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Friday March 24, 2006 7:03 pm

Watching Movies on Television




Posted by Christopher Stone Categories: Cable, Editorial,

I stopped watching movies on broadcast television when I moved out of my parents’ home and into an apartment with basic cable. To me, motion pictures are art.  Even a godawful movie is art, if bad art.  I equate them to bad paintings.  You know the ones that I mean: those huge canvases, empty except for a black dot in the middle.  Tone-y art galleries peddle them for about $7500.00 a pop. I don’t want the breasts covered on my Venus replica, and I don’t want my movies edited for content, length, or commercial interruptions.

For years, I loved watching full-length, uninterrupted movies on American Movie Classics.  Then the network began interrupting the classics for commercials.  I haven’t watched AMC since, maybe you haven’t, either. Right now, my favorite destination for watching classic movies on television is Turner Classic Movies.  That network has the most impressive library of motion pictures on TV; they are shown unedited and uninterrupted, and movies filmed in a widescreen process are most commonly broadcast that way.

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