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  1. helenwheels

    TCM Programmer, You Rock!

    pktrekgirl--I don't want you to go away either. I like reading what you have to say. You don't have to participate in the challenge if you don't want to, but don't think that what you say isn't important because it is. You're articulate and smart. And for those of you who hate it when people DON'T complain--what is wrong with you folks? Just because some people don't feel like it's necessary to gripe everytime the channel does something we don't agree with doesn't necessarily translate to becoming "shills" or "sycophants." Because there are things that are shown that I don't particularly like but I'm not going to constantly **** about it. I realized a long time ago that, hey, guess what, I'm not the only one watching the channel. For example, it would please me if I never saw Humphey Bogart or Ginger Rogers ever again but I wouldn't want to deprive their many fans of their movies just because I can't stand them. And anyway, being a shill or a sycophant indicates to me that I would be getting something for saying good things about TCM but alas I am not. At least I haven't gotten and money nor have I been asked to cohost with Bob Osborne or Ben Mankiewicz. Just my two cents worth. You can still post away with your silly comments. Just don't expect everyone to agree with you and withhold their feelings either.
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    The One & Only Lena Horne

    FredCDobbs--while I appreciate that maybe you grew up in a town that was color blind, I have to disagree with what you say about growing up in the South. I too grew up and still live in the South and I remember things entirely different than you do. In my small East Tennessee hometown, there was a separate section in the theater for black folks with a separate entrance. I also remember the riots in Birmingham being shown on TV, you know the ones where Bull Connor turn the fire hydrant on against the folks protesting. I remember when I was in junior high that we had a 4 day riot in the larger town that my family moved to in 1966. I remember some civil rights workers being murdered while trying to register voters in Mississippi--your home state. So I can see where Hollywood would have gotten the idea that the folks who lived in the South weren't exactly holding hands and letting their neighborhoods be readily intergrated. Maybe it's the places I grew up but I don't think there was much acceptance back then.
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    Fave Mitchum Movie

    However, he is delightful in Rachel & the Stranger. While it's a supporting role, it's a pretty important one in the movie. And he sings, too.
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    What has happened to anime in canada???

    They are repeating the Miyazaki films as the TCM imports during the month of May. Relax though, they'll be on in the middle of the night so everyone, don't panic.
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    Ten Best Contributors of ...all time !!!

    I'm always fascinated by the extensive knowledge of lzcutter. That chick knows her movies, especially behind the scenes stuff.
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    Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

    I'm one of those freaks that likes The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. And for some reason, even those all the dialogue is sung, I don't consider it a musical. It's more of a modern day opera. The reason I like it so much is the visual delight that it is. The cotton candy colors and the setting in a working town like Cherbourg just seem a little surreal to me. I do like the songs even though I don't understand French (I guess it's because I remember the English versions that were somewhat popular back in the 60's. Plus, the leads (Catherine Denueve and the guy whose name escapes me) were really sweet as a couple until they are driven apart. And it has a bittersweet ending that is so typical of most French films. I just think that the French do cinema so well.
  7. For those of you who don't have me blocked out (HA HA) FWIW I thought Jon Stewart did an OK job at the Oscars. I'm beginning to think it's a thankless job that really no one should take. However, I did LOVE the attack ads they did for a couple of the catagories. The funniest one was the one against Judi Dench and she actually participated in it by dressing up in those crazy disguises, especially the one where she's wearing the patch over one eye. Funny stuff. Those folks in Hollywood do take themselves too seriously. That's why I couldn't be mad about It's Hard out here (for a pimp.) 36 Mafia was so excited and you couldn't help but be excited for them. Plus, Loved Jon's joke about "For those of you at home keeping score--36 Mafia, 1 Oscar--Martin Scorcese, NO OSCARS." Maybe the Oscars should go the Golden Globes route and have no host and have a voiceover read the nominees without all the silly banter and time wasting.
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    All In The Family

    Stephanie Powers was in Hart to Hart. She was William Holden's gf most of the last 10 years of his life. BTW, will someone clear something up for me? I checked IMDB on Illeana Douglas and it said that indeed that Melvin Douglas was her grandfather. But I think I read somewhere that she was actually her STEP grandfather when he married Helen Gahagan. Her (Illena's) birth name was Hesselberg or something like that.
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    Blooper short

    It seems like I heard that these weren't really bloopers but purposeful mistakes to be shown at the annual MGM & WB Christmas parties. I don't know how I know this but when this thread came up that's what occurred to me.
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    Suggest A Movie madness

    I won't say it frustrates me but it makes me wonder if they can't see the Schedule link at the top of the page. I do find it a little amusing when someone asks about a movie that was on within the last week (even have the date & time) and come on here to ask the title. There's a link at the top of the page, people.
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    The End Is Near

    At least stoney & I agree on the Stewart thing. And he is a bright man and quick on his feet. Oh & BTW I'm over 50 and my cousin who's 70 loves him too so he not only appeals to those under 30. And, MattHelm--you can't tell me O'Lielly & Drudge don't have an agenda either. And what about those celebrities like Schwarnegger, Duvall & Ron Silver, who happen to agree with you. I haven't seen anywhere on these boards where you find them annoying or out of their depth. So just stop it, please. I'm begging you. I do agree with Melanie on one thing. The whole awards thing & the actors do tend to take themselves seriously. But Stewart is not one of them. I'm sure he'd be the first to tell you he doesn't. Of course, you've never watched the show so you're just going by what Rush Limbaugh (aka Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd) is telling you. Golly, you people are some of the most unhappy posters I've ever seen on a movie message board. You folks would be right at home on IMDB.com message boards.
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    Is a movie you don't like a waste of time?

    The way I look at it is that if you take the trouble to sit down to watch it, you really don't know if it's good or not but you've planned that 2 hours for movie watching. It's always a crap shoot if you've never seen the movie before, right? So therefore I don't think it's a waste of time because it's a planned activity and you should know within the first 15 minutes if you're going to like it. Sometimes I won't dislike a movie right away but when I think about it later I might decide that it was predictable, or it made me feel bad in a way I don't want to experience. But I rarely feel that way because I know my tastes well enough to know if I'm going to enjoy it or not based on the synopsis of the movie. There are a few I've turned off after a few minutes though.
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    Guilty Pleasures!!!

    I love all those Beach Party movies and their derivatives. However, I happen to think of a movie that most "normal" people hate that I just love. Cabin Boy with Chris Elliot. That movie just cracks me up and I've seen it at least 50 times. The plot is confusing, the "special effects" are cheesy and the acting (by some) is not that great. But put them all together and it's one cheesetastic viewing experience. It's so absurd that you can't believe you're actually watching it or that someone actually gave Elliott the money to make it. I recommend it IF (AND ONLY IF) you're a fan of Chris Elliott. If not--don't waste your time, you'll hate it and me.
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    16 Favorite Big Guys (other than Santa Claus).

    I love John Goodman in just about anything I see him in. He hasn't looked well lately and I worry about him.
  15. Dodsworth This movie was just on yesterday but I think it's a underappreciated classic that you don't realize how good it is until you've seen it. It's about a newly retired couple (where the wife is about 10-15 years younger than the husband) and their daughter has recently married. They go on an extended trip to Europe and the wife decides she's not ready to grow old yet. It's about mid life crisis only this time it involves the wife instead of the husband. I highly recommend it, if only to see how great Walter Huston is in the role of Sam.

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