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  1. I'd like "Tonight And Every Night" on DVD too... of course there's no guarantee that they'd do the transfer right, and they might mess with the colour deliberately - which seems to be a sad trend lately. Apparently some studios are making the colours darker/muted on DVD 'cause they think old-fashioned Technicolour with it's brilliantly vibrant hues, just doesn't look "realistic" or "modern" enough for today's viewers. As if we *want* classic movies to be more like today's films! Bleh.

  2. One last thing...

     

    I started this thread hoping others would join me in showing TCM how much interest there is in Frank Capra's early Columbia films. I think it would be a shame if they didn't take advantage of their access to Columbia's vaults, by unearthing rare Capra films that haven't been seen by the general public since their initial theatrical release in the 1920s & '30s... so very many years ago.

     

    Frank Capra was probably THE most important person who ever worked at Columbia, responsible for raising the studio up from lowly Poverty Row status, to compete with other majors like MGM, Warner, etc. What could be more natural and fitting than to celebrate Capra's Columbia films that started it all? Because although they might not be as well-known today as "It's A Wonderful Life", "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington", etc, these early Capra films were substantial hits in their day. They deserve to be rediscovered.

     

    Remember how successful the Richard Dix threads in this forum were? He's an actor who's been forgotten by the general public, and most of his films are unlikely to make it to DVD. TCM is probably the ONLY WAY his fans would ever be able to see more of his work. When TCM aired a few of his films, many viewers discovered him for the first time and were eager to see more. And happily, TCM listened to the requests.

     

    Imagine how frustrating and tragic it would've been if someone like SamTherapy had ruined that fan campaign by entering the discussion to say "Who gives a rat's about Richard Dix? I've seen all those other films of his and *I* didn't care for them. You don't need to see them. TCM doesn't need to air them." That's why I got so angry about his selfish negativity in this thread.

     

    The Richard Dix example proves that TCM does listen to the posters here. I would like to encourage Frank Capra fans to make this thread a similar success! Did you see DIRIGIBLE or FORBIDDEN? Do you want to see more? Follow the link to the IMDb that I provided in my first post ...see who starred in Capra's films...(calling all Barbara Stanwyck fans!) ...read the overwhelmingly positive IMDb reviews, and maybe you'll become intrigued.

     

    I know that Frank Capra has many fans...I don't know how many of them visit this forum. Please speak up!

  3. I tried to express my disappointment politely, and made sure to express my gratitude as well. So tell me, SamTherapy - why must you be such a JERK? I "don't give a rat's ****" if YOU have seen Frank Capra's earlier work and didn't care for it. How about thinking about someone other than yourself?

     

    You're damn lucky you've had a chance to see these rarities, so why go out of your way to express such a negative, dismissive comment about them, which might discourage TCM from airing the films for the rest of us? All of Capra's fans (and film historians in general) have a right to see and judge his early work for ourselves. Whether they are as great as his most famous films, is beside the point. It's fascinating for historical reasons if nothing else, to see the beginning and evolution of a great filmmaker's work. Besides, I'm sure everything Capra did is worth watching - I found much to enjoy in "Dirigible" and "Forbidden", which have aired on TCM.

     

    Why are you complaining about "It's A Wonderful LIfe" not airing on TCM when that movie is the most common, easily available of all Frank Capra's films? Do you know how many times it's aired on TV and been released on VHS and DVD over the years? I own every edition. The recent 60th Anniversary DVD is the best yet, and very inexpensive. So why the heck don't you just buy it if you want to watch it, and let the rest of us ask TCM for rare movies that are unavailable to purchase. Sheesh.

  4. > Full story at:

    > http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/movies/homevideo/04r

    > ees.html?ref=movies

     

    Whoa. Thanks Cinemascope for sharing that article - it's sadly illuminating! Now I have a better understanding about the limited selection of DVDs in stores near me lately. I'm one of those people the article mentions, who's been forced to shop online for almost every DVD I want to buy.

     

    I never see catalogue titles/classics out on release date anymore...often not even for months afterwards. Then maybe a few copies trickle in. The stores that are able to order things in for you, always charge full price of course - another reason to order online to get a bit of a discount while it's new.

     

    It's such a shame, as the article mentions, that the loss of impulse buying, hurts DVD sales. Something interesting catching my eye while browsing in a store...doesn't happen much anymore. I go through Amazon's upcoming release lists and so on, but online browsing is somehow less fun, more work!

