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  1. macocael

    WATCH TCM not working

    In the middle of running through the catalogue of films on WatchTCM, I was suddenly asked to sign in via my cable subscriber, and every time I tried it, the website claimed there was a problem and I should try again. The problem is not mine, however, it's TCM's! Plus, if I click on the Contact Us or Help links, I get a warning message from my browser telling me there is something fishy with the certificate and I should not proceed. I think that TCM's digital team is busy building two sites and constantly reconstructing -- there is the Streaming channel, Filmstruck, and WatchTCM. It's frustrating to experience these growing pains, but these are my favorite channels, so I grin and bear it. 😬
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    Three Cheers for Noir Alley

    Absolutely loving it. Eddie Muller's substantial intros are excellent and the lineup is great, focusing as it does on some of the less well known but fascinating examples of the genre. I don't know about the scheduling though -- it competes with the Sunday morning news programs, and it really deserves a prime time slot.
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    So what do you think of FilmStruck?

    Ray's Apu Trilogy was missing from Hulu's Criterion selection, as well as pasolini's Trilogy of Life, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, Brando's One Eyed Jacks, Some of Altman's films, lots of Buñuel's films, etc. I want to know whether the titles will be rotating or growing too.
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    When does FilmStruck launch..?

    Goodbye Hulu, hello Filmstruck. I am waiting till January when they hook up via Roku. But I have looked over the website, and I am pretty psyched. I hope that they will make ALL the films in the Criterion Catalogue available. Hulu claimed to do so, but in fact they were missing quite a few of the classics -- the Apu trilogy, Pasolini's Trilogy of Life, Altman's films, many of Buñuel's, Fellini's NIghts of Cabiria, etc.
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    Sever the Cable Cord!

    Sling is basically the streaming version of the cable bundle idea, and you can get TCM if you add it as an $5 extra onto their bundles. But I think TCM would be better off as an independent stream. Like a lot of streamers, I dont want what Sling offers, I want to fine tune my choices. I bet there are a lot of potential TCM viewers out there who would opt to subscribe directly to TCM. I imagine that TCM is not set up yet for it, but it can't be too difficult.
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    Sever the Cable Cord!

    How many of you would like to see TCM offer itself as an independent stream via the internet, rather than as part of an expensive cable bundle along with a lot of other channels that you probably dont even watch much? It seems to me that if TCM wants to pull in new generations of viewers, it will have to offer its service as an independent stream for a monthly subscription, just like Hulu, Netflix, HBO, or any number of other channels (heck, even PBS does this now). Instead of paying your cable company $75 bucks or more a month to include TCM in with a lot of other useless channels, you could just pay TCM directly for a nine or ten dollar fee and watch it via your internet connection. TCM could certainly continue to contract with the Cable companies -- HBO and others do -- but why limit itself to that sole means of distribution? People want to tailor their television entertainment these days, and TCM should capitalize on the trend. I bet that subscriptions would increase.
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    Streaming TCM

    Wouldnt it be nice if TCM were to sign up with Netflix or Hulu (or both) so as to provide their content via streaming services, and thus enable all of us to watch TCM on Demand without having to contract with a cable provider? I dont know about you all, but I am anxious to cut the cord with cable, and streaming via providers like Hulu and Netflix is the future of television. So TCM, why not consider expanding the means whereby your fans can access the content? Look to the future!!
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    Sister Rose and Revisionist History

    "the good sister was a bit out of her element in reviewing any of these films." Yes indeed. By the time she got around to discussing Blowup and Viridiana (this week), I was well accustomed to her gaffes -- my favorite this week was when she discussed Buñuel's "cynical" depiction of the poor who invade the house and form a mock tableau of the Last Supper. She completely missed the point of the film, which focuses its criticism of the church on Viridiana's objectification of the poor as innocent wayward children, thus depriving them of their individuality and humanity. There is nothing at all cynical about the film; on the contrary, it is warmly human, a comedy aimed at deflating pretensions, illusions, and hypocrisy -- on all sides. For me, the worst thing about Sister Rose's commentary is not so much her limited perspective but her attitude: she conducts these sessions like a High School classroom and asks inane questions, the sort that one reads in literary primers or Cliff notes. Excruciating. But I like most of the movie lineup.
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    The Flaw in Blow-Up

