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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2020)

The 2019-20 TV season has hit the winter midway point, so here’s our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers more than 200 broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through March 31 and includes shows that were on hiatus and some one-off specials such as awards shows.

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   1. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: January 01, 2020 at 02:54 AM (#5912089)
It seems Hugh Downs is being given short shrift.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: January 01, 2020 at 10:05 AM (#5912099)
Any predictions for the state of pop culture in the next decade? How will we consume movies and television shows in 2029? Will there even be a recognizable difference between a movie and a television show?
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 01, 2020 at 11:16 AM (#5912108)
Any predictions for the state of pop culture in the next decade?
Music: bad.
   4. Greg K Posted: January 01, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5912117)
Maybe it's a product of watching videos over my girlfriend's shoulder, but Jeffree Star is bewildering enough for an old man like me to believe it's the future of entertainment.

Though I guess all that stuff is really just Kardashian style reality TV on youtube, which isn't very new at all.
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: January 01, 2020 at 01:14 PM (#5912137)
I can see VR going mainstream, and people consuming larger amounts of content as they become increasingly connected.
   6. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: January 01, 2020 at 02:38 PM (#5912155)
Speaking of, I received a PSVR and 'Moss' during the holidays, and the effect is pretty startling (in a good way). Anyone who's previously steered away from VR due to concerns about nausea would probably get on fine with 'Moss', which so far is much more like a series of static tableaus around which the player gently leans than some kind of thrill-ride. The game itself is basically a platformer, but with a 'Wind in the Willows'-style charm to it.
   7. chisoxcollector Posted: January 01, 2020 at 10:06 PM (#5912236)
So I've been working on the outline for my 2020 Blindspotting project. A few actors are set in stone, while a few are still up for debate. I'm not necessarily going by the noteworthiness of the actor, but the actors that have the most "important" or "famous" movies that I've never seen. I'll start with the actors that I'm definitely including in the project. The films with an asterisk are set in stone.

January - Bette Davis (Sadly I've only ever seen Dark Victory and Petrified Forest)
- *All About Eve
- *Now, Voyager
- *Jezebel
- The Letter
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

February - James Stewart (I've seen Vertigo, Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, The Philadelphia Story, and The Man Who Knew Too Much)
- *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- *The Shop Around the Corner
- *Rope
- Anatomy of a Murder
- Harvey

March - John Wayne (Believe it or not, I've never seen a single John Wayne movie)
- *The Searchers
- Stagecoach
- Red River
- Rio Bravo
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

April - Audrey Hepburn (I've only seen Charade and Always)
- *Breakfast at Tiffany's
- *My Fair Lady
- *Roman Holiday
- Funny Face
- Wait Until Dark

May - William Holden (I've seen Network and Sabrina. The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed under June's actor, though it could be moved here)
- *The Wild Bunch
- *Sunset Boulevard
- Stalag 17
- Born Yesterday
- The Towering Inferno

June - Alec Guinness (I've only see him in Star Wars)
- *Lawrence of Arabia (I know, I know)
- *Doctor Zhivago
- *The Bridge on the River Kwai
- Kind Hearts and Coronets
- The Ladykillers

For the next six months, I'm debating the following actors for sure, and I'm open to suggestions)

Kirk Douglas (I've seen Ace in the Hole, Paths of Glory, and Out of the Past)
- The Bad and the Beautiful
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Spartacus
- Seven Days in May
- The Fury

Elizabeth Taylor (I've seen none of her films)
- A Place in the Sun
- Giant
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Butterfield 8 (or maybe Cleopatra)

Marilyn Monroe (I've seen Some Like It Hot and Monkey Business)
- The Asphalt Jungle
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- How to Marry a Millionaire
- The Seven Year Itch
- The Misfits

Burt Lancaster (I've seen From Here to Eternity and Field of Dreams)
- Sweet Smell of Success
- The Killers
- The Judgment at Nuremburg
- Local Hero
- The Swimmer (or maybe The Leopard)

Spencer Tracy (Nada)
- Inherit the Wind
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
- Bad Day at Black Rock
- Adam's Rib

Orson Welles (I've seen Citizen Kane)
- Touch of Evil
- The Magnificent Ambersons
- The Lady From Shanghai
- Chimes at Midnight
- F For Fake

Steve McQueen (I've seen The Great Escape and Papillon)
- Bullitt
- The Magnificent Seven
- The Thomas Crown Affair
- The Getaway
- The Blob

Charlton Heston (I've seen Planet of the Apes and a bunch of 90s films)
- Ben Hur
- The Ten Commandments
- The Greatest Show on Earth
- Soylent Green
- The Omega Man

Sorry for the crazy long post! What do you guys think?
   8. mathesond Posted: January 02, 2020 at 09:10 AM (#5912280)
It's more of a Robert Mitchum vehicle, but Kirk Douglas is great in Out Of the Past.
   9. ckash Posted: January 02, 2020 at 09:26 AM (#5912288)
May I recommend “The Quiet Man” to replace one of Wayne’s westerns? It’s lovely and although he’s still JOHN WAYNE in it, it is a departure stylistically.
And for McQueen, consider “Le Mans”, which was a passion project for him.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2020 at 10:24 AM (#5912301)
Henry Fonda has a large and quite varied filmography, featuring lots of stone cold classics. Max Von Sydow. Ingrid Bergman .

If it were me, I would add an non-English actor. Jean Gabin, for example, was in several classics of pre-war French cinema, and then had a roaring comeback a couple of decades later, and has a very diverse filmography, from the artsy-fartsy to shameless genre work and many points in between.
   11. chisoxcollector Posted: January 02, 2020 at 11:27 AM (#5912314)
It's more of a Robert Mitchum vehicle, but Kirk Douglas is great in Out Of the Past.

I have seen, and loved, Out of the Past.

May I recommend “The Quiet Man” to replace one of Wayne’s westerns? It’s lovely and although he’s still JOHN WAYNE in it, it is a departure stylistically.
And for McQueen, consider “Le Mans”, which was a passion project for him.

Which western would you replace? The Searchers is the one that I'm dead set on, but I'm open to suggestions otherwise.

As for McQueen, would you swap out The Getaway or The Blob for Le Mans?

Henry Fonda has a large and quite varied filmography, featuring lots of stone cold classics. Max Von Sydow. Ingrid Bergman .

If it were me, I would add an non-English actor. Jean Gabin, for example, was in several classics of pre-war French cinema, and then had a roaring comeback a couple of decades later, and has a very diverse filmography, from the artsy-fartsy to shameless genre work and many points in between.

I initially expected Henry Fonda to be part of this project. But I've already seen 5 of his bigger films (12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, My Darling Clementine, The Wrong Man, The Ox-Bow Incident), and will be seeing Jezebel as part of the Bette Davis group.

