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Cyn
02-02-2011, 05:31 AM
For classic film buffs, TCM will be airing several amazing movies that either won or were nominated for Oscars (mostly for Acting, Directing, or Picture). This month's schedule seems to have a better selection of movies (both quantity and quality) than during Oscar months of previous years. I adore TCM because it is one of few commercial-free stations, and the films are shown in their entirely, with nothing bleeped our pixellated.

The entire schedule for the month can be found at Turner Classic Movies (http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.jsp?startDate=02/01/2011&timezone=EST&cid=N) On the home page of their website, look for a link on the banner at the top of the page, so to find it, click on "Schedule." The, on the dropdown menu, select "month schedule" for the entire listing of the current month.).

Though there are many more films scheduled, some of the highlights include:

(Please note, TCM's schedule starts the new day at 6:00 AM rather than at Midnight)

1 Tuesday

12:15 AM Ann Of The Thousand Days (true start time is just after midnight on Wednesday (see above note about how TCM classifies a 24-hour broadcast period)

2 Wednesday

8:45 AM The Little Foxes (1941) - Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall
11:00 AM Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - The demise of the Romanov Dynasty
8:00 PM Five Easy Pieces (1970) - Jack Nicholson, Karen Black
10:00 PM Terms of Endearment (1983) - Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger. Tearjerker supreme :wuzrobbed:
12:30 AM Easy Rider (1969) - Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda.

3 Thursday

6:00 AM Witness For The Prosecution (1957) - Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
8:00 AM Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton.
10:30 AM Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier
2:30 PM For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943) - Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman :swoon:
5:30 PM Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) - Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando "…..Stella!!!! STELLAAAAA!!!"
10:00 PM All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) -
2:00 AM The Divorcee (1930) - Norma Shearer

4 Friday

2:45 PM The Lion In Winter (1968) - Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole
10:00 PM The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) - William Holden, Sir Alec Guinness

5 Saturday

7:15 AM Othello (1965) - Sir Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith
10:15 AM Becket (1964) - Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Sir John Gielgud
10:00 PM Gandhi (1982) - Ben Kingsley (outstanding in the title role), Sir John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
1:30 AM Ali (2001) - Will Smith

6 Sunday

5:45 PM The Pride Of The Yankees (1942) - Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

7 Monday

5:15 PM South Pacific (1958) - Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr in the movie version of the Broadway musical
10:00 PM Mrs. Miniver (1942) - Greer Garson

8 Tuesday

9:45 AM Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) - Russ Tamblyn
5:45 PM The Caine Mutiny (1954) - Humphrey Bogart
8:00 PM Gaslight (1944) - Ingrid Bergman in a psychological thriller
10:00 PM Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) - Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry
12:00 AM Glory (1989) - Denzell Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman. Outstanding.

9 Wednesday

3:30 PM A Foreign Affair (1948) - Marlene Dietrich
12:00 AM What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

10 Thursday

2:30 PM Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Gene Kelley, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson
10:00 PM An American in Paris (1951) - Gene Kelley, Lesley Caron

11 Friday

8:00 PM The Graduate (1967) - Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross
10:00 PM Forrest Gump (1994) - Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Robin Wright-Penn
2:45 AM Cat Ballou (1965) - Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin. When Teachers Go Bad :P

12 Saturday

10:00 AM Of Mice and Men (1939) - Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney, Jr. Tell me about the rabbits…...
12:00 PM Ninotchka (1939) - Greta Garbo - One of my all-time favorite Garbo movies
2:00 PM Wuthering Heights (1939) - Sir Laurence Olivier
5:45 PM Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - James Stewart - One of my all-time favorites of his.
10:00 PM Gone With the Wind (1939) - no comment or notes needed
2:00 AM Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) -
4:00 AM Love Affair (1939) - Irene Dunne.

