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  1. At first glance, I disliked the new "full daily schedule" format. Then I found that you have to click on the "expand" in the right column ("review") to see cast, plot summary, and Leonard Maltin review. Plus you can still preview three months in advance (and review the day before, as with the old format.)
  2. What's with the *FAKE* *"Leonard Maltin Movie Review"* links in the bottom of every movie listing on the Full Schedule (day by day) page? It links to the same Latin jibberish in each "review". *Will TCM.com please either correct this or take it down?* It's either some kind of SPAM or error on the part of the web workers here.
  3. I'm currently watching the original French version of "Gigi" (1948) with English subtitles, and the subtitles are illegible (or large parts of them are) in many scenes, because they are in white (and thus they are illegible when they (or part of them) appear against a white background, and there are plenty of white tablecloths, curtains, dresses, etc. in the movie. The subtitles definitely need to be redone in yellow or at least in white letter bordered by black, so they are completely legible. It's a chore to watch the film now for non very fluent French speakers (and the not so great a
  4. I'm currently watching Sanders's performance in "The Black Swan" on TCM. Is it just me, or is this one of the hammiest, cartoonish, rare bad performances by the usually understated and skilled Sanders? Or is he having on one," because he disliked the quality of the writing or other elements. Or is it a case of bad directing?
  5. Bob Osborne said about a half hour ago, after a showing of "Annie" (1982) (directed by John Huston) that "....only a couple of adaptations of musicals by dramatic directors (directors of dramas) have been successful, and both occurred in 1968...." ("Funny Girl" and "Oliver"). I beg to differ. I think that "Oklahoma!" (1955) directed by Fred Zinnemann is one of the best muscial adaptations ever, and a lot of it has to do with Zinnemann's dynamic, iconoclastic, and engaging direction. (Take two numbers as examples: the opening "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "The Surrey with the Fringe on T
  6. It *is* an excellent film. I saw it during its initial release in a theatre as a pre-teen. It's a shame it's not on DVD. Screenplay by William Inge, writer of so many acclaimed dramas of the 50s and 60s. All the performances are great; it's one of Dorothy McGuire's best performances, very sensitive. It was a Warner Bros. release, so I don't see why it can't be shown on TCM, unless there are problems with the rights. I hope it is shown soon!
  7. Firstly, this had nothing to do with Kubrick, since it was all in the original novel by Vladimir Nabokov (who also wrote the screenplay). "Quilty" (Peter Seller's character) is Humbert Humbert's _guilt_ , projected upon/onto a pursuing, punishing character. *Quilty =Guilty.* Get it? Message was edited by: nlumiere
  8. I've noticed for some time now that TCM has been programming the same genre of films all day or all night (and sometimes for 24 hours.) It will have six or seven westerns in a row, or crime dramas, or war movies, or comedies. I think it would be much more entertaining to mix it up, except on those days when the monthly theme is being presented or there is a special reason to repeat the same genre over and over film-to-film.
  9. ChelseaRialtoStudios - Thanks for the comment about the new print. Next time I'll def. record it or buy it. I'm guessing that the Criterion Collection version is the better print?? Jack - I do believe you must be right, i.e. that Howard and/or Asquith changed the ending and Shaw was displeased. Since I'm so used to "My Fair Lady", which also used this ending, it doesn't change my affection for this film, but I would never want to see a stage production changed from Shaw's text. Ever since I was small (and by that I mean seeing the movie "My Fair Lady" at a roadshow theatre in
  10. I saw "Pygmalion" (1939) the other night on TCM. I noticed the ending was virtually identical to the musical "My Fair Lady," but I know that the play didn't end that way. I also checked and G.W. Bernard Shaw did write the screenplay. In the play, Shaw does not end it with the coupling of Henry Higgins and Eliza. As Eliza leaves for her father's wedding, Higgins shouts out a few errands for her to run, assuming that she will return to him at Wimpole Street. Eliza, who has a lovelorn sweetheart in Freddy, and the wherewithal to pass as a duchess, never makes it clear whether she will
  11. I wish TCM would be more precise in timing the start of their movies (with or without) and introduction. Today, I turned on "Pfffft" at exactly 9:30 A.M. (CT), and the movie was already playing. I'm not sure how long the movie had played (not much more than the credits and half of the first scene, I beleive), but it is still annyoing to have missed any of a film, for a film buff like me. And it happens fairly frequently. For instance, "The Notorious Landlady" is just starting, and it's 1:03 P.M., not 1:00 P.M. I'd rather have the correct minute on the schedule than rounding up or down to
  12. "Titanic" (1997) There are more, but that's in the top 15 saddest (and top 100 best) for me. Message was edited by: nlumiere
  13. I've looked on the (tcmdb) site in vain for THE list of NOT ON DVD movies. You know, for instance, I recently voted for "Notorious" to be released on DVD. This site told me: 3803 votes TCM's Not-On-Home Video Rank: 5 Does anyone know if there's a (ranked) list here? I'd love to see it. If there isn't, I suggest TCM publish it here. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd be interested in seeing it.
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