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About bbunny1940

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  1. There have been quite a number of great questions regarding why TCM did not do an individual montage devoted to Gloria Stuart. A number of questions go into the decision-making whenever a star or director or whomever passes away: 1. Is the deceased important enough to warrant one? In Arthur Penn's case, TCM decided that he was since he was huge influence to the New Hollywood of the 1970s with such classics as The Miracle Worker and Bonnie & Clyde. 2. Do we have the necessary edit time and budget to make a montage? Often times, these players and directors pass away at a time
  2. The voice is the same voice that used to announce Delta Airlines on-board safety video. I swear, it sounds just like her, if it's not actually her.
  3. mmmm....boogers.....ururrhhghghggghh.... Homer J. Simpson
  4. I didn't say TC was a character actor. I meant that this anachronistic quality I'm referring to can be good for some, especially character actors.
  5. I read an article some time ago about Tom Cruise's inability to effectively blend into period stories, like "Far and Away" and "The Last Samurai." He tends to stick out, like he doesn't belong there. I can totally see this in "The Last Samurai." His way of talking, walking, and just being doesn't jibe for a 19th century personage. Now that criticism is largely negative, but it can be positive, especially for character actors--they are that much more noticeable. One of my favorite anachronisms is Paul Valentine in "Out of the Past." He plays Kirk Douglas' henchman, Joe. Every time
  6. Richard Widmark--without a doubt underrated. So is Joseph Cotten. Love those guys.
  7. Good question. Endlessly debatable. No right or wrong answer. It seems to me that TCM isn't in the business of showing "classic" movies, as defined by millions of viewers, each of whom would have wildly different definitions, restrictions, criteria and tastes about what 'classic movie' means. Rather TCM is in the business of showing movies AS classics. TCM defines them as classics, instead of the movies defining themselves as classics, based on each individual movies' fans. Afterall, an older film, like say, "The Bank Dick," might not be seen as a classic by some people, because t
  8. Permission granted Araner. Yeah, those issues run the gamut, of old versus new, nostalgic artifacts versus timeless art, cynicism versus faith, and the endlessly debatable question over the ownership of cinema. I mean, the larger question, really, is who owns the movies? TCM has the right to present these movies any way they want, but at the same time, the audience has a right to remember the movies and appreciate and revere them the way they want to. Afterall, cinema is an artform created for, of and in a way, by the masses. So one group will assail a promo that runs on the
  9. Duly noted. Kathie Moffat: "Is there a way to win?" Jeff Bailey: "There's a way to lose more slowly."
  10. > Have you seen both versions of 'The Thing'? > They're both good in their way, but I prefer the > suspense generated in the original. One thing about > the original movies is they didn't have the > technology we have today, so they had to figure out > a way to stop these 'monsters' using > ingenuity and daring. The blood tests in #2 spoiled > the tenseness of the guys trapped in the building > with a monster lurking outside. I prefer the original overall. The Hawksian dialogue and camraderie is more enjoyable, as is seeing the Cold War conflict of
  11. TCM also has played "Ryan's Daughter", "The Conqueror," and "What! No Beer?" Terrible movies. But since they have age on them, does that mean they are "classics"? In the interest of full disclosure, I can't imagine a Rick Moranis movie either that could be considered a classic in the future. Except "Ghostbusters" and "Little Shop of Horrors."
  12. > You've hit the nail on the head. It is, after all, > all about money. tcmprogrammer, you better stop reading and typing. Since all you should earn is bread and water, you might wanna save your strength. OCC: Ben-Hur ("Ramming speed!")
  13. > We all will just have to get used to the fact that > everything is going global and there is no more room > for an aw shucks little Atlanta station that played > the classics. I think it's a good thing that the lil' station in the ATL has actually grown its viewership. The little guys who work there might actually get paid more money with more viewers tuning in. Then again, I don't really know how TV works. I too dumb. I just plug in and turn on da "Magic Picture Box." > It's not that I don't believe you, > tcmprogrammer, I don't trust your bosses in >
  14. > > Are you the > **** from the video? That wasn't very sweet, sweetbabykmd. "****" is an interesting word, I think, subject to interpretation. Grace Kelly slept with pretty much all of her leading men. Was she a ****? Probably not. She didn't have any tattoos. That we know of.
  15. There's a fantastic one in "The Seven-Ups." And "Ronin." And "To Live and Die in L.A." Then there are the plethora of great stuff in Harold Lloyd's films, particularly "Girl Shy." And there is a Monty Banks film called "Play Safe" (1927) that has a really spectacular car chase. It was re-edited into a shorter film called "Chasing Choo-Choos." It can be found on a dvd called "Slapstick Masters."
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