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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    I think you got it! While the movie was made in the 70s the setting of the movie was in the 'classic' period. I can see why TCM would show movies, even more modern ones, when they are biographies about people from the 20s - 50s. Of course the movies don't need to be actual biographies; TCM showed My Favorite Year and I'm assuming the reasons were similar to the above. (that movie was about an Errol Flynn type for sure).
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    When I mentioned The Beatles and 'selling out' I was NOT referring to the use of their music in commercials (I was well aware that MJ is the one responsible for that), but to them wearing those silly suits at the start of their career, visiting the queen, and other activities they didn't wish to do but did just to ensure they were accepted by the mainstream. John was a rebel early on but he keep a lid on it. Paul would do what it took to 'get along' because he cared about his legacy. It wasn't until John's JC comment that he started to push the envelope. As I'm sure you know, it was Yoko that was disappointed that The Beatles were selling out and not using their music for social change during the 'generation gap' decade of the 60s. John worked hard to try to get McGrovern elected over Nixon but all of that took place after The Beatles. That was my point. John didn't need to compromised since he had all the money he would need. I'm for sure NOT going to get political heer. I'm not even going to assume TCM showed Bound for Glory to enlighten people about labor issues and how they are connected to current times (E.g. WI, OH). But I do wonder why they showed that specific 60s movie. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Jan 15, 2012 4:55 PM
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    Bound for Glory was an interesting movie and very relevant to events today, but it is a highly political movie. It pits 'the man' against workers and it has a very pro-union POV as well as an anti establishment one. Based on the movie, if Woody was around today he would be entertaining the Occupy Wall Street groups. I'm not taking sides on this, one way or the other, but just pointing out how Woody was portrayed in the movie. (I admit I don't know much about his actual life). One thing that did strike me was that he wasn't willing to sell out when young and make lots of money. After that he would of been better able to spread his views (i.e. help the causes he was clearly interested in). I relate this to The Beatles, and especially John Lennon. They sold out to 'the man' big time but after making millions John was able to release music, like Imagine, that was more true to his views.
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    Miscegenation in Hollywood

    Well how about In The Thrill of The Night? Mr. Tipps solves the crime and returns back to the northeast as a respected cop and family man.
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    I also enjoy detail discussion about a movie more than these general ones but I feel specific movie discussions (threads) are best done under the genre forums. i.e. this is 'general discussions' and that is generally what we get here (ok, slap me around for that last line!). For example, under Westerns there was a great discussion about The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I have always enjoyed this 'thinking man's' western but man, there were a lot of people that understood the movie at a depth I wasn't close to. It was very interesting to read their views. As for ignoring you? It isn't a good idea to ignore Miss Wonderly. Look what happend to Miles Archer!
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    I believe I have read that critics felt that each Thin Man was a little weaker than the previous but I find 'Goes Home' the weakest in the series and Song as one of the top 3. Of course I'm a major jazz fan so I enjoy that setting but I also like the fact that Gloria Grahame is in the movie. Having this noir icon helped return some of the grit to the film. It is funny that in 'Goes Home' they don't have the kid since that was a perfect setting for him. Have the kid in one very short scene and then give him to grandma. This plot device would then get rid of two not so hip characters all at once! As for the pair being magic; well no one else tops them in my book. I have other favorites (Flynn DeHavilland, Tracy Hepburn, Bogie Bacall), but Powell Loy lead the pack.
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    Oh, those crazy kids. Hey, wait a minute, that use to be me!
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    I don't think anyone would go that far, but more like any movie over 70 minutes isn't worth watching! Oh, and don't forget something major has to take place in the first 5 minutes or the movie is a bore.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    I think the post WWII era hurt the careers of cute, bubbly gals like Priscilla Lane since the darker mood was looking for more brooding actresses. Too bad since she had talent.
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    Rebecca (1940)

    Leigh would of been good if there was a flashback scene of Rebecca but as noted not in the part Joan did such a good job in. Have you seen Born To Be Bad? This is Joan again playing a similar type of character but in reality she isn't that way at all (thus the title). Good movie with Robert Ryan as the one that has to deal with her. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Jan 14, 2012 1:45 PM
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    Man's Favorite Sport?

