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Winning 2 of 3 at San Diego was a big boost for the Brewers.  Now the Brewers have a 4 game series at St. Louis this weekend.  While a sweep or 3 of 4 would be ideal for the Brewers I'd settle for a split so the Cards don't gain any ground.  Pitching for Milwaukee are  Lauer,  Woodruff,  Houser, and Burnes.  Throwing for St. Louis are  Wainwright,  Hudson,  Liberatore and Mikolas.   After Sunday the Brewers head to the Scrubbies.

Let's place all OTA and Mini Camp stuff in one thread..

Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of May 23-29, 2022. Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start of summer are this weekend, and it's unsurprising that TCM will have a bunch of military-themed movies once again. Before that, however, there's one more night of the movies of Anna May Wong on Thursday in prime time, as well as stuff from the 1930s through to 2000. So there should be something for everyone. As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.



We'll start the week off with a Loretta Young pre-Code film: She Had to Say Yes, at 12:15 PM Monday on TCM. Young plays Flo Denny, a secretary at a New York clothing manufacturer engaged to one of the salesmen, Tommy Nelson (Regis Toomey). There's a depression on, and to get sales from out-of-town buyers, the boss has been hiring women to "entertain" the buyers. However, these women aren't classy enough, and Tommy comes up with the idea of using more innocent young women for the job -- namely, the company's secretaries! Not that they signed up for this. Anyhow, Flo goes along because she wants to keep her job, at least until she finds out from buyer Danny (Lyle Talbot) want the buyers really want out of this. Danny is stunned at how pure Flo seems to be, and actually falls in love with her. But another buyer whom Flo spurned, Luther (Hugh Herbert), tells Danny about Flo's relationship with Tommy. What's a poor working girl to do?



TCM had a programming salute to Yvette Mimieux back in April. One of the movies that I didn't mention was Dark of the Sun. That's on the TCM schedule again, at 8:00 AM Tuesday. In 1960, the former Belgian Congo gained its independence, and ethnic infighting immediately broke out. There were Europeans in isolated parts of the country, working as things like mining engineers, and President Ubi hires a pair of mercenaries, Curry (Rod Taylor) and Ruffo (Jim Brown) to go to one of those distant mining towns by train and rescue the Europeans from one of the approaching rebel groups. However, that's a ruse for the president's real desire. This is a diamond mine, and there's supposedly $50 million in diamonds in a safe there which the mercenaries should pick up, too. And this is technically not a legal mission since it's not UN-sponsored. Along the way, they pick up Claire (Yvette Mimieux), whose husband was killed by the rebels, and get to the mine, only to discover that the mission is about to get a lot more complicated.



Memorial Day is this weekend, and we're going to be having a bunch of war movies over the weekend. Before that, however, I'll mentioned a movie that's set on the homefront during World War II: Racing With the Moon, at 9:45 PM Tuesday on Flix. It's Christmas 1942 in Mendocino, CA, where two young adult best friends live: Hopper Nash (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicolas Cage), who already has a girlfriend Sally. Both of them have been drafted into the Marines, and they've got several weeks left until they have to report for duty. Caddie (Elizabeth McGovern) is a girl who catches Hopper's eye, and when he falls in love with her, he finds out that she lives in one of the big mansions up on the hill. The only thing is, she lives there with Mom, who lives in the maids' quarters, and isn't actually rich. And then the friendship between Hopper and Nicky is threatened when Nicky gets Sally pregnant and everybody disagrees on how to handle this problem.



We actually have a movie from the 2000s this week. That film is In the Mood for Love, which will be on TCM at 6:30 AM Wednesday. In Hong Kong in 1962, Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) responds to an ad about a sublet, only to find that it's been taken by a Mrs. Su (Maggie Cheung). However, there's another sublet next door, and Chow takes that. The two subletters find that they're both married, and that both of them have a spouse who has to travel abroad on business quite a bit. As they keep running into each other, they get the distinct feeling that each of their spouses is stepping out on them. And as you can guess, the two of them also find themselves developing feelings for each other, which is a problem because in a crowded and relatively conservative society like 1962 Hong Kong, anybody who knows them and sees them in the apartment block is going to realize they're carrying on a relationship if they're not careful. Eventually, Chow gets a job in Singapore, which could change the nature of their relationship forever.



