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it's cool. believe it or not: you are not the only one.

 

I believe it.  At least if I own a copy of Battle Beyond the Stars for similar reasons (Sybil Danning), it's more respectable.

 

in re: The Medved's GOLDEN TURKEY'S book

 

when i was a teenager in the 1990's i found a used copy in a bookstore (remember those?)

 

i remember it was pretty dated- one of their nominees for WORST ACTRESS OF ALL TIME was Candice Bergen, who by that time had become an Oscar nominee and won so many Emmys she ended up getting openly annoyed the last time they called her name (remember that?)

 

(...and for the record, I like Candy, but I think they were kinda on-the-money.)

 

other than that, I recall howling with laughter at their description of their viewing experience of SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM at a second-run theater, but otherwise...my recall is foggy.

 

i will say, i've seen some of Medved's later critic gigs and was unimpressed...even for a film critic he is uniquely unlikeable.

 

Medved as a national critic was pissy, a bit g-a-i, and kept trying to push a red-state "Hollywood destroying values" agenda.

Even the GTA where Medved picked on a Biblical porn movie is said to be a false evil-Hollywood urban legend that sprang up among the Religious Right's anti-Hollywood campaign.

(One good thing that came out of his national critic stint was his relentless personal schoolyard vendetta against 90's-annoyance Kevin Williamson for the bad-teen-influence Scream movies, even bringing on an interview with YA author Lois Duncan to blow the whistle on how Williamson had illegally stolen the story for "Teaching Mrs. Tingle".  And that was it for good things.)

 

The GTA came from the Razzie Awards days predating MST3K, where the idea was just to giggle at culty bad movies without really explaining why.  Which overlapped with the gay audiences giggling at all the disco flops and bad Stallone movies of the early 80's for their sense of pop-cultural love-hate superiority, and ended influencing the wrong half of MST3K.

Even their pick of Richard Burton for Worst Actor of All Time was mostly influenced by the book coming out fresh on the heels of '77's "Exorcist II" and '79's "The Medusa Touch", and was the joke of its day before Laurence Olivier started doing all those cheap accents.

 

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There are two other Medved books I'd recommend.  There is "Son of Golden Turkeys" (unsure of publication date) and "The Hollywood Hall of Shame" (1984) which deals with mega-budget flops.  The chapter on "Intolerance" (1916) acknowledges its' artistic merit, but goes into entertaining detail about D.W. Griffith's profligate spending on the film.

Of the two, I like THHoS most--very entertaining reading with the financial story behind the movies.  SoGT is fun, but lightweight.

 

Yes, SoGTA runs out of movies, but THHoS at least gets its mind off the nyah-nyah jokes and more onto the "Truth is funnier than fiction" backstories on Heaven's Gate, The Blue Bird, Inchon and The Message.

Not just about the spending, but how everything going wrong on the sets ballooned up the budgets in the first place.

 

Medved later tried to bring back a few old GTA licks back when he was regular critic on PBS's "Sneak Previews" replacement in the late 80's, and you could see he'd moved on.  Made a halfhearted attempt to giggle "Mothra" into the pantheon of GTA jokes, but it never seemed to take hold.

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i'm probably going to try again tonight, but I've never been able to make it all the way through THE SONG OF BERNADETTE...even though I love Jennifer Jones...I got a lot of problems with the rest of the movie.

 

(all apologies, I know it's one that has a lot of hard-core fans.)

 

I'd still recommend any of you who haven't seen it to give it a look see, it's nice to see a fox title like this on TCM, and 1943 in and of itself is one of the more fascinating years in the history of film, (at least to me.)

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Thursday, Sept. 7th/8th.  A night of Premieres, according to MovieCollectorOH's data, including Bogie56's pick.  All times E.S.T.

 

8:00 p.m. "Fitzcarraldo" (1982)--A film about obsessions.  Marvelous cinematography, excellent film.

 

1:00 a.m. "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" (1972)-- Set in the 1500's, a story of the search for El Dorado, greed, and insanity.  Highest recommendation.

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I saw GONE TO EARTH online, pristine copy too.

(may still be up)

It's one I recommend quite highly, just a beautiful film.

 

...and as a BIG FAN of Thomas Hardy, it's as close as I've seen anyone coming to matching his style.

