What’s on TCM: May 2016

Robert Ryan

Happy May, everyone! I’m going to keep this introduction short since (at the time of writing this) I have to catch my flight to TCMFF very soon.

Robert Ryan is May’s Star of the Month and will be featured every Friday night this month. If you enjoyed last month’s series on Weimar-era German cinema, you may also be interested in the three-night series called Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood coming up on May 2-4. Later in the month, there’s TCM’s annual Memorial Day weekend war movie marathon. There will also be a spotlight on movies produced at American International Pictures (AIP), which should be really fun.

Now, on to the rest of the schedule!


My Picks for TCMFF 2016

TCM Film Festival 2016

The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival is just a little over a week away, and like many other attendees, I’ve been poring over the schedule for the past week trying to figure out what, exactly, I want to attend this year.

This will be my third year attending and this year’s schedule was, by far, the most difficult for me to decide on. Every year, there are always lots of amazing things happening at any given time, but this is the first time where there were so many blocks of time where I was literally interested in everything.

With so many hard choices to make, here are a few ways I like to narrow down my options:

  • I skip movies that I’ve been to screenings of recently or that I know will be coming up at theaters back home
  • I try to prioritize unique experiences that I’ll be unlikely to have at home
  • Silents and foreign films have an edge since I typically have fewer chances to go to screenings of those at home
  • If torn between a lesser-known movie and one that’s more famous, I’ll try to go with the lesser-known one
  • Whether or not I’ll have time to make it to the next movie/event
  • Is there a special guest I’m particularly interested in seeing?

As my schedule currently stands, I’m a little light on the silents this year, but I’m pretty darn happy with it. It looks like I’ll have a nice mix of old favorites and new-to-me movies, plus I’ll have the chance to attend some pretty awesome events.

Before I break my choices down day-by-day, here are my two big must-see events of the festival: The Manchurian Candidate introduced by Angela Lansbury and Band of Outsiders introduced by Anna Karina. I love The Manchurian Candidate and Lansbury is absolutely brilliant in it, so I was thrilled to hear this was on the schedule. I’ve never seen Band of Outsiders, but I am a big fan of 1960s French cinema and I have fairly few chances to see foreign films on the big screen at home, let alone see an icon from that era/genre in person. Needless to say, I’m hugely excited for that one.


What’s on TCM: April 2016

Judy Garland

Happy April, everyone! There is a fantastic month of movies ahead on TCM to look forward to, so let’s get started.

First of all, we have Judy Garland as Star of the Month. Her movies will be paying every Friday night in April. There’s also a spotlight on John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore with a Best of the Barrymores spotlight every Monday night. Between those two movies, there’s a lot of great stuff to look forward to.

I’m also very excited about the From Caligari to Hitler spotlight on films from Germany’s Weimar era, which will be running on Wednesday nights starting April 13th. Since I’m a huge fan of many movies from this era such as Metropolis, Diary of a Lost Girl, The Blue Angel, and M, I’m so looking forward to this. Plus there are a few movies in that schedule that I’ve never seen before, but have been wanting to see for a long time. Should be great.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s a night of Sophia Loren coming up on April 28th. This night’s schedule includes the premiere of an interview she taped at the 2015 TCM Film Festival. I had the privilege of being able to attend the taping of this interview and I can safely say you’re in for a real treat. Since Robert Osborne was unable to attend the festival last year, Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti filled in for him, making this a totally unique interview. They’ll also be playing Human Voice, which is a short film she starred in in 2014. Her performance is absolutely incredible in it; I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Without further ado, let’s get on to the rest of the schedule!


What’s on TCM: March 2016

Merle Oberon

Happy March, everyone! Looking at TCM’s schedule for the month, there’s a whole lot to be excited about this month. First of all, my favorite thing going on this month is the spotlight on movies that were condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency coming up every Thursday night. It’s no secret that I love the boundary-pushing pre-code era and although this spotlight highlights movies from other eras, it’s still definitely a series that’s right up my alley.

Merle Oberon is March’s Star of the Month and her work will be showcased every Friday night this month. There’s also a series on movies about art and artists every Monday night, a special two-night Jerry Lewis celebration in honor of his 90th birthday, and a great Jean Harlow birthday tribute to look forward to. Now, on to the full schedule!


What’s On TCM: February 2016

Claudette Colbert Shirley Temple Oscar

Happy February, everyone!

As always, February is TCM’s annual 31 Days of Oscar celebration. In addition to the fact that every movie shown during the month of February (plus a couple days of March) are Oscar nominees and winners, TCM usually has another theme as to how the movies are scheduled. In past years, they’ve had nights of movies dedicated to nominees and winners from specific years, other times, there have been days of movies that all deal with a certain topic or theme. This year, they’re going with a spin on the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. Each movie features a star along with another star, and the other star is also in the movie that follows it, and so on and so on. So, by the time the 31 Days of Oscar, the final movie shown on March 2 will have a star in common with the 1st movie shown on February 1.

I know February isn’t everyone’s favorite month on TCM and I’ve spent so many years glued to 31 Days of Oscars that I don’t tend to discover many new things during this month anymore. But there are always a lot of days on the schedule that make it a pleasure to revisit some old favorites. So, let’s take a closer look at the schedule…


What’s on TCM: January 2016

Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity (1)

Happy new year! Ready to start a new year of movie watching? I know I am.

Coming up in January, TCM will be showing a couple of movies I’m very excited to see included, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean on January 5th and Don’t Bet on Women on January 12th. Both of these are movies I don’t think enough people know about, but they’re both well worth seeing. If you’re a big fan of pre-codes, you definitely won’t want to miss Don’t Bet on Women. It’s a really delightful movie where Una Merkel completely steals the show.

January’s Star of the Month is the great Fred MacMurray and on Thursday nights, TCM will be doing a spotlight on the work of legendary production designer William Cameron Menzies, both of which should be some fantastic tributes.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the first month of 2016 has to offer.


What’s on TCM: December 2015

Frank Sinatra From Here to Eternity

Happy December, everyone! Ready to start watching your favorite classic holiday movies? If you are, you can count on lots of those coming up this month. On almost every Friday night this month, plus on weekends, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, you’ll have lots of opportunities to watch lots of Christmas classics.

In honor of his 100th birthday, Frank Sinatra will be December’s Star of the Month. Every Tuesday night, TCM will be showing many of his movies, plus classic televised specials. On Monday nights this month, there will be a series of films that deal with various types of friendships between women; some are genuinely close friendships while others are more complicated.

December’s going to be a busy month, so let’s get started with the schedule.