     

    It worries me that many people aren't proactive about seeking things out, don't learn about new releases online and just go by what they see in their local stores. They're missing out on a lot of great movies! I'm sure this affects sales and sends a terrible message to the studios - that classic or obscure movies don't sell well on DVD, that there's not enough interest, it's a niche market, etc. Which might explain how long it's taking for certain titles to be released. If they ever will be. :(

  5. This is what excites me the most about TCM's recent licensing arrangement with Columbia...

     

    I am grateful to TCM for showing a few extremely rare, never-on-home-video FRANK CAPRA films, from early in his directorial career. It was thrilling to see "Dirigible" (with Jack Holt & Fay Wray) and "Forbidden" (with the great Barbara Stanwyck).

     

    I'd just like to put in a request for more CAPRA rarities please please please! Sony/Columbia doesn't seem likely to release his earliest work on DVD...

     

    http://former.imdb.com/name/nm0001008/filmotype

     

    "That Certain Thing" (1928), "Submarine" (1928, "The Power Of The Press" (1928), "The Younger Generation" (1929), "Rain Or Shine" (1930), etc.

     

    These are the sorts of obscure films that people spend a lifetime trying to track down...and many never do. This is what TCM does best: bring long-lost treasures - movies that simply aren't available anywhere else - back into public awareness... making filmlovers' and collectors' dreams come true.

     

    I must say I'm a little disappointed that TCM's airing Capra's most famous, easily available films, during his birthday tribute in May. It would've been a great opportunity to unearth more rarities and let the world see the beginnings of this great filmmaker and how he evolved... but I hope there'll be other opportunities.

  6. What - lzcutter coming across like a condescending know-it-all? Perish the thought! ;) We can all learn so much from lzcutter.

     

    I've been wishing Warner would release a superior DVD of "Life With Father" as well. If TCM airs it, I suspect it would be the same crappy public domain print though - since that's what they did with other Irene Dunne movies like "Love Affair" and "Penny Serenade"... I recorded those off TCM in hopes they'd be upgrades of the cheapie DVDs, but no such luck.

  7. I'm sorry that I don't have any answers for you...but I wanted to chime in that this is something I too have been wondering. I wasn't aware of/buying DVDs back when HBO released these Goldwyn films on DVD and now, of course, they're out of print and terribly expensive on the second-hand market. Who can afford to spend hundreds of dollars per DVD? That's just insane. I hope whoever owns the rights to these films now, re-releases them on DVD at a reasonable price. At least TCM shows "Ball Of Fire" pretty often, and "Wuthering Heights" is finally going to be on in Feb & March... Now if only they would run "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty", which I've requested many times to no avail! Although I'm grateful for the chance to see other Danny Kaye movies on TCM, "Walter Mitty" is a nostalgic favorite of mine that I haven't seen for years... sigh.

  8. mrsl - I guess there are exceptions to every rule :) Some rare, lucky individuals even become better-looking as they get older. But overall, I stand by my ruthless generalization. :P

     

    You really think Robert Osbourne is plastic surgery-free? I think his face is incredibly smooth and unlined for a 74 year old! (Just learned his age the other day on the boards and boy was I shocked) He doesn't seem to smile as widely as he used to (judging by older Private Screenings I've seen rerun) and his facial expressions seem a bit...limited. I've been thinking he's had some work done, but that's just my guess.

     

    Yes, Debbie Reynolds looks good too...if she's had surgery it was probably more subtle, 'cause her face is still expressive. Cary Grant - I agree with you there. :)

     

    I'm very excited about "Act Of Violence" coming to DVD (in Warner's next Film Noir Collection) - plus more Van Heflin films coming soon... "Madame Bovary" and "The Three Musketeers" in the Literary Classics Collection DVD boxset, this March. :) I'm trying to collect all his movies, so I was glad TCM ran some of his early work...b-movies that are probably too obscure to be considered "commercial" contenders for DVD release.

  9. I enjoyed all the Van Heflin movies that aired... and I managed to stay awake through most of 'em! :P Starting your day at 3am ain't easy. I give Van all the credit for keeping me alert. :) I think he was a great actor...certainly the best thing about that cheesefest, "Airport" - made you really care about his character, despite very little screentime.

