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Everything posted by Vidor

  1. Thanks for the heads-up! Not showing on my DVR so I'm still recording a lot of feature films I'm not going to watch just so I can fast forward to the shorts at the end. 😀
  2. No need to be sorry, not your fault! I think the six degrees format is a poor one for this reason. The marathon worked better when they went award by award by award...you could have a block of Live Action Short Film awards, a block of Animated Short Film awards, a block of Documentary Feature awards, all awards that are basically excluded from the marathon in its current format. Heck, you could go back to the simple A to Z format that they used once and do the same. Clearly I need to get myself made CEO of Turner Classic Movies.
  3. Not a lot of interest in this topic, apparently.
  4. This was the first film I watched after getting Filmstruck, and it is terrific.
  5. Anyone know if there's a way to track what short films and one-reel wonders will be airing during the marathon? Those turn up on the Watch TCM app after they air, correct?
  6. Well there's only so many movies to draw from, and TCM doesn't have the rights to all of them...no doubt they'd love to run "Star Wars". I dunno, they must have a reason for what they do. Presumably 31 Days of Oscar gets more viewers. And there's someone out there who's never seen "Citizen Kane" before. They have 11 months out of the year to show the weird stuff. Meanwhile, I'm hoping the short film schedule is filled in on the grid once we get closer to Feb. 1. I have a particular interest in Oscar-nominated short films and I wish TCM would list when they come on, especially next month.
  7. Why no topic for this yet? The schedule's out. It's a six-degrees-of-separation format again, which is fine, except that there are no documentaries. Does anyone know any way to track or find out the short films that will be playing next month?
  8. Why do people have such a hard time understanding this?
  9. Sure. And of course there are only so many films in the pool to draw from. But it would be nice to mix them up some more. More Fox or Universal films. More post-1980 films. Different foreign language films. Any documentaries--still can't believe they're off the schedule this year. Animated shorts. Live-action shorts. People like me that have watched Turner Classic Movies for years, well, we've seen these films.
  10. Another reason the program is somewhat disappointing this year. A lot of retreads.
  11. I find myself a little disappointed by this slate. Specifically, it would have been nice if they had mixed up some other Foreign Language Film nominees. And there are no documentaries at all. I guess there's no way to tell what short films they're going to air? Surely they'll run a few as filler between the features. That's another thing that would have been nice. Give us a block of short films!
  12. "Street Angel" is scheduled to run on TCM three days from now, on Feb. 1 as part of "31 Days of Oscar". Read a Slate interview last year in which whoever runs TCM these days said they wouldn't ever run "The Birth of a Nation" again.
  13. Rebooting didn't work. Just like the poster below, the last TCM movie I see on my guide is "Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots", and the guide is blank after 4:30 am Pacific on November 19.
  14. I haven't, because this is a TCM-only problem...I'll try it later tonight and see.
  15. If I had to pick a newer film that met the definition of "classic", that is, the kind that people might care about 50 years from now, the newest movies I'd pick are "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men" in 2007. Certainly nothing after that, not in our brave new world of comic book films. As for what airs on TCM, I have mixed emotions. I've watched newer films on TCM before. I don't believe that TCM should confine itself to, say, the studio era. But on the other hand TCM fills a certain niche in the market, and should not turn into a copy of HBO. I was a little disturbed by the recent run of new films a while back. "A League of Their Own" ran on Turner Classic Movies. That's a great movie, and I like it, but "A League of Their Own" probably airs on some channel every single day.
  16. Called a Comcast number, was connected to a service rep in Denver who was completely unfamiliar with what I was talking about but apparently turned on the TV in his office or whatever and observed that there was no program information for TCM after the morning of November 19. Man, you'd think that people would know about this by now. That either 1) the problem would be fixed or 2) if it turned out that Comcast was dropping TCM, that would have been announced. I realize that Comcast has a reputation for awful service but this had been for the better part of a week now.
  17. Because he forgot, I guess. A plot hole is a violation in a story's internal logic. TV Tropes has an article here. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PlotHole So, to give an unambiguous example as listed on that page, the duffel bags filled with advertisements for prostitutes in "Ocean's Eleven". They appear in the vault elevator magically; no one ever carries them in. That's a plot hole. The fact that Raymond says he heard the word "Rosebud" negates the alleged plot hole. Raymond says he was there, therefore Kane wasn't alone when he died. Why isn't Raymond in the shot? I don't know. Maybe the shot is from his POV. Maybe he was cleaning the windows.
  18. Still nothiing on the guide after 4:30 am Pacfic on November 19. It's been, oh, five days now.
  19. Well, Kane might have appeared to be alone, but he wasn't alone, else Raymond would not have heard him. Not a plot hole.
  20. Good but the Gloria Swanson version is better.
  21. Raymond the butler was there. Raymond specifically says he heard "Rosebud" when he talks with Thompson towards the end of the film.
  22. So...someone who is responsible for sending the guide to Comcast has failed? Are we reasonably confident that TCM isn't going to disappear from Comcast on Thursday?
  23. Well, as noted previously, different cable companies besides Comcast are experiencing this, apparently. I'm surprised that there are so few posts in this thread. Are other people able to see the guide?
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