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  1. > {quote:title=silentkarina wrote:}{quote} > I just got an email containing the schedule for March 2003, and I notice that there are no silent movies scheduled for March. As someone who is a long-time fan of the silent genre, and one who looks forward to this glimpse back in time, I can't understand why TCM would stop showing them every week. I was overjoyed when I found out that TCM shows silent movies on a regular basis, having spent part of my youth watching them in a vaudeville-era theater, complete with Wurlitzer theater organ (and I'm only 28!). Say it ain't so that they are doing away with the silent movies!!! > If you search the forums, there is a forum for the "Young Film Composers Competition" and it was explained to me that the YFCC program has been put to sleep because of economic issues... The previous sponsors could no longer afford to sponsor the project. Search that forum, and it might explain where Silent Sundays went to. As I recall, if correctly, March used to be the month they used to air the YFCC winners? It was previously done just after "30 days of Oscar" Now, I am upset to learn the project has been shelved, I think the YFCC was breathing new life into these Silents, I especially liked "Souls for Sale" which was done a few years back. TCM had been airing previous winners of the YFCC on Silent Sundays, but without that program in place, maybe it is inappropriate for some reason to air those winners, or possibly there is some kind of licensing issue that prevents that. I wish there were an official rep of TCM that would take some time to some in here and discuss these issues with us, I am sure between the sponsors and the viewers, creative ways to pay for these programs could be thought of. Message was edited by: weAponX (typoes)
  2. *As has been posted here, the Stanford Theater is one of the few theaters in America authorized to run nitrate. The theater was equipped to do so and as one of the premiere revival/art houses on the West Coast, there was no reason for them not to run the print if they had access to it.* Yes, but I have only recently paid these boards any attention- But I should have asked directly, is that Theatre using an old-fashioned gas powered projector? I am sure that the Theatre was as careful as possible, but physics sometimes supersedes care, no matter what procedures taken. I work in a Recording Studio... And there is absolutely no situation where I would take an archive tape, a tape made over 10 years ago, and use it for public performance- As a matter of fact, there is protocol for even handling the tape, and the processes for preservation actually involve destroying the original tape. It is what was done when Rhino restored the audio track for "Meet me in St Louis" - But once the data is recovered, you can process it any way you see fit. Now I know part of what you are saying is that "Nothing is better than seeing a Nitrate Print" of a film in a large Theatre, but, basically in my opinion, to show that film in a public performance should never have been allowed. So now we have one less nitrate print of Cover Girl because people wanted to "See a nitrate print" - Well, that print is no longer with us, due to that attitude. What could have been done, and what should have been done, is Privately, the people responsible for film Restoration, should have access to small parts of a nitrate print in a large Theatre, to note the physical aspects of the print. Then, they can digitally Duplicate the things in the Nitrate Print into a New Print and if done correctly, a digitally restored copy of Cover Girl, properly processed, should be indistinguishable from the original nitrate. Gee, I just want to say, How selfish, and these people should be more responsible for archived film: *...the premiere revival/art houses on the West Coast, there was no reason for them not to run the print if they had access to it* -No reason at all except they destroyed it, now I know these people are highly qualified to handle the film, but we can't afford just one of these incidents. Now, as I mentioned I work with Audio, and one of my jobs is to take music recorded digitally and make you believe that it was recorded on a 2" 24 Track Ampex. and, I CAN and DO do this, and my work has stood up to very high scrutiny. If I can do this with audio, especially with the limited and dated equipment I have access to, then a modern film restoration unit with state of the art equipment should be able to re-create that Nitrate experience.
  3. weAponX

    That Groan-Inducing Topic: Modern Films on TCM

    *I think part of the perception is the "look and feel" of the station. I didn't get TCM until around 2002, but at that time, nearly everything about the station made you feel you were in the 30's or 40's era...the promos, the intros to the films, you name it. You felt you were in a different era. Gradually they made changes to those things...I think around Fall 2004, if I'm not mistaken, and gradually we do not get that feeling from TCM in between the films any longer. Most of the interviews and spots are about stars and directors from later and later eras; the musical backing, the visuals, etc, are all much more modern and do not convey that great sense of nostalgia any longer. This could be because the audience has shifted a bit. Let's face it, fewer folks from the 30's and 40's are around as much as they were in the late 90's. No offense meant by that comment, it's just a fact of nature.* That is precisely the point I have been trying to make, and maybe it started in 2004, but gradually, all of the little intros and things that were 1930's ish have been replaced by things that remind me of being in a cab in 1970. In the morning, they used to play that song about a "Silver Lining"... I really MISS that. I also miss the roll film intro with the band playing on the breakapart stage, And the microphone from Citizen Caine that was used for "Word of Mouth" spots. The things they made to replace those things, are not representative of classic film. Maybe it is a different house is making those spots, it is too bad they could not continue the nostalgic format which attracted us to TCM in the first place.
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    Movie cars?

