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Started The Kominsky Method on Netflix, and it seems very binge-able. Watched the first three episodes, and it is very good so far. Douglas and Arkin are great together.

Dang, only season 1 available on disc...
 

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"Chill :) or be chilled" :eek::devilish: Fun film !
Indeed; great tongue-in-cheek narrative in the style of the old anthology films a la Creepshow. Was always a favorite of mine, came out when I was about to graduate from college.

Scream Factory did a good job on this release for fans...picture never really looked this sharp. The subsequent sequels that have come out in its wake as of late, as direct-to-video messes, were complete laughable jokes compared to this, and, perhaps what's worse, they were done by the same director who did the original (Rusty Cundieff). Go figure.
 

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)
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Don't let the movie poster fool you... this film is full of great melodrama and not all saccharine. It's definitely worth seeking out if you can find it on DVD Amazon.com: The Unfinished Dance [Remaster]: Margaret O'Brien, Cyd Charisse, Karin Booth, Esther Dale, Thurston Hall, Henry Koster: Movies & TV. An opportunity to see one of the era's finest young actresses Margaret O'Brien giving one of her most emotional performances. 8/10

Director:Henry Koster
Writers:Paul Morand (story "La Morte du Cygne"), Myles Connolly
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Cyd Charisse, Karin Booth

The Unfinished Dance's performance sequences may be less classical and more Hollywood, but the film has dramatic elements: passionate devotion, melodrama, guilt, great production values, Technicolor .-- this film has amazing tapestry of colors and The Unfinished Dance also has MGM's soon-to-be prima ballerina, Cyd Charisse, and one of the best child actors of all time, Margaret O'Brien.
According to O'Brien, her mother, a former dancer, had seen the French film "La Morte du Cygne"and brought the idea of remaking it to MGM. The 9-year old Margaret trained for six months with Russian ballet teachers, and did her own dancing in the film. Margaret's prep really pays off and I could tell she had natural elegance and grace in her body movements in particular her flowing arm gestures.

Comedian Danny Thomas made his film debut in The Unfinished Dance, playing O'Brien's guardian. It was a warm and appealing performance. But Thomas's film career never really took off. When he turned to television in the early 1950s he became a huge star.

The Unfinished Dance, which sets the action at the Ballet School of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Young Meg Merlin, ( Margaret O'Brain ) who hero-worships a dancer at her elite ballet school, is heartbroken when prima ballerina La Darina (the stunning Karin Booth) arrives to rival her idol. So Meg devises a plan. One little tug on a light switch while La Darina dances Swan Lake will ruin the performance. But Meg pulls the wrong switch - the one that opens a stage trapdoor - and sends the prima ballerina into a career-ending plunge to the floor below. Margaret O'Brien and Cyd Charisse play two generations of dancers in this lavish Technicolor film that combines a tragic story of guilt and broken dreams with the opulence of ballet (among the elegant visuals: the mirrored floor that emulates the swans' watery domain). It's a must-see for fans little Margaret O'Brian or Cyd Charisse.
 

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8 Mile (2002) Cable TV Directed by Curtis Hanson ('The Hand That Rocks the Cradle', 'L.A. Confidential', 'Chasing Mavericks'). Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto ('Brokeback Mountain', 'The Wolf of Wall Street', 'The Irishman'). Editing by Craig Kitson ('In Her Shoes'; Jay Rabinowitz ('The Adjustment Bureau', 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday').

Starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy. Support by Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie.

A rapper tale that I culture canceled after 45 minutes.

Filmed 2001/2 in Detroit and NYC. Budget $41M; Worldwide Gross $242M. Won Oscar for Original Song.




