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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.
  16. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I use to get all worked up over remakes too, but I guess I've mellowed as I've gotten older. So what's the big deal? It's simply a new interpretation of the original source material. The original movie will always be what it is and no new version will change that.
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    Men You Love to Hate in the Movies!

    From the time I first saw THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, when I was just a teenager, it's been one of my favorite "just for fun" films. To see Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone and Peter Lorre all in the same film, a comedy no less, makes me feel good every time I watch it. Sure they're hamming it up, but I'll bet they were having a grand time doing it. It's not exactly Oscar material, but at least for me it's great fun.
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    Hotels that carry TCM - compiling a list

    I once had a nice chat with the manager of a major chain hotel in this area and I asked him why they didn't carry TCM. He was very open and honest with me. He said that when he made his deal with the cable company, he naturally chose all the major entertainment, sports and news channels that his, mainly business, customers would expect. Then he said that he avoided TCM because his corporate bosses felt that having a non-commercial movie channel included for free would drain business from the premium channels like HBO and Showtime that his hotel charged extra for and made money from. I didn't like his answer, but I did appreciate his honesty.
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    The Paramount Network Jan 18.

    Since Paramount sold off it's pre-1948 film library to MCA way back when and those are now owned by Universal, I wouldn't hold my breath that the Paramount Channel is going to be showing many of them.

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