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by benwhowell
May 18th, 2007, 2:05 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: movie music
Replies: 14
Views: 3316

This reminds me of the pairing of (screenwriter) Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and the De Laurentiis family on three campy remakes in the late '70's-"Hurricane," "King Kong" and "Flash Gordon." The movies may have been "turkeys," but the scores were great! Nino Rota did "Hurricane." John Barry did "King Kong....
by benwhowell
May 18th, 2007, 12:41 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Favorite or least favorite TV Cop Show
Replies: 31
Views: 7269

"Barney Miller" and "Reno 911!"
A "private detective" show that I miss is "Cannon" with William Conrad.
by benwhowell
May 18th, 2007, 12:33 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: TCM Underground: Yea or Nay? Maybe It Depends
Replies: 40
Views: 11310

Holy Blood

Rusty, "Santa Sangre" is like "Freaks" and "The Greatest Show On Earth" meets Fellini and Dario Argento. (It was even produced by Dario's brother, Claudio.) The story (set in a circus) is more "coherent" than other Jodorowsky films, but equally surreal and filled with religious symbolism and practic...
by benwhowell
May 17th, 2007, 2:46 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: The Sci-Fi Seventies, Let Your Imaginnation Run Wild
Replies: 8
Views: 3093

It has a great score from Bernard Herrmann and the performances from Oskar Werner and Julie Christie are top notch. Not to hi-jack the thread, but I'm looking forward to seeing Julie Christie in "Away From Her" as a woman ravaged by Alzheimer's. She was also great in "Demon Seed-"which brings us bac...
by benwhowell
May 17th, 2007, 1:51 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: The Sci-Fi Seventies, Let Your Imaginnation Run Wild
Replies: 8
Views: 3093

"The Man Who Fell To Earth" is one of my favorite films (from any genre.) David Bowie was perfect for the lead and does an amazing job. A great companion piece for this film is Bowie's album, "The Man Who Sold The World." Nicolas Roeg did the cinematography for a brilliant '60's science fiction film...
by benwhowell
May 17th, 2007, 12:31 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Guest Programmer Contest
Replies: 27
Views: 6972

Very detailed and creative, Kyle, and just esoteric enough...aren't bartenders notorious for "teasing." You really should get this on video and submit it. You have a bar, right? Maybe you could persuade Lynn to helm this project. She's quite skilled at these camera pov shots and a terrific editor. A...
by benwhowell
May 16th, 2007, 1:17 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Orson Welles films, et.al.
Replies: 20
Views: 4416

"Confidential Report"

I do agree that "Citizen Kane" is an important movie, but my favorites are "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "Touch Of Evil." I can understand Anne including "The Third Man" as a Welles directed movie. It feels like one. The guest programmer (David Thompson) said that "Mr. Arkadin" was "Welles' comic ...
by benwhowell
May 16th, 2007, 12:17 pm
Forum: Musicals
Topic: Another Stageshow, Another Feature Film
Replies: 52
Views: 15999

I'm jealous too, Marco! There was talk of a movie version of the musical with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange attached(?) It was scheduled to be filmed in the summer of 2006(?) That was before "Grey Gardens" went to Broadway...from Off Broadway. It's kinda strange that the fabulous "home movies" of...
by benwhowell
May 14th, 2007, 12:04 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Scorsese & De Niro
Replies: 9
Views: 2214

I see that Scorsese has not cast "Silence-"scheduled to shoot this summer in Canada. Maybe he'll team up De Niro with his current "golden boy," DiCaprio. They worked well together in "This Boy's Life." Three of my favorite Scorsese movies that are somewhat over-looked are "Alice Doesn't Live Here An...
by benwhowell
May 12th, 2007, 1:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Honoring Mother's Day: Favorite film and TV mothers
Replies: 14
Views: 2985

Word to the mothers...

I hope all you mothers have a fabulous Mother's Day!
Later, Ben...
by benwhowell
May 12th, 2007, 12:49 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Favorite or Least Favorite TV Commercial
Replies: 3
Views: 1502

You deserve a break today...

John Amos' big break!
by benwhowell
May 12th, 2007, 12:41 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Mel Brooks
Replies: 12
Views: 3636

"May the schwartz be with you."

Another Mel Brooks fan here! I love "Spaceballs" too and the "remake" of "To Be Or Not To Be" (with Brooks as producer/actor.)
He also brought us other great (non-comedic) movies (as executive producer)-"The Elephant Man" and "Frances."
by benwhowell
May 11th, 2007, 1:08 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Curtis Harrington RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 1757

Curtis Harrington is another one of my favorite filmmakers. He began making films as a teenager and later attended UCLA. I would love to see his first (short) film from 1946, "Fragment Of Seeking-"about a young man exploring his sexuality. I've never been unsatisfied with his psychological thrillers...
by benwhowell
May 10th, 2007, 3:07 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: TCM Underground: Yea or Nay? Maybe It Depends
Replies: 40
Views: 11310

Thanks for posting that great video, Dewey! I always thought Weird Al was quite clever...and omnipresent. A couple of other movies to add to my "underground" essentials are "Door-To-Door Maniac" with Johnny Cash and "Bill And Coo" (1948)-which won an honorary Oscar...In which artistry and patience b...
by benwhowell
May 10th, 2007, 2:13 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Damsels in Distress
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

It'll Blow Your Nose!

All those "damsel in distress" movies involving the telephone are fun... "Dial M For Murder" "Sorry, Wrong Number" "Midnight Lace" "Wait Until Dark" Three of my favorite movies with female characters in "danger" are Roman Polanksi's "Repulsion" (with a wonderful performance from Catherine Deneuve as...