     

    How many people *do* age well? Honestly? (Especially without the aid of plastic surgery) Getting older means you lose your looks - in my opinion it's inevitable. I admire those who accept that fact & "grow old gracefully" instead of obsessing over it and trying desperately to cling to youth.

     

    Aaaanyway, Van rocked. He's always fun to watch. He should've been Oscar-nominated for "Tennessee Johnson", and "The Three Musketeers" (seriously!)

     

    ETA: Hey mrsl - funny we both posted about growing old gracefully vs. plastic surgery, within a few minutes of eachother. :) Great minds, and all that!

  10. Thanks stoneyburke. :) On the bright side, maybe sleep-deprivation leads to Really Deep Thoughts. ;) Or is it more like, I can't sleep 'cause I can't turn off my brain? Hmmm. I've always been a light sleeper and can't-stop-thinking-about-my-worries-toss-'n-turner, but TCM's definitely messing with my schedule too...sometimes I have to go to bed at 8pm (but can't always fall asleep that early!) in order to wake up for a whole bunch of rare old movies starting at 3am and going on til noon (ie: upcoming Van Heflin day...I look forward to it...but I also dread it!) ...and sometimes the schedule's arranged so that I can't go to bed at 8pm 'cause The Cool Obscure Stuff begins at 10pm onwards so that I decide to go to bed at 5 or 6am. Of course, you can't really force your body to sleep & wake at command, keeping such irregular hours. And then you start to get crazy thoughts like, "why bother trying to go to sleep at all?! I'll just stay awake 2 days straight! Maybe it'll be easier!" Ooh boy, I babble when I'm tired. :P

     

    I should probably take this to one of the many "why does TCM schedule all the rare stuff in the middle of the night/wee hours of the morn and fill primetime with DVD-available and/or modern movies?" threads. But which thread? And I wouldn't be saying anything new. And what's the use - they're gonna keep on using the primetime-more-people-are-awake-to-tune-in hours to promote DVDs and make money, 'cause that's what it's all about. Sigh.

  11. Stoneyburke, for what it's worth I agree with many of your posts about TCM's programming. I'm sure many who disagree with us about that, could accuse us of posting "inflammatory insults" and of being trolls as well though. (the term "troll" is so often misused I wouldn't dare to label anyone that way, y'know?) Whether we call something an "opinion" or a flaming insult is also a matter of opinion, isn't it? :) Oh I dunno, it's 6 am and I haven't slept for 2 days, so don't believe anything I say. ;)

     

    Anyway, now that I've learned Robert Osborne is actually 74 years old (!!!), I'm thinkin' his stiff movements might be due to arthritis! Poor guy.

  12. Not 74 yet, but if I get there, I think I'd rather be able to smile REAL BIG and convey how I'm feeling, than be a mannequin. :)

     

    So he's 74?! Wow. He *must* have had work done then. Nobody that age has such a smooth, unlined face!

     

    (P.S. I know it's kinda mean to gossip, but if people can start celebrity gossip threads for modern-day stars, I figure it's more on-topic at least for me to speculate about someone who's actually *on* TCM. ;) Besides, as with all celebs, he put himself out there in the public eye, so he should be expecting public scrutiny. I'm guessing he'd rather have people talking about how smooth his skin is, than how wrinkly. :P)

  13. Thanks for sharing that portrait! Can't recognize her, except by the eyes. Nice to see what she looked like as a young lady, as I've never seen her in anything but "matronly" roles on the screen. I'm glad TCM recently ran a tribute to Fay, giving us a chance to see some great, rare films...'cause there's an actress who's not a "big enough name" to get her own DVD boxset, unfortunately.

  14. I think this movie should've been included in the James Stewart Signature Collection - hopefully there'll be a Volume 2. Or release "The Mortal Storm" on DVD along with other WWII movies, I don't mean the "action" kind of war movies (many of which are already on DVD), but the kind that was meant to expose what the Nazis were like and educate Americans - I guess you'd call them propaganda films, but many of them are better quality than the word "propaganda" suggests. For instance, "The Mortal Storm" would fit nicely in a box with "Hitler's Children" (also starring Bonita Granville!) and "Escape" with Norma Shearer & Robert Taylor. Such great movies.

