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Old July 18 2013, 01:59 PM   #631
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

So, who watched Dr. Lao last night?

I DVR'd it months ago, but never got around to watching it since at that time DirecTV only provided a "standard resolution" signal. Not terribly long after recording it, we got a high-def feed, so I opted to wait until TCM played it again.

Oh, I've seen the movie, but that was years ago on commercial sponsored television (likely TBS) and it was "pan and scan". What I saw last night was probably the closest to a theater presentation without actually going to a movie house.

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Old July 18 2013, 10:45 PM   #632
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I saw it a few months ago, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I also read the book around the same time.
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Old July 19 2013, 04:28 AM   #633
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I watched it last time they aired it too, and never having seen much about it other than the title I found it diverting... an odd mixture of adult and child themes with some interesting performances by Tony, and watching Barbara Eden is always a pleasure.
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Old July 19 2013, 09:22 AM   #634
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Yeah, I love both Tony Randall and Barbara Eden.
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Old July 19 2013, 04:30 PM   #635
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I've actually been listening to the soundtrack album a lot recently.
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Old August 31 2013, 04:47 PM   #636
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

The September schedule has some weekly themes, including a Hitchcock marathon every Sunday starting at 10 AM and a "Future Shock!" spotlight on dystopian SF films. I won't list the Hitchcock films unless they have an SF/fantasy element, which pretty much reduces it to The Birds.

SUN 9/1
6:00 AM: Tarzan the Ape Man (1932): The original Weissmuller film!
8:00 AM: The Land That Time Forgot ('75)
5:45 PM: The Birds ('63)

MON 9/2
11:15 PM: A Trip to the Moon (1902): George Melies!

TUE 9/3
4:15 PM: Around the World in 80 Days ('56): The David Niven version.

WED 9/4
5:15 AM: The Phantom Carriage ('22): Silent supernatural-ish Swedish film.
5:46 PM: The King of the Duplicators ('68): Documentary short about makeup artist William Tuttle. Might have some bits about his SF work.

FRI 9/6
8:00 PM: Metropolis ('27): The Fritz Lang classic. TCM says it's 149 minutes, which suggests it's the 2010 restoration, the most complete version to date.
10:45 PM: Things to Come: The movie H.G. Wells wrote!

SAT 9/7
12:30 AM: Escape from New York ('81)
2:15 AM: Brazil ('85): Apparently the 132-minute US cut, not Gilliam's definitive cut.
4:50 AM: On Location With Westworld ('73): Behind-the-scenes promotional short.
9:00 AM: Battle in Outer Space ('60): Aka The Great Space War, a Japanese SF film from the makers of Godzilla.

SUN 9/8
2:00 AM: The Awful Dr. Orloff ('64): Spanish horror film.
3:30 AM: Bride of Frankenstein ('35)

TUE 9/10
9:15 PM: The Thief of Bagdad ('24)

WED 9/11
7:30 AM: Vampyr ('32)
8:45 AM: Brigadoon ('54): I guess this counts as fantasy.
1:00 PM: Finian's Rainbow ('68): Leprechaun musical.
3:30 PM: Tom Thumb ('58): George Pal film.
5:30 PM: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ('68)

FRI 9/13
8:00 PM: Soylent Green ('73)
9:45 PM: Minority Report (2002): Yes, TCM is showing a 21st-century movie!

SAT 9/14
12:15 AM: Logan's Run ('76)
2:30 AM: Mad Max ('79)
9:30 AM: The Night the World Exploded ('57): Seismological disaster movie!

SUN 9/15
8:00 AM: King Kong ('33)

TUE 9/17
3:30 AM: Metropolis again

THU 9/19
8:00 PM: Bell, Book and Candle ('58)

FRI 9/20
6:30 AM: Topper ('37)
8:00 PM: La Jetee ('62): The basis for 12 Monkeys.
8:45 PM: Rollerball ('75)
11:00 PM: A.I. (2001): Yep, another post-2000 Spielberg film.

SAT 9/21
1:45 AM: Total Recall ('90)
3:45 AM: The Satan Bug ('65): Ooh, with Anne Francis!
6:00 AM: First Men in the Moon ('64): H.G. Wells adaptation.
7:45 AM: The Man Who Could Work Miracles ('36): Another Wells adaptation, with Ralph Richardson.
9:15 AM: Valley of the Dragons ('61): Loose adaptation of Jules Verne's Off on a Comet, recycling dinosaur footage from One Million B.C. ('40).