As for Max Von Sydow, I don't think I could handle watching 5 Ingmar Bergman films in a single month, lol. I do have the newly released Criterion Collection box set, which contains 39 Bergman films. I definitely plan on at least watching The Seventh Seal soon, outside of this project.

Ingrid Bergman is probably my favorite classic actress, and I have seen many of her bigger films already.

Jean Gabin doesn't really fit the parameters of this project, but I would definitely like to get a taste of his work. Would you recommend starting with La Grand Illusion?
   12. Hot Wheeling American Posted: January 02, 2020 at 11:34 AM (#5912318)
What about Michael Rapaport?
   13. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2020 at 11:36 AM (#5912319)
As for Max Von Sydow, I don't think I could handle watching 5 Ingmar Bergman films in a single month, lol.


Me neither! But he shows up all over the place, usually as a supporting actor, sometimes very memorably, as in Hannah and Her Sisters. I guess it's not really the spirit of the project to watch a bunch of films where he's barely present but at least it would give you a ton of very diverse flicks to pick from.

Would you recommend starting with La Grand Illusion?


I myself have only seen two of his films, La Grand Illusion (in a film class nearly 20 years ago) and Touchez Pas au Grisbi. He's just the type of guy I'd consider if I were doing the project myself - cuts a wide swath through the history of a very significant non-Hollywood tradition.
   14. Harlond Posted: January 02, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5912328)
I watched The Quiet Man not long ago because I remembered how much I liked it the first time. But the ending is really jarring to me now.

Also, this is a great idea.
   15. RJ in TO Posted: January 02, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5912332)
If you're looking for a non-English actor, I'd recommend Michel Simon, whose inclusion would allow you to watch a wide assortment of classics from the first half of the 20th century.
   16. ckash Posted: January 02, 2020 at 12:32 PM (#5912334)
For Max Von Sydow watch Flash Gordon. yes it’s B grade cheesiness bordering on ( or maybe reveling in ) trashiness, but he’s clearly having a ball playing Ming the Merciless. Also BRIAN BLESED doing BRIAN BLESSED things!
   17. Greg Pope Posted: January 02, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5912335)
I can see VR going mainstream, and people consuming larger amounts of content as they become increasingly connected.

It's an interesting question. Almost exactly a decade ago, you would have thought that 3D was going to be huge. every high end TV had it. Then it completely fizzled out. Was it just that the tech wasn't good enough? Or people don't really want to go through the effort of wearing the glasses.

Will the Google glass concept make a comeback? It's something that I would have expected to be huge. But it bombed. Can that be fixed? If so, then a Google glass with VR built in would seem like it would be what you describe. But I'm not sure what the actual failure was.
   18. RJ in TO Posted: January 02, 2020 at 12:42 PM (#5912337)
For Max Von Sydow watch Flash Gordon. yes it’s B grade cheesiness bordering on ( or maybe reveling in ) trashiness, but he’s clearly having a ball playing Ming the Merciless. Also BRIAN BLESED doing BRIAN BLESSED things!
It is very clearly reveling in trashiness, and it is wonderful.
   19. jmurph Posted: January 02, 2020 at 01:00 PM (#5912343)
It's an interesting question. Almost exactly a decade ago, you would have thought that 3D was going to be huge. every high end TV had it. Then it completely fizzled out.

One of the few recent times I've been pleasantly surprised by mainstream pop culture consumers, am very glad that was collectively rejected.
   20. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2020 at 01:06 PM (#5912346)
One of the few recent times I've been pleasantly surprised by mainstream pop culture consumers, am very glad that was collectively rejected.

The wholesale rejection of Google Glasses was similarly heartening.
   21. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 02, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5912353)
(or maybe The Leopard)
To me, The Leopard is one of the (small number) best literary adaptations ever. To me, it would make a whole month of Lancaster movies worthwhile. Not that the rest of the month would be wasted. You could also watch 1900 if you want to see Burt in another Italian language historical epic, though in a small role. It's a reasonably solid movie.
   22. SandyRiver Posted: January 02, 2020 at 01:46 PM (#5912370)
I initially expected Henry Fonda to be part of this project. But I've already seen 5 of his bigger films (12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, My Darling Clementine, The Wrong Man, The Ox-Bow Incident), and will be seeing Jezebel as part of the Bette Davis group.

"Sometimes a Great Notion" is more a Paul Newman vehicle (and should he be in the mix?) but I enjoyed Fonda's role in one of my favorite flics.
   23. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: January 02, 2020 at 01:53 PM (#5912375)
I initially expected Henry Fonda to be part of this project. But I've already seen 5 of his bigger films (12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, My Darling Clementine, The Wrong Man, The Ox-Bow Incident


The Grapes of Wrath is one of my all-time favorites, FWIW.
   24. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:14 PM (#5912381)
Almost exactly a decade ago, you would have thought that 3D was going to be huge. every high end TV had it. Then it completely fizzled out. Was it just that the tech wasn't good enough? Or people don't really want to go through the effort of wearing the glasses.


It was the glasses. If you want to invite a bunch of people over to watch a movie, you don't want to have to shell out $$ so everyone can watch the cool new TV the way it was meant. If you didn't have the glasses on, the 3D TV was completely unwatchable. Resolution advances (SD to HD to 4K to 8K) are visible to everyone.

VRTV (if they try that) is going to have the same issue as 3DTV, so I think it is going to be limited to video games or single-person viewing experiences (porn).
   25. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5912383)
So ... for June ... Alec Guinness ... Doctor Zhivago ... I've seen it once (big screen, even) ... and have mostly forgotten it (though it really does have SO many elements that should knock it out of the park for me) ... but I honestly forgot that Alec was even in it ... so I looked it up (and then him) and came across this in his wiki entry:

Other notable film roles of this period included The Swan (1956) with Grace Kelly, in her second-to-last film role; The Horse's Mouth (1958) in which Guinness played the part of drunken painter Gulley Jimson, and for which he also wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award; the lead in Carol Reed's Our Man in Havana (1959); Marcus Aurelius in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964); The Quiller Memorandum (1966); Marley's Ghost in Scrooge (1970); Charles I in Cromwell (1970); Pope Innocent III in Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972); and the title role in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), which he considered his best film performance, though critics disagreed.[24]


I've never seen it, but now I want to.
   26. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:32 PM (#5912389)
Actually ... I think I want to see most, if not all, of those ...
   27. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:37 PM (#5912390)
I've got a thing for Swords & Sandals epics, and I've never seen The Fall of the Roman Empire, which was directed by Anthony Mann, who did several superb Westerns with James Stewart.