  15. Hahaha! I don't know, personally I've always find Robot (not a typo!) to be stiff and stilted, rather than drunk/loopy. Call me a troll too if you like, but I'm entitled to my opinion. He uses the same hand gestures EVERY TIME he introduces a movie, and his facial expressions are pretty limited too. Botox? 'Cause I saw some old Private Screenings from years ago and his face seemed more expressive then. His smile used to be wider & more natural too. I wouldn't be surprised if he's had some work done to smooth away the wrinkles (I mean, c'mon, all those Hollywood types do!) and unfortunately, making the skin that taut severely limits your ability to smile and, well, move your facial muscles.

     

    If you think he's drunk 'cause he stumbled over his lines, I've seen him do that before and I think it's just, y'know, everyone flubs a line sometimes. But I'll have to pay more attention to his intros now and see if he's been celebrating the holidays too heartily. ;) Maybe he's drinking out of depression over the decline of TCM's programming. ;)

  16. markus21 - Thanks for the extra trivia! It's truly fascinating.

     

    I'd just like to say "ditto!" to cclowell38's entire post... are you a mind-reader? :) That's exactly how I feel about Deanna as an actress... so charming, and so underrated. Believe it or not, I was thinking along similar lines the other day, that she was very Smart to get out of the movie business while still young, and live a private life away from the whole Hollywood scene. Although we fans want more of her on film, she did what was best for herself, and well, that's why she's still alive today, I reckon. I love Judy Garland too... and it's too bad Deanna isn't as remembered by the masses as Judy is. But if you have to live your life in the public eye, and die tragically, in order to achieve that level of fame... well, I'd choose to live long and happily and be "forgotten" by the world, personally.

     

    Still... I wish the world could be reminded of her fine work (TCM could do it's part with a film festival ;)) ...maybe she doesn't care, but it would be nice to pay tribute to her while she's still with us. I'd like her to know how much happiness she's given us through her films.

  17. > This ill-conceived notion of Mr. Mankiewicz' making

    > derogatory comments is absurd and a case of some

    > folks just being far too literal and weirdly

    > defensive, and subsequently having nuance escape

    > them.

     

    Ahem. Well, well, well...Aren't we feeling superior and condescending today? (And every other day) :P

     

    > was clear that he was referencing the term to

    > invalidate the notion that the film (or any

    > film) should only be regarded as a 'chickflick.' In

    > other words, he was making light of the way smaller

    > minds can pigeonhole films into narrow, limiting

    > pseudo-genres such as the misnomer 'chickflick.'

     

    Oh yes. Clearly. In your opinion, anyway. I'm not going to bother responding to your comments anymore, because it's clearly a waste of time. Can't argue with someone who acts like his opinions and interpretations are indisputable FACTS. And if we don't see things your way, well I guess we're just:

     

    > too distracted by concrete and

    > simplistic interpretations.

     

    In other words...not as smart as SamTherapy. :P

     

     

    > Now here's where subtle understanding of paradox is

    > required:

     

    Teach me! Teach me, Oh Pompous Windbag...er, I mean, Wise One!

     

    > 'Nuff said. B-)

     

    Indeed, there's no need for we mere mortals to speak anymore - now that you've had the last word. :) Oh wait, I ruined that. Sorry I spoke out of turn. Feel free to post again. Let us admire your superior intellect some more...please?

  18. > 2) Stop bitching that the films you want to see

    > aren't in the time period you'd like them to be.

     

    No. :)

     

    > all live in different time zones - so what is prime

    > time in LA (9pm) would be midnight in NYC.

     

    Yes, and either way, it's easier to tune in at 9pm or midnight, than it is to tune in for a Bette Davis movie that's on at 2am or 5am.

     

    Regardless of timezones, it's pretty obvious that TCM programs certain movies they most want to promote ('cause they were just released on DVD for instance) - in more of a "primetime" slot. I agree with constarkel - the most interesting, obscure, *not* on DVD movies, *do* tend to be scheduled for the middle of night/wee hours of the morning. I can only assume that's because TCM considers those movies less important - as their higher priority is to *sell* more of their DVDs, rather than to provide us with lots of rare movies we *can't* buy. Think about it. They're a *business*. It's in their best interest to schedule the not-on-DVD titles for the worst times of the day/night so that less people will be able to watch them, thus keeping the movies rare and more desirable and increasing their future DVD "value".

     

    > I assume that if you're a classic film buff,

    > you own and know how to record on a VCR.

     

    How many VCRs do *you* have? If we program a VCR to record a movie while we're sleeping, well, we can only choose one. We won't be up to take the VHS tape out and put another tape in to record any other movies that night. Unless you're suggesting taping at 6hr or 8hr speed and letting the tape run continuously til it runs out... 'course then the movies will be barely watchable.

