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by MichiganJ
June 22nd, 2008, 6:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 201534

Growing up, Sunday mornings at 11:30 meant only one thing....An Abbott and Costello movie on channel 11! Here are some of the tunes that helped make these films wonderful. Andrew Sister’s in Buck Privates introducing that Boogie Woogie Bugler: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wiVkdVPGoY[/you...
by MichiganJ
June 22nd, 2008, 6:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 502579

They actually have remade Casablanca a couple of times, at least in spirit. Havana, with Robert Redford and Barb Wire, a “futuristic” version staring Pamela Anderson in the Bogart role! Not to be missed... (I kid....)
by MichiganJ
June 22nd, 2008, 6:35 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 309175

Yes, that's the one. It does start very slowly, and if you've seen old video versions, the aspect ratio may not be correct, so you may have missed much of the picture. Trust me, Tati does take his time, but the overall effect is well worth the investment. At the very least, fast forward to the resta...
by MichiganJ
June 21st, 2008, 4:57 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 309175

I know technically this isn’t where this should be posted but I just saw Jacques Tati’s masterpiece Playtime for the first time, and it is one of the funniest “silent” films I’ve ever seen. Essentially a number of set-pieces (or shorts, even) the film is linked by Tati’s Monsieur Hulot wandering thr...
by MichiganJ
June 19th, 2008, 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 201534

Thought I'd toss in a few tunes written by the "Quiet" Beatle: Badge (co-written with Mr. Clapton, of course) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFPbadhmeOM[/youtube] Sour Milk Sea (Jackie Lomax) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goAysx5Zwp8[/youtube] If Not For You (George and ...
by MichiganJ
June 19th, 2008, 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little help with Catherine Deneuve
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Chris, I was also interested in this set and found this review of it on DVDtalk http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/33614/catherine-deneuve-5-film-collection/?___rd=1 Since I have most of the Deneuve films available (here in the US), I still may nibble. But I must admit, they don't sound all that great. ...
by MichiganJ
June 18th, 2008, 3:31 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 309175

A thoroughly enjoyable “winking” homage to the Western, Ruth Ann Baldwin’s 49-17 (an abysmal name) succeeds because none of the characters know they are in a parody. Filled with all of the requisite Western characters and situations, Baldwin has her actors play everything relatively straight, which ...
by MichiganJ
June 17th, 2008, 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I don't know how to say this...
Replies: 26
Views: 3460

Hollis,
Although I’m relatively new to the board our paths have crossed a few times. You even reminded me of some bands I had, indeed, forgotten (I’m listening to Naked Aggression’s Bitter Youth as I write).

Visit when you can. And a profound thanks for your service.

Kevin
by MichiganJ
June 17th, 2008, 9:36 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 309175

Continuing my survey into the works of early women filmmakers, I watched Alice Guy-Blaché’s The Ocean Waif . A poor young woman flees from her brutal step-father, taking refuge in an abandoned mansion. Coincidentally, a rich author, with his nebbish valet, searches for a secluded property to write h...
by MichiganJ
June 16th, 2008, 6:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 201534

Woke up this morning with this playing in my head. Not a bad way to wake up, I know, but it won't stop. I thought I'd pass it along for everyone to enjoy....

Gloria Jones/Tainted Love

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U[/youtube][/youtube]
by MichiganJ
June 15th, 2008, 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: True or False? Just a theory...
Replies: 46
Views: 4531

Arguing who was first in punk is like arguing who was the first in heavy metal ( The Kinks ? All Day and All of the Night rocks pretty heavy for 1964). Sure the New York Dolls were first, and their influence was felt for sometime (although their reunion album leaves much to be desired). But I had th...
by MichiganJ
June 14th, 2008, 1:49 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 309175

The first time I saw Passion was on a video tape I bought from a company that prided themselves on their Silent film presentations, saying they were all presented with “acuview” or some such nonsense. Anyway, gullible me, I purchased the tape (along with a few others) and put it in as soon as it arr...
by MichiganJ
June 14th, 2008, 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 201534

For Tim Russert, one of the most insightful and least pretentious newsmen out there.

Steely Dan: I Got the News (from the album Aja, of course)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXUmVgbb_bo[/youtube]
by MichiganJ
June 13th, 2008, 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: True or False? Just a theory...
Replies: 46
Views: 4531

Does Rock ‘n Roll High School count in this thread for great contemporary soundtracks? (l suppose it could be considered a musical.) Dazed and Confused . Another great soundtrack to a great movie. I rather liked Juno and Crash was okay (I assume you are not referring to the Cronenberg film, which wa...
by MichiganJ
June 13th, 2008, 8:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: DEWEY'S RECORD PARTY!
Replies: 3199
Views: 201534

Okay, you are all in for a treat. Over in the Desert Island Discs thread I listed as one of my must have albums the debut on Columbia Records from The Laughing Dogs. They were the opening act for the first concert I ever saw, and youtube just happens to have a clip from that actual show! Enjoy! [you...

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