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  1. Charlie Baker

    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I've been trying to catch some of the 25th anniversary material. (Though I enjoy the snippets from the festival red carpet very much too.) The dedications I've caught (without watching the films in most cases) were good--a former NYC cop dedicated King Kong, his favorite film since childhood, to a colleague who was also very into classic films. Two people dedicated movies to a parent, a man honoring his mother with The Thin Man (Gotta love that) and a woman her father with A Guy Named Joe. Both said they first watched the movies with their parents as kids on TV. On the actual anniversary they showed Robert Osborne's signing the channel on with GWTW. Bittersweet, to say the least. So many of us still miss that gentleman. An evening of Private Screenings interviews coming up Mon. the 29th. Unrelated: first I knew there was a restoration of the cult noir classic Detour, which turned up this afternoon. Looks so much better than the print they had been using. It's on Watch TCM.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    RIP Bibi Andersson. Luminous Presence in Bergman Films
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Love Red Dust. Gable, Harlow, Astor simply great.
  4. Charlie Baker

    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I believe the last time Elizabeth Taylor was Star of the Month they also concentrated the selections over a few consecutive days instead of weekly, That was sometime back. It'll be interesting to see what happens next month.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Adieu, Agnes Varda. Influential New Wave Filmmaker
  6. Charlie Baker

    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    News item! Criterion Channel Launches in April
  7. Charlie Baker

    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Also in that line-up yesterday were the quite awful Down to Their Last Yacht which prompts a what-were-they-thinking response and Sally, which allowed stage star Marilyn Miller to preserve one of her vehicles--a standard issue musical comedy of the time (late 1920s). Despite the outdated conventions and early sound filming you could see why Ms. Miller was a star, and you got young Joe E. Brown still getting some laughs with old gags and executing some wild acrobatic slapstick and comic dancing with Ms. Miller. The score's standard was Kern and DeSylva's "Look for the Silver Lining" though I understand the movie did not include nearly all the stage songs.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    The 31 Days gave me a reason to revisit an all-time favorite I hadn't seen in a good while--The Last PIcture Show. Some may find this movie a real downer, I generally see it as cathartic. It wrecks me pretty good and then I feel better. It's so skillfully done--definitely impressive for using ambient sound on a soundtrack (Radios, tv, jukeboxes) to comment on scenes. That has rarely been done as well since. The cast is sublime, and with this viewing I note again how Eileen Brennan didn't get the attention of some of the other actors and she totally deserved it. So real and so touching. Bogdanovich in Conversation A recently posted, long, fascinating, and pretty disconcerting Peter Bogdanovich interview, should anyone be interested.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Stanley Donen received an honorary Oscar and gave one of the best acceptances ever. RIP, sir.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    This man's story should be of interest here. He was instrumental in restoring Vitaphone shorts, a lot of which turn up on TCM, Ron Hutchinson, Restorer of Early Sound Films I didn't remember that there had been a marathon of them on the channel a few years ago.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Of course TCM schedules far in advance, but Tom Jones turns up on 31 Days of Oscar just as many were learning of Mr. Finney's passing. I needed a few moments after that. In addition to the movies already mentioned, as a theater person, I must mention The Dresser. Stop that train!
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I never posted three consecutive posts before, but I thought this was worthy. Julie Adams has passed away at 92. A working actor for many decades, her splashiest movie part was as the object of the affections of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Julie Adams
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    So as much or as little as we are into Pre-Oscar mode here, I found this interesting. A lengthy Vulture list suggesting alternate winners for each year's Best Picture. Oscar's Best Also Rans?
  14. Charlie Baker

    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I used to grouse here from time to time that my Spectrum service in NYC did not get me access to Watch TCM. But I've had it for a while now, and I'm grateful for it. Occasionally I get the time to really work it, and over the last few days I've done just that. I've watched Holiday again, and my love for that movie seems to deepen every time I see it. Plus this one is rapidly becoming my favorite Katharine Hepburn performance. I caught up with The Breaking Point, a strong version of To Have and Have Not, with John Garfield and Patricia Neal generating heat, and Phyllis Thaxter doing the best work I've seen her do. I saw the two Rainer Werner Fassbinder works they showed on Imports--one good, one not so. And I finally saw the very fun The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, thanks, voiceover! I'm debating whether I can swing the new streamer from Criterion Collection. With my New York Public Library card, I have access to Kanopy, which has a decent selection from Criterion, some classic stuff TCM shows, a collection of more recent Paramount movies, and some very recent indies and documentaries. Movies and more movies!
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Adieu, Michel Legrand. Great composer of movie music and popular standards. He appears on screen to fun effect, as what else, a musician, in Cleo from 5 to 7. Michel Legrand
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