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 04.12

Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: Once Upon a Time in the West. Sergio Leone directs Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. Wow.

Cinemax 4:00PM: Twins. Weirdest buddy casting ever.

Showtime 10:00AM: Encino Man. No! Weren't all copies of this movie destroyed in the Great Anti-Pauly Shore Uprising?




FRIDAY 04.13

Turner Classic Movies 12:00m: Network. Remember when this used to be satire, instead of a documentary?

HBO2 2:00AM: Alien 3. Not my favorite in the series, but still, it's the acid monsters, and they're cool.

Showtime 1:00PM: The Spanish Prisoner. Sneaky little David Mamet.




SATURDAY 04.14

Turner Classic Movies 2:15PM: King Kong. The 1933. Peter Jackson's favorite giant-ape movie, except for his own, presumably.

Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: The Great Dictator. Charlie Chaplin disses Hitler.

OuterMax 1:10PM: The Concorde Airport '79. Sweet supersonic jet, we miss you.

Showtime 12:30PM: Annie Hall. Nerd love.




SUNDAY 04.15

Turner Classic Movies 4:15AM: Robocop. How cool is it that TCM considers Paul Verhoeven's ultraviolent SF tragedy a classic?

Cinemax 5:30AM: Kids in the Hall Brain Candy. Canadian comics go nuts.

SciFi 1:00PM: The Stand. Pretty much the best TV miniseries ever made, and you can watch the whole damn thing in one sitting.




MONDAY 04.16

Turner Classic Movies 11:00PM: Benji. Cute dog rescues kidnapped kiddies. Minimum of three hankies required.

Cinemax 10:00PM: Aliens. Ah, now this is my favorite in the series. "Game over, man" gets me every time.

The Movie Channel 2:50PM: The Brother From Another Planet. John Sayles does SF, wonderfully.




TUESDAY 04.17

Turner Classic Movies 2:45PM: Sunset Boulevard. Hollywood will eat you up and spit you out, and you'll love it.

Cinemax 6:15PM: Full Metal Jacket. I dunno, why don't you tell me what my major malfunction is?




WEDNESDAY 04.18

Turner Classic Movies 1:15PM: The Prisoner of Zenda. Royal look-alike gets into trouble. What else would he do?

HBO Signature 1:10AM: Before Sunset. Slackers in love again, if only for a moment.

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MaryAnn Johanson

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