    -I guess that was before it got Whompoing Willowed. You know that thing got stolen a few years ago? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4384244.stm They found it though.
  5. > {quote:title=CineSage_jr wrote:}{quote} > It's such a difficult choice: Hollywood grinds out dreadful films with such mind-numbing regularity these days, but if I had to nominate any movie, it'd be the execrable Da VINCI CODE, which was about as inept and inane a piece of storytelling as I have seen in a very, very long time. I want to understand why you feel that way, because you are not the only person I have heard give that film a bad knock. My partner and I discuss films, and as he is from Brooklyn, he is very strict with his film critiques. He told me he didn't like it, but he said, in particular, there is one scene where Sophie meets her Grandmother, and for some reason, the entire Theatre audience laughed when the woman says "I am your Grandmother" -He also had other specific complaints that I can't think of. Now, you say, it is inept storytelling, is that your complaint? You think it is corny? Or are you offended by the religious questions it asks? I'm probably the only guy in here that liked "Davinci Code" - I think many people, religious folk, were very upset. Especially many of my friends, and when I ask them if they ever even read the book, they haven't done it. That does not make sense, you cannot say that something is bad if you have never seen it. Which is why I read the book and rented the film, I wanted to understand the religious opposition: and I saw nothing really destructive to my own Faith... maybe because in my own, there is room for questions "What If" which is all DV Code Is. It is almost the same thing that happened when Marty Scorsese announced he was intending to film "The Last Temptation of Christ" - He was fought by the religious community from start to finish, but interestingly, I am familiar with the film and the book it is based on, and there is nothing detrimental toward their religion at all. As a matter of fact, it is complementary. So, it was as if the people were telling Scorsese not to make the film because he was in agreement with them, which is plain silly. I myself am religious, but the ideas in Davinci Code, well for one thing, they are mostly from the book "Holy Blood/Holy Grail" - Even in that book, which may seem to be aimed at the destruction of religious beliefs, at the very end, the author encourages people to not lose their Faith, which is basically what Dan Brown does. I think Dan Brown took the Holy Blood/Holy Grail concept and gave it more substance and inserted Hope- And mixed it in with e detective story. I am a sucker for detective stories, all the way from Warren Williams Perry Mason films, to the recent "Watchmen" Detective/Masked Hero film. DaVinci Code was in the same category. Also, the film was shot beautifully, was edited cleverly, the colour palette was fantastic, and it has my favourite actor: Ian Mcklellan. My complaint about Davinci code was that they ought not to have made it before making "Angels and Demons" - Also, they changed too many things from the original novel. Which is my complaint back to when they first made films like Wuthering Heights and Gone with the Wind... They always change things There have been two films made, which are at least 90% close to the original novel: Phillip K Dick's "A Scanner Darkly" made by Richard Linklatter, and "Watchmen" by Zak Snyder, which is 90% identical to the Graphic Novel, but 99% in exact duplication of each frame in the book. I'd like to see, one of these days, the great Novels and Graphic Novels of the last 200 years to be put to film and not change one line of the original material.
  6. > {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote} > I'm surprised this hasn't been posted here yet. > > > The projector, the safety features in the booth as well as the sprinkler system worked the way they were supposed to, keeping damage contained to the booth and not the rest of the theater. The audience was evacuated quickly and calmly and there were no injuries or fatalities. > > The theater, owned and operated by the Packard Foundation, is currently closed for repairs. Geez, that's terrible... Didn't old projectors run on a gas flame? I hope they were not using an antique projector to show the film. I remember in school it was common for film to get stuck in the projector transport... I've seen many films get destroyed that way... It is a wonder that Quentin Tarantino did not use the effect of melting film in his "Grindhouse" films, or maybe he did, but I didn't see it. I think that is a great effect, but not at the cost of the ruination of a classic film. Anything old, you have to be careful with... I wonder why they were even showing an old print like that? The print should have been handed over for digital copying. "Cover Girl" is a great film, but it deserves the "Rhino" restoration treatment like they did with "Meet Me In St Louis."
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    That Groan-Inducing Topic: Modern Films on TCM

