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  1. I watched it. Most of it was pretty good, but the bits about the Hollywood blacklist and Michael Moore were cringe-inducing. I would like to make it clear that I am an independent who dislikes both parties, and without going off into a soapbox rant I'd like to point out that while I don't think the Hollywood blacklist was a good thing and that some people were unfairly blacklisted, some of the people were unrepentant Stalinists (in particular the Hollywood Ten, who went to jail because of contempt of Congress - a fact they don't mention). I would like to actually hear a balanced perspective about that whole era rather than ""it was the worst period in American history", but considering that Hollywood is 98% liberal we'll never hear that. The less that's said about Michael Moore the better. To me he's nothing more than the left-wing version of Ann Coulter or Alex Jones, and anything he has to say I instantly ignore.
  2. I hadn't heard of this beautiful gal until recently, but I was very surprised to find out she's still alive...at 98. The gorgeous Patricia Morison: Edited by: WinslowLeach74 on Feb 3, 2014 8:45 PM
  3. TCM should get around to showing what is my favorite sci-fi film of all time, Blade Runner - even if it's the theatrical version with Harrison Ford's cheesy voiceover narration and the tacked-on ending. Blade Runner is a perfect example of a film that wasn't exactly highly regarded at the time but developed a following over the years. It's also one of the few reviews I vehemently disagree with Leonard Maltin about (along with his reviews of Taxi Driver, The Shining and Carpenter's remake of The Thing).
  4. There's that saying that "the cream always rises to the top" - that the best (or overlooked) of any era will hold up over time. I suppose things like Elvis or Andy Hardy movies have that nostalgic charm to people who grew up then, but suggesting they're better than anything by Kubrick, Scorsese or Coppola is, IMO, indicative of that narrow-minded attitude you mentioned. I don't think anyone in 20 years is going to look back at this decade and think Twilight and Transformers were the height of filmmaking
  5. My opinion about whether something is a classic is this: if it has stood the test of time, has had a lasting cultural impact (for better or worse), and remains watchable long after its release. It is a testament to the talent of the directors, writers and actors involved that movies made before most of us were born can still be watchable and highly entertaining. It's the same with music: whether it be the classical composers, the Tin Pan Alley songwriters or the songs we still hear on the oldies and classic rock radio formats. Some films can be "slow burners" in the sense that they were either overlooked at the time or outright panned, but over time developed a following as people came to see them for the classics they were. Maybe it's due to my relatively young age (I'm only 26), but I think there are plenty of films from the 90s that have stood the test of time after 20 years. But I don't see today's cineplex-friendly, CGI and explosions fare ever being regarded as "classic". I don't think TCM is ever going to play Michael Bay because no one considers his movies to be classics. Anyway, I find that it's good to keep an open mind about things and not blindly dismiss something as not being "a classic" just because it's newer (or to dismiss anything made before the 90s as "boring" just because it doesn't have CGI in it).
  6. If we're talking pre-1960s, my top ten would be: Gloria Grahame Veronica Lake Gail Russsell Linda Darnell Susan Hayward Dorothy Lamour Gene Tierney Paulette Goddard Carole Landis Ella Raines ...in about that order. Edited by: WinslowLeach74 on Jan 25, 2014 6:13 AM
  7. Alien is one of my favorite movies. I don't get this dislike some people have of any film made after a certain time period....especially towards movies that are as old now as many 40s and 50s movies were then. To me, "classic" is anything that is well-made and has stood the test of time, and Alien (and Aliens) more than qualifies for that definition IMO. Airing classic movies from the 70s and the 80s does not mean TCM is going to turn into FX Has The Crap Movies... Edited by: WinslowLeach74 on Jan 25, 2014 6:15 AM
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