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    "Movie" v "Film".

    I don’t use the two words interchangeably. I don’t like to think I am being pretentious when I say film vs. movie. I will say film when I think something is a more serious or well-regarded work. Calling “Citizen Kane” a movie seems to trivialize it. If I say “my father was a great man”, is that the same as “my dad was a great guy”?
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    I don’t think they marketed this film very well. My wife is a big Garland fan and was surprised to hear it was “now playing” during a commercial last night. While at the same time we have known about Downton Abbey for months and I would guess there is a lot of crossover in those audiences. It’s a shame as I hear Renee gives quite a good performance.
  3. The Documentary Genre forum is a bit of a ghost town so I thought posting here would get more notice. Just a heads up that this doc is playing tomorrow (Monday 9/23). The IBDB page lists about 65 cast members but I find no ranking which seems strange for a 2018 film. “An investigation into the way media portrayals impact the actual inclusion of people with disabilities in society.” is the description. TCM has programmed several films to go with the documentary for 9/23 and 9/30.
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    Cinemability: The Art of Inclusion

    What I think this will focus on is having characters with disabilities being portrayed by actors with those disabilities. I know of a couple recent examples with deaf actors playing deaf characters in movies. It’s a thorny topic in many ways. I think it’s a great aspiration for a film maker to do this as I doubt there are many parts available to a disabled actor depending on their situation.
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    Cinemability: The Art of Inclusion

    Thanks! It looks like the dates slipped a week from their earlier plans.
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    Movies About Movies - Need Suggestions

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    Moviepass Shutting Down

    It’s great to have a neighborhood movie theater within walking distance. I still go there quite often since it is so convenient but wish they would invest in updates but I fear they aren’t getting the traffic they once did. As the public demands more “destination” theaters with IMAX, meals, alcohol, bowling and so fourth I think these plain old movie theaters will struggle.
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    Moviepass Shutting Down

    Being able to go to any theater was the best part of MoviePass. The small art house theater across town was more than happy to accept MoviePass as was the Flix Brewhouse that serves great beer and has some of the best projection. The theater closest to me is an AMC Classic 16 and is a bit run down. If it were nicer and had better projection I would definitely join the A-List since it is literally a short walk from my home.
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    Moviepass Shutting Down

    I had a great time with MoviePass. I saw almost 100 movies in the time I was a member and figured I spent about $1.30 per movie. I knew it wouldn’t last and didn’t care. If some venture capital firm wanted to buy my movie tickets for a year or so, I’d let them. What a fun ride.
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    Best Movie Year Ever

    Welcome! My vote for best year in the Golden Age would be 1939. So many films from that year are now timeless classics.
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    Drinking game

    Every time Ava Duvernay pushes up her glasses, take a drink! Seriously though, I do enjoy hearing people talk about films that they are passionate about. Watching West Side Story now...
  12. This really doesn’t have anything to do with TCM, but has everything to do with classic film. Saving Brinton is a documentary on Amazon Prime Video (free with Prime) that is quite an interesting watch. I saw it in the theater about 18 months ago when the film makers were traveling with it. If you like very early films and/or film preservation it’s great. The man at the center of the film is a quite unique individual and you can’t help but like him. This is a doc for those that say they don’t like docs. There are some great shots of the rural Iowa towns and countryside that are quite artistic. It strays a bit here and there, but I think it is very well done.
  13. I think the pick this week is a bit of a safe choice compared to the first two. More people should see the Apu trilogy so hopefully watching Pather will get folks to dig for the other two.
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    The Female Gaze

    With my purchase of a new Kindle I received a free 3 month subscription to Amazon Kindle Unlimited which gives you free access to books you have mostly never heard of. Some good stuff, but I’m glad I’m not paying for it. One that I would recommend is The Female Gaze by TCM presenter Alicia Malone. The book is a mixture of her writing and others regarding 52 films made by women. I’ve learned quite a few things about some of my favorite films and have a few more I need to catch up with. I think Alicia does a good job of spotlighting these film makers as well as giving space for other authors to share their thoughts. Alicia’s writing reminds me of Roger Ebert. His humanity, empathy and love of film were always easy to see when he spoke about a film that moved him. He wasn’t an academic but I don’t think anyone knew more about film or loved them more. I see these same things in Alicia and am always impressed when she talks film. For someone so young, you can tell she has immersed herself in movies her whole life. Anyway, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free! But worth the price even if you don’t.
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    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    I follow director Mark Cousins on Twitter and he posted that his Orson Welles film would be shown on May 13th followed by several Orson Welles films. You may remember Mark from his Story of Film documentary series shown on TCM a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to see this for a while and thought others might as well.
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    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    Bumping this thread as this is on tonight...
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    What, no TCM online film course this summer?

    Good news! I did the Musicals course last year but my heart just wasn’t in it.
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    The Essentials 2019

    I somehow missed the first new episode of The Essentials last night. I’ve seen Marty numerous times but wanted to see the intro. I caught a 30 second clip on Twitter but hoped to see it posted online somewhere. Unlike many, I like the host introductions and will often tune in for those when I can. If anyone finds a link to these introductions I’d love to have it.
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    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    Lol. I hear that a lot. His voice can drive some people crazy. Maybe his voice reminds me of some my old Irish relatives but I find it really comforting and need to keep coffee close at hand.
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    The Criterion Channel begins on April 8th

    I can’t seem to find a way to Chromecast. Watching on my iPad is nice, but I need Chromecast as promised.
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    The Criterion Channel begins on April 8th

    I think this streaming service by AT&T at $15 per month is the most inexpensive way to get TCM. I don’t know if this would also give you access to the TCM app to stream on demand like cable and satellite services do.
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    The Criterion Channel begins on April 8th

    SlingTV has TCM. I think their packages start at $25 or so. Dish Network has a basic “flex” package that includes TCM that is about $40 (this is what I have). Hulu, Kanopy and MUBI all have good offerings, but nobody really competes with TCM in my opinion.
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    The Criterion Channel begins on April 8th

    I got the same message. Most interesting is that if you sign up early you get access to a movie every week before launch. So if you sign up now, you should be able to watch about a dozen films before launch. The first film is Mikey and Nicky by Elaine May.
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    Top Ten Ernest Borgnine Favorites

    I read this thread just to make sure Marty was listed #1. Good job!
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    Blues in the Movies

    Black Snake Moan (2006) has a great deal of blues. It’s much better than it looks.

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