Monday, September 28, 2015

TCM for October 2015

October brings cooler temps and even cooler fare to TCM with rare silents, documentaries and lots of ghouls and goblins. My picks below. All times Eastern. Full schedule HERE.

1 Thursday

8:00 PM
A young man must convince his sweetheart's feather he is a concert pianist.
BW-17 mins,

8:00 PM
BW-33 mins,

8:00 PM
A jealous married couple decide to live together as if they were single.
BW-14 mins,

A celebration of female directors of the silent era kicks off with a festival of works by Alice Guy-Blache.
8:00 PM
A young woman tries to save her ill sister.
BW-16 mins,

9:30 PM
In this silent film, an abused young woman finds safety and eventually love in the arms of a famous novelist.
BW-42 mins,

10:15 PM
Families from opposite ends of the economic scale are drawn together.
BW-91 mins,

12:00 AM
In this silent film, a girl fights between her love for a German spy and her sense of patriotism.
BW-75 mins,

1:45 AM
A look at the women who helped build Hollywood by taking on such traditionally male jobs as directing, producing and writing.
C-55 mins, CC,

8 Thursday

8:00 PM
A rootless working class woman takes up with an abusive criminal.
C-103 mins, CC,

10:00 PM
A young photographer fights to build her career while coping with her best friend's marriage.
C-86 mins,

Totes Valley Girl on the 8th.

11:45 PM
A high-school fashion plate falls for a punk rocker.
C-99 mins,

1:30 AM
Bride and groom plan their weddings on their own while grappling with cold feet.
C-104 mins,

3:15 AM
Two musicians try to find their bandleader, who's disappeared after stealing their fee from a crooked club owner.
C-83 mins,
10 Saturday

11:30 PM
A little brat turns Paris upside down during a two-day visit with her uncle.
C-93 mins,

1:15 AM
A look back at Robert Osborne's life and career as host of Turner Classic Movies.
C-47 mins, CC,

5:45 AM
This short film looks at the importance of traffic rules to avoid serious automobile accidents.
Dir: Bob Ellis
C-10 mins,

11 Sunday

12:30 AM
In this silent film, a doctor's research into the roots of evil turns him into a hideous monster.
BW-68 mins,

Bertolucci's weirdly awful Grim Reaper on the 11th.

2:00 AM
Police search for a prostitute's murderer.
BW-88 mins,

3:45 AM
A streetwalker tries to save her son from a life of crime.
BW-106 mins, Letterbox Format

14 Wednesday

12:00 AM
BW-137 mins,

2:30 AM
When Jack the Ripper steals his time machine, author H.G. Wells travels to modern-day San Francisco to track him down.
C-112 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

15 Thursday

8:00 PM
Cameras capture the workings of an ancient Venezuelan salt mine.
BW-90 mins,

9:30 PM
Kentucky miners risk their lives in a violent strike.
C-104 mins, Letterbox Format

11:30 PM
Interviews and rare film clips capture the lives of women doing factory work during World War II.
C-65 mins, CC,

A day of docs features the rarely seen Portrait of Jason on the 15th.
12:45 AM
An aspiring entertainer reveals what it means to be black and gay in the '60s.
BW-105 mins,

2:45 AM
Documentary cameras capture the thriving Los Angeles punk scene of the early 1980s.
Dir: Penelope Spheeris Cast:  Eugene , Jennipher , .
C-100 mins,

20 Tuesday

8:00 PM
Two sisters become rivals while playing women's baseball during World War II.
C-128 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:15 PM
A motherless boy uses a radio talk show to find a new wife for his father.
C-105 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
12:15 AM

Babs and Nick achieve total transference in Prince of Tides.

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
C-132 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:45 AM
Two lonely retirees become friends despite personal differences.
C-123 mins,

5:00 AM
A single mom faces Thanksgiving with her domineering mother and sister.
C-103 mins,

21 Wednesday

8:00 PM
A Broadway producer decides to get rich by creating the biggest flop of his career.
C-90 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

9:45 PM
Two Washington Post reporters investigate the Watergate break-in that ended Nixon's presidency.
C-138 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:15 AM
Political pundits mistake an illiterate gardener for a media genius and turn him into a national hero.
C-130 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:30 AM
In this silent film, the Little Tramp tries to help a blind flower seller to see again.
BW-87 mins,

The toast scene in La Cage aux Folles always gets a big laugh.

4:15 AM
A gay couple has to straighten out their act when their son gets engaged to a noted conservative's daughter.
C-97 mins, Letterbox Format

23 Friday

8:00 PM
A scientist's investigations into the nature of good and evil turn him into a murderous monster.
BW-113 mins, CC,

10:30 PM
A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder.
BW-117 mins, CC,

12:45 AM
An old friend tries to keep Roderick Usher from succumbing to the family curse.
BW-70 mins,

2:00 AM
A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin.
BW-110 mins, CC,

4:00 AM
A scientist's attempts to create life unleash a bloodthirsty monster.
C-83 mins, CC,

25 Sunday

Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev on the 25th.