The search function at x4 is probably screwed up, because I would have thought I mentioned Alvarez Kelly at least once before. It's airing again at 12:08 PM Wednesday on StarzEncore Westerns. William Holden plays Alvarez Kelly, a cattleman in 1864, which as you know is the height of the Civil War. He's signed a contract to deliver a herd of cattle to the outskirts of Virginia, where General Grant is besieging the city. He is to be accompanied by US Army Major Stedman (Patrick O'Neal). However, it's not hard to discover a herd of cattle like this being driven, and the Confederacy knows those cattle could be extremely useful in feeding the people of Richmond. So Confederate cavalry colonel Tom Rossiter (Richard Widmark) and his men capture Kelly and try to force him to deliver the cattle to Richmond proper rather than Grant's troops, despite Rossiter and Kelly not getting along. Meanwhile, it's personal for Rossiter, as his fiancée Liz (Janice Rule) is stuck in Richmond trying to escape.



If you want a fun 80s comedy, you could do a lot worse than to catch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at 6:00 AM Friday on MovieMax. Michael Caine plays Lawrence Jamieson, a con artist plying his trade on the rich women visiting the French Riviera. He cons Fanny (Barbara Harris) before running into fellow con artist Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), whom he doesn't really like. Lawrence runs Freddy out of town, but Freddy meets Fanny, which gives him something to blackmail Lawrence with. The two then wait for the next mark, who happens to be American heiress Janet (Glenne Headley), and bet on who can con her first, with the winner getting to stay in town. Except that things get more complicated when Janet turns out to be a contest winner instead of an heiress, and Freddy finds himself falling in love with Janet. Things continue on like this in hilarious fashion as everybody tries to one-up one another in their con artistry.



Herbert Marshall was capable at comedy, even though he didn't get that much chance to star in prestige comedies. Instead, he got stuck in RKO programmers like Breakfast for Two, airing on TCM at 10:15 AM Friday. Marshall plays Jonathan Blair, scion of a family owning a shipping company, but who spends his life as a playboy. One morning, he wakes up to find a woman named Valentine (Barbara Stanwyck) in his apartment. Apparently he got blackout drunk after meeting her on a night out on the town; she took him home; and the dog wouldn't let her leave. Valerie realizes she likes Jonathan, even though he's got a nominal girlfriend in Carol (Glenda Farrell). So when Valerie learns that the Blair shipping line is in danger of going under financially, she decides to come up with a scheme to save the company as well as winning his heart. However, when Jonathan begins to comprehend what's going on, he thinks Valerie is trying to steal the company out from under him, which threatens to put the kibosh on a budding romance.



I mentioned earlier that Memorial Day is this weekend, and once again, TCM has a marathon of war-themed movies starting at 8:00 PM Friday with Twelve O'Clock High and continuing right through the weekend. A lot of the movies are World War II movies, with one telling a story that doesn't get told much: Go for Broke!, at 2:30 AM Saturday. Van Johnson plays Lt. Michael Grayson, who reports for a new assignment that's not what he expected, to command the 442 nd Regiment. All of the soldiers in this regiment are Nisei: second-generation Japanese-Americans, whose parents emigrated to America and are now in the internment camps out west because of Franklin Roosevelt's shameful policies. The young soldiers want to show their loyalty to the country of their birth, and also don't want to be in the internment camps. But, of course, it was Japan that attacked Pearl Harbor, and Lt. Grayson has a hard time getting past that when faced with Japanese-American soldiers. Eventually, the regiment gets shipped off to Italy, where it turns out that they're a pretty fine bunch of soldiers, and the soldiers in turn learn that Grayson is actually a decent man who can learn to overcome his prejudices.