13 Sunday

10:30 AM Camelot (1967) - Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, King Arthuer, et al
10:00 PM Going My Way (1944) - Bing Crosby
4:00 AM A Room With a View (1985) - Helena Bonham-Carter in her early days of crazy

14 Monday

6:00 AM Alice Adams (1935) - Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray
4:00 PM The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart - classic.
6:00 PM The Goodbye Girl (1977) - Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss, Quinn Cummins
10:00 PM Casablanca (1942) - Ingrid and Bogey. No need to say anything else. Sheer magic.
12:00 AM The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - Bogart in Mexico
2:15 AM Victor/Victoria (1982)

15 Tuesday

6:30 AM Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) - Brilliant movie.
4:30 PM Radio Days (1987) - Mia Farrow, Seth Green.
6:00 PM Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine. No comment as I'm not fond of WA
2:00 AM Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) - William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga. Hurt is fabulous in this.

16 Wednesday

6:15 PM Swing Time (1936) - Classic Fred and Ginger movie
8:00 PM My Favorite Year (1982) - Peter O'Toole. Freaking hilarious.
10:00 PM Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Peter O'Toole, Omar Shariff, Sir Alec Guiness. No roles will be portrayed by Kevin Van Der Perren :P

17 Thursday

7:00 AM Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) - Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark. Musical remake of the movie classic.
12:00 PM Butterfield 8 (1960) - Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and all kinds of :drama:
4:00 PM Anna Christie (1930) - Greta Garbo in her first "talkie"……."Gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side, and don' be stingy, baby." :lol:
8:00 PM 12 Angry Men (1957) - Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman. #7 on IMDB's Top 250 List of Movies
10:00 PM Chariots Of Fire (1981) - So good I can forgive the repetitive Vangelis CoF Theme.
2:15 AM American Beauty (1999) - Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, jailbait, and a bunch of rose petals.
4:15 AM Do the Right Thing (1989) - Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee. Directed by Spike Lee.

18 Friday

11:45 AM On the Town (1949) - Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Vera-Ellen.
5:00 PM The Producers (1968) - Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel. Light years better than the Matthew Broderick remake :yikes:
12:00 AM Network (1976) - Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch. Hopefully not ruined by the obnoxious J.G. Wentworth ads :scream:

19 Saturday

7:45 AM The Old Man and the Sea (1958) - Spencer Tracy
9:15 AM Inherit The Wind (1960) - Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly.
5:30 PM Sergeant York (1941) - Gary Cooper. Freaking incredible.
10:00 PM Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) - Apparently a classic movie in less than ten years :lol:
1:30 AM The Last Emperor (1987) - Peter O'Toole, John Lone, Joan Chen.

20 Sunday

6:15 AM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Directed by Stanley Kubrick (meaning: insanely long movie). Oh Goody, Kavaguti and Smirnov music :lol:
10:00 PM My Fair Lady (1964) - no info needed.
1:00 AM Auntie Mame (1958) - Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne.

21 Monday

3:30 PM The Bad Seed (1956) - Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones. Nothing like having a Demon Seed running amok in your home.
1:00 AM Pygmalion (1938) - Leslie Howard, Wendy Hillard. Countless remakes and adaptations of this.

22 Tuesday

11:15 AM A Day At The Races (1937) - A Marx Brothers classic!!
10:00 PM Amadeus (1984) - Hands-down, one of the best in my book.
1:00 AM Thelma & Louise (1991) - Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis in the ultimate renegade chick-flick. One of Ridley Scott's best movies as a director.
3:15 AM Giant (1956) - James Dean. 'Nuff said.


23 Wednesday

2:15 PM Sahara (1943) - Bogart, Lloyd Bridges. Thankfully nothing like the stupid Matthew McConaughey movie.
8:00 PM All the King's Men (1949) - Broderick Crawford. Corrupt politicians? Surely you jest.
10:00 PM You Can't Take It With You (1938) - Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart.
12:15 AM The Great Ziegfeld (1936) - William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer. Indulgent biopic.

24 Thursday

8:30 AM La Strada (1954) - Directed by Federico Fellini. Soundtrack should be familiar for some reason :saint:
4:30 PM Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Omar Shariff, Julie Christie, Sir Alec Guiness. One to watch and rewatch.
10:00 PM Ben-Hur (1959) - Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Ruth Chatterton. Moses crosses paths with Jesus :P

25 Friday

8:00 PM On The Waterfront (1954) - Marlon Brando. Hopefully Mroz's FS can be forgotten.
10:00 PM From Here To Eternity (1953) - Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra.
2:30 AM Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway. :eek: at the brutality in this biopic
4:30 AM Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Marlon Brando, Richard Harris.