     

    I've been going crazy, staying up til 2am one night, 6am another... when I can, of course... then catching a couple hours sleep and waking up for the next interesting movie at 8am...you get the idea. It's hell. My body's been protesting mightily and lately I've slept in very late and missed a bunch of cool movies ...I can't keep up this grueling schedule.

     

    > Just appreciate the fact that the films you

    > want to see are shown at all.

     

    Yes sir!

     

    Except...there's less room for the movies we want to see... the movies that are old and unavailable elsewhere... and so we should criticize TCM's current scheduling practices...

     

    As elgatonyc mentioned, and I completely agree - What the hell are modern-day movies, like Sleepless In Seattle and Karate Kid, doing on TCM? You can see them on sooooo many other stations - shouldn't TCM be running movies you *can't* see elsewhere? Classic movies? Personally I wouldn't call anything post-1970 "classic". There's some wiggle-room there...but certainly nothing from the 90's or 2000's. We should all be more worried about TCM losing it's focus, forgetting it's purpose, compromising it's standards, going for the big bucks (you *know* that's why they're playing more new movies like Sleepless, to bring in younger viewers and more money)... and turning into every other crappy station around.

  19. Wait lzcutter! You forgot to make excuses for TCM's appalling web redesign and inconvenient printable schedules. :P Seems to me that's what most of the complaints on this forum are about.

     

    I'm proud of my "negativity" as I consider it proof that my brain hasn't turned into pudding. It's good to be critical, and customers have a right to complain if they believe they're receiving a product that has decreased in quality or could be improved.

     

    I've seen a lot of people on message boards like this, who are afraid to criticize, afraid to speak their minds and air just grievances. For fear of the self-appointed Forum Police who discourage any dissenting opinions or "negativity". Sure, ideally we'd all like a peaceful, pleasant environment. But if the peace is kept at the cost of free speech and independent thought, it's not worth it.

     

    I understand people loving TCM and wanting to defend it, but it's so easy to cross the line and start guilt-tripping and intimidating people who dare to disagree... Finger-wagging, lecturing, accusing folks of "ingratitude". I hate to see anyone attempting to shame people into silence. We *should* all be on the same side - hey we're all here 'cause we love classic movies, and we have more in common with eachother than we do with the businessmen who run TCM. But some of us prefer to "take TCM's side" and act like they can do no wrong. Partly out of love for the old movies this station brings. Partly out of fear - yes the people who try to instill fear are afraid themselves, afraid that if we anger The Powers That Be with too many complaints, these movies will be taken away from us. So they try to nip negativity in the bud. The thing is... we who rant and rave, love TCM too. If we didn't care, we wouldn't take the time to register on this forum and register our complaints. We wouldn't get so upset if we didn't *care*. So, if you're perfectly satisfied with every aspect of TCM, that's great, but please don't assume that makes you superior to the rest of us.

     

    As I said in the Steve McQueen in The Blob thread (yeah I know, not the most appropriate place for it :P) - hope you don't mind if I bring it over here:

     

    The joy that this station brings me does not blind me to it's flaws. In fact the wonderful aspects of TCM only makes me more acutely aware of the negative aspects (whether they be in hosting, programming, promotion or web design), if you know what I mean. The problems are more noticeable.... just as flaws in a film's story or acting hurt and sadden you more when the film has great potential. In that case, relatively minor problems can upset you and affect your enjoyment more than *major* problems in another, lesser movie. Well, in the same way, I realize that TCM is much better than any other station I've seen, but that doesn't mean I can give it a free pass. I can ignore the other stations 'cause they don't matter - and they're hopeless lost causes. But I love the idea of TCM and so I nag and **** and criticize and want to push it to be even better. If some wish to interpret that as ingratitude, so be it.

  20. Funny how everybody's harping on the musicals thing. That wasn't really the meat and potatoes of my rant...just a side dish. But do keep in mind that when debating TCM's alleged bias against musicals (remember? my original point?), one must examine all the evidence (see my earlier posts for more examples) - apart from merely counting the number of musicals TCM airs.

