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NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

So for November and December, the group's selected some of their favorite old movies.

 

 

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Nov 14

Gun Crazy

 

Selected by @Rorschach

 

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Nov 18

Young Frankenstein

 

Selected by @4815162342

 

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Nov 21

Indecent Proposal

 

Selected by @MrPink

 

 

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Nov 25

Duel

 

For @Eric Karga's Spielberg Countdown!  PM him your submissions by November 30!

 

 

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Nov 28

Only Angels Have Wings

 

Selected by @Jake Gittes

 

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“We go together, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.” 

 

Gun Crazy (or Deadly is the Female) was a film that was shown to me in my Intro to Film Analysis class in my Freshman year of High School. I had no prior knowledge of the film leading up to that class, but after seeing it only once, it became an instant favorite of mine. A B-film crime noir, hailing directly from the era where that genre was in its prime, Gun Crazy follows a gun-obsessed couple who, after falling into financial hardship, decide to take on a life of crime by in a series of interstate robberies. The couple soon finds themselves at odds with each other as the husband, an army veteran who after a traumatic childhood experience swore to never harm another living thing, becomes increasingly disturbed at his wife’s lust for violence. 


For a film that was clearly restricted by the standards of the era, Gun Crazy is a surprisingly sexually charged film, working around the restrictions by having the couple’s mutual love for firearms stand-in for the couple’s sexual desires for each other. Beyond that, it is a massively entertaining thrill ride that’s surprisingly well-made for a lower-budget “B-film”. It also acted as an inspiration for later crime films, such as Bonnie and Clyde (1967). I know @Jake Gittes can vouch for me in saying that this is an underrated gem that deserves to be shown to more people, which is why I chose this as my pick for this month of user’s old favorites.

 

by @Rorschach

 

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"When I was a kid, my parents had about 7 VHSs kept around the house to watch. There was Batman, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Year of the Dragon, Pretty Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and....Indecent Proposal. I gotta be honest, this movie got chosen by process of elimination when Cap gave me the suggestions; something that reminded me of my childhood. It was weirdly the first thing that came to mind that everybody hadn't seen (Year of the Dragon is uh....QUESTIONABLE...regarding its subject matter).

 

So it's been ages since I've seen this movie but what do I remember? Not much...did you know this movie made 260 million dollars worldwide?! But I do remember it started my love of Woody Harrelson which hasn't really dissipated (VENOM NEXT YEAR WOO). But with Adrian Lyne making a comeback next year with Deep Water, originally supposed to be out now, hey, sure, whatever. More adult films with erotic undertones please. So let's watch this one, even though I desperately wanted to change to something like The Killer which came to my head very much after the fact. Anyways, Robert Redford offers a million dollars to sleep with your wife, what do you do?"

- @MrPink


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Remember that amazing time when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were considered bold, young filmmakers instead of the old hacks that created the modern blockbuster and thus destroyed adult cinema? Me too!  We got two of their films up this week.  Lucas's THX 1138 is tonight.

 

Come watch our young Anakin before he turns into Darth Vader.

 

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We’re going to start Duel in half an hour. Let’s see if it lives up to the hilariously idiosyncratic THX 1138. 


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from @Eric Karga:

 

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One of the many interesting things about Steven Spielberg is the debate over what his actual first film was. There's 1964's Firelight, but that was made when he was 17 and it's now lost to the sands of time. There's also 1974's The Sugarland Express, which was the first film of his to get a worldwide theatrical release. But with a release overseas, as well as a sharp cinematic value, what I consider Spielberg's first movie is the 1971 title Duel.

 

Intended as a TV Movie of the Week, this cat and mouse feature was made on a shoestring budget and was used as a way to make Spielberg prove himself. If he can make something cinematic and engaging for the small screen on an inexpensive feature, he could surely do amazing things if he had a big budget to play around with. And sure enough, Duel was a success. It was the 18th biggest TV movie that year, earned critical praise, with some stating it is the greatest TV movie ever made, and allowed Spielberg a chance to make his mark. And after a slew of television productions, the man would go on to direct some of the most defining blockbusters and classics of the modern age, and is still a consistent heavy-hitter even today.

 

I myself haven't seen Duel, and I'm excited to be here to watch this all with you. And don't forget, you have until November 30 to submit your list!

 

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On ‎11‎/‎28‎/‎2020 at 11:04 AM, Ahsoka said:

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We’re going to start Duel in half an hour. Let’s see if it lives up to the hilariously idiosyncratic THX 1138. 


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Spielberg got to make "DUel" because he directed some very successful "Colombo" episode; those marked him as a young director to watch.

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Now that the Holidays are upon us, "A Christmas Story" had damn well better get a showing....

 

 

"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid"....

