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Filmstruck is pulling the plug on November 28, which is a bummer because it was probably my most heavily used streaming service.  Hopefully they toss all of the old TimeWarner/Janus/Criterion films on some other service. 

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Last night was the final night of 'Women in Comedy' and they ran Gilda Live, Gilda Radner's Broadway show produced by Lorne Michales. Man that was bittersweet. She was such a great talent and died way too soon. 

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Short notice, but looks like it's moonshine theme night. White Lightning about to start. Git you some shakey puddin, Gator McKlusky!

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I was peeking in on that, flipping back and forth.

I noticed on tonight's schedule, following the block of moonshine flicks, there are back-to-back dismembered hand horror movies. Been ages since I've seen those.

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Noticed that, too. I was hoping they were going to show Thunder Road. Damn shame they skipped it.

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6 hours ago, Continental Op said:

Filmstruck is pulling the plug on November 28, which is a bummer because it was probably my most heavily used streaming service.  Hopefully they toss all of the old TimeWarner/Janus/Criterion films on some other service. 

Damn that was fast. How expensive can a streaming service full of content that you already have be? I thought it would be a money maker.

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8 minutes ago, Continental Op said:

A pretty good analysis of the whole deal.  

https://slate.com/culture/2018/10/filmstruck-closing-criterion-tcm.html

 

It's seems counterintuitive that we can't have stuff like this available on demand in an age where storage is dirt cheap and high speed internet is ubiquitous.  

Damn well that was bleak.

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Alan Alda is a horrible actor, especially trying to do a hillbilly accent, but The Moonshine War was a great story. Didn't know it was Elmore Leonard until after it was over. Then it made sense why I liked it.

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I grew up watching MASH reruns because my parents were big fans and he's tolerable in that.  I tried to watch California Suite a few months ago and man Alda is horrible in that. 

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Ride The High Country is on today at 9:45am. Set you dvr if you have the chance. Randolph Scott's final film. He and Joel McCrae deliver stellar performances. Directed by Sam Peckinpah and regarded as his first masterpiece. It's one of the best westerns ever made, period. 

Supporting cast is strong. Mariette Hartley (debut role), Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, James Drury, L.Q. Jones & Warren Oates.

McCrae also has one of the greatest lines in film.  “All I want is to enter my house justified.”

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Blasphemy of course, but I'm really not a huge fan of Peckinpah movies in general. Ride The High Country is one of the exceptions. Great film, though the first part drags a bit long.

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I wish I had a DVR, but I can't justify the extra cost considering how little there is on TV that interests me.

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DVR Alert! If you hadn't alread noticed it's Veterans Day weekend and TCM is rolling out some greats. Bataan, Back to Bataan, Bridge on the River Kwai, They Were Expendable and more have already run. Destination Tokyo, Guns of Navarone and The Longest Day are on tap today.

But there is a particularly good one you need to catch tonight that isn't part of the usual holiday stuff. The D.I. - 1957 Jack Webb is the ultimate Marine Drill Instructor on Parris Island and he's not going to let a f'n sand flea keep him from turning you into a lean, mean, killing machine.

Seriously, this was my favorite boot camp film until FMJ. Gunny Hartman probably spanked it to this film. It's Jack Webb at his Jack Webb-iest and that's an underrated treat.

 

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SS.Streetcar.jpgStreetcar Named Desire was on last night.

Some of the best acting in a movie you will ever see.

One of the few movies ever to have been nominated for Academy Awards in all four acting categories, winning three.

Brando, who was incredible, was the only one to not win. The best actor Oscar went to Bogart that year for African Queen. 

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On 11/11/2018 at 6:22 AM, RPM said:

DVR Alert! If you hadn't alread noticed it's Veterans Day weekend and TCM is rolling out some greats. Bataan, Back to Bataan, Bridge on the River Kwai, They Were Expendable and more have already run. Destination Tokyo, Guns of Navarone and The Longest Day are on tap today.

But there is a particularly good one you need to catch tonight that isn't part of the usual holiday stuff. The D.I. - 1957 Jack Webb is the ultimate Marine Drill Instructor on Parris Island and he's not going to let a f'n sand flea keep him from turning you into a lean, mean, killing machine.

Seriously, this was my favorite boot camp film until FMJ. Gunny Hartman probably spanked it to this film. It's Jack Webb at his Jack Webb-iest and that's an underrated treat.

 

I remember seeing this when I was a kid. I especially remember the part about sand fleas. Haven't seen it in ages.

