Film on TV: August 22-28

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver, playing Friday on IFC

A few surprising new ones this week, in the sense that I can’t believe Taxi Driver (Friday) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Tuesday) have never come up in Film on TV before, at least not that I could find. In addition to those two Must Sees, TCM has a trio of Burt Lancaster films that I’ve admittedly never seen but quite want to for their Summer Under the Stars tribute to him on Thursday. The other tributes this week are Joan Crawford on Monday, Conrad Veidt on Tuesday (hence Caligari), Joan Blondell on Wednesday, Peter Lawford on Friday, Linda Darnell on Saturday, and Carole Lombard on Sunday (I’d especially recommend her night, with a whole raft of amazing screwball comedies).

Monday, August 22

11:00pm – TCM – Mildred Pierce
In quite probably Joan Crawford’s best role (only perhaps excepting her catty “other woman” in The Women), she plays a woman trying to work her way up in the world from lowly waitress to entrepreneur, all the while dealing with her shrew of a daughter. Melodrama isn’t a particularly prized genre these days, but films like Mildred Pierce show how good melodramas can be with the right confluence of studio style, director, and star.
1945 USA. Director: Michael Curtiz. Starring: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Ann Blyth, Eve Arden.
Must See

2:30am (23rd) – MGM – Midnight Cowboy
Notable as the first and only X-rated film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Midnight Cowboy doesn’t work that well for me, but it does have moments of brilliance in its story of a young cowboy (Jon Voight) trying to make his way in New York by offering her services to wealthy ladies, mostly due to the older, wiser, and sadder character played by Dustin Hoffman.
1969 USA. Director: John Schlesinger. Starring: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman.
(repeats at 10:00pm on the 27th)

Tuesday, August 23

7:30pm – Fox Movie – The Verdict
Powerhouse filmmaker Sidney Lumet returns to his 12 Angry Men courtroom milieu for The Verdict, starring Paul Newman as an on-the-rocks lawyer who takes a medical malpractice suit to trial in a somewhat desperate attempt to salvage his career.
1982 USA. Director: Sidney Lumet. Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden.
(repeats at 12:15am on the 24th)

10:00pm – TCM – The Thief of Bagdad
An early Michael Powell film (in collaboration with several others), before he teamed up with Emeric Pressburger, but no less an impressive display of stunning Technicolor cinematography on the fantastic Arabian Nights story.
1940 UK. Director: Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger. Starring: Sabu, Conrad Veidt, June Duprez.

12:00M – TCM – Casablanca
Against all odds, one of the best films Hollywood has ever produced, focusing on Bogart’s sad-eyed and world-weary expatriot Rick Blaine, his former lover Ingrid Bergman, and her current husband Paul Henreid, who needs safe passage to America to escape the Nazis and continue his work with the Resistance. It’s the crackling script that carries the day here, and the wealth of memorable characters that fill WWII Casablanca with life and energy.
1943 USA. Director: Michael Curtiz. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains.
Must See

3:15am (24th) – TCM – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
One of the most notable examples of German Expressionism, its also a highly watchable film about a strange series of murders that may be tied back to a somnambulist controlled by the somewhat sinister Dr. Caligari. The heightened emotions and strikingly off-kilter set designs and high contrast lighting would all be greatly influential on film noir a few decades later.
1919 Germany. Director: Robert Weine. Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher.
Must See
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Wednesday, August 24

8:00am – IFC – Pan’s Labyrinth
One of my absolute favorite films of the past decade (or ever, really), an absolutely beautiful and terrifying fantasy that juxtaposes the gruesome horrors of the Spanish Civil War with an equally horrifying fantasy world that provides, if not escape, at least some measure of importance and control to the film’s young heroine. Guillermo Del Toro solidified my view of him as a visionary filmmaker with this film, and it still stands to me as a testament to what fantasy can and should do.
2006 Spain/Mexico. Director: Guillermo Del Toro. Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Meribel Verdú, Doug Jones.
Must See
(repeats at 3:15pm)

2:45pm – TCM – Gold Diggers of 1933
The story’s nothing to get excited about (and in fact, the subplot that takes over the main plot wears out its welcome fairly quickly), but the strong Depression-era songs, kaleidoscopic choreography from Busby Berkeley, and spunky supporting work from Ginger Rogers pretty much make up for it.
1933 USA. Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Starring: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Aline MacMahon, Ginger Rogers, Guy Kibbee.

