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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 20, 2014, 11:00:18 PM
You must be forgetting the cops in the Bugsy scene.

2  General Information / General Discussion / Re: John Wayne on: June 30, 2014, 12:15:58 PM
The souvenir book was square and not so little, about as big as a PC screen. But I was very young then so I may be wrong about size.

Standard 8.5 x 11 magazine size.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: 50 Years on: May 23, 2014, 04:28:14 PM
The one that actually started it all, at the Museum of Modern Art this holiday weekend.


Yojimbo

1961. Japan. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. With Tosihro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa, Takashi Shimura. Kurosawa’s return to the samurai drama is perhaps his most explicit homage to John Ford, John Wayne (through Mifune’s anti-heroic hero), and the Western. (Coincidentally, we are also screening the Ford/Wayne classic The Searchers on September 11.) Kurosawa’s film was remade by Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars, which essentially launched the career of Clint Eastwood. Cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu, Floating Weeds) figures prominently in our forthcoming exhibition The Aesthetics of Shadow. In Japanese; English subtitles. 110 min.

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1


4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Free Tour Of A Restored Movie Palace on: May 23, 2014, 05:52:55 AM
Lowes Triborough was one of my local theaters, it had a similar interior though it looked like you were outside an Italianate courtyard at night & all the alcoves in the buildings were filed with statuary. The Triborough didn't have a chandelier (I suspect that neither did the Valencia - that must be a church addition). As you waited for the feature to start the theater auditorium would gradually darken, as at twilight, and the vaulted ceiling was filled with twinkling lights that looked like stars. It was a show in itself.


The Valencia apparently had the same setup, with the illusion of a night sky.  I can't remember if I posted the link to the full photographic tour, when I first read about this beauty, so here's the link, plus a look at the lobby. 

http://www.scoutingny.com/the-queens-movie-theater-you-will-not-believe/

5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Naked City (1948) on: May 23, 2014, 05:42:46 AM
Here's how the bridge looked in the winter of '70-'71, c/o The French Connection.








The photos are from a piece on the scouting location site, Scouting-NY, that showed the film's scenes then and now.

http://www.scoutingny.com/french-connection-filming-locations/

Just below where the cars are in the second picture was a turnaround mechanism for trolleys or early subway lines.  The space, long unused, may be reconfigured as a kind of park space, an underground version of Chelsea's High Line.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Free Tour Of A Restored Movie Palace on: May 22, 2014, 08:15:30 AM
This Saturday, another free tour of a restored movie palace in Jamaica, Queens: the Valencia.  The tour is given by the church which took over the space and restored it to its former glory.

http://www.scoutingny.com/take-a-rare-tour-of-the-incredible-valencia-movie-palace-this-saturday/


7  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone at Barclay's Center, NYC on: May 19, 2014, 05:32:51 PM
I don't know how the refund policy plays out, but as of now, Ticketmaster has moved the show to the "Past Events" category, yet still seems to be offering tickets for sale.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone at Barclay's Center, NYC on: May 19, 2014, 05:23:17 PM
The Ennio Morricone show scheduled for June 13 at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center has been cancelled due to health issues.

Morricone has been in recovery since March, when he suffered a back injury that forced the postponement of this concert from March to June. He was expected to make a fast recovery, however his doctors have now found further complications.

All online and phone credit card orders will be automatically refunded. Remaining refunds will be available at point of purchase.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you at a future event at Barclays Center.

Sincerely,

Barclays Center
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone at Barclay's Center, NYC on: March 13, 2014, 07:11:45 PM
Superstitious, no. Sad, yes.
I am probably still gonna go. After waiting all this time, waiting another 3 months now will be hard. But hey, I've waited a few years already, so..... I am actually surprised that an 85-year-old that just had surgery is confident enough to re-schedule a concert 3 months from now, but I'm not a doctor......
So, does anyone here - besides me, DJ, and SeanSeanSean - have tickets for this concert?



I do.  And as disappointing as the postponement is, it works for me because I have something else to go to that night of great personal importance and was very conflicted about having to make a choice.

