I spent most of my journalistic career as an entertainment writer/editor/publisher
UPDATE: It is returning to HBO with a warning message.
- The debate over "Gone With the Wind" is an odd one. It is a classic movie. But, with many classics, most do not stand the test of time. Try picking your 10 favorite movies of all time and see if they really would be just as great as when you watched them for the first time. Most do not. Those that do are great movies. Some movies are great for their time. "Gone with the Wind" was the first movie entirely in color and first time an African-American took home an Oscar in the acting categories - Hattie McDonald for best supporting actress. When it aired on TV for the first time in the 1970s, it was well-received. Still, it is the most-watched movie on TV and one of the most-viewed TV events (two parts). It has stood the test of time and some want to discard it.
- "Live PD' on A&E and "Cops" have been canceled. Will they attempt to take down old cop shows or scrap reruns of "Law and Order"? It was Hollywood who gave us these. Will Hollywood change or simply give us lectures but still put out certain trash? They can if they want to.
- But scrapping movies from the past will make them feel better. Look out, "It's a Wonderful Life" may be next.
- They did the same thing with smoking. Some refused to air movies and TV shows that depicted smokers. Well, if that is the case, "Casablanca" is gone. That is my favorite movie of all time. It will never leave me.
- Hollywood has never been 100 percent accurate when portraying history. Movies often gloss over and ignore many historical facts.
- After I saw "Gone With the Wind," I came away with a deeper idea that the South lost the Civil War for a reason. These were not heroes, per se, we were watching, but rather selfish. They seemed to care only about themselves. It was a love story first and foremost, set on the backdrop of the Civil War. Like "Titanic" was a love story about the disaster of the ship. Both were well done and looked great on the big screen. They were cinema masterpieces. But, for "Gone With the Wind," the South did lose and boy that does play out in the film. The country embraced the film, not just the South. More people have seen that movie than any other film ever made. Now, the United Kingdom has taken down the "Fawlty Towers" episode known as "The Germans." There were only 11 episodes and that one is the best, and all-out an hilarious show. There are many classic movies and shows that I simply cannot watch today even though, I did growing up. "Animal House" comes to mind, right off the bat. I cannot even watch "Indiana Jones" anymore. Try watching the old horror movies and then realize, they were very dumb - thanks to Svengoolie for airing them. He makes them events and not just watching an old, bad movie. When I grew up, Burt Reynolds was my box office star to never miss. But, come on, try watching "Smokey and the Bandit" today, I cannot. That was for that time period when I grew up. Some do stand that test of time like "The Sting" or "Rocky," but most do not.
So, my top ten movies of all-time, to me, stand the test of time and are still great films.
2. "Schindler's List"
3. "It's a Wonderful Life"
4. "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
5. "The Ten Commandments"
6. "The Sting"
7. "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid"
10. "Good Fellas"