 

I had seen it many years ago and remember it's beautiful cinematography.  I guess it was considered a failure when it was released.  With the popularity of series like Poldark, I could imagine such a film would be a big hit now.  Jones would have been perfect as Demelza.  If' you've read Winston Graham, she physically resembles his description of that character.

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Thursday, Sept. 7th/8th.  A night of Premieres, according to MovieCollectorOH's data, including Bogie56's pick.  All times E.S.T.

 

8:00 p.m. "Fitzcarraldo" (1982)--A film about obsessions.  Marvelous cinematography, excellent film.

 

1:00 a.m. "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" (1972)-- Set in the 1500's, a story of the search for El Dorado, greed, and insanity.  Highest recommendation.

 

Sounds like the TCM/Criterion partnership that resulted in FilmStruck works both ways, and a few Criterion classics are going to start creeping into TCM premieres...

Starting with Klaus Kinski/Werner Herzog night.

 

(Now that Bravo came Out, and we don't have that cable network to kick around anymore...) :(

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I had seen it many years ago and remember it's beautiful cinematography.  I guess it was considered a failure when it was released.  With the popularity of series like Poldark, I could imagine such a film would be a big hit now.  Jones would have been perfect as Demelza.  If' you've read Winston Graham, she physically resembles his description of that character.

 

 

Like Indiscretion of An American Wife, there were 2 versions. The directors and the cut Selznick version.

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Bravo is gone? I hadnt noticed. LOL.

 

Yes and no:  The premium foreign-film/culture service couldn't support itself, went commercial, and was hot-potato'ed around a number of owners.  NBC had it for a while as a spare empty second-bedroom to show old West Wing reruns, but it was eventually bought out by one exec who made big headlines for becoming "The first openly gay exec of a cable network", back when everyone thought that would become the Next Big Thing in TV audiences (ie. ABC).

And so West Wing reruns became lineup reality blocks of Real Housewives and Project Runway, and sentimental old late-80's cable fans sighed "Well, so much for the joke about their liking old films and opera...."   :(

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Friday, Sept. 8th/9th--All times E.S.T.

 

11:30 p.m. "Carry On Cabby" (1963)--Another in the very funny "Carry On..."  series.  I haven't seen this one, and am looking forward to it.

 

3:45 a.m. "Night On Earth" (1991)--Film has a rating of 7.8 on imdb.  Sounds interesting.

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I had seen [GONE TO EARTH with JENNIFER JONES] many years ago and remember it's beautiful cinematography.  I guess it was considered a failure when it was released.  With the popularity of series like Poldark, I could imagine such a film would be a big hit now.  Jones would have been perfect as Demelza.  If' you've read Winston Graham, she physically resembles his description of that character.

 

I have not read anything by him, but she fits the Hardy heroine template well (I think largely of Eustacia Vye from RETURN OF THE NATIVE.) I remember being stunned by how AMAZING Jones's figure is in this movie!

 

couldn't find any pics that really did her beauty in the movie justice, but here's this:

 

gonetoearth4.jpg

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I have not read anything by him, but she fits the Hardy heroine template well (I think largely of Eustacia Vye from RETURN OF THE NATIVE.) I remember being stunned by how AMAZING Jones's figure is in this movie!

 

couldn't find any pics that really did her beauty in the movie justice, but here's this:

 

gonetoearth4.jpg

 

 

Thanks for the pic! I've always found David Farrar, HOT. The combo with Jennifer is a must see for me!

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Saturday, September 9

 

Peter Yates night.  Bullitt (1968) may be the obvious hit choice but I have never seen …

 

10 p.m.  For Pete’s Sake (1974) with Barbra Streisand.

 

Finally..... now they can stop airing the irritating "Look how cool McQueen is in his GEEKY pajamas" promos !!

:lol:

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Friday, Sept. 8

 

8am Taxi (1932).

 

One of the best of the fast paced pre coders Warners poured out with James Cagney. It veers away from its early theme of taxi wars (unfortunately) but still remains emotionally involving throughout. Cagney is at his bouncy, pugnacious best here, though there is a disturbing dark streak to his character (particularly in a scene near the film's end).

 

Co-starring a young and drop dead gorgeous Loretta Young, as well as Guy Kibbee. Watch out for a brief appearance by George Raft as a competitor of Cagney on a dance floor.

 

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