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About hollbergsmith

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  1. Two movies where Christmas scenes towards the end play very important roles in the plot: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Grand Illusion (1937). This is in French and subtitled, but give it a chance. The Christmas scene might leave you in tears.
  2. > Where the heck were you guys a couple of months ago > when everyone was calling me names because I said > this character was not good for TCM, nor was he TCM > material? I listed the movies like Mudhoney, and > Pussycat, kill, kill, and was told I was over the > hill, because these are classic movies and deserved > to be shown in order to study them. How the heck can > you study them when your hands are over your eyes? > Now I know many of you like the September promo but > I said then, that it was the beginning of a change. > I said we would be getting 70's and 80's movies, > and Zombie would be showing junk, but I was shouted > down and quit talking. How many times in the past > couple of weeks have you heard people say they're > not watching TV so much, but watching their tapes > and DVD's? I'm simply saying, I know trouble when I > see it. It starts very slowly so you don't notice, > then all of a sudden, boom. Great post. Some people just don't recognize erosion when they see it. This forum's become a real drag. Very little discussion of classic movies, unless you want to deconstruct the meaning of "classic movie" all out of recognition. It's become like a lot of other forums where you've got a vocal group of contrarians that always keeps "shouting down" posters who don't adhere to their self-styled brand of groupthink. And this group always calls themselves open-minded and tolerant - until someone disagrees with them. I tell you, the longer I stay away from this forum, the less it changes - and the better I feel. I really should be watching another classic TCM movie - before they all completely disappear.
  3. Count me among those who think it's a very reasonable argument to wonder why Rob Zombie and TCM Underground are becoming a regular part of TCM's commercials and programming. The other morning, I saw it spliced between a featurette on child actors and the Sunny Side of Life intro. It reminded me of that TV Guide channel garbage that you have to sit through to just find out what's on TCM. And it's very amusing to see the hateful, elitist replies of those who feel oh so threatened by people who just want to preserve the core elements of TCM that drew many, if not most, of its fans in the first place. There are plenty of other outlets for the Zombie/Underground stuff, but there's only one TCM.
  4. > Well, he'll definitely go WITH fanfare, but since > he's not an actor, I figured I'd post it here. Golf > legend Byron Nelson died today at age 94. He lived > not too far from me. Back in the early 1930s, the short subjects shown before movies included a series of golf lessons by Bobby Jones. Wonder if Byron did the same thing?
  5. If you like the look of the Sunny Side of Life movie intro that runs on TCM every morning at 6 a.m., see Everyone's Hero. And the story's great too; a lot like the more sentimental, friendlier movies on TCM.
  6. > Remember your youth if you need a reminder, but stay > forever young. So is it OK if some of us watch TCM to enjoy the youthful innocence that used to be a bigger part of movies? The last time I saw Bob Dylan was on some music awards show about 15 years ago. He had morphed into a babbling, incoherent parody of himself. Not exactly what I'd call Forever Young.
  7. Crying Game On Golden Pond Silence of the Lambs Lord of the Rings Any stupid animated talking animal movie that made more than $100 million at the box office this summer. Goodfellas Erin Brockovich Doin' the Right Thing Men in Black
  8. > The tattooed mini-skirted woman featured in a TCM > commercial which ran Saturday morning at 10 a.m. was > disturbing, disgusting and completely inappropriate > for the TCM channel. The contrast and irony was not > lost on us when "The Sunny Side of Life" ad ran > immediately following that horrendous display of > misguided advertising. Please don't try to peg me as > ultra-conservative - I'm a Kent State University > graduate with filmaking experience. Please pull that > dog of an ad from your channel and give us all a > break. Well, you tried to bring some Silent Majority logic to the image and presentation of TCM. But, as usual, the "anything goes" crowd that really should be watching HBO or Showtime or IFC jumped down your throat. Thanks anyway.
  9. Watch them the next time: -- your DVD player and/or discs start skipping or making static sounds. -- you don't feel like being tempted to watch three hours of extras. -- you want to just watch some video media automatically start and play through sequentially without you having to make more decisions than someone calling the help line of a utility company. I know this probably isn't what you wanted to hear, but maybe it will help you make your decision.
  10. The research was last week, but I can see how my phrasing could be misleading. I think my oldest movie memory goes back about 40 years, to when I saw Batman (the campy version with Adam West and Burt Ward and all the great villains) at the Keith-Albee in Huntington, WV.
  11. I was doing some research on movies 50 years ago, and came across an article that talked about the top movies of the Summer of '56: Trapeze The Eddy Duchin Story The King and I That Certain Feeling Moby Dick Most, if not all, of these movies have been on TCM. What fun it would be to have an evening of these films or summer movies from another year. Interestingly, the article also said, "the best potential audience for movies today, theater men agree, is the 11 to 30 age group 'not trapped by television' and that more movies with young story content and young players are needed."
  12. I just dipped into this thread, and my, has it taken a tangent. I went to see Superman Returns Sunday night with my dog at a drive-in theater in a parking lot at a hockey arena. Shaggy Dog was showing at another theater that we could see so she was happy. At least happier than she was when the fireworks went off and kept us from a walk in the nice summer night air. I didn't know this thing was 2 1/2 hours long. It started at about 9:45 and ended at 12:15. Sometimes I can barely stay up for the 8 p.m. movie on TCM so this really wiped me out on Monday. Oh well, at least I was able to see Silent Sunday Nights live for once. The highlight of the movie was Eva Marie Saint. Thank you, TCM and Robert Osborne for telling me about EMS in Superman on Friday night when you showed one of the all-time great films, On the Waterfront. What a classy lady; I hope she gets another supporting Oscar for this film. On the way out it occurred to me, this film re-unites Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, the stars of the Bobby Darin movie.
  13. The win by Greatest Show on Earth is probably the best example of the Oscars being an industry award. That is, a combination of critical and popular appeal, mixed in with career recognition (in this case, for Cecil B. DeMille).
  14. 2001: Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind and Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom. Two of the best lead performances ever, but somehow got passed over. 1974: Al Pacino, Godfather Part II What a subtle, nuanced, authoritative performance. And he lost to Art Carney (who did give an interesting performance in Harry and Tonto, but still...). 1940: Henry Fonda, Grapes of Wrath, or Cary Grant, Penny Serenade. I love James Stewart, but Philadelphia Story shouldn't have been his Oscar-winning film. And I would have dearly loved seeing Tracey Ullman or Elaine May win for their performances in Small Time Crooks. If you've never seen that movie, please watch it. Those two ladies are extraordinarily funny.
  15. Less explicit treatment of sex, violence, and language. Familiarity of stars. Development of supporting characters. Sharper narratives. I once read that a 1939 script shot in 1964 would be about a half hour longer because of all the scenic setups. Historical fascination.
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