For a movie not about war over the weekend, try Mississippi Burning, which you can see at 2:00 PM Sunday on The Movie Channel. The movie is of course based on a real case, although the names have been changed to protect people since the actual case didn't result in convictions until many years after the movie was released. It's 1964 in Mississippi, and three student civil rights workers are going through one of the more rural counties trying to register black residents to vote, when they go missing. Because of the new civil rights laws, the FBI gets involved, sending a pair of agents to investigate. Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) is a northerner and technically the superior officer, while Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) is a former sheriff in Mississippi and knows the way the place works and how difficult it's going to be to get any information out of the white people. Indeed local law enforcement has sway over the locals and tries to influence them not to talk, as we see when the wife (Frances McDormand) of the deputy sheriff (Brad Dourif) actually does talk. Eventually, the FBI decides that there's no chance of getting a murder conviction, so instead they're going to have to try a federal case of civil rights violations.



One of the movies that TCM loves to drag out for military-themed programming is They Were Expendable. It shows up this weekend, at 7:30 AM Sunday. Robert Montgomery plays Lt. John Brickley, who is stationed in the Philippines in the autumn of 1941, the islands being a US colony at the time. Working under him is Lt. Rusty Ryan (John Wayne). Brickley is working on an idea that would eventually become the PT boats, but because the war isn't on yet, Washington isn't pursuing the idea that urgently. Of course, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, which means that an attack on the Philippines can't be too far behind. In one of those skirmishes, Ryan picks up an injury that results in blood poisoning, so he gets sent to a field hospital where he meets Nurse Lt. Davyss (Donna Reed), who becomes the focus for a romantic subplot. The PT boats' job is to hold off the Japanese as long as possible, and Washington realizes these boats do have some strategic value. Director John fell ill during production, and Robert Montgomery took over to get the movie finished, discovering that he enjoyed directing.

Home runs are great, but the Brewers’ reliance on them to score runs leaves them in a precarious situation. The players on this team are perfectly capable of playing small ball with their speed. If they want to be a great team, they need to be relentless with the hits and base running. It’s what the hated Cardinals do.

Brewers win 1-0.

Peralta strikes out 10 in 7 innings followed by Williams and Hader striking out the side in the 8th and the 9th.

Hader struck out 3 guys swinging with pitches clocked at either 98 or 99 MPH.

Uphill battle in Boston this afternoon.

It's been a great ride the last 3 years in the playoffs and if this is it for this year, we'll still have the best player in the world coming back next year and will always have a chance.

I'm not sure what more Giannis can do than he's already done this series, so someone else will have to step up on offense

OK, so I've been sending money to DirecTV for a long time, used to subscribe to Sunday Ticket, used to get free or discounted deals, but just stopped that some years ago and kept DirecTV.

Last year, about a month into the season, they sent me an email saying I would get NFL Sunday Ticket for free for the rest of the season.

Now, they've already emailed me telling me I'll get the same deal for the 2022 season.

Boris said something about how they're trying to keep their numbers up to hold on to the NFL deal. BUT if anyone can use this info above to get a cut rate deal of their own, feel free to exploit it.

Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of May 16-22, 2022. The Milwaukee Basketball Team may be playing more games after today, or maybe not until the autumn. Either way, you guys are going to be doing bickering about sports. As always, why not deal with the bickering by watching some good movies instead? We've got movies from the 1930s through the 1990s, including another selection from Star of the Month Anna May Wong. As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.



As usual, most of the old movies are on TCM, kicking off with Varsity Show at 1:15 PM Monday. At Winfield College, a bunch of students are looking to put on their annual variety revue, but their faculty advisor, Professor Biddle (Walter Catlett), isn't so thrilled with their ideas. So the students call in one of the school's noted alumni, Chuck Daly (Dick Powell), who went on to some success as a Broadway producer. However, what they don't know is that his last several shows have been flops and he's badly in need of a hit and hoping to get to Hollywood to get that hit. He brings in Fred Waring, a noted bandleader of the time, to provide the music, and Ted Healy to provide the comic relief. Instead, he packs up the production and returns to New York, at which point the students figure out what's going on and follow him to New York, with the show eventually being put on on Broadway. The original cut of the movie was 120 minutes, but was re-released some years later with 40 minutes cut out.