Once Is Not Enough (1975) Cable TV Directed by Guy Green ('Light in the Piazza', '55 Days at Peking', 'A Patch of Blue'). Cinematography by John Alonzo ('Harold and Maude', 'Conrack', 'Chinatown', 'Farewell, My Lovely', 'Norma Rae', 'Tom Horn', 'Scarface'). Editing by Rita Roland ('A Patch of Blue', 'Resurrection', 'Fort Apache the Bronx'). Music by Henry Mancini ('Breakfast at Tiffany's', 'The Days of Wine and Roses', 'Charade', 'Revenge of the Pink Panther', 'The Glass Menagerie').

Starring Kirk Douglas, David Janssen, Deborah Raffin, Brenda Vaccaro. Support by Melina Mercouri, Alexis Smith, Gary Conway, George Hamilton.

A young woman's struggle with her father, and her lover. This Jacqueline Susann-based soap is distinguished only by the marvelous Brenda Vaccaro, and film crew's technical prowess.

Filmed 1974 in NYC, LA, Switzerland, Spain. Budget $7M; Worldwide Gross $15M.

 

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Untamed Youth (1957)
Spotlight: Juvenile Delinquents - Thursdays in June
This month-long Spotlight examines the “juvenile delinquent” movies of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, when the subject of youthful alienation and anti-social behavior was a popular one in both exploitation flicks and more serious studies. Movies about youthful crime had been made throughout the 1920s and ‘30s, but it was in the following decades that the issue was presented as a social problem in need of solutions. TCM Juvenile Delinquent films cover the period 1945-1967 .

A hugely under-appreciated B movie. Surprisingly good performances from Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson and a largely youthful cast. (The numbers) are well integrated into the story and interestingly staged. Miss Van Doren establishes her right to be classified as a female Presley with the rock-and-roll numbers.
Mamie Van Doren's 1957 movie "Untamed Youth".

Director:Howard W. Koch
Writers:John C. Higgins (screenplay), Stephen Longstreet (story)
Stars:Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson, John Russell

Shocking Juvenile "Punishment" Farm!
Kids Turned Rock-N-Roll Wild -- and the "House of Correction" That Makes 'Em Wilder!
Starring the Girl Built Like a Platinum Powerhouse -- Mamie Van Doren!


Untamed Youth
(1957), an exploitation film directed by Howard W. Koch and released through Warner Bros., stars Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as sisters who are arrested for skinny-dipping and sentenced to labor on a farm run by corrupt owner John Russell. Van Doren, playing a would-be musical star, has some musical numbers in which she reportedly became the first female to perform rock ‘n’ roll songs on film.
Directed by Howard W. Koch (who in a few years would become head of production for Paramount Pictures) and produced by Koch's longtime producing partner Aubrey Schenck, Untamed Youth has a script by John C. Higgins, talented writer of many films that are considered classics today, like T-Men (1947), Raw Deal (1948), Border Incident (1949) and Sabotage Agent (1943, story credit).

The ad campaign for Untamed Youth (1957) was lurid and sensationalistic -- just like the movie itself. A low-budget, campy exploitation film designed to showcase the huge-chested, blonde starlet Mamie Van Doren, Untamed Youth succeeded both in making certain critics and morality crusaders rather angry, and in earning quite a bit of money for distributor Warner Brothers. (When the Catholic Legion of Decency condemned this movie, it only made more people want to see it.)
This movies has a lot of cheesy fun . Thoroughly Enjoyed it
 

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Mulholland Dr. (2001) DVD Directed by David Lynch ('Eraserhead', 'The Elephant Man', 'Blue Velvet', 'Twin Peaks-TV Series', 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me', 'Lost Highway', 'Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces', 'Twin Peaks-TV Series'). Cinematography by Peter Deming ('My Cousin Vinny', 'Lost Highway', 'Twin Peaks-TV Series'). Editing by Mary Sweeney ('Twin Peaks-TV Series', 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me', 'Lost Highway', 'Baraboo'). Music by Angelo Badalamenti ('Arlington Road', The Beach', 'A Very Long Engagement', 'A Late Quartet', 'Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces').

