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    I just noticed that "The Apartment" (196)) is on TCM tonight at 10. I've only seen it once a few years ago. I think it might be therapeutic to watch something funny tonight.
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    Comet TV is showing a bunch of B horror movies today. I watched parts of "House on Haunted Hill" this morning. I couldn't resist.

    Not sure how many of you guys have this channel. It's pretty crappy for the most part.

    https://www.comettv.com/schedule/

    Also, on a related note, I was going to ask what your favorite B-movies are.

    Anyone?
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    Nothing's popping to mind. But my fave genre of B-movies is film noir. IMO, it's the only genre where the B-movies are usually good. As a kid, I loved the sci-fi B-movies but I don't think they've held up well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    Nothing's popping to mind. But my fave genre of B-movies is film noir. IMO, it's the only genre where the B-movies are usually good. As a kid, I loved the sci-fi B-movies but I don't think they've held up well.
    I think The Brain That Wouldn't Die has held up (no pun intended being about a woman with her head kept alive in a tray) pretty well. I can watch that one over and over and not get tired of it.
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    For B movies, I've always liked caper films and heists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Comet TV is showing a bunch of B horror movies today. I watched parts of "House on Haunted Hill" this morning. I couldn't resist.

    Not sure how many of you guys have this channel. It's pretty crappy for the most part.

    https://www.comettv.com/schedule/

    Also, on a related note, I was going to ask what your favorite B-movies are.

    Anyone?
    Got it and sometimes they do run something good by accident but mostly, meh. For me it was, as a kid, cowboys and Indians but always sci-fi. You can laugh at it now as an adult when you see it but then, it was great. I think it's more about the memories. We would watch this stuff on weekends but on Monday it was all we could talk about in school. I like the Apartment but I like The Out Of Towners even more. I remember seeing them back to back once so I can't think of one without the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    I think The Brain That Wouldn't Die has held up (no pun intended being about a woman with her head kept alive in a tray) pretty well. I can watch that one over and over and not get tired of it.
    I thought this film was wild. The monster in the closet, the makeup job, was excellent. Thought I'd die when he bit the assistant. The original, Not Of This Earth is still one of my favorites. I seem to have a lot of this stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    Nothing's popping to mind. But my fave genre of B-movies is film noir. IMO, it's the only genre where the B-movies are usually good. As a kid, I loved the sci-fi B-movies but I don't think they've held up well.
    Hal, again, I think it's memories of these films from when you were a kid. But sometimes they are still fun to watch.
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    Ron, Hal. Anything worth my eye time this weekend?
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    Ron, Hal. Anything worth my eye time this weekend?
    http://www.tcm.com/schedule/

    Casablanca and Key Largo tomorrow. "The Uninvited" is on this weekend. There are some others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staun View Post
    Hal, again, I think it's memories of these films from when you were a kid. But sometimes they are still fun to watch.
    Oh, sure. The nostalgic factor can make some movies still good. Generally, that has not been the case for me, tho.

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    Ron, Hal. Anything worth my eye time this weekend?
    Cool Hand Luke and Papillon are on tonight starting at 3am.

    Ice Station Zebra is on Saturday night at 2am! I have been wanting to see this movie for ages. I'll have to record it.

    Bad Day at Black Rock follows at 4:45am. Am not a fan of this movie.

    The Philadelphia Story is on Sun at 6pm. It's been a while since I've seen it so I may have to tune in.

    Here's the rest of Sun's lineup:

    8:00 PM - Lion in Winter, The (1968)
    10:30 PM - Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991)
    12:45 AM - Taxi Driver (1976)
    3:00 AM - Young Frankenstein (1974)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    Oh, sure. The nostalgic factor can make some movies still good. Generally, that has not been the case for me, tho.


    Cool Hand Luke and Papillon are on tonight starting at 3am.

    Ice Station Zebra is on Saturday night at 2am! I have been wanting to see this movie for ages. I'll have to record it.

    Bad Day at Black Rock follows at 4:45am. Am not a fan of this movie.

    The Philadelphia Story is on Sun at 6pm. It's been a while since I've seen it so I may have to tune in.

    Here's the rest of Sun's lineup:

    8:00 PM - Lion in Winter, The (1968)
    10:30 PM - Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991)
    12:45 AM - Taxi Driver (1976)
    3:00 AM - Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Luke, Zebra and Rock are all stoppers for me. Great films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    http://www.tcm.com/schedule/

    Casablanca and Key Largo tomorrow. "The Uninvited" is on this weekend. There are some others.
    Ron, do you get Retroplex? If so what do you think of it's content? Not TCM but I think it has the right idea about what it thinks people want to see. I'm catching it more and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staun View Post
    Ron, do you get Retroplex? If so what do you think of it's content? Not TCM but I think it has the right idea about what it thinks people want to see. I'm catching it more and more.
    Never heard of it.
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    The Third Man is on right before Casablanca tomorrow. I might have to watch Key Largo again. I just saw it not too long ago, but I never tire of it. It has such great atmosphere and a killer cast. Really, can a cast get any better?

