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17 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

Two's Company, a British sitcom that ran on London Weekend Television (franchise is now part of ITV) from 1975-9, and later broadcast nationwide.   Starring Elaine Stritch as an American ex-pat author living in Chelsea and Donald Sinden as her butler/factotum, the show derives its comedy from the culture clash of a brash American living in London going head-to-head with her stiff-upper-lip butler.    Stritch's character seems to have a love-hate relationship with London and the UK (and her butler).  She says she left the US to escape the rat race, yet complains about how slow, bureaucratic and stuffy the UK can be at times.

I remember seeing the show Americanized as 1982's "The Two of Us", with Peter Cook as Donald Sinden, and an English butler in NYC.  It was slightly funnier at first, since it wasn't an excuse for "brash-American" stereotypes, but this was the days of cocaine in 80's Hollywood, and the sitcom scripting disintegrated rapidly.  (Not sure, but something must have started Dana Hill, as the daughter, down the wrong path..)

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Still, even though I had never seen Bedazzled, I was already acquainted with Peter Cook long before we all giggled over "Maw-waige..."

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Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

Coming right on the heels of TCM's semi-rebranding to, I guess, try to appeal to "woke" audiences in 2021,  along comes Without You I'm Nothing, a stand-up film of sorts that seems to be vying for the title of most "woke" film of 1990 (although 2021 wokesters would be less than thrilled about a seemingly positive reference to old drinking cups that looked like black women in a stereotypical way). I guess that makes it the perfect TCM Underground showing for the first week of the remodel, but it's a strange, disconcerting film.

It stars, Sandra Bernhard, a comedian who at various times in the film describes herself as a Communist, Jewish, Bisexual Feminist, who is likely best known for playing the kidnapper obsessed with Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy, and for her recurring appearances as a lesbian friend of the leading lady on Roseanne in the 90s. Bernhard cannot be mistaken for anyone else with her barbed skewerings of everyone including herself and her angular face which differs in appearance even based on how light hits it. She's a strange sort to watch; she's really arrests the attention, she has a good speaking and singing voice, but everything else seems very off kilter. The film finds her smashing many public symbols of the time (this is the type of film that likely made some heads almost explode on its first release), and finds her careening between egomania and self-hatred. She jokes, she sings, she rants, she strips, she has sex, she generally is meant to confront the audience as to how they feel about her. We have looks in of mockumentary, and strange cuts to a lesbian showerroom scene and to a black woman who leaves Bernhard an R-rated insult on a tablecloth at the end of the film.

At times, this film does seem to work, unlike most other stand-up in concert films, the camerawork is not static and does not rely on a laughing audience's reaction shots (the onscreen audience in this film just simply stares silently at her), and at times, her personality is enough to seemingly make it work. But in the final 20 minutes it becomes pretty overbearing and preachy, and the ending, having her draped in an American flag, until she takes it off to reveal her standing in only the tiniest thong and G-string imaginable as she does a 3  minute nude dance and burlesque number to the entirety of Prince's "Little Red Corvette" while the camera slobbers over her (admittedly good) physical  physique is extremely embarrassing, simultaneously both self-indulgent and demeaning at the same time.

I'm still not sure what to make of it all. Except maybe shock that this in-your-face cutting -edge comedienne once had a cameo in a Sesame Street movie. After seeing this, she seems like the least likely person to be hobnobbing with Oscar the Grouch.....

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26 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

I'm still not sure what to make of it all. Except maybe shock that this in-your-face cutting -edge comedienne once had a cameo in a Sesame Street movie. After seeing this, she seems like the least likely person to be hobnobbing with Oscar the Grouch.....

And Paul Bartel as the cook--Whadda you, a wacko??

(Actually, think Sandra had her best cast movie role as an off-Sesame Street Grouch, and that especially includes Hudson Hawk.)

On a side note, just watched the 50th-anniversary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street documentary on the show's first twenty years, and Bob, Gordon, Luis and Maria, in current interviews, have not aged.  At ALL.  😮

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Blubberella (2011)
 

 

A quarter-ton, half-vampire, all (female dog) attacks Nazis because they are interfering with her dating pool/food supply of young Jewish men.

I am reminded strongly of the review for: Lost Slaves of the Amazon (1957) which states: "You knew what you were in for when you saw the title, so don't grouse." It is perfectly appropriate to this movie.

The producer/director/writer set out to insult and belittle every race, gender, body style and political affiliation and succeeded far beyond expectation. He did fail to make any of it funny but you can not have everything. Any hope that this might be a: "so bad that it is good" movie dies within the first six minutes and makes you feel ashamed for having such optimism.

