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September Worries

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I just received the september schedule and I must say I'm a bit worried. The naked gun? Top Secret? Airplane? (well Actually this one's ok). But I mean come on, SPACEBALLS??? Have I entered the twilight zone? PLEASE tell me this network is not going the way of AMC.

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Its part of a theme of movie spoofs, which also includes Casino Royale and (unfortunately) Austin Powers. This doesn't look like a good month.

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Let's not let a handful of movie spoofs ruin an otherwise good month of classic films for September.

I realize we were spoiled with the magnificent month of August Under the Stars however we can use some variety in the TCM programming. Besides I get a kick out of "Spaceballs" and I'm sure there are other guilty pleasures among the selections that other members will enjoy and perhaps not admit to it.

Why not go with the flow and remember we always have October.

 

Mongo

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Everyone's issue seems to be the movie spoofs theme, and I agree to some extent. However, the rest of the month is pretty good.

 

Notice La Terra Trema, You Only Live Once, Lady in the Lake, Circus, Spite Marriage, Kim, Cops, and the Hitch-Hiker. I'm looking forward to more movies in September than I was in August.

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They are showing SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF a truly underappreciated western/comedy, the first one after DESTRY RIDES AGAIN at least that I can think of off hand.

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I am a bit worried. Last night, the promos shown between Adam's Rib and A Guy Named Joe were a nightmare. First, I HATED their "TCM Host Audition" commercial with all those young-looking guys, and then that Ben Mankiewicz getting on their saying that a classic is from "1910 or 2010, its just a film that stands the test of time." This was alright. Then came their Movie Spoofs promo that made me scream. I saw Austin Powers say "YEAH BABY" for the 50,000,000,000th time, and hear words like "mojo" and others. I DON'T WANT THIS NETWORK TO BECOME ANOTHER AMC! NOBODY WATCH THESE MOVIE SPOOFS WHEN THEY COME ON!

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Just for fun, I made a list of all the movies for October and November which were released in 1970 or later.

 

Assumptions:

 

1. Showing more contemporary movies does not necessarily mean they are going the way of AMC...however,

 

2. Going the way of AMC will necessarily result in more contemporary movies being shown.

 

Here is the list. Let the discussions begin.

 

October

 

The Great Train Robbery (1979)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

F.I.S.T. (1978)

House Of Dark Shadows (1970)

The Right Stuff (1983)

Paint Your Wagon (1970)

The Landlord (1970)

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Logan's Run (1976)

Lawman (1971)

2010 (1984)

The Way We Were (1973)

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

 

November:

 

Sounder (1972)

Tootsie (1982)

Fletch (1985)

A League of Their Own (1992)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Terms of Endearment (1983)

The Black Stallion (1979)

Chato's Land (1971)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

The Wind And The Lion (1975)

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971)

Paint Your Wagon (1970)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Cabaret (1972)

New York, New York (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970)

The Hawaiians (1970)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Remains of the Day (1993)

The Sacrifice (1986)

The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Sleeper (1973)

A Christmas Story (1983)

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Telefon (1977)

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Thank you for providing this list, Thaellar! I see a whole lot of titles that in my mind are just as worthy of being called "classics", as any movie from the 30's, 40's or 50's, and you can bet that I'll be watching many of them when October and November roll around.

 

I don't happen to believe that TCM is going to go the same way that AMC has, and I never will provided that Turner doesn't start cutting movies to shreds, filling them with commercials, or repeating the same movie forty-eleven times in the same month. Which reminds me! In case you've not seen these movies on AMC yet, Midway, Tora Tora Tora, and To Hell and Back are being shown again there. I've lost count of how many times I've seen them in AMC's schedule.

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I agree. There are a few newer films that I would call classics, like The Godfather or Patton. But most films since the 1970s have been nothing but worthless crap.

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I don't see too many films on the list that bother me. Most of them can be considered "contemporary" classics, or "future" classics - a case in point would be "A League of Their Own." You may not consider it a classic now, but 30 years from now it will be.

 

I enjoy reading the posts of my fellow movie lovers, but sometimes I think you guys go a little overboard. YES, the new movies bother me a little, but some of you get way too worried. TCM has always had a wide variety of films, and a small percentage being from the 70's and later shouldn't be a big deal. To be honest, it bothered me when I saw that they were going to show "Carwash" about a month ago, and when it aired I watched it, and I enjoyed it. It's a great example of independent film from the 70's. And in spite of these newer films, TCM still stays true to the classics. A perfect example is "Trouble in Paradise," from 1932 starring Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, and Miriam Hopkins, directed by Ernst Lubitsch. I was constantly requesting this film, and finally about six months ago TCM showed it after leasing it from Universal. Now if they are willing to do this for a film that is about 70 years old with stars in it that most people today have never heard of, then obviously they are NOT going the route of AMC. So I try to be broad minded about the newer films, since TCM is still the best thing on T.V.

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