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by ChiO
January 8th, 2008, 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 239358

And to close my listening day, my three favorite, make-the-hairs-on-the-back-of-my-neck-stand-up, soul performances: "Tonight we'll meet/At the Dark End of the Street " -- James Carr [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X_BiZBCgH4[/youtube] And its deconstruction by Clarence Carter -- ...
by ChiO
January 8th, 2008, 8:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 239358

I haven't gone through all of these hip, hep, and cool pages, so if these faves are repeats...well, just listen again. "What makes your big head so hard?" -- Louis Jordan: Caldonia [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-7tE07qms[/youtube] Someone may have been D.O.A., but not Illinois ...
by ChiO
January 8th, 2008, 8:03 am
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Charles Burnett Night
Replies: 3
Views: 1181

Charles Burnett Night

On Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21), TCM is showing two features and three shorts by Charles Burnett. Killer of Sheep (1977) @ 8:00pm (EST) The Horse (1973) @ 9:40pm My Brother's Wedding (1983) @ 10:00pm When It Rains (1995) @ 11:30pm Several Friends (1969) @ 12:00am Since seeing Killer of Sheep at ...
by ChiO
January 6th, 2008, 7:45 am
Forum: Classic Film Literature
Topic: Score!
Replies: 9
Views: 13711

I had a similar moment a couple of months ago -- spending a hour in the musty store, finding nothing of interest, while leaving I glance at the as-of-yet-unpriced new arrivals, and there it was... Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die (Nevins), and in beautiful condition. When I asked abou...
by ChiO
January 4th, 2008, 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Top Ten 2007
Replies: 13
Views: 2282

As a general proposition, I focus far more on directors than "stars", but Johnny Depp 's talent frightens me. He may go down has one of the greatest stars and actors in history. To top it off, he isn't bad looking. How else would the CARRIBEAN franchise be tolerable? And having just seen S...
by ChiO
January 4th, 2008, 11:30 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Finest Noir Director
Replies: 22
Views: 6582

Sorry for dredging up an old thread, but cut the newbie some slack.... Siodmak is wonderful, Wilder superb. Preminger is great. Lang has quantity and quality. Welles...well, my favorite director, period. But this thread cannot die without a mention of Anthony Mann . STRANGE IMPERSONATION (1946) T-ME...
by ChiO
January 4th, 2008, 10:59 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Favorite Noir
Replies: 20
Views: 4336

Thank you for the gracious welcome, Moiria and Dewey. Always happy to watch and read about film noir . Joseph H. Lewis is an interesting problem for auteurists -- the films are distinctive, but I have some difficulty comparing SECRETS OF A CO-ED with TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN . There probably is a comm...
by ChiO
January 3rd, 2008, 4:13 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Favorite Noir
Replies: 20
Views: 4336

My favorite has become Gun Crazy , which I watched five times in December and probably another five times earlier in the year. In some respects, it seems odd to like it so much in that some of the typical film noir elements are missing or relatively minor. Most of the action occurs during the day. I...
by ChiO
January 3rd, 2008, 12:23 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Choose the Best Movie of All Time: Results
Replies: 23
Views: 28753

Each poster has made excellent points in favor of his or her choice. Unfortunately, if I had been a member when this started, one of the movies would never have received a vote from me and I would have stopped voting for the other around Round 3 -- though I certainly understand why most people love ...
by ChiO
January 3rd, 2008, 11:55 am
Forum: Comedies
Topic: Three Greatest American Talkie comedies
Replies: 46
Views: 11402

My favorite comedy -- American, talking, or otherwise -- is easily Duck Soup.

Number 2 is easy, too -- Dr. Strangelove.

Maybe laughing about war is cathartic for me. Must be some Baby Boomer/Cold War syndrome.

After that, it depends on the day -- so today it's The Plot Against Harry.
by ChiO
January 3rd, 2008, 11:18 am
Forum: The Essentials
Topic: Citizen Kane
Replies: 75
Views: 55487

I am always hesitant to say a film is "the best" because it assumes that (a) I have seen far more films than I have, and (b) I have taste and good judgment. That caveat aside, Citizen Kane is my favorite film and has been for 40 years (maybe I saw it in utero ). The older I get and the mor...