The film was a financial failure at the box-office. Despite this, it is considered unusually intelligent and thoughtful for a film of the contemporary sword and sandal genre and also enjoys a 100% "Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[2] It features the largest outdoor film set in the history of film, a 92,000 m2 replica of the Roman Forum.

Gotta see it!
   28. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5912393)
He was also the original director of Spartacus (1960), but was fired early in production by producer-star Kirk Douglas and replaced with Stanley Kubrick, having shot a handful of scenes.
   29. ckash Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:51 PM (#5912397)
For Wayne I’d swap out Red River. And For McQueen The Blob.
   30. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 02, 2020 at 03:09 PM (#5912406)
What about Michael Rapaport?


I cannot stand Rapaport. Just so incredibly one-dimensional. It really bums me out when he is cast in anything.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: January 02, 2020 at 03:22 PM (#5912412)
Speaking of getting bummed out, I just watched the trailer for Uncut Gems, and a surprise cameo by Mike Francessa and his terrifying fake teeth may have ruined the film for me.
   32. Scott Lange Posted: January 02, 2020 at 03:46 PM (#5912423)
I've never used Letterboxd. Does it have a recommendation engine? Like, once I rate a bunch of movies, will it look at how people with similar taste feel about other movies and suggest ones I "should" like? I'd love it if that existed, paired with an accurate list of what's available on which streaming service.
   33. Hot Wheeling American Posted: January 02, 2020 at 04:03 PM (#5912432)
Speaking of getting bummed out, I just watched the trailer for Uncut Gems, and a surprise cameo by Mike Francessa and his terrifying fake teeth may have ruined the film for me.

I forgot he was in it and yelped when I saw his name in the opening credits. Two scenes and at the risk of spoilers, in one of them he's yelling at someone in a restaurant kitchen about caesar salad ingredients .
   34. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: January 02, 2020 at 05:47 PM (#5912471)
Any predictions for the state of pop culture in the next decade?

Music: bad.


Just like the 90s, 00s and 10s. (Source: born in 1965.)
   35. Greg K Posted: January 02, 2020 at 10:00 PM (#5912530)
I wouldn't say Michael Rappaport is what makes it fun to watch, but "Beautiful Girls" is on my frequent re-watch list.
   36. chisoxcollector Posted: January 02, 2020 at 10:45 PM (#5912540)
Started my 2020 project with a Bette Davis double feature with the wife today. We watched All About Eve and The Letter. All about Eve was every bit as good as I had heard. The performances were excellent across the board. The Letter was pretty good, though it clearly suffered due to having to adhere to the Hays Code.
   37. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 03, 2020 at 12:25 AM (#5912555)
Advisory: Transfer "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" from John Wayne to James Stewart. Bump any of the twee "Harvey," the inert "Rope" or the Important And Daring Film "Anatomy of a Murder," all of which are okay but none of which are unmissable. Fill the gap on Wayne's list with "The Quiet Man," which genuinely gives blarney and misogyny a good name. Do NOT replace "Red River"! It's ridiculous that your Wayne movie list is superior to your Stewart list, but then, you've already blown through four of Stewart's A+ movies plus a good one.

Don't you dare schedule an Orson Welles marathon without "The Third Man."

Charlton Heston's acting makes John Wayne's look like Joaquin Phoenix. And most of his movies are as loud and dumb as he is. You were lucky enough not to live through his stardom. Take the lucky break.

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" smells, and Spencer Tracy was sick and dying. That knowledge adds poignant weight to one particular speech, but doesn't help the other 99% of the film. "Fury" is pretty intense for its time. "Boys Town" or "The Power and the Glory" or another of the Tracy-Hepburn comedies would also be preferable.

Have you done Jack Lemmon, or James Mason, or William Powell?

How about Carole Lombard? Claudette Colbert? Jean Arthur? Katherine Hepburn? Myrna Loy? Barbara Stanwyck?

Boy, I'd be a happy person if I could watch "The Shop Around the Corner," "The Searchers," "Red River," "Sunset Blvd," "The Sweet Smell of Success," "All About Eve" and some others for the first time again.
   38. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:02 AM (#5912557)
I'd happily watch Stalag 17 again. My Dad (a Vet) used to watch that during Christmas time, I didn't really appreciate it until I was an adult. Pretty funny too.

I'm about to make my kids watch Mad, mad, mad world., not now, but soon. Such an ensemble. "We fell into yellow" (Sid Cesar) one of my favorite lines of all time in cinema. Tracy is alright, as about the only straight (not crazy) character in the movie.
   39. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 03, 2020 at 03:26 AM (#5912561)
Ernie Kovacs was supposed to be one of the main characters in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," but died in a car crash 3 months before filming began. Many other comedians declined secondary roles or cameos: among others, these absentees included Stan Laurel, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Harold Lloyd, Bud Abbott, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Ed Wynn, Judy Holliday, Joe Besser, and Jackie Mason. Judy Garland was cast, but had to back out due to a production conflict on her TV show. Peter Sellers would have been cast, but wanted more money.

There are so many comedians in the film that several famous comic duos never intersect onscreen. Those breakups include Phil Silvers and Paul Ford, Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner, Jack Benny and Rochester, and two of the Bowery Boys.

It was the last-ever movie for Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Zasu Pitts, and "King Kong" animator Willis O'Brien. Apparently more than three-quarters of all the stuntmen then in Hollywood worked on the film.
   40. BrianBrianson Posted: January 03, 2020 at 03:41 AM (#5912563)
Any predictions for the state of pop culture in the next decade? How will we consume movies and television shows in 2029? Will there even be a recognizable difference between a movie and a television show?


Okay, hot take. The profusion of proprietary netflix-like services will cause them all to falter, and we'll go back to broadcasting that's 100% advertising supported as the only sustainable approach. Already I'm hearing that people are being forced back to pirating because so much is being hidden again.

(I, of course, would never pirate an episode of Discovery's `Extinct or Alive?' rather than pay the €10 to watch it legally, just to satisfy my curiosity as to why the hell he'd go looking for Great Auks).
   41. chisoxcollector Posted: January 03, 2020 at 07:41 AM (#5912568)
Advisory: Transfer "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" from John Wayne to James Stewart. Bump any of the twee "Harvey," the inert "Rope" or the Important And Daring Film "Anatomy of a Murder," all of which are okay but none of which are unmissable. Fill the gap on Wayne's list with "The Quiet Man," which genuinely gives blarney and misogyny a good name. Do NOT replace "Red River"! It's ridiculous that your Wayne movie list is superior to your Stewart list, but then, you've already blown through four of Stewart's A+ movies plus a good one.

Don't you dare schedule an Orson Welles marathon without "The Third Man."

Charlton Heston's acting makes John Wayne's look like Joaquin Phoenix. And most of his movies are as loud and dumb as he is. You were lucky enough not to live through his stardom. Take the lucky break.

