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    A true story. Congrats and bravo to Jake Tapper,...

    A true story.
    Congrats and bravo to Jake Tapper, a REAL journailst at CNN...
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    Top Hat (1935)

    This is my second favorite film from the 1930's.

    100% pure entertainment from start to finish, it must've cleared a lot of sorrows away during the Depression.
    The 4th of ten films starring Ginger...
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    The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

    Errol Flynn is Maj. Geoffrey Vickers, a British officer who leads a famous counter attack in India.

    This is a poor man's Gunga Din, and not very faithful to history or the poem by Lord Alfred...
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    I've already given D.A. too much credit, and I...

    I've already given D.A. too much credit, and I recognize his historical importance.
    To be honest I don't think we'd be missing him if he didn't exist- he's not essential.

    Did you notice that he...
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    Pennebaker strikes me as a guy who struck when...

    Pennebaker strikes me as a guy who struck when the iron was hot, and the results vary.
    He's not a pioneer to me. A shaky camera makes him Dogme 95?

    As for Lady Sings the Blues, Kael was right,...
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    What makes no sense?

    What makes no sense?
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    There’s a one-hour documentary called The...

    There’s a one-hour documentary called The Harryhausen Chronicles narrated by Leonard Nimoy that is fantastic. It has all the insight into Ray’s M.O. and methods you need.

    I’d like to link to it on...
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    Another title for Don't Look Back could be "Don't...

    Another title for Don't Look Back could be "Don't Peel Back" or "On the Defense, Driving" or "Wannabe Rimbaud?"
    How awesome was Donovan's Dylanesque "I'll Sing For You" song?
    He took the piss out...
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    It's a fault when it's only done for posterity,...

    It's a fault when it's only done for posterity, as Pennebaker seems.
    He doesn't care about the Monterey Pop festival OR Bob Dylan- he's capitalizing on the moment.
    He even names the film "DON'T...
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    TCM ended their 100th birthday tribute to...

    TCM ended their 100th birthday tribute to Harryhausen with his first and last Hollywood works.
    Mighty Joe Young (1949) was the makers of King Kong trying to be family-friendly.
    I guess it works,...
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    Mysterioous Island (1961)

    Johann Sebastian Bach would probably disapprove of his "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" being used here, played by none other than Captain Nemo himself.
    Yes, this is the sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under...
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    Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)

    This is what I call Sci-Fi!
    How this movie isn't more recognized than The Day The Earth Stood Still or Forbidden Planet is beyond me.

    The military, scientists and doctors are all fighting U.F.O's...
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    Monterey Pop is Pennebaker's best work, but I...

    Monterey Pop is Pennebaker's best work, but I don't want to give him too much credit, hence no mention of him.
    He strikes me as an opportunistic filmmaker, sensing history and pouncing.
    Don't Look...
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    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1959)

    This a great fantasy film, even though it's melodramatic in extremis.

    Ray Harryhausen (born today in 1920!) did the stop-motion effects, and if you can suspend disbelief, you'll have a great time....
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    I agree. Old Hollywood has a class to it, a...

    I agree.
    Old Hollywood has a class to it, a standard that can't be beat.
    July 4th is a day I'm looking forward to on TCM- John Paul Jones is playing, and it's a film I anticipate way more than any...
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    Ray Harryhausen at 100

    5 films tonite in tribute to Ray Harryhausen, genuis animator.
    His work is among the first I ever saw: Clash of the Titans, when I was six years old.
    I HAD to have the toys, more than Star Wars!
  17. Thanks for the review. Modern dramedy...Hmm. ...

    Thanks for the review.
    Modern dramedy...Hmm.
    Not sure if it's my cuppa, but new films gotta come from somewhere...
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    Just so I don't sound completely callous, I know...

    Just so I don't sound completely callous, I know someone who had stage 3 lung cancer, and she beat it.
    It all depends on how your body responds to treatment.
    It is a terminal disease, but you can...
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    I suppose I should update on my good friend Maha...

    I suppose I should update on my good friend Maha Rushie.

    It's funny how he has had stage 4 cancer since January, yet he's still on the air...
    Was that a lie, El Rushbo?
    So that Trumpy can give...
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    John Ford is featured this July on TCM. I'm...

    John Ford is featured this July on TCM.
    I'm seeing Fort Apache, the Searchers and Stagecoch this Friday.
    (Actually I may see 7 Ford films that day)
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    Many thanks for the link! That one sure does look...

    Many thanks for the link! That one sure does look fantastic.

    I don't rent movies or watch them on the net- TCM is my main source now, and I collect dvd's.
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    Don't Look Back (1967)

    This is a snapshot into Bob Dylan's world, circa 1965.

    It's candid, and sometimes it's hard to like Bob in it.
    He denies being folk, there's scenes of him being impatient and impudent if not...
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    Yes, those Lennon and McCartney songs are...

    Yes, those Lennon and McCartney songs are golden...
    And the only thing you can fault them for in Hard Day's Night is smoking cigarettes.
    (And playing in front of giant pics of real beetles at...
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    A Hard Day's Night (1964)

    "You look Great, with an apple in your Gob..."



    Richard Lester's first Beatle movie, and what an awesome pic it is...
    If there's one movie you can label as "Carefree", it's this musical treat....
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    I consulted Queen Pauline about Lady Sings the...

    I consulted Queen Pauline about Lady Sings the Blues:
    "I LOVE IT. Factually it's a fraud, but emotionally it delivers."
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