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  1. I would like to suggest PEGGY ANN GARNER for STAR OF THE MONTH. There are a few of her films I have not seen, but would like to, but every role I've seen her play I thought was outstanding. Instead of the 'usual suspects' for SOTM, it would be a breath of fresh air to see a new face highlighted on TCM. Does anyone agree with me? Vote for Peggy Ann Garner ... or suggest your pick!
  2. I was hoping to make a movie suggestion, but it keeps showing an error. Is anyone else having an issue like this? I'm going to post a new topic, 'MOVIE SUGGESTIONS' and make my suggestion(s) that way. I welcome any comments or help. Thanks in advance! NYC born
  3. I can't understand someone describing The Godfather as 'boring'. However, comparing it to Goodfellas is a little like apples and oranges. The Godfather is more of an epic story and is more about the old 'moustache' mafia and drills down into the characters more. I think the acting is of a higher caliber as well. Goodfellas is actually based of real events and characters and takes place in more modern times. It has a great soundtrack and is probably more fast-paced and 'action packed' than The Godfather. I like both. Another great film of the genre is Mobsters - which is also based on real characters and loosely based on true events - but takes place probably between the above two. Not as old timey as The Godfather, but not as modern as Goodfellas. The first film of this genre I ever watched as a kid was "The Black Hand" (1950). It nearly terrorized me, or at least disturbed me. It was an old black and white but left a definite impression. However, in the end it's all a matter of taste.
  4. We attended the big screen showing today and these Fathom Events bringing back classics (and some ‘not so classic’ oldies) in theatres is fantastic! Ben Mankiewicz was great as always as host and offered some neat tid-bits of trivia. It is really something seeing the youthful Pacino, Duvall, Caan and Keaton on screen. Hard to believe it’s the 45th Anniversary! With regards to the film, The Godfather, the acting was superb. The scene when Duvall has to tell Don Corleone that they killed Sonny, his deep sorrow and pain is palpable through his subtle facial expressions – and then the single tear! Outstanding! The film is loaded with equally compelling acting from all the stars. It is also one of the more authentic ‘mob’ stories. I partly disagree with whoever thought that Freddo was a sympathetic character. His misdirected loyalty makes him more like pathetic. However, he is rather the oddball of the family and for that it does invoke some sympathy. Also, someone mentioned Troy Donahue??? He is definitely not in The Godfather. As for the horse butcher scene -- I surely could have done without *that*. The point of it was that they will get you where it hurts, i.e. 'an offer you can't refuse'. I only wish they would have used a different demonstration of that. Overall, the great directing, acting, character development, story cohesion and the ability to draw you in and evoke emotional reactions (of all sorts) makes this truly a magnificent film and one of my favorites. If you happen to be a NYC Italian you can’t help but connect to some of the familiar expressions, family gatherings, ‘gravy’ making, and singing and that’s a plus.
  5. Well said, misswonderly3, I agree with all you said. There is quite a contrast between their 'business' and their personal relationships which can be very warm and loving and their family bonds/loyalty (or lack thereof, in the case of Freddo).
  6. Regarding the scar-making vaccination, yes, I was ready to post about this until I saw your post. I remember mine was tiny and circular (size of a small pea). My Mom's was much larger -- the size and shape of an almond (in the shell). (Funny thing - my scar has disappeared now). The polio vaccination was a shot (and then later orally on sugar cube) and did not leave a scar. I remember I was always proud because I never cried when we would get our shots ...in striking contrast to my cousin, who always whaled! I being a girl and he a boy made me feel even prouder . Regarding the pun -- I am sure that it was just that --- a sound-alike pun. I agree ... *never* try to find a 'hidden message' in Marx Bros comedy -- it was purely chaotic comedy at its best!
  7. I have seen 261 - A couple of them in the theatre when they came out, but for the most part all on TCM ... the ultimate place for classic film fans. Speaking of guest programmers, I was happily surprised to see Dennis Miller in this role for May. I'm not only a huge fan of TCM, but Dennis as well. I wish they'd have him as a regular. BTW, this list of guest programmers & their picks is handy - thanks for posting. Were there any earlier than 2005, or was that when they began the guest programmer series?
  8. I'm curious about that coffee-table book about every movie ever made. What is the title? I would love to look for that.
  9. Romanov, Well said. It is so for many of us that he felt like he was speaking directly to us - yes, so personable. I thought, as you did, about Olivia deHavilland -- and as much as we will miss him, I can't imagine how difficult it will be for her. He was one of a kind and like you, it does feel like losing a friend.
  10. I understand how you feel. We kept looking for him to return. However, we must remember that he had a personal life of his own and I'm guessing he wanted to have some privacy and not have the glare of a spotlight on whatever illness he had. Like most TCM fans we adored Robert and felt like he was part of the family so we missed seeing him and will always miss him. I suspect he just wanted to quietly exit, stage left. I believe he knew how much we all loved him.
  11. I was filled with sorrow when I learned of Robert's passing yesterday. He was the epitome of the perfect gentleman. Robert was adept at drawing you in to stories about the classic actors, the films and lots of trivia that never failed to pique your interest. His kind and classy yet informal way made us feel like he was a close friend of the family. We've missed him for some time now and we had a feeling that illness must be the reason he was away from TCM. I dreaded the day when we would lose him but secretly hoped he would return. Robert Osborne set the benchmark for the perfect TCM host, with never a hint of politics -- which after all we often come to TCM to escape. His love and passion of movies - especially the classics - and his tremendous knowledge was unparalleled. Robert Osborne was himself a classic - a shining star - someone to be revered and an example of excellence. Robert will be so missed by all of us TCM fans and is irreplaceable - gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Robert.
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  14. At the home page, in the search (enter your film title), the select the radio button: *SITE* (instead of movie database). Then click on the film, scroll down and you should see the time slot if it is scheduled.
  15. Oh! That has to be it! Now how to get my hands on it? Thanks also for that website - It looks like a good one, especially for nostalgia-crazy people like me! Thanks so much, danthemoviefan!
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