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 11:00AM: Tarzan, the Ape Man. The 1932 Johnny Weissmuller adventure.
Cinemax 12:20PM: Midnight Run. Maybe the funniest movie ever made.
Turner Classic Movies 2:30PM: Arsenic and Old Lace. Cary Grant and his grannies go on a murder spree.
HBO2 4:20AM: The Lost Boys. Don't tell Mom your brother became a vampire.
Showtime 1:30PM: Metropolitan. The lives of teenage bluebloods.
Turner Classic Movies 2:45AM: The Best Years of Our Lives. Post-WWII soap opera. Bring hankies.
HBO Signature 3:30PM: Eyewitness. William Hurt lies to Sigourney Weaver.
The Movie Channel 6:20PM: Blood Simple. The Coen Brothers' juicy noir.
SciFi 9:00AM: Heroes. An all-day marathon to catch up before Monday's season finale.
Turner Classic Movies 4:00PM: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Jimmy Stewart gets political.
OuterMax 11:10AM: Serpico. Good cop, bad cop.
Showtime 4:35AM: What Dreams May Come. Tripping through the afterlife.
The Movie Channel 2:30PM: Free Enterprise. Trekkies make good.
Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: Stagecoach. Turn left at Indian country ...
Showtime 8:00AM: Withnail and I. Out of work actors drink a lot.
The Movie Channel 3:30PM: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Forest Whitaker is a hitman.
Cinemax 11:30AM: Sixteen Candles. Forgotten birthday.
HBO2 9:45PM: Kindergarten Cop. Starring the governor of California.
HBO 11:00AM: Cry Baby. Johnny Depp and John Waters. You can't go wrong.
MaryAnn Johanson (email me)
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