May Prompt – Shame Swap!

Seeing as how its already May 10 and we’ll have a shortened Shame cycle this month, I wanted to do something completely different. If it sets your Shameful hearts afire, that’s great and maybe we’ll do it again! If not, we’ll toss this into the bin for misfit ideas and forget it ever existed. You’re going to have to follow me on this idea. Ready?

I want you to find a friend. Yes. You need friends for this exercise. You’ll also need to communicate with your friend. Once you have that friend, you’ll swap Shames! You’ll watch their most favorite movie that you haven’t seen. They’ll watch your most favorite movie that they haven’t seen.

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Got it?

For example, let’s say my “friend” has a Top 100 list on Letterboxd.com. I scan his list and note that the first movie on this list that I haven’t seen is his 12th favorite movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). That’s my pick.

Now, my “friend” scans my Top 100 list on Letterboxd.com and recognizes his first unseen movie at #15 — Let It Ride (1989).

He watches Let It Ride and I watch Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Any questions? Once you’ve watched you’ll craft a nice little writeup and share it with Cinema Shame by tagging us on Twitter or emailing the link to cinemashame@gmail.com.

Use the following images to spread the Shame!

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April Shamedown

Due to the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and related shenanigans, the Shamedown is a little tardy this month, but we’ll get things back on track forthwith. Thanks to all of our April contributors and moviewatchers! If we missed any of your posts, please send us the link at cinemashame@gmail.com or tag us on a tweet featuring your link.

April Prompt: Movies from the 2018 TCMFF

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@movielovebogart abides with a first time watch of The Big Lebowski -https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/a-world-of-pain-april-shame-prompt/

@007hertzrumble saddles up Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the Westhttp://thirtyhertzrumble.com/once-upon-a-time-in-the-west-cinema-shame/

 

Shamedown:

@RaquelStecher overcomes some old TCMFF-related SHAME! with a first-time watch of Fiddler on the Roof — http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/05/cinema-shame-fiddler.html

@Realweegiemidget Midget watches a non-Bond Roger Moore classic North Sea Hijack (aka Ffolkes) — https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/north-sea-hijack-1980/

@007hertzrumble finally embraces the concert film/performance art that is Stop Making Sensehttp://thirtyhertzrumble.com/stop-making-sense-cinema-shame/

@TakingUpRoom goes deep sea diving with Voyage to the Bottom of the Seahttps://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/voyage-to-the-bottom-of-the-sea/

 

Podcast:

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CinemaShame goes to the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival –https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/episode-11-tcmff-2018-raquel-stecher-jessica-pickens/

Episode 11: TCMFF 2018 / Raquel Stecher & Jessica Pickens

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A very special on-location episode: Raquel Stecher, Jessica Pickens and James talk about their most anticipated first-time watches from the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. We move on to tank tops, golden age Hollywood dinner parties, and attempt to eliminate “classics” they’d like to see taken down a peg while elevating something worthy of greater adoration.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Attended his fourth TCM Film Festival in 2018.

Raquel Stecher (@raquelstecher) – Attended her sixth TCM Film Festival in 2018. Blogs about classic film at outofthepastblog.com.

Jessica Pickens (@hollywoodcomet) – Attended her fifth TCM Film Festival in 2018. Blogs about classic film (especially musicals!) at cometoverhollywood.com.

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

“TCM Intro” (circa 1995)

Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin introduce Fail Safe.

Ben Mankiewicz introduces Grand Prix.

Trailer for Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

NCAA March Madness Theme

Paul Newman in The Sting

Dean Martin, Vincent Price and Ken Lane @ the Bar Galacto

Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in The Quiet Man

Shirley MacLaine and Laurence Harvey in Two Loves

Flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz

A clip from The Reluctant Saint

A clip from The Locket

Michael Schlesinger discusses SH! The Octopus on Trailers from Hell!

“Springtime for Hitler” – from Mel Brooks’ The Producers

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Recorded on April 26th, 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

April Prompt – TCM Film Festival

For the month of April, Cinema Shame will be focusing on the films shown at the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. The festival will be held from April 26th through April 29th in Los Angeles, CA. (Our very own @007hertzrumble will be in attendance with a few Cinema Shame buttons to hand out!)

Here is a link to the list of films being shown at the festival http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/. The festival offers a large variety of films, many of which are widely available for home viewers. We have a healthy number of contributors attending the festival this year and look forward to getting updates on their own Cinema Shame conquests on location. If you are planning to attend, let us know by tweeting us at @CinemaShame or sending us an email at cinemashame@gmail.com.

When blogging about your First-Time Watches featured at this year’s TCMFF, use one of the below banners to link back to this page to help spread the Shame. Happy Home Festivaling!

Here’s the current festival lineup, though more films will be announced when the full schedule is released… any… minute… now…

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2018 TCM Film Festival Lineup (as of 4.15.18)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Animal House (1978)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Black Stallion (1979)

Blessed Event (1932)

Bull Durham (1988)

Bullitt (1968)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Create from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Detour (1945)

The Exorcist (1973)

Fail-Safe (1964)

Finishing School (1934)

Gigi (1958)

Girls About Town (1931)

Grand Prix (1966)

Hamlet (1948)

A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

His Girl Friday (1940)

How to Marry A Millionaire (1953)

I Take This Woman (1931)

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)

Leave Her To Heaven (1945)

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Maurice (1987)

The Merry Widow (1934)

A Midsummer Nights Dream (1935)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

My Brilliant Career (1979)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

None Shall Escape (1944)

The Odd Couple (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Outrage (1950)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Park Row (1952)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Places in the Heart (1984)

Point Blank (1967)

The Producers (1968)

The Raven (1963)

The Right Stuff (1983)

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor (2018)

