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    Michael Curtiz Spotlight

    I'm huge fan of Curtiz as well. As someone who directed commercials for a long time, I am well aware of how you can get pigeonholed. "Oh, he's a live action guy. Or a car guy or a ...." You get the point. Meanwhile, a really GOOD director has skills that easily transfer across all genres and that's the same for movies as it is for commercials. As Lydecker noted, he could do it all and do it all really well! And unlike some of the genre directors (Hitchcock, Ford, Woody Allen) he didn't really have any "tells." If you closed your eyes during the opening credits you wouldn't necessarily know you were watching one of his movies, you'd just know it was good...
  2. I don't find that watching a movie needs to be an "event," whatever that means. Putting a fedora on does not enhance the experience of watching a noir for me. In fact, I find that watching movies with others is mostly a disappointing experience that involves too much talking and not enough listening and watching. If you have to dress up in period garb or uncork a bottle of Vichy water to be able to enjoy Casablanca, you're missing the point. This isn't the Rocky Horror Picture Show.....
  3. Does it occur to anyone that the hosts (perhaps with the exception of EM) are not writing their own material? I'm amazed that people think that Ben is furiously scribbling notes down about every movie. That is the job of a writer and researcher, not (generally speaking) an on-air host. Obviously RO was the rare exception, perhaps in the early days, but as time went on most of his stuff was boilerplate as well. I get it that some don't like Ben's approach, (which reminds me of the way Bill Murray might intro movies) but personally I find it refreshing. He allows, many times, for the fact that this isn't brain surgery and he's willing to occasionally poke fun at himself and the films....
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    The End of "TV"

    Copy that. And Fedya, I get ya! I started in college radio and remember the nerves! But this isn't college radio, it's the real world. I don't wish Tiffany any ill will, but I will be happy if the next host is up to the task... TCM owes that to both the host AND to their loyal viewers...
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    The End of "TV"

    I was never a fan and think she was unqualified to be a host on national network, yet I think she was done a major disservice by TCM. She clearly was not ready for this. Having worked with and directed talent for 25+ years, I can tell you you can't just "work with" people to create charisma, charm or other undefinable characteristics. Many times, you either have it or you don't. We all know that from watching the stars in our favorite movies... Maybe this was just a failed/noble experiment on the part of TCM to bring in one of the people who auditioned at one point, but please, TCM, do a real talent search and bring in someone with both on-air presence AND knowledge of movies. After all, those people are just a phone call away, particularly in LA. And personally, I don't believe that you need a "young person" to appeal to that demographic. As long as the person has talent, people of any age will respond to them. A woman would be great to round out a network that has been very male-centric, but I don't think it's a necessity. Personally, I love Bob Mondello's reviews for NPR. He is an excellent writer and has a great voice. Whether he is camera-friendly, I can't answer....
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    Nick Charles as cop?

    Did I really hear Ben refer to Nick Charles as a "former cop" during the intros of The Thin Man marathon on New Year's Eve? As far as I know, Nick was never a cop. He had worked as a private detective and maybe as a Pinkerton, but never as a cop. So why the disconnect?
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    "The Twilight Zone": Where is everybody?

    I remember reading "It's A Good Life" long before seeing the episode. Terrified me at the time. If only Billy Mumy had been able to send Dr. Smith into the void :-)
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    Best Submarine War Motion Pictures

    I remember seeing Das Boot at a revival theater on a very hot summer night with no A/C. Totally added to the realism. Felt like I was inside the damn sub! Great film by Peterson and an incredible score. I have always loved "Run Silent, Run Deep" as well. Thanks for this bringing this topic up!
  9. The contemporaneous reviews of Random Harvest were generally harsh. But I love it for its sentimentality. Like a minor horror film that you like for its blatant, well, horror, or a mindless chase movie that you like for its sheer energy, I like this movie for its complete and utter sentimentality -- and for the two great leads. I can't get enough of Garson saying, "Smithy..."
  10. It's a nicely shot and cut segment, but good lord, how old is it? Those guys are probably old men by now! And it begs the question as to why there is virtually NO new content on TCM! I suggested that they do a series of segments called "Hollywood in Chicago," "Hollywood in Pittsburgh, "Hollywood in _________" and it fell on deaf ears. I could name 10 actors who came from Pittsburgh and went on to fame and fortune (Gene Kelly, for one!) but TCM seems more intent on selling us wine than on telling us the story of Hollywood. Quick show of hands; which would YOU rather see?
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    I Just Watched...

    Actually, no. Great film. Just hard to stay with when I'm in my comfy chair after a long week....
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    I Just Watched...

    Just watched the silent "The White Sister" with a young Ronald Coleman and Lillian Gish. Really splendid move. However, as I was dozing off, I suddenly realized that one of the main musical themes seemed very familiar. Was it just me, or does the (here by modern composer Garth Neustadter, at around 1:40) sound a lot like Herrmann's " ?
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    The 100+ Club

    Thanks for this! I loved Bond in The Maltese Falcon. He played such a wonderful world-weary cop and was a great counterpoint to Bogart. Oddly, though I grew up in the era, for some reason all I remember about Wagon Train is "20 Mule Team Borax!"
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    ROPE

    I find this entire movie ponderous. For the most part I detest any film that relies on "technique" too heavily and this one does. The use of single mags of film (I'm guessing 1000' loads) was just stupid and pointless. WHY BOTHER? You have to ask yourself; could this movie have been made better another way? Did the technique add or subtract from the overall dramatic impact. I find all of the clumsy dolly moves behind dark objects really annoying. In fact, they tend to remind me that there is a camera there, instead of allowing me as a viewer to suspend disbelief. OK. Rant over :-)
  15. Spot on. Michael is the crux of it all. War hero. Sweet guy. "That' my family Kay, that's not me" >>> to a truly evil guy. It happens gradually, but somehow, we knew it was always there. You don't grow up around that kind of violence and not be affected by it. And while the violence is truly disturbing, it is at least in service to the story. And I will vote for the gruesomeness of it over far too many movies today that sanitize violence; because you come away bothered by it, not jazzed up and thrilled by it....

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