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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  In memoriam: The passing of R. Lee Ermey, the man immortalized as the drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket," has been noted on the main wall here and on the mother site.

However, I learned this morning on a TCM message board that film director Milos Forman also died within the past week. He directed, for example, "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus." And had a big reputation among "cineastes" before he turned up in Hollywood for his Czech films. Here is an appreciation of Milos from one of the trades:
April 18 at 09:37 EST .

   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Of note: today is William Holden's centenary. Born 100 years ago today on April 17, 1918. TCM is highlighting him as its "star of the month" and programming several of his movies, with his longtime "life partner" Stephanie Powers doing some of the intros. I don't know how old she is now but she is looking very good.
April 17 at 08:17 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Re my posting below: it seems to me we could take a page out of the Ace of Spades example, and occasionally share notes on what we have seen recently, and, better yet, share recommendations for movies that are new to us and may be of interest to others. I think we should avoid snark for the sake of snark (reserve that for June Allyson movies ), but it may be interesting (? ) to mention something that we expected to like, or were told we should like, but didn't. No analysis required, no razzle dazzle, just a head's-up.

I can mention two pleasant surprises from this past week, both discovered on TCM:

(1 ) "The Smallest Show on Earth," a modest, delightful, British comedy from 1957. It's about a pleasant young couple who inherit a rundown cinema and have to make a go of it, with such unpromising employees as Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford. Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, married in real life, play the couple. After a week of taxes, this one hit the spot. It's only about 80 minutes long. You can't go wrong.

(2 ) "Boots Malone" (1952 ) with William Holden, a redemption tale set in a horse-racing setting, concerning a sour agent (WH of course ) and a young jockey. Not making any great claims for this aside from its being so well acted and affecting.
April 16 at 17:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think I would enjoy "The Smallest Show on Earth" very much. I will track it down. I've seen "Boots Malone" and it's a good one. I think William Holden might never have gained the full appreciation for his work that he deserved. I appreciate the heads up for "The Smallest Show...". My days in a Texas small town and my memories of the tiny theater run by a local couple are sweet. The man dyed his hair with shoe polish and tried to stay out of the rain. The woman's glasses had only one earpiece for all the many years I knew her. I put flowers on their graves when I visit my brother's grave. Many of us who were young in those days spent Saturdays smooching in those theater seats while Esther Williams or Roy Rogers reigned on the screen.
April 16 at 18:01 EST .

   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I don't know if anyone here likes or even knows of the website Ace of Spades. But for movie fans among fellow posters or lurkers, you may enjoy visiting a posting that appears every Saturday, the "Saturday Evening Movie Thread," where a young poster who is certainly quite knowledgeable on this topic posts weekly entries about a specific movie, or movies he has looked at over the past week, and so on. This past Saturday he did a really interesting posting on Kubrick's "2001," for example. Check it out. See what you think.

Ace of Spades also has a "Sunday Morning Book Thread," which may also be of interest to some of you. (My apologies if the tone of "Ace" otherwise is not always to your liking but "nothing ventured," etc. )
April 16 at 17:15 EST .

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   StormCnter  Rich, most of those who have read Ace of Spades over the years have become fans. I confess to not regularly checking his site these days and I didn't know about the movie or book threads. I will check them out. Thanks for the tip.
April 16 at 17:56 EST .

   MeiDei  Here is the link to the Ace of Spades website mentioned above:
April 16 at 18:12 EST .

   Richdet  Here are more direct links. Movie thread here for this past Saturday:

And the Sunday morning book thread:

See "Mikey's" explanation of the desk and book cases in his home library.
April 16 at 18:47 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Richdet: I am a big fan of Ace as well. Enjoy the site's movie thread. Another, of course, is Mark Steyn's site. He regularly does a deep dive on a movie. Of course, his Song of the Week is always a fun must read for me.
April 17 at 21:39 EST .

   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I see we are in a Valentine's Day frame of mind here. So how about a few more romantic couples to tease our memories? Here goes:

1. Deanie & Bud
2. Sandy & Danny
3. Katie & Hubbell
4. Rose & Jack
5. Baby & Johnny
February 14 at 12:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  #1 is "Splendor in the Grass", Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. One of my favorite films. So is #3, but I'll leave it to others for an answer. Thanks, Rich.
February 14 at 12:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  #4 Rose & Jack - Kate Winslet/Leonardo DiCaprio from "Titantic"
February 14 at 13:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  #2 Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta in "Grease" I think....
February 14 at 14:28 EST .

