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  1. I've always thought Marty Stuart was...damn! And loved his duet with Travis Tritt ("The Whiskey Ain't Workin'"). I'd read somewhere that he was something of a country music historian. But I'd never heard him *talk about it. Color me fascinated. Not just the stories he tells, but how he tells them. I'm adding him to my list of dream dinner guests. And -- Christ!! the last ten minutes of tonight's show, I couldn't look away. And even though I knew it was coming: the sight of the funeral, & Hank plaintively wailing "Your Cheatin' Heart" over those photos, made me weep.
  2. Where's the thread for the Burns doc? It hasn't been anywhere I've looked. eta: found it! "Talk shows", really? <shrugs>
  3. Lazenby's is tonight, and Dalton's run back-to-back Thursday the 26th. How can anyone who's a fan of Jungle Girl movies, not get behind sledding on a cello? Wasn't something like that featured in Jungle Girl Goes to Anchorage?
  4. Eh, I'll give you "supportive" and "open", but so fearing a child might have differing political views? Pretty judgmental. I loved her in the role, but the character was a bit of a cartoon; pretty much how Alvy described Allison, his first wife-to-be, in Annie Hall ("You're like, New York Jewish, liberal left-wing intellectual...Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps...")
  5. I think I speak for the thread here: Report back plz
  6. John Gilbert in Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) and Louis Hayward's Man in the Iron Mask (1939). The chase scene at the end of Bardelys is jaw-droppingly terrific in a "How'd they do **that??" kind of way. And Louis Hayward is a charmer in whatever he does.
  7. Timothy Dalton was my first (& subsequently, most-loved) 007. He was the best & most perfect Mr Rochester (in the best & most perfect version of Jane Eyre), so naturally my fangurl heart followed him to the franchise I'd never much cared for. His is the Intense!Bond; arguably the best actor to ever take on the role. He's not the wiseacre he replaced in the series, but when he gets to take his shot, he's all bull's-eye: "Nothing to declare!" he shouts, as he sleds past Customs on the Bond Girl's cello ("You couldn't have played the violin???") case. And a musical aside: all due respect to Shirley Bassey's title covers, but my favorite 007 tune ("If You Asked Me To") is sung by Patti LaBelle over the closing credits of License to Kill. It crossed my mind during my monthly rewatch of 1937's The Prisoner of Zenda that the leads in that classic might have, in another time, been perfectly cast as Ian Fleming's characters. *Ronald Colman as 007, natch. His King/King's cousin was as close to Bond as he'd ever get. *Douglas Fairbanks Jr as The Clever Villain. His role in PoZ is my personal favorite, and he should've been cast as this character type more often. *Raymond Massey as The Cruel Villain. What a spin *he might've put on "No Mr Bond. I expect to you to die!" *David Niven (the inspiration for the source material) as Q. Sorry: James has to be sexy. As fond as I am of Niven the Actor & Niven the Author...just...no. *Mary Astor as Villain's Mistress-becomes-Bond Girl. Because we know about the diary, honey. *Madeleine Carroll as Love Interest-Bond Girl. She'd've proved waaay more interesting than any of the others (excepting Diana Riggs and Eva Green). *C. Aubrey Smith as M. Because he'd already played countless versions of him.
  8. So I watched it: first full ep I've seen this season. Kelsey, still dressing ugly. Liza, still dithering about the men in her life. Kelsey: Find a new stylist! Liza: Pick one or dump 'em both! "Even" Carrie Bradshaw had more sense than this. Well, eventually. Debi's Maggie remains the best thing about this show, and Miriam's Diana is the de facto hero of the saga. Why? Because heroes change & grow, and she did. Wow I'm super-glad I spent this season watching Friends reruns. It doesn't make me sad to realize that. And I loved this series when it began!!
