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Off-Topic Discussion / Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 04, 2020, 02:43:33 PM »

The hysteria seems way worse than the virus !

6 people in New York state are infected- 5 of them live in DJ's own Westchester County. And others there are under quarantine. There likely will be more cases there announced shortly.

Off-Topic Discussion / Repeat Performance (1947)
« on: January 14, 2020, 09:20:21 PM »
Repeat Performance (1947)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

Off-Topic Discussion / Cash on Demand (1962)
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:05:23 AM »

Cash on Demand (1962)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

Off-Topic Discussion / Hollywood Business News
« on: December 22, 2019, 10:31:35 AM »
ViacomCBS is buying a 49% stake in Miramax for $375 million

I've posted here and there different bits of Hollywood business news, and I figure it would be a good idea to have a thread for this. Note: Any news about movie-viewing formats, like discs and streaming, etc., should be in this thread ) The present thread is only for business news that does not directly discuss implications on viewing formats

Off-Topic Discussion / 2020 Awards Season (for 2019 movies)
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:04:07 AM »
Golden Globe nominations are out

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“1917” (Universal)
“Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“The Two Popes” (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Knives Out” (Lionsgate)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Rocketman” (Paramount)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated

“Frozen 2” (Disney)
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)
“The Lion King” (Disney)
“Missing Link” (United Artists Releasing)
“Toy Story 4” (Disney)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“The Farewell” (A24)
“Les Misérables” (Amazon)
“Pain and Glory” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Parasite” (Neon)
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
Annette Bening (“The Report”)
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)
Thomas Newman (“1917”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)

Best Television Series – Drama

“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
“Succession” (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Barry” (HBO)
“Fleabag” (Amazon)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“The Politician” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Catch-22″ (Hulu)
“Chernobyl” (HBO)
“Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
“Unbelievable” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Off-Topic Discussion / This Gun for Hire (1942)
« on: October 19, 2019, 11:42:47 PM »

This Gun for Hire (1942)

previous post from Film Noir Discussion Thread:

cigar joe: This Gun For Hire (1942) Directed by Frank Tuttle, with Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd. This one was hit & miss, the two opening sequences with hit man Alan Ladd (in his debut) are excellent the boarding house intro & his first hit (you won't recognize him at first), it goes down from there, Veronica Lake provides the love interest (I don't quite get the big attraction with Lake, maybe its just me but but I'd rather bend Marie Windsor, Gloria Graham, Jean Peters, Jane Greer, or Rita Hayworth over the table in any order first before her, lol ), and over the top heavy Laird Cregar as sleazy chemical plant owner by day/night club owner by night is entertaining. Robert Preston seems to be phoning it in and the patriotic anti Jap War theme comes off very dated & heavy handed nowadays.  6.5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / The Woman on the Beach (1947)
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:41:38 AM »

The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

Off-Topic Discussion / Clash by Night (1952)
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:32:55 AM »

Clash by Night (1952)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

One of the rare movies generally considered noir which has no crime

Off-Topic Discussion / Nocturne (1946)
« on: October 07, 2019, 12:23:58 AM »

Nocturne (1946)

crappy movie, just as you'd expect from George Raft

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

Off-Topic Discussion / The Harder They Fall (1956)
« on: October 07, 2019, 12:11:27 AM »
The Harder They Fall (1956)

my previous post on this movie:

just saw The Harder They Fall (1956), Bogie's last movie. also with Rod Steiger and Jan Sterling, and with real-life heavyweight champions Jersey Joe Walcott and Max Baer. A very good movie 8.5/10.

The movie is loosely based on the life of Primo Carnera, whom some Italian mafia guys plucked out of a circus and built him up as a boxing sensation, rumored to have largely been accomplished by fixing fights in his favor.


But when he finally reached the heavyweight championship, that couldn't be fixed, and he got beaten. The man who beat him was.... Max Baer, who plays the same role in the movie.

