a team of creatives to make an independent feature film about cookie dough, depression, and the power of empathy. Entitled Terrificman, it tells the story of a struggling writer/comedian who accidentally eats a tub of cookie dough laced with an empathy drug, enabling him to experience the inner emotions of whomever he locks eyes with. He uses this newfound ability to help people with hidden depression. For more information and to read the screenplay, send me an email at lpsrhen@gmail.com. Have a terrific day! Sincerely, Sam Hendrian
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  11. 15 Minute Pit Stops In 2025, it will only take 15 minutes to recharge your car. In these circumstances, what would you do with those 15 minutes to recharge yourself while you recharge your car? Send in your pitches for a 3 to 5 minute original short film that tells the story about a future where you have 15 minutes to yourself to do whatever you want while you wait for your car to recharge. A total of 3 pitches will be chosen to make into short films. If your pitch is one of the winners, you will receive a production budget of $15,000 to produce and deliver your short film in three weeks. Your pitch should be in English and include an original title, a written script, a concept explanation, a budget breakdown of your proposed 3 to 5 minute film, your biography, and links to your previous work. Bids may also include visuals such as story boards, mood boards, or sample images. The finished films will be promoted through a paid social media campaign and live on BASF’s website. For Competition Details Visit: https://www.filmaka.com/competition-brand-basf.php?p=1
  12. Since the creation of film, MANY books from the renown to unknown have been adapted for the screen. With any film, the story won't always be told exactly as it is written. Some done excellency while others are not. Another reason is disagreements with the author. Then there's certain themes in the book which the producers and director chose to leave out. Here are some films which fall into these categories: *Gone with the Wind: Book version, Scarlett has more children and the rest of the content is more than what we see in the film Film version, they lowered most of what was written in the book to make it the exact film length that it is *The Shining Book version, had more to do with a addiction Film version, was more focused on parental figure's descent into insanity and a child's supernatural ability *Lolita Book version, deals with the topic of perversion Film version, deals more with the resistance of perversion and trying to do the right thing P.S. I always thought Stanley Kubrick did an excellent job with the retelling *Count of Monte Cristo Book version, another female character is in the story as a minor and there a son Film version(s), no other female character and there's not always a son *Band of Angels Book version, more serious and has more graphic content Film version, lighter tone and but still focused on the main characters and the theme of racism and bigotry *It Book version, villain is a different entity Film version(s), we see the evil entity is a clown *Prince of Tides Book version, the relationship between the main characters Film version, was more about the romance between them *1984 Book version, imaginative look at what life would be like had WWII not happened Film version(s), not one has ever been able to capture the book same quality *Colour Purple, The Book version, more of a LGBT relationship between the heroine and secondary female character Film version, Steven Spielberg didn't wanted to take the film THAT far so left that out https://www.listchallenges.com/best-books-made-into-movies https://www.imdb.com/list/ls050071819/ https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/books-made-into-movies http://www.paperbackswap.com/Books-Made-Movies/tag/8969/ Which books made into films have you notice a major change when you first saw it?
  13. I am starting to flesh out my classic film book collection. And I have been trying to track down the best books on the history of the studio era, Scott Eyman's Lion Of Hollywood has been recommended to me as the definitive book about MGM, and there are others about Warner Bro's I am considering purchasing. I was wondering if anyone here can give me some recommendations, particularly for books about Fox, as there does not seem to be many out there. Thanks
  14. I am starting to flesh out my classic film book collection. And I have been trying to track down the best books on the history of the studio era, Scott Eyman's Lion Of Hollywood has been recommended to me as the definitive book about MGM, and there are others about Warner Bro's I am considering purchasing. I was wondering if anyone here can give me some recommendations, particularly for books about Fox, as there does not seem to be many out there. Thanks
  15. Hello, As a Rudolph Valentino fan, I was so excited to learn that this film was still in existence and was not lost like so many of his early "pre-fame" films. However, it was not available online (I didn't see it on youtube etc.), and after months of searching, I've only been able to find it sold at TCM, Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film, and now that has disappeared from the website. If you have any information on where I can get this film, or preferably where I can get the set, Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film, I'd really love to own some of the other films in that set as well, is it still available? I'd appreciate any information you have about this set ~Natalie
  16. Hello all! I am new to the message boards and I am excited to partake in classic film discussions of all kinds! I just started a classic film blog two weeks ago, and I am very interested in any feedback or ideas that fellow classic film lovers have. I currently have written about 9 or 10 movies. I know I need to upgrade it in terms of graphics, etc., but I will do that in time. Thanks very much! https://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com/
  17. film 1, has a story line similar to "Night Flight" with Clark Gable but it turns out not to be the film I'm looking for. A small airline owner runs flights through treacherous conditions with a host of pilots a high faloutin girl hanging around and a lovely girl next door helper who has an obvious crush on our owner. He has a side kick retired pilot that gives him advice and a shady new pilot that has to prove himself. film 2 is about a young star who hides the fact that her mother is black to get ahead in her career with the final scene showing her finding out her mother has died and she runs to the very public funeral procession (which is a horse drawn hearse covered in flowers) and cries out for the lose of her mother. both these films are very old and I've been looking for them for ages to watch again I would be very grateful for any help cheers ps: please feel free to ask me for more info on the plot lines if needed
  18. What are some of your recommendations for biopics of real-life women? This topic is intended to be year round and refer to any era or country. It is inspired by the fact that today is International Women's Day but make no mistake, this is a thread about movie portrayals of women in all aspects of life whose lives have been captured on screen. Sometime biopics are accurate, sometimes they are influenced by the era in which they were made and what was allowed to be shown on the screen at that time. Furthermore, sometimes the autobiographies upon which they are based are biased, such as Anna L. perhaps increasing the actual influence she had on the Siamese King. Some biopics that come to mind that I recommend are: Blossoms in the Dust The Nun's Story I'll Cry Tomorrow With a Song in My Heart Love Me or Leave Me Smash Up: The Story of a Woman The King and I as well as Anna and the King
  19. I've created a facebook group for Summer Of Darkness, I do not have a twitter and thought a facebook group would be a nice place for some discussions on the topic. https://www.facebook.com/groups/103357930003601/
  20. Well the 2015 film festival is about to get underway and I'm not able to attend this year. To everyone I met over the last 2 festivals and to all the newbies your going to have an amazing time, this is truly the one festival where you have something in common with everyone, the love of classic film ( we are a class act) see you all in 2016 and Mr. Osborne get well soon, you've always been very generous with your time and I've always appreciated the time you give to all the attendies, never turning anyone away. Regards WRJ
  21. There was an older movie (maybe 50s/60s?). A professor had bought an apartment in the city and was renting it out to men (a group of four?) from the suburbs to see what would happen when they did come into the city and study their behavior. His assistant ends up falling for one of the men, wives come in at the end of the movie and it's complete chaos and fun. I watched this movie on TCM ages ago (back when I still lived with my folks and had cable!). I can't for the life of me remember what it was called, can anyone remember? I know it's not a lot to go on...
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