    > {quote:title=DougieB wrote:}{quote} > I agree. But is watching twelve Torchy Blaine movies really better that seeing one rare showing of something like "Nashville" in its full glory? I say there's always room for quality. That's right. Although I love Andy Hardy flicks, there is so much I can take- The idea of Classic films have to include up the the present day, or else you have to exclude all of them, even those films from the 20s-50s you want to see. I myself, enjoy it in the morning when I see a few 30's and 40's films, but later in the day they might show some films from the 60's. Anyway, it is wrong to say: "We can see those films from the 70s on, through other outlets" Well, no, we can't - Not with the same quality and respect to content and aspect ratio that TCM lovingly bestows on all of the films shown. Also, some of these 70's and 80's up films are actually owned by TCM/Turner and can NOT be seen elsewhere. I want also to see more, but not limited to "just" films from 1915 to 1931 - There are a lot of 20th Century Fox films TCM does not have access to, and there are many Paramount films, NOT in the TCM Library. We do not get to see these films, because hey simply are not owned by Turner, and TCM must rent them, if at all they can be rented. I'll ask you this, when, if at all, have you ever seen "It's a Wonderful Life" on TCM? I've been viewing since 2003, and I have not seen it once, and I have never seen it on a schedule once. Now it could be that I missed it, but not likely. So, it is very important to be well rounded as a station. That "other" station that used to show "classic' film, the one that went out in the late 90's, well, you never saw any film newer than maybe 1969- Once, they showed "The Poseidon Adventure" - That was maybe 3 weeks before their big format change. But overall, I thought that was boring. I think TCM's policy of showing new films along with the old is far superior and less boring than always showing 20s through 50s films ONLY. That's no good, see? There are films I used to watch on that channel, which they used to show all the time: Deanna Durbin films which are not shown on TCM, a lot of others- And so, if TCM can get the rights to show some of those films, that might please those folks who want more of the older films, and TCM is probably doing what they can to be allowed to show those films.
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    Classic death scenes

    > {quote:title=fxreyman wrote:}{quote} >... Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan -Don't forget, Data, in Star Trek: Nemesis, blown up in a Thalereon Radiation explosion. Speaking of that film, the execution of the entire Romulan Senate by Thalereon Radiation. ST:X - The death of Hellbo... er, I mean, Ron Perlman/Praetor by Will Riker kicking him down a Jeffery's tube shaft- Which in turn is very similar to the death of Christopher Lloyd/Commander Kruge at Kirk's hands, ah... I mean, Feet: "I... am sick... of You!" (Star Trek III) -The death of Paul Winfield, Captain Tyrell? In Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan ("Waporised" by a self induced Phaser blast) -The death of The Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact due to Data pulling her into the frozen gas and destroying all of her "biological" parts, and the final breaking of her spine by Picard. Star Trek: Next Generation: The death of Tasha Yar by the alien Armus in the episode "Skin of Evil" - For no reason at all. I don't know if that actually counts, TV show. The digitization of Lt Ilia/Persis Khambata in "Star Treck: The Motion Picture" by Voyager/Veeger- "THIS is what I call, Unwarranted" - Captain William Decker/Stephen Collins Ok, other shows: The planet EARTH, as destroyed in "When Worlds Collide"- Could have been more spectacular, but a nice flame-out anyway. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Original) - After Klaatu is shot, Gort goes ballistic and 'Waporises" a few soldiers and tanks. "Forbidden Planet" - The great Hamlet-Type death of "Doc" Warren Stephens by Krell Brain-Amplifier, also the *not shown*- But grisly described death of engineer Richard Anderson (He was torn limb from limb). The cremation of the planet Altair IV. "Crack In The World" - A guy, inspecting a live volcano shaft, falls in to the lava and is totally disintegrated. "Return of The King" - Gollum falls into Mt Doom, but it was too clean, he needed to be dissolved. "Return of The King" - The grisly death of The Witch King of Angmar at the hands of "Dernhelm"/Eowyn. (Getting back to the 50's) - In "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" - The death of the "Alien" Bill Farrell (Liquefies) "Picture of Dorian Gray" - Dorian Gray ages/decomposes rapidly. More recent: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" - What happens to the Nazi Sons of Blank when they open the Ark. "Alien" - Who can forget the chest bursting scene? According to Ridley S, they actually shocked everyone in the scene, only John H knew what was about to happen. Aliens - The Introduction of the Alien Queen (Not a deth scene but very memorable) - The spearing of Bishop (Not a deth scene but grisly) Terminator: The removal of Punk Brian Thompson's (later the shape changing alien from The X-Files) heart by Governor Arnie. Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Robert Patrick in the shape of Jenette Goldstein slices Xander Berkeley's head open - Offscreen, they only show the result (I still shudder when I think of that one). That's all I can think of for now, I'll add more later, hehehe! -
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    Screen Format complaint