26 Saturday

7:45 AM Ivanhoe (1952) - Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Robert Taylor
11:45 AM The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - Erroyl Flynn in tights!
1:45 PM The Letter (1940) - Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall.
3:30 PM The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Bogart as Sam Spade
8:00 PM It Happened One Night (1934) - Classic comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
10:00 PM One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and a bunch of other famous actors in various roles.
12:30 AM The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) - Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins. One of the best horror/suspense movies ever made. Cleaned up at the Oscars with all four big ones. My favorite Jodie Foster movie :D
5:15 AM Silkwood (1983) - Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, and Cher (before she went cuckoo for cocoa puffs with the plastic surgery.

27 Sunday

12:45 PM I Want To Live! (1958) - Susan Heyward
5:30 PM Joan Of Arc (1948) - Ingrid Bergman (as opposed to Jane Wiedlin :P ), Jose Ferrer. Directed by Victor Fleming
8:00 PM Mildred Pierce (1945) - Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carlson.
10:00 PM Annie Hall (1977) - Diane Keaton and Pervert Woody Allen in an iconic classes. Never saw it as I despise Woody Allen.
5:30 AM Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935) - Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell (the Tap Dance queen :swoon: )

28 Monday

9:45 AM A Tale Of Two Cities (1935) - Basil Rathbone, Edna May Oliver
8:00 PM Arthur (1981) - Dudley Moore at his finest :rofl:
12:00 AM Days of Wine and Roses (1962) - Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Jack Klugman. Joys of alcoholism.

1 Tuesday

8:15 AM Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) - Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor.
10:30 AM A Star Is Born (1937) - Original version with Janet Gaynor, Fredric March.
10:00 PM All About Eve (1950) - Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders. Great-grandmother to Showgirls? :lol:
12:30 AM Cabaret (1972) - Liza Minelli screeching/belting out song after song :scream:

2 Wednesday

6:45 AM Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - James Cagney, Joan Leslie. Fabulous biopic of George M. Cohan
9:00 AM Jezebel (1938) - Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent. Southern-style diva-ness.
8:00 PM East of Eden (1955) - James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey. Sibling rivalry at its best (or worse)

3 Thursday

10:00 AM The Way We Were (1972) - Robert Redford, still amazing after so many decades of workk
12:30 PM North By Northwest (1959) - Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.
8:00 PM Grand Hotel (1932) - Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford.
10:00 PM Mutiny On The Bounty (1935) - Clark Gable, Charles Laughton.
12:30 AM The Broadway Melody (1929) - Anita Page, Bessie Love.
4:00 AM California Suite (1978) - Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda.

Because it would have taken several hours, I didn't come close to posting all of the movies scheduled for February and the first 3 days of March. I'm interested in learning which classic films/movies other FSUers have on lists of favorites

oleada
02-02-2011, 06:05 AM
Thanks for the list, Cyn!

Gone With The Wind is my all time favorite movie. But I also love North by Northwest and Clue; I just think they are hilarious. Also, Wizard of Oz :swoon:

AragornElessar
02-02-2011, 06:19 AM
First off...

I'll be watching LOTR : ROTK, even though I know it's not the Extended version. It is indeed a Classic, even though it hasn't been that long since it's release, but it is the first true Fantasy movie to win the Best Picture Oscar. That alone makes it special.

I'll be a wreck after watching it, but will still tune in. :)

Also get another shot at getting North By Northwest added to my Movie Library. I adore that movie, yet something *always* happens when it's on TCM to keep me from either taping or burning it onto DVD. Beyond frustrating.

Also love Going My Way, but there's isn't much of Bing's that I don't at the least like. :)

So many faves there. I'll have to tell Mom about Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, as she loves that. I only wish I knew about Anne of The Thousand Days, but too late now.

