As training camp opens tomorrow, who are the nominations for the Craig "Heimey" Roadgrader Heimberger award for the no name training camp player who will garner the most excitement from the packer faithful only to fail to make the final roster?
Had a great time yesterday at the match. Whiners have a top class facility except for the cellular service blows...which is pathetic given it's in the heart of Silicon Valley. Video board is amazing...full, blazing sun and it's like watching TV in my living room.
Man U fans were outnumbered 10-1 by Barca fans, but were loud and pretty cool to talk with.
Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" thread, for the week of July 27-August 2, 2015. Packers training camp opens this week, but there's still time for some good movies before then. August 1 comes this week as well, which means the start of another Summer Under the Stars on TCM, with every day bringing 24 hours of films from a different star. As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.
Our first selection is one of Boris Karloff's final films: The Sorcerers, at 6:30 PM Monday. Karloff plays Montserrat, a psychology professor/hypnotist who believes he's invented a device that will allow people to experience sensations vicariously through the use of other people's minds. So he and his wife (Catherine Lacey) find a young man named Mike in swinging London who's interested in trying something mindblowing without being told what it is (Ian Ogilvy). The device actually works, but there are two catches. Mike doesn't remember what he's done is one. But worse is that while the professor wants to use the device for good -- think of all the things people shut in nursing homes will be able to experience -- his wife wants to use it for personal gain. She gets Mike to rob a furrier and get her a fur coat, and things spiral out of control as she and her husband battle for control of the device and by extension Mike, while Mike's friends wonder what the hell is going on with him. It's decidedly B in production values, but it's a lot of fun.
On Tuesday night, TCM will be spending some time looking at the films of the late director Les Blank. If you haven't heard of him, that's because he was an independent documentary maker, specializing in movies about traditional musicians. In fact, TCM will be spending the first half of the night showing a bunch of movies Blank made on Cajun culture and music (by the way, whatever happened to LSU4GB?), with the one exception being Garlic Is As Good as Ten Mothers at 11:45 PM, where the focus is on garlic and the people who use it in cooking. More up Sconnies' alley may be In Heaven There Is No Beer? at 4:45 AM Wednesday, which looks at the culture of polka music, with a bunch of the polka stars who are no longer with us. (For polka stars who are still with us, look for the Mollie B show over on RFD-TV.) Fire up your fish boil and put on your polka shoes.
July 29 is the anniversary of the birth of William Powell, so it's unsurprising that TCM is spending the morning and afternoon with a bunch of his films. One that I don't think I've mentioned before is Rendezvous, airing at 9:45 AM Wednesday. Set in 1917, this one stars Powell as Bill, an American about to be sent off to fight in World War I until he meets heiress Joel (Rosalind Russell as the beginning of her career), who discovers that Bill is good at breaking codes. Joel has an in with the War Department, so she pulls strings to get Bill reassigned to do codework for the government. Of course, she's also falling in love with him, which has something to do with why she didn't want him sent overseas. Bill winds up having to deal with a ring of German spies (Binnie Barnes and Cesar Romero) and Joel who seems to be unintentionally screwing things up for him as much as helping. It was just a half dozen years later that, with the outbreak of World War II, Hollywood pretty much stopped making films about World War I.
If you like Fox films, there's one over on FXM Retro for you that I don't think I've recommended before: You Can't Have Everything, at 7:30 AM Thursday. Alice Faye plays Judith, a "serious" playwright and distant relative of Edgar Allen Poe who wants to write and stage plays with social significance. This, of course, doesn't pay the bills, and she winds up at a restaurant unable to pay for her dinner. Noticing her is George Macrae (Don Ameche). He's a Broadway producer, and takes pity on Judith by buying the rights to one of her plays -- except that he's planning to turn it into a musical comedy! They fall for each other too, but complicating matters is that George has another woman in his life in the form of Lulu, his fiancée. Lulu's role is credited to Louise Hovick, but this is the original name of one Gypsy Rose Lee. Also in the cast are the Ritz Brothers providing "comic" relief, and Tony Martin as a singer; he was soon to marry Alice Faye in real life but they got divorced and Martin eventually married Cyd Charisse in a marriage that lasted 60 years.