    You make a good point. The film is not, strictly speaking, a surrealist film, but it is derived from a famous story written by Julio Cortåzar called Las Babas del Diablo (The Devil's Drool), which owes a debt to surrealism. Of course, Antonioni departed from the original story, as he himself affirmed: "I discarded the plot and wrote a new one in which the [photo] equipment itself assumed a different weight and significance." Cortåzar's story is firmly rooted in the imagination, whereas Antonioni shifts the ground, but both works focus on the relationship between creator and protagonists, the nature of narrative construction, etc. I like most of the movies that have been chosen for this month's "Condemned" series, but I am afraid that the commentary leaves a great deal to be desired. I dont wish to offend, but the sister's comments are rather sophomoric and the questions she asks sound like the sort of thing one hears in a High school classroom. She really does not understand these films very well, as is evident from what she said about Blowup. Her comments about Viridiana were equally clueless. To call Buñuel a cynic because he chose to depict the invaders of the household as ingrates and blasphemers (the mockery of the Last Supper is not just a hilarious touch, it is quintessential Buñuel) is to miss the point of the movie entirely. Buñuel's attack on the church is centered on Viridiana's objectification of the poor as innocent wayward children, thus denying them their individuality and humanity. They are merely objects of her desire to redeem herself and the world in an image borrowed from a corrupted theology. Her fall from grace is the consequence of her own naiveté and illusions. It is a common theme that runs through many of Buñuel's films.
  10. This trilogy is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time, and a must-see for any cinephile. Lyrical imagery, historical sweep, intimate portraiture, a calm and leisurely narrative style punctuated by moments of heartrending emotion, -- few films reach these grand heights. But have a box of Kleenex handy -- there are some very sad, as well joyous, scenes to be endured as Apu grows up and witnesses death, poverty, and changing fortunes . . .
  11. I see that we are getting a hefty helping of various Scrooges this coming month: The 1938 A Christmas Carol, the 1935 Scrooge, and the 1970 musical Scrooge -- but there is one ghost from the past missing, and it is the best of all: The British production of A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alistair Sim and a very young Patrick MacNee. Superb photography, a great editing job, and definitely the spookiest of the lot. A shame that this is not being included in December's lineup. But I am glad I have a copy of it myself . . .
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    TCM Imports - Oct. 2014

    Will do . . .
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    TCM Imports - Nov. 2015

    A great line up for November. Kicking off with I Vitelloni, a superb film. I think it's a great idea to devote the month to Fellini's work, and this gives a nice overview of the 50s and 60s. I still wish that TCM would rethink its scheduling so that the Foreign Imports segment wouldn't have to share Sunday night with the Silents -- they each deserve a night of their own. And if they could start a little earlier so that those of us in the EST time zone could watch say, around 11, or even 12, instead of two in the morning, they probably could build a bigger audience for these films. Many TCM fans have a predilection for old Hollywood, which is fine, but TCM is also an archive that provides us with a valuable history of film globally, and I believe that there are enough of us subscribers to TCM to warrant giving the Foreign Imports segment a boost. Personally, I would like to see it get the same kind of treatment as the Essentials, and have various film historians, critics, or film people come on as guests and discuss the films with Ben Mankiewicz. If people are given some context, they can learn to appreciate these different types of moviemaking.
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    TCM Imports - Oct. 2014

    To whom should I direct my proposal? I have written several letters addressed to both Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz -- whose ear do I need to bend?
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    TCM Imports - Oct. 2014

    Wonderful line up. TCM Imports just gets better and better. Tonight, Andrei Rublev, an absolutely wonderful film, and a must for all Tarkovsky fans. But let me reiterate my only gripe: The TCM Imports are presented too late on a Sunday night for most Eastern Standard Time viewers. I think TCM ought to consecrate a separate night to the Imports, leave Sunday to the Silents (another wonderful TCM standard series), and give, say, Monday to the Imports. Start it off just a bit earlier so EST viewers other than nightowls can get a chance to see all these great movies -- start at 11 pm EST. That way people on the West Coast could see the movie at 8 and we on the East Coast wouldnt have to drink five espressos to stay up till the wee hours.

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