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   Richdet  Storm and Mei hit Cupid's bulls-eyes on ##1, 2, and 4. I will let ##3 and 5 stand as is for the time being.

Maybe a few "misty water-colored mem'ries" might lead to solutions? After all, nobody puts these couples in a corner.
February 14 at 16:31 EST .

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   StormCnter  As for #5, hasn't anyone seen the Eli Manning and Odell Beckham commercial?
February 14 at 17:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  So is #3 Barbra Streisand & Robert Redford in "The Way We Were"?
February 14 at 18:44 EST .

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   Richdet  #3 -- solved by Mei. And #5 struck me as the very easy one -- proving my rule "beware the easy ones!" The big reveal is "Dirty Dancing" -- "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" indeed. We just did!! Johnny and Baby would be Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Cupid is sending a box of chocolates via drone (Cupid says arrows are so yesterday ) to the abodes of Storm and Mei for their Valentine Day solutions.
February 14 at 18:58 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Late fifties-early sixties leading man John Gavin died yesterday at age 86. Racked up some interesting credits in his peak years (e.g., Psycho, Spartacus ). Always liked him. Korean War naval veteran, and post-acting he was president of the actors' guild and eventually Reagan's ambassador to Mexico. Married to the lovely Constance Towers. Not a bad life. Was suprised to read in his obits that he nearly became James Bond in the early 70s. Here is the Variety obit:
February 10 at 11:55 EST .

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   Richdet  Actually I was "surprised" to read ... (Fussy fussy fussy. )
February 10 at 11:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, Rich. I saw the notice of his death and remembered that handsome face immediately.
February 10 at 11:58 EST .

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   Gram77  Thanks, Rich. He had quite a life, much of which I did not know.
February 10 at 12:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good bye to a good actor, a good man and a good Ambassador - saddened.
February 10 at 13:47 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I just watched the live stream of the Oscar nomination announcements, so I thought I would post the nine nominees for best picture:

Call Me by Your Name
The Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I think I got that right, if I am deciphering my scribbles correctly. As always, She Who Must Be Nominated, Meryl Streep, is a nominee for best actress for her Katharine Graham role. I believe this is number 21 for her. Another one and she will have as many nominations as Katharine Hepburn (12 ) and Bette Davis (10 ) combined, which is ludicrous on its face.

"The Post" is nominated for best picture but without nominations for director, screenplay, or Tom Hanks. So kind of a mixed bag for that movie.

"Dunkirk" -- my impression was it got a lot of technical nominations, as you would expect. Gary Oldman is a nominee for his Churchill, as is the makeup artist for that movie. Good.

"The Phantom Thread" nominations surprised me a little bit, but pleasantly because it sounds intriguing. Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis, who says he is retiring, but no one believes this ), and Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville ).

"Wonder Woman" didn't seem to rack up any significant nomination, so a lot of millennial gals and the entire staff of Vanity Fair will be sobbing in their lattes this morning. They were certain the year of MeToo would mean nominations all around for "Wonder Woman." Oscar will not earn "woke" points with the WW fans.
January 23 at 08:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, Rich, for the info, the background and the analysis. You are appreciated.

I'm surprised "The Post" didn't run the Oscar table. It's exactly the sort of film Hollywood usually kowtows to.

Has anyone seen "Ladybird"?

I hope you were teasing about "Wonder Woman". Surely, that movie wasn't going to be seriously considered. If the year of the woman leads to this female being required to admire/revere a comic book character as my icon, I may lie down in the freeway.
January 23 at 09:23 EST .

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   Richdet  If only I were teasing. There is a crew of bloggers/podcasters at Vanity Fair who do nothing but cover movie awards, festivals, and so on, and for some months now they have been advocating that "Wonder Woman" should be honored by the Academy, for picture, director (the director is a woman, natch ), best actress, and so on. And for the reason I mentioned -- that in the current environment of female "empowerment," this movie and its female hero should take center stage at the Oscars.

