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On 4/22/2020 at 11:51 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

TOMMY NOONAN is SO CUTE THO!

With or without the glasses!

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Without the glasses Noonan is a deadringer for Topher Grace from That 70s Show.  Err... rather the other way around.

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Well, as I just watched (on TCM last night) THE SUNSHINE BOYS, I woke up and got into a situation I refer to(when it happens) a "Quantum Leap".  Meaning,  leaving or last seeing one show or movie one time, and next seeing the same people or a person from the last time to seeing them in something from some other time .  In this case...

Turned off the tube and went to bed right after THE SUNSHINE BOYS ('75) started rolling the closing credits.  Got up this morning,  turned on the tube and caught THE GEORGE BURNS and GRACIE ALLEN SHOW (c. '55)  Not sure when the episode was taped( or filmed), but the difference in Burns' appearance is clear.  And with only a short(relatively) time between cases.    Another example, from some time ago though...

Switching from the end of an episode of RAWHIDE, from 1962, and starring CLINT EASTWOOD, and then quickly after finding GRAN TORINO('09) on AMC.  So, it works both ways.  From seeing an 80 year old Burns one night, to next seeing a 60 year old Burns first thing next morning, or going from a 32 year old Eastwood to a pushing 80 Clint!  :o  

Know what I mean?

Sepiatone

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this is wild.

those of you with ROKU know there area bazillion add-on channels, most of them are not good, but i came across one- MOVIELAND that I almost suspect must be constructed from viewing my online search history because DAMN if they don't have some stuff that appeals to me!

They have SCARS OF DRACULA and WITCHFINDER GENERAL!

They also have the original FRIGHT NIGHT (1987?) which I watched for the first time in forever.

I almost wonder if this movie was intended with an even younger male protagonist in mind (like 12 or 14); and I half wonder if it would not have worked better that way (the girlfriend could be rewritten as a babysitter.) There are scenes from SCARS OF DRACULA dubbed over and RODDY MACDOWELL has a terrible wig BUT his first good part since LORD LOVE A DUCK, and he seems to realize it. The guy who plays EVIL ED is amazing [my sister's RAGGEDY ANN doll became a source of dread after this movie] and his scenes with MACDOWELL are the highlight of the film. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS and MAKE-UP (Roddy's wig aside) ARE OUTSTANDING. I question for a moment the validity of the supposition that VAMPIRES are filled with THE GREEN SLIME FROM YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION!, but the filmmakers are committed in their vision and clearly able, so I'll allow it.

This film is TOTALLY LOW-KEY GAY by the way. Come for me for saying that if you must, but know in doing so it says a lot more about YOU than it does ME.

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oh, they also had THE FOG (1980) which I also watched, although every time i do, I forget that I have seen it already.

it's got a nice start, and some good acting, but it really feels like a TV MOVIE shot in PANAVISION to me.

I kind of want ADRIENNE BARBEAU'S LIGHTHOUSE though.

the score is working overtime and the locations are nice though.

I REALLY HAVE TO WONDER WHY they set up a TOWNSPEOPLE MASSACRE SCENE and NEVER FOLLOW THROUGH ON IT, not even establishing what happened to the CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION of the 100th anniversary of their seaside town of RATSASS, CA population 57 when it is OVERTAKEN BY THE MURDER FOG. Quite frankly, in my mind, it was like the scene in CARRIE, only with everyone THRILLED and WELCOMING DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THE FOG GHOUL PIRATE FISHERMEN.

"Hey, do you smell fish?" THUNK! "UGH!!!!"

Anyone who has the answer, please let me know.

it's ironic that JOHN CARPENTER bad mouthed VAL LEWTON in  a HORROR DOCUMENTARY for the BBC once because THE FOG is very very much a film LEWTON would have done. Hell, with a minute of edits, you could've released it in in 1945.

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16 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

this is wild.

those of you with ROKU know there area bazillion add-on channels, most of them are not good, but i came across one- MOVIELAND that I almost suspect must be constructed from viewing my online search history because DAMN if they don't have some stuff that appeals to me!

