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Cool.

Just finished 'On the Waterfront'. Lee J Cobb was better than Brando, imo.

I was debating making a 'TCM' thread. Not quite the same since Osborne, but they still keep the classics alive year round.

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Fuck Kevin. This is my thread, not his. He can't have it.

Yeah, TCM has gone thru some changes since Bob died. Some good, some not so much. Noir Alley is great. I do kinda like the new thing of running a cartoon before the movie. Just like the old days.

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TCM is fine even post-Osborne.  Noir Alley kicks ass.  TCM Underground puts solid genre/exploitation stuff out there.  They give us a steady diet of classic warhorses and enough of the lower tier stuff is interesting.  

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If TCM was discontinued or stopped hosting non-interrupted movies I would drop DirecTV.

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11 hours ago, DougO said:

If TCM was discontinued or stopped hosting non-interrupted movies I would drop DirecTV.

I like the mobile app a lot. I use it with Directv, but I haven't looked at which other streaming services carry TCM.

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21 hours ago, WhatTheBuck said:

Thanks to TCM I finally get all those gags I used to see on Bugs Bunny when I was a kid. "Oh, that was Peter Lorre!"

Haha, I'm the same way.

My dvr is getting full of movies I need to watch.  Plus I always watch Sierra Madre, Casablanca, The Hustler, etc., when they come on.

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One of the better early WWII movies on tonight.

The Story of G.I. Joe(1945)

During World War II, American journalist Ernie Pyle goes abroad to write about the arduous experiences of stalwart members of the U.S. Army.

Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele, John Reilly, Wally Cassell

10:15 - 12:15 AM TCM (256)

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On 3/25/2018 at 8:30 PM, DougO said:

If TCM was discontinued or stopped hosting non-interrupted movies I would drop DirecTV.

I have never forgiven AMC for playing commercials.

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I have never forgiven AMC for playing commercials.
I was pissed when they changed format and swore I would never watch AMC again. Then Breaking Bad came along...

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Great lineup tonight.

 

Sunset Boulevard
(HD, Drama, Movie, 1950, TV-PG, NR, ****)
Stalag 17
(Drama, Movie, 1953, TV-PG, NR, ***+)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(HD, Drama, Movie, 1957, TV-PG, NR, ***+)

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Can this double as the TCM thread because Gumball Rally is on albeit perhaps not Oscar worthy. I remember seeing this at the theater as a kid and being inspired to drive really fast 

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Big Memorial Day weekend lineup. Too many great war movies to list them all, but it hits all the good ones, Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes, From Here to Eternity, Battleground, 12 O'Clock High, They Were Expendable (my personal favorite) and many more. Runs Friday night thru Tuesday morning. Better clear out some space on the DVR.

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Thanks for the heads up.

The other night I watched the last hour of The Grapes Of Wrath, and then the first hour of Casablanca before going to bed.  That was a good 2 hours.

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Yeah, that may have been the greatest double feature ever.

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It's that time again, Memorial weekend war movies on TCM through Monday, as usual featuring Kelly's Heroes on Sunday at 7PM.
 
There are a bunch of well known great war movie classics on the schedule. But I always like to recommend this much less viewed and lesser known British film that will be aired Sunday morning. Somewhat similar to the Hogan's Heroes TV show, as well as the classic movie Stalag 17 and a peck of The Great Escape, It starts off with a lot of comedy and turns into some pretty intense drama later in the movie. I think it's a great watch. Set your recorder and watch it sometime.

Central time:

The Password Is Courage

TCMHD - 256 Sun, 5/27, 10:30 AM 2 hrs

1962, Drama, Adventure, Action, True Story, War

After he has been captured and left with no other options, a courageous British prisoner of war begins to develop a plot for a daring escape from a Nazi prison camp, a dangerous decision that may wind up claiming his life in the end.

Credits: Dirk Bogarde (Actor), Maria Perschy (Actor), Alfred Lynch (Actor), Nigel Stock (Actor), Reginald Beckwith (Actor), Richard Marner (Actor)

 

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On 3/28/2018 at 7:03 PM, BornOrange said:

I have never forgiven AMC for playing commercials.

I’m the same way with IFC. Commercials suck

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On 5/26/2018 at 4:40 PM, BERT said:

I’m the same way with IFC. Commercials suck

And Sundance. I used to watch a ton of IFC and Sundance when they actually featured independent movies without commercials.

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On 3/25/2018 at 8:30 PM, DougO said:

If TCM was discontinued or stopped hosting non-interrupted movies I would drop DirecTV.

AT&T, but yeah.