    Do you get Encore? Encore had about 4 or 5 stations that show commercial free films- But they always whow the Pan-and-scanned versions... Once a while they show it LB'd I have never seen TCM alter, in any way, shape or form, the aspect ratio (The actual shape of the image) of any film. "How the West was Won" is shown exactly the way it was shown in theatres, you can tell by looking at the three "panels" where they joined all three cinerama screens. When I first saw 2001, it was also shown that way, it was a Cinerama Theatre (which is a church now) - The screen was so curved, you had to keep turning your head left and right just to catch it all. TCM is VERY good at preserving those films they actually "own" - I am glad they finally have the rights to show all the great Hitchcock films from the 50's - Rope, Vertigo, Rear Window. Those films were actually restored due to help from "The 'Other' movie channel that-used-to-show-commercial-free-films-but-now-show-lots-of-commercials.
  10. I am going to make a very unpopular statement: I really liked the "Gojira" film made my those guys that did Indecent Day, er, Independence Day. Now, I know it was not really "Gojira" but it was a cool creature. You know, the original Gojira, the one with the Perry Mason scenes added in the US... Do they ever explain how the creature actually works, or was it, back then they really did not know a whole lot about the effects of radiation, and they thought Giant Creatures with special powers might be floating about in the seas near Hiroshima? Giant Mutants and bugs? Of all the Gojira films, there was the one... I forget the actual name, or translation of the Japanese name... Something about "All Out Attack" and it had all the Japanese monsters, Gojia, Rodan, etc.. I've only seen it about twice, and I think TCM shows it occasianally... Thats my favourite one.
  11. Zoltan: I rented that flick, and it is probably the first flick I ever just shut off after about 15 minutes I liked Tropic Thunder- Comedy is hard, it is difficult to find new gags and jokes that haven't been overused: I think the two funniest films from the 90's were Ace Ventura. I rented a movie called "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" - And although parts of it were pretty hilarious, overall, I had a couple of problems with John C Reilly, even though I think he is a good character actor. I guess that film was almost a scene by scene parody of "I Walk the Line" "Hood of the Living Dead" - Avoid with extreme predjudice I found this thing called "Ghost town: The Movie" - Not the same as the other recent comedy of the similar name - But I only got through 5 minutes of it. I peeked at the rest of it, normally I like independent films but I just could not connect with it. I wrote a bad review of it over at IMDB, and I rarely hand out 1 star, usually I give 8 to 10.
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    That is ENOUGH!

    I like my picture better, haha. You know I agree with you mostly but I got to stop for now, I hope they are PAYING this guy... cos he is sure active today, I wonder what size microscope he is using to investigate all this stuff, or if he is just arbitrarily deleting and locking threads with no plan whatsoever? MP3.com used to pay be a hundred bucks a month just do do the same thing, i'd charge more nowadays to do it, but my idea of moderating is just making sure no flame wars erupt. Moderating forums is just too much grief, if you are micromanaging it like this guy is.
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    That is ENOUGH!

    Plus, they locked the other thread, about graphic SCENES, after deleting the image of the guys head exploding- Which I kind of expected to be deleted anyway, but I thought, hey, what's the difference between describing it and showing it? The HAYES office has struck again
  14. weAponX

    This Place Ain't the Same as It Used to Be

    Well, officially, C*** means Crud, don't it?
  15. weAponX

    That Groan-Inducing Topic: Modern Films on TCM

    The Conversation was also another 70's classic, from the same school as all those American Zoetropers- And "Enemy of the State" was a nice nod to "The Conversation" - Even used a picture of "Edward Lyle"

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