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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Monday February 14, 2022

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Vivien on TCM

waterloo bridge

anna karenina

more Vivien

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That Hamilton Woman (1941, Alexander Korda)

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars. I've been putting off watching this for a long time. Might check it out tonight. On The Criterion Channel.

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Ship Of Fools (1965, Stanley Kramer)

A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for pre-WWII Germany represents a microcosm of early 1930s society. Based on the Katherine Ann  Porter (who didn't like the film) novel this always seemed to lack the driving narrative force of other cruise liner melodramas (a sinking ship, a mutiny, a war) but meanders... forever. At the center of the drama are the characters and their thoughts, not racing torpedo heads. But it looks great (Oscar winner for best cinematography and art direction). Free on IMDbTV.

 

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Barbarella (1968, Roger Vadim)
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy. Based on the French comic series of the same name by Jean-Claude Forest this is a camp 60s classic with no less redeeming qualities than any other superhero feature from that decade.  A guilty pleasure, especially the soundtrack. Free on Plutotv.
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Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Well, there must be some poor soul that hasn't seen it. :) I'm doing the Disney Plus trial just to watch the trilogy in HD. (They say DP is among the best streaming services but they don't have the Spider-Man '67 series so I'm doubtful already.) Anyway, this first in the original trilogy is the only one that creator, George Lucas directed. Still get a little choked up whenever I hear the theme music.

May The Force Be With You.

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The Long Goodbye (1973, Robert Altman)  A Woman Is a Woman (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)  

High Art (1998, Lisa Cholodenko)  God Told Me To (1976, Larry Cohen)

Holiday Affair (1949, Dan Hartman) Bad Night For The Blues (2010, Chris Shepherd)

Gaslight (1944, George Cukor)  That Uncertain Feeling (1941, Ernest Lubitsch)

Pickup on South Street (1953, Sam Fuller)  Dark Days (2000, Marc Singer)

Pierrot le fout (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)  Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010, Tamra Davis)

Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock)  Los Sures (1984, Diego Echeverria)

Stations of the Elevated (1981, Manfred Kirchheimer)  Claese tous risques (1960, Claude Sautet)

The Oath (2010, Laura Poitras)  My Country My Country (2006, Laura Poitras)

King of New York (1990, Abel Ferrara)  Citizenfour (2014, Laura Poitras)

Variety (1983, Bette Gordon)  The Rocket (2013, Kim Mordaunt)

 Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)  Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (2014, Walter Salles)

A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)   24 City (2008, Jia Zhangke)

Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke)   Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke) 

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017, Bruno Dumont)   Joan of Arc (2019, Bruno Dumont)

Abel's Island (1988, Michael Sporn)  The Story of the Dancing Frog (1989, Michael Sporn)

The Hottest August (2019, Brett Story)  Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams (2019, Ema Ryan Yamazaki)

Rhythm Thief (1994, Matthew Harrison)  Wish You Were Here (1987, David Leland)

Mr. Jealousy (1997, Noah Baumbach)  Jason and Shirley (2015, Stephen Winter)

Little Fugitive (1953, Engel/Orkin/Abrashkin)  Scrooge (1970, Ronald Neame)

Downhill Racer (1969, Michael Ritchie)  When I Get Home (2019, Solange Knowles)

Brother to Brother (2004, Rodney Evans)  Too Late To Die Young (2018, Dominga Sotomayor)

Downtown '81 (2000, Edo Bertoglio)  Crimson Gold (2003, Jafar Panahi)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)  The Lawless (1960, Joseph Losey)

Christmas Eve (1947, Edwin L. Marin)  The Music Lovers (1971, Ken Russell)

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, John Schlesinger)  Stevie (1978, Robert Enders)

Personal Velocity (2002, Rebecca Miller)  Go Fish (1940, Rose Troche)

Old Enough (1984, Marisa Silver)  Fear of a Black Hat (1993, Rusty Cundieff)

Freedom Fields (2018 Naziha Arebi)
 

Links will take you there. Wish I had time to watch em all!

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6 hours ago, ando said:

 

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The Long Goodbye (1973, Robert Altman)  A Woman Is a Woman (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)  

High Art (1998, Lisa Cholodenko)  God Told Me To (1976, Larry Cohen)

Holiday Affair (1949, Dan Hartman) Bad Night For The Blues (2010, Chris Shepherd)

Gaslight (1944, George Cukor)  That Uncertain Feeling (1941, Ernest Lubitsch)

Pickup on South Street (1953, Sam Fuller)  Dark Days (2000, Marc Singer)

Pierrot le fout (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)  Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010, Tamra Davis)

Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock)  Los Sures (1984, Diego Echeverria)

Stations of the Elevated (1981, Manfred Kirchheimer)  Claese tous risques (1960, Claude Sautet)

The Oath (2010, Laura Poitras)  My Country My Country (2006, Laura Poitras)

King of New York (1990, Abel Ferrara)  Citizenfour (2014, Laura Poitras)

Variety (1983, Bette Gordon)  The Rocket (2013, Kim Mordaunt)

 Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)  Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (2014, Walter Salles)

A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)   24 City (2008, Jia Zhangke)

Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke)   Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke) 

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017, Bruno Dumont)   Joan of Arc (2019, Bruno Dumont)

Abel's Island (1988, Michael Sporn)  The Story of the Dancing Frog (1989, Michael Sporn)

The Hottest August (2019, Brett Story)  Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams (2019, Ema Ryan Yamazaki)

Rhythm Thief (1994, Matthew Harrison)  Wish You Were Here (1987, David Leland)

Mr. Jealousy (1997, Noah Baumbach)  Jason and Shirley (2015, Stephen Winter)

Little Fugitive (1953, Engel/Orkin/Abrashkin)  Scrooge (1970, Ronald Neame)

Downhill Racer (1969, Michael Ritchie)  When I Get Home (2019, Solange Knowles)

Brother to Brother (2004, Rodney Evans)  Too Late To Die Young (2018, Dominga Sotomayor)

Downtown '81 (2000, Edo Bertoglio)  Crimson Gold (2003, Jafar Panahi)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)  The Lawless (1960, Joseph Losey)

Christmas Eve (1947, Edwin L. Marin)  The Music Lovers (1971, Ken Russell)

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, John Schlesinger)  Stevie (1978, Robert Enders)

Personal Velocity (2002, Rebecca Miller)  Go Fish (1940, Rose Troche)

Old Enough (1984, Marisa Silver)  Fear of a Black Hat (1993, Rusty Cundieff)

Freedom Fields (2018 Naziha Arebi)
 

Links will take you there. Wish I had time to watch em all!

Thanks. Here's my strategy:

On the first day of the month, I go to the section where it says which films will be leaving at the end of the month. I comb through the list and any film that I want to see, which I haven't seen yet, I mark as a favorite so it goes into my Library,

Then as the month rolls along, I only watch films in my Library. I never use the Search or Explore options because I will at least have two months to watch anything else that is on the Criterion Channel. So basically I always make the Leaving films my priority.

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5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks. Here's my strategy:

On the first day of the month, I go to the section where it says which films will be leaving at the end of the month. I comb through the list and any film that I want to see, which I haven't seen yet, I mark as a favorite so it goes into my Library,

Then as the month rolls along, I only watch films in my Library. I never use the Search or Explore options because I will at least have two months to watch anything else that is on the Criterion Channel. So basically I always make the Leaving films my priority.

 That's great but far too rational for me.  When it comes to movies I go with whatever I feel I need to see. Different strokes. 😉

I really wanted to watch The Subject Was Roses (1968, Grosbard) this afternoon. It's a bonafide classic with ace actors (Patricia Neal, Martin Sheen and Jack Albertson) and NO ONE had it streaming, save the torrent sites, so I settled for that. All of these niche movie platforms and still no (pay) service had what I really wanted to see.  At least it's proof that DVDs (even old VHS tapes) still have a place in the cineaste universe.

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4 hours ago, ando said:

I really wanted to watch The Subject Was Roses (1968, Grosbard) this afternoon. It's a bonafide classic with ace actors (Patricia Neal, Martin Sheen and Jack Albertson) and NO ONE had it streaming, save the torrent sites, so I settled for that. All of these niche movie platforms and still no (pay) service had what I really wanted to see.  At least it's proof that DVDs (even old VHS tapes) still have a place in the cineaste universe.

ando,

Don't limit yourself to searching "pay service" sites. There are websites such Odnoklassniki (OK.ru), in Russia, and online libraries such as Internet Archive that offer movies for free. Case in point:

The Subject Was Roses

https://ok.ru/video/1802279979700

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9 hours ago, Eucalpytus P. Millstone said:

ando,

Don't limit yourself to searching "pay service" sites. There are websites such Odnoklassniki (OK.ru), in Russia, and online libraries such as Internet Archive that offer movies for free. Case in point:

The Subject Was Roses

https://ok.ru/video/1802279979700

Thanks, Euc. 🙂

Ok.ru used to be my old reliable and the Internet Archive is a great source as well. Trouble is, high quality streams of classics are hard to find. And if you're gonna watch a classic why look at some reduced resolution/pixelated version? It's why so many film lovers appreciate the quality of streamers on TCM and The Criterion Channel (and their great library). Once upon a time Netflix was a serious source of great films, even after they lost the Criterion titles. It's not even a shadow of what it once was. Outside of TCM and CC I mostly visit the torrent sourced movie sites like Sflix and M4UHD.tv. With those, of course, you need a solid ad blocker and good security or your device will be flooded with malware. Incidentally, a better copy of Roses can be found here. Rips aren't the editions of great films we want to celebrate, obviously. I used to routinely fill my DVR cache with TCM classics. Too bad there isn't any cable service that has unlimited storage for that (though I hear PLEX is a great on-line option).

And speaking of the Internet Archive - -

 

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Fonda on TCM

spencer’s mountain

the big street

 i dream too much

the male animal

stage struck

that certain woman

sex and the single girl

___________________________________________

there's a great free copy of Grapes of Wrath (1940, Ford) on that site (in HD) which is fairly tough to find anywhere else. 