-37/100

It is available for viewing for free with commercials on: IMDbTV but I wish you to sign a waiver absolving me of all blame before you do.

 

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1 hour ago, SansFin said:

Blubberella (2011)
 

 

A quarter-ton, half-vampire, all (female dog) attacks Nazis because they are interfering with her dating pool/food supply of young Jewish men.

I am reminded strongly of the review for: Lost Slaves of the Amazon (1957) which states: "You knew what you were in for when you saw the title, so don't grouse." It is perfectly appropriate to this movie.

The producer/director/writer set out to insult and belittle every race, gender, body style and political affiliation and succeeded far beyond expectation. He did fail to make any of it funny but you can not have everything. Any hope that this might be a: "so bad that it is good" movie dies within the first six minutes and makes you feel ashamed for having such optimism.

-37/100

It is available for viewing for free with commercials on: IMDbTV but I wish you to sign a waiver absolving me of all blame before you do.

Umm...why are you telling us this?

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1 hour ago, SansFin said:

Blubberella (2011)
 

 

A quarter-ton, half-vampire, all (female dog) attacks Nazis because they are interfering with her dating pool/food supply of young Jewish men.

 

 

 

This is what I want to see on TCM Underground.

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2 hours ago, 37kitties said:

Umm...why are you telling us this?

The title and a blurb might lead some to believe that it is a fun little movie. I am here to say that it is not.

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15 hours ago, 37kitties said:

She looks like what we're being told these days is what men should "want".

Is it any wonder testosterone is diminishing?

Uhhhmmmm.

Some of us of the XX persuasion actually are attracted to abundantly curvaceous gals (Present! Front and center!).

I don't see men being told that they "should want" "plus-size" women. The "Body Positivity Movement" is merely fighting for -- if not total acceptance of "people of size" -- at least a cessation of ridicule, discrimination, prejudice, persecution, condemnation, and dehumanization.

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7 hours ago, Eucalpytus P. Millstone said:

Uhhhmmmm.

Some of us of the XX persuasion actually are attracted to abundantly curvaceous gals (Present! Front and center!).

Makes me puke. And pretty much every guy I know.

But if it floats your boat, as they say "you do you".

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How far astray have we gone in this thread when you have an exchange between posters in which one of them talks of how some women make him want to throw up? But I've seen this same poster here before (under a different name, of course) and conversations with him often headed downhill like this one.

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19 hours ago, SansFin said:

The title and a blurb might lead some to believe that it is a fun little movie. I am here to say that it is not.

Every once in a while, I suspect that someone came up with a title, and wrote a screenplay to make use of it. Blubberella joins that list. And thank you for watching it, so the rest of us don't have to.

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2 hours ago, Polly of the Precodes said:

Every once in a while, I suspect that someone came up with a title, and wrote a screenplay to make use of it. Blubberella joins that list. And thank you for watching it, so the rest of us don't have to.

And even if he did, I have to wonder why he immediately associated it with Vampirella, not Cinderella...  🤔

Even worse, I kept confusing the title with Blobermouth (1991), the feature-length spinoff of the 80's pre-MST3K  "Mad Movies with the LA Connection" series, this one improv'ing a new soundtrack onto the original Steve McQueen "The Blob":   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_pnAAzaaXg

 

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942) TCM On Demand 7/10

A Polish theatrical troupe deals with the Nazi invasion in Warsaw.

I had created a thread several months ago about top rated IMDB films that I had not seen, this was one of them. While it is not one of the greatest films I ever saw, I thought it was very good. It seems like an unlikely subject for a comedy, but much was very funny. The first scene where we see Hitler turned out to be both shocking and hilarious, though the rest of the film does not quite live up to that beginning. Jack Benny plays the lead hammy actor of the troupe, he has some subtle but funny scenes with his reactions and quips. He is not on screen for long periods of time and the more dramatic moments without do not work as well. Still, Carole Lombard (her last movie) gives a fine performance. Due to her death and the subject matter it must have not been very funny to the audiences of that time. I am sure modern audiences may think it is in bad taste as well, but I liked it.