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The Body Snatcher (1945)

 

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Originally this was my pick for Halloween / October because it is a horror movie, but my computer went kabooey for a little while ago, so it had to wait till December while it was getting repaired. This is one of those films I ran across about over a decade ago, while searching random filmographies on the internet and was beyond pleasantly surprised when I finally sat down to watch it. Based off a Robert Louis Stevenson story loosely inspired by the Burke and Hare murders, that I remember reading in Jr. High, The Body Snatcher features one of Boris Karloff best performances, and roles as a magnetic but despicable villain that you just love to hate in a Scottish set tail involving grave robbers, blackmail, and revenge among other things.

 

Directed by Robert Wise in only his third feature, and last with famed horror genre quickie producer Val Lewton, The Body Snatcher is a compelling, sometimes even funny tale involving straight-up villainy, and has plenty of atmosphere to offer. The cast features a “who’s who” of Hollywood character actors including Henry Daniell, Rita Cordray, Russell Wade, and Bela Lugosi in a small role, who would share the screen for the last time with Boris Karloff, in the films only real disappointing aspect for me. With a runtime of just 78 minutes, the movie is remarkably engrossing from beginning to end. It’s not surprising at all after watching it, why Wise went on to become of the steady big journeymen directors in Hollywood for the next two decades, based off the movie alone he has a great eye for the camera.  - @Fancyarcher

 

 

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December 5, 2020

Only Angels Have Wings

 

Selected by @Jake Gittes

 

---> NOTE THIS IS STARTING AT 1PM INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL 2PM <---

 

 

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December 9, 2020

Cool Hand Luke

 

Selected by @DAR

 

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Cool Hand Luke: Some are movie stars. Some are great actors. Paul Newman was both. And you cannot take your eyes off of him especially in this film. Throw in memorable supporting characters and some of the most quotable lines in movie history. This was an easy selection for me.

 

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December 12, 2020

What’s Up Doc?

 

Selected by @lorddemaxus

 

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What’s Up Doc is easily my favourite comedy of all time. Starts off as a homage to Golden Age screwball comedies and ends with some of the most ludicrous and craziest sequences I've ever seen in a comedy. I especially love that way it handles multiple subplots which all come crashing together in hilarious ways in the 3rd. It’s a film that in my opinion, has a consistent momentum and energy to it, that’s even missing in some of the best action films of all time. Every scene either has me laughing my ass off or completely in awe of how bonkers it is (or both). I only watched the film less than 6 months ago but I can’t wait to watch this film again and it should especially be more fun to watch now that I’m watching it with other people.

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December 16, 2020

The Thin Man

 

Selected by @Plain Old Tele

 

 

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December 19, 2020

It’s A Wonderful Life

 

Selected by @Ahsoka

 

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We squeezed this into the schedule once we found out a couple folks on board have never seen it.

 

This is my sentimental favorite of all time.  It makes me cry.  Like, ugly cry.  I start about thirty minutes in, and never really stop.  It's pure Capra populism lead by an effortless performance by Jimmy Stewart. 

 

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December 23, 2020

Miracle on 34th Street


Selected by @Ahsoka

 

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I had to.  It's my Mom's favorite Christmas movie.  And what's not to love: a fantastic Maureen O'Hara, the first role of Natalie Wood (at four!), and probably my favorite courtroom scene in all of Hollywood history.  

 

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December 27, 2020

Swordfish

 

Selected by @MrPink

 

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December 30, 2020

 The Apartment
 

Selected by @Ahsoka and @Jake Gittes

 

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The first rule of CPWP is when there's a chance to show a Billy Wilder film, show a Billy Wilder film.  This is the perfect one for New Year's Eve.

 

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January 2, 2020

Tokyo Godfathers

 

Selected by @Spaghetti

 

 

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January 9, 2020

The Grapes Of Wrath

 

Selected by @Ahsoka

 

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I had originally scheduled this as a companion film for the fact Chloe Zhao's Nomadland's being released the first week in December, but we switched things around to fit in It's A Wonderful Life. @Jake Gittes made a passing reference to him John Ford being a blindspot in his film knowledge.  I was like, "Well, we're gonna fix that."  Ford's filmography in 2020 can be difficult to approach, so before we jump right into his Westerns, let's start with his masterwork "The Grapes of Wrath." 

 

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8 hours ago, TalismanRing said:

Zoom never works for me.  First there was no sound, then no picture, the neither....  😥

 

 

Noo. We need to fix this!! 🥺🥺🥺

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Ah, "Cool Hand Luke" which gave one of the classic 1960's lines:

"What we have here is a failure to communicate".

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In honor of the passing of the legendary Ann Reinking, we have moved The Thin Man to January. We’ll be showing Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz. 
 

Thanks @Plain Old Tele for graciously letting us move his pick. 

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