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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Sorry for the language in this particular forum, but what the f...hell with the Academy's decision to cut editing/cinematography/makeup from the broadcast? Makeup was a fairly recent addition anyway, meant in part to draw in a certain viewer. And the editing award is a pretty good predictor of Best Picture. And excuse me: what are films without a friggin' camera?? People who don't tune in won't suddenly change their minds because of this. The ceremony is what it is. Imyselfpersonally stopped watching when they dropped the Hersholt award, which I always thought was the coolest anyway. Thank heavens for TCM. Without it...movies and me, we'd be divorcing about now.
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    S01.E12: Heartbreak

    Glad to see Bradford showing some interest in Sara Rue's character. Finally a romance on this show I could get behind. Speaking of: anyone else bummed to find out that the Sergeant's wife = not Amy Brenneman? However. She wants him to retire/he doesn't want to go/possible opening for a Judging Amy reunion? (I'll tell you guys right now, I'll never stop hoping -- I kept looking for him when she was in Private Practice!) So even though it's not on IMDB yet, I recognized Girlfriend's Guide...'s Beau Garrett as Nolan's stalker. Just by her voice at first. Second on the Nolan/Chen breakup. Fer crissakes, it's DEAD. Pull a sheet over it.
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    S03.E12: Songbird Road, Part Two

    Poop. *however* This is the first ep I've watched since December, though I wasn't going to do more than peek, until I saw the Wee Pearsons in action. And I could never resist them! Milo is magic with them.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    More on Peter O'Toole! Blame the TCM app; I've watched his Goodbye Mr Chips every day since it posted. Not one memorable song in the whole thing, but thanks to Terence Rattigan's reworking of the 1939 script, it's funnier and sharper and smarter than the first film (which I also love). Petula Clark: surprisingly the right choice for the schoolmaster's love interest. She commits thoroughly to the role of weary showgirl Katherine. You believe her when she insists to an incredulous Chips that she's ready to chuck all that for the life of a Don's wife. Later on in the story -- after she's run away in an attempt to do the Right Thing (there was a question of her "suitability") -- he corners her in a friend's kitchen with a speech that's both romantic AND pedantic: "But how you could ever imagine that a word like 'suitability' -- which is only in Webster, mind you, not in the Oxford -- could ever prevail over a word like 'love' -- which is in all the dictionaries..." Her Katherine collapses, weeping, in his arms, muttering that he'd lose "everything you hold dear!" "Every thing I hold dear," Chips replies, "I'm holding now." *swoon* And mad props to Sian Phillips (Mrs O'Toole at the time) as the Theda Bara-esque Ursula, who boxes up the few scenes she's in. I used to imitate her leave-taking at every theatre gathering ("You must come to one of myyyyy little parties...very informal; just 'Come as you are', whatever that is...") That throaty voice purring out every syllable, ripe with suggestion! The response to "I hope you like early English perpendicular" is one of the great exit lines in cinema: "Darling! I revel in 'early English perpendicular'!"
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Just watched My Favorite Year for the 100th time. I love Peter O'Toole in...anything, really; and though this is a flawed film (for starters, Mark Linn-Baker was an over-emoting nightmare, though he did have his moments), it's one of his best performances. He was always a spot-on comic performer ("Ladies are 'unwell'...gentlemen vomit."), and his Errol Flynn impersonation here is hilarious and raw and very moving. Linn-Baker *does have that great speech as Benjy, when he's trying to bully O'Toole's petrified matinee idol into performing on live TV: "...don't tell me this is you life-size. I can't use you life-size. I need Alan Swanns as big as I can get them!" Isn't that an echo of what beats in the hearts of classic movie fans everywhere? I love the climactic fight, when he joins Joe Bologna's King Kaiser in dispensing with the bad guys. After it's over, with a snark he can't help but utter ("What took ya so long?"), the monstrous egomaniac King leads the studio audience in an ovation for the movie star. And I always burst into tears.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I feel your pain...Imyselfpersonally spend February mourning "Silent Sundays" and "TCM Imports". p.s. @ratgirlagogo: Thanks for the clarification. Then when I hit the formerly-known-as-"like button", a menu of emojis popped up! Mystery solved. But I'm still Get off my lawn-ing over the changes. Readers of my column (lol) may recall my whining over the new TCM hosts. I'm surrounded by upgrades that make my favorite things either 1. taste funny 2. unworkable 3. a crap new color.
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    S03.E05: A Show of Unity

    I started out "Meh" but it all improved once we met Lady P. That's an intriguing marriage! Honestly, that seems more the norm for the upper classes anyway -- at least the Pams had a sense of humor about it. Hope she makes good on her promise & shows up in London. I'm needing a convo w/Victoria about her brother!! Or is that a subject they're meant to avoid. @JustDucky: as soon as I saw his tutor put a hand to the back of Bertie's head, and the camera lingered, I went there too. I'm relieved it wasn't that, though the abuse was bad enough. Disappointing! I hope they try again. The Heir should have a tutor who's not Daddy nor Auntie. Oh yeah: and one who doesn't beat him! Laurence Fox appears to be having a great time. But I hope they save room for the I loved the release of the dove. Further proof that V had some amazing political instincts. Though I agree with Albert's concern, about all that good will disintegrating in her absence.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Could someone post when they see the "TCM Remembers" for Finney? p.s. WTH w/the weeping emoji?
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Albert Finney has died. I think on that gang of Anglo-Irish boys, who defined "roguish" in the 60s: O'Toole, Harris, Bates...Finney. He brought out the woman in Audrey Hepburn (Two for the Road), the gravitas in Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), and made women everywhere long to go on a picnic (Tom Jones). "Flights of angels..."
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    *bows* I'm delighted to welcome you to the club! And you should hunt down Danny Peary's Alternate Oscars, which IIRC, I've previously bored on about. Dear @ratgirlagogo! I agree with Mr Rat. It would hardly be Oscar season without your annual complaint 😬. Rather like me & my Ramon Defense.
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    S03.E04: Foreign Bodies

    *waves from back of the thread* Me!! Though I wandered off after the hero ended up with the wrong woman. As far as V&A hitting the sack, welllll...I thought the timing was one of the more believable moments in the ep. She'd just watched someone who'd been close to her, die a horrible death. That's one way to embrace life again -- embrace your husband.
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    NFL Thread

    My favorite Pats knock was the "Tom Brady...<did this>" list on my hometown sports talk station: "Tom Brady...burned down Cheryl's 'She Shed'."
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    S03.E04: Foreign Bodies

    I admit I peeked at IMDb's "number of episodes" for Nell Hudson, saw it was the same as Jenna's, and thought: No worries! Poop. I do so love the space the Francatelli created. Like the first boutique hotel! I wonder if we'll visit it again. I thought Vicky handled the stammering doc's sitch quite well. She can be such a bullying hothead that sometimes I just like to watch her be the Smartest Person in the Room. Ernst watch: Still nichts. I so longed to see him, tonight especially, so I could run in here and snark: "He's scored more often than the Super Bowl teams!" But, alas, it was not to be.
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    NFL Thread

    Paul Rudd just *killed that intro tonight...best hometown repping since he yelled out: "Party at my mom's!!" during the infield ALCS celebration. Congratulations Patrick!!! Chiefs Kingdom would have wished you to hold up different hardware this week, but we knew this day would come, from the moment Von Miller grabbed you 'round the ankles, and you just...switched hands ("Fuck it, Tyreek's out there somewhere"). I think I held it together pretty well until I saw that even the Minnesota Twins had chimed in:
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Filmstruck's replacement is going live April 8: the Criterion Channel.
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