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  1. joesap1

    The Essentials 2019

    I believe Brrrcold has hit upon a truth when he or she states that the present concoction of The Essentials is trying to present “an alternate version of history.” This is a noble cause, but first we must have films made with technical expertise, so that poor production values don’t obscure the message. Finally, we must have an host educated in the language of the films they are presenting. That is my point, we have neither the films, nor the presenter. Not that they don’t exist, but TCM has chosen to leave us wanting.
  2. joesap1

    The Essentials 2019

    It is the majority opinion of the TCM members that this person hosting the present incarnation of The Essentials is prejudiced and clearly ignorant of film history and film techniques. The films she has chosen are poorly made, heavy handed in message, and therefore, impossible to watch. How long must TCM management continue in this blunder? Today, TCM aired Intruders In The Dust, a film made at MGM in 1949. This film is 4 Star. As a white boy, I was captured by how this film illustrated prejudice. This is the kind of film that person should have shown on her Essentials, but, unfortunately, she was probably, due to her lack of education, ignorant of the film's existence. Like the rest of those vocal here, we would like to have a film to watch Saturday night, but we will have to search elsewhere until TCM cancels this experiment.
  3. joesap1

    The Essentials 2019

    What must be done to show this lady the door? Robert Osborne must be turning over in his grave. The Essentials used to stand for the exhibition of films that were landmarks in their genre. The films being shown today are amateurish at best. One film she screened, you could hear the wind noise picked up by the microphone. TCM used to mean classic movies, but today they pick someone who studied film by a correspondence and picks 8MM movies, she calls classics. My criticism is solely based on the experience of viewing the present day Essentials. Anyone who tries to twist sex or race into this is crazy!
  4. This is nothing personal, since I don’t know the woman. But based on her selection of films, her qualifications as a person with any real knowledge of film is questionable. As a person who graduated from film school, I sincerely doubt that a person who brags about being self taught and then selects worthless films has shown any talent befitting her position. I doubt if she has seen or could understand,”Hiroshima Mon Amour.” Therefore, based on her lack of knowledge, although it is “PC” to place a woman in her position, she should be removed forth with and replaced with someone who actually knows something that would be beneficial to their viewers.

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