(In real life, Baer subsequently lost his belt to James J. Braddock, subject of the movie “Cinderella Man.”)

btw, Baer in real life killed a man in the ring. Baer was a good man, and this incident haunted him terribly for the rest of his life. I am really surprised he agreed to make a movie which involves a man dying in the ring - not only that, but Baer's character actually boasts about it and tries to make sure he gets the "credit" for it. Anyway, it was cool to see Baer and Walcott.
Walcott in real life had lost a championship bout to Joe Louis, in one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history - watch this video at 8:30 as the crowd boos the decision

Off-Topic Discussion / Kansas City Confidential (1952)
« on: July 25, 2019, 11:29:24 PM »
Kansas City Confidential (1952)

plot synopsis and cast, courtesy of imdb

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

John Payne    ...    Joe Rolfe
Coleen Gray    ...    Helen Foster
Preston Foster    ...    Tim Foster
Neville Brand    ...    Boyd Kane
Lee Van Cleef    ...    Tony Romano
Jack Elam    ...    Pete Harris
Dona Drake    ...    Teresa
Mario Siletti    ...    Tomaso
Howard Negley    ...    Andrews
Carleton Young    ...    Martin
Don Orlando    ...    Diaz
Ted Ryan    ...    Morelli


previous post on this movie from Film Noir Discussion Thread

titoli: Kansas City Confidential (1952) I heard about this movie the first time about 30 years ago when I read Jack Shadoian's book on gangster films. He was rather enthusiastic about it. I am not. This is a rather contrived plotline which steps often into absurdity. The major absurdity is that hardened hoodlums may accept the proposition of doing a heist wirhout knowing each other and, even more absurd, that they (without knowing who the main plotter of the whole coup may be) accept to split the booty at a later time without any assurance that, as it would be only natural, the one keeping the loot may very well vanish into thin air. Then there's the whole middle part in the mexican resort which is just too long and helps not the plot to advance. Still I give it 7\10 because I like Payne and the three western stalwarts (not because they deliver great performances but just because they are given ample screen time).     

Off-Topic Discussion / Thieves' Highway (1949)
« on: July 25, 2019, 11:21:10 PM »
Thieves' Highway (1949)

plot synopsis and cast, courtesy of IMDB

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

Richard Conte    ...    Nick Garcos
Valentina Cortese    ...    Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)
Lee J. Cobb    ...    Mike Figlia
Barbara Lawrence    ...    Polly Faber
Jack Oakie    ...    Slob
Millard Mitchell    ...    Ed Kinney
Joseph Pevney    ...    Pete
Morris Carnovsky    ...    Yanko Garcos
Tamara Shayne    ...    Parthena Garcos
Kasia Orzazewski    ...    Mrs. Polansky, the Apple Farmer's Wife
Norbert Schiller    ...    Mr. Polansky, the Apple Farmer
Hope Emerson    ...    Midge, a buyer

past posts from Film Noir Discussion Thread

titoli: Thieves Market - Interesting and unusual plot. The main dish of the movie is sexy Valentina Cortese, in spite of her terrible hair-do which cannot hide her being miscast: in spite of that, no surprise Conte (very good in this movie) leaves insipid Barbara Lawrence for her. Cobb does his homework. 7\10


dave jenkins: I think the U.S. title is Thieves Highway. I dislike Valentina Cortese (Mrs. Richard Baseheart at one point) and am more than a little annoyed that Barbara Lawrence was given such an unsympathetic part. Even with the awful personality transplant, I'd still take Barbara over Valentina any evening.


titoli: Yeah, but it's the night I was referring to.


cigar joe: Thieves Highway 1949 dir. by Jules Dassin with Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell , Joseph Pevney, and Ed Kinney, an excellent noir about the fruit market  business in California, with Richard Conte actually playing the good guy for once, wasn't quite convinced about Cortese playing a hooker or Cobb an Italian, lol, but a very nice Criterion release 8/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" (2020?)
« on: July 04, 2019, 12:59:22 PM »

"American security guard Richard Jewell heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist."

As I've mentioned previously, though American Sniper was a terrific movie (too bad, n_l), Eastwood's other recent forays into the "true story" or "hero story" have not gone as well. Sully and The 15:17 to Paris were crappy. The Mule was nothing special.

Problem with those three films is that Eastwood takes a small true story, what could be a decent 30-minute film, and stretches it out to a full feature film. So there's lots of crap in there.

Here he is going for another real-life hero story (A Man With a Real Name  ;) ) and I have no expectation that it will be any better than the others.

Off-Topic Discussion / Nora Prentiss (1947)
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:05:38 PM »
Nora Prentiss (1947)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

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