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.)


THURSDAY 12.28

Turner Classic Movies 7:30AM: The 39 Steps. This early Hitchcock is more comedy than thriller, and it's a hoot.

Cinemax 8:40AM: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. New claymation classic.

The Movie Channel 4:45AM: Saturn 3. Did I miss Saturn: The Motion Picture and Saturn 2?


FRIDAY 12.29

Turner Classic Movies 12:00n: Adam's Rib. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn spar over feminist matters. Sexy!

Cinemax 6:30AM: Gandhi. What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?


SATURDAY 12.30

Turner Classic Movies 12:00n: Lawrence of Arabia. Even diminished by the small screen, this is still a beautiful film.

Showtime 3:15AM: Suspect Zero. Weirdly fascinating serial-killer thriller.


SUNDAY 12.31

Cinemax 5:15AM: American Splendor. Comic book geek makes good.

The Movie Channel 11:20PM: Code 46. Brilliant but little-seen sci-fi from director Michael Winterbottom.

SciFi all damn day: Twilight Zone marathon. Rod Serling's yet-to-be surpassed series plays all day.


MONDAY 01.01

Turner Classic Movies Nothin' better than a sci-fi marathon:

7:00AM: The Thing from Another World. Inspired John Carpenter.

8:30AM: The 27th Day. Aliens give humans superpowers.

10:00AM: Invisible Invaders. Aliens raise human corpses -- yuck.

11:15AM: Riders to the Stars. Astronauts versus meteor.

12:45PM: The Man from Planet X. Och aye, alien visits Scotland.

2:00PM: Red Planet Mars. Asks the important question: Is God a Martian?

3:30PM: Destination Moon. Early expedition to Luna.

5:00PM: The Quatermass Xperiment. Like Doctor Who? Check this.

6:30PM: The Blob. Jell-O! From! Space!

HBO2 8:00PM: A History of Violence. Aragorn goes bad.

SciFi all damn day: Twilight Zone marathon continues. If you can tear yourself away from Turner, here's more cool SF to feed your geeky head.


TUESDAY 01.02

OuterMax 12:00m: Serenity. Firefly went to the big screen, and now, it's back on the small screen.

Showtime 8:30PM: High Tension. Intense French suspense flick messes with your head.


WEDNESDAY 01.03

Cinemax 2:30AM: Wolfen. Nice doggie ....

The Movie Channel 11:30PM: The Crow. Stylish comic book adaptation.

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MaryAnn Johanson

author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride

minder of FlickFilosopher.com