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" smells, and Spencer Tracy was sick and dying. That knowledge adds poignant weight to one particular speech, but doesn't help the other 99% of the film. "Fury" is pretty intense for its time. "Boys Town" or "The Power and the Glory" or another of the Tracy-Hepburn comedies would also be preferable.

Have you done Jack Lemmon, or James Mason, or William Powell?

How about Carole Lombard? Claudette Colbert? Jean Arthur? Katherine Hepburn? Myrna Loy? Barbara Stanwyck?

Boy, I'd be a happy person if I could watch "The Shop Around the Corner," "The Searchers," "Red River," "Sunset Blvd," "The Sweet Smell of Success," "All About Eve" and some others for the first time again.

Thanks for all of the recommendations!

I will take your Wayne/Stewart advice. Three people now have mentioned The Quiet Man, so I would be remiss if I didn't heed the recommendations. I'd like to keep Rope, as it's one of the few Hitchcock films I haven't seen. I've never seen a single Otto Preminger film, so I'll keep Anatomy of a Murder. Harvey, I hardly knew ye!

I somehow neglected to mention that I have seen, and loved, The Third Man!

I will remove Charlton Heston from consideration. Ben Hur was the main reason I was considering adding him. I'll just watch that at some point and ignore the rest for now.

Spencer Tracy is another one I'm on the fence about adding. If I do, I'll definitely consider replacing Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The main reason I included it was it's inclusion in the book "Pictures at a Revolution".

I've looked at all of the other names you mentioned. Some definitely merit consideration. One I hadn't really considered that might work is James Mason. I could slide 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (which I've always wanted to see) over from Kirk Douglas, and do that along with Lolita, A Star is Born, Bigger Than Life, and Odd Man Out.

Jean Arthur is another possibility I hadn't considered. I could move Mr. Smith Goes to Washington over from Jimmy Stewart, and add Shane, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and maybe A Foreign Affair.

I had excluded Katharine Hepburn simply because I'm not crazy about her. But she does have some big films I've never seen, including a few of my remaining Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart blindspots, Bringing Up Baby (which I started once but got annoyed), Holiday and African Queen. I may have to include her.

It's becoming clear that this phase of the project will have to cover two years. I mean, I'll have to dedicate at least 3 months to the astounding career of Michael Rapaport.

I'll post my new plan shortly...

   42. jeffy Posted: January 03, 2020 at 08:17 AM (#5912571)
Kirk Douglas's two best are Paths of Glory and Lonely Are the Brave. Both are wonderful!
   43. chisoxcollector Posted: January 03, 2020 at 09:49 AM (#5912595)
Okay, here is my two year plan. I moved some films from actor to actor to fit more relevant stuff in. Films I've already seen by the actor are in parenthesis.

January 2020 - Bette Davis (Dark Victory and Petrified Forest (and maybe The Bride Came C.O.D.))
- All About Eve (already watched, it's great)
- The Letter (already watched, pretty good)
- Now, Voyager
- Jezebel
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

February 2020 - James Stewart (Vertigo, Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, The Philadelphia Story, and The Man Who Knew Too Much)
- The Shop Around the Corner
- Rope
- Anatomy of a Murder
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- Harvey

March 2020 - John Wayne (bubkis)
- The Searchers
- Stagecoach
- Red River
- Rio Bravo
- The Quiet Man

April 2020 - Audrey Hepburn (Charade and Always)
- Breakfast at Tiffany's
- My Fair Lady
- Roman Holiday
- Funny Face
- Wait Until Dark

May 2020 - William Holden (Network and Sabrina)
- The Wild Bunch
- Sunset Boulevard
- Stalag 17
- Born Yesterday
- The Towering Inferno

June 2020 - Alec Guinness (Star Wars)
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Doctor Zhivago
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- Kind Hearts and Coronets
- The Ladykillers

July 2020 - Kirk Douglas (Out of the Past, Ace in the Hole, Paths of Glory)
- The Bad and the Beautiful
- Spartacus
- Seven Days in May
- The Fury
- Either Gunfight at the O.K. Corral or Lust For Life or Lonely Are the Brave

August 2020 - Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity and Field of Dreams)
- Sweet Smell of Success
- The Killers
- The Judgment at Nuremburg
- Local Hero
- The Leopard

September 2020 - Elizabeth Taylor (Zilch)
- A Place in the Sun
- Giant
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Butterfield 8 (or maybe Cleopatra)

October 2020 - Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, The Third Man)
- Touch of Evil
- The Magnificent Ambersons
- The Lady From Shanghai
- Chimes at Midnight
- F For Fake

November 2020 - Steve McQueen (The Great Escape, Papillon)
- Bullitt
- The Magnificent Seven
- The Thomas Crown Affair
- The Getaway
- Le Mans

December 2020 - Marilyn Monroe (Some Like It Hot, All About Eve and Monkey Business)
- The Asphalt Jungle
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- How to Marry a Millionaire
- The Seven Year Itch
- The Misfits

January 2021 - James Mason (North By Northwest, The Verdict, Heaven Can Wait)
- Lolita
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- A Star is Born
- Bigger Than Life
- Odd Man Out

February 2021 - Katherine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story)
- Bringing Up Baby
- The African Queen
- Adam's Rib
- Holiday
- On Golden Pond (for Oscar reasons)

March 2021 - William Powell (Nada)
- The Thin Man
- My Man Godfrey
- The Great Ziegfeld
- Mister Roberts
- Libeled Lady

April 2021 - Marlene Dietrich (Crickets...)
- Witness For the Prosecution
- Judgment at Nuremberg
- Shanghai Express
- The Scarlett Empress
- Either Morocco, Stage Fright, Blonde Venus, or Dishonored

May 2021 - James Cagney (Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The West Point Story, maybe The Bride Came C.O.D.)
- Public Enemy
- White Heat
- Roaring Twenties
- Footlight Parade
- One, Two, Three

June 2021 - Jean Arthur (Only Angels Have Wings)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Shane
- You Can't Take It With You
- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
- A Foreign Affair

July 2021- Spencer Tracy (Nothing)
- Inherit the Wind
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
- Bad Day at Black Rock
- Fury

August 2021 - Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, My Darling Clementine, The Wrong Man, The Ox-Bow Incident)
- The Grapes of Wrath
- The Lady Eve
- Young Mr. Lincoln
- Fail Safe
- Fort Apache

September 2021- Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot, Days of Wine and Roses, lots of modern stuff)
- The Apartment
- Short Cuts
- The Odd Couple
- Missing
- Irma la Douce

October 2021 - Robert Mitchum (Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear, Friends of Eddie Coyle, some modern stuff)
- The Longest Day
- El Dorado
- The Yakuza
- The Lusty Men
- Crossfire (or one of the Preminger flicks: Angel Face, River of No Return)