They have SCARS OF DRACULA and WITCHFINDER GENERAL!

They also have the original FRIGHT NIGHT which I watched for the first time in forever. I almost wonder if this movie was intended with an even younger male protagonist in mind (like 12 or 14); and I half wonder if it would not have worked better that way (the girlfriend could be rewritten as a babysitter.) There are scenes from SCARS OF DRACULA dubbed over and RODDY MACDOWELL has a terrible wig BUT his first good part since LORD LOVE A DUCK, and he seems to realize it. The guy who plays EVIL ED is amazing [my sister's RAGGEDY ANN doll became a source of dread after this movie] and his scenes with MACDOWELL are the highlight of the film. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS and MAKE-UP (Roddy's wig aside) ARE OUTSTANDING. I question for a moment the validity of the supposition that VAMPIRES are filled with THE GREEN SLIME FROM YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION!, but the filmmakers are committed in their vision and clearly able, so I'll allow it.

This film is TOTALLY LOW-KEY GAY by the way. Come for me for saying that if you must, but know in doing so it says a lot more about YOU than it does ME.

Was there a scene with a vampire filmed with green slime? I know that Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) had a servant (played by Jonathan Stark, if I remember correctly), and I recall him getting slimy, but he wasn't supposed to be a vampire, but rather an undead servant of some sort. 

I really enjoy Fright Night, but I haven't seen it in years. I even bought an import deluxe Blu-ray that I haven't watched yet.

With Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowell, and Stephen Geoffreys (Evil Ed) in the cast, it's hard not to see a little something gay in the movie. Geoffreys later came out very vocally in the horror press, and even acted in some gay porn, I believe. 

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2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

They have SCARS OF DRACULA and WITCHFINDER GENERAL!

Witchfinder General (1968) is one of the great horror films.  In this case, however, it's important to see the UK version. The US version (The Conquerer Worm) has Vincent Price reciting Poe's poem over the credits. That's not a problem. One of the problems with the US version is that they don't use the UK score composed by Paul Ferris.  The film is largely about the totality and victory of evil in the midst of great beauty. The gorgeous UK score enhances that theme.

I have heard that newer US prints have gone back to the Ferris score, but I'm not sure about that.

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I apologize because I have prattled on at length about this one before.

I watched SCARS OF DRACULA (1970) last night.

OIP.sxBM0DXU7fjEmGXGC-tYrQHaEK?pid=Api&r"You're not going to try to sell me ENCYCLOPEDIAS, are you?"

This film will always hold a fascination for me.

I saw it on VHS when I was pretty young and it messed me up. I also SWEAR that the picture on the VHS had been darkened (maybe even blue tinted?)  to cover up HOW OBVIOUS THE DAY FOR NIGHT SCENES ARE IN THIS MOVIE. when they put it on on DVD they included them as they are in the film, and while I am not a fan of the GEORGE LUCAS school of DIGITAL MULLIGANS, I think this film would be SO MUCH BETTER if someone worked TO DARKEN the NUMEROUS OBVIOUS DAY FOR NIGHT SHOTS in this movie which DO NOT MIX with the STUDIO SCENES AT ALL and undercut the tension.

for all its faults, this film is A LOT BETTER and more MEMORABLE than it is given credit for, it's usually listed as 'the worst HAMMER DRACULA" it is not.

The first four HAMMER DRACULAS are are basically the same movie reworked; SCARS breaks free in a way you HAVE TO APPLAUD, even if it's not a total success, ITS TRYING SOMETHING NEW. ...something FILTHY AND PRURIENT AND DEGRADED, but NEW.

One odd thing in this film, and many other VAMPIRE movies (especially MEXICAN ones) is the odd attempt at leapfrogging from the existence of VAMPIRE BATS to VAMPIRES OF LORE. The exceptionally dumb and deeply mediocre Hero has a hard time wrapping his mind around this clumsy premise- BUT i CAN'T say as i entirely blame him.

the ending to this movie is really something. it always cheers me up every time i see it.