Very many thanks Cyn for posting that, as I tried and tried the other night to get the sked to come up, but it never did for some reason. Maddening isn't the word!! So thank you very much for the highlights up there and I very much enjoyed your running commentary too. :D

John 3 17
02-02-2011, 12:41 PM
Yeah, I've been looking forward to this! I watched off and on almost all day, wished I'd paid more attention to the Sir Thomas Moore film, but was doing dinner...

TCM will probably be on quite a bit for the next month ;)

I don't want to comment on every movie that I'm excited about because it would be a novel, but Witness to the Prosecution is one movie that was so powerful, had such a twist ending that I was blind-sided by, that as much as I enjoyed it, I don't know if I can ever watch again! I'm going to try though because I want to watch it with my mom.

-Bridget :)

emason
02-02-2011, 02:16 PM
Slight correction for your listing of It Happened One Night; it stars Claudette Colbert, not Carole Lombard.

Satellitegirl
02-02-2011, 02:23 PM
Nice! Had forgotten about this. I'll be watching off and on :) Thanks for the list.

Cyn
02-02-2011, 02:23 PM
Slight correction for your listing of It Happened One Night; it stars Claudette Colbert, not Carole Lombard.

:o Thanks for catching that - I'm changing it right now.

emason
02-02-2011, 02:27 PM
:o Thanks for catching that - I'm changing it right now.


No problem. Thanks for putting up the list. So many good choices, so little time.

My favorite on the list: Lawrence of Arabia. Every time that TCM shows it I sit down to watch for 5 minutes, swearing that's all I have time for, and I'm still there at the end. This movie pulls me in every single time; I never get tired of it.

pilgrimsoul
02-02-2011, 02:37 PM
This incredible movie list is making me want to call in sick for the entire month and do nothing but watch TCM! However, since I am far from independently wealthy, that is not an option. Particularly looking forward to seeing Arthur, My Favorite Year, Dr. Zhivago, Amadeus & Victor Victoria!

Rex
02-02-2011, 03:18 PM
10:00 PM Terms of Endearment (1983) - Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger. Tearjerker supremeIt seemed like nothing could stop Winger - Urban Cowboy, An Officer and a Gentleman and ToE...but at some point, her career stalled. I think she was too intelligent and too tempremental to deal with Hollywood BS. But ToE is one of my all time favorites - saw it at a movie theater in Yokohama. I think some of the US style humor and irony was lost on the mainly Japanese audience - but the two scenes with Shirley and Jack in the Vette got laughs from everyone. "Grown women are prepared for life's little emergencies...." yeah, right! Aurora got humbled QUICK. I'm a sucker for great dialogue, and this flick had it in spades. And of course, the tearjerking quotient cannot be ignored.


10:30 AM Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier
So much has been said about this movie, not a lot of it good. It was criticized by many black leaders for taking an unrealistic view of mixed marriages. Some people criticized the film for making Poitier's character so saint-like. Like, why couldn't he be a janitor or something like that? Because Joey was a college-educated woman who didn't date janitors? She wanted a doctor, and she found one who happened to be black. I also wanted to slap Tillie the maid - I think Christina should have fired her just like she fired her ignorant assistant at the art gallery.


Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) - Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando "…..Stella!!!! STELLAAAAA!!!"Brando was all kinds of hot in this flick. Liked him better here than in On The Waterfront. Whenever I think of the latter film, I think of Paul Wylie; can't help it. They say this was the film that sent Viv over the edge. She truly sacrificed herself for her art.


10:00 PM Gandhi (1982) - Ben Kingsley (outstanding in the title role), Sir John Gielgud, Candice Bergen I must be one of the few people who didn't drink the Gandhi Kool-aid. I found the film long and ponderous, although Kingsley is great in it.


Ali (2001) - Will Smith Once again, a bad performance in a great film. Smith is impersonating Ali, not playing him. I had the same issue with Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Tics and mannerisms do not a performance make. The only film I find Will's acting remotely tolerable in is The Pursuit of Happyness.


