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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. "General" should mean exactly that. Discussions about films or film related topic from any era. If people want more on older films, just write more of them. Like it or not, over the past 25 years TCM has broadened the range of what it shows so the discussions should be open to every era.
  2. Keep in mind that TCM needs some lead time to get publicity out on the tribute. What's the point of doing one if nobody knows it's on. Just like they're getting complaints from people who don't want to wait, they'[d get complaints from others if they ran it too soon. They can't win.
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    ratios fouled up

    That's not necessarily the case. Cable companies can adjust the aspect ratio on each channel individually. I'm not sating they do it intentionally or that's what happened in the cases sited, but it is possible. More often than not somebody typed a wrong code into the computer that runs the operation.
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    TCM and aspect ratio

    I wouldn't always blame the channel. Often times the studios and distributors find it easier to simply make everything they release in a 16:9 ratio figuring that it's close enough to 1.85:1 or similar aspect ratios that the average viewer won't notice or doesn't care. Of course, people on these boards don't tend to be "average". TCM has always tried to run films in the proper aspects ratios, but the studios are making harder and harder to get them. I'm sure they're often told "that's the only version we have, take it or leave it."
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    A lot of people simply don't want or are afraid of change. Sure, sometimes change can be bad, but many times it's better. The way I see it, change is going to happen of regardless of what we want, so let's just see where it takes us.
  6. I guess when somebody does what they enjoy, becomes a master at their craft , and ends up by being loved and respected by audiences and professionals alike, passing away at 94 should be a celebration of their life and not of sadness. When I was a kid, I loved all kinds of movies, except one...musicals. Why? I don't know msybe I just never saw any I liked. One day, when I was about 14 or 15 that all changed when stumbled into the world of Stanley Donen. I had gone to a double feature and in order to see the film I came for had to sit through SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. I was awestruck at how enjoyable and fun a really good musical could be. That started my life-long love of musicals. By now, I've seen all of his films, some many times, but each time I see one again, I remember that day I first saw SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and how that started it all for me. Thank you Stanly Donen!
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    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.
  13. 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.

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