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::SPOILERS AHEAD::

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

I recently borrowed this film from the library.  I am not a big fan of war movies, but I borrowed it for Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray.  Overall, I thought the film was good.  I'll spare everyone from a major synopsis of the film as I feel that it is probably a fairly well known story.  In a nutshell, the film is about the crew of "The Caine," a minesweeper (which I recognized as the 2-peg ship in the board game, Battleship)  in the Pacific during WWII.  It is post-Pearl Harbor.  Bogart stars as Lieutenant Commander Queeg who replaces The Caine's much-loved Lieutenant Commander De Vriess (Tom Tully).  Queeg is instantly despised by the crew, including Executive Officer Maryk (Van Johnson) and Communications Officer Keefer (Fred MacMurray).  The only person who likes Queeg at first is Ensign Willie Keith (Robert Francis), because he seems "more military" than the very lackadaisical De Vriess.  However, as the film progress, Queeg reveals himself to be overly obsessed with the most minute details and becomes overwhelmed at tense situations, while at the same time being hesitant to allow others to offer help or suggestions. Eventually, Queeg's ineffectiveness as a leader culminates with Maryk staging a mutiny and taking over control of The Caine.  This leads to a court martial hearing, led by Jose Ferrer who handles Maryk's defense.

I thought Bogart was fantastic playing Queeg.  From what I'd heard about The Caine Mutiny and references to "Captain Queeg" that I'd heard over the years, I thought that Bogart would be completely tyrannical, mean and nasty and that the eventual trial (which I knew was in the film) would be his downfall.  And while the "downfall" part turned out to be true, I was actually very sympathetic to Queeg.  While he seemed bonkers, it was also obvious that this was a scarred man.  This was a man who had seen a lot of violence and tragedy during his eight years in WWII.  He was shell-shocked by the war.  He shouldn't have been placed in charge of The Caine.  Perhaps in lesser hands, Queeg would have come off as completely unsympathetic, but Bogart was able to imbue his portrayal of Queeg with a vulnerability.  The viewer actually feels sorry for him--at least I did.

I hadn't seen Van Johnson in this type of part before.  I was impressed with his performance and thought he did a great job.  I also liked Fred MacMurray's performance and thought that he did a good job flying under the radar as the true villain of the film.  Throughout the film, Keefer's actions seem very subtle and casual; so it was very surprising when Jose Ferrer completely dresses him down during the ending scene.

The real weak spot in this film was the casting of Robert Francis.  From what I read, Columbia had discovered him and was trying to make him "a thing."  Francis reminded me of Troy Donahue in terms of woodenness and just blah. However for me, I don't know what it is about Donahue, but I find him watchable.  And it isn't his Ken Doll appearance either (to which I'm indifferent).  There's just something about him.  I can't explain it.  But whatever it is that Donahue has, Francis does not.  I was actually annoyed by the amount of screen time Francis has in this film. Then he has this incredibly irritating subplot involving his mommy issues and his girlfriend's reluctance to marry him because of said mommy issues.  Willie's whole mother and relationship woes was dull and added absolutely nothing to the story.  Frankly, I would have rather the film thrown Willie overboard so that we didn't have to hear about them and could see more of the Bogart-Johnson-MacMurray storylines. 

Overall though, I thought the film was excellent (save for Robert Francis and everything involving his character) and enjoyed watching it despite my usual lack of enthusiasm for war movies.  Jose Ferrer was fantastic in the courtroom scenes and his big drunk scene at the end. 

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Did anybody see Elia Kazan's THE ARRANGEMENT?   This one vies with Bob Fosse's ALL THAT JAZZ for self-indulgent, navel-gazing badness -- two creative men grappling with middle-aged angst, but THE ARRANGEMENT is definitely in a class by itself.

Kirk Douglas is a successful ad man who hates his job.  He's got all the perks of unfettered consumerism -- beautiful home, pool, servants, wife (a rheumy-eyed Deborah Kerr, who has a brief nude scene.  The tushie is actually hers), and mistress (Faye Dunaway).  Kirk has a nervous breakdown and tries to commit suicide.  In addition, he's got to cope with the mental deterioration of his aging, tyrannical Greek/Turkish father, played with Anthony Quinn-like relish by the underrated Richard Boone, who sports a silver wig and dialogue along the lines of  "You give me  money!" and "Is taxi here yet?"  Kazan directs in "Swinging Sixties" style, with some Fellini thrown in for good measure, if you can possibly imagine.  Must be seen to be believed.

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I just borrowed this from the library to see a few Lemmon films that have escaped me thus far.

I pretty much only got halfway through each film, finding them pretty underwhelming. Kim Novak was great in THE NOTORIOUS LANDLADY, but I just couldn't get interested in it, it seemed pretty lackluster in the writing even though written by Larry Gelbart & Blake Edwards. 

