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BRONXGIRL'S MOTHER, HENRY FONDA'S HIRSUTENESS, ETC.

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Sans, you've been watching the Snapped marathon on the Oxygen Channel, am I right, lol?

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE

(I'm having trouble uploading photos)

Enjoy the feast

I'm a glutton for punishment and am alternating watching QVC and the Hallmark Channel.

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Thank you so much, Rich!  You as well!

I've had my eyes opened watching all these Christmas Hallmark Channel movies.  I'm telling you, they could compete with Robot Monster or Plan 9 from Outer Space for sheer stupidity.   They are really creepy.  All the characters act like pod people.  I almost expect one of them to say "Uncle Ira isn't Uncle Ira!"

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On 11/28/2019 at 2:48 PM, Bronxgirl48 said:

Thank you so much, Rich!  You as well!

I've had my eyes opened watching all these Christmas Hallmark Channel movies.  I'm telling you, they could compete with Robot Monster or Plan 9 from Outer Space for sheer stupidity.   They are really creepy.  All the characters act like pod people.  I almost expect one of them to say "Uncle Ira isn't Uncle Ira!"

I guess the next best thing was teleporting Pricilla Presley from whatever her home planet is these days for the Christmas at Graceland sequel. Hallmark seems bent on desecrating high profile landmarks this year, because they also did Christmas at the Plaza. Next up: Christmas at the Dakota with Lacey Chabert and Andrew Walker helping new pal Yoko Ono teach the meaning of Christmas to Rosemary's adult baby. I just know in my heart that the Trump Organization is hard at work negotiating with Hallmark for a Christmas at Mar-a-Lago movie for 2020.

By the way, there must be a mole inside Hallmark because there was an actual film reference in the Plaza movie. The desk clerk took a phone request from Mr. George Kaplan asking for a suit to be sponged and pressed. (North by Northwest) Also a request from a Miss Thompson for some cherry tomatoes, orange slices and champagne, "pink, of course". (the "Think Pink" number in Funny Face and also the Eloise stories) No doubt that person will now be labeled a traitor by @CrownMedia and driven from their ranks. (or asked to testify before the FCC.)

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Oh my God Dougie -- I lurv your post!!  CHRISTMAS AT THE DAKOTA, lol.  "He has his father's eyes, so let's all celebrate with a cup of hot chocolate"  CHRISTMAS AT MAR-A-LAGO would be equally frightening!  

I caught the NORTH BY NORTHWEST reference in CHRISTMAS AT THE PLAZA re: George Kaplan and could hardly believe it!  Those poor writers -- frustrated film buffs who must curtail their natural creative tendencies to churn out the rigid Hallmark factory crapola.  Would you believe I've never seen FUNNY FACE?  For some reason I keep avoiding it.  Not sure why, since who doesn't love Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn? 

CHRISTMAS IN ROME was a disaster.  A little girl in an Italian hotel asks the female lead "Can we make gingerbread houses?"  Don't all children abroad talk like this?  Only in a Hallmark movie.

Back to CHRISTMAS AT THE PLAZA -- I didn't even recognize Bruce Davison as the old concierge/bellman guy.  Man he looked decrepit.  I remember how young Bruce was in THE LATHE OF HEAVEN.  Now he's reduced to this vapid stuff?  

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As long as they never get around to the hotel from The Shining or the Bates Motel. (Although there are a few Hallmark actresses I'd like to see take that shower, if you know what I mean.)

Sample dialogue: Yoko sez "This hot chocolate has an undertaste." And then Satan decides he wants grandkids so Rosemary's son puts the moves on Lacey Chabert, which sends Andrew Walker into a jealous tailspin.

Yeah, poor Bruce Davison. Hallmark seems to specialize in Faustian deals with former mid-level stars. I wonder what the paycheck actually is and if they get any money from all the endless repeats. I hope it's not like Dick Clark negotiating away the royalty rights from all those great oldies groups. Bette Midler has said she never gets a penny from the gazillion showings of Beaches, thanks to the craven Disney conglomerate's negotiating skills.

Christmas in Rome is still on the DVR, but I can't wait to catch Lacey and the little girl. Is it one of the many child "actresses" from When Calls the Heart? Hallmark seems to use kids and spit them out just like Louis B. Mayer at his most cold-hearted.

There's still another month of the madness, so buckle up. Look at it this way: It's a way to prove to ourselves that we can still tell right from wrong and good from bad. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Took the opportunity to watch Christmas in Rome and thanks be that I had your words of caution to prepare me. Quick story: I just had to buy a new truck to replace my 20-year old one and got a free 30-day subscription to Sirius Radio. There's a Hallmark channel with Hallmark "stars" acting as DJ's, either as a great work opportunity for them or, as I'm sure you fear too, as indentured servitude to the Almighty Hallmark. Sam Page talked about the Christmas in Rome shoot and let slip that most of it was filmed in Bulgaria. Figures that the charade would go that deep. You mentioned Bruce Davison and I was equally shocked to see the once god-like Franco Nero as the Christmas ornament impresario. A far cry from the dreamboat of The Wild, Wild Planet days, as well as that knights-in-shining-armor musical, what's it's name?

P.S. It's depressing buying a vehicle which will probably outlast me.