That leaves me with two months left to fill. I left out a couple of suggestions because I couldn't find enough films that fit the scope of the project. I'm not even thrilled with the Robert Mitchum slate. So I'm open to suggestions!
   44. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5912652)
August 2020 - Burt Lancaster


Atlantic City
The Swimmer (which you were thinking about, he's great, it's ####### weird.)
Zulu Dawn (make it a double feature with Michael Caine and Zulu!)
   45. PreservedFish Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:38 PM (#5912656)
Will the people of the future wonder which iconic PewDiePie videos they should watch in March 2120?
   46. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: January 03, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5912675)
Do His Kind of Woman for Mitchum. Has an absolutely wild Vincent Prince performance.
   47. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 03, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5912687)
Ummm ... so this is coming in January:

Midnight-movie madlibs don’t come more enticing than “Nicolas Cage stars in an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation from the famously ####-canned original director of 1996’s The Island Of Dr. Moreau.”


I know I'm damned ... but, YES PLEASE!
   48. Walt Davis Posted: January 03, 2020 at 04:31 PM (#5912704)
Yeah, you gotta add Atlantic City for Lancaster. Glad to see Local Hero there (a personal fave movie) and he's fine in it but it is a broad, comic performance and the scenes with his therapist are downright weird.

Have you done Burton yet? Bogart? Peter Sellers? WC Fields?

There are a lot of not very good (IMO) movies in your list. But you must be able to do something for Tracy better than Mad, Mad, Mad... It's not really a vehicle for anybody. I suppose it's silly enough to be entertaining but it's like a Natl Lampoon Vacation sequel meets Oceans 13.
   49. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 03, 2020 at 04:42 PM (#5912706)
Yeah, you gotta add Atlantic City for Lancaster. Glad to see Local Hero there (a personal fave movie)
Jeez. Is there any Springsteen song title that isn't ripped off from a movie??
   50. chisoxcollector Posted: January 03, 2020 at 05:01 PM (#5912712)
Atlantic City
The Swimmer (which you were thinking about, he's great, it's ####### weird.)
Zulu Dawn (make it a double feature with Michael Caine and Zulu!)

Yeah, you gotta add Atlantic City for Lancaster. Glad to see Local Hero there (a personal fave movie) and he's fine in it but it is a broad, comic performance and the scenes with his therapist are downright weird.

Okay, sounds like I need to add Atlantic City. I'm not sure what to get rid of. The Judgment at Nuremburg? I originally had The Swimmer on the list, but replaced it with The Leopard after Fern's recommendation. I'm not sure what else I could get rid of.

Have you done Burton yet? Bogart? Peter Sellers? WC Fields?

I've seen most of Bogart's big films, with the odd exception of African Queen, which I'm doing as part of Katharine Hepburn's month. Richard Burton didn't seem to have 5 films that jumped out at me. Peter Sellers is definitely an option I hadn't considered.

W.C. Fields doesn't really fit the project, as I can honestly say I've never heard of a single one of his films. I'm well aware of who he is, but none of his films seem to be very famous, or remotely relevant today. I'll probably squeeze in one of his films this year, just to get a taste for his work.

I'll probably keep It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Mostly because it's quite famous, but also because mrams recommended it. I do wish it had a shorter run time though!

Do His Kind of Woman for Mitchum. Has an absolutely wild Vincent Prince performance.

Done. I'll replace either The Lusty Men or Crossfire.

Speaking of Vincent Price, I considered somebody like him, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, etc. But I might do a different kind of project for those guys.

Here are a few actors I'm considering for the final spots:

Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird, Spellbound, Cape Fear, The Guns of Navarone)
- Gentleman's Agreement
- How the West Was Won
- The Big Country
- Moby Dick
- The Omen

Frank Sinatra (From Here To Eternity)
- The Manchurian Candidate
- On the Town
- Guys and Dolls
- High Society
- The Man With the Golden Arm

Fred Astaire (Nada)
- Top Hat
- Swing Time
- The Band Wagon
- Holiday Inn
- Easter Parade

Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove)
- Being There
- The Pink Panther
- Murder by Death
- The Party
- A Shot in the Dark

Some names that I considered, but didn't include because either I've seen too many of their big films, or lots of their big films are already covered by other actors in the project: Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman. I also thought about David Niven, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, and a few others. But they didn't seem to have 5 films that I haven't seen that jumped out at me.
   51. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 03, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5912714)
When will Jim Varney be up for consideration?
   52. Omineca Greg Posted: January 03, 2020 at 05:45 PM (#5912717)
My wife met Jim Varney.

Her first job out of high school was being a maid at a very swanky hotel. It was during Vancouver's World Fair in 1986, and there were a number of entertainers or other high profile people who stayed at the hotel. If you think you can tell a lot about someone by the way they treat the help, then my wife learned quite a bit that summer. Some of them were awful, some were great, most were casually dismissive like they were in another world entirely. Anyway, Jim Varney was an excellent guest, friendly, gracious, and treated her respectfully (she got a bit of unwanted attention from some of the male guests from time to time).

I know that's not a particularly interesting thing to bring up, but hey, if Varney was nice to her, there's no reason to keep it to myself.
   53. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 03, 2020 at 05:55 PM (#5912720)
That's good to hear. One thing I cannot abide in life is people (famous or otherwise) being rude or disrespectful to restaurant servers, taxi/Uber drivers, hotel staff, or any of the many other people who provide services in day-to-day life. There's just no need for that, and I do believe it says something bad about one's character.
   54. PreservedFish Posted: January 03, 2020 at 08:54 PM (#5912743)
New question: what legendary Hollywood films does one miss by limiting viewing to only those with legendary actors?
   55. Hot Wheeling American Posted: January 03, 2020 at 09:22 PM (#5912746)
Da Best Years of Our Lives
   56. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 03, 2020 at 10:07 PM (#5912754)
The ghosts of Myrna Loy and Fredric March are crying because you said that about "The Best Years of Our Lives."
   57. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 03, 2020 at 10:23 PM (#5912759)


For William Holden, Inferno is terrible. Try Picnic instead.
   58. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 04, 2020 at 12:32 AM (#5912767)
Re: Mad, mad world, as said above, Tracy is just a guy, though a key character, in a long ass film, surrounded by 1,001 screwballs. It's all good fun though.

For additional levity, I always enjoyed Jack Lemmon's Professor Fate character in the Great Race. Peter Falk is good,Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood also star. It's really a good family fun movie than anything else.
   59. Howie Menckel Posted: January 04, 2020 at 12:44 AM (#5912768)
Mad Mad World is the first movie I ever saw in the movies. it was kind of tough to keep up for a little kid
:)
   60. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 04, 2020 at 06:36 AM (#5912783)
New question: what legendary Hollywood films does one miss by limiting viewing to only those with legendary actors?

