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    Life-long passion for films of many kinds especially classics and British films. Avid reader of mysteries. Also very interested in old movie theaters.

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  1. markfp2

    Bait-n-Switched

    I've probably said this before. Whether we like it or not, as with every other TV channel, TCM's schedule is always subject to change. Most channels do make changes, but I think it's more noticeable here because so many of us look farther ahead and with greater anticipation than the average viewer of the other ones. Having worked as a station movie programmer, I do understand that most of the times the changes have to do with rights or distributor issues that TCM can't control. Having said that, if I was programming TCM, I wouldn't even think of putting anything on the schedule until it was firmly locked up and we had a copy of the movie in hand.
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    This is the Dawning of the Age of Being Canceled

    Well, I agree the TV movie of THE MUSIC MAN wasn't nearly as good as I hoped and certainly not in the same league as the movie, or some stage productions I've seen. The biggest problem, I thought, was that Matthew Broderick wasn't believable as Harold Hill. On the bright side, Kristin Chenoweth made a terrific Marion and was worth watching the movie for. Still, because I love the music so much, and even with all it's faults, I do watch the TV movie now and then. I can't explain it, but for me, watching a live TV production of a Broadway show is just more exciting.
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    This is the Dawning of the Age of Being Canceled

    I love the whole idea of doing live versions of Broadways shows on TV, but from a practical point I think they have to be the standard classics to draw well although I think The Wiz was a good exception. While shows like Rent and Hair may have been good shows in the own right, I don't think they have the wider appeal that The Sound of Music or Peter Pan did. The Music Man would be a good one, and I'd love to see a live version of West Side Story, but that's probably out because of the upcoming new movie version.
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    I just caught up with MARY POPPINS RETURNS yesterday. From a technical standpoint I thought it was actually pretty well done with excellent effects, However the score wasn't nearly as good and certainly won't be producing any memorable classics like the Sherman brothers' original did. My biggest gripe about the movie was its whole mood. The first one was a real "feel good" picture while this had a darkness to it that I found unpleasant. On top of that, at 130 minutes it was far too long and could have easily been trimmed by 20 minutes or more.. The best thing in it was Dick Van Dyke's dance number.
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    I Have Seen The New Stan And Ollie

    My wife, myself and a film buff friend saw STAN & OLLIE a couple of days ago and we all loved. Sure, some people are going to pick it apart because it's not 100% accurate, but it's not a documentary. It's a dramatic interpretation based on actual events. The performances where great and the production values really nailed the feel of 1950's Britain. The sad thing is that it seems to be dying at the box office. In this area it's only showing on one screen and reports said it that the Saturday night show only had 8 people and counting the 3 of us the one we went to had 10. That's really a shame.
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    Richard Carlson

    I know what your saying, Richard Carlson was a good actor and as one who grew up watching sci-fi films of the 50's, I always welcomed his appearance in films of that genre. Still, like most actors, as he aged, he had to take whatever work was offered to him. Besides, he probably made more money playing a villain in one TV episode than he did for doing some of those cheap features.
  7. Yes, the original book was definitely better. The Swedish setting was far more interesting than that of San Francisco in the movie. Let's say that something was "lost in translation".
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    Will TCM ever go HD?

    As I understand it, TCM does transmit in real HD, but not all the movies shown are available in HD digital transfers so those are "upconverted" to a quality almost that of HD. It's much like a Blu-Ray player does when someone is playing a standard definition DVD on it. It looks a heck of a lot better than it did, but not quite up to HD. Of course, it does depend on your cable system as to whether or not they offer the HD signal. Then too some people do have an HD tv, but don't have it hooked up with the proper cables or even to an HD cable box.
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    DirecTV price increase

    I don't like paying more for DirecTV either, but it's a fact of life that whether it's cable of satellite or whatever, they all have yearly rate increases.
  10. I guess it depends on where one grew up. I did in a pretty good size city in upstate New York and while the public schools weren't technically all one sex, many of the schools did keep the boys and girls separated for most of the day. Like the school building TikiSoo described, each school had separate entrances at different ends of the building and very clearly labeled "boys" or "girls". As for BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, I think the film's writers used the "boys school" aspect more for dramatic reasons than as a true picture of what schools were like back then.
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    The Shop Around The Corner Remake

    I've always considered IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME a remake of THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER even though it had some changes in it. While I see YOU'VE GOT MAIL as just a modernized take on of the original play. There's was a Broadway musical based on of the play, some years ago, called SHE LOVES ME. There's a very nice production of that on the "Great Performances" series that's been circulating on PBS stations for the last year or so. Anyone who enjoys the story or, for that matter, just wants to compare it to the movies should find it interesting and entertaining.
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    Detective Story

    About three years ago, our local film society ran DETECTIVE STORY to a packed house and the audience reaction was astounding. Folks usually are pretty talkative and leave very quickly, but that night it was an almost stunned silence and we had small clusters of people standing around for about 20 minutes earnestly discussing the movie. It wasn't exactly what they expected, but boy did they get into it. Without giving anything away, there's one line that Douglas' character says to his wife that brought this very loud gasp from just about the whole audience. I think it's one of those films that plays so much better with an audience than just watching it alone on TV.
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    TCM Schedule Changes/Cancellations

    Just out of curiosity, how do you know that TCM hasn't made an effort? They could have made a big effort but just couldn't come up with a deal. What always puzzles me is why they'd even schedule a title before they have a signed contract for it. It happens too many times to just be an oversight.
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    On feeling like an imposter

    SunAndMoon, I'm sorry that somebody said that to you and you were bothered by it. The only person who should feel like a jerk is the person who said it. The great thing about being a movie-lover is that there's something for everybody in the world of classic cinema and nobody has the right to tell you what you should see or not see. Enjoy what you like and don't worry about what somebody else might think. Remember too, there's nothing to be ashamed of if you haven't seen some well-known classic film and you don't owe anybody an apology for that.
  15. Actually, as far as bringing attention to the original film goes, I'm all for that. It's just that I'm no longer getting all bent out of shape when I hear that some classic is being remade.

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