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THE FALL OF AMC


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definitely not what it was, but you can get a good laugh. not because AMC shows comedies, but because of those dysfunctional morons who make fools of themselves trying to discuss their emotions about the movies. we enjoy TMC but stick to vhs, dvds and channels 13 and 21 rather than AMC.

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I've also stopped even checking to see what AMC is playing these days but I was intrigued when they showed and showed and showed "Rose Mary's Baby"--as if it were one of the biggest movie telecasts of the year. Well, I've watched this one many a time on my video tape, I've seen it in revival houses here in NYC and I wanted to see if AMC would censor it. They DID! I noticed several cuts here and there but the one that really made me scream out loud was when the end comes and Rose Mary goes to the rocking cradle to see what the devil of a baby is in there. In the original movie, a brief close-up of a demon's face with yellow eyes and snake-like pupils and devil features are shown on the screen. In this dismal telecast, those images were completely deleted. I assume the AMC executives decided that those l978 images were simply too horrific for today's tragically ultra-sensitive viewers. As if they've never seen true horror in MTV's Jackass episodes.

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lolmsted and patypancake that is much too funny. In fact lolmsted your comment is hilarious!

 

Mongo

 

 

By the way I taped "Rosemary's Baby" from Cinemax years ago and the baby wasn't shown in the finale although the devil rape scene was intact.

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A few months back when AMC first went to hell they had a web poll asking "How do you like the new AMC?" By the result, thousands of people e-mailed them. " I just LOVE it, except there aren't enough commercials, oh and could you heavily censor the movies so that vital info is left out because my mind is still in 1958? And could you chop out dialog when you break for commercials. And please add a few more John Wayne films to your schedual. Last month you went 8 hrs without a Duke flic. BTW , keep up the short rotation because I LIKE seeing the same movie 3 hrs later. And kudos on your web site. last month, you managed to post the entire month's schedual by only the 5th of the same month. Oh and 1 more thing... could ya get rid of all those crummy B&W films? *I mean, how could they be "Classics" if the producers were too cheap to film in color? Warmest regards, Theodore Turner, Atlanta Ga. "

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AMC is so bad you can forget it. Are you curious to know what AMC aired in the last three months? Two documentaries: Hollywood and the Muslim World and Gay Hollywood. I certainly wouldn't call THOSE classics! And what else? Only 25 percent of what the network now airs is from before 1959, and most of the classics they do show are the same John Wayne (Rio Grande and Donovan's Reef) and Audrey Hepburn (Charade and Breakfast at Tiffany's) over, and over, and over!!! What else have they aired? How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a 1998 film that is NOT a classic! You get the point. From looking at past issues of Viewer's Guides and watching old tapes that I recorded, AMC was better than TCM! While they didn't have the Turner library of MGM and pre-48 Warner Bros., you could see the post-48 Warners, the Paramounts, the 20th Century-Foxs, the Universals, the Columbias, the United Artists, the Republics and the RKOs. The network had rights to 5,000 films. AMC, like its sister network Bravo (with all its sickening gay programs like Queer Eye for Straight Guys and Boy Meets Boy), is undoubtably now THE worst network on television! I laugh so hard whenever I see a commercial with the Movie People saying their lame paid comments, and the DVD-TV commercials for Alien Resurrection and Enter the Dragon (NOT classics), and the promos for Hollywood & the Muslim World and Gay Hollywood. The simple truth is...TURN AMC OFF! The more viewers it loses, the more the network will suffer. And may it die.

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I used to switch between the two, and honestly didn't mind the comercials between movies, but when they started showing new, bad movies, and over, and over I was sorely disappointed. They now show a minute amount of classics and I recently got digital cable so as to be able to see real classic movies.

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I have completely written them off. Here is an interesting post from the AMCTV message forum:

 

Author: Kevin in Buena Park

Subject: "If you're P***ED At AMC, READ THIS"

Date: Sun Aug 31 00:50:56 GMT+00:00 2003

 

Just yesterday, I sent an e-mail to who-be's at AMC, telling them that they should take a look at the forums and read how displeased a lot of people are. I got a reply, and let me say I was bewildered.

 

Basically, I was told that we are a minority, and that they really don't even look at the boards because they are here for us. That in itself makes no sense, since one of the forums here is all about the network.

 

I was also told that since making the change to "The New AMC", viewrship has gone up and up. Again, I find this extrememly hard to believe. How in the world is that possible.

