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  1. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    After stepping away from it last week, we're back to building movie themes around my unwatched Twilight Time blu-rays. This week, we're doing some Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau comedies. The Fortune Cookie (1966) — Jack Lemmon plays a sports cameraman who gets injured at a football game...
  2. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    It was another busy week and I've barely been on the site, but we did watch Star Trek 2, 3, and 4 over the course of the past week. I wasn't planning on that, but a chance comment reminded me that I had picked these up on blu-ray awhile ago and had not yet watched them. Both my wife and I...
  3. HawksFord

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    I got my second Pfizer shot on Friday. No complications other than a bit of a sore arm. My youngest will be getting the J&J vaccine this week, so that will mean everyone in my immediate family will have been vaccinated. What a relief!
  4. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    I'm not very good at assessing the quality of a disc. The image did seem kind of soft at times, but there was nothing so bad that it pulled me out of the story. I can't compare it to the DVD.
  5. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    We won't have time for any more movies until Saturday, so our theme for the week is limited to only two movies very loosely connected by the fact that the main characters are Korean War veterans. Thunder Road (1958) — I've known of this movie for years and knew the song, but for some reason I...
  6. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    We watched two more Paul Newman movies for our latest themed week. Both westerns, both at least nominally based on historical characters, and both incorporating a great deal of humor. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — I don't think there's anything I can say about this film that...
  7. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Last week was busy and we didn't have a movie theme. With a little more time this week, we're focusing on Paul Newman. The Long, Hot Summer (1958) — First up was this Twilight Time release. I'd seen this movie many years ago, but my wife didn't remember it. Set in Missippi, Paul Newman...
  8. HawksFord

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday morning. Like others, I only had some mild soreness. I was impressed with the efficiency at the New York state run site I went to. I was in and out in not much more than 20 minutes including the 15 minute wait after the shot.
  9. HawksFord

    Classic Westerns

    That Dodge City scene in Cheyenne Autumn is utterly baffling to me. I cannot imagine why anyone thought it was a good idea.
  10. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Yes, I think this was my first viewing of the film. At least, I didn't remember seeing it before. I can certainly imagine having a different reaction were I watching it 50 years ago, and that reaction would likely shape how I viewed it later. I've thought a lot about the intangibles that...
  11. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Agreed on Audie Murphy's performance in The Unforgiven. It is one of his best. I wish the ending had been better; it just didn't work for me.
  12. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    We watched a couple of Burt Lancaster westerns the last two nights. Lawman (1971) — Burt Lancaster plays a sheriff determined to bring to justice a couple of cowboys who shot up his town. Lee J. Cobb is the powerful rancher protecting those men, and Robert Ryan is a sheriff in Cobb's pay...
  13. HawksFord

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    My wife got her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this week in NY, and a letter from the doctor was how she proved eligibility.
  14. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Last week was busy, and we didn't get to do much movie watching. This week has been a little better, and we're back to doing a themed week. This time it is costume dramas. Or, as my wife dubbed it, a week of beheadings. We loved all of these films, but we differed on which was our favorite...
  15. HawksFord

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    We watched Native Son last night. It's not a very good movie, but it certainly is an interesting movie. One wonders what might have been if the film with more or better resources. I'm glad I had the chance to see it at least once. I really appreciate the variety of films aired on Noir Alley,
  16. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    The Stalking Moon (1968) — We had time for another 1968 western and may get one more in before the week is done. This one starring Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint is a bit of an under-achiever. Peck is an Army scout leaving service, Saint is a woman who was captured long ago by Native Americans...
  17. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Bandolero! (1968) — This western was next up in our stack of unwatched Twilight Time discs. James Stewart and Dean Martin are brothers on the run from a posse led by George Kennedy who is determined to rescue their hostage, Raquel Welch. It's a fairly straightforward chase story. There are...
  18. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Wait Until Dark (1967) — In the Before Times, we used to regularly go to community theater shows. One of the last we saw before everything shut down was a local production of Wait Until Dark. That got my wife to remembering seeing the movie on TV when she was in high school. It was a major...
  19. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    The Detective (1968) — Next up in my pile of unwatched Twilight Time discs was this one starring Frank Sinatra as a police detective bucking the system. We get a sense of his character right away with the brutal murder of a gay man. Sinatra's character stands apart from the other officers in...
  20. HawksFord

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    We watched The Killer That Stalked New York yesterday afternoon and had a similar reaction to some mentioned here. It's worth watching once and it is certainly relevant to what we are living through right now. But the story itself is weak and we're not likely to watch it again. It's too bad...
  21. HawksFord

    Show Off Your System! The HTF Theaters Thread

    Yes, I've been buying them off and on for 25 years or so. Mostly British fiction for me.
  22. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    Logan's Run (1976) — We got one more Michael Anderson directed film in for the week. I had fond memories of reading the novel Logan's Run in the 70s and vague memories of enjoying the movie, so I picked up a cheap used copy of the blu-ray awhile ago. Sadly, this one has not aged well. I don't...
  23. HawksFord

    Show Off Your System! The HTF Theaters Thread

    @Mike2001 That's a nice selection of Folio books on your shelves.
  24. HawksFord

    Classic Westerns

    Man from Snowy River is very good. I remember seeing it in a theater and it immediately become on of my wife's favorite films. Consequently, I've seen it multiple times in multiple formats.
  25. HawksFord

    Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    Really looking forward to Heartworn Highways on blu-ray! It's a terrific documentary with some of my favorite singer-songwriters.
  26. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    As I've mentioned before, I'm going through my unwatched Twilight Time blu-rays (6 or so left) taking the next in the stack and trying to build a theme around it with other discs in my collection. This week, the next TT disc up was The Quiller Memorandum and I had the recent Warner Archive...
  27. HawksFord

    Classic Westerns

    I think it was Josh's recommendation that led me to pick up The Bravados. I really enjoyed it. The ending was very powerful.
  28. HawksFord

    Classic Westerns

    Genre definitions are hard which is one of the reasons we love to talk about them. I didn't have Treasure of Sierra Madre on my list at first because it doesn't really feel like western to me. Then I saw it on some other lists, realized I couldn't come up with a good reason to exclude it. I...
  29. HawksFord

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    North by Northwest (1959) — We got in one more film for our Espionage Week. I know this Hitchcock is a favorite of many, but it always seems to fall a little short to me. There are great set pieces, but I struggle with the internal logic of the story. Nevertheless, it fit in very well with our...
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