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I was watching Broadway Danny Rose for the first time on TCM tonight. I like Woody's early stuff, but had not seen this.

It was nice to see one of the two thugs that were harassing him was the leader of The Orphans in The Warriors.

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"Holiday Inn" on TCM right now.  Great flick, "White Christmas" and all that, but  much better written plot than the movie White Christmas, some good likes between Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, some great little barbs they give each other.

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Ruggles of Red Gap on now. Charles Laughton as a British nobleman's butler that was lost in a bet to an American wild west millionaire. Of course as soon as they get him out west he fits in like the proverbial square peg. Sort of a Beverly Hillbillies in reverse. Very, very funny movie and an excellent comedic performance by Laughton.

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16 hours ago, phdhorn said:

"Holiday Inn" on TCM right now.  Great flick, "White Christmas" and all that, but  much better written plot than the movie White Christmas, some good likes between Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, some great little barbs they give each other.

Holiday Inn is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. it destroys White Christmas (Even Bing Crosby didn't think White Christmas was that good). TCM has been showing it a lot less in recent years due to the PC plague and the black face scene. 

 

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Love Eddie Mueller and Noir Alley.

Too Late For Tears was on this weekend and I had never seen it because it had been lost until Eddie and his film preservation company searched until they found three separate copies of which all three had different titles and restored the film uses bits and pieces from each copy.

Fascinating stuff and a very good movie.

 

 

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I have a DVD set of film noir stuff with a horrible transfer of Too Late For Tears on it under the name "Killer Bait."   It's a great movie.  Lisabeth Scott and Dan Duryea are the shit.  It's a shame Scott's career was dashed on the rocks due to her being gay.  I think she could have been one of the greats. 

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8 hours ago, Continental Op said:

I have a DVD set of film noir stuff with a horrible transfer of Too Late For Tears on it under the name "Killer Bait."   It's a great movie.  Lisabeth Scott and Dan Duryea are the shit.  It's a shame Scott's career was dashed on the rocks due to her being gay.  I think she could have been one of the greats. 

Interesting that when they had the release of the restored film Lizabeth Scott declined the invitation to attend because she hated herself in that movie.

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John Landis picked It's a Gift (1934) W.C. Fields. Such a funny movie. Henpecked small town storekeeper (Fields) jumps at the chance to gtfo of Jersey and buy a California orange grove. Sells everything he owns, packs up the family in the worn out old Ford and roadtrip to California with his wife bitching at full volume every step of the way. It's no wonder he drinks. Great closing scene, too.

Fields just operated on another level. He's so subtle and dry, but every move he makes is carefully planned. 

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52 minutes ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

What time is Deliverance ?

9

Also, kinda disappointed in TCM for running an edited version of S&TB. Think I was wrong about the editing. Thought they cut the scene where Sally flips off the cops, but it was later in the movie. They did blurr out Montague County on Buford's car a few times. Kinda puzzling why they'd do that. There is a Montague (mon-tay-guh) County but Buford is from fictional (mon-tuh-goo). Don't think a little piss ant county is going to raise much of an objection unless they wanted a cut of the pie.

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I was wrong

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2 minutes ago, RPM said:

9

Also, kinda disappointed in TCM for running an edited version of S&TB.

Deliverance is one of the few movies I've seen that's better than the book, IMO.

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The original Longest Yard is so damn good. Up next my favorite Burt movie besides S&TB, Hooper. Such a great ensemble cast. Hell, Jan Michael Vincent is even good. Lightning in a bottle.

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7 hours ago, miguelito said:

And the book is pretty solid, too.

Oh yeah, Pulitzer Prize winner wasn't it ?   Something about the movie captured the feel of the era/location/characters better in my opinion, and that's usually not the case. Burt as Louis was better than the Louis in the book.

 

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That one belongs in the "Great Movies You Never Watch" category for me. Beautiful cinematography, but I've always hated it. Just too damned slow.

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Classic coldass weather movie. But yeah, tough to get through the whole thing unless you are stuck at home with the flu or something.

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Really good Robert Mitchum movie later tonight. Out of the Past with Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas.

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Really good Robert Mitchum movie later tonight. Out of the Past with Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas.
A nice Mitchum movie is His Kind of Girl. The name power is crazy. Jane Russell, Raymond Burr, Jim Backus, Tim Holt, Vincent Price and Charles McGraw.

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1 hour ago, Brothahorn said:

Tim Holt

Huge Tim Holt fan. Very underrated.

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Ernie Kovacks tribute tonight featuring episodes of his 1960's ABC show. Really good stuff. He was a madman.

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