4:30pm – TCM – Footlight Parade
Other Busby Berkeley-choreogaphed films are better known than this one (42nd Street, the Gold Diggers series), but this one is one of my favorites, with James Cagney taking on a musical role and giving the film that extra burst of energy that he brings to everything. Though known mostly for his gangster roles, Cagney was actually a song-and-dance man before he came to the movies, and it’s fun to see him hoofing his stuff.
1933 USA. Director: Lloyd Bacon. Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell.

2:00am (25th) – MGM – Radio Days
This essentially plotless Woody Allen film consists of a series of nostalgic vignettes about a 1940s working class New York family. The title comes from their love for the radio, the center of pop culture at the time; the radio also provides the subplot following Mia Farrow as a wanna-be radio singer who gets mixed up with gangsters. It’s not particularly deep, but it’s also pretty enjoyable.
1987 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Julie Kavner, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Dianne Wiest.
(repeats at 12:00M on the 26th)

3:30am (25th) – Fox Movie – The Name of the Rose
A fine adaptation of Umberto Eco’s novel of medieval mystery and religion, with two monks tasked with finding a murderer in their midst. Not as esoteric as the novel, which is probably just as well for a film, but more thoughtful and deep than many mystery films.
1986 France/Italy. Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Starring: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger.

50DMC #25: Best-Scripted Movie

The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.

Today’s prompt: What’s the best-scripted movie you’re ever seen?

My excuse for falling so far behind getting to this entry is that I was totally stumped by the question. And it’s true. Like Favorite Male and Female Performance, this ends up being an almost arbitrary choice, because there are so many movies with amazing scripts, and how do you even go about picking among them? I toyed with choosing The Social Network for a bit, because Sorkin is, let’s face it, incredible. I thought about choosing a Coen script for a while, because they’re all wonderful, but I decided I didn’t want to choose a writer/director for this question. That let out the Coens, Tarantino, Wilder, Sturges, Godard, and whole raft of other people which frankly made choosing a lot easier. But I was still left with a lot of choices, especially back in classic Hollywood when there were far fewer writer/directors. Is His Girl Friday great because of its script? Well, it has a great script, but it’s most memorable because of the rapid-fire delivery of its script. Maybe a Robert Riskin script, like It Happened One Night? Certainly tempting. What about Casablanca, it’s more dramatic than comedic, like most of the quip-heavy films that first sprang to mind, but it certainly has a lot of great lines.

Of course, a script is much more than just dialogue, but dialogue is the most noticable thing. I couldn’t quite pry myself away from thinking about dialogue when trying to answer this question, so movies like The Thin Man came up, but I did ultimately turn away from that because as awesome as the dialogue and the relationship between Nick and Nora is in that movie, there are some parts of the mystery that admittedly drag a bit. I still think all the films I mentioned and many more would’ve been fine choices, but I’m ultimately going with The Women. Again, largely because of the wonderfully witty and catty dialogue all throughout, but the narrative is also strong (aside from a bit of sentimentality that’s more due to Norma Shearer’s acting style than anything else) and clever. Though The Women was directed by a man, George Cukor (who is nonetheless known for his adeptness at working with casts full of women), it was scripted by two women, Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, and they capture the competitiveness of this group of women perfectly, working from the play by Clare Booth Luce. Female screenwriters were not quite as rare in Hollywood at the time as female directors, but they still weren’t plentiful; The Women is very fortunate to have three great women writers behind it, and such a fantastic all-female cast to bring the words to life (including Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland, Marjorie Main, and more).

Is it the best? Couldn’t say. Probably not. But it is a film I return to again and again, and a large part of that is due to the script. None of the clips from the film on YouTube are embeddable, but the image below links to a montage clip of several of the best scenes.

On Row Three: The Future in Print and Podcast

I forget sometimes that not everyone who follows me here may read Row Three as well (and vice versa, but that’s a different thing), so I’ll try to remember to put up a note whenever I post something major over there. Mostly all I’ve had time to post over there are the weekly Film on TV and DVD Triage posts anyway, which I crosspost here as well. But this week I guested on the Row Three Cinecast, one of three podcasts the site hosts, led by Andrew and Kurt. We talked about Miranda July’s The Future, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, as well as various other things we watched over the past week. It’s a pretty lengthy, informal podcast – nice to throw on in the car or on the train if you have a long commute.

I also wrote a full review of The Future published last week; here’s an excerpt of that.

For some reason it’s difficult to believe that The Future is only Miranda July’s second feature, and that it’s been six years since her previous one, Me and You and Everyone We Know. That film gathered huge success on the festival circuit and among indie film audiences with its particular brand of twee quirkiness – a quirkiness that fits in with the Sundance crowd but rings a little truer, a little deeper. She’s been busy with short films, performance art, short stories, and spoken word recordings in between, and even though I haven’t seen or heard a whole lot of that work, you can feel it in this film. It feels like an organic outgrowth of July as a writer and performer; not like a long-overdue follow-up to a successful film but merely the way this particular story needed to express itself, so she made a film rather than a book or a performance piece. Because though it would be easy for naysayers to dismiss July as merely quirky, she’s tapping into some very real and meaningful places in the lives of the now thirty-something middle-class artistic-minded people she writes about and to some degree represents.

