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TCM Programming Challenge #27 - What A Character! Voting Thread

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Hurry.  Less than 24 hours before voting ends for TCM Programming Challenge #27  --  What A Character!  Get your votes in before 6 PM (EST) Saturday, November 8.  Lots of great schedules which deserve your attention and your votes.

 

Lydecker

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I don't know why all but one voter has cast his/her ballot via PM.  It is always an option, yet rarely used to the extent it has been in this challenge. I guess it's the political age. C'mon folks, it's not like you're going to get dropped from a dinner party list or anything like that!

 

My initial feelings have held, despite seeing all the other interesting schedules as they came in. I cast my ballot for Skimpole in full public view.  

 

Andre Breton, the founder of Surrealism, has said that Henry Hathaway's film of Peter Ibbetson is a masterpiece of surrealist filmmaking.  It longs to be shown on TCM.

 

I won't forget the exhilaration I felt the first time I saw Celine and Julie Go Boating. It longs to be shown on TCM.

 

Manhattan (Woody Allen) and Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford) are two films that represent their directors' visions at their most essential. I welcome their inclusion in Skimpole's schedule.

 

Add to all that Last Year at Marienbad, Providence, Fitzcarraldo, and Meshes of the Afternoon, as well as a wealth of American classics, and you have my very public reason for casting my vote for Skimpole.

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Ack! Today is the last day to vote!

 

I'm casting my vote for SansFin and her "through the decades" theme.

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Lydecker-What a great challenge!  So many good excuses to recognize the very deserving character actors and actresses who populate the films we love.

 

I'm only sorry that I couldn't participate in this challenge.  The timing was bad for me but I CAN appreciate the seven schedules that were submitted.  Here are some highlights from each one:

 

Sansfin:  I loved Trevor Howard as your SOTM and your spotlight on Judith Anderson.  Your pick of Silent Movie as your Silent Sunday Night pick amused me.  Mostly, I loved how you broke down subjects by the decades and also focused on certain decades.  Example: the future as envisioned in the seventies. 

 

Fedya:  You and Sansfin each had an intriguing overall focus for your week of programming.  I enjoyed that in both.  I laughed at the thought of Andy Devine as your SOTM.  That may be the most surprising choice for SOTM ever, in the history of these challenges.  I liked the incredible characters of the 50s but your comments about Magnificent Obsession had me wondering:  have you watched this film, to the same point, more than once?  Loved your underground picks.

 

Skimpole:  Love your SOTM-Adolphe Menjou.  Your Friday Spotlight is a great theme.  I really liked the idea of an anti-oscar celebration during February.  It's a new take on the usual Oscars month.  I'm not sure if the programmers would go for it even though they are always looking for a new way to showcase the academy awards films.  I also like your attempt to allow intros and outros about Birth of a Nation without showing it.

 

Lonesome Polecat:  I really liked your animated character of Charlie Brown, amnesia theme, and Tony/Oscar performers.  Oh, and the postman theme too.  I do predict that one day TCM will show What a Way To Go! and What's So Bad About Feeling Good?  Great job.

 

Speedracer5:  Agnes Moorehead as SOTM.  What a great suggestion!  I thought that your taxi dancer and DeHavilland 100th birthday themes were excellent.  I loved your inclusion of Barbara Pepper and Charles Lane  (isn't he in just about every film you watch?!  He made hundreds of films.)  I love The Dark Mirror and haven't seen it in years.  Maybe TCM can find it.

 

Barton Keyes:  Hume Cronyn is a wonderful choice for SOTM.  A talented actor on both stage and screen.  Elmer Fudd was a terrific animated choice.  I really liked your spotlight on Goldwyn studios. Sid Caesar's writers and acting piano players-great themes.

 

Obrienmundy:  Ronald Colman.  You and I would both be so happy to see him as SOTM.  I suggest it on a regular basis.  One of my favorite films is on your week's schedule:  The Light That Failed.  Here's hoping that we can get more of his Goldwyn films on TCM.  Bugs Bunny is such a good animated character choice.  I love Mary Wickes.  She is a great choice for SOTM.  I also liked your kleptomaniacs theme.

 

Everyone had terrific schedules and lots of great ideas for SOTM.  Kudos to all but I cast my vote for Sansfin this time.

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Everyone had terrific schedules and lots of great ideas for SOTM.  Kudos to all but I cast my vote for Sansfin this time.

 

I thank you for your kind vote.

 

I believe you are correct that they are all excellent schedules.

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Challenge #27 Voting Update:


 


LonesomePolecat - 2


Obrienmundy - 2


SansFin - 4


Skimpole - 2 


Speedracer5 - 1


 


2 hours to go!  Get those last minute votes in now!


 


Lydecker


 


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And the winner is:  SanFin!! Congratulations on your wonderful, winning schedule.

