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About Mr_Blandings

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  1. > {quote:title=Lazyking wrote:}{quote}As for your 3D comment... I've seen a couple 3D movies and I really hope the technique doesn't take over every film like cgi seemed to do to every action movie. 3D only works for certian movies and they certianly should never appear on TCM cause it doesn't translate to TV well. Not to mention, the story still has to be there. What I meant by the 3D comment was only to point out that in the far future--when it is possible that all movies will be 3D interactive holograms or somesuch thing--the term "classic" may be broadened from the usual sense of studi
  2. > {quote:title=Lazyking wrote:}{quote}I understand your pov Mr. Blandings and you know I somewhat I agree with you but for me, I do want the best movie shown if at all possible. Some studio era films just like modern era stink. Doesn't mean they shouldn't be shown and they are but if a great modern era movie that isn't shown elsewhere happens to show up on TCM once or twice a year I certianly would have no issue with it. Thanks for understanding, LK, and I actually agree with you as well. I like good movies, period. A lot of the classic stuff is not to my liking. However, the best chance o
  3. > {quote:title=darkblue wrote:}{quote}If there was another channel that ran 70's and 80's films uncut and commercial free I'd watch it. But there isn't. So, TCM is the only game in town. I don't know if you get Encore Avenue or Showcase, but movies from the '70s, '80s, and '90s are shown on there all the time. If TCM is the "only game in town" for you, and you don't like classic films, you really need to look into alternatives. :| > {quote:title=darkblue wrote:}{quote}Wanting it to constrain its content to just 30's and 40's movies because that's what you like is your prerogat
  4. > {quote:title=yogiboo wrote: }{quote}Top Ten Male Character Actors Good one! ... and a toughie. As I'm not sure exactly what constitutes a "character actor," as opposed to a supporting actor, I'll make two top tens for the men--one for bigger stars (who were all probably leading men at one time or could hold a movie by themselves), and a second list for the actors that got the more minor roles: The biggies ... 1. Charles Coburn \2. Edward Arnold 3. Edmund Gwenn 4. Edward Everett Horton 5. Louis Calhern 6. Frank Morgan 7. Sydney Greenstreet\8. Thomas Mitchell \9. C. Aubrey Smi
  5. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}Mr. Blandings, it's always a pleasure to read such a thoughtful well-written post. Clearly you took some time to articulate exactly why you do like classic films. Thank you for the kind words, misswonderly (and Deb23 and dpommper, too!)---what I took from your thoughts about an "epiphany moment" is that it is akin to when I'm watching a film and all of a sudden it strikes a chord in me how good it is. Sometimes it hits without any kind of a build-up, too, and then you say to yourself (or aloud) "This is a GOOD movie!" And then you make a menta
  6. > {quote:title=dpompper wrote:}{quote}(Although cutting parts of that silly blonde woman screeching in "Temple of Doom" might not be a bad idea.) LOL! "That was no silly blonde woman screeching ... that was my (future) wife!" -- Steven Spielberg
  7. > {quote:title=TCMfan23 wrote:}{quote}there is no progress. Just a lot of junky technology we don't really need. In the words of '90s man Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban) after he awoke 200 years into the future ... "... I am surprised how little improvement there has been in human evolution. Oh, there have been technical advancements ... but how very little man himself has changed." (Yes, I'm a Trekkie ... but only for the classic show! )
  8. Just for the record, I do like quite a number of post-1970s films, including the Back to the Future Trilogy. I just think there are other stations that can show those types of films (though I don't care if they ever do because I buy all the movies I really like on DVD anyway). I think that TC(lassic)M should only show the studio classics because there aren't that many other stations that do. They should stick with their strengths and not water it down. No question, though, Back to the Future is an awesome movie, but it's simply not classic. Will all pre-3D hologramatic movies in the futu
  9. What sums it up for me is quality. Obviously this doesn't apply to all movies--just because they're classic doesn't mean they're automatically good. But I will say that the chances of me liking a classic film--because of all the reasons people have listed and more--are much better than me liking a newer or modern film. Acting. In comparison to the movies Hollywood is making today, there is no question in my mind that the quality of acting is much higher, on average, in classic films. Most often there is no comparing the two. Classic film detracters often claim that the acting and dialogue
  10. I agree with you, TCMfan, but at least there are only a few and they're on in the middle of the night. It's when modern movies are on at primetime that it really bothers me as that's the perfect opportunity to get people hooked on classic films (if they already aren't).
  11. > {quote:title=Lazyking wrote:}{quote}I'm sure I'll watch more classics that I'll enjoy more but I doubt I'll see ten better performances. Along those lines of brilliant dramatic performances, I recommend you also try to catch Ray Milland's Oscar-winning role in "The Lost Weekend" (coincidentally enough, Cary Grant was approached for the role first but he turned it down because he didn't think he could pull it off. Milland didn't either but he sure proved himself wrong!) Milland is also brilliant in "Dial M For Murder," "The Big Clock," "Ministry of Fear," and "Arise, My Love." For Fre
  12. > {quote:title=Lazyking wrote:}{quote}Btw, I haven't watched a Cary Grant movie in full! (I know he's your favorite) Oddly enough, I'm not sure that he is anymore! He's one of them, for sure, but I've come to appreciate Ray Milland, Ronald Colman, Fredric March, and Edward G. Robinson more. But whether he's at the top of my list of faves or somewhere lower, I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for Cary because he was the actor that first got me into classic films. Back when I was a teen, and thought any movie earlier than "Star Wars" was not worth watching (sighs and shakes head),
  13. Thanks for sharing, Lazyking! Great list, although it shows me that just when I think I've seen a lot of movies, there's always more to see--there's only a few movies on your list that I've actually seen! "The Snake Pit" airs on TCM on Sept. 5th, so I'll try to remember to watch it. I liked Olivia deH in the comedy "Princess O'Rourke" and from the clips I've seen of Snake Pit, it looks like she turned in an amazing performance. Do you like "Strawberry Blonde?" It has both Cagney and Olivia in it. Can't wait to see your top ten actors and actresses lists!
  14. Oh, you're totally welcome, beatlesfan! It's always a pleasure to recommend a good movie to a fellow classic film fan. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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