The Pride Of The Yankees (1942) - Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig One of the first big Oscar shutouts in history. It was a sentimental favorite, as the beloved Gehrig had died the year before. It got 11 Oscar nods, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It won for Best Editing. I always thought that Cooper was miscast as Gehrig. There was a TV-movie with Edward Hermann and Blythe Danner that was even worse. No one has yet been able to capture Gehrig's combination of brawny good looks, physical prowess and an almost pathological shyness, on film. Lou himself actually made a western called Rawhide, where he was supremely awful :lol: and did a screen test for Tarzan. But producers thought his legs were too big - he had huge, muscular oversized legs, like a soccer player that didn't photograph well.


10:00 PM Mrs. Miniver (1942) - Greer GarsonIn one of the bios I read on Monty Clift, he wrote to a friend that MGM wanted him to play opposite Garson "nostrils and ALL" he chortled. Whenever I see Greer, I always think of that quote. Red hair and nostrils. Nostrils and red hair. I don't think she was a particularly good actress - she pretty much played the same part in every film, but she was quite good in Mrs. Miniver, and no one could deny that Oscar to her or to the film as we had just entered the war. Norma Shearer and a few others turned it down because they didn't want to be seen playing mothers of grown children. Most actresses would kill for a part like that today, but many were afraid.


Glory (1989) - Denzell Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman. Outstanding.I cannot watch this movie without getting mad and crying, especially the scenes where those pigs whip Denzel...a very well-made film and a well-deserved Oscar for Denzel.


A Foreign Affair (1948) - Marlene Dietrich
The Army supposedly was against having this film released, since it gave them a PR black eye, with its portrayal of US serviceman on the take and involved in the black market. They were particularly aghast at one of the early scenes in the film where Jean Authur's congresswoman is driven through the devastated streets of Berlin, where she spots a single girl pushing a baby stroller - considered shocking back then. Fortunately Billy Wilder stood up to them and didn't make too many changes that would have compromised the film. Jean was great in this - another actress with lots of talent, little remembered today.


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Bette Davis, Joan CrawfordWhat else can be said about this film? I think others here have talked about the backstories, and there are plenty. But it is an entertaining film, even if Bette Davis looks like a kewpie doll about to enter a rest home.


Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Gene Kelley, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson
An American in Paris (1951) - Gene Kelley, Lesley Caron I normally hate musicals, but I never miss a chance to catch a glimpse of Gene Kelly's thigh muscles captured on film :inavoid::grope: But An American in Paris is very good. I think Kelly got a special Oscar for this. And Grayson is another one who should be on someone's "The Most Beautiful Women in Film" lists. Although she preferred to downplay her impressive rack - for some reason, she was self-conscious about it. I bet Frank Sinatra had some things to say about it.


The Graduate (1967) - Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross Talk about actors too old and too young for their parts! Hoffman was 30, at least a decade too old, and Bancroft was 36. But I found her more believable thanks to her hair and makeup. I think Ross got a nod for Supporting Actress, though I don't know why, she doesn't have much to do here.


Forrest Gump (1994) - Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Robin Wright-Penn I hate this movie, I'm sorry.


Ninotchka (1939) - Greta Garbo - One of my all-time favorite Garbo moviesI've never been a fan of Garbo, never got her appeal, even after seeing this movie.


Wuthering Heights (1939) - Sir Laurence Olivier Olivier threw a hissy fit when they refused to cast Vivien Leigh as Cathy. He was quite cruel to Merle Oberon and William Wyler was quite cruel to him, making fun of his facial features and supposedly skinny legs. Thank God they all managed to bury the hatchet in time to make a great romantic film.


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - James Stewart - One of my all-time favorites of his. I pass this Kool-aid up as well; I always preferred Henry Fonda to Stewart. But Rear Window and Vertigo are two movies with Stewart that I like.

Love Affair (1939) - Irene Dunne The original cannot be duplicated. I like this one better than the two subsequent remakes.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart - classic. Kate was never more beautifully photographed than she was in this film, but I find this a hard film to love mainly because I don't think Stewart deserved his Best Actor Oscar and I hate the way the somewhat sexist script "broke" Tracy Lord, even to the point of her father blaming HIS indiscretions on HER lack of compassion and empathy. Some good moments, but also some :rolleyes: ones.


Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine. No comment as I'm not fond of WA I lurve Dianne Wiest in this movie - she's divine!


Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Peter O'Toole, Omar Shariff, Sir Alec Guiness. No roles will be portrayed by Kevin Van Der Perren :P :lol: His LP seemed almost as long and boring as the movie.


Butterfield 8 (1960) - Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and all kinds of :drama:She would be the first to tell you she didn't deserve an Oscar for this performance, and she didn't - it was a cheap and tawdry soap opera. But she's so gorgeous and she almost died the year before and people felt sorry for her and was ready to forgive her for stealing Eddie Fisher from that annoying shrew Debbie Reynolds. Eddie's in this too, and he's horrible. My favorite line - "FACE IT, MOMMA!! I WAS THE SLUT OF ALL TIME!".


Do the Right Thing (1989) - Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee. Directed by Spike Lee. Say what you want about Lee, he's fearless when it comes to making films about race. Like Jungle Fever, it's uncomfortable and unsettling, but it leaves you thinking.


Network (1976) - Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch. Hopefully not ruined by the obnoxious J.G. Wentworth ads :scream: Poor Faye - after she won this Oscar, her films started to suck. Just like Kevin Spacey.


The Last Emperor (1987) - Peter O'Toole, John Lone, Joan Chen. Once again, too long, but so opulent looking. But I lurved the toe sucking lesbian in her pilot gear and the wife who is so bored and frustrated that she starts eating flowers. And the scene where they examine the baby Emperor's poop. Don't ask.


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Directed by Stanley Kubrick (meaning: insanely long movie). Oh Goody, Kavaguti and Smirnov music :lol: I cannot sit through this film - ever.

Auntie Mame (1958) - Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne. One of my all-time favorites. Some films you never get tired of watching. YMMV, but Roz grabs you by the collar in this film and doesn't let go.


Thelma & Louise (1991) - Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis in the ultimate renegade chick-flick. One of Ridley Scott's best movies as a director. Another film I never get tired of watching. Although I get a bit :eek: at Geena Davis wanting to have sex with Brad Pitt so soon after her near-rape, but the rest of the film is a hoot.

Giant (1956) - James Dean. 'Nuff said.Soooooooooooooooooo loooooooooooooooooong, but Dean and Taylor are excellent. George Stevens was one of the most deliberate directors out there and it would slow his films down, but as epics go, I like it.


Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Omar Shariff, Julie Christie, Sir Alec Guiness. One to watch and rewatch. So true, Cyn...a great romantic film, with one of the saddest/happiest endings ever.


Ben-Hur (1959) - Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Ruth Chatterton. Moses crosses paths with Jesus :P Another WTF Oscar for Charlton Heston. He was a first-class ham.


From Here To Eternity (1953) - Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra. And everyone was so shocked at saintly Donna Reed playing a 'ho that they gave her an Oscar - something the Academy would later repeat when Shirley Jones did the same thing in Elmer Gantry.


Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway. :eek: at the brutality in this biopic They say Beatty didn't want the gay element played up in this film; Clyde Barrow was allegedly gay and in love with Michael J. Pollard's character. But Beatty nixed it.


Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Marlon Brando, Richard Harris. What a great excuse for Brando and the film crew to travel to the South Seas and give the female extras STDs :mad:. Ponderous and dull, and hardly worth getting a penicillin shot for.


The Letter (1940) - Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall. The best opening sequence of any movie evah :respec:. Miss Davis CAPS a motherf*****


It Happened One Night (1934) - Classic comedy starring Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. It was actually Claudette "no neck" Colbert.


The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) - Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins. One of the best horror/suspense movies ever made. Cleaned up at the Oscars with all four big ones. My favorite Jodie Foster movie :D I've always found Foster so wooden and unemotive as an actress. That was until I saw Nell.


I Want To Live! (1958) - Susan Heyward Susan actually came out of semi-retirement to play this part. She was quite happy in her second marriage and didn't want much to do with Hollywood. But it was a role of a lifetime and she certainly delivered.


