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An idea for formatting the next Oscars month


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Yes, we all like to complain about TCM's 31 days of Oscar. The same movies every year, just in different order. Sort of like the menu at Taco Bell: the same ingredients in every meal, just in different proportions and what gets melted over what. So here goes:

 

Musical Mondays

Titanic Tuesdays (Epics. Or Disaster Movies. Or takes place on a boat.)

Wild Wednesdays (shot on locations outdoors not in North America or Europe)

Thriller Thursdays

Funny Fridays (comedies, obviously)

Satanic Saturdays (vampires, mummies, mad scientists, monsters, Joan Crawford)

Sundays: Swords, Sandals, Space (ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient USA - 1960's, when we had a space program)

 

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It's time someone realized that King of the Zombies was nominated for Best Score in 1941. It really does have a great score! And it features two important African-American actors in supporting roles: Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who was the first black actor to sign a contract with a major studio; and Lawrence Criner, who was the first black member of Equity. February is also Black History Month.

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> {quote:title=karlofffan wrote:}{quote}Yes, we all like to complain about TCM's 31 days of Oscar. The same movies every year, just in different order. Sort of like the menu at Taco Bell: the same ingredients in every meal, just in different proportions and what gets melted over what. So here goes:

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> Musical Mondays

> Titanic Tuesdays (Epics. Or Disaster Movies. Or takes place on a boat.)

> Wild Wednesdays (shot on locations outdoors not in North America or Europe)

> Thriller Thursdays

> Funny Fridays (comedies, obviously)

> Satanic Saturdays (vampires, mummies, mad scientists, monsters, Joan Crawford)

> Sundays: Swords, Sandals, Space (ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient USA - 1960's, when we had a space program)

So where does that leave noirs, gangster movies, or drama movies in general? That list you've got there bloats a handful of categories at the expense of others.

 

Not that it really matters, since Oscar Month is almost wholly aimed at new viewers who haven't yet seen the movies that regular TCM viewers are exposed to over and over again all year around. It's a great way to introduce these new viewers to the concept of "old" movies, but trying to make it more attractive to long time TCM junkies is like trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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I recently watched a movie recorded from the last 31 Days (took me 4 months!) and recalled the format as organized by studio. I really liked that a lot because it showcased the different studio styles and stable of talent.

It'll be tough topping that one.

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