God, I would have loved to have been in an audience seeing this in 1970.

the score by JAMES BERNARD is exquisite and DOES A LOT to lift the quality of the $200,000 budget.

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The VelociPastor (2018)

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"After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas." - IMDB.com

I am sorry to say that this movie will likely not take a place with Casablanca (1942) and To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) in cinematic history but it is the most wonderful movie  of its type which I have ever watched! The scene of his parent's fiery death at the beginning sets the tone for the entire movie. One expects a parody but this is entirely bonkers. It is sad that describing it to any extent would be posting spoilers. I can say that it is in many ways a gentle movie because the vulgarities are no worse than one hears on the street and they are appropriate to the characters. The gore is so over-the-top that it is completely ridiculous rather than affecting.

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I can give it only a 9/10 because it does bog down a bit around the fifty-minute-mark as it tries to pull some elements together to form a sort of plot. I am happy to say that I have read that a sequel has been green-lighted.

 

 

 

 

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On 4/16/2020 at 10:10 PM, lavenderblue19 said:

Swithin, I would take the #4 Bus to Fordham Rd. to get to the Valentine Theater. Among the many films I saw there was The World of Henry Orient when it was first released. Didn't mean to interrupt the thread but it's such a good memory for me. RKO Fordham and the Lowe's Paradise and the Valentine Theater all within walking distance. Bronxgirl has these memories too I'm sure. OK guys, you may continue now :)

 

It is impossible for you to interrupt a thread.

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On 4/18/2020 at 7:51 PM, kate333 said:

Did anyone else here watch the film Network which just aired on TCM tonight??  

I got chills watching it!  How interesting that a film made over 40 years ago could be so damn PROPHETIC, RELEVANT to 21st Century America--an era dominated by global corporate monopolies that have risen to wield vast power over our political system, media, and almost every aspect of our daily lives!!

 

 

Yeah, and we can yell out loud just like they did.

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On 4/21/2020 at 7:17 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

he's a psychologically manipulative filmmaker [not saying that that is a bad thing]) he PROVOKES people.

Psychologically manipulating, wow, the Top Award for this lack of distinction would be Michael Hanake. IMO. In one movie, he allows a scene that brings tons of relief to harried viewers, only to have one of the bad guys pick up a device and actually rewind the movie to where it was prior to all the relief. And then hammer the audience with more agony. Now, that's really cheating!! :lol:Funny People, I think it was.

Actually, if you're an intellectual you might viewed this as hilarious ; but as a general viewer in the peanut gallery, I thought it was annoooooyying.

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This one was obviously days ago huh?   It's a brilliant film on every level

Sidney Lumet was so convinced he'd finally win Best Director Gold, that he got out of his seat in the auditorium, but of course they yelled JOHN G. AVLDSEN for ROCKY instead

 

He never did win, his final shot being for the superb & superb even at quiet times 1982 THE VERDICT

 

Though for my own Alternate OSCARS I woulda voted for the magnificent FINCH instead for s. actor & the unnominated JOHN WAYNE in THE SHOOTSIST for lead instead   Though per usual; s. actor victor ROBARDS in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN was superb

G. Globes went with OLIVIER in MARATHON MAN by the way

By the way AFI/WGA did yet another poll & though they easily voted the script for CASABLANCA as 1 & NETWORK was a close running up for it's brilliant writing

SOLE DEBIT & NOBODY SEEMNS TO ANSWER  How did the assassins get away at the finish or did they?

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Just now, laffite said:

Psychologically manipulating, wow, the Top Award for this lack of distinction would be Michael Hanake. IMO. In one movie, he allows a scene that brings tons of relief to harried viewers, only to have one of the bad guys pick up a device and actually rewind the movie to where it was prior to all the relief. And then hammer the audience with more agony. Now, that's really cheating!! :lol:Funny People, I think it was.