    Well if Paula is really 6, 5 since I'm of average height for a male (around 5 - 9) I would be about at the height of those rain soaked blouses that got this discussion going. As for Loren; Hey, my wife is Italian and I can tell you they do not take kindly to body hair jokes. Not at all. I have the laser removable bills as proof!
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    Ronald Reagan's Birthday

    My top 10 favorite actors would be: Leslie Howard, Bogie, Grant, William Powell, Mitchum, Cagney, Cooper, Flynn, Ladd, and Gable.
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    I also like post 1968 movies but a lot less of them then studio era movies. But that being said I still wouldn't wish for TCM to devote, say, more than 15% of their programming to post 68 movies. Instead I would rather another station be set up that would be post 68 classics. This way when I go to either station I generally know what to expect.
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    If you really only watch TCM than you would save $20 in my 'what if', but as someone else pointed out while most people claim to only watch TCM, that really isn't the case. i.e. there is a big difference with watching a station most of the time and having that be the ONLY station one has. For example, people might have grandkids. While they might visit only once a month or so, they might wish to watch something else etc... Of course one can get them DVDs or tell them to use the Internet. By hey, maybe having only TCM is a great idea. When the grandkids come by and want to watch TV they will be forced to watch TCM! This is help make them more cultured.
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    All these post-1960 movies..zzzzzzzzzzz

    Not sure I'm following you here. All I see is an opinion poll but at the end you say your opinion is subject to change (like most of us). So would you really want TCM to determine what movies are shown based on a public opinion poll, when people's opinions are subject to change? But maybe I misunderstood what you were getting at. I could see TCM having a poll asking a series of question like: Rank the following decades from the 1920s - 2010 Rank the following genres I don't see how one would rank what specific movies one should show within the above categories but of course other categories could be added like actors and directors, but the more categories the more complex interpreting the results would be. But who would TCM poll? If it was the general public, it is highly likly TCM wouldn't show any movies made before 1990 or so. i.e. the general public might not be interested in classic movies. If the poll was conducted at this website my guess is that movies from the 30s - 50s would top the list. I sure don't want TCM to follow the taste of the general public. So I'm generally fine with the choices the existing "leaders" at TCM make. As I have said before many times, years from now I could see multiple stations doing what TCM is doing; e.g. classic movies of the studio era, classic movies of the 70 - 90s, etc.....
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    Well you and I would be willing to pay that extra fee BUT only if it was 'reasonable', right. Isn't that the rub here? There are many treads floating around here all related to this topic. For example, people want cable companies to move to a per station type of pricing model instead of a bundled tier type of model we have today. They push for this without knowing what the cost would be. Say one pays $60 for cable and gets those 80+ stations. Now they only want TCM and find out that TCM alone would be $40. (Hey, I'm making up the prices but I assume there would be some base minimum charge even if one just got one station). Will people be happy then? I wonder.
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    Rebecca (1940)

