Wow, I can’t believe we’re already up to number 30! This week is another week where if you don’t know anything at all about my style and only saw these ten movies, you’d get a pretty good idea of what my taste is. So, let’s get on with the list!
Site news time! As you may or may not know, November is NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. And because I love a challenge, I’ve decided to take a shot at participating. That’s right, I’m going to try to update the blog every single day in November! To make things a little more interesting, I’ve given myself a theme to work with: pre-codes. 30 days, 30 pre-code classics! Here’s hoping I can pull it off! Now, onto the TCM schedule…
Wow! This could quite possibly be one of my favorite months ever on TCM! Fans of silent films, rejoice! This month, TCM is starting its documentary series Moguls and Movie Stars. A new episode premieres every Monday at 8:00 PM and is followed by a night of movies related to that night’s episode. Every Wednesday night is also devoted to Moguls and Movie Stars with more related movies and an encore of that week’s episode. This is particularly wonderful news for fans of silents because a few episodes of Moguls and Movie Stars are dedicated to the silent era, so they’ll be airing movies from people like Mary Pickford (who I always thought has been very underrepresented on TCM), Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino, Georges Melies, and D.W. Griffith. In addition to that, Ava Gardner is the star of the month! I dig Ava Gardner, so I’m going to be watching a whole lot of TCM this month.
Welcome to week seven of my 100 favorite movies! When I was making this list, I didn’t set out to give each week a theme, but this week is definitely my Cary Grant week. I honestly didn’t realize I’d put so many Cary Grant movies together until I started writing this post. But there’s no such thing as too much Cary Grant, so let’s get onto this week’s list.
As March rolls in, 31 Days of Oscar enters its final days. But there’s still plenty to see in those final days. On Monday, March 1st at 9:30 AM EST, there’s Possessed starring Joan Crawford and Van Heflin. Most people consider Mildred Pierce to be the highlight of Joan Crawford’s career, but I think her performance in Possessed really gives Mildred Pierce a run for its money. Prime time on March 2nd looks fantastic: West Side Story, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. I am a little embarrassed to say that I have never seen Rebel Without a Cause, but I’m looking forward to seeing it. If you’ll be home during the day on March 3rd, the last day of 31 Days of Oscar, be sure to check out Adam’s Rib at 11:30 AM, which is followed by The Asphalt Jungle at 1:30 PM. Two totally different movies, but they’re equally amazing.
TCM resumes its normal programming on March 4th, but it looks like there’s still plenty of great stuff to look forward to. This month, they’ll be spotlighting a rather interesting couple of stars: Ginger Rogers and Akira Kurosawa. I’m definitely looking forward to the Ginger Rogers movies, but I’m not so sure about the Kurosawa. I’ve seen Rashomon and I’ve tried watching Seven Samurai a couple of times before but just haven’t been able to get into it. Rashomon was good, just not really my cup of tea. Anyone have any suggestions as to which of his movies I should check out this month? I’ve heard so many great things about Kurosawa and I’m still willing to give his movies a shot, I just don’t really know where to begin.