Joan Of Arc (1948) - Ingrid Bergman (as opposed to Jane Wiedlin :P ), Jose Ferrer. Directed by Victor Fleming This movie was hot; there was a lot at stake in this movie, and Bergman acted like she had a fire under her tail :slinkaway.


Mildred Pierce (1945) - Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carlson. I still think Barbara Stanwyck would have done a much better job in this, but Crawford pulled some of her shenanigans (which may or may not have involved some :grope: to back seat of someone's car) and got the role. I didn't think she was that great in it; Ann Blyth and Zachary Scott held this flick up with their toxic performances. And don't forget Eve Arden, who was adept at delivering some of the film's best lines.


Annie Hall (1977) - Diane Keaton and Pervert Woody Allen in an iconic classes. Never saw it as I despise Woody Allen. I never got this movie, other than it started a fashion trend. Some witty moments, but I like some of his earlier work like Sleeper, Take the Money and Run, and his later work like Interiors and Hannah & Her Sisters. Or the underrated Match Point.

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) - Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Jack Klugman. Joys of alcoholism. Love Lee Remick in this. I've never, ever liked Jack Lemmon; I find him shrill and mannered in most of his movies. He might have a good film here and there, but his voice and tics annoy the hell outta me.


Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) - Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor. This was a great flick, even though it was very much watered down from the play. Liz was luminous in it, and it was hard for her since Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash during the making of this film. She and Newman don't have much chemistry. I guess they aren't supposed to, since he's not really supposed to be in love with her, but they are both excellent in this, as is Burl Ives. If you can put up with all the affected "Suuuuthun" accents, watch it.


Cabaret (1972) - Liza Minelli screeching/belting out song after song :scream:I can't stand Liza in this movie and I would have given the Oscar to Cicely Tyson for her amazing performance in Sounder. But that is me.


The Way We Were (1972) - Robert Redford, still amazing after so many decades of workk Love Babs and hate Redford in this; he's so bland and uninvolved; it's almost as if Streisand has to act FOR him at times. But I love to hear her call him "Hubbell". The flick is hers beginning to end, and she knows it. Everyone and everything else is just window dressing.

North By Northwest (1959) - Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason. Grant was way too old for this, but he manages to pull it off. His love scenes with Eva Marie Saint work best when they are in the shadows; otherwise, they look positively incestuous.

ChelleC
02-02-2011, 03:24 PM
I love that there's an entire day day devoted to 1939, such a great year!

My favorites:
Casablanca
Gone With the Wind
Dr. Zhivago
Giant
North By Northwest.

Just wish I had TCM, luckily I own all of my favorites except Giant!

emason
02-02-2011, 03:33 PM
Rex:

I'd give the Oscar to Cicely Tyson also, and I've never even seen Sounder. That's how much I loathe Cabaret and Minelli. The friend who dragged me to the movies to see Cabaret - I haven't spoken to her in almost 40 years. She has a lot to answer for.

Rex
02-02-2011, 03:37 PM
Rex:

I'd give the Oscar to Cicely Tyson also, and I've never even seen Sounder. That's how much I loathe Cabaret and Minelli. The friend who dragged me to the movies to see Cabaret - I haven't spoken to her in almost 40 years. She has a lot to answer for. :lol: What a way to end a friendship! Not that I blame you! I just never got Liza as an actress or singer. As a train wreck, she's entertaining, but that's it. She's not as impressive as her mom was, for sure. Yes, I've been asked to hand in my PRIDE card on several occasions because I fail to see how fabulous Miss Minelli is in this movie and in others. I've also gotten into arguments over my low opinion of Diana Ross too.

smurfy
02-02-2011, 03:44 PM
Liza Minelli - if you don't like her, totally avoid the movie New York, New York. Even with Robert DeNiro, it has to be the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. I saw in when it came out in approx 1977, and still remember how bored I was. Horrible horrible movie! But an iconic song came out of it. Go Figure!

smurfy
02-02-2011, 03:47 PM
I only recently got TCM. I have to pay extra for it, but it is so worth it. I love seeing these old movies. My DVR will be working overtime this month. So many to see!!!
I still think Casablanca is the best movie evah. GWTW is also one of my favs.
Does TCM do this every year?