     

    Don't suppose anyone would care to comment on anything *else* I mentioned in my lengthy essays below? Alas, I fear I posted in the wrong thread and those who aren't interested in reading about Steve McQueen in The Blob are steering clear. :P

     

    Either that or SamTherapy's scaring 'em all away with his big words and percentages. Don't be intimidated folks! Sam's just putting on his pompous schoolteacher mask for laughs! I'm sure he's not really like that... ;)

  21. > but then there's always those who will argue about

    > anything, which I find quite amusing.

     

    Oh yeah? Wanna fight? :P

     

    We're all arguing here. Some against, and some in favor of Ben. It amuses *me* that those who happen to like him feel they're standing on superior moral ground or something. I could be misreading the tone of people's posts and if so, forgive me, but Ben's fans seem almost a little...smug...and... condescending... kinda like Ben himself. Perhaps that's why they find nothing wrong with *his* behavior. ;)

     

    Thanks cinematech - I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. Dear Mr. Gable certainly didn't deserve that intro.

  22. Thanks for elaborating... I'm glad you aren't suggesting TCM stop running her movies entirely, although I hope you can see how your initial post/subject line kind of implies that.

     

    I'm sure we all have a list of actors we'd like to see more often on TCM - I do too, so I understand where you're coming from. But I feel very protective of June, who seems like such a nice lady. Personally I enjoy her performances and want to see more of them, not less. :)

     

    Bette Davis is actually on a lot, although usually early in the morning. Keep an eye out for her films at 5am-ish.

  23. June Allyson is a sweet, wonderful person and an underrated actress, and I for one am THRILLED to see more of her movies on TCM, including so many that aren't (and probably never will be) available on DVD. It would be a damn shame if TCM took your "suggestion" and deprived June's fans of the chance to see her in rare, obscure films.

     

    I could start many threads about the actors, directors and movies *I'm* not crazy about, (for instance: Enough Alfred Hitchcock Already!!!) - but I think it would be rude and extremely self-absorbed to discourage TCM from airing someone's work just because *I* am not a fan. 'Cause I realize that there are many viewers out there who *are* interested. Sure, I'd like to see more balanced programming sometimes. But, after all, we can't watch TV all day and night anyway, so it's a *good* thing TCM runs stuff we don't want to watch.

  24. > But I think during December when Bing Crosby was

    > STOM they did show a lot of his musicals from the

    > early days.

     

    Did they? "Going Hollywood" was an early musical.. and I was thrilled to see it, as it's a rarity, but I was disappointed that mostly TCM ran lotsa Road pictures with Bob Hope and other movies that are easily available on DVD. And running That's Entertainment I and II in the allotted Bing slots was a bit of a cheat, I thought, since he's barely in them.

     

    > And TCM shows Singin in the Rain and 7

    > Brides for 7 Brothers all the time.

     

    Ahem, yes, aaaall the time. Already own 'em. Love 'em. Excellent movies. But programming them so often...that's easy and unimaginative. There are other movies they never run, or only run once every few years (so I've read at IMDB) - so maybe such repetition of the famous (and on DVD) musicals isn't the best idea...Unless their only purpose is to sell more DVDs.

     

    > Anyway, crispy, you'll get your

    > musicals if you just stick around awhile. And you

    > might see movies, other than musicals, that you'll

    > like.

     

    Already have. :) I've been exposed to many enjoyable movies and actors I'd never really had a chance to see before (Walter Pidgeon, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, etc) - and I'm glad. Now I'd like to see fans of those actors, who don't normally watch musicals, exposed to some of my favorites - Deanna Durbin, Kathryn Grayson, Jane Powell.... ;)

     

    > It's a shame you don't like Mr. Osborne or Ben,

    > but that is your right. I like their comments before

    > the films, but I've had TCM since the inception so I

    > pretty much know what the movie is before I watch it.

     

    Aahh.. see, that bothers me, that TCM seems to have this attitude (in their intros/promos/schedule summaries, etc) where they expect their audience to already be familiar with the movies they're airing. They say they want to attract new, younger viewers - but they seem to forget that if they succeed...these newbies should remain unspoiled. It sucks to have the climax of a movie revealed in an ad (seeing a certain person get shot in "Deception", comes to mind), or to hear too much in advance. I'm in my 20's and I've been watching old movies for as long as I can remember, but there are still many films I'm ignorant of, and I'd like to remain that way until I can experience them properly.

     

    > Just don't be offended when others don't agree.

     

    Do I sound offended about that? I expect people to disagree with me. :) Judging from some replies to my posts, *I've* offended others though. Thanks for the welcome anyway!

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