One of this week's 90s movies is Get Shorty, airing at 10:00 AM Monday on The Movie Channel. John Travolta plays Chili Palmer, a Miami gangster who works as a loan shark for Bones (Dennis Farina). Dennis sends Chili to deal with a particularly difficult recovery, from the widow of a man who died in a plane crash. Except that he didn't die, but faked his death and went out to Vegas. While in Vegas, a casino owner who had the not-dead guy as a client tells Chili about another client, Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), who racked up a bunch of debt before decamping to Hollywood where he works producing low-budget movies. Palmer, being a movie buff, tells Zimm a story that is a thinly-disguised version of the search of the guy who faked his death, and this gets Palmer an in to Hollywood. It turns out that he has a knack for the Hollywood business, which is about as cutthroat as being a loan shark. But the other producers may still have a few tricks up their sleeves.



We've got a movie this week that's only two dozen years old: A Simple Plan, which will be on Cinemax multiple times this week, including at 11:30 PM Tuesday. Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton) is a bookkepper for a feed mill in small-town Minnesota who has a pregnant wife Sarah (Bridget Fonda) and a brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) who has some sort of mental disability that's left him on welfare for most of his life. One winter's day, Jacob and his good-old-boy friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) pick up Henry for a jaunt out on the rural roads; chasing a fox into the woods, they come upon a crashed small plane. That's bad enough, but the plan has moneybags in it totaling over $4 million. Lou and Jacob want the money, while Hank isn't so sure what to do because he rightly knows it will get them into trouble. However, the other two prevail on him to hold the money for safekeeping until the spring when the plane will be found. Bad idea, as Lou and Jacob are going to want the money now. Worse, Hank tells his wife, and her plans for dealing with it lead to more disaster.



For another World War II morale-builder, try Cairo, on TCM at 6:30 AM Wednesday. Robert Young plays a small-town reporter named Homer Smith who, because of his paper's reporting, gets a job as a foreign correspondent covering the war personally for the folks back in small-town America. On the way to Cairo, the boat he's on gets torpedoed by the Nazis, and he meets Philo Cobson (Reginald Owen), who claims to be with British intelligence. He may not make it to Cairo thanks to the torpedo, so if Homer does, perhaps he should deliver the message kind of like The Man Who Knew Too Much. And then, once actually getting to Cairo, Homer meets Marcia Warren (Jeanette MacDonald), a movie star forced to flee continental Europe because of the war. She also happens to be Homer's favorite actress.However, due to a series of misunderstandings, each of them thinks the other may actually be a spy for the Nazis! Ethel Waters plays Marcia's maid and then some, and gets to sing some songs along with MacDonald.



The Last Temptation of Christis on this week, at 9:27 AM Thursday on Starz Cinema. Based on a controversial 1950s novel, the movie takes a different look at Jesus Christ (played here by Willem Dafoe). Jesus in addition to being the son of God according to the New Testament, was also a human living in a complicated period of history (assuming there was one Jesus and not a composite of a bunch of people with a messiah complex). This Jesus collaborates with the Romans at first, much to the consternation of Judas Iscariot (Harvey Keitel), before doing some of the things mentioned in the gospel, notably saving Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey). The real controversy, however, comes after Pontius Pilate (David Bowie) has Jesus crucified. Jesus is resurrected after the crucifixion, but as a man who is able to take a wife and start a family, but he's also a man tormented by demons as we learn when he's an elderly man.



Thursday brings another night of Anna May Wong's movies on TCM, including A Study in Scarletat 9:15 PM. You might recognize the title as the firstof the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and indeed this is a Holmes movie, starring Reginald Owen as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective. This time, the story revolves around "The Scarlet Club", a society of members that have pooled their resources, with a member's estate being distributed to the other members should he or she die. A Mrs. Murphy has come to see Holmes, her husband having just died and she finding out that she'll get nothing since he was part of the Scarlet Club. Holmes begins to investigate and finds that there's murder afoot, but he also finds that there's not much he can do about it, at least not quickly.Anna May Wong plays Mrs. Pyke, widow of one of the members who might actually be responsible for the murders. Despite her high billing, she actually has a relatively small role.