As always, the man's health is what matters most, and I only wish the best for him, of course.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone at Barclay's Center, NYC on: March 12, 2014, 08:56:19 AM
Attention ticket holder!

We just learned that your upcoming event has been rescheduled:

Ennio Morricone
Barclays Center – Cushman & Wakefield Theater
Sunday, March 23rd at 7PM  New date: Friday, June 13th at 7PM

Dear Valued Fan,
The Ennio Morricone show scheduled for March 23rd at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at the Barclays Center has been postponed until Friday, June 13th, due to a back injury the artist recently suffered.
 
Maestro Morricone has undergone an operation to repair a slipped disc, and his doctor has advised him not to travel long distances in the immediate future to ensure a full recovery.
 
Your original tickets are still good and we look forward to seeing you there - enjoy the event!

Need a refund? We'll refund your order, including fees (except UPS and InStore Pick Up, if applicable). Just hit reply to this email by May 1st, 4PM, include the last four digits of the credit card used for purchase, the order number, and the name on the account, and we'll take care of it for you!  We'll refund your order immediately, but please note that it can take about 7 – 10 business days to post to your account.
If you received tickets via our Ticket Transfer program and can no longer attend the event, you have two options: use our Ticket Transfer program to either return the tickets to the person who sent them to you or send them to a friend who can go to the event!
 
If you sent tickets to someone via our Ticket Transfer program and there is an offer (refund, exchange, etc…) listed above that you’d like to take advantage of, you must work with the current ticket holder to have the tickets transferred back to you first.  Once all tickets are back in your account, please contact us by the deadline (if there is one listed in this notification) so we can process your request.

Questions? Just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!
Thanks for being a fan!

Ticketmaster Fan Support
 
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 06, 2014, 09:29:01 PM
I love the casts in both films. I think you're nuts.

Thanks for confirming that Queens locations were filmed for Serpico. I thought it likely but I couldn't tell for sure. It's fun to play I Know Where That Is while watching the movie. I'm pretty sure I spotted a location in Williamsburg in one shot, near where Sergio later filmed. I'll certainly be returning to Serpico to play the Locations Game in the future.


The scene where Pacino, on an elevated subway platform, spots a guy breaking into a place and gives chase, was shot at the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. station, the last stop of the N and Q lines.  This is the same neighborhood where the scenes with the young Henry Hill in Goodfellas were done.  Two years ago, they tore down the building which housed the pizzeria he worked in with Tuddy; I almost cried.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread) on: February 06, 2014, 02:50:14 AM
This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV event in US history, with 111.5 million viewers. 4 of the past 5 Super Bowls have broken the record for having the most TV viewers in US history http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2014-ratings-set-new-record/


Most watched in sheer numbers, but not quite as big a percentage as the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  The Super Bowl hit a bit over 35% of the current population, the Fab Four came closer to 39%.  There'll be plenty about this all week, of course, as we reach the 50th anniversary of the original moptops broadcast.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jeopardy (1953) on: November 27, 2013, 03:58:20 AM
just saw the movie, it is incredible. As to DJ's comment about it being the best 69-minute feature he knows: the only possible competition I can think of are some of the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott Westerns, which are all similar running times, but that's it.


Some contenders:
James Whale's Frankenstein: 70 minutes.
The Marx Bros.' Duck Soup: 69 minutes.
W.C. Fields' It's A Gift: 68 minutes.
Buster Keaton's The Cameraman: 68 minutes.
Charlie Chaplin's The Kid: 68 minutes.
Robert Wiene's The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari: 67 minutes.
Tod Browning's Freaks: 64 minutes.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone at Barclay's Center, NYC on: October 21, 2013, 04:08:17 PM
It's set, Morricone will be playing the Cushman Wakefield Theater at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on ..........

March 23, 2014

Tickets will go on sale on October 25th.

http://www.enniomorricone-usa-2014.com/index.php?p=Home&l=en



Internet pre-sale is Wednesday, 10:00 AM, EDT.  AMEX card holders can get in, and I'm assuming there's a pre-sale code available somewhere, maybe his site; I'll post it when I find it.
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Angel Face (1952) on: October 01, 2013, 12:33:45 PM
Man, I thought you were talking about this.

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