TiVo this! can’t-miss geek movies on TV, 03.20-03.26
I scour the skeds so you don’t have to, and point out the best geek highlights of the week in some unexpected places: Turner Classic Movies and The Sundance Channel, which show films uncut and uninterrupted (and sometimes in letterbox). But ya gotta turn to The SciFi Channel once in a while, too, commercials and editing be damned — there’s nothing like geeking out in front of the tube with built-in breaks for munchie refills and snark attacks.
(All times are Eastern. Times between midnight and 5:59am actually refer to the previous date. In other words, 2am Saturday really means the overnight twilight zone between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Links in movie titles go to my review.)
6:00am: The Phantom of the Opera. The 1925 silent classic. Creeep-pee!
6:30am: The Naked Man. Sendup of revenge fantasies, written by Ethan Coen.
7:10am: Tapeheads. John Cusack and Tim Robbins do cult slacker comedy.
11:00pm: Flatliners. Brat packers die for fun.
6:00am: Seven Samurai. The Kurasawa classic that influenced just about every adventure film after it.
8:00pm: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Creepy kiddie flick.
3:00am: Fairy Tale: A True Story. Stars former Doctor Who Paul McGann and some little girls who lie about seeing fairies.
9:30am: The Blob. The 1958 original, and still supremely cool.
2:00am: Wings of Desire. Wim Wenders’s angels movie.
11:45pm: Orgazmo. One of Trey Parker’s pre-South Park flicks. Based on Jane Austen, I believe.
2:00pm: Spirited Away. Miyazaki’s luminous and beautifully strange anime.
11:30pm: Lawrence of Arabia. Raising the adventure film to high art.
3:00am: Frailty. Bill Paxton totally kicked my ass with his feature directorial debut, a highly disturbing horror flick.
8:00pm: Charly. One of the greatest science fiction films ever made.
3:00am: House of Usher. Vincent Prince, Roger Corman, 1960. Coolness.
7:00pm: The 13th Warrior. Vastly underrated historical action fantasy.
9:00pm: Jurassic Park. First comes the oohing and the aahing, later, the running and the screaming.
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