Starring Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring. Support by Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino, Robert Forster, Monty Montgomery, Chad Everett, Lee Grant, Melissa George, Maya Bond.

Rewatch of Lynch's surreal L.A. neo-noir masterpiece. Synthesis of Hollywoodism.

Filmed 1999/00 in L.A. Budget $15M; Worldwide Gross $20M. Oscar nom for Best Director.



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Untamed Youth (1957)
Spotlight: Juvenile Delinquents - Thursdays in June
This month-long Spotlight examines the “juvenile delinquent” movies of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, when the subject of youthful alienation and anti-social behavior was a popular one in both exploitation flicks and more serious studies. Movies about youthful crime had been made throughout the 1920s and ‘30s, but it was in the following decades that the issue was presented as a social problem in need of solutions. TCM Juvenile Delinquent films cover the period 1945-1967 .

A hugely under-appreciated B movie. Surprisingly good performances from Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson and a largely youthful cast. (The numbers) are well integrated into the story and interestingly staged. Miss Van Doren establishes her right to be classified as a female Presley with the rock-and-roll numbers.
Mamie Van Doren's 1957 movie "Untamed Youth".

Director:Howard W. Koch
Writers:John C. Higgins (screenplay), Stephen Longstreet (story)
Stars:Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson, John Russell

Shocking Juvenile "Punishment" Farm!
Kids Turned Rock-N-Roll Wild -- and the "House of Correction" That Makes 'Em Wilder!
Starring the Girl Built Like a Platinum Powerhouse -- Mamie Van Doren!


Untamed Youth
(1957), an exploitation film directed by Howard W. Koch and released through Warner Bros., stars Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as sisters who are arrested for skinny-dipping and sentenced to labor on a farm run by corrupt owner John Russell. Van Doren, playing a would-be musical star, has some musical numbers in which she reportedly became the first female to perform rock ‘n’ roll songs on film.
Directed by Howard W. Koch (who in a few years would become head of production for Paramount Pictures) and produced by Koch's longtime producing partner Aubrey Schenck, Untamed Youth has a script by John C. Higgins, talented writer of many films that are considered classics today, like T-Men (1947), Raw Deal (1948), Border Incident (1949) and Sabotage Agent (1943, story credit).

The ad campaign for Untamed Youth (1957) was lurid and sensationalistic -- just like the movie itself. A low-budget, campy exploitation film designed to showcase the huge-chested, blonde starlet Mamie Van Doren, Untamed Youth succeeded both in making certain critics and morality crusaders rather angry, and in earning quite a bit of money for distributor Warner Brothers. (When the Catholic Legion of Decency condemned this movie, it only made more people want to see it.)
This movies has a lot of cheesy fun . Thoroughly Enjoyed it
Thanks, Rob.

Mamie Van Doren (turned 90 in February) struck a chord for me as a kid. Huge chest didn't hurt, but also because from '55 to '61 she was married to trumpeter Ray Anthony (turned 99 in January).

I was in heaven with The Beat Generation (1959), when she co-starred with another favorite Ray Danton ('The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond', 'The Longest Day'). Honorable mention to Mamie's High School Confidential (1958).

The Beat Generation (1959)



 

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Last night my wife and I watched The Ambulance (1990) on cable (ScreenPix Voices on Xfinity last Thursday; also being broadcasted later today, tomorrow, and June 25 & 26 on the ScreenPix channels).


Synopsis:
A comic-book artist meets a woman on the NY streets, but after a quick flirtation (and him acting a bit creepy), she suddenly collapses, and is picked-up by an old ambulance. He checks all the hospitals in the area, but the woman seems to have disappeared.​

This is labeled as an Action, Comedy, Horror; I would call it a thriller.

My wife and I really enjoyed it; I rated this 4 stars on the Netflix 5-star rating, even though IMDB shows a 5.9 rating and Rotten Tomatoes shows an Audience Score of 51%.
 
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