2:15 AM
The legendary 15th-century painter fights to continue working while his country is at war.
C-206 mins, Letterbox Format

27 Tuesday

6:15 PM
A convent girl vacationing in Spain finds herself in a romance with a murderer.
C-91 mins, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
In this original French version, a young girl who has been trained to be a kept woman, sets out to reform the young man who wants to keep her.
BW-83 mins,

9:30 PM
This film concentrates on two hours in the life of a French singer waiting on the results of a cancer test.
C-89 mins, Letterbox Format

11:15 PM
When his mother abandons him, a Hindu boy falls into a life of street crime.
C-113 mins,

1:15 AM
A peasant and a madam plot to assassinate Mussolini.
C-120 mins,

3:15 AM
A lonely widow turns to prostitution to make ends meet.
C-202 mins, Letterbox Format

31 Saturday

Halloween creepfest kicks off with House of Wax.

4:30 PM
A scarred sculptor re-populates his ravaged wax museum with human corpses.
C-88 mins, CC,

6:15 PM
Small town Satanists lure an innocent brother and sister into their coven.
C-96 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin.
BW-110 mins, CC,

10:00 PM
An anthropologist investigates a devil worshipper who commands a deadly demon.
BW-82 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:30 PM
Guests at a country estate share stories of the supernatural.
BW-103 mins, CC,

1:30 AM
Vampires seem to be connected to an unsolved murder.
BW-61 mins, CC,

2:45 AM
Six cartoon figures vomit repeatedly.
BW-4 mins,

2:45 AM
A double amputee attempts to write a letter while her nurse gets in the way.
BW-5 mins,

2:45 AM
A double amputee attempts to write a letter while her nurse gets in the way.
BW-4 mins, 

A selection of shorts by David Lynch on halloween night.
2:45 AM
A boy plants a seed that grows into a grandmother in this experimental short film.
C-34 mins,

2:45 AM
This experimental short film presents a sick woman's nightmare involving living representations of the alphabet.
Dir: David Lynch Cast:  Peggy Lynch ,
C-4 mins,

2:45 AM
Police discover a naked dead body.
BW-1 mins,

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Three Days of the Condor Turns 40

The Watergate hearings in 1973 confirmed what many Americans had long suspected: at the highest levels of government existed a secret, shadowy element that operated more as a criminal enterprise than sworn defenders of the nation’s laws. Director Sydney Pollack acted swiftly on this revelation - and the attendant paranoia - with his nail biting 1975 spy vs. spy thriller Three Days of the Condor. Robert Redford stars as a low level CIA researcher who stumbles on a secret agency plot to incite an invasion of the Middle East by the U.S. military. When his bookish coworkers are brutally murdered in a gangland style execution, Redford goes on the run, and slowly realizes he has tapped into a conspiracy with tentacles that reach throughout the government. With the help of a mysterious woman from Brooklyn Heights (Faye Dunaway), Redford hatches a desperate plot to turn the tables on his pursuers, and bring his friends’ murderers to justice.

40 years later, Three Days of the Condor still offers entertainment aplenty, as long as viewers don’t examine its story holes too carefully or roll their eyes at the film’s de rigueur romantic subplot. With Redford and Dunaway, Pollack combined two popular American actors at their absolute peaks of sexual charisma, and their starpower propels Lorenzo Semple Jr.’s script with polish and style. The film also features Max von Sydow as the agency’s spookiest spook, and here Ingmar Bergman’s favorite leading man seems to enjoy the sheer simplicity of shooting people, as opposed to grappling with the complexities of the human soul.

Three Days of the Condor also has its prescient side, as the ultimate goal of the conspiracy is to start a bogus war that will benefit America’s oil industry. This idea may have seemed far fetched in 1975 but, today, not so much. And, in another bit of chilling irony, much of the film takes place in NYC’s still intact World Trade Center, where the CIA actually had their public offices at the time. It’s impossible to watch scenes of the tower’s white marble lobby and its phalanx of elevators without having one’s memory jolted back to the horrific destruction that would ravage the site 26 years later. Of course, there are those who believe there was some rogue agency at work in that tragedy as well. While Three Days of the Condor doesn’t deal with a government conspiracy that huge, it does make you believe these dastardly guys can do almost anything if they put their minds to it.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Recently Viewed: September 2015

Hail Mary (1984) ✬✬
Netflix DVD

I waited 30 years to see this. What a disappointment. Like most of Godard's films from the 1980s it's dull, long and says nothing. Juliette Binoche is in it all of 5 minutes.

Silent Souls (2011) ✬✬✬½
Netflix DVD

A poetically bleak sojourn in the Russian heart. Beautiful and hypnotic, it's marred by an ending that feels kind of lazy. The director clearly loves him some Tarkovsky.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (2013) ✬✬✬½
Netflix DVD

The late Alain Resnais' penultimate film. A group of well known French actors gather to watch a tape of a new production of a play they had all starred in ages ago. Their memories bring the play to life, which Resnais executes in an inventive way. The film has an extra act that really isn't needed and a typically Resnais WTF ending, but it's worth the watch.