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Sep 9 12 9:05 PM
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Nov 8 12 11:37 AM
It all depends on how you look at it. In the latter days, there was the wonder of video and cable tv. Not all movies were readily available, but a lot were. Feel the urge to watch GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN? Just pop it in the machine. Pause it when you want to go make a sandwich. Shoot, watch it again, if you want to. Need some info? Well, there's all those books (if you can find 'em) from Clarens to Everson to Willis and Lee, to Mank and Weaver and Warren and Skal and Rhodes and Senn. For basic stuff there's Maltin and, of course, the internet nowadays.
But...for those of us, err, of an age, there was an undeniable excitement. Staying up late to watch a fuzzy-imaged showing of THE CYCLOPS on the 19-inch tube, and truly believing that, if you missed this showing, you really might NEVER have another chance to see it again. Finding the latest issue of FM or CoF on the drugstore shelf, wondering what new titles you'd read about, wondering what incredible photos you'd see for the first time.
So, yeah, I think it's an exchange of excitement and discovery for convenience and completeness. But, it's true, I'm glad I got aboard the monster train when I did.
Nov 24 12 12:43 PM
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