Before James Cameron went overboard directing Titanic, he made another movie about a sunken vessel: The Abyss, which you can on on StarzEncore at 8:55 AM Friday. This time, however, the ship in question is a US Navy submarine, which encounters something while in the Caribbean, winding up in one of the deep trenches that are part of the ocean. The Navy needs to find the sub fast, before the Soviets can get to it. The Navy is in a bit of luck, as there's a drilling platform from an American company nearby. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), who designed this experimental platform, wants to go on the expedition, and the Navy commander, Lt. Coffey (Michael Biehn) doesn't have that much choice. However, the current foreman of the platform is Lindsey's estranged husband Bud (Ed Harris). When they find the sub, they find some sort of strange phenomenon. Complicating matters is an approaching hurricane.



If you want a movie that sounds familiar, try watching Once You Kiss a Stranger, on TCM at 7:30 AM Friday. Carol Lynley plays Diana Granger, a young woman in Malibu living off a trust set up by her aunt. This is conditional on Diana seeing a psychiatrist, as the aunt is concerned about Diana's homicidal tendencies; needless to say, this condition is something that greatly bothers Diana. Diana goes to a PGA tournament that her late uncle sponsored, which is where she meets golf pro Jerry Marshall (Paul Burke), who is in a failing marriage and who has this terrible habit of always succumbing to the pressure and finishing second at tournaments. Indeed, at the present tournament he misses a putt on the 72 nd hole that results in a playoff set for Monday. Diana comes up with a ridiculous idea. Since Jerry sees one of the other golfers as a constant rival, perhaps Diana could bump him off, in exchange for Jerry bumping off Diana's current shrink. Obviously, Jerry thinks this is nuts, but then the rival golfer winds up dead, and Diana has evidence that would incriminate Jerry.

If all of the above sounds familiar, it's because the movie is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train. You have the opportunity to catch the latter, at4:15 PM Saturday on TCM.



Ralph Richardson was a fine British actor who received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his final film. That movie, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, will be on Cinemax at 8:06 AM Saturday. Richardson plays the 6 th Earl of Greystoke, whose parents are shipwrecked off the African coast. They have an infant son before Mom dies and Dad gets killed by apes, who take away the infant. Many years later, explorer Philippe d'Arnot (Ian Holm) runs into an odd young white man who doesn't speak any western language, and because of their mutual need for survival, they become friends of a sort. D'Arnot figures that the young man must be the Greystoke heir, and takes the man back to the Greystoke estate in Scotland, which is where he meets Jane (Andie MacDowell, although her voice was dubbed by Glenn Close). News of a possible heir makes the Earl happy and gives him a renewed vigor, but the young man finds that it's difficult integrating into human society after that upbringing with the apes.



TCM did not run Mildred Pierce on Mother's Day. Instead, they're running it this Sunday at 8:00 PM, as part of a double feature with another film with an oversized mother, Gypsyat 10:00 PM Sunday. Joan Crawford plays Mildred, who at the start of the film sends business partner Wally Fay (Jack Carson) to the beach house of her second husband, Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott), where Wally finds him shot to death. The police investigate and bring Mildred in for questioning, at which point we get the flashback. Mildred was married to Bert (Bruce Bennett) with two daughters, including elder daughter Veda (Ann Blyth). Unfortunately, the marriage goes sour, and Mildred has to go to great lengths to try to make her daughters happy, eventually working baking cakes and as a waitress, which leads to opening a restaurant that gets her in partnership with Wally and future second husband Monte. Meanwhile, Veda is increasingly ingrateful and spoiled, not liking anything that her mother does for her. Eventually, it leads to that shooting in the beach house, but who did it and why?

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