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by benwhowell
February 28th, 2008, 8:31 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1540
Views: 195287

Awhile back I read this intriguing novel from Phillip Wylie. I can't recall the title...it was an old paperback that fell apart as I read it and (sad to say) could not be saved. The timeframe is WWII. A young woman is waiting for her husband to return from war. She waits in an oceanside house (windo...
by benwhowell
February 28th, 2008, 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Early Exploitation
Replies: 14
Views: 2525

Early Exploitation

I recently picked up a DVD box set from Mill Creek Entertainment called "Cult Classics-"at Big Lots for $6. It includes 20 of Hollywood's salacious curiosities from the '30's/'40's...all public domain, needless to say. Boy, did I get my money's worth!! So far, I've spent time with "The Cocaine Fiend...
by benwhowell
February 28th, 2008, 2:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 423
Views: 91329

Thanks for reminding me to pick that one up, Dewey. I should really start writing lists...my "mental notes" just don't work as well as they used to. I LOVE Shelby Lynne...still playing her "I Am Shelby Lynne" album. I remember how "confused" she looked at the Grammys for winning a Best New Artist aw...
by benwhowell
February 28th, 2008, 2:19 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: The 80th Academy Awards
Replies: 31
Views: 4670

Just say no...

Hey, CP...I haven't seen "Juno" I get the impression it was last year's "Little Miss Sunshine." I love those contemporary slices of Americana...for the masses...with an indie edge. Reminds me of way back in the '80's when some of my fave directors/writers were turning out these types of movies left ...
by benwhowell
February 27th, 2008, 3:37 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: The 80th Academy Awards
Replies: 31
Views: 4670

Annual Hollywood shindig

I've always been a big fan of The Oscars. Several years ago I even took a (solo) vacation to Hollywood (from Memphis) during The Oscar weekend. It was the year "Platoon" won. I stayed at the Hollywood Holiday Inn (Hollywood Blvd/Franklin) and had to drive downtown to The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion a...
by benwhowell
February 27th, 2008, 2:25 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Dewey
Replies: 25
Views: 8256

Late again...

Dewey, I'll bet your wingding was way more happening than that annual Hollywood shindig!
Many happy returns, amigo!!
by benwhowell
February 16th, 2008, 2:13 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: How many never-watched-before films do you see on TCM?
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Movies 101

TCM has always been a treasure trove for me. In my youth, I spent more time reading about movies than actually seeing them..."classics-"wise. It's the exact oposite now. It is a treat to have them playing on my TV...24/7. "Discovering" gems is the most fun. I also love reading the opening credits-to...
by benwhowell
February 15th, 2008, 5:35 pm
Forum: Comedies
Topic: "Shut up and deal."
Replies: 7
Views: 2998

I love that story, Mike! :lol:
All is well, Lynn. Did SueSue tell you about my new job? There's a great documentary just waiting to be captured on film...a la John Ford. Anxious to pitch it to you. Call me.
BTW-What do you think of "The Apartment?"
by benwhowell
February 14th, 2008, 7:02 pm
Forum: Comedies
Topic: "Shut up and deal."
Replies: 7
Views: 2998

"Shut up and deal."

The sub-heading for this forum is "Isn't Romantic Comedy Redundant?" It's Valentine's Day and the movie I chose to watch is one that fills that prescription...with a terrific dose of bitter cynicism. Billy Wilder's "The Apartment." I haven't met a Wilder movie that isn't in my fave top fifty. I'm no...
by benwhowell
February 14th, 2008, 2:22 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Thank our Lucky Stars!
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

"All I really need is the girl..."

Don't forget about Gavin Macleod singing and dancing in "Gypsy."
by benwhowell
February 9th, 2008, 9:52 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: No, I didn't find it impressive in 1968!
Replies: 12
Views: 2320

I saw it (for the first time) on a big screen-in the '80's at The Orpheum in Memphis, TN-and was blown away...without firing up a joint. :wink: I later bought a (used) VHS copy and watch it when I'm in the mood for a ponderous, gravity-defying "opus." Kubrick, IMHO, is a master at making the mundane...
by benwhowell
February 6th, 2008, 2:47 pm
Forum: Dramas
Topic: All That Heaven Allows
Replies: 11
Views: 3369

Imitation of life...

I couldn't agree more, Ann Harding. "Far From Heaven" is a brilliant homage to Sirk. I also believe that Sirk (and Ross Hunter, for that matter) would have dealt with those taboo subjects if the '50's studio had allowed them to. I'd like to add that the performances in "Far From Heaven-"from the ent...
by benwhowell
February 1st, 2008, 4:54 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Alton Brown tonight
Replies: 25
Views: 4570

The awful truth...

If I were ever fortunate enough to be chosen as a guest programmer-I would choose two films from the '60's. It was an explosive (and "exposed") decade of movies...filled with classics from seasoned veterans as well as raw, experimental material from new talent weened on '40's/'50's studio "comfort f...
by benwhowell
January 22nd, 2008, 9:18 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Love with the Proper Stranger: on TCM!
Replies: 18
Views: 3061

Bells and banjos

I'd forgotten that Natalie worked (in the pet department!) at Macy's. I'm sure that must have been an intentional nod to "Miracle On 34TH Street?" That brought back memories of hanging out in the pet department at Woolworth's. I really enjoyed the whole theme of "introducing" us to this couple durin...
by benwhowell
January 22nd, 2008, 8:49 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Killer of Sheep (1977)
Replies: 9
Views: 3223

"I have a dream..."

Thanks, Mr. Ark, for your review of "Killer Of Sheep-"and for including those great photos. I taped the movie and I'm looking forward to watching it tonight. (Love the new avatar!) ChiO-Terrific list of fave directors...I'm in complete agreement with your statement about their work standing out with...