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Classic Films & TCM

Vivien Leigh
Vivian Leigh 1913-1967

A few months ago I signed up with DirecTV to provide me with television service. It’s probably been about ten years or so since I had any form of traditional television service. The last thing I had was Dish Network, and before that Charter Cable. Over the last decade, I’ve been just watching DVD’s and Blu-ray’s and then Netflix and iTunes content via an Apple TV.

Since having DirecTV, my favorite channel is 256 or TCM (Turner Classic Movies). With encouragement from friends on MacRumors, I’ve seen several classic films that rate in the all time best category. Plus, many other films of good review.

I am finding that I really enjoy these classics better than many, more contemporary, movies. I say that because the films do not rely on special effects to carry the movie through for the viewer. They rely on great plots and great acting. I’m not saying that modern movies don’t have great plots and acting, but in my opinion, they’re fewer and farther apart while the majority are over-the-top with special effects and poor story lines and acting. Additionally, these classic films, most of them, are in black & white and there is a certain elegance to that over color.

Just some of the films that I’ve seen recently are listed here, in no particular order. Some of these, and others, I’ll come back and post a review of as well.

 

Star Trek: Into The Darkness

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What a great flick that was! Start to finish was fantastic. The acting was good, the plot good and the visual effects good.

I was impressed with Star Trek (2009) with the actors for Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty and how they were able to really capture the likeness in mannerism of the original actors. They did a remarkable job and it continued with Into the Darkness.

I also enjoyed the sort of role reversal between Kirk and Spock regarding the flash-forward from the early Star Trek films and TV series. The radiation scene, Kahn and his crew being rescued from cryo-sleep and turing on the Federation, just like in TOS.

I also was reminded of the highway scene in The Matrix (2? or 3?) when Spock and Kahn were fighting on those ships flying through San Francisco, just like Morpheus and the Agent.

Early in the film, they encounter the Klingon’s and their D-Class ships. One thing I noticed was they had a sound reminiscent of the Tie Fighter from Star Wars. I thought that was strange, but interesting.

Then the head of Star Fleet was played by Peter Weller who played Officer Murphy, RoboCop, in 1987. That was cool seeing him again since I don’t think I’ve seen anything he’s done since then.

JJ Abrams did a great job in bringing in new technology, a new story intertwined with bits and pieces from the early movies and TV series. I loved it all.

Lastly, they left the door open for more movies with the crew talking about their 5-year mission which is just beginning and that Kahn and his crew are being kept alive in their tubes. Surely they won’t stay there forever.

Behind Green Lights (1946)

I just finished watching Behind Green Lights (1946) Staring Carole Landis, and John Ireland.

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

I downloaded this film from the Free Film Noir Movies website and loaded it into iTunes so I could watch it on the big screen.

I liked it as it was a classic style ‘who done it’ murder mystery. The police lieutenant had to interview several suspects in the death of a prominent public figure only to find out it was the person he’d least expect.

The film was only an hour-long which was nice being that many contemporary movies seem to want to run 2 ½ to 3 hours, which is a long time for me to sit and watch anymore – as a rule, and there are exceptions of course.

I must say that Carole Landis was quite the stunning lady too. Very beautiful and supremely well dressed. It’s too bad she committed suicide two years after this film in a fit of real life lovers rage.