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Everything posted by geraldrobertson

  1. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > > Personally, I can't stand Lon Chaney, but look at it this way... today I finally got some important work done around the house. I cleaned up my office. I filed a lot of papers that needed to be filed. I organized some stuff that had just been sitting around in different places on the floor. I found all my missing pill bottles. I went outside for some fresh air. > > After the past two weeks of non-stop movies I wanted to see, I finally got a break today. > I guess that there were none of those horrible *French* films shown in the last two weeks. Just good old American stuff like singing cowboys, military heroics, John Wayne sagas, etc., etc., ad nauseum. Right, Fred? Gerald
  2. > {quote:title=fthc6 wrote:}{quote} > Silent movies were usually accompanied by a theater organ. The theater organ was a major part on the viewing experience. Why is it not utilized more often in these presentations. I can t believe the clarinet is used in Dr Wu. Horrible > The sound of an organ reproduced inadequately for home TV viewing is probably much worse than some replacement. Provided, of course, that the replacement is carefully designed to supplement, rather than overpower, the movie. Gerald
  3. *{quote:title=Scottman wrote:}{quote}When this film premired on TCM some years ago, I couldn't believe that Time Warner really paid someone for the score that accompanies MR. WU, I ended up watching it with the sound off because it was so annoying. While I realize that the score was trying to evoke some feeling of Chinese/Asian music, it gets completely in the way of the film by calling attention to itself.* I agree that the music for this "silent" film is highly distracting. I found myself listening to the music, rather than following the plot. Therefore, just as you, I switched to mute for relief during the entire movie. Some silent movies are much better watched in silence, including those in which the original music has been retained and not been replaced in the restoration by music (however clever or ingenious in its own right) that is designed to compete with, rather than to enhance, the movie! After all, it is the movie which most of us have come to see--not hear. In summary: It is worthwhile to test any silent movie to see whether the viewing experience can be improved by watching it in *silence.* Gerald
  4. Well, we have George Clooney, don't we? He recently made the leap into TCM (for obvious reasons, of course). I believe that it was in a 1999 "classic" named Three Kings. But I could be wrong, since I have not looked this up but am quoting this title from my astonishment at this latest insult to the word "classic". Gerald
  5. Now wait a minute there, Sprockets; you are being unfair. How can you expect for one to be able to play a jazz guitar (if you accept the username) *and* understand the elements of English grammar at the same time? I suppose that it's (by the way, James, note that the ' in the word "it's" replaces the letter i, just as the ' in the word "would've" replaces the two letters ha) either one or the other. Using a ' as a replacement for certain letters is a well known principal to those who are learning English. The word "of" has no place in this lesson in English 101. These movie fans are tough customers on these things, aren't they? (oops, there's that pesky ' again, showing up everywhere!) Gerald
  6. Unexplainedly, Mike (at least I think that this is your Americanized first name), you are confusing Ben with Kosher wine! Proof of this confusion is the fact that Kosher wine does not age at all, since its high added alcoholic content (compared with no-alcohol-added vintage wines) kills the bacteria that causes aging in the bottle. But as anyone can clearly see, Ben is aging at an accelerated rate, what with all of his challenging hosting duties, learning to read the scripts laid down for him while sounding very natural and folksy in his new-found "knowledge," running around here and there and everywhere, etc. Just look at those tinges of gray around the edges. Yes, gray will win out, despite all of those dyes, shampoos, etc. So Mike, it's time for you to get deconfused on this particular issue. Perhaps there is some realistic comparison between Ben and a good Irish whiskey, but somehow I doubt it. Maybe you can compose a limerick about and/or for Ben. By all means, be sure to post it here. The world (i.e., everyone who understands Gaelic) will love your latest messageboard contribution. Gerald
  7. > {quote:title=William wrote:}{quote}I have noticed many times about people from the 30's, 40's especially looked a lot more grown up than today's stars. > > I mark it up to most people were reall skinny and that makes you look older. > > I remember my Father getting home from the army in '46 and he was skinny as a rail. I believe that what you are referring to as "grown up" involves much, much more than the mere physical appearance. At least, I do. Specifically, I think that the way the actors were dressed, their general behavior, their command of the language, their class, their intelligence, their awareness of the surroundings, their ability to follow a story line coherently, etc., etc. all contribute to the grown-up "look." Gerald
