If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of movies. I am an even bigger fan of classic movies. It all started 4 or 5 years ago and I decided to class up my life and watch classic movies with my goal being to watch every movie on the AFI 100 Movies, of which I have seen 75. Then I got hooked. I started watching nothing but Westerns for a while, then nothing but Bogart movies, then nothing but Henry Fonda movies and so on and so on. So a few years back, I began giving some summertime movie picks for those of you who have no TV to watch now that the networks have ended their seasons. I know there is stuff to watch, but it’s all crap. All you need is Turner Classic Movies and my recommendations and you will be enjoying the classics and becoming a better human being, or something like that.
I already mentioned North By Northwest for tonight on the podcast, so I will jump to Sunday, June 3rd and give you The Wizard of Oz at 8 PM EASTERN. You know this movie, you love this movie, it’s worth watching if only to relive childhood memories of waiting all year long to watch it on CBS. Then you can check out Cape Fear at 4 AM EASTERN on the morning of June 4th. This isn’t the Deniro and Nolte one, this is the Robert Mitchum as the craziest SOB on film one. Mitchum terrorizes Gregory Peck’s district attorney with a menacing, scary, and creeptastic performance.
On June 5th, we have High Sierra at 8 PM EASTERN. This movie stars one of my all time favorites, Humphrey Bogart. There may have been no cooler on screen presence than Bogart. In this film he plays an old ex-con who is trying to pull off that one last big job. This is one of the early movies that made Bogart a star. A must see.
On June 6th we have a movie called The Fighting Sullivans at 2:30 PM EASTERN. This was Saving Private Ryan before there was a Saving Private Ryan. Five brothers enlist in the Navy and are assigned to the same ship. This is not a classic movie, but it is full of emotion and a great war story at the same time.
June 7th brings us Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 10:30 PM EASTERN. This is an early film from Steven Spielberg and it deals with contact with extraterrestrials. I will say that this movie didn’t set me on fire like it does for most, but the ending is just an amazing scene. If you are a fan of sci/fi or Spielberg and you haven’t seen this, then you must see it.
June 8th gives us The Big Country at 1:30 PM EASTERN. I was just amazed at how great this movie was when I saw it. It stars Gregory Peck as a city dude moving out West to marry a ranch girl. He then gets involved in a feud between two families over water rights. Gregory Peck is a delight in any movie he is in, but this is my favorite of his. It is long, but the scenery is insane and Jean Simmons, no not GENE SIMMONS, is beautiful. I can’t recommend this enough, even if you don’t like Westerns, you should check this out.
Finally, on June 9th we have a film called The Sadist at 2 AM EASTERN. This movie is a TCM Underground selection which means it is not a 4 star movie, it may not even be a 2 star movie, but it's a cult classic. It is a film that is so bizarre, you can’t help but like it. Here is the description straight from TCM.com, a psychotic killer and his equally depraved girlfriend hold three travelers hostage. Watching this movie, I can see where it would inspire future directors like Tobe Hooper and other horror/thriller directors. It is weird and funny and you may not enjoy it, but you will never forget it.
That ought to hold you. Remember, all of these movies will be on Turner Classic Movies this coming week. It will help if you have a DVR, but there are a couple you can watch in prime time instead Rock of Love or whatever silly reality show networks are showing these days. Tell how many of the AFI top 100 you have seen so I can make fun of you or if you would like to send me some picks of your own, you can or if you want me to quit wasting space with this bullbutter, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week, keep you hand in your popcorn and you feet stuck to the floors.