    As much as I enjoy Casablanca and watching Ingrid Bergman in anything (especially "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"), I just saw that a few weeks ago. I'll certainly enjoy Lauren Bacall, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    The Third Man is on right before Casablanca tomorrow. I might have to watch Key Largo again. I just saw it not too long ago, but I never tire of it. It has such great atmosphere and a killer cast. Really, can a cast get any better?

    As much as I enjoy Casablanca and watching Ingrid Bergman in anything (especially "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"), I just saw that a few weeks ago. I'll certainly enjoy Lauren Bacall, though.

    When asked for my top 10 movies , from boredom or politeness of my fellows, my list will vary depending on current mood. But Key Largo is a constant inclusion. It really is That good.
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    I set the DVR to record Ice Station Zebra - it's been at least forty years since I've seen that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycsteve View Post
    When asked for my top 10 movies , from boredom or politeness of my fellows, my list will vary depending on current mood. But Key Largo is a constant inclusion. It really is That good.
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    He was certainly one-of-a-kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I set the DVR to record Ice Station Zebra - it's been at least forty years since I've seen that.
    I was a big Alistair MacLean fan and read all his books. Most of the films made from his novels are very good, including this one, "Where Eagles Dare", "Breakheart Pass" and, of course, "The Guns of Navarone". Thx for the heads up, I will be recording.
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    I mentioned that Taxi Driver is on Sunday night and it reminded me of something: the 49th Academy Awards. Take a look at the nominees for Best Picture:

    All the President's Men
    Bound for Glory
    Network
    Rocky
    Taxi Driver

    I thought Bound For Glory was a good movie, I just don't know that it deserved a Best Picture nod.

    But anyway, can someone explain to me how the fuck Rocky won Best Picture? Especially in light of the competition. The other three on that list are better movies. Indeed, other than BP, director, and editor, Rocky didn't win any of the other biggies. Network won for actor, actress, supporting actress, and original screenplay. All the President's Men won for supporting actor, unoriginal screenplay, sound, and art direction. Even Bound for Glory won for cinematography and best original song score (whatever the hell that is). Rocky didn't even win for original song; A Star is Born did.

    WTF.

    Poor Taxi Driver, arguably the best of the bunch, didn't win shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    I mentioned that Taxi Driver is on Sunday night and it reminded me of something: the 49th Academy Awards. Take a look at the nominees for Best Picture:

    All the President's Men
    Bound for Glory
    Network
    Rocky
    Taxi Driver

    I thought Bound For Glory was a good movie, I just don't know that it deserved a Best Picture nod.

    But anyway, can someone explain to me how the fuck Rocky won Best Picture? Especially in light of the competition. The other three on that list are better movies. Indeed, other than BP, director, and editor, Rocky didn't win any of the other biggies. Network won for actor, actress, supporting actress, and original screenplay. All the President's Men won for supporting actor, unoriginal screenplay, sound, and art direction. Even Bound for Glory won for cinematography and best original song score (whatever the hell that is). Rocky didn't even win for original song; A Star is Born did.

    WTF.

    Poor Taxi Driver, arguably the best of the bunch, didn't win shit.
    I'll answer your question , explaination to include graphs and charts , when you can tell me how the hell Forrest Gump deserved a win against THe Shawshank Redemption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycsteve View Post
    I'll answer your question , explaination to include graphs and charts , when you can tell me how the hell Forrest Gump deserved a win against THe Shawshank Redemption.
    Touché.

    Yeah, there's been quite a few wins - or losses, as the case may be - that's left me scratching my head. These are the ones that usually pop to mind the most:

    Henry Fond never having won before On Golden Pond, albeit a deserved win... which was practically posthumous.
    Paul Newman never having won before the Color of Money.
    Mary Tyler Moore not winning for Ordinary People.
    Glenn Close not winning two years in a row for Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons.

    Of course, many times who should win is clear. Other times, well, look at this. Who do you pick?

    Best Actress, 68th Academy Awards (in alphabetical order):

    Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking
    Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas (why she never continued to get better roles after this performance is a mystery)
    Sharon Stone in Casino
    Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County
    Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility
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    Out of those 5 I only saw Casino and Leaving Las Vegas. Skipped DMW basically from extreme dislike of Sarandon. SandS was a Victorian costume drama? If so , that would be why I skipped it. Bridges , I just missed. I might pick it up from the library , I would probably enjoy it. So my totally uninformed pick would be Stone for Casino. Did she win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycsteve View Post
    Out of those 5 I only saw Casino and Leaving Las Vegas. Skipped DMW basically from extreme dislike of Sarandon. SandS was a Victorian costume drama? If so , that would be why I skipped it. Bridges , I just missed. I might pick it up from the library , I would probably enjoy it. So my totally uninformed pick would be Stone for Casino. Did she win?
    No. Susan Sarandon did.

    I don't think Streep deserved the nod. But everyone else did. My point was, who to give it to? That was a tough year to pick just one.
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    Just finished up a Sunday double feature: Papillon and Ice Station Zebra.

    I hadn't seen Papillon in ages. It's as good as I remembered.

    As for ISZ, I had never seen it. Maltin gives it 2½ stars and at first I didn't understand why. But I see, now: the third act wasn't as strong as it could have been.

    Next up is another movie I've been wanting to see since I was a kid after my mother raved about it: The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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