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What Would Be Your Essentials?

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On 5/3/2020 at 4:41 PM, Mr. Gorman said:

Which version of THE OUTSIDERS, jin?  There's at least 2 versions of it.  (Maybe three by now . . . ).

Same with BLADE RUNNER.  I've never seen "Blade Runner", but I have noted from the IMDb and Wikipedia there's 7 different versions extant.  Which one do you prefer?

The 1983 feature film adaption of The Outsiders. I first saw the movie in middle school and have watched it many times since then. It's a must in my book. TCM has only played it once, back in 2001, so I'd welcome its return.

I've only seen the final cut of Blade Runner, so I'd have to pick that version.

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KINGS ROW (1942)



GILDA (1946)








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I f someone has seen the movie 8 times before, then it isn't essential to see it again. This programming is for new viewers.

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I believe that it is understood that no person can be reasonably considered to have useful knowledge of movies if they have not watched Casablanca (1942), Gone with the Wind (1939), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and other such absolute staples  of the medium. A listing of those would contain no surprises and would hold little interest.

I choose a different approach. I have noted for the past eight days when I have found a movie is quoted or has a quote paraphrased, is the basis for a meme or is blatantly mentioned in a setting which is not concerned with movies. These are movies which are a person must have watched if they are to recognize and understand common references: 

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
Rashomon (1950)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
MASH (1970)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Jaws (1975)
Airplane! (1980)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Blade Runner (2017)




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I agree with way too many to name.  Ace in the Hole was great last night.  One of the things is matching Ben M.'s host with a guest host.  For example, Drew Barrymore has Ethel, John and Lionel's films to choose from.  As an aside, it was interesting to find out 1) Ben M. considers the movie Some Like It Tepid/Warm (I love the film) and that his wife's favorite film is Sabrina (of Wilder's films).

Films I consider essential include the following:

Born Yesterday and the Solid Gold Cadillac (Holliday with Crawford in Paul Douglas' role and Paul Douglas and Holliday reunited on Screen).

The Apartment 

The Hound of the Baskervilles with Basil R. and Nigel B.

Talk of the Town

The Red Shoes

Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion (settles the My Fair Lady dispute)

Maltese Falcon

Roman Holiday

Hester Street

Imitation of Life (Original with Colbert)

The Women (but they run it a great deal)

The Original Producers with Mostel and Wilder

The Searchers, High Noon, and Shane 

Separate Tables

Adam's Rib and other comedic Tracy Hepburn films.

Kiss of Death (original)

Back to back showings of The Hustler and the Color of Money

Elmer Gantry

It Happens Every Spring (the one with Ray Milland (sp?))

Dead of Night (original) and Night Must Fall and the original Uninvited

Kind Hearts and Coronets (a brilliant showcase for Alec G.)

How to Marry a Millionaire and Designing Woman

A Letter to Three Wives

Notorious and Spellbound (Hitchcock)

Also, many of the ones named above.  Too many movies to list (Laura is repeatedly shown - it was one of Robert Osborne's favorites)

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Sunset Boulevard(1950)

Days of Wine and Roses(1962)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre(1948)

Duck Soup(1933)

American Graffiti(1973)

Singin In the Rain(1952)

Gone With the Wind(1939)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953)

An Affair to Remember(1957)

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Superman The Movie 1978.

Superman II 1980.  TCM Premire.

Superman III 1983.  TCM Premire.

Superman IV The Quest For Peace.  TCM Premire.

The Fly 1986 TCM Premire.

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