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  1. Thanks for raising this problem. In addition to the distorted trailers I've seen recently, there have sometimes been full movies shown in the wrong aspect ratio -- although fortunately, that doesn't happen too often. The aspect ratio -- for both trailers and the movies themselves -- is important to get right!
  2. In case it hasn't been mentioned already, I thought folks here might want to know that Eddie Muller's excellent book Dark City is being reissued in a revised and expanded edition. The publication date for the new edition is July 6, 2021. Here's the description found on a prominent online retailer's site: "This revised and expanded edition of Eddie Muller's Dark City is a film noir lover's bible, taking readers on a tour of the urban landscape of the grim and gritty genre in a definitive, highly illustrated volume. "Dark City expands with new chapters and a fresh collection of rest
  3. This is one of the most entertaining threads I've run across in a long time (although there are many others). I'm not surprised that Groucho has been mentioned prominently. Here's a favorite of mine from A Night At The Opera: Groucho and Margaret Dumont are having dinner together in a restaurant. Waiter: Your check, sir. Groucho: Nine dollars and forty cents? This is an outrage. [Throws the check across the table to Margaret.] If I were you, I wouldn't pay it.
  4. You're absolutely right, in my personal opinion. High-speed Internet service has become a "utility" that it's difficult to do without, just like electricity or water. This past year has proven that. How many kids would have had no school at all during this past year if broadband Internet service weren't available for remote learning? How many people would have been laid off from their jobs during this past year if Internet-based technology hadn't made it possible to work from home? Yet there are people out there -- kids and working folks -- who don't have sufficient Internet service
  5. I'm sorry to see TCM Inner Circle go away for the same reason as other folks -- it was focused on TCM and gave members a chance to weigh in on pending issues that would affect TCM. (For example, when Eddie Muller's then-nameless noir segment was about to start, they asked Inner Circle about the possible names for it. "Noir Alley" was born.) I started to apply for the Warner A-List group because I was curious about what it might entail. I got to the last step and then quit because out of the membership survey's many, many questions, they never asked about TCM even once (if I remember co
  6. I'm not sure when the TCM Message Boards started, but since I joined 14 years ago, I don't recall anyone ever suspecting that Robert Osborne was among the participants. I do remember someone saying that Eddie Muller used to join in the discussions from time to time, before eventually moving to other platforms. I would have welcomed the chance to hear his views on some of the topics here, but I don't think I ever participated in a discussion that included him.
  7. I probably should remember your story, but don't. Would you mind repeating it? Sounds like it could be a good one!
  8. Great topic! I've had a couple encounters with classic stars and, sadly, an "almost" encounter. Jimmy Stewart Shortly after I moved to DC in 1989, Jimmy Stewart published a small book of his light poetry -- poems he often read during his "Tonight Show" appearances, to the great amusement of Johnny Carson and the audience. Mr. Stewart was on a book tour and stopped at a small bookstore not far from my office in downtown Washington. I went over during my lunch break and stood in a very long line of people waiting to see him -- the line snaked throughout the store and outside into th
  9. There's a difference between forgetting history and, on the other hand, choosing to cease honoring people who did things that we no longer feel are worth honoring. I live in a southern state where there are a lot of statues honoring Confederates -- or, at least, there were until recently. In the county where I live, for example, a statue of a Confederate soldier stood in front of the county courthouse -- on public land, owned by all of us. In our state capital, which once served as the capital of the Confederacy, there were numerous statues of Confederate leaders in heroic poses. The
  10. I hate to disagree -- I really do, because I'd prefer to find some basis for agreement. But I have to disagree here. The on-screen prologue at the beginning of GWTW calls the slavery-era South a "pretty world" and a "dream." These weren't the words of a character, but of the movie maker. The prologue as a whole makes the South sound like a pleasant, romantic world, and seems to express sorrow that that world is gone. To me, the movie is promoting, at least in part, a positive view of the slavery era. The movie ignores the horrors of slavery that are related from firsthand knowledge
  11. Your mention of "Ohio locations" reminded me that I've been to a couple of Ohio film locations myself. For many years, my parents lived in Chagrin Falls, a Cleveland suburb, which was the location for filming of The Gathering (1977), a Christmas-set TV movie starring Ed Asner. When I've watched this very decent drama, I recognize many of the locations around Chagrin Falls that I became familiar with when visiting my parents there -- for example, the wooden stairway by the picturesque waterfall that's right in the middle of town, where Ed Asner is shown contemplating his personal problems.
  12. Thanks for noting the connection, Top -- I'll add Young at Heart to our schedule! I've actually seen Young at Heart (I'm also a big Sinatra fan), but when I last saw it, I wasn't familiar with Four Daughters yet. Now that you mention it, though, I read about the connection (and promptly forgot about it) when I finally did see Four Daughters and wanted to learn more about those movies. I'm glad you reminded me -- it's been too long since I last saw Young at Heart.
  13. To answer the question "What are you watching this month?" I have to admit that my wife and I haven't planned out our viewing schedule quite as completely as TopBilled. That said, we do have certain movies we watch in the first half of almost every March -- those with some kind of Irish theme. Neither of us is Irish or inclined to otherwise celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but we usually have fun watching at least some of these in March: The Irish In Us (1935) (James Cagney, Olivia DeHavilland, Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh, Mary Gordon) Three Cheers for the Irish (1940) (Thomas Mitche
  14. Having never been to California, I haven't visited the movie studios or locations there, although I would if I ever do visit the state. I live in the Washington, DC, area, however, so I occasionally notice a familiar movie location in the city -- usually from All The President's Men. But this topic reminds me of a sort-of "secondhand" experience of visiting a Hollywood studio. Back in the late 60s, my dad worked for a large grocery store chain and had to go to L.A. to oversee the filming of a TV commercial for the company. The commercial happened to be filming at the studio where the
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