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 9:30AM: His Girl Friday. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell spar, screwball style.
Turner Classic Movies 3:30PM: The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart as the classic rumpled private eye Phillip Marlowe.
OuterMax 3:30AM: Deliverance. Don't go into the woods.
Turner Classic Movies 9:30PM: North by Northwest. Oops! Mistaken identity lands a nice guy in the middle of international espionage.
Cinemax 4:50AM: Screamers. Sci-fi buggers bother Peter Weller.
Turner Classic Movies 6:00AM: Pat and Mike. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and what else do you need to know?
Turner Classic Movies 1:00AM: Foul Play. Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn give a 70s spin to screwball.
Turner Classic Movies 3:00AM: Prizzi's Honor. Hit people in love.
Cinemax 8:20AM: Gremlins. Don't feed 'em after midnight.
SciFi 11:00AM: Night of the Comet. Disaster in, like, the 80s.
Turner Classic Movies 8:00PM: The Wizard of Oz. Kansas gal goes on a trip.
Turner Classic Movies 9:45PM: Spirited Away. Japanese gal goes on a trip.
OuterMax 6:30PM: Back to the Future. Great Scott.
HBO 1:40AM: Beverly Hills Cop. R-rated 80s comedy at its finest.
SciFi 12:00n: The Shining. Heeeeere's Jack.
Turner Classic Movies 10:00AM: Bell, Book and Candle. Kim Novak is the cutest witch ever.
Cinemax 4:00AM: This Is My Father. Sweet tale about learning your family's story.
Turner Classic Movies 1:00PM: Gidget. It's more subversive than you think.
OuterMax 10:10PM: Stripes. In the army now.
Cinemax 5:30AM: Duck Soup. Groucho Marx as a European head of state.
SciFi 3:00AM: Mystery Men. They're less than super heroes.
Cinemax 8:45AM: Innerspace. Dennis Quaid goes deep inside Martin Short.
Showtime 1:25PM: Near Dark. Kathryn Bigelow's awesome horror comedy.
MaryAnn Johanson (email me)
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