Actually, if you're an intellectual you might viewed this as hilarious ; but as a general viewer in the peanut gallery, I thought it was annoooooyying.

To Laffite, just replied to you about NETWORK, but you lost me, who is Michael Hanake & IMO?

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5 minutes ago, spence said:

To Laffite, just replied to you about NETWORK, but you lost me, who is Michael Hanake & IMO?

IMO is often seen around these parts. Sometimes he goes by full name, In My Opinion.

Michael Hanake is a sadistic French filmmaker who hates his audience.

:)

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5 minutes ago, laffite said:

IMO is often seen around these parts. Sometimes he goes by full name, In My Opinion.

Michael Hanake is a sadistic French filmmaker who hates his audience.

:)

THANK YOU I understand in the words of CHANCE in BEING THERE (l979)

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On 4/23/2020 at 11:44 PM, speedracer5 said:

Without the glasses Noonan is a deadringer for Topher Grace from That 70s Show.  Err... rather the other way around.

Is that the same Tommy Noonan who's still in cinema & especially the fall guy who PESCI beats up, breaks a bottle over his head and so on in the brilliant l990 GOODFELLAS?

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6 hours ago, laffite said:

It is impossible for you to interrupt a thread.

I see that this misery we're all going thru has affected your sweet disposition laffite. You're as kind and lovely as you always are :)

 

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6 hours ago, laffite said:

IMO is often seen around these parts. Sometimes he goes by full name, In My Opinion.

Michael Hanake is a sadistic French filmmaker who hates his audience.

:)

GLAD YOU'RE OKAY!

You've been MIA recently!

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6 hours ago, spence said:

Is that the same Tommy Noonan who's still in cinema & especially the fall guy who PESCI beats up, breaks a bottle over his head and so on in the brilliant l990 GOODFELLAS?

I think you are maybe thinking of TOM NOONAN, who played FRANKENSTEIN in THE MONSTER SQUAD.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006888/?ref_=tt_cl_t5

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6 hours ago, laffite said:

IMO is often seen around these parts. Sometimes he goes by full name, In My Opinion.

Michael Hanake is a sadistic French filmmaker who hates his audience.

:)

I actually fainted watching a Haneke picture at the Curzon Soho in London.  I had landed earlier that day and decided to see The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste).   It had just won the Grand Prix at Cannes, it sounded interesting and got good reviews in Time Out.  There was, however, no content warning.  The film started around 9 pm.  The combination of scene content and being jet lagged caused me to pass out.  Fortunately, I was at the end of a row against a wall, so my head rested against the wall.  I came to with a box of popcorn on the floor, and missing about 5 minutes of the film.

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Error re: Cannes prize
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1 minute ago, txfilmfan said:

I actually fainted watching a Haneke picture at the Curzon Soho in London.  I had landed earlier that day and decided to see The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste).   It had just won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it sounded interesting and got good reviews in Time Out.  There was, however, no content warning.  The film started around 9 pm.  The combination of scene content and being jet lagged caused me to pass out.  Fortunately, I was at the end of a row against a wall, so my head rested against the wall.  I came to with a box of popcorn on the floor, and missing about 5 minutes of the film.

THIS.

THIS RIGHT HERE.

This is what being a real FILM FAN is ALL ABOUT.

I salute you.

and am off to google this HANEKE Cat...

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Saturday Night Fever (1977) STARZ On Demand 7/10

Tony Manero (John Travolta) is a 19 year old Italian American in New York who disco dances to escape his tough life.

A first time viewing for me, I was not interested in seeing this at first run (I was too young anyway) and never thought to check it out. I saw the "R" rated version (there is also a "PG" version with language and sex cut out) and this film is much rougher and brutal than most would think. Today it is remembered for it's music and dance scenes, which are still great. However, since this is the gritty 1970s, outside the club is violence, unprotected sex and general bleakness. Tony hangs out with 2 knucklehead friends and another (Barry Miller) has a conscience. So it is definitely a product of it's time, I still think it has some flaws but on the whole worth seeing at least once. 

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