Scarface (1932)

The Set-Up (1949)

The Sea Wolf (1941)

Show People (1928)

Silk Stockings (1957)

Sounder (1972)

Spellbound (1945)

Stage Door (1937)

A Star is Born (1937)

The Story of GI Joe (1945)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

THEM! (1954)

This Thing Called Love (1940)

Three Smart Girls (1936)

Throne of Blood (1957)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey (2010)

Tunes of Glory (1960)

When You Read This Letter (1953)

Where the Boys Are (1960)

Wife Vs. Secretary (1936)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Windjammer: The Voyage of Christian Radich (1958)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Woman of the Year (1942)

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962)

 

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March Roundup

Thanks to all our contributors for their discussions during the month of March. Below is a list of the contributors, the films they discussed and links to their posts. If I forgot to mention your contribution reach out to us through twitter at CinemaShame or email us at cinemashame@gmail.com.

Maaarrrggch Statement

@BNoirDetour – The Sea Wolf – https://bnoirdetour.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/the-sea-wolf-cinema-shame-for-march/ 

@deacon05oc – The Count of Monte Cristo – https://letterboxd.com/deacon05oc/film/the-count-of-monte-cristo/

@Campbelldropout– The Adventures of Robin Hood – https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/the-adventures-of-robin-hood/

Other March Statements

@RaquelStecher – The Grass is Greener – http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/03/the-grass-is-greener.html

@TakingUproom – Bridget Jones’s Baby – https://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/bridget-joness-baby/

TV Shame

@realweegiemidge – Knots Landing – https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/knots-landing-1979-93/ 

The Adventures of Robin Hood

For March’s prompt I picked 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” My first Errol Flynn film, well potentially my second if I count Cary Elwes performance as Westley in “The Princess Bride” who seems to be paying homage to Flynn’s acting. I went in completely blind, well as blind as you can be with the story of Robin Hood. Even though I knew the overall story the film was still a joy to watch. I was surprised by the film’s history and was shocked about it receiving a Best Picture nomination. Danny Perry thought it deserved the honor of Best Picture status over “You Can’t Take it With You” in his Alternate Oscars book. I had somehow completely missed this classic film, even though it was placed in the National Film Registry in 1995. Every aspect of the film is remarkable, the only part I’ve felt underwhelmed with was the score, which won an Oscar. I view that as a failure on my part as I’ve always struggled with film scores that were done prior to the mid 1950s. With its status as a classic film a lot has been written about it. I’m going to stick to the one part I thought was the most valuable part of the film and that honor goes to Errol Flynn. This guy was amazing as Robin Hood, the flair, the athleticism, the cockiness, he showed these and a variety of other attributes throughout the film. It’s an action/adventure/swashbuckling film, how much acting is really needed in these type of genres, you mainly let the action do all the work. Flynn puts in the work for this role and it’s probably the major reason this film is considered a classic.. There are two specific scenes that really show his acting range. First is the scene at the archery contest, even though he knows it’s a trap, his hubris and his infatuation with Marian get the best of him. Flynn acts the scene with such skill, as a viewer you can witness him analyzing the situation, he knows he is caught but the opportunity to be close to Marian is too strong. The second scene showing off Flynn’s acting ability is when Robin Hood is being hauled to his execution, the look on his face is one of despair, scoping the area for a potential escape route but slowly realizing he has nowhere to go. This mood is held until Robin gets up to the gallows and sees his men in the crowd. Creating a quick transformation that goes from despair to hope. This is done within a second, involving a change in facial expression and moving to an upright posture, the tone quickly changes which builds excitement within the scene. I’m giving lot of credit to Flynn but some of his co-stars deserve some credit. The chemistry shared between Flynn and Olivia de Havilland adds a raw emotion to the relationship in the film, which heightens some of the later scenes.. At first she despises Robin but slowly that attitude changes, and not just over one scene but throughout the movie, her dislike of him slowly turns into attraction. While the attraction includes personal attraction, part of her falling for Robin is related to his cause of helping the poor. That aspect of building characters seems so simple but seems so rare in films. Usually it’s at the drop of hat characters will switch sides or fall for another character. The romance between Robin and Marian builds slowly which adds depth to the story.

 

If you haven’t seen “The Adventures of Robin Hood” I highly recommend to put this on your watch list in the near future. I purchased the Blu-ray which has some nice features, especially one about Technicolor and a making of feature on the film. Errol Flynn will be go-to in the future. This year I will be adding “Captain Blood” to my Cinema Shame list, which is what put him on the radar for the Robin Hood role.

If you want to read more about “The Adventures of Robin Hood” I recommend @awolverton77 post about a recent screening: https://journeysindarknessandlight.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/the-great-movies-the-adventures-of-robin-hood-1938/.

Episode 10: A Clockwork Orange / Stephanie Crawford

Stephanie Crawford confesses her Kubrickian Shame, addressing the absence of A Clockwork Orange in her moviewatching resume. Give it a slooshy, my chellovecks and devotchkas.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Has spent a lot of time talking about 2001 over multiple pints, feels like the lack of A Clockwork Orange in these conversations was a missed opportunity.

Stephanie Crawford (@scrawfish) – Freelance writer, co-host of the Screamcast podcast, and an all-around resplendent Twitter personality.

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper” – Erika Eigen

“Theme from a Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana)” – Wendy Carlos

“Ninth Symphony, Second Movement” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“William Tell” – Wendy Carlos

“Title Music from A Clockwork Orange” – Wendy Carlos

“How are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Petula Clark, Fred Astaire

“(Peter and the Wolf) Introduction” – Weird “Al” Yankovic, Wendy Carlos

“Gravel Pit” – Wu-Tang Clan

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Recorded in March 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.