All of you --OK, many of you-- need a reality check. I think Ben's doing a great job and he's obviously more "into it" than he was when he first started, when he wasn't even looking into the right camera!
And I can't quite figure out the criticism...he's either not "passionate" enough or he's too passionate, i.e. sarcastic? Pleeease.
And are we pretending that all of TCM's offerings are sterling? How many Esther Williams films were there, anyway?
Ben frequently makes me laugh and in many cases, he certainly knows as much about the films as I do. I think Robert O. comes off as too pedantic sometimes; a lighter touch doesn't really bother me. The idea that you have to be old, gray, and serious to appreciate old movies strikes me as silly.