  8. I do not believe that this new TCM is EVER going to get your message. These people are not willing to admit that there is an inevitable divide between the dedicated *true* classic movie fan and the younger crowd that TCM is trying to separate from its money. This is not going to work and never *will* work. In my opinion, TCM should stop its inevitable futile efforts to redefine the classic movie to snare those who cannot now, and never will, identify with the "culture" of the classic movie fan. Will giving them such political propagandizing "classic" movie as Three Kings (recently shown here, released in 1999) with the "name" idol George Clooney do the trick? I think not. Until the next such movie (or something similarly appealing to the youngsters) comes along. Gerald
  9. > Who would have thought that Bridge could be this entertaining? Lots of great character actors and some clever dialoge made this a terrific pre-code film. Loretta Young was gorgeous :x , and Paul Lukas was excellent too. > Thanks TCM for showing this forgotten gem! I would have thought that Bridge could be this entertaining, particularly since I spent many, many years playing, studying this game and became a true expert in the process! This is one of the world's greatest games, despite the fact that, in today's fast-paced technological world, few people have the time or the desire to devote to this intellectual and psychological enterprise. This is their loss; I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to participate. And yes, I recorded this one. Gerald
  10. I heartily concur about these two gems! They are irresistible and ageless, and I must express my preference for the Music Man, which is absolute perfection. Most importantly, I am a professional-caliber musician who has played every one of the songs in both of these musicals, which of course gives them a highly personal quality to my own experience. I am very grateful to TCM for keeping them alive here on exhibition and, of course, available for purchase on DVD. I have of course recorded them for my own use, but there are many who are yet to own any recordings of one or both of them. This is a mistake for those who appreciate the awesome beauty of these creations of a bygone era. Gerald
  11. I have my own very effective and fuss-free way of giving this subject a rest. It matters not to me what the Good Doctor thinks, or that TCM has chosen to place him on exhibit for others to argue about, fret about, worry about, etc., ad infinitum. I plan my recording schedule in advance from the TCM monthly schedule which I have printed out, and use two DVD recorders to record a lot of the movies directly to rerecordable DVDs. The reason for using this type of DVD for recording is that, if one wishes to edit the disc after recording, this can only be done using a rerecordable disc. After recording, without watching what I am recording but with a general allowance for recording time (including some small extra time allowed for the Good Doctor to rant and rave, propagandize, etc.), I use the excellent editing software supplied with my two recorders (of different makes), finalize the recordings after editing, and then copy them to non-rewriteable DVDs on my computer. These hard copies then go into my own personal archive for future study, analysis, review, but not for redistribution. The original rerecordable disc is then reformatted for another use. As for me, the Good Doctor is scrubbed out during the editing procedure. As he happens to pop up in any future role, such as a guest commentator or whatever, I just de-pop him once again in the editor. This is all that there is to it. So why make all this fuss about a non-entity? What I am concerned about are the movies themselves, which (hopefully but not always) meet the schedule commitments. This procedure, for all movies, not just those on themes such as Arabian whatever, serves me very well. Those who like to argue in these forums for the sake of argument are certainly welcome to do so. I am not one of them. Gerald Edited by: geraldrobertson on Jul 15, 2011 1:28 AM
  12. It appears to me that those who just cannot seem to get this schedule format worked out are postponing the "solution" indefinitely in order to protect their jobs! If they got everything fixed, they would probably be about of work. So it makes sense (at least to them) that they can fix one problem if they create another problem which, like this one of an improper choice of fonts, will serve to buy them some more time. The way that things are going here, it looks as though it may take another two months or to get back to where they were with the June schedule, insofar as font size is concerned. Then, in two more months, when the fonts get back to normal, these "blokes" (as you Brits call them) can find something else to mess up for another two months, etc. There is no end of things that can be disarranged to keep the schedule format fires burning. When Christmas time rolls around, they can take these problems with them on the great TCM cruise--but then not work on them, of course. Merry Christmas, blokes! Gerald
  13. *And just to be completely clear, I consider the tcm website to be separate from these Message Boards.* From all that has gone on so far, I agree with you. TCM needs the website in order to conduct certain essential business, but it does not need the message boards. It seems to me that TCM would rather that the message boards just disappear, since they are causing one big, extended headache. GR
  14. "Call me crazy" Is this the name of a classic movie? If not, it should be! GR
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