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Monday, February 27, 2012

This Week on TCM: KWAIDAN

31 days of Oscars continues (oh my god haven't these already been on yet??) so I'm slugging my way through a lot of dreary ENGLISH PATIENT type of drek to find you the good stuff.

Today has a few interesting films, maybe you should call in sick.
At 9am is STELLA DALLAS (1937) which is a Barbara Stanwyck film about an enterprising young woman who makes some bad choices.
At 3pm is BOOMERANG (1947) which was a tough to see film for a long time with a great reputation that I don't understand-- I thought it was a little boring, but I'll give it another try.
At 615pm is HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES (1940) with Vincent Price-- not as exciting as actually going there and getting stuck in the secret staircase between a woman who was MUCH too fat for them to let go in and another who was claustrophobic.
At 8pm is I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) which probably led to a lot of husbands being struck by a frying pan when they talked about this title in public-- great little movie with Veronica Lake as a Salem style witch in the present day.

Tomorrow you've got TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) which is a lightweight Alfred Hitchcock film with Gracy Kelly and Cary Grant at 6pm.  You're not going to find two prettier people on another channel.

At 1015pm(??) they are showing LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) which is David Lean's EPIC film well worth watching but you're going to be tired tomorrow because it goes until past 2am.

On Wednesday you've got a pretty good lineup with THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940) at 6am, THE SHANGHAI GESTURE (1941) at 8pm and the best of the lot DRAGON SEED (1944) at 5am!  It's a day of China on TCM.

Thursday is March and you can start your day bright and early with THE GOOD EARTH (1937) which is a somewhat dated but well regarded movie.  THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944) is a good movie at 10am and KWAIDAN (1964) is a GREAT Japanese horror film at 3pm.  That one is the MUST SEE this week.

Friday lists 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) as a Horror film-- I'd certainly agree, I was horrified the first time I sat through this overly regarded boring never ending Kubrick film with some great effects that are about the level you'd find on a LIFETIME movie when compared to today.  A major snorefest after the apes smash the bone thirty seconds into the film.

Saturday you can watch ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1933) which is the first filmed version of ISLAND OF DR MOREAU about a mad man who is turning animals into people-- the BACKUP MUST SEE FILM of the week, it's on at 6am so either set your DVR or get up early.

At 730am you can catch Raquel Welch in a fur bikini in ONE MILLION YEARS BC (1966) and the Essentials is SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) which is a Billy Wilder film with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as jazz musicians on the run from the mob.  I've yet to get through this one, but that might be the dislike I have of Tony Curtis so don't go by me.  THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) is on at 2am and that probably should have been the Essential.