We learned a couple of weeks back that you all like talking about sin. With that in mind, perhaps you'll enjoy the movie Where Sinners Meet, airing at 11:00 AM Thursday on TCM. Reginald Owen and Diana Wynyard play a couple trying to get the ferry across the English Channel so they can elope on the Continent. But their car breaks down, and they're forced to say overnight at an English gentleman's (Clive Brook) country manor. Except that he isn't quite the gentleman, as he detains them longer than overnight, the plan being that he wants would-be elopers to live together for a week to see if the marriage will really work out. And this isn't the first couple he's waylaid, as there's another couple about to leave, played by Alan Mowbray and Billie Burke. Making things much more complicated is that Owen and Burke already know each other. The other interesting thing about this movie is that it's based on a play by AA Milne, whom you'll recognize as the creator of Winnie the Pooh.
AFI honored Steve Martin with a lifetime achievement award earlier this year. TCM will be running the special on Thursday night. As is often the case with specials premiering on TCM, there will be an airing at 8:00 PM for those of us on the east coast, followed by one feature film, and then a repeat of the special. This time, the special repeats at 11:30 PM, and the movie that comes in between is the 1991 version of Father of the Bride, at 9:30 PM. As you can probably guess, Steve Martin does not play the bride, but the father. He's married to Diane Keaton, with an adult daughter (Kimberly Wiliams) who comes home to tell her parents she's gotten engaged. Dad should be happy for her, but at the same time he starts to panic over all the preparations for the weddingand the fact that he barely knows the groom or his parents. Watch also for Martin Short as the wedding planner. This movie, and the 1950 original, each have their own separate merits so give both a try.
Over on Encore Westerns, you have two chances to see Branded: at 10:40 AM Friday and again at 11:50 PM. Alan Ladd stars as Choya, a man who learns of a wealthy rancher who had a long-lost son go missing. So Choya sets off to the ranch of Lavery (Charles Bickford), with a dastardly idea: he'll impersonate the son, so that he can inherit the place and all the money it's worth. He gets to the place and they accept his doctored proof that he is in fact their son, and gets accepted. But then he has a crisis of conscience and tells their daughter (Mona Freeman) the truth. The only way to redeem himself is to find the real son. But it's not just a problem that the family doesn't really accept him any longer since he's not their son; there's also the problem that Choya didn't take up this con act alone. He's got other people in on the plot, and they don't want him to develop a conscience. There's also the guy who kidnapped the son all those years ago, and doesn't want to give him up.
We get one final Friday of noir for the summer this week. One of this week's noirs that I don't think I've recommended before is Criss Cross, airing at 8:00 PM Friday on TCM. Burt Lancaster stars as Steve, an armored-car driver who used to be married to Anna (Yvonne de Carlo). Although the marriage went bad, Steve, dope that he is, can't get her out of his mind. So he goes back to Los Angeles where they lived, to the places where they spent time together. Of course, he runs into her, and they sorta kind rekindle the relationship. Except that Anna has, in the meantime, gotten remarried to the gangster Slim (Dan Duryea). Slim catches the formerly married couple together, and Steve does some quick thinking to get our of the situation. Of course, dope that he is, it's not a very bright idea: he'll let Slim and his gang rob the armored car, if he can get a cut of the take. Needless to say, things don't go as planned.
Saturday is August 1, which means the first day of TCM's Summer Under the Stars for 2015. Each day in August TCM will be running 24 hours of movies from a different actor. The month stars off with a day full of Gene Tierney. Of the movies TCM has selected, I think the only one I haven't mentioned before is Close to My Heart, airing at 2:30 AM Sunday. Tierney plays a housewife who is unfortunately biologically unable to have children, so she would like to adopt one to raise along with husband Ray Milland. Of course, adoptions take time. So when Tierney hears of a case of an infant being abandoned at the local police station, she wants to adopt the kid, like now. The husband, however, is a journalist, so he feels a bit of an obsession with learning about the baby's background. Fay Bainter, who runs the adoption agency, figures that having a father too interested in the past of the baby he'll be adopting might not be the best thing in a prospective parent, thereby gumming up the works....
I mentioned one Alan Ladd western earlier, and now it's time for another: The Proud Rebel, airing at 10:00 PM Sunday on TCM as part of TCM's daylong airing of the films of Olivia de Havilland. Ladd is the star, as John Chandler, a man going north just after the Civil War bringing his son David (real-life son David Ladd) and the world's best sheepdog. It turns out David is mute, but John thinks he can be cured and is looking for a doctor for the cure. Meanwhile, the bad guys (Dean Jagger and sons Harry Dean Stanton and Tom Pittman) get John arrested, and paying off his fine is widowed farmer Linnett (de Havilland). She takes an interest in the son, whil John is more worried about getting David up to the Mayo Clinic where there's a doctor with an experimental cure. David Ladd does a good job playing a kid who can't talk throughout the movie, not particularly overacting. Watch also for veteran character actor Cecil Kellaway as the town doctor.
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