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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

TiVo this! can’t-miss geek movies on TV, 06.19-06.25

(Slow week for tube-loving geeks this week. Like I’m gonna go to the beach or something instead and get burned to a lobster crisp…)

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 06.19

4:15PM: Merry Andrew. This 1958 comedy is all about Danny Kaye, archaeology, ancient treasure, and a circus troupe. Sounds like it’ll do in a geek pinch.

3:05AM: Videodrome. David Cronenberg gets freaky. Like that’s a surprise.


2:30PM: Casablanca. Sure, it ain’t exactly geeky, even if it is one of the greatest movies ever made, but I like to think that Indiana Jones ran into Rick Blaine during the Spanish Civil War and still drops into Rick’s every once in a while. It’s the romantic in me.

FRIDAY 06.23

9:00AM: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Not only is it the world’s greatest consulting detective, he’s investigating the Loch Ness Monster. Cool.


9:30AM: The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Vincent Price calls down the plagues of Egypt on his enemies. Awesome.

6:00PM: Very Annie Mary. Rachel Griffiths as a strange but charming geek girl in a small Welsh town. Good stuff.

4:00PM: H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Some fans say this is a really decent low-budget adaptation of the book — perhaps even better than Spielberg’s. Stars C. Thomas Howell.

6:00PM: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Big nuke destroys L.A., and other bad stuff happens. Verdict for humanity: Doomed.

SUNDAY 06.25

8:00AM: Mutiny on the Bounty. The classic 1935 adventure tale, and a huge influence on all future adventure flicks to come.

2:15PM: Forbidden Planet. Leslie Nielsen, back before he was allegedly funny, investigates Anne Francis’s breasts, as well as some kind of lost space colony. Whatever.

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