I started PHFFFT! which seemed like the same cliché story as THE MARRYING KIND, showing a divorcing couples relationship through flashback, how they initially fell in love. It was the last Judy Holliday movie for me to see, so I just duped it to watch later. Hopefully it'll be better if I'm in a better mood.

Last night was pt 2 of UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE, boy do I hate that title. It took me two evenings to get through this, but it was OK. Lemmon played a real cad for a change-a predatory landlord who rents apartments only to young pretty single girls. Ew.  Carol Lynley & Dean Jones play a couple that move in, much to Lemmon's chagrin.

I was very impressed with all performances, I couldn't take my eyes off Lynley-what a stunner. And I've NEVER seen Dean Jones as handsome or sexy, until now. Man, what a shame his career went so utterly Disney fluff, but guess everybody needs to work. Fun to see greats Paul Lynde & Imogene Coca in comedic supporting roles doing their best, only eliciting groans for the un-funny dated material. Coca's charactor was the only other DORCAS I've heard of save 7 Brides/Brothers!

Jack Lemmon is a great comedian, although comes across as somewhat one-note in what I saw of this collection. Like all other actors/comedians, he's performance is more enjoyable with better material. No one sets the stage for a star performance like Billy Wilder.

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11 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

This is one of my favorite Bogart movies. I made a thread a long time ago asking the question "Is Queeg a unhinged paranoiac or just a quirky neurotic?" His performance is so good, it could be either way. I also think this is Van Johnson's best performance as the conflicted officer Maryk. Fred MacMurray also great as the weaselly Keefer. I agree that Robert Francis is not in the league of the rest of the cast and his romantic sub plot does bring the film down a bit.

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Been going through the Tubi "crime" movies categories and found The Big Bluff (1955) starring John Bromfield and Martha Vickers.  I watched it because Vickers was in it,  Typical B movie from the period.    Maybe low B based on production quality.  Nothing spectacular, but held my interest.

Vickers is best known to me for her role in The Big Sleep and The Falcon in Mexico.  She was once married to Micky Rooney.

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8 minutes ago, ElCid said:

Been going through the Tubi "crime" movies categories and found The Big Bluff (1955) starring John Bromfield and Martha Vickers.  I watched it because Vickers was in it,  Typical B movie from the period.    Maybe low B based on production quality.  Nothing spectacular, but held my interest.

Vickers is best known to me for her role in The Big Sleep and The Falcon in Mexico.  She was once married to Micky Rooney.

I haven't seen The Big Bluff and you know how much I enjoy Martha Vickers.   I'll have to catch this one on youtube.     Thanks for the tip.

The Big Bluff - WikipediaThe Big Bluff - Rotten Tomatoes

 

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The other night I watched Multiplicity with Michael Keaton, Andie McDowell and Harris Yulin.  Harris Y. is a genetics specialist who cloned himself and, since Michael K. is seeing him for counseling, he suggests cloning Michael Keaton.  He ends up with three clones of himself, all of which are a little different.  It was light and made me laugh.  The only thing I objected to was that the last clone was semi-**** or learning disabled.  For personal reasons, that tends to upset me.

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14 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

::SPOILERS AHEAD::

The real weak spot in this film was the casting of Robert Francis.  From what I read, Columbia had discovered him and was trying to make him "a thing."  Francis reminded me of Troy Donahue in terms of woodenness and just blah. However for me, I don't know what it is about Donahue, but I find him watchable.  And it isn't his Ken Doll appearance either (to which I'm indifferent).  There's just something about him.  I can't explain it.  But whatever it is that Donahue has, Francis does not.  I was actually annoyed by the amount of screen time Francis has in this film. Then he has this incredibly irritating subplot involving his mommy issues and his girlfriend's reluctance to marry him because of said mommy issues.  Willie's whole mother and relationship woes was dull and added absolutely nothing to the story.  Frankly, I would have rather the film thrown Willie overboard so that we didn't have to hear about them and could see more of the Bogart-Johnson-MacMurray storylines. 

Overall though, I thought the film was excellent (save for Robert Francis and everything involving his character) and enjoyed watching it despite my usual lack of enthusiasm for war movies.  Jose Ferrer was fantastic in the courtroom scenes and his big drunk scene at the end. 

Yes, The Caine Mutiny would have been a better film with someone like Tony Perkins as Willie. Willie is actually the main character in the film, but it doesn't feel that way because Robert Francis just isn't good enough. And you didn't mention "May Wynn as May Wynn!"--who, like Gig Young and Anne Shirley, changed her stage name to the name of the character she played. Of course, May Wynn as May Wynn doesn't make much impression, either.

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