The Future begins with a narrative framing device that’s likely to offput many – it was my least favorite part of the film, though I did like much of the actual narration as written. The narrator is a cat, voiced by July in the most gratingly annoying voice she could come up with and visually represented by a pair of paws. Paw-Paw is a stray cat that July’s actual character Sophie and her boyfriend Jason rescued and are planning to adopt when he’s out of quarantine at the vet’s. But Sophie and Jason aren’t sure they’re ready for the responsibility and decide they need to do everything they always wanted to do in the thirty days before they go to pick Paw-Paw up. On the surface, it seems like a fairly silly plot, but July is deep in metaphor in this film (and will get deeper), using Paw-Paw as a catalyst to energize Sophie and Jason out of their complacency in decent but unfulfilling jobs with the realization that they’re getting into their thirties and haven’t really even started to do the things they’d always planned to to in the future.

DVD Triage: Week of August 16

There are several new releases this week, but only one that I can for sure get behind. The trailers for The Conspirator and Priest didn’t really impress me, nor did the reviews, but those might be worth a look as well if they’re your thing. But Criterion’s back in force this week, with two crime films, early works by their directors, in Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing and Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac. Plus the very difficult to find David Holzman’s Diary is now not so difficult to find, coming out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Instant Watch all at once. Also, you can snag The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray along with a bunch of Sylvester Stallone films and a couple of Muppet movies. Not too much happening on the Instant Watch front, but look out for some front-runners of the Romanian New Wave to expire on the 18th, and also Andrea Arnold’s solid thriller Red Road on the same day.

New Release Pick of the Week

Jane Eyre
A very strong adaptation, that captures the gothic elements quite nicely. Add in more-than-solid performances from the cast, and the answer is yes – yet another version of Jane Eyre is quite welcome.
2011 USA. Director: Cary Fukunaga. Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

The Conspirator (2011 USA, dir Robert Redford, stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011 USA, dir Mike Disa, stars Hayden Panettiere; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Priest (2011 USA, dir Scott Stewart, stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet; Blu-ray/Netflix)
Queen to Play (2011 France, dir Caroline Bottaro, stars Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline; Netflix)
Something Borrowed (2011 USA, dir Luke Greenfield, stars Kate Hudson, John Krasinski; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Ward (2010 USA, dir John Carpenter, stars Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Bang Bang Club (2011 USA, dir Steven Silver, stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman; Blu-ray/Netflix)
The Best and the Brightest (2010 USA, dir Josh Shelov, stars Neil Patrick Harris; Netflix)
The Grace Card (2010 USA, dir David G. Evans, stars Michael Joiner, Mike Higgenbottom; Netflix)
The Gruffalo (2009 USA, dir Max Lang, Jakob Schuh, stars Helena Bonham Carter; Netflix)
Medium Raw (2010 USA, dir Andrew Cymek, stars John Rhys-Davies, William B. Davis; Netflix)
Meet Monica Velour (2010 USA, dir Keith Bearden, stars Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram; Blu-ray/Netflix)
That’s What I Am (2011 USA, dir Michael Pavone, stars Ed Harris, Chase Ellison; Blu-ray/Netflix)

Classic / Older Picks of the Week

The Killing Criterion
This early Kubrick film fits squarely into the crime/noir genre, but already Kubrick is experimenting with the form, stretching narrative structure to show different viewpoints on the same heist. Really well-done.
1956 USA. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Starring: Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix (not Criterion)

Cul-de-sac Criterion
I feel like I’ve seen this, but I certainly don’t remember much based on the description – wounded criminals take refuge in a British castle, shaking up the residents and eventually, their relationships. But Polanski is always good, and this early thriller looks dark and claustrophobic.
1966 UK. Director: Roman Polanski. Starring: Donald Pleasance, Françoise Dorléac.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

David Holzman’s Diary
I’ve been hearing about this late ’60s pseudo-documentary since delving into New Hollywood last year, and found that it was basically totally unavailable, having had only a slight theatrical release in 1967 in Paris and otherwise existing wholly underground. But the reaction wasn’t underground, as it remains one of the most highly regarded self-reflexive pieces of cinema in existence. Also on Instant.
1967 USA. Director: Jim McBride. Starring: L.M. Kit Carson, Eileen Dietz.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

