Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar
CMH Picks: Week Three
Sunday February 15th: The Bridge Over River Kwai at 8:00pm EST
Ok, so I will admit I have never this one. So, how abut you all tune in, and we’ll watch it together.
Monday February 16th: Anatomy of a Murder at 8:00pm EST
This was one of the first post-WWII Jimmy Stewart movies I remember seeing and, boy, was I shocked. Although I loved him as the ‘awe-shucks’ persona in films like You Can’t Take it with You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I must say this film showed the true actor that Stewart was.
Tuesday February 17th: Monsieur Verdoux at 9:15am EST
This film is as delightful as it is dark and was even declared by Chaplin himself as the “the cleverest and most brilliant film of my career.” If you’re like me and enjoy the blacker side of comedy, this film will be perfect for you. And don’t feel bad if it leaves you empathizing with a serial black-widower, Chaplin is just that good.
Wednesday February 18th: The Apartment at 8:00pm EST
This is one of those films I can watch over and over, back to back and it never grows stale. Between the razor sharp performances of its leading actors and its blend of comedy and sorrow, The Apartment remains as relevant and emotionally true today as it was 45 years ago.
Thursday February 19th: Judgment at Nuremberg at 4:45 EST
This is not a film I watch because I want to be entertained. This a film I watch because it asks the difficult question: “What does the excuse ‘I was just following orders,’ really mean in the context of war crimes.” It’s difficult, it’s sad, it forces to you look at the cruelties of the world and that’s why it’s tremendously important to watch.
Friday February 20th: Planet of the Apes at 10:00pm EST
This, however, is a film I do watch to be entertained. More specifically I love to shout at the screen: “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape.”
Saturday February 21st: Auntie Mame at 3:45pm EST
If you watch this film and don’t end up thinking “Man, I wish I had an Auntie Mame,” then we can’t be friends. Sorry.
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