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I am 31 years old and have never watched TCM much. I feel I am missing out on some great movies.I will have to get used to the lack of color but I know classic movies are part of are Heritage and should not be forgotten.So starting today I flip the channel from starz to TCM and save a few bucks doing it!I just feel I need TCM in this sometimes too modern life!Wish me Happy Movie watching!I am looking forward to it.

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I personally wish you very happy viewing and I also hope you will feel welcome in this forum to post about the movies you watched on TCM and give us your opinions. I think you are in for a really fun ride: there are so many gems in the classics and something for every kind of taste. Cheers, and "happy thoughts..."

Miss G

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Hi there M-T-B-W,

 

I envy all new viewers and the unexpected pleasures awaiting them as they catch up on the treasures that are shown on TCM. Sometimes I wish I could erase from my mind my knowledge of some films so I could see them again as if it was the first time. Oh, to be a (movie) virgin again.

 

I sincerely hope you started your TCM adventure yesterday as every film shown on Monday was excellent and definitely worth seeing - for their quality and their heritage value. And it wouldn't surprise me if, one of these days, Black, White and Gray became your favorite "colors" without you even realizing it.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

 

I think 'moviestobewatched' serves as a valuable reminder to everyone that there are constantly new folks to TCM for whom "Bringing Up Baby" is still an new experience. (According to a recent Newsday article, TCM is finally being offered to the cable subscribers of Long Island, NY - 12 years after the channel's debut!)

 

kjk

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Welcome to TCM

 

I used to be mostly into current movies (although I've always liked watching classic films). That's been changing gradually over the years, but at this point I'm almost 100% into classic movies.

 

I'm sorry to say, but compared with classic films -- I'm especially fond of the 30s and 40s -- most movies today look positively lame. And even when they're very fine movies by very good directors (like, let's say, "The Departed" or "Flags of our Fathers") I still feel like it's not as rewarding an experience.

 

Oh, a little secret about Black & White. When watched in a movie theater, black and white can have a dazzling effect, bringing you into a more pure, dreamlike world. I remember the first time I watched "Casablanca" in a movie theater -- colors looked almost ugly when the movie ended and I walked out of the theater.

 

The best way to watch Black & White movies at home is in near-total darkness, if possible, so you eliminate any small trace of color from your viewing field. That's when the effect works best.

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Good for you, and welcome... Maybe you can recruit more members of your generation by, as someone suggested, making it a "theatre atmosphere" by killing all the lights and popping some popcorn (and viewing B&W preferably on a bi-i-i-ig screen). As a photographer, I've always gravitated toward grainy B&W; leaves you concentrating on "pure image" and MUCH more dramatic!!! Enjoy exploring...

 

As for the comparison between old movies and new movies?

Oy, don't get me started!!!!!!!

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Welcome! You're in for a treat. Do yourself a favorite and, don't just stick to the better known films. Try everything. Get that recorder going at 5am. Some of the best films you'll ever see are the ones you've never heard of. If you run across a few films you don't like, don't worry there are many more you will. Enjoy.

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Hi, welcome. I think you'll love it. I'd been gradually gravitating toward classic movies for some time until now, I watch TCM almost exclusively and really don't have much interest in watching modern films anymore. I just find all the cursing and graphic sex and violence so unnecessary. It's amazing how filmmakers could tell good stories for decades without all that. I find even if I don't like the film that much, it's still comforting to have it on, to be carried away to another time. Enjoy!

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"I will have to get used to the lack of color but I know classic movies are part of are Heritage and should not be forgotten."

 

You probably won't miss the lack of color if you focus on the richness of black and white. "Black and white" is a misnomer, really; as the grey scale is lengthy and evocative. The deep shadows are telling. The white-on-white rooms of Top Hat, or set against the platinum tresses of Jean Harlow will inspire you to be thankful that Natalie Kalmus was elsewhere. Check out Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, one of my favorite examples of black/white work. Thank God it isn't in color.

 

I've noticed that recent directors are starting to rediscover black and white. The new Casino Royale begins in b/w; George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck evokes Edward R. Murrow's milieu in cool-toned b/w.

 

Color? It's not an issue.

 

Welcome! Enjoy!

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Please go through the "Favorites" forum and check out actors and other films. People will be happy to provide suggestions and answer questions about their favorite movies. That's a good way to get started.

 

For instance, tonight is John Ford night. You can see see/tape some fairly seldom shown films. You also get a documentary on him and now is as good a time to learn about him as any.

 

Have fun.

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