Film on TV: August 15-21

A Place in the Sun, playing on TCM on Saturday

If there were ever a good week to just tune your TV to TCM and leave it there, it may be this week. Actually, that’s usually a good thing to do, but I digress. This week the Summer Under the Stars includes heavy hitters like Humphrey Bogart on Wednesday and Cary Grant on Sunday, with plenty of crime, adventure, romance, and comedy to go around. Plus silent monsters on Monday with Lon Chaney, dramas on Tuesday with Joanne Woodward, a taste of classic French cinema with Jean Gabin (including two Jean Renoir films) on Thursday, musicals and comedies on Friday with Debbie Reynolds, and more drama on Saturday with Montgomery Clift. The other channels have their usual repeats.

Monday, August 15

11:00am – TCM – He Who Gets Slapped
Lon Chaney in a non-horror role, but still a quite dark one, playing an inventor whose public humiliation drives him to become a circus clown, reliving that humiliation night after night. An early film for Norma Shearer.
1924 USA. Director: Victor Sj&ocuml;strom. Starring: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ruth King.
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12:15pm – MGM – Radio Days
This essentially plotless Woody Allen film consists of a series of nostalgic vignettes about a 1940s working class New York family. The title comes from their love for the radio, the center of pop culture at the time; the radio also provides the subplot following Mia Farrow as a wanna-be radio singer who gets mixed up with gangsters. It’s not particularly deep, but it’s also pretty enjoyable.
1987 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Julie Kavner, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Dianne Wiest.

1:50pm – MGM – The Purple Rose of Cairo
A love letter to cinema, The Purple Rose of Cairo has Woody Allen at his most romantic. Unhappy housewife Cecilia (Mia Farrow) escapes to the cinema to see The Purple Rose of Cairo again and again, where she fantasizes over hunky character Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). Much to her surprise (and the other characters’ consternation), Baxter steps off the screen to join her. It makes it even more complicated when Gil, the actor who played Baxter, turns up as well.
1985 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello.
(repeats at 4:20am on the 18th)

2:30pm – Fox Movie – I Wake Up Screaming
Better known for bright and sunny musicals, Betty Grable took a turn for the noir in this crime film, playing the sister of a recently-murdered model with a rising career. It’s a slight noir, but fun nonetheless, especially for the chance to see Grable in a role unusual for her.
1942 USA. Director: H. Bruce Humberstone. Starring: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis.
(repeats at 6:00am on the 16th)

6:00pm – Fox Movie – Call Northside 777
One of Jimmy Stewart’s first films after spending the war as a fighter pilot; he plays a reporter compelled to reopen an eleven-year-old murder case, coming to believe the wrong man was sentenced to life in prison. A good combo of film noir and mystery.
1948 USA. Director: Henry Hathaway. Starring: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb.
(repeats at 9:30am on the 16th)

8:00pm – TCM – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
There have been a bunch of adaptations of Victor Hugo’s novel about the outcast Parisian hunchback, but this is one of the earliest and continues to be highly regarded, thanks in no small part to Lon “Man of a Thousand Faces” Chaney’s portrayal of Quasimodo.
1923 USA. Director: Wallace Worsley. Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Nigel De Bruller.

10:00pm – TCM – The Phantom of the Opera
Celebrated silent horror star Lon Chaney plays the titular phantom in this possibly best version of the oft-filmed story.
1924 USA. Director: Rupert Julian. Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry.

Tuesday, August 16

6:00pm – Sundance – The Piano
I often find Jane Campion films overly pretentious, but this one strikes the right chord, with Holly Hunter as a mute woman in an arranged marriage who finds love with one of her husbands’ hired hands – but stealing the show is her young daughter, an Oscar-winning performance by Anna Paquin.
1993 New Zealand. Director: Jane Campion. Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin.

7:55pm – MGM – Blow Out
Sound man John Travolta is recording sound samples one night, and may have accidentally recorded a murder occurring. As he tries to investigate, he’s drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. Inspired to some degree by Antonioni’s photography-based Blow-Up, but this is definitely DePalma’s film all the way.
1981 USA. Director: Brian DePalma. Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz.
(repeats at 9:55am on the 21st)

Wednesday, August 17

6:00am – IFC – Away from Her
A very strong directing debut film from actress Sarah Polley, about an older woman (Julie Christie) suffering from Alzheimer’s and her husband’s difficulty in dealing with essentially the loss of his wife as she has more and more difficulty remembering their life together. It’s a lovely, heartbreaking film, bolstered by great understated performances.
2006 Canada. Director: Sarah Polley. Starring: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Stacey LaBerge.

