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About markfp2

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    Life-long passion for films of many kinds especially classics and British films. Avid reader of mysteries. Also very interested in old movie theaters.

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  1. If the box or DVR from your cable company is HD and is hooked into your TV with a single HDMI cable. That's the one where the plug is about 3/4" wide, you can't record from that. It's designed by the manufacturers so people can't record HD signals. If you can still hook it up with the older red, yellow and white cables and unplug both ends of the HDMI you should be able to record that way. It won't be HD, but still should work. Just one thing, don't call up your cable company for advise. They'll tell you that's illegal to record from them and that isn't true. The Supreme Court se
  2. That freezing and stuttering is called "buffering" and it's not a problem at TCM's end of things. It's all about your internet speed and streaming device that's used. If your speed is very slow or you have lots of other devices running off it at the same time, that could be the problem. The device could also be it or a combination of both. I was using a first-generation Roku and had that problem with a number of channels including TCM. It could take several minutes to load a movie and then I could never watch an entire thing without buffering. I finally upgraded to a newer model Roku
  3. I don't really know about TCM, but many cable companies won't show what they think of as "lesser" channels in full HD even if it's provided with an HD signal. When I say lesser, I don't mean that as a slam to TCM or any other channel, or a judgement of the quality of programming, just that those are the ones that the cable outfits have little interest in because can't make a lot of money off them..
  4. Oh yes, I agree with you. It was an era when Hollywood movies were maturing in both subject matter and how it was presented. Many people weren't ready for such things as blatant sexuality or substance abuse and even today find such things in a movie objectionable. You're also correct about people giving most of the credit for spectacular dance numbers to just the dancers with little thought to the work of the choreographer. In reality, it's a collaborative effort between both. That goes back to the early days of movies too. People may have heard of Busby Berkeley and knew he had somethi
  5. Not necessarily. ALL THAT JAZZ is one of those films that people will either love or hate without any middle ground. It helps if you know and appreciate Bob Fosse's work both on stage and on film. A lot of people compare Fosse to Gene Kelly in that they were both immensely talented dancers who created new styles of dance, but anyone sitting down and watching ALL THAT JAZZ for the first time thinking it's just going to be a standard showbiz musical like the studios use to crank out will be in for a huge shock. There's some awfully creative, and some have even said, "brilliant" things
  6. Glad I could help. Memory is a funny thing. I'm pretty good about remembering movies I've seen decades ago, but just don 't ask me what I had for lunch last Tuesday. .
  7. I believe you may be thinking of the 1961 French comedy "Le Belle Americaine" (aka "The American Beauty"). It's about a middle-class French couple who get a deal on a large, white, American convertible and their misadventures with it. I haven't seen it since it was first released but seem to remember it was quite funny.
  8. As I remember, when the installer came to install your phone he'd ask how long a cord you wanted. I think that you got so many feet for free and then a small charge for extra length. The apartment that I grew up in only had one phone, but it had long cord so it could reach to just about any room except the bathroom.
  9. From what I understand, even though Warner Bros. (or whatever they call it nowadays) is part of the same parent company as TCM, they're treated as separate entities. Warner distributes what use to be the TCM Library and is responsible for providing digital transfers. For legal reasons, Warner has to treat TCM the same as any other channel that license movies from them. TCM doesn't have unlimited access to those movies and must negotiate and pay to show them. It would be up to the distributor to provide the movie in whatever medium TCM requires. That said, and judging from TCM occ
  10. My guess would be that at some point the movie was reissued to theaters and since it was no longer the anniversary year that message was removed so as to not make it look like "an old movie". Things like that were pretty common with reissues. If that's the case with ADAM'S RIB than it's likely the digital transfer TCM ran was made from a reissue print and not one from the original release. That's not something TCM has control over.
  11. That trailer makes me want to see it. Looks pretty creative to me. I don't think of it in terms of a "remake" of an earlier movie but simply another cinematic interpretation of the original story. I'll judge it on its own merits.
  12. You pretty well nailed it. One point I will make is that the older MGM, Warner, and RKO titles that Ted Turner bought to create the original TCM Library are now controlled by Warner which is another division of TCM's parent company. Even so, for legal reasons, Warner can't treat TCM any differently than it would any other customer. and, as you pointed out, has to charge them for the going rate they'd charge anyone else. In some cases, TCM may find itself bidding against other networks for movies that at one time it had unlimited use of. You're correct, the term "library" really ju
  13. I've always thought it was really charming movie too. I became a fan of the story when it first appeared in Reader's Digest. I have the DVD and have watched it any number of times and I can't recall any "crude" language in it. Maybe there could be the stronger version of "darn" and "heck" but that's about it. Trust me you can't go wrong with that one.
  14. I watched Alicia when she was guest co-host with Eddie Muller for ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS and I thought she was very good and showed a lot of knowledge about the film . It's like Sepiatone said, maybe Alicia doesn't seem that great when she's just reading off a prompter that somebody else wrote. When in a conversational setting with Eddie she more than held here own. Perhaps TCM should give more her more chances to show off how good she really might be.
  15. From what I've been reading the studios aren't even going to be providing new movies until July. So while governors may say it's okay to reopen, the big circuits are saying they don't see the point if they haven't got anything new to run. Here in New York nothing is going to reopen until mid-May at the earliest and then it will be in stages. Theatres are not in the first or second round of openings so assuming things go well that might coincide with what the studios are saying. Of course, if there's another spike in the virus then all bets are off.
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