by Brandy D. Anderson
Most of us love movies. We not only enjoy all of the fun that comes with the viewing experience itself, we also love to discuss every detail afterwards. So, it’s wonderful to have a few places where you can chat about movies, see movie photos, and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on each flick. I’ve found three wonderful movie pages on Facebook, and each one provides a different perspective.
About: “Turner Classic Movies, US & Canada. Celebrating great films, uncut and commercial-free, since April 14th, 1994. Visit us at www.tcm.com. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history.”
Turner Classic Movies, TCM for short, has been going strong for twenty-three years. They are the largest provider of classic films on television, and they own an impressively large list of classic titles exclusively, so many of the films shown on TCM can’t be shown elsewhere. In addition to their classic movie selection, TCM is also famous for conducting interviews with surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era. They also produce a number of documentaries and feature on-air discussions about various classic movies and stars. TCM even hosts in-person gatherings at conventions and cruises where classic movies are screened, their television anchors are in attendance (such as popular host and critic Ben Mankiewicz), and classic film stars even appear from time to time.
TCM’s Facebook page is full of all types of classic film memorabilia, including photos, behind-the-scenes stories, classic movie auctions, and interviews. One recent photo posted shows the beautiful ‘Gilda’, aka Rita Hayworth, in her last role, 1972’s ‘Wrath of God’. Another post reads “Remembering Ernest Borgnine on his birthday, here in a publicity photo for ‘The Dirty Dozen (’67).” You’ll find a delightful photo of Juano Hernandez from 1949’s ‘Intruder in the Dust’. More stars recently featured include Louise Beavers, Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, Canada Lee, Fredi Washington, Jeanne Moreau, George Cukor, and Norma Shearer.
“Remembering Paul Newman and Joan Leslie” is a popular new post that is gaining lots of chatter. There’s a neat gif of Sidney Poitier from 1972’s ‘A Warm December’. Another birthday post features Patricia Neal with a photo of her with Walter Matthau from 1957’s ‘Face in the Crowd’. You can watch a video clip of Ben Mankiewicz speaking with reporters at the 2020 SAG Awards, and the post comments that Mankiewicz said, “interviewing Sophia Loren at the 2015 TCMFF was the only time he’s ever been starstruck”, and they further quote him as saying, “It’s the queen.”
About: “The best lines from the movies we love.”
This page was started in September of 2012 and it is certainly one of the most popular movie pages on Facebook. The page features exactly what it advertises, movie quotes all day, every day. The cool thing, too, is that the quotes you’ll find here are diverse and aren’t limited to any particular genre. Each quote is also placed over one or more photos from the movie, or the occasional television show, that it is being quoted. The page is also filled with highly active and chatty followers, so you’ll find a ton of discussion about each movie being featured, as well as movie news and chatter in general, throughout the comments of each post.
One movie covered is ‘Late Autumn’ from 1960: “The man is not suitable. – But he is from a good family. – The man is more important than the family.” Another movie is ‘Zombieland Double Tap’ from 2019: “I have nothing against pacifists. I just want to beat the sh*t out of them.” ‘Swades’ from 2004 bears this quote: “Just because a custom is ancient, it does not have to be right.” “It’s so hard to just try and be happy all the time,” is from 2019’s ‘Joker’. 2019’s ‘Mindhunter’ says, “When we met, you were so sweet and curious. – I am still curious.”
University students will appreciate this one from the 2019 miniseries ‘Unbelievable’: “You sleeping well? Eatin’ okay? – I’m a student, we never eat or sleep well.” There are some posts that feature two movies with a parallel or similar theme, like this one that combines 2019’s ‘Marriage Story’ and 2008’s ‘Revolutionary Road’: The top of meme reads “Parents: Why don’t you want to get married? – My Mind:” and then you have a scene from ‘Marriage Story’: “You gaslighted me! You’re a f*ng villain! – Everyday I wake up and I hope you’re dead!” and the column below shows a scene from ‘Revolutionary Road’: “I hate you. You’re just some guy who made me laugh at a party once. – You’re an empty, empty hollow shell of a woman!”
About: “Movies Unlimited is the nations largest independent DVD movie retailer. Specializing in rare, hard to find and classic movies. ”
Movies Unlimited has been around since 1978, so I think it’s safe to say they’re one of the oldest media companies that you’ll find on Facebook. Their business features “classic movie trivia, movie reviews, Golden Age of Hollywood movies, actors and actresses”. The wonderful thing about their Facebook page is the way that many of their posts are designed to elicit a lot of reader discussion. For example, one recent post bears a photo of beloved classic star Ernest Borgnine with this headline: “Ernest Borgnine was born today in 1917. What’s your favourite movie with this Oscar winner? #Oscars #Marty #WildBunch #Vikings #McHalesNavy #FlightofthePhoenix #PoseidonAdventure”.
There’s another post for Jim Belushi (famous for ‘Animal House’, ‘Blues Brother’, and ‘Saturday Night Live’) inviting readers to talk about their favourite Belushi movies. Movies Unlimited is also a great source of movie trivia. They recently posted: “”The Grapes of Wrath,” starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, & John Carradine, had its New York City premiere today in 1940. The film based on John Steinbeck’s novel would be nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two Oscars: Best Supporting Actress for Darwell and John Ford won his second consecutive Oscar for Best Director. #GrapesofWrath #Oscars #DustBowl #Drama #GreatDepression #Movie #Movies #Unlimited”.
You’ll see a lot of fun original movie art, including one for 101 Dalmatians: “Walt Disney’s ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ was released today in 1961”. Another “On this day” movie art post features ‘M*A*S*H’, the 1970’s movie (starring Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, and Tom Skerritt) that proceeded the celebrated television series. More movies and stars covered include ‘The Treasure of Sierra Madre’, Randolph Scott, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, ‘The Addams Family’, ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’, and ‘Lady in the Lake’.