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TUESDAY

 

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Robert Altman's morose anti-Western about two capitalist in 1902 Washington. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

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We're taking a SLIGHT pause from the Westerns to prepare for Jungle Cruise by watching the original!  

 

 

SATURDAY

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The first half of our directed by the star double features this weekend, Buck and the Preacher stars Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.  This is the first film Poitier directed.  As mentioned in the introduction to the month, the Western genre isn't exactly known for being progressive and inclusive.  Buck and The Preacher was one of the first films that really depicted African American settlement in the West post-Civil War, and one of the few to depict the Native and African Americans working together against the White Settlers.

 

Fun Fact and interesting tie in to Sergeant Rutledge.  According to Woody Strode: "The big studios wanted an actor like Sidney [Poitier] or [Harry] Belafonte.  And this is not being facetious, but Mr. Ford defended me; and I don't know that this is going on. He said, "Well, they're not tough enough to do what I want Sergeant Rutledge to be."

 

 

SUNDAY

 

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Directed and Starring Clint Eastwood, we have another story about a Preacher.  This time the "mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land."

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CRIME FILMS

 

Before we took a detour through the American West, we originally planned to schedule "Crime Films Cap Has Never Seen" with Heat being our 100th film.  Everyone generously pushed things back for the Western List, so now we're back on schedule with our criminally good line up.  Or so I've heard. 😘

 

 

WEDNESDAY

AUGUST 18

 

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Perhaps best known for the Crying Wesley Snipes.gif, New Jack City follows "a crime lord [as he] ascends to power and becomes a megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him" (IMDb). Starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, and Judd Nelson. 

 

 

SATURDAY

AUGUST 21

 

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"During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Coster) sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) and, because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him" (IMDb).  I know three things about this movie: (1) Brian De Palma ripped off the Battleship Potemkin Stairs Scene for a scene, (2) Sean Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role, and (3) I just watched the Bodyguard, and god I hope Kevin Costner doesn't have a love interest in this. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

AUGUST 25

 

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"An FBI Agent (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers (Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty, James LeGros)" (IMDb).  I am really ashamed I have never seen this Kathryn Bigelow film.  I got my Slash Color Glasses READY!!

 

 

SATURDAY

AUGUST 28

 

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"A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist" (IMDb).  Okay. I am already preparing myself for this THREE HOUR tour de force that combined De Niro and Pacino together for "the first time" (Since they didn't really have any scenes together in Godfather Part II).  Programming Note: Due to its length, we might start this at 12PM or 1PM EST, depending on what the group wants on that week.

 

 

WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 1

 

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"A tough-as-nailes cop (Chow Yun-fat) teams up with an undercover agent (Tony Leung) to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew" (IMDb). Let's get HYPED for DILF Leung in Shang Chi by watching one of John Woo's best action flicks.

 

 

SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 4

 

OFF!  Go to Chicago and hang out with everyone at the Music Box!!!

 

 

WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 8

 

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"A fearless Secret Service agent (William Peterson, aka Gil from CSI) will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner" (IMDb).  I know nothing about movie expect that DAFOE is in it.  (echos until fades: DAFOE Dafoe dafoe)

 

 

SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 11

 

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"A psychopathic criminal (James Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist" (IMDb).  Look Ma! Top of the World -- and that's certainly what Cagney was at WB when he was making his classic gangster films.

 

 

WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 15

 

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"An unethical lawyer (John Garfield) with an old brother he wants to help (Thomas Gomez), becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket" (IMDb).  This is a cheat. I have seen this one.  But it's one that Marty LOOOOOOOOOOOOVES and considers it huge influence of his work, which leads me to...

 

 

SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 18

 

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"The story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) and his mob partners Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) in the Italian-American crime syndicate" (IMDb).  So the rule of thumb around here is "No Spielberg, no Lucas, No Scorsese", but we broke that for the Spielberg Countdown by showing Duel, and tossed on THX 1138 for funsies, so it only makes sense we give Marty the same Hall Pass with his best? film.  

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We're starting the Untouchables at 2:15

 

I'm pretty excited about this cause I just finished the TCM Present/Hard Candy Podcast on "Bonfires of the Vanities" so I'm ready for some De Palma.

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The plan is to open the room at nine and we’re gonna start at 9:15.  
 

I am also on a roll when it comes to Tony Leung movies, So my body is ready for this. I cannot wait. Let’s gooooo

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SPOOKTOBER 2021

 

 

So first I want to say I apologize about some of the confusion on scheduling in the past couple of weeks.  The change of seasons always kicks my ass (Thanks S.A.D.!), so if I've been moody or flaky lately, that's why, and I apologize if it inconvenienced any of you.  And I want to thank @4815162342 and @Rorschach for all the great suggestions this month.  It's October, so you know what that means:

 

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October 6 | Suspiria [1977]

 

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October 9 | Blood & Black Lace [1964]

 

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October 13 | The Last Wave [1977]

 

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October 16 | Carnival of Souls [1962]

 

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October 19 | Invasion of The Body Snatchers [1956]

 

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October 23 | The Fog [1980]

 

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October 27 | An American Werewolf in London [1981]

 

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October 30 | Diabolique [1955] 

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I’m going to open the room around 920 with a start time of 930. The plan is to watch the last wave tonight. And then on Saturday we’re going to do a double feature of black and blood lace, with carnival of souls.

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