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Old 01-07-2019, 08:43 PM   #26
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I'll try this game. Though I'm probably not giving it enough thought.

Jurassic Park
One Hundred and One Dalmations
Star Trek: First Contact
The Highlander
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Apollo 13

I just skimmed through some lists on Wikipedia, and stuck with whatever one I noticed that I felt like I'd most want to watch again soon. I'm sure people could suggest others that would be better that I just didn't think of.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:44 PM   #27
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Have you noticed that more and more new television shows are set before the 1990s or after an apocalypse?
It's funny; I don't actually watch much TV, but I literally just saw a Youtube ad for a show set in the 90s.

In horror movies, if they don't go back, they have to come up with some excuse like the protagonist dropped their cellphone or the killer has a modem blocker.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:58 PM   #28
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This is why the crime rate is dropping so sharply. You're going to get videotaped and caught almost every time.

Batman was always a goofy concept, but now it's completely untenable. In a world filled with drones, video cameras and cell phones, how is Bruce Wayne not going to get unmasked immediately?

Hell, just the unusual stuff he has delivered to his home would unmask him. You think that's not going to get noticed nowadays?

I think eventually comics too will have to go back to 1980s or earlier.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:22 PM   #29
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It's funny. For a long time, "period piece" was an epithet and the kiss of death for a movie or a television show. Everything had to be modern and "hip." That trend is what killed Westerns.

But the modern world has become increasingly unwritable when the stories are about the investigation and solving of crimes, which is at the crux of most dramas. You can still write a soap opera that's set in the modern world, or a comedy, or a medical show, but modern cop stories are becoming more problematic all the time.

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Old 01-08-2019, 04:50 PM   #30
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...Yellow Sky...
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^I don't think I've seen Yellow Sky. The other three are great.
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There just aren't a lot of movies that start with Y, but I'll say that at minimum Yellow Sky was very, very good. The death of screenwriter Lamar Trotti four years later at 52 was a big loss for Hollywood.


Found it on Youtube (nice, clear copy too) and watched it today. It was great. The third act reminds me of Treasure of the Sierra Madre with how no-one can be trusted with the gold. It was interesting that in a movie at the height of the Hays Code they did a story centered on bank robbers, but they did get to moralize it by the end. The Death Valley locations were cool (no pun intended) and apparently this film is noted for its cinematography as well as the music.



There's a pretty good brief interview with the director's son about how Peck at first didn't and then did fit in with the cast and crew.

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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:13 PM   #31
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It's surprising to me that Yellow Sky isn't better known. Gregory Peck was a big star, and that alone should have gotten it more attention than it's received.

In its tone it reminds me a little of Red River. It's similarly hard-assed, with quite a bit of behavior that's barely civilized. You can tell that the writers, Lamar Trotti and W.R. Burnett, had been exposed to real-life criminals. They knew how those guys talked and acted.

Burnett, who wrote the story, was a highly regarded writer of noir fiction. Trotti died before television really got rolling, but it's a shame that the medium didn't use Burnett more.
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...In its tone it reminds me a little of Red River. It's similarly hard-assed, with quite a bit of behavior that's barely civilized. You can tell that the writers, Lamar Trotti and W.R. Burnett, had been exposed to real-life criminals. They knew how those guys talked and acted...
The bit where Peck attacks Baxter and it seems like he might rape her must have been real edgy in '48 especially with that being a protagonist.
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Many of the criminals in modern-day shows, like Criminal Minds, aren't realistic. They're caricatures made up out of thin air by people who grew up in gated communities and attended private schools, and have never been around the real deal.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:59 PM   #34
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But Trotti did so something in the screenplay for Yellow Sky that was pretty cheesy. The scene where the gang goes into the saloon and ogles the painting of a woman behind the bar was lifted from the screenplay of The Ox-Bow Incident, which Trotti had written five years earlier.

Come to think of it though, since William Wellman directed both movies, it's possible that he inserted that scene into Yellow Sky.

BTW, Harry Morgan appeared in both movies.

And I'm posting a link to The Ox-Bow Incident in the Videos forum.

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Old 01-15-2019, 01:14 AM   #35
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Katherine Schwarzenegger might be a nice woman. And she looks fine. But if I were going out with her, every time I looked at her I'd see Arnold, get queasy in the stomach and think, "No, no, no!"

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Old 02-07-2019, 11:21 PM   #36
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I'm not a fan of the Cos, but why are they putting someone who's that old and famous in with the general population? It sounds like they're trying to get him attacked.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebri...TD0?li=BBnb7Kz
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Old 02-28-2019, 01:58 AM   #37
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This will tell you everything you need to know about Hollywood.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/fox...al_taboolafeed
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:16 AM   #38
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He's trying to keep his club exclusive by erecting a barrier to entry. But sooner or later, technology usually finds a way to knock those barriers down.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...ix-from-oscars
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:22 AM   #39
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^I don't know that I'd say I'm on Spielberg's side, but I get it and I don't think it's particularly about making a buck for him (he doesn't really have to worry about that) so much as protecting an art form in the way he believes it's meant to be. On his side is the fact that direct-to-video and TV broadcast were never considered legitimate media for AMPAS (as far as I know). If they are excluded, why wouldn't streaming be?
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^I don't know that I'd say I'm on Spielberg's side, but I get it and I don't think it's particularly about making a buck for him (he doesn't really have to worry about that) so much as protecting an art form in the way he believes it's meant to be. On his side is the fact that direct-to-video and TV broadcast were never considered legitimate media for AMPAS (as far as I know). If they are excluded, why wouldn't streaming be?
If he had gotten ahead of the curve on streaming, I don't think he would be saying this. And I would never say that a rich person isn't motivated by the lure of getting more money. Warren Buffett is rich beyond imagining at 88, but he still works every minute trying to get more. In this capitalist world that's seen as a great virtue, but in a non-capitalist would it would be seen as a mental illness.

But I think mainly Spielberg doesn't want any competition for winning Oscars. Television and direct to video have never been of the quality to win Oscars, but streaming is.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:07 PM   #41
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Unbelievable.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...last-two-years
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I'm not a fan of the Cos, but why are they putting someone who's that old and famous in with the general population? It sounds like they're trying to get him attacked.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebri...TD0?li=BBnb7Kz
Those dudes probably idolize Cos. But that shows you some people's mentality.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:12 PM   #43
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In the old days, just being a big donor through perfectly legal channels would get your kid admitted to whatever school you wanted. They'd make sure he graduated too. That's how Dubya and Ted Kennedy got degrees from Harvard. It seems the bar has been raised.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...g-plot-n982136

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Old 03-12-2019, 07:26 PM   #44
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This is what I was talking about. It's been going on since at least the 1930s, when Joseph P. Kennedy's oldest children graduated from high school, and probably much longer than that.

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/...312-story.html
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:30 PM   #45
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Check out this list.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/12/a-sl...ting-scam.html
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With treatment they got her up to a level where she could dance around and lip synch in Las Vegas, but she hasn't been right for at least 12 years.

https://www.tmz.com/2019/04/03/britn...polar-illness/
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She's so rich and so disturbed that she shouldn't perform any more. But she's a cash cow for too many people, so they'll keep pushing her out onto the stage.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...215725697.html
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The people who have been shouting "Free Britney!" don't know what they're talking about and need to STFU. Bipolar disorder is devastating. Two of my relatives have it, and one has had to be involuntarily committed three times.

https://www.tmz.com/2019/04/22/britn...ster-day-pass/

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I can't stand Arnold, but when credit is due, it should be given. He has taken exemplary care of Joseph for Joseph's entire life.

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