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by Mister Tee
Fri May 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: R.I.P. Herman Wouk
Replies: 1
Views: 46

R.I.P. Herman Wouk

He was more a pulp/popular writer than any kind of artist, but I loved The Caine Mutiny when I read it as a high-school freshman, and I later devoured Marjorie Morningstar, Don't Stop the Carnival, and Youngblood Hawke (the latter ended the romance for me). Never read or watched The Winds of War, bu...
by Mister Tee
Fri May 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Birch Bayh
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: R.I.P. Birch Bayh

If you mean no one responded to this -- the reason I didn't is, I read about it two months ago. I liked Birch Bayh a lot. In fact, he was my early rooting interest for the 1976 presidential nomination. Unhappily, by the time I got to vote (actually, months before that) he'd been kicked aside. I neve...
by Mister Tee
Tue May 14, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Doris Day
Replies: 11
Views: 244

Re: R.I.P. Doris Day

So, I've been pondering what to write about Doris Day, and -- hear me out on this -- I thought about Norma Shearer. When Shearer died, in 1983, I knew who she was (because, Oscars), but most of my friends, even regular filmgoers, had never heard of her. Shearer, whatever Thalberg jokes we make about...
by Mister Tee
Sun May 12, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 274

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

Dixon saw the original Ku Klux Klan as saviors of the South but denounced the second iteration of the Klan that arose in response to the film. Is there some universe in which this is supposed to make me feel better about the guy? A lot of disparate issues are floating around this thread by now, but...
by Mister Tee
Sat May 11, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent

He wrote the kind of down-the-middle, intelligently moving dramas that most studios wouldn't think of making today. Not an experimenter, but a fine practitioner of pure craft -- like a less glib William Goldman. The Hellmann/Julia cafe encounter, Pookie Adams' desperate phone call, Trixie Delight's ...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2019 Tony Nominations
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: 2019 Tony Nominations

I don't recognise the names of at least 90% of the actors in the four supporting categories. Well, featured actress/play doesn't deserve that kind of dismissal. Ruth Wilson has been everywhere in recent years, notably in Luther and The Affair; Fionnula Flangan should be familiar from The Others and...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2019 Tony Nominations
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: 2019 Tony Nominations

Thoughts on first glance: The Ferryman is a wonderful play -- best thing I've seen in several years -- and should be a easy winner for play and director. (Mendes' non-Broadway production of The Lehman Trilogy will provide extra credit points.) The nominating committee evidently decided Network and T...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2019 Tony Nominations
Replies: 5
Views: 146

2019 Tony Nominations

This place is slipping. All these hours later, and no one's posted these. Best Play Choir Boy The Ferryman Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Ink What the Constitution Means to Me Best Musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations Beetlejuice Hadestown The Prom Tootsie Best Revival...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 41032

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Song of the South hasn't been available for years -- I know from a long period of trying to rent/buy a copy. I finally was able to see it in pieces on YouTube sometime in the past 2-3 years; people periodically post it there, and it stays up till Disney catches it and has it removed. Mister Tee, Wa...
by Mister Tee
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 41032

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Song of the South hasn't been available for years -- I know from a long period of trying to rent/buy a copy. I finally was able to see it in pieces on YouTube sometime in the past 2-3 years; people periodically post it there, and it stays up till Disney catches it and has it removed. It's not exactl...
by Mister Tee
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 423

Re: Best Supporting Actor 2018

Those linked pieces illustrate pretty clearly the limitations of screen-time in determining lead/support. Randy Quaid has more screen-time in The Last Detail than Pacino does in The Godfather, but you'd have to have a head full of gumballs to consider Quaid a lead. In fact, I'd say he and Kim Hunter...
by Mister Tee
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: New Developments III
Replies: 2134
Views: 92289

Re: New Developments III

Posted on Twitter as the Notre Dame horror unfolds:

"Watching helplessly as something beautiful burns is 2019 in a nutshell"
by Mister Tee
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Bibi Andersson
Replies: 0
Views: 110

R.I.P. Bibi Andersson

Delivered one of the great monologues in cinema history. And so much more.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/movi ... -dead.html
by Mister Tee
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1965
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Best Cinematography 1965

Since I'm the purist who wants to have full exposure to nominees before voting, I've fallen way behind -- so far I pretty much despair of ever catching up at this one-a-week rate. But, my little bit to contribute to one year I have managed to completely cover: As I noted when we started the 60s, the...
by Mister Tee
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: Glenda Jackson back on Broadway as "King Lear"
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Glenda Jackson back on Broadway as "King Lear"

Wow. King Lear as Shakespeare's worst play? Even as a contrarian take, I find that really challenging. The Armond White "I can out-contrary anyone" approach. "You know what band sucks? The Beatles!" "Citizen Kane is a top ten worst movie of all time" "FDR? Terribl...

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