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.)


Turner Classic Movies 1:30AM: Network. Get mad as hell, if you aren't already.

Turner Classic Movies 4:00AM: Charly. Don't pull a Charly Gordon and miss one of the best science fiction films ever made.

HBO 1:55AM: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Hilarious neo-noir.

Showtime 3:00AM: The Machinist. Christian Bale, superscary.

The Movie Channel 12:00n: Free Enterprise. Geeks make good.

SciFi 9:00PM: Jaws. They need a bigger boat.

FRIDAY 02.09

Turner Classic Movies 6:30PM: Benji. Cute little dog.

Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: The Muppets Take Manhattan. Don't worry, they put it back again.

Cinemax 8:00AM: Little Shop of Horrors. Don't feed the plant.

Cinemax 3:05AM: Highlander. Someone shoulda told the sequel-makers there can be only one.


Turner Classic Movies Sci-fi marathon!

7:45AM: Dr. Cyclops. Not a medical doctor.

8:00PM: One Million B.C.. Not the one with Raquel Welch in a fur bikini, sorry.

8:00PM: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Open the pod bay doors, please, Hal.

8:00PM: Marooned. Gene Hackman in space!

8:00PM: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Kirk Douglas does Jules Verne.

OuterMax 12:00m: Wolfen. Ah-ooo! Werewolves of New York.

SUNDAY 02.11

HBO 1:40AM: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. Canadian wagsters.

MONDAY 02.12

Turner Classic Movies 12:00m: The Big Chill. A dead pal brings friends together.

Turner Classic Movies 2:00AM: Silkwood. Nuclear nightmare.

HBOSignature 5:00PM: Saturday Night Fever. Disco ain't dead.

Showtime 1:15PM: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Oh, these are the pod people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood ....


Turner Classic Movies 12:15AM: Reds. Start the revolution without me.

Turner Classic Movies 3:30AM: Prizzi's Honor. Mobsters in love.

HBO2 6:15AM: Battlefield Earth. Starring Oscar nominee Forest Whitaker -- no kidding.

Showtime 2:45PM: Withnail and I. British cult favorite.


Turner Classic Movies 6:00PM: Sabrina. Guys in love with Audrey Hepburn

Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: Breakfast at Tiffany's. In love with Audrey again.

Cinemax 1:00PM: The Cat's Meow. Golden Age Hollywood murder mystery solved.

Cinemax 3:30AM: Nightbreed. They mostly come at night. Mostly.

The Movie Channel 6:00AM: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. All hail the sponge.


MaryAnn Johanson

author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride

minder of FlickFilosopher.com