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Catch ‘Big’ in its ‘classic’ anniversary screening


One of the things that bugs me about sports reporting is the use of the term "classic."

Take, for example, a typical Golf Channel special presentation about a "classic" match. Which likely will involve something from, say, 2015. Whatever match they show might be many things, exciting even. But classic? Not so much.

But I don't want to pick just on sports reporters. It's all just advertising anyway, another way to arouse attention for something the producers want to sell. And it applies to all kinds of media, including — and maybe especially — movies.

That's my lead in for the upcoming, and latest, TCM Big Screen Classics presentation, which will be screened at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at the Regal Cinemas theaters at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium: The 1988 film "Big."

Now, I like "Big." If you'll recall, it features Tom Hanks — then 32 and still years away from his two Best Actor Oscars — as a young boy who mysteriously turns into a grown man, goes to work for a toy company and changes everyone's life, before … well, if you haven't seen the film, you should.

In fact, I would suggest you go to any one of the four different upcoming screenings. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the movie.

Just don't call it "classic." 

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