|I think this is the FOURTH time I've picked DOUBLE INDEMNITY as the movie to see|
Ah now THIS is the 31 Days of Oscar garbage I've been expecting-- knee deep in overly dramatic overly acted overly produced movies that bored audiences and wowed Oscar Judges. The Oscars are, in my opinion, a love fest for millionaires by millionaires who like to tell the rest of us how we should be voting and living our lives all while they get paid a gillion dollars to sit in front of a camera and wince.
For this week, there's slim pickins!
Thursday at 545pm we've got FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940) with Joel McCrea in a great early Hitchcock film that is equal parts spy drama and propaganda. One of his best.
At 8pm is DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) with Fred MacMurray as a sleazy insurance salesman who falls for a no good dame (Babs Stanwyck) who decides to take out a big insurance policy on her no good hubby so she can off him. Standing in the way of their plan is Eddie Robinson as the quirky little insurance investigator hot on their trail. It's brilliant Film Noir from Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.
Friday 2.22 we've got some sentimental schmaltz mixed in with some pretty good movies-- THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) is on at 8am and it's funny but a bit sentimental. At 945am is HOLIDAY (1938) with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, it's riotously funny up until it gets all sappy about the difference in classes.
If you're not already depressed at how corrupt our politicians are wait until you see MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) at 330pm so you can realize this has been going on for DECADES. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) at 545pm is a melodramatic sort of action film (as much action as you can have sitting for two hours on a set) about flyers in the South American mountains who risk their lives to deliver the mail-- with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and a very young Rita Hayworth. It's directed by Howard Hawks who is one of the best so it's good.
HERE COMES MR JORDAN (1941) is the original version of the Warren Beatty movie Heaven Can Wait-- it's good despite the fact that its got Robert Montgomery in it. It's on at 8pm
Saturday's ESSENTIALS is ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) which is a pass for me, but I'll bet it's good. Following it is a pair of past his prime Bogie films in THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956) and THE CAINE MUTINY (1954). I don't like past their prime films so I'll opt to watch AN IDIOT ABROAD over on the Science Channel.