10:45am – IFC – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel’s intensely moving retelling of the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was almost completely paralyzed in a car accident, able only to move his left eye. The impressionist storytelling lends an otherworldly beauty to the film, already solid due to the script and acting.
2007 France. Director: Julian Schnabel. Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze.
Must See
(repeats at 3:30pm)

11:00am – TCM – To Have and Have Not
It’s said that this film came about because Howard Hawks bet Earnest Hemingway that he (Hawks) could make a good film out of Hemingway’s worst book. Of course, to do that, Hawks ended up basically changing the story entirely, but hey. It’s the thought that counts. Mostly notable for being Lauren Bacall’s first film, the one where she met Humphrey Bogart, and the one that spawned the immortal “you know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve” bit of dialogue. That one scene? Worth the whole film.
1944 USA. Director: Howard Hawks. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan.

12:45pm – TCM – The Big Sleep
One of the greatest detective/mysteries/films noir ever made. Humphrey Bogart is the definite hard-boiled detective, Lauren Bacall is the potential love interest/femme fatale. Don’t try to follow the story; whodunit is far less important than crackling dialogue and dry humor. Watch out for future Oscar-winner Dorothy Malone (Written on the Wind) in the small but extremely memorable part of the bookshop girl.
1946 USA. Director: Howard Hawks. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers, Elisha Cook Jr., Dorothy Malone.
Must See

2:45pm – TCM – High Sierra
Bogart’s breakout role as an on-the-run con man who gets involved with the lame Joan Leslie. (No, I mean actually crippled.) He’d been bumming around for a few years as a Warner second lead or villain, but with 1941’s double punch of High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, he unequivocally arrived.
1941 USA. Director: Raoul Walsh. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino.

4:30pm – TCM – They Drive By Night
Humphrey Bogart and George Raft play truck driver brothers, trying to get ahead before they get killed (who knew truck driving was so dangerous?), or, you know, framed into murder plots by Ida Lupino – their boss’s wife who has amorous designs on Raft, despite his much healthier relationship with a young Ann Sheridan. Not a great movie, but a solid example of Warner’s pre-noirish studio style.
1940 USA. Director: Raoul Walsh. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, George Raft, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan.

4:30pm – MGM – Fiddler on the Roof
A Tzarist-era Russian Jewish village doesn’t seem a particularly likely place to set a musical, but Fiddler on the Roof does a good job of it, exploring the clashing cultures as patriarch Tevye tries to marry his daughters off to good Jewish husbands with decreasing success.
1971 USA. Director: Norman Jewison. Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Michael Glaser.

6:00pm – IFC – Thank You For Smoking
Jason Reitman’s breakout film was also one of my favorites of 2005 – sure, it’s a bit slight and isn’t perfect, but its story of a hotshot PR guy working for cigarette companies struck just the right note of cynical and absurd humor. The really high-quality cast doesn’t hurt either, with everybody, no matter how small their role, making a memorable impression.
2005 USA. Director: Jason Reitman. Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, Maria Bello, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott.

6:15pm – TCM – In a Lonely Place
Simply a brilliant film from director Nicholas Ray – Humphrey Bogart gives probably his best performance as washed-up screenwriter Dixon Steele, who’s trying to make a comeback with a new adaptation. When a coatcheck girl gets murdered after he was the last to see her, he naturally comes under suspicion, but his neighbor Laurel (Gloria Grahame) gives him an alibi and soon the two begin a relationship which just might save Dix from more than a murder charge – or might not. There’s a raw intensity here that few films have ever matched.
1951 USA. Director: Nicholas Ray. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame.
Must See

8:00pm – TCM – The Maltese Falcon
Humphrey Bogart inhabits the role of Dashiell Hammett’s private eye Sam Spade, creating one of the definitive on-screen hard-boiled detective (vying only with Bogart’s Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, really). Not mention setting the early benchmark for noir films.
1941 USA. Director: John Huston. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook Jr, Walter Huston.
Must See

2:00am (18th) – TCM – The Caine Mutiny
Humphrey Bogart’s Captain Queeg is a piece of work, and by that I mean some of the best work Bogart has on film. He’s neurotic, paranoid, and generally mentally unstable. Or is he? That’s the question after first officer Van Johnson relieves him of duty as being unfit to serve and faces charges of mutiny.
1954 USA. Director: Edward Dmytryk. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Jose Ferrer.

2:00am (18th) – IFC – Requiem for a Dream
Darren Aronofsky’s breakthrough film (Pi remains a cult favorite) follows a quartet of people as their lives spiral out of control due to drug addiction.
2000 USA. Director: Darren Aronofsky. Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans.