Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Survey says: Game Shows!

Dumb Dora is so dumb..

How dumb is she?

She's so dumb that she watched three specials on the Game Show Network about [BLANK]

You don't need to be Charles Nelson Reilly to guess that a three-part special on GSN about the most memorable game shows of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s would be right up my alley! Hollywood square Caroline Rhea hosted three hour-long specials that originally aired in 2008 but are frequently dusted off to complement their Wayback Playback retro block.

Game Shows: The 1970s

The gang's all here!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This week on... TCM (September 11 - 16)

Sunday, September 11, 2011 (celebrating New York and honoring the ten year anniversary of 9/11 with movies chosen by two of New York's many heroes, first responders on that day)
42nd Street (1933) 10:00 AM
Guys And Dolls (1955) 11:45
The Clock (1945) 2:30 PM
Annie Hall (1977) 4:15 PM
On The Town (1949) 6:00 PM

Monday, September 12, 2011
Don't Bother To Knock (1952) 8:00 PM - Marilyn Monroe is GREAT in this movie as an unstable young beauty, co-stars Richard Widmark
Niagara (1952) 9:30 PM - Another great noir with Marilyn Monroe, co-stars Joseph Cotten.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) 11:30 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2011 (theme: Merchant Ivory)
The Remains of the Day (1993) 8:00 PM
Howards End (1992) 10:30 PM
A Room With A View (1985) 1:00 AM
Maurice (1987) 3:00 AM

Friday, September 16, 2011
Harper (1966) 4:45 PM
Carry On Sergeant (1959) 8:00 PM
Carry On Nurse (1960) 9:30 PM
Carry On Teacher (1962) 11:00 PM
Carry On Constable (1961) 12:30 AM
Corruption (1967) 2:00 AM - 'When a plastic surgeon accidentally disfigures his model girlfriend, he becomes obsessed with restoring her face.' Peter Cushing
Wicked, Wicked (1973) 3:45 AM - This is one of the worst movies I saw last year. It's a split-screen headache starring an Ian Curtis lookalike who is obsessed with a blonde-wigged hotel singer. The title song will burrow into your subconscious and you'll never be rid of it!
Delicious Dishes (1950) 5:45 AM - 'Experts demonstrate such innovative kitchen gadgets as the cheese slicer and the melon baller.' - 13 minutes

Saturday, September 3, 2011

This week on... TCM (September 5 - 10)

Monday, September 5, 2011
Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood [2] - 12:45 PM - 8 PM (roughly) - Labor Day marathon of TCM's 2010 documentary series. Seven hour-long episodes spanning the rise and fall of the studio system. I watched this when it first aired over seven weeks, and TCM did an admirable job (as usual)!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) 8:00 PM - A night of noirs
Out Of The Past (1947) 10:00 PM - A stylish Jacques Tourneur noir starring young Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and a typically sleazy Kirk Douglas.
A Letter To Three Wives (1948) 1:30 AM

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Follow The Fleet (1936) 8:00 PM
The Big Street (1942) 12:00 AM - Oh no, it is Damon Runyon! Luck be a lousy Lucy tonight.
The Lady Of Burlesque (1943) 1:45 AM

Thursday, September 8, 2011 (theme: Merchant Ivory)
The Europeans (1979) 8:00 PM 'A New England household is upset by the arrival of two cousins from Europe.' Lee Remick
The Bostonians (1984) 9:45 PM - 'A bored lawyer and a suffragette vie for the attentions of a faith healer's charismatic daughter.' Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave
Roseland (1977) 12:00 AM - 'Three stories set in the famed dancehall center on the search for a perfect partner in dancing and life.' Teresa Wright, Lou Jacobi
Quartet (1981) 2:00 AM - 'When her husband's arrest leaves her penniless, a woman accepts an invitation to move in with a strange couple.' Isabelle Adjani, Maggie Smith

Friday, September 9, 2011
Breakin' (1984) 2:00 AM - Unfortunately, there's NO electric bugaloo in this movie. Starring Shabba-Doo. Yes, THE Shabba-Doo. Stay tuned for my ode to Shabba-Doo next week!
Roller Boogie (1979) 3:30 AM - Linda Blair was already used to spinning in her acting roles by the time she made this movie.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Kennel Murder Case (1933) 9:30 AM - William Powell as society sleuth Philo Vance. I wonder if there are any movies where a society sleuth comes head-to-head with a gentleman-thief. I hope so.
The Loneliness Of the Long Distance Runner (1962) - 8:00 PM - I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It stars the seminal Angry Young Man, Tom Courtenay (except in a rare turn, you actually learn WHY he's an angry young man. Usually that's not addressed.) and Michael Redgrave. Oh man, Michael Redgrave's sullen face at the end!! HIGHLY recommended. Tom Courtenay is a gem!
The Innocents (1961) - 'A governess convinces herself the children in her charge are haunted.' Wait, the CHILDREN are haunted? Can a person be haunted? Or are they possessed? Or is it just that the children's rooms are haunted? I might have to watch this to find out.
Dead Of Night (1945) 12:00 AM - 'Guests at a country estate share stories of the supernatural.' Perfect midnight movie!