AGAM Emergency Post: I WANT MY TCM

Hello all.

Hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday, I, for one, am not.

Just yesterday I found out that my cable service Comcast has moved TCM to what appears to be a ‘More Sports and Entertainment’ package. Understandably I was absolutely livid when I found out about the decision.

TCM and I have been inseparable since high school, and to have it suddenly pulled from my daily viewing availability is…..quite infuriating.

Of course like any good late millennial, I immediately went to Twitter to see what other Comcast having, TCM viewers were going through.

Predictably, Comcast’s decision was met with a ton of upset customers and miffed streamers. It looks as if TCM tried to remedy the situation by replying to angry consumers with a link that leads them to other cable packages that cost significantly less than what Comcast is offering.

Comcast, naturally, attempted to fix the situation by frantically direct messaging anyone who tweets angrily about the situation.

How will this be fixed?

Well, either Comcast returns TCM to its basic cable package, or they’ll see a mass exodus of customers leaving to other cable platforms.

I have a feeling this incident is far from over.

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Stanley Donen, My Absence, and The Wonderful World of Classic Film

Donen and Gene Kelly behind the scenes of Singin’ in the Rain

Hello all!

I’d like to take a moment to tell you guys the reason why I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d like to. I’ve started writing for my college newspaper and that’s left me extremely busy.

So busy in fact, that sometimes I don’t have the time to sit down and watch classic movies, much to my chagrin.

Because of this, my output on AGaM has been slow, and I’m truly sorry for it. I’ll be active once more in the coming months when I’m off for spring break and in the summer.

In the meantime, you can read my latest piece of the genius of Stanley Donen here and look forward to the slew of pieces I have coming up here on my blog!

Until then, au revoir, my friends!

My Obsession With…..the ending of White Heat (1949)

source: Warner Bros

Usually recognized as Hollywood’s resident tough guy in the 30s and early 40s, one could argue that seeing a 50-year-old Cagney, “yucking it up” in a throwback gangster flick from his early days could get a little old. But in James Cagney‘s chase, he aged as well as a fine wine.

White Heat, directed by Raoul Walsh and considered one of the “best gangster movies of all time,” is a gritty film noir about one man and his apparent mother issues. Now, having a problem with a parent doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll turn into a vindictive, sadistic killer, but in “Cody” Jarret’s case, it was bound to happen.

The film follow “Cody” and his goal to ,well, just cause havoc.

Aided by wife, cohorts and importantly his mother, “Cody” and company botch a train robbery which sees the tyrant accidentally shoot an investigator. Knowing this madman needs to be stopped (or else,) the authorities send in an undercover plant to ‘catch Cody’s hand in the cookie jar,’ so to speak.

Luckily, and fortunately, “Cody” turns himself in for a lesser crime that sees his prison shortened.

That doesn’t leave him off the hook, though.

source: Warner Bros.

Throughout the rest of the film, we see “Cody” get sent to jail, punch a prison guard, and cause general havoc during his jail time. Eventually cavalierly hurting everyone around you won’t get you anywhere, and ultimately, “Cody” gets cornered.

The finale…oh boy, where does one begin?

The ending of the film is perhaps the most memorable thing (aside from Cagney‘s acting) in the entire movie.

Not only do we see Cagney at his best, but we also get to see a piece of classic Hollywood history. With all of its fire, angst, and drama, in 2003 White Heat was added to the National Film Registry for being
“culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Meticulously crafted, and incredibly acted, the ending was inevitable.

Cody Jarret went out the same way he lived: slightly mad, crying for his mother, and surrounded by fire.

To see the scene for yourself, click: here

A Year With Anybody Got a Match?

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source: Warner Bros.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

It’s officially been a year since I’ve started sharing for love of classic films.

I started doing this because I believed having a personal blog, separate from my main freelance work, would be some sort of stress reliever – and it is.

I’ve met some wonderful people, been apart of some incredible blogathons, and got to watch some unbelievable movies that I wouldn’t have watched otherwise.

I never thought that I would amass such a following ranting and raving about my favorite films.

So, thank you.

Here’s to another year.

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