How about these:

King Kong
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
2001: A Space Odyssey
Trouble in Paradise
Sunrise
Fargo
Psycho
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Back to the Future
All Quiet on the Western Front
Greed
Amadeus
Blazing Saddles
All the King's Men
The Social Network
The Big Parade
The Princess Bride
   61. McCoy Posted: January 04, 2020 at 07:01 AM (#5912784)
It shouldn't matter whether a person is in the service industry or not. The golden rule should be followed. But it should also be understood that everyone can have a bad day, be misunderstood, have too much expected of them, or be the one that is the real "victim" in the story but just happen to have the villain telling the story.
   62. Baldrick Posted: January 05, 2020 at 05:25 AM (#5912974)
A little bit niche, but Neil Innes died last week. I encountered him via Monty Python and the Rutles, but have a big place in my heart for the Bonzo Dog Band, too. He had a wonderful mix of irreverence, songcraft, and painstaking attention to detail.

I was listening to The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse this morning and my wife said "what is this? It's so weird and good!" and then I got to explain that it's the psych-jazz-rock band from the guy she knows as Sir Robin's Minstrel. She was delighted at all the little connections.
   63. Dock Ellis Posted: January 05, 2020 at 08:41 AM (#5912979)
Save the Tiger (1973) is essential Jack Lemmon viewing.
   64. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 05, 2020 at 09:57 AM (#5912999)
W.C. Fields doesn't really fit the project, as I can honestly say I've never heard of a single one of his films. I'm well aware of who he is, but none of his films seem to be very famous, or remotely relevant today. I'll probably squeeze in one of his films this year, just to get a taste for his work.


When a W.C. Fields movie is working, he's the funniest man in the world. But all of his movies are patchy to varying degrees. The consensus is that "The Bank Dick" is his iconic film, but I think the choppier "It's a Gift" has higher highs. Usually Fields plays a muttering alky misanthrope beset by wives and children and civil society, but "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" and "Million Dollar Legs" are mostly lunacy. In the latter, he's the president of a fictional country. The reason he's the president is because he's the country's strongest man and gets to be president until someone can beat him up, a concept completely stolen by "Black Panther." Several of Fields' films have extra historical value because they essentially capture routines and situations from early-1900s vaudeville and Broadway, including his exceptional juggling skills. Fields, now considered a quotable master of the snarled epithet, actually began his career as a mime juggler. But some of it (e.g. "Poppy"; "The Old-Fashioned Way") does come with a stagebound out-of-the-trunk mustiness. You can decide on relevance, but all told, Fields is one of the easiest of the old comedians for modern audiences to enjoy. He was Larry David a decade before Larry David was born.

"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" isn't the funniest comedy ever, but it's the most comedy ever. You don't want a shorter "Mad Mad World." The gas station fight is one of the tremendous physical comedy scenes in film history. And then Dick Shawn descends from the orbit of Jupiter and somehow makes the movie crazier and more frantic.

For James Mason, you might also consider "The Seventh Veil," his biggest British hit film; "Five FIngers," a fraught spy drama; "Julius Caesar," an effective Shakespeare adaptation; or "Georgy Girl," one of the prominent "British New Wave" films of the late 50s to mid-60s.

Katherine Hepburn: I think "Holiday" is one of the more overrated comedies of that era, and that "Stage Door" is notably undervalued. "The Lion in Winter" is a panoply of nasty theatrical lines. "On Golden Pond" derives a disproportionate amount of its effect from Henry Fonda's failing health, from the two big screen warhorses Fonda and Hepburn being brought out of the barn for one last trot, and from the barely fictionalized emotional distance between Henry and Jane Fonda. Those things mean much less in 2020, and what's left is a compact, pastoral family vignette. For Henry Fonda, "My Darling Clementine" is probably a better Western than "Fort Apache."

"Mr. Roberts" is a treat, with a hell of a main cast that gives you lots of scheduling wiggle room: Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney and William Powell.
   65. PreservedFish Posted: January 07, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5913553)
Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms.

In preparation for his first American tour in a decade, Ronnie James Dio spent months sequestered in a modest office suite in Marina del Rey, in Los Angeles. The office was on the second floor of a strip mall, above a vape shop and a massage parlor. I visited at the end of May, only a couple of days before the opening date of the tour, and among Dio’s team, there was a tangible air of anticipation...

Opinion among the Dio faithful, nonetheless, was divided on the subject of his “Dio Returns” comeback tour, largely because Dio has been dead for almost 10 years. The Marina del Rey office suite was the site of a visual-effects company creating a Dio hologram. The hologram would tour with a living backing group consisting, in large part, of former Dio bandmates.
   66. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 07, 2020 at 12:57 PM (#5913566)
but have a big place in my heart for the Bonzo Dog Band, too.


Are they worth checking out more? I've got a copy of Gorilla and enjoy spinning it every once in a while, but haven't gone any further than that.
   67. flournoy Posted: January 07, 2020 at 01:04 PM (#5913568)
It shouldn't matter whether a person is in the service industry or not. The golden rule should be followed.


How do you feel about when you get scam phone calls? You know the drill: "Yes hello this is Bob Jones from The Technical Department. The reason for my call, sir, is we are receiving many errors from your computer. Are you in front of your computer right now? ... " On these occasions, I feel no restraint about being a dick.
   68. Lassus Posted: January 07, 2020 at 01:10 PM (#5913569)
What does being a dick gain you in that circumstance?
   69. Omineca Greg Posted: January 07, 2020 at 07:08 PM (#5913694)
Are they worth checking out more? I've got a copy of Gorilla and enjoy spinning it every once in a while, but haven't gone any further than that.


Sure!

The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse would be the next one to check out. I think for most listeners it would be the best place to start.

Gorilla is the debut, TDiGG is the follow-up. TDiGG would seem like a progression; it's funnier and it hits its targets more successfully. But part of me likes Gorilla better, it's possibly more subtle, and has more of the "what the #### am I listening to?" vibe. Now, that could be because the jokes are flatter and so it's harder to parse the point of the whole excursion, or it could be that the humour is drier. There's a satirical quality to both albums, and there's something to be said for different approaches to that style of writing. I think most listeners assume that TDiGG is just a less cautious and tentative version of the first album, and that very well could be. But I'm not sure.
   70. yo la tengo Posted: January 07, 2020 at 07:56 PM (#5913704)
I have History of the Bonzos collection and it makes me quite happy. Just played a Rutles song on my radio show in Neil's honor.
   71. yo la tengo Posted: January 07, 2020 at 08:08 PM (#5913708)
Another sad recent music death is Roy Loney of The Flamin' Groovies. Yo La Tengo did a nice tribute to him (with Lenny Kaye!!!) when I saw them on their Hanukkah residency.
   72. flournoy Posted: January 07, 2020 at 08:25 PM (#5913714)
What does being a dick gain you in that circumstance?


Nothing. And I'm not rude or offensive, I just jerk them around sometimes. I just feel no guilt in it and find it a little odd somehow.
   73. McCoy Posted: January 08, 2020 at 08:50 AM (#5913775)

How do you feel about when you get scam phone calls? You know the drill: "Yes hello this is Bob Jones from The Technical Department. The reason for my call, sir, is we are receiving many errors from your computer. Are you in front of your computer right now? ... " On these occasions, I feel no restraint about being a dick.


I say no thank you and hang up.
   74. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 08, 2020 at 09:24 AM (#5913789)
Same - though, honestly, I might get one like this (that I've answered) every few years.
   75. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 08, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5913808)
It shouldn't matter whether a person is in the service industry or not. The golden rule should be followed.
No, no, artisans and purveyors of goods should be treated as poorly as possible.
   76. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: January 08, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5913877)
I wouldn't say Michael Rappaport is what makes it fun to watch, but "Beautiful Girls" is on my frequent re-watch list.


is Noah Emmerich a good actor? I only know him from "The Americans", and didn't think he was great in that...too knowing and snide for a character that honestly wasn't that clued in.
   77. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 08, 2020 at 01:11 PM (#5913886)
Like two people here might care but: Superego Season 6 starts today. Past prime, but still funny.
   78. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 08, 2020 at 02:54 PM (#5913925)
Noah Emmerich was pretty good in The Truman Show.
   79. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 08, 2020 at 03:24 PM (#5913938)
I agree with that Noah Emmerich assessment of his Stan Beeman character, until the point that he's met his match with Oleg, that humbles him mightily.
   80. jmurph Posted: January 08, 2020 at 03:30 PM (#5913946)
I love Emmerich's performance in The Americans, one of the best parts of the show for me.
   81. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 08, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5913963)
Like two people here might care but: Superego Season 6 starts today. Past prime, but still funny.


Count me as one of them! I didn't realize they had a new season coming out so thanks for sharing.

I saw them live a few years ago and it was a blast.
   82. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 08, 2020 at 04:34 PM (#5913972)
Glad to. It is behind the Stitcher paywall until July, though.

If you like Superego (and aren’t familiar with the following), check out The Complete Woman (it appears to be mostly scripted and is by and stars Gourley’s wife Amanda Lund). Season 1 in particular was really strong (and there’s a fair amount of Superego involvement as well).
   83. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 08, 2020 at 05:22 PM (#5913987)
This video dropped yesterday for a very good, rocking song, "A.M.D.K.J.", from SCANDAL's upcoming "Kiss in the Darkness" album, due February 12. I've had a really hard time deciding who my band of the decade for the recently concluded one would be, but I've come to the conclusion that it's probably SCANDAL. Chatmonchy were clearly my band of the '00s, but the exit of drummer and songwriter Kumiko Takahashi in 2012 was a huge blow. They remained my favorite band until they broke up in 2018, but that was more on the strength of their previous work than that produced after Kumiko left, although they recorded some good songs after that. Kinoko Teikoku would be the other band that is in contention, and I think that overall, on a purely musical level, they recorded the best body of work that anyone did over the decade. But they never achieved the commercial breakthrough that they deserved, even when they went to a major label. Regal Lily has only been around for one-third of the decade, and are my favorite current band, but the the breadth of their work over entire time span isn't really what I'm looking for. Akai Ko-en, the peggies, NEGOTO, tricot, and nano.RIPE also produced a lot of fine music. SCANDAL were never my favorite band at any time during the decade, but they were always up there. They're a bit more commercial than most bands I really like, but that's allowed them to play arenas rather than clubs*, and I can't begrudge them for that. In fact, it figures hugely into my thinking, because the mere fact that an all-female rock band that can headline arenas even exists, anywhere in the world, is a good thing. Their music over the past year has been among the best work of their career, a refreshing second wind for a band that's been around, with the same four members, since 2006. So, acknowledging that there were several acts that reached much greater musical heights at some point during the decade, and that this is much more of a Warren Spahn selection than a Sandy Koufax selection, here's my band of the 2010s...

* They still sometimes play smaller venues by choice. They did a tour a couple of years ago where they they played a show in each of Japan's 47 Prefectures (which I think is a really neat idea, like an American band playing a tour with a show in all 50 states) and of necessity played many smaller venues on the tour.
   84. Hysterical & Useless Posted: January 08, 2020 at 05:43 PM (#5913990)
chi-coll, love your movie viewing project. Just seeing all the great names and titles is a treat. Glad to see Atlantic City and Local Hero on your Lancaster list, two great--and greatly different--films.

Do you allow yourself to sub in TV work? For Alec Guinness, the TV adaptation of Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would be epic. And not really a whole lot longer than Lawrence of Arabia (which is really Peter O'Toole's film anyway).
   85. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 08, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5914003)
Related to the movie project, and likely asked previously, what is the “most shocking” omissions from the list of films you’ve seen? Mine are (probably) The Lion King (though I saw a d-t-v sequel), Once Upon A Time In America, and Witness For The Prosecution. Oh, er, and Citizen Kane (I’ve seen like a third of it).
   86. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 09, 2020 at 02:48 AM (#5914071)
The highest-rated film on the imdb Top 250 that I haven't seen is "Life is Beautiful" (#22). The other omissions in the Top 50 are "Joker," "Parasite," "The Green Mile," "American History X," "The Intouchables" (not UN-touchables, IN-touchables-- seems to be some kind of French "Green Book"), "Whiplash," "The Prestige" and "Grave of the Fireflies."

The highest-rated film on the decennial Sight & Sound poll that I haven't seen is Tarkovsky's "Mirror" (#19). Elsewhere through its Top 50, I haven't seen Dreyer's "Ordet," Tarkovsky again with "Stalker," Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman," Tarr's "Satantango," Rosellini's "Journey to Italy," Dreyer again with "Gertrud," and Godard's "Histoire(s) du Cinema." I can't remember whether I've seen Ozu's "Late Spring," because all his movies are about dutiful daughters crouching in bamboo houses amid unspoken conflicts. I am like a reflecting pond on a drizzly afternoon, experiencing each individual raindrop while somehow also subsuming it without appreciable change.

There are four Academy Award Best Pictures I haven't seen from the 20th century: "Cimarron," "Cavalcade," "The Life of Emile Zola" and "My Fair Lady." In this century I've already missed five, including each of the last three: "A Beautiful Mind," "12 Years a Slave," "Moonlight," "The Shape of Water" and "Green Book" (which seems to be some kind of American "Green Book").

