Film on TV: August 8-12

The annual TCM Summer Under the Stars event is well under way, with each day devoted to the films of a specific actor or actress. I’m not specifically highlighting those out here (you can check out the full lineup yourself at TCM’s new SUTS microsite), but you’ll probably notice the theme on certain days anyway. Thursday is Toshiro Mifune,...

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Film on TV: July 23-29

The big thing to note this week is the day-long tribute TCM is airing to the recently deceased Ernest Borgnine on Thursday. I’ve picked out several of his best-known films to highlight, including a couple I haven’t featured here before (like Bad Day at Black Rock, pictured above – the film is actually in color, despite the still I used, which...

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Film on TV: July 16-22

It’s a good week for silent and Pre-Code fans, as TCM shows a rare triple-feature of silents late Monday/early Tuesday (usually they only run one silent per week, on Sunday night), featuring three of silent cinema’s biggest stars – Douglas Fairbanks, Rudoph Valentino, and Joan Crawford. Then Barbara Stanwyck brings the Pre-Code goodness with...

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Film on TV: July 9-15

Monday, July 9 2:00pm – TCM – The Count of Monte Cristo I have yet to see a film version of The Count of Monte Cristo that stays true to the book (I’d love to – the book transcends adventure, while the movie versions tend to remain solidly stuck in it); this certainly isn’t, but if you refrain from comparing it to the book,...

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Film on TV: July 2-8

Monday, July 2 7:45pm – Sundance – Little Children Todd Field’s perfectly written (and acted) story of intersecting unhappy suburbanites reminds us why melodrama shouldn’t be a bad word – this is melodrama at its very best, and its very best is stunning. Kate Winslet turns in a should’ve-been-Oscar-winning performance as the frustrated wife and...

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Film on TV: June 18-24

Monday, June 18 8:30am – IFC – The Protector Whatever you do, don’t mess with Tony Jaa’s elephants. Consider yourself warned. Here Jaa takes on a city full of gangsters intent on stealing his elephant (and the mystical power they possess); the story here isn’t anything special, but Jaa’s fighting ability and choreography...

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Film on TV: June 11-17

Tuesday, June 12 1:30pm – TCM – Four Daughters Four Daughters tells the fairly routine story of four sisters and their love interests; there’s more to it than meets the eye, though, and starlet Priscilla Lane (notably of Arsenic and Old Lace) carries it well with her two sisters Lola and Rosemary. It’s interesting to contrast with its...

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Film on TV: June 4-10

A few new ones this week and some very good repeats. Most of all, I’d like to point out that next Sunday, June 10th, would be Judy Garland’s 90th birthday, and TCM is fittingly playing her movies all day. Now, I freely admit to being a Garland fanatic (I staged my own Garland birthday marathon when I was about fourteen or fifteen), but she really...

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Film on TV: May 29 – June 3

Tuesday, May 29 12:45am (30th) – Sundance – The Housemaid A remake of a classic Korean film, famous in 1960 for pushing the content envelope, and quite a good film on its own (I admit to not having seen the original). A young girl becomes the housemaid to a rich man and his very pregnant wife, and becomes embroiled in a domestic and sexual powerplay...

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Film on TV: May 21-27

Monday, May 21 8:00pm – TCM – Norma Rae The first of a set of Sally Field films that TCM is airing tonight is the film that brought Field her first Oscar, a drama about a labor dispute led by a young textile worker who’s also plenty busy being a single mom. TCM follows the film with her other Oscar-winning role in Places in the Heart. 1979...

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