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Dougie -- BULGARIA???  (I sound like Al Pacino's loony mother from Dog Day Afternoon -- "ALGERIA??") I guess it does go that deep....my God!  I could hardly believe it was Franco Nero either -- Camelot!  Hallmark manages to squeeze all the joy out of romance, don't they?  Not to mention any so-called "inspirational" messages.  There are none.  And of course, "hot chocolate" being one of their tropes, it had to be mentioned and served several times.

There is one particular Hallmark actress, can't remember her name -- she has a perpetual smile on her face like Mr. Sardonicus -- who I wouldn't mind seeing dispatched in a Law & Order episode, lol.  

I don't know who that child actress is from CIR -- just another insufferable precocious kidlet I'd want Rhoda Penmark to push off a pier.  

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On 12/2/2019 at 12:07 PM, Bronxgirl48 said:

Dougie -- BULGARIA???  (I sound like Al Pacino's loony mother from Dog Day Afternoon -- "ALGERIA??") I guess it does go that deep....my God!  I could hardly believe it was Franco Nero either -- Camelot!  Hallmark manages to squeeze all the joy out of romance, don't they?  Not to mention any so-called "inspirational" messages.  There are none.  And of course, "hot chocolate" being one of their tropes, it had to be mentioned and served several times.

There is one particular Hallmark actress, can't remember her name -- she has a perpetual smile on her face like Mr. Sardonicus -- who I wouldn't mind seeing dispatched in a Law & Order episode, lol.  

I don't know who that child actress is from CIR -- just another insufferable precocious kidlet I'd want Rhoda Penmark to push off a pier.  

You could get your Rhoda wish now that Patty McCormack has joined Team Hallmark. She's been playing good natured types, but what a treat if Ms. McCormack would suddenly break character, revert to type and tear Danika McKellar a new one. 

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Patty part of Hallmark's stock company?  LOL  "What would you give me for a basket of kisses?"  Christmas will never be the same again!  I'd like to see her set fire to the giant candy canes that line every one of those Main Street sidewalks.

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I always like to watch the people walking behind the happy couple on the sidewalk. They're obviously locals who've been directed to "walk normally" but the poor things often seem to find out they have no idea how to do that. 

I love the image of the giant candy canes being torched. The giant nutcrackers should all go up in smoke too. The local toy/cookie/candy factory is failing and they're all expecting to lose their jobs on Christmas Eve but the town can afford to line the streets with eight foot tall candy canes and nutcrackers?

 

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Those poor extras, sweating under the extreme heat of all that winter clothing when almost all the filming is done in summertime.  No wonder they're wandering about looking lost, lol.

Have you noticed that nobody pays a red cent at the local coffee house?  That's because the owner is always a good friend of the heroine and gives hot chocolate hand-outs to the friends, usually accompanied by giant cookies.

I wonder just how long Hallmark can keep this (bleep) up.  However I'm afraid it's probably until infinity or the zombie apocalypse.  Only things left will be cockroaches and those Christmas movies.

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They should just capitulate and do a Christmas Apocalypse movie and off all those offensive "stars" in one final blaze of glory. Make Television Great Again.

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On 12/4/2019 at 10:42 AM, DougieB said:

They should just capitulate and do a Christmas Apocalypse movie and off all those offensive "stars" in one final blaze of glory. Make Television Great Again.

Now that's a hat I'd wear.

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@Sans, that's great!!  LOL  Hallmark in a nutshell!!

I apologize once again for not being able to upload gifs as I once was able to do on this board -- I'm baffled and terribly frustrated.

So all I can do is wish my dear TCM friends the warmest of Christmas/holiday greetings plus a happy and healthy New Year.

Blessings to all of you.

Love,

Barbara

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7 hours ago, Bronxgirl48 said:

I apologize once again for not being able to upload gifs as I once was able to do on this board -- I'm baffled and terribly frustrated.

 

I have seen an increasing number of ".gif" files which now self-identify as ".gifv" files. There has been also an increase in source-identifiers - these change an "xxx.jpg" file into an "xxx.jpg?34TE2" file. The "?" and all that follows after is for tracking the source and distribution of images.

Either of these can cause the "Insert Other Media -> Insert Image From URL" box to reject the file name. Removing the "v" from the ".gifv" suffix and/or deleting the "?" and all that follows it will bring the file name into line with what the software can handle.

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Merry Christmas to all!

 

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This is not seasonal and it is apropos of nothing ever mentioned in this thread but I find it very charming and interesting on a strange level and wish to share it:

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Best wishes to you, Miss B, for a lovely, merry, happy, and blessed Christmas.  🎄♥️🎄♥️

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Kathy and Rich, all my blessings back at you.

If you get Comet TV, there will be a Godzilla Day of Destruction on January 1st.

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Sans, have you ever seen the Alfred Hitchcock television episode "Consider Her Ways?"

I can't get that one out of my mind. 

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On 12/24/2019 at 11:08 AM, Bronxgirl48 said:

Sans, have you ever seen the Alfred Hitchcock television episode "Consider Her Ways?"

I can't get that one out of my mind. 

I am sorry to say that I have not watched that. I have read a synopsis of it and will look in the future for available viewings. It does seem very much to be one which would have a profound and lasting effect.

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