  9. TCM screened the '33 and '49 versions during their "Summer Under the Stars" series last month. I watched both for the hundred-eleventy-th time. I love all three of the films, and even bear a grudging fondness for the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre production. Well, when you start with *that novel as source material, you're already halfway to memorable. I feel the same about another, even greater "source" book: Pride and Prejudice. Another story of sisters; another story of the second-eldest-as-main-draw. There's something I cherish in each Elizabeth Bennet: Greer Garson got her humor; Jennifer Ehle, her smarts; Keira Knightley was closest to the right age of any previous actress, and brought the youthful spark and energy. And so it goes, with all the Jo's! Katharine Hepburn *was Jo IRL -- the fiercely independent, uncompromising artist. When you know about the actress's life, you understand her Jo all the better. June Allyson was the tomboyish Jo, starting from her first appearance. She jumps the front gate but falls flat on her face. Then she sticks out her chin, gets to her feet, marches out, & tries again. Successfully, this time. Winona Ryder struck such amazing chem with Christian Bale's Laurie. After her sisters, theirs is the central relationship in the story, and you bought those two as best friends. Aaaaannnddd...if you agreed with the premise that Jo and Laurie were too alike to end up together at the end, *this is the Jo that almost changed your mind. Maya Hawke was the right age, and most closely fits the author's initial description: tall, awkward, gangly, "...a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn't like it." I look forward to watching This Year's Jo, and seeing what side *she illuminates.
  10. Yes, x100. A throwaway reax, but perfection. In fact, that whole scene -- from Chandler running in, looking for Monica; to his apology prelude; to his proposal (and Rachel's priceless "Ohhhh...I can't *not look at it"); to his ranking of reasons to marry; to his "...but I know I'm not afraid to do this" (a giant leap for that neurotic wisecracking mess); to their sweet embrace; to the ending! where Monica asks Chandler what he would've done if she'd said "Yes". First he's romantic, and says it would've made him happy. Then he reverts to type: "...or you would've seen a big Chandler-shaped hole in that door."
  11. RIP Valerie Harper, who had one of the more memorable guest star turns in the series' second year. She was Wallis, the charismatic mother of Justin Theroux's short story author. And she was married to David McCallum!! That's drawing a straight in the poker game of casting. She was around 60 at the time the episode was filmed, and we should all look so good at 40!
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    Co-sign. It's a song from WWl: "There's a Long, Long Trail". Of course Potter would know it, and unsurprising that Hawkeye & BJ could sing along to (what was by then) an American classic. The ep where Hawkeye has gone without sleep for so long that he loses it (not the nightmare ep) features a similarly sweet scene in the office. It's the middle of the night and Radar is trying to put a through a call per an exhausted Capt Pierce's request. Hawkeye starts singing WWll ditties ("A lot of great songs came out of that war..."), and breaks down during "I'll be home for Christmas" (a very very tough song to get through when you're on the other side of the world that time of year). Then because he's Hawkeye, he segues into: "When de Fuhrer says/We is de Master Race/We "Heil!" [blows raspberry]...right in de Fuhrer's face...."
  13. One of the greatest TV weddings in the history of the medium.
  14. Sometimes it's how they *say the line (my previous post); sometimes -- obviously! -- it's the line itself: Phoebe (to Ross, after her contractions start to get worse): "I don't see three kids coming out of your vagina!" After a nervous Chandler admits to taking relationship advice from his BFFs: Monica (gestures towards them): "Two divorces and Joey??"
  15. Sometimes it wasn't the line itself that I loved, but the way it was delivered, put it in my Top 10. Jennifer Aniston was the Friend who really grew into her comic chops over the years. My favorite line of Rachel's was all in **how she said it, and had nothing to do with any joke: It was in the second half on the "...Might Have Been" ep, after alt-universe Rachel walks in on husband Barry & the dog walker. She blows into Central Perk, sees Ross, and snaps, "Do wedding vows mean squat to you people??" Always slays me. eta: hey I wrote this last year too🤣
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