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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

TiVo this! can’t-miss geek movies on TV, 05.15-05.21

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.)

MONDAY 05.15

4:00PM: From the Earth to the Moon. 1958 flick about a 19th-century space voyage


TUESDAY 05.16

5:30AM: Festival of Shorts #9. Two short horror films from director Jacques Tourneur of Cat People fame.

12:45PM: Control Room. Slyly geeky 2004 documentary about cultural manipulation via the mass media.

3:00AM: Escape from L.A. John Carpenter’s ultimate cheesy poof.


WEDNESDAY 05.17

4:45PM: The Devil Doll. Weird 1936 Tod (Freaks) Browning flick about murder and shrinking people into tiny dolls.

6:15PM: Tarzan, The Ape Man. The original 1932 classic starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan.

10:00PM: The Frighteners. Peter Jackson’s pre-LOTR ghost comedy.


THURSDAY 05.18

3:00AM: Starman. Excellent sci-fi love story, John Carpenter’s not-cheesy poof.


FRIDAY 05.19

8:00PM: The Ghost Breakers. WWII-era ghostbusters Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard do a haunted house.

4:00AM: Pom Poko. Thoroughly magical and totally wonderful 1994 anime, from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, about shape-shifting raccoons trying to survive encroaching suburbia.


SATURDAY 05.20

6:00PM: Charly. One of the best SF movies ever.

2:15AM: Singin’ in the Rain. A friend of mine insists this 1952 musical classic is actually science fiction because it’s about the impact of the new technology of sound on the early film industry. Watch it and make up your own mind.

6:15PM: Wilbur (Wants to Kill Himself). Black comedy about suicide. A laugh a minute. Seriously.


SUNDAY 05.21

Practically an all-day marathon of weepy, spooky flicks for guys who like weepy, spooky flicks:

10:00AM: What Dreams May Come
4:30PM: Frequency
7:00PM: Dragonfly
9:00PM: Vanilla Sky



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