TUE 9/24
12:45 AM: Frankenstein ('31): Why not show this back-to-back with Bride?
5:30 AM: The Adventures of Prince Achmed ('27): Interesting -- a "silhouette film" based on the Arabian Nights, which may have been the first animated feature film.

FRI 9/27
8:00 PM: The Time Machine ('60)
10:00 PM: World Without End ('55): Astronauts fall through a time warp and find post-apocalyptic mutants! Sounds like a cross between The Time Machine and Planet of the Apes, and actually co-stars TTM's Rod Taylor. Should be an interesting companion piece.
11:30 PM: The Omega Man ('71): The Charlton Heston version of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.

SAT 9/28
1:30 AM: A Boy and His Dog ('74): Film version of Harlan Ellison's post-apocalyptic tale.
9:30 AM: Creature With the Atom Brain ('55): Atomic Nazi zombies!!!

Wow, that's a pretty full month.
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Old August 31 2013, 05:51 PM   #637
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9:30 AM: Creature With the Atom Brain ('55): Atomic Nazi zombies!!!
LOL....Oh my. Wish TCM were part of my cable package tier.

Let's hope Syfy doesn't see that one...They'd probably throw in a shark for good measure.
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Old August 31 2013, 06:01 PM   #638
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Wow, kick-ass month. I wonder how the print of Total Recall will be because the Blu-Ray leaves a lot to be desired. I'm hoping TCM HD has acquired a nice copy.

Minority Report is over ten years old now, man, time flies.
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Old August 31 2013, 06:34 PM   #639
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Wow, kick-ass month. I wonder how the print of Total Recall will be because the Blu-Ray leaves a lot to be desired. I'm hoping TCM HD has acquired a nice copy.
The new Blu-Ray of the film has a superlative restoration on it (and a nice interview with Paul Verhoeven). Hopefully, that's the source they use. I think it's called the Mind-Bending Edition.

The older Blu-Ray, however, looks terrible (the DVD doesn't look great, either).
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Old August 31 2013, 07:36 PM   #640
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Didn't realize there was a new Blu for TR, might have to check for that...

EDIT: Just for shits and giggles...
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Old September 1 2013, 09:48 AM   #641
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

That's a great month. There's actually a bunch of stuff that I haven't seen, including a couple of interesting-looking silent films. I've seen The Adventures of Prince Achmed before, and it's a pretty amazing format-- unfortunately it's a bit much for a movie. It would work better for a short film.
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Old September 1 2013, 03:43 PM   #642
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Still haven't seen The Omega Man, so I'll have to catch that.

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Wow, kick-ass month.
Yeah, I'm surprised to see a number of "recent" movies on there.

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Minority Report is over ten years old now, man, time flies.
Wow, can't believe it. Feels more like 5 years or so.
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Old September 1 2013, 09:10 PM   #643
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I just finished Tarzan the Ape Man. It's basically 100 minutes of casual racism, cruelty to animals, and Stockholm syndrome, but aside from that it's a very well-made film for 1932. There are some really impressive special effects, particularly in the cliff sequence, and some pretty big action sequences. I like how Jane is written and acted in the first act; it was amusing how she said she was done with civilization and intended to be a savage now (foreshadowing?), but then had six huge steamer trunks of belongings carried in (not so much). Basically the Mrs. Howell school of roughing it, I guess. She managed to be both vacuous and strong-willed at the same time, although that characterization was somewhat undermined in retrospect by the fact that Jane didn't really change at all by the end of the movie. What I'd thought was a nice bit of character acting from Maureen O'Sullivan was, I guess, pretty much the only mode she had, aside from scared and screaming.

I know I saw this movie several times when I was young, but I'm not sure if I recognized that the male lead was a young Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton). He made a pretty good leading man in his prime. But his character -- hoo boy. They kept showing him brutally whipping the African servants to force their compliance, and for a few minutes I allowed myself to hope that they were setting him up as the villain and he'd get his comeuppance; but no, he's actually meant to be a hero. At least he offered a token "Poor devil" for the bearer that fell off the cliff, but only after he and Jane's father addressed their primary concern, the lost supplies. Man, we were a sick and twisted civilization not that long ago at all.
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Old September 1 2013, 09:51 PM   #644
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I just finished Tarzan the Ape Man. It's basically 100 minutes of casual racism, cruelty to animals, and Stockholm syndrome, but aside from that it's a very well-made film for 1932.
High praise!

Pretty expected for 1932, though. Probably more interesting than any Tarzan films that came later, on account of being a pre-code movie.
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Old September 1 2013, 11:57 PM   #645
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For pre-code movies, the sequel to Tarzan the Ape Man is really interesting. Jane's swimming scenes!
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