JonParker

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  1. JonParker

    A VERY Special April Guest Star at The Silver Screen Oasis

    The question of the Napoleon restoration is probably one that's not going to be answered by Mr. Brownlow during his visit. As i understand it, the whole thing is being held up by Coppola, and I doubt if Brownlow is going to want to publicly trash him. Not that he doesn't deserve it. Thanks for the head up on Le Roue. I hadn't seen the ads, and I want to be sure not to miss that one.
  2. JonParker

    A VERY Special April Guest Star at The Silver Screen Oasis

    > {quote:title=gagman66 wrote:}{quote} > With respect, SSO is imposing ludicrous restrictions on what can, and can not be asked during Mister Brownlow's visit, which kind of defeats the whole purpose? Plus you have to have approval ahead of time to ask anything at all! I am far from Happy with this! In so doing, they are bound to potentially alienate allot of people! So I just don't get it? The restrictions are at Mr. Brownlow's request, and we are more than happy to accomodate him.
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    What is your favorite silent movie of all times

    I gotta agree on "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." It's really the only Valentino movie that I actually like. And my God, is Alice Terry gorgeous or what?
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    DESTINY/DER MUDE TOD (1921)

    It is available on DVD, and it's a great film. It's my second favorite Lang film after M. Very beautiful and poetic.
  5. JonParker

    Silver Screen Oasis has a Guest Star for November

    To those who had trouble registering, your memberships are now active. I apologize for the problem. I would prefer not making people jump through the hoop of having an administrator approve memberships -- it's the last thing I wanted. Unfortunately, we have 20 or more spammers a DAY trying to register, and that's the only way we can weed them out. If we didn't, there would be tons of pornographers, travel companies and mortgage brokers posting to the site. Unlike TCM, SSO is not a for-profit company. All maintenance and hosting fees for the site are paid out of my own pocket as a labor of love. We don't even ask for or accept donations. The downside is that sometime I get really busy at my real job and don't have the time to check in. That happened yesterday. I am not about to discourage silent film fans in particular from joining, since that's my main area of interest and want to encourage more discussion. In any event, your memberships are both active now, and I hope you enjoy our discussion with Mr. Birchard. And again, I apologize for the problems in registering.
  6. I had forgotten Louise Brooks.... a remarkable talent gone wrong.... How did Louise go wrong?
  7. I wanted to post a quick reminder that tomorrow the Scott Eyman visit begins at Silver Screen Oasis. We're looking forward to a lively and engaging conversation with Mr. Eyman, and extend an open invitation to join us. Stop by and engage with one of the premiere authors of books on classic movies working today.
  8. I wanted to post a quick reminder that tomorrow the Scott Eyman visit begins at Silver Screen Oasis. We're looking forward to a lively and engaging conversation with Mr. Eyman, and extend an open invitation to join us. Stop by and engage with one of the premiere authors of books on classic movies working today.
  9. JonParker

    Jane Fonda

    Major right wingers were Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, John Wayne, Irene Dunne, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart. They were conservative in their politics (although not in the sense of modern conservatism), which primarily meant avid anti-Communism. I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, I'm sick to death of Jane Fonda bashing. It's old and tired. On the other hand, I can't agree with Chip -- discussing a star means discussing both their work and their life, and for some of them their politics was important.
  10. When I am watching a movie on TCM or any other commercial-free station, I usually find that there are sometime technical interruptions while I am taping. The kind that looks like the movie image is starting to disintegrate, or pixalate. If that happens, the picture usually goes black and I have lost some of the movie. I know that that is usually not the fault of the cable progammer or channel, but I don't like that, nor do I want my DVD to have those interruptions on the disc. I am picky. So I would rather purchase the DVD and have the complete DVD package sitting up on my shelf. The booklets and other info that usually accompany these DVDs are really worth the extra investment, as far as I am concerned. When taping, you will not be able to have all of this extra info to get into. If pixilation "usually" happens when watching TV, you should call your provider and complain. No way should that usually happen. Your second point is all very well and good, but TCM shows quite a few movies that will never be released on commercial DVD. I buy DVDs, but I also have a fairly large collection of films that just aren't popular enough to support a commercial DVD. TCM shows quite a few rare pre-codes and obscure films -- it's thanks to them that I am able to see and record them at all. If all you care about is the more commercial films, then the studio DVD route may work, but for fans of rarer and more obscure titles, the DVD recorder is a godsend.
  11. JonParker

    Best Horror Scene!

    The tree scene from The Evil Dead. Not gruesome, but disturbing.
  12. ChipHeartsMovies. Wow, I may be managing to post. P.S. I was wondering why the two who did Michael Cutiz as DotM didn't list Noah's Ark. They coulda had a twofer with the disabilities theme.
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    TCM.... ADD AN IGNORE FUNCTION

    I?ve seen many boards ruined by over-moderation. This is especially true with company-owned boards. What we need is an occasional cleaning out of people who call other posters bad names, but we need to allow the various discussions and debates as long as people don?t call each other bad names. Fred, At one time I was totally against moderation on these boards, but that assumes that people are going to act like adults. If people won't do that, moderation is the only answer. At Silver Screen Oasis, the board created as a spin-off of this one, we have moderation that's neither oppressive nor censorious. You're free to express any opinion as long as it's done with civility. But allowing the fights and insults that have been prevalent here is just wrong, and has the effect of driving off the informative and interesting posters. Moderation doesn't have to be hard line to be effective, but it does take effort, and that's something that TCM has been unwilling to expend here.
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    TCM.... ADD AN IGNORE FUNCTION

    Mark, I completely agree with every word of that post.

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