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Monday, March 19, 2012

This Week on TCM: MOON AND SIXPENCE

Thank heavens we're through Oscar Month!  Although honestly, this year they pulled back on the showings of the dry and dusty stuff like THE ENGLISH PATIENT and opted for some actually good movies this time around.

Tomorrow night is Andy Fish night at TCM-- I'm guessing Ozzy forgot to call me to guest program but instead just picked from my personal selection of movies anyway-  although the actual guest is legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer so maybe that's the connection.

at 615pm is THE MOON AND SIXPENCE (1942) which is an exceptional take on the life of artist Paul Gaugin with George Sanders as the artist who gives up everything to paint.

That same night at 10pm is MY MAN GODFREY (1936) which is a charming little comedy with Carole Lombard and William Powell-- one of my absolute favorite movies involving Hobo's turned into butlers.

At 11:45pm is THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940) which is my MUST SEE pic for the week-- George Raft can barely act his way out of a paper bag but a great supporting cast saves the day in this overly dramatic melodrama of the life of truckers in the 1930s-- it's a WARNERS film so you know it'll be good and Alan Hale Sr will be in it.

At 1:30am is THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942) which is a nice little thriller that doesn't hold up to repeated viewings but one I still like very much with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

At 3am is THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (1932) which features a stunning Babs Stanwyck in a great Frank Capra film-- although I prefer Coffee and General Tsao-- this is good stuff too.

Call in sick on Thursday because it's Monster Movies all day starting at 915am with GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956) which is MUCH better than you think it'll be-- and WOULD have been my MUST SEE pic if I had another chance to pick.
It's followed by great monster movies like THE H-MAN and THEM along with a host of others one right after the other.

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) is on Friday at 1245pm-- if you don't know this movie you don't read this blog enough.

Horror Express is on at 2am Friday/Saturday-- great movie with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, very creepy and usually only available in a horrible print that's near impossible to watch.

On Saturday they're showing THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE which is a movie you should avoid at all costs-- ANY Stooge film post Shemp in 1955 is a no-no and the reason people don't like the Three Stooges.

CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE (1941) is on at 10:45am though-- and these Blackie films are very engaging.

The ESSENTIAL offering this week is THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977) which I wouldn't sit through for $100,000.  It's probably a great movie but you can't change my mind.