 

Thanks too, to everyone who contributed such great schedules to TCM Programming Schedule #27  --  What A Character!  They were all incredibly creative and lots of fun.  I hope TCM liberally steals ideas from all of them.

 

Looking forward to hearing when Challenge #28 will be happening and what kind of interesting

challenges SanFin will present to us all.

 

Cheers!

 

Lydecker

 

 

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I thank very much all who voted for me.

 

They were all excellent schedules and all of you are to be congratulated for your wonderful work! 

 

I thank lydecker for setting such interesting Challenge Requirements and for running this Challenge.

 

I am open to suggestions for date of next Challenge. My first thought is mid-January to mid-February. 

 

I am sorry to say that I will be leaving home within the hour and am not expected to return before Monday. I will respond to posts and PMs at that time.

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Congrats and well deserved, SansFin! January sounds great to me for the next one. I'm sure you'll come up with something diabolically clever for us all.

 

And thanks for my two voters! Totally made my day!

 

Great job, everyone! And great challenge, Lydecker!

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I like the idea of January (post holidays) to mid February.  Something to distract the mind during the 

worst of the winter months.  Or, one could hop a flight to a tropical island . . . 

 

Lydecker

 

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Congrats SansFin! I think January-February would be an excellent time.

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Sansfin, congratulations!  It'll be fun to see what you come up with for the next challenge.

 

Lydecker, it was a great challenge.  I know it's a lot of work but I hope you that enjoyed it.  Good job.

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Sansfin, congratulations!  It'll be fun to see what you come up with for the next challenge.

 

Lydecker, it was a great challenge.  I know it's a lot of work but I hope you that enjoyed it.  Good job.

Thanks. I really enjoyed coming up with the challenge as well as hosting it and I hope everyone who participated had a lot of fun.  Go character actors!! Now, on to getting back to the business of coming up with a schedule for the next challenge.  I've got lots of ideas!

 

Lydecker

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I thank all for their kind words! 

 

it is an extreme honor to win when all competitive entries were so very wonderful.

 

I have very firmly penciled into my calendar that TCM Programming Challenge #28: Pulling a Rabbit out of an Old Sock will begin Sunday, January, 11, 2015. 

 

I have an idea for the Challenge requirement. I will have to research to find if there is a great variety of movies for that theme. 

 

I will have as an optional theme: "Movies TCM Will Never Show." It is to be four movies which TCM has not aired and will never air because there is no extant print, it is plain that the rights will never be relinquished or for other known reasons. Disney animated features and pornography will not be allowed! These movies will not count against the Premiere Count.

 

I am considering a second optional theme of movies made by Mosfilm or Toho which have never aired on TCM. I believe I should find at least two other studios which are well known in their home countries but which are severely underrepresented on TCM. I must wonder if any would have an interest in this. These movies also would not count against the Premiere Count.

 

I thank again those misguided people who voted for me, all those with kind words, and lydecker for setting and running an excellent Challenge!

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Aw, not Disney animated features? But that's the perfect candidate for that! :( Glad you're giving me notice on that one. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

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Hey:

 

How about a Challenge which excludes:

 

1960's films

Anything featuring/starring Shelley Winters

Anything which currently appears in the TCM Overplayed Hall of Fame

 

and includes:

 

Your candidate for a new co-host for The Essentials (Oh, please, Oh please, Oh please!)

 

Oh, I could go on and on . . . 

 

Lydecker

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Aw, not Disney animated features? But that's the perfect candidate for that! :(

 

I believe that would be: "low-hanging fruit." I wish to allow entrants to use this as a showcase for unrequited desires. 

 

I know that many people anticipate developments which might allow release of: Letty Lynton (1932). I had not heard of this movie before learning of the rights issue. I must wonder if there are other movies which some have a great desire to watch but can not.

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Hey:

 

How about a Challenge which excludes:

 

1960's films

Anything featuring/starring Shelley Winters

Anything which currently appears in the TCM Overplayed Hall of Fame

 

and includes:

 

Your candidate for a new co-host for The Essentials (Oh, please, Oh please, Oh please!)

 

Oh, I could go on and on . . . 

 

Lydecker

 

It appears to me that you are well on your way to setting the requirements for the next Challenge which you will host.

 

I hope you understand that this means that I expect a gorgeously wonderfully perfect schedule from you for TCM Challenge #28: For Whom the Jelly Rolls so that you will win and so host Challenge #29: Bright Lights and Dark Souls.

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It appears to me that you are well on your way to setting the requirements for the next Challenge which you will host.

 

I hope you understand that this means that I expect a gorgeously wonderfully perfect schedule from you for TCM Challenge #28: For Whom the Jelly Rolls so that you will win and so host Challenge #29: Bright Lights and Dark Souls.

I think all of the animated guest programmers from Challenge #27 had far greater insights into film than Drew and would therefore make promising Essentials co-hosts.  

 

Lydecker

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