Last night I was checking out predictions for the nominations at the Gold Derby website and other places, and "Wonder Woman" was being mentioned by some of the "experts." I didn't notice during the live streaming if it got nominations in the technical categories, but it didn't seem to get anything in the acting, writing, directing areas. "Logan," the X-men movie, however, did get nominated for screenplay, and is the first superhero movie so honored, I believe. So that is not going to go over well with the people who wanted their superheroine to carry the day, and instead she got bumped for the superhero.

We always hear about scandalous Oscar "snubs" annually on this day. I imagine Wonder Woman is at the top of that list for some this year. Oscar put Wonder Woman in the corner, so to speak.
January 23 at 11:29 EST .

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   Tulsa  I read reviews on two (2 ). The Shape of Water - crazy woman falls in love with The Creature from The Black Lagoon (my interpretation of the review )

The Phantom Thread - There was a sentence in the review that led me to believe their is 'unimaginable cruelty' in this movie. ..or perversion of some sort.

Zero interest in seeing either.

I would not consider even reading reviews for Call Me, etc. or The Post.
January 23 at 12:52 EST .

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   Tulsa  there is, not their is. duh
January 23 at 12:53 EST .

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   Safetydude  Oh well,
Not only haven't I seen any of these movies;
I haven't even heard of them!
January 23 at 20:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Rich is right about the "Wonder Woman" angst. The New York Daily News is very upset.
January 24 at 05:34 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I was just checking out TCM's schedule for today, and they are honoring Luise Rainer, who was born on this date in the year 1910. She lived to be almost 105, dying about two weeks short of her birthday on 12/30/2014.

Very curious character, in that she turns up at MGM in the mid-30s, wins Best Actress two years in a row (first to win two acting Oscars ), then basically goes down the memory hole. You probably have to be a diehard fan of old movies or old Hollywood (c'est moi ) to have the remotest idea who she is. Her fame was short-lived even if the lady herself wasn't.

Robert Osborne did an interview with her on TCM when she was at least 100 I imagine, and she neglected to wear her hearing aid, which hobbled the interview. Seemed like a very Luise Rainer situation. All these people gathered at a film festival to finally hear what this woman, out of sight for 70-plus years and still sharp, has to say for herself and her experiences in Hollywood, and no hearing aid. Specialist in bungling opportunities.
January 12 at 09:59 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Patiently waiting for the quiz with the picture of the guy thumbing a ride on some desert roadside to be resolved. Curious about that one ....... Has he been forgotten?
January 2 at 16:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm sorry. I answered it at the quiz and I've copied and pasted it here. I have an excuse. I've been down with what my mother used to call "the epizootie", a catchall for the various bugs and ills befalling some of us around the holidays. Spray your keyboard in case I sneezed on it, ok?
"Sorry about letting this remain unanswered. It's "Into the Wild" with Emile Hirsch, screenplay and directed by Sean Penn based on the Jon Krakauer's book. "
January 2 at 17:28 EST .

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   Richdet  Thank you -- directed by Sean Penn? How did that happen?

Sorry you are under the weather. If I could, I would bring you a big bowl of chicken soup. You should be resting.
January 2 at 18:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, Rich. I'm rapidly recovering.
January 3 at 08:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  Not recovering as "rapidly" as I had hoped yesterday> I'll try to get back here sometime today to answer my quizzes. In the meantime, all of you stay healthy.
January 4 at 05:59 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Martin Scorsese is not only a fine director but also a discerning and enthusiastic student/fan of movies. So in honor of Halloween, here is a listing he did a few years ago of his Eleven Scariest Movies of All Time, which has been reproduced on many web sites, and certainly belongs here. I chose a site that offers clips of his selections:

I also would place "The Haunting" at the top of my list -- the 1963 version (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn ) not the one from the 90s with Liam Neeson. Avoid the remake. It is based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." I would place "The Innocents" higher on the list -- also from the early 60s, with Deborah Kerr, based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw."
October 31 at 13:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  I remember "The Innocents" very well. It was a riveting story.
October 31 at 13:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good article along with the scene snatches - some I skipped or only watched mid-way - still affected by the Psycho shower scene all these years later.
October 31 at 16:24 EST .

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