    While Joan has been knocked here for playing the same type of role in multiple movies, to me, she is a perfect fit in Rebecca. Her shyness and overall manner work very well in this movie. When I saw the movie for the first time I did wonder (just like Joan's mature women employer), why a guy like Max would fall for a gal like Joan, especially when his first wife was a gal like Rebecca. But this is all explained near the end of the movie. Max wanted an everyday type of gal. Someone as unlike Rebecca as he could get. Joan plays that type of women (and not much else) very well.
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    I know where you are coming from and while I feel the same way I'm not so sure I would take the 'it's over' stance. Why? Well because I would have to compare the alterative. Say TCM showed standard product commercials during shows, but a typical 90 minute or so movie was only interrupted, say 4 times, and the timing of the breaks was done based on the natural breaks in the movie (unlike AMC where they are based on a fixed time schedule and thus interpret key scenes and thus the flow of the action). Yea, I would still dislike this but again, I would have to weigh the cost of the alterative. One idea I had would be to start a classic moving DVD sharing club in my area. I'm not a collector of DVDs (I did this with Beta tape and have over 200 classic movies on Beta,, and a new machine I got from my relatives in Japan, but I don't watch them much since I have TCM). So a classic movie club, even if it only had 20 members, using a website like Facebook, would help keep cost down. Anyhow, as someone already pointed out this is just all blue sky talk. I'm keeping the faith that TCM will remain fairly unchanged in the future.
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    Ronald Reagan's Birthday

    I would love to see Juke Girl since I'm a fan of Ann Sheridan. I liked Santa Fe Trail a lot but I'm a big Flynn Dehavilland fan. Reagan was good in this and the feud Flynn and him had over Olivia was charming. Note I never said you said Reagan was a top 10 actor. I just wanted to know where you would rank him. Since Reagan has been SOTM twice I find it silly for anyone to think TCM has some type of political agenda against Reagan (I'm not implying you believe this put this thread was started on that bogus premises).
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    Rebecca (1940)

    The one about Comcast is under Hot Topics called Comcast and TCM. There is also another one called commercials. Both relate to TCM and how some feel they are greedy (or fear they will be).
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    Pest Programmers

    I tend to agree with gagman that most guest programmers picks are boring. i.e. they pick very good, if not great movies, but their choices are so vanilla. Yea, The Maltese Falcon or Out of The Past are some of my favorite noirs but if I only had 4 movies to pick I wouldn't pick those, but instead something like Pick-Up on South Street. I can see one or two of their choices being 'vanilla' but often it is all 4.
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    Ronald Reagan's Birthday

    Do you mind naming a few movies where you believe Reagan gave a really great performance? I think he was very good in King's Row but that is about it. Where would you rank him as an actor? In the top 10? 25? I just wonder how you feel his acting compares to say, James Steward, Tracy, Bogie, etc... I don't believe Reagan is a bad actor but just a forgetable one; i.e. if it wasn't for his political career I don't think he would be talked about much since there were so many actors of his stature from the studio era. Just my opinion.
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    Note that when I said 'something for nothing' I was referring mainly to the Internet (e.g. content on YouTube), or how so many people steal movies and music by making copies of copywritten material and not the fee for TCM. Indirectly everyone pays something for TCM and every network a cable provider provides. It appears most people 'get it' as it relates to TCM (I know you do). Most: 1) Want TCM to remain as commercial free as possible, especially with NO commercials during the showing of a movie. 2) "as possible' means where TCM takes in enough revenue to at least break even (assuming the parent company is willing to subsidize them), or makes a 'reasonable' profit 3) That some portion of this profit is used to retain classic movies TCM doesn't already have the rights too. Profits could also be used to help save classic movies that will be lost unless they are restored
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    Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein/James Whale

    While Una is funny it does border on making her scenes camp. Of course there is a very fine line there anytime humor is injected into a movie that is not a full blown comedy. Take the many one-liners in Casablanca. e.g. Bogie's about the waters in Casablanca, or Rains getting his winning for gambling after closing down the joint for gambling. Fine line there but I don't think it was crossed to the point where it impacts the overall quality of the movie. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Jan 12, 2012 2:34 PM
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    I guess I don't understand what someone means when they say "There is no excuse,,,," associated with the practices of a private business. The so called excuse is because the business makes more money. You think there is a certain amount of greed? Well of course there is. Sorry but in the economic system we have making a profit is king. I hate the commercials as much as anyone else. Our only option is to find alterative companies to do business with, unless one wants the goverment to get involved (which I don't think anyone is recommending). Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Jan 12, 2012 2:35 PM

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