The most lucrative film on Box Office Mojo's highest-grossing domestic films I haven't seen is "Jurassic World" (#7). My other Top 50 no-sees: "Frozen II," "Captain Marvel," "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Passion of the Christ," "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Despicable Me 2." I'll live.

I've seen 97 of AFI's "Top 100 Films" list. Still remaining are "Wuthering Heights" (#73), "The Jazz Singer" (#90), and "My Fair Lady" again (#91).

I've seen 99 of filmsite.org's alphabetical list of 100 Greatest Films; the lone exception is "Letter from an Unknown Woman."

I've missed four of filmsite.com's #101 to #200 choices: "The Jazz Singer" again, "Kiss Me Deadly," "Romeo and Juliet" (1968) and "Written on the Wind." Of their next hundred titles through #300, I have yet to watch "Black Narcissus," "Dark Victory," "The Defiant Ones," "Halloween," "Jailhouse Rock," "Kings Row," "Night of the Living Dead," "Repulsion," "The Scarlet Empress," or "Thelma and Louise." That's 285-for-300; suck it, Mike Trout.

I haven't seen all 1,001 of the 1,001 Films You Must See Before You Die because I don't want to die.
   87. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 09, 2020 at 05:20 AM (#5914077)
May - William Holden


Here's an offbeat choice ... The Key ... it comes with the added bonus of Sophia Lauren!

The key to a flat in wartime Britain may augur bad luck for a succession of tug captains of the Royal Navy whose task is to rescue crippled ships in "U-boat Alley." As each takes possession from his unfortunate predecessor, the flat's other occupant, a Swiss expatriate named Stella, apparently goes with it.

   88. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 09, 2020 at 05:46 AM (#5914079)
...the added bonus of Sophia Lauren!


Any relation to Loren Bacall?
   89. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: January 09, 2020 at 06:18 AM (#5914080)
Doh!
   90. PreservedFish Posted: January 09, 2020 at 07:06 AM (#5914083)
Related to the movie project, and likely asked previously, what is the “most shocking” omissions from the list of films you’ve seen?


There's a great moment in a David Lodge book where his English professor characters play a game called "Humiliation," where you score points for *not* having read canonical works that everyone else has read.

You know Howard, he has a pathological urge to succeed and a pathological fear of being thought uncultured, and this game set his two obsessions at war with each other, because he could succeed in the game only by exposing a gap in his culture. At first his psyche just couldn’t absorb the paradox and he named some eighteenth-century book so obscure I can’t even remember the name of it. It was a stupid game, he said, and refused to play the next round. “I pass, I pass,” he said sneeringly, like Mrs. Elton on Box Hill…But I could see he was following the play attentively, knitting his brows and twisting his napkin in his fingers as the point of the game began to dawn on him. It’s quite a groovy game, actually, a kind of intellectual strip poker.

... suddenly Howard slammed his fist on the table, jutted his jaw about six feet over the table and said:

“Hamlet!”

Well, of course, we all laughed, not very much because it didn’t seem much of a joke. In fact, it wasn’t a joke at all. Howard admitted to having seen the Lawrence Olivier movie, but insisted that he had never read the text of Hamlet. Nobody believed him of course, and this made him sore as hell...

A piquant incident, you must admit—but wait till I tell you the sequel. Howard Ringbaum unexpectedly flunked his review three days later and it’s generally supposed that this was because the English Department dared not give tenure to a man who publicly admitted to not having read Hamlet.
   91. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 09, 2020 at 09:17 AM (#5914095)
Looking at the top 250 on imdb, I have not seen Harakiri, Joker, Parasite, Spirited Away, Intouchables, Graves of the Fireflies. That is just of the top 50.

I have seen all of the AFI films except Sunrise: A song of two humans, a silent movie which I have never hear of, and Birth of a Nation, which I have seen parts of.

Academy Award winners that I have not seen are Wings (seen bits), Cimarron, Cavalcade, and Green Book.

On the Top films website, I have not seen Birth of a Nation (seen parts), Greed (silent movie that I have never heard of), Letter from an Unknown Woman, Sunrise (silent again never heard of), and Trouble in Paradise.
   92. Hot Wheeling American Posted: January 09, 2020 at 09:49 AM (#5914098)
I have Greed sitting on my DVR from when TCM showed it a few months ago. Will I ever get to it? I don't know!
   93. Greg K Posted: January 09, 2020 at 10:32 AM (#5914110)
is Noah Emmerich a good actor? I only know him from "The Americans", and didn't think he was great in that...too knowing and snide for a character that honestly wasn't that clued in.

He's not given a ton to do in Beautiful Girls. He does have a good freak out scene: "You beat up my friend, you beat up me! You #### with my friend, you #### with me! You #### with me, you #### with you!"
   94. PreservedFish Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5914121)
As for my own humiliation, looking at the lists, probably my most embarrassing misses are Gone with the Wind or Sunset Boulevard (among Hollywood classics) and 8 1/2 (among the artsy classics). I'm not anywhere near Gonfalon or Swoboda's level. Although I have seen Murnau's Sunrise, and really enjoyed it, so I've got that going for me.

But here in the real world, the film that has most often caused people to go gasp in disbelief is Top Gun. I've never seen Top Gun. I don't know why. I'd be happy to watch it. It's just never come up. Or Titanic. I never saw Titanic, because I never wanted to see Titanic, and in the late 90s people found that nearly impossible to believe. Doesn't come up in conversation much anymore.
   95. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:13 AM (#5914125)
But here in the real world, the film that has most often caused people to go gasp in disbelief is Top Gun. I've never seen Top Gun. I don't know why. I'd be happy to watch it. It's just never come up. Or Titanic. I never saw Titanic, because I never wanted to see Titanic, and in the late 90s people found that nearly impossible to believe. Doesn't come up in conversation much anymore.
Wow. Ditto for me on all counts.
   96. PreservedFish Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:25 AM (#5914129)
Should we get together and watch Top Gun? Not Titanic though, still zero interest in that one.
   97. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:31 AM (#5914131)
Yeah, probably. Just to say we did. And yeah, you couldn't pay me enough to watch Titanic.
   98. flournoy Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5914137)
Top Gun is a good movie, go for it. There's a sequel coming out sometime this year, weirdly enough, so now's as good a time as ever.
   99. jmurph Posted: January 09, 2020 at 11:54 AM (#5914143)
Top Gun is a perfect movie.
   100. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 09, 2020 at 12:50 PM (#5914185)
There's a sequel coming out sometime this year,
Oh dear. The contrast in aging curves between Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards is going to be...stark, shall we say.
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