 

 

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Hi all, I'm new to the boards, and have enjoyed reading many of your comments. My husband and I have also been thourougly disappointed by the programming (or lack thereof) on AMC. We have a Tivo-like device that can help us skip through the commercials when we do find a decent offering, but even so it disrupts the entire flow of watching a great classic film. TCM does such a wonderful job and has such an enormous catalog of great movies, that I don't miss AMC too much. Since they seem to claim that their viewership has gone up, I say all the more reason to support TCM and encourage them to keep up the excellent service they provide.

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Hello All and specifically Kevin in Buena Park:

 

Well, your response from the Powers That Be at AMC is to be expected, isn?t it?

 

It?s sad, though, most definitely. I?m 21 years old and I remember being more interested in watching AMC as a kid than watching cartoons. (well. . . almost as interested! =o)

 

It?s interesting that AMC feels we are the minority as every single person that I know who was a fan of AMC is still at a loss over AMC?s change in programming and, yes, has since switched to good ol? TCM. AMC may claim it?s viewership has gone up, but certainly not with viewers who are interested in a variety of good classic cinema. The term American Movie Classics, as far as I?m concerned, is now a very big misnomer because to all of us who love classic cinema, we expect to find classic cinema on a channel bearing such a name. I?m looking at their schedule right now and they are playing the 1986 film ?Highlander?. That?s a good film, but I?d hardly call it classic cinema?whereas in contrast, right now TCM is playing ?The Big Sleep.?

 

Interesting, eh?

 

So I think it boils down to the fact that AMC?s target audience has changed and I certainly agree with the earlier comment that AMC has ?sold out?. They want to be trendy and appeal to a ?wider audience?, and. . . well, fine. Go ahead and let them. It?s too bad, because TCM knows that you don?t have to have ?newer? movies and shallow marketing to sell a product. With TCM, the movies are the product and they don?t need to be sold. It?s a shame that AMC forgot the fact that classic movies don?t die? they just get better with age. That means that people like us will always be there to watch them.

 

It would certainly be appropriate of AMC would re-christen their station with a different name, something more appropriate like the American Movie Channel or the like, because I only know one station around these parts that shows real classic cinema. . .

 

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I too long for the days of Bob Dorian on AMC. Another thing, I am I the only one that hates those "Movie People", the ones that think they know everything about movies? "A movie should make you feel..." I GOT IT!! AMC's being run by psychiatrists!!!!

 

One more thing, I am happy to say that last night I happened to catch the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Big Snooze" and was pleased to see the scene where bugs takes the stuff to knock himself out left in.

 

By the way, all you groups out to censor certain films and images for the sake of the young people, leave the parenting to the parents.

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A new low! Looks like AMC is going to show "Motel Hell" as part of their yearly "Monsterfest". This movie is truely wretched and awful. It's not even good for a laugh because it tries to self-parody itself thus killing any unintentional funny moments. Rory Calhoun would have added morer dignity to his career by appearing in a basement porno film. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters." Yuck-O!!!

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Y'know Slappy, I actually want to see "Motel Hell" now to see how bad it really is. Sounds like a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" type of movie. And plus I used to work in a motel, so I'd probably get a few laughs out of it from that. Dammit! Now I gotta turn on AMC to see it!

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Hope you enjoy it Joe , but as I said , they never intended to make an actual horror film so no "Ed Wood" type laffs. All they intended was a quick buck. What is annoying about this is their choice of this piece of filth for "Monsterfest" when there are so many GOOD horror films that are rarely seen: the 1960 version of "The Haunting" and "Dawn of the Dead" come to mind. For some reason the original "Night of the Living Dead" (which is great IMO) as well as the dreadful re-make and the mediocre "Day of the Dead" are seen quite often. "Dawn" which is superior to three quarters of the junk you see at Halloween is almost NEVER shown anywhere.

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Actually some of AMC's movies still rate first class with the showing of 20th Century-Fox films such as "How Green Was My Valley", "The Grapes of Wrath", "The Ox Bow Incident", "Peyton Place" among others. It's just a shame that when we tune in we have to put up with those lousy commercials and bad editing.

 

 

Mongo

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Slappy I'm with you on the '68 NOTLD!! I have it on VHS (am I the only person in America yet to purchase a DVD??) and love it for the suspenseful character-study of strangers thrown together in a crisis. And it's actually somewhat realistic and believable, unlike so many others.

IFC has it aired as a "Talking During the Movie" feature with George Romero doing an actual voice-over simulcast talking about his budget, casting, location, and other trivia. You should catch it if you can!

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Stlgal...I LOVE the irony of the fact that although he was pushy and obnoxius, Harry Cooper was RIGHT! If they had gone down into the basement like he wanted them to, they'd have all survived. Kinda neat how they make the audience identify with Ben who was dead wrong and got EVERYONE killed.

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