TiVo This! Can't-Miss Movies on TV

I scour the skeds so you don't have to, to find the hidden movie gems from all over the channelverse: from the HBO family of channels, Showtime and The Movie Channel, and Turner Classic Movies, which air films uncut and uninterrupted (and sometimes in letterbox). But ya gotta turn to The SciFi Channel once in a while, too, commercials and editing be damned -- there's nothing like geeking out in front of the tube with really bad movies featuring built-in breaks for munchie refills and snark attacks.

(All times are Eastern. Times between midnight and 5:59am actually refer to the previous date. In other words, 2am Saturday really means the overnight twilight zone between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Links in movie titles go to my review. Movies frequently air more than once over the course of the month, so if you miss something mentioned here, search listings for additional showings.)


TCM 9:15PM: Bringing Up Baby. *sigh* Why don't I ever meet a man like Cary Grant?

TCM 12:15AM: The Philadelphia Story. *sigh* Why don't I ever meet a man like Jimmy Stewart?

TCM 2:15AM: Woman of the Year. *sigh* Why don't I ever meet a man like Spencer Tracy?

Cinemax 3:00PM: I Heart Huckabees. Goofy indie about a department store, and who doesn't love department stores?

FRIDAY 10.20

TCM Ooo, Halloween is edging closer!

8:00PM: Mark of the Vampire. 1935 Tod Browning creepfest.

9:15PM: The Return of the Vampire. Bela Lugosi!

10:30PM: Vampyr: Der Traum des Allan Grey. 1932 weirdness.

12:00m: House of Dark Shadows. More vampires, from 1970.

HBOSignature 12:45AM: Raising Arizona. One of the funniest movies ever, or my name ain't Nathan Arizona!

TMC 9:15PM: The Mask of Zorro. Antonio Banderas buckles some swash.


TCM 10:00AM: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Soylent Green is communist invaders!

HBO2 6:00AM: Wayne's World 2. Excellent.

TMC 6:40PM: Primer. This ultra-low-budget SF indie will bend your mind to the breaking point.

SciFi 5:00PM: Freddy vs. Jason. Monster mash.

SUNDAY 10.22

TCM 11:00AM: Sense and Sensibility. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet pine for cute boys.

TCM 10:45 PM: Tower of London. From 1939, with Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff and, like, tons of beheadings and cool stuff like that.

Cinemax 8:50AM: Weird Science. Movies like this are part of why me and my peers are such geeks.

MONDAY 10.23

TCM 6:30PM: The Producers. Springtime for Hitler and Germany! Winter for Poland and France!

Cinemax 8:00PM: Stay. Cerebral indie freak-out starring Ewan McGregor.


Cinemax 1:10AM: Firestarter. Cute little Drew Barrymore makes stuff blow up.

TMC 1:45PM: Rollerball. The 1975 one -- way cooler than the recent remake.


TCM The Middle Ages at the mid 20th century are too groovy:

12:00n: Ivanhoe. Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine

2:00PM: The Prisoner of Zenda. Deborah Kerr and James Mason.

4:00PM: Knights of the Round Table. Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, and Mel Ferrer.


MaryAnn Johanson

author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride

minder of FlickFilosopher.com