The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:23 pm

I tried to post about this earlier and got a new sort of You Cannot Post Now message (not 403; something else, just as annoying).

So, briefly: for those trying to prepare for future screenplay votes, TCM -- as part of a set of Richard Attenborough-featured movies tonight-into-tomorrow -- will be showing The Angry Silence, a 1960 original screenplay nominee, at 1:15AM ET. It's a deadly serious study of a labor ostracism -- the darker version of much the same plot used in Peter Sellers' I'm All Right, Jack.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:19 am

Another helpful hint for those involved in the screenplay voting, this one fairly imminent: this Wednesday 6:30 AM ET, TCM is showing Alain Resnais' Mon Oncle D'Amerique, a notable nominee for best original screenplay in 1980, which we'll be dealing with shortly.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:16 pm

Again, to assist those wanting to honestly play along in the screenplay categories: this Friday at 8:45 AM ET, TCM is showing Smart Money, a nominee in 1930-31 (with the distinction, I believe, of featuring the only on-screen teaming of the two prominent Warner Brothers gangsters, Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney).

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:54 pm

But Tee said relatively obscure.
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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Big Magilla » Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:37 pm

I wouldn't call The Prizefighter and the Lady obscure. It's on DVD and turns up TCM every now and then. Myrna Loy and Max Baer are terrific in this pre-code gem which is much better than the title would seem to indicate.

It has a great screenplay by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan, which was not nominated for an Oscar. Frances Marion was nominated for her original story, which they adapted.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:36 pm

For those who like to plan ahead:

Tonight at 11:45 ET. TCM is showing the relatively obscure The Prizefighter and the Lady -- which, when we get to 1933 (about a year from now, I guess), will feature in the original screenplay competition.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:04 pm

TCM has a couple of, if not uncatchable, fairly rarely screened items coming in the next 48 hours or so.

Overnight -- 3:30-5:30 AM EDT -- is the Cocteau/Melville collaboration Les Enfants Terribles, which I coincidentally just watched through Netflix about a month or so ago. Well recommended.

Monday evening through overnight is a slew of notable silents, some of which people may not yet have seen: Pickford's Poor Little Rich Girl, Clara Bow's reputation-making It, Glorya Swanson's first Oscar nomination Sadie Thompson (I'll be interested to see how restored the final reel is; the version I saw was stills for the last half-hour), a Pola Negri film I've never heard of called The Wildcat, and the legendary Pandora's Box, Way Down East, and King Vidor's Show People.

It's not often you get a chance for a free look at such famous titles.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby dws1982 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:12 pm

TCM shows Bob Rafelson's Mountains of the Moon at midnight tonight. This is a longtime favorite of mine. There's an old DVD of it, but it isn't very good quality. They may show an HD master tonight. Damien was a big fan as well.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:53 pm

Khartoum contains one of Olivier's best performances. The screenplay may not have been all that great, but 1966 was a weak year for original screenplays besides which Robert Ardrey, whose screenplays included those for such 1940s classics as The Green Years, The Secret Garden andMadame Bovary, may have been considered due by his writers' branch fellows.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Greg » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:17 pm

I have not seen Khartoum, but something odd came across to me when I scanned its entry on IMDB. It is a costume epic that got its one Oscar nomination for its screenplay, without picking up any tech nominations.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:44 pm

Hardly priority, but a heads-up for those who'd like to honest-vote in future screenplay years: TCM tonight at 8PM EDT is showing Khartoum, an original screenplay nominee in 1966.

I saw the film in a theatre back then, and have approximately zero recollection of it. It's in that Sweeping Historical Epic genre for which I have little love, but it's directed by the estimable Basil Dearden, so maybe it's a decent specimen.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby The Original BJ » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:08 am

The Sniper is available on Netflix.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:41 pm

Two not-often-showns on TCM this week:

Tuesday night, 11:45 PM ET is Hester Street, with its Carol Kane best actress nomination.

Thursday early evening, 6:15 PM, is 1952's The Sniper, which people might want to track down, since it figures in the screenplay race for that year.

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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby ksrymy » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:11 pm

Joan Fontaine's elusive The Constant Nymph airs tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT.
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Re: The VCR/DVR Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:45 am

Wow, that really is one of the rare nominees I've been looking for. Thanks for the heads-up.
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