Disappointed TCM dropped Tiffany Vasquez. It seems she wasn't well liked by hardcore fans who though she made too many mistakes. She came across as sincere. After Robert Osborne died, I hoped she'd have a larger role. To me, Ben Mankiewicz is smug and arrogant. When he started in 2003, he was condescending. At least he got over that to a degree. Hard to believe I've been putting up with him for fifteen years.  

But as someone mentioned, it's about classic movies without interruption.

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I think Mankiewicz--especially early on--was being asked to jazz up the intros/outros and make them more "hip" in an attempt to attract a younger audience. Osborne was the gold standard of smooth. He knew all of the facts and all of the audience & crew members, down to the assistant key grip. Loved that guy.

I doubt he'd take the pay cut, but Alec Baldwin was so good when teaming up with Osborne for The Essentials that if TMC ever decided to make him a host I think he'd be a runaway hit.

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5 hours ago, Stoogey said:



Disappointed TCM dropped Tiffany Vasquez. It seems she wasn't well liked by hardcore fans who though she made too many mistakes. She came across as sincere. After Robert Osborne died, I hoped she'd have a larger role. To me, Ben Mankiewicz is smug and arrogant. When he started in 2003, he was condescending. At least he got over that to a degree. Hard to believe I've been putting up with him for fifteen years.  
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I just didn't think she was very good. She was stiff and dry. I like Maniewicz OK, sometimes he's really good, but he throws in too many bad jokes and injects himself into the text too much.

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 I like Maniewicz just fine. Osborn didn't seem to have a problem with him, so I'm good. Tiffany was OK. Not great, but OK. Eddie Muller is fantastic. Dave Karger gives me a creepy vibe. Probably my gaydar going off. But, the guy knows his stuff. I don't like Alicia Malone. Agree that Alec Baldwin would be fantastic as a full time host, but he's not going to consider that as long as his career is still going strong. Will settle for his current contributions for now.

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I thought Tiffany Vasquez was awful. Mankiewicz at least knows movies. She seemed like she was just reading from a script without really knowing what she was talking about, and the sound of her voice grated on my nerves. I don't get how anyone finds Mankiewicz "smug," "arrogant," or "condescending." I think he does a good job of informing and he seems passionate about the subject matter. 

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8 hours ago, WhatTheBuck said:

She seemed like she was just reading from a script without really knowing what she was talking about, 

She had a horrible case of "I. am. reading." voice. I always assumed she wrote her own script, which makes it even worse. You have to be conversational. Personally I think she was just too young, but she gave it a good shot and it don't look bad on the resume. She's still with TCM.

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No issues with BW. I like him fine.

Agree Muller is fantastic.

Really like those spots with clips and music for the month.

One major problem I have is with that horse faced, Sarah Jessica Parker clone that does those stupid wine commercials. Jesus they are on between every film they show.

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1 hour ago, RPM said:

Don't forget Eddie G as Johnny Rocco, see... M'yeah.

This right here......one of my very favorite actors is Edward G.

If you have never seen "The Whole Town's Talking" I highly recommend it.

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Midnight Cowboy was on last night. So good, so sad.

I had forgotten that Joe Buck was from Big Spring, TX.  That town would screw anybody up. 

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2 hours ago, RPM said:

Don't forget Eddie G as Johnny Rocco, see... M'yeah.

I didn't...... he just didn't have any names that started with B.  I was going with the whole purists B thing,  Edited my OP and deleted ....aaaaand Eddie. G.

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Pretty, pretty good night, Comedy Teams. Just watched one of 2 Abbott & Costello movies where they did not act as a team, The Time of Their Lives. Up Next Laurel & Hardy (handshake) in Sons of the Desert, then The Marx Brothers in Monkey Business followed by Martin & Lewis in At War with the Army.

Good night with some serious laughs.

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Stan: The doctor is here!

Oliver: Why did you get a veterinarian?

Stan: I didn't think his religion would make a difference.

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Watched a very underrated and mostly unknown Steve McQueen film last night called "Soldier In The Rain". (1963) Released 5 days after the JFK assassination which hurt it at the box office. 

Also stars Jackie Gleason and Tuesday Weld.

 

Nice little movie.

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They're showing a bunch of the New York Philharmonic Young People's concerts with Bernstein. Fascinating and entertaining, if you're into classical music. 

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Couple of great trucking movies on. White Line Fever with Jan Michael Vincent and High Ballin' with Jerry Reed & Peter Fonda. 

WLF ranks right up there with Roadhouse and has some pretty good stunts including one with a cabover that I've never seen duplicated.

Skip to 3:24 if it didn't embed right.

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Paths of Glory tonight at 7 pm.  My favorite war movie isn't really a regular war movie.

Opening simple "walking the trench" scene probably my favorite scene in all movies.

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