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the silence of the lambs (1991, jonathan demme)

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. One of the most popular thrillers of all time - which continues to baffle me. The admiration is baffling, not the execution nor writing which I've always felt was mostly third rate. Seems a waste of talent and real suspense potential. But I'm giving it another go, mostly for Jodi Foster's performance. Free on tubi, Prime and Plutotv.

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14 hours ago, ando said:

Thanks, Euc. 🙂

Ok.ru used to be my old reliable and the Internet Archive is a great source as well. Trouble is, high quality streams of classics are hard to find. And if you're gonna watch a classic why look at some reduced resolution/pixelated version? It's why so many film lovers appreciate the quality of streamers on TCM and The Criterion Channel (and their great library). Once upon a time Netflix was a serious source of great films, even after they lost the Criterion titles. It's not even a shadow of what it once was. Outside of TCM and CC I mostly visit the torrent sourced movie sites like Sflix and M4UHD.tv. With those, of course, you need a solid ad blocker and good security or your device will be flooded with malware. Incidentally, a better copy of Roses can be found here. Rips aren't the editions of great films we want to celebrate, obviously. I used to routinely fill my DVR cache with TCM classics. Too bad there isn't any cable service that has unlimited storage for that (though I hear PLEX is a great on-line option).

What I dig about sites such as Ok.ru and the Internet Archive is . . . NO ADS! More, I've been impressed with the image quality and transfers of flicks on Ok.ru.

I recently stumbled across Plex. It has an impressive library of movies, unfortunately with ads.

Thanks for the link to Wat32. But, the site is too "busy" for me (too many pop-ups; more annoying: pop-up warnings about virus infections). Any site requiring "a solid ad blocker" . . . I'm out.

I'm surprised to learn that Criterion titles were shown on Netflix. Way before my time (as a Netflix subscriber). Sounds as though what happened to AMC, IFC, and the Sundance channel happened to Netflix -- i.e., they used to be good.

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16 hours ago, ando said:

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the silence of the lambs (1991, jonathan demme)

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. One of the most popular thrillers of all time - which continues to baffle me. The admiration is baffling, not the execution nor writing which I've always felt was mostly third rate. Seems a waste of talent and real suspense potential. But I'm giving it another go, mostly for Jodi Foster's performance. Free on tubi, Prime and Plutotv.

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RONIN (1998, John Frankenheimer)

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians. Script by by John David Zeik and David Mamet ("Richard Weisz"). Free on YouTube. It looks great and is one of a handful of Frankenheimer films that I haven't seen. Here's a nice retrospective of his work -

 

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RONIN (1998, John Frankenheimer)

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians. Script by by John David Zeik and David Mamet ("Richard Weisz"). Free on YouTube. It looks great and is one of a handful of Frankenheimer films that I haven't seen. Here's a nice retrospective of his work -

 

Frankenheimer was revered by instructors and students when I was in film school in the mid-90s. He hadn't enjoyed a commercial hit in years. But then this film came along...and it was a pleasant surprise. RONIN is a great late-career effort.

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On 2/17/2022 at 6:14 AM, ando said:

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RONIN (1998, John Frankenheimer)

 

more De Niro (and secret intelligence hijinks)

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Midnight Run (1988, Martin Brest)

A bounty hunter pursues a former Mafia accountant who is also being chased by a rival bounty hunter, the F.B.I., and his old mob boss after jumping bail. Another new one to me. But in the same insane chase vein, no doubt. 🙂 Free on Peacock.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Friday February 18, 2022

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Pals on TCM

the charge of the light brigade

the dawn patrol

more pals

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Withnail and I (1987, Bruce Robinson)

In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. On The Criterion Channel. Cool doc.

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13 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Saturday February 19, 2022

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Western on TCM

law of the badlands

more Western (w/director Selander)

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Panhandle (1948, Lesley Selander)

A bordertown merchant who tried to leave his gunslinging behind finds himself putting his gun belt back on to avenge the cold murder of his brother. Nice Saturday afternoon fare though a bit on the dark side. It's one of the better Selander Westerns with Rod Cameron in good form. Free on tubi (w/o the glorious sepiatone ☺️). 

A mock up of Selander Westerns (boy, he made a lot of em) -

 

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16 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Sunday February 20, 2022

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Education on TCM

blackboard jungle

to sir with love

more Education

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Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa)

Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic local clinic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Mifune's also a badass with a sword when he has to be. Gives the otherwise serious film a comic lift. On The Criterion Channel (with a great commentary by Stephen Prince).

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47 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Monday February 21, 2022

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She's on TCM

one more tomorrow

george washington slept here

the man who came to dinner

the angels wash their faces

castle on the hudson

torrid zone

woman on the run

more She 

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They Made A Criminal (1939, Busby Berkeley) 

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk. Sheridan disappears after the first 14 minutes in this fun potboiler but Berkeley keeps the story hopping as poor John Garfield is double crossed by everyone on his run from the law. Free on Plex.

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