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TCM Spotlight: Christmas Movies (Fridays in December (except the 29th) plus Christmas Eve)

Note: Only one of these movies will air on TCM.  TCM will also air its original documentary TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas featuring a look of some of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time.  Interviewees include Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life and Margaret O’Brien.

Mariah’s Picks

Never Say Goodbye (1946-December 2 @ 4:15am/3:15am c)

Watch Errol Flynn in a modern-day comedy as a father who teams up with his little girl to try to reunite with his ex-wife.

A Christmas Carol (1951-December 8 @ 8pm/7pm c)

One of my mom’s favorite Christmas movies.

Holiday Affair (1949-December 15 @ 10pm/9pm c)

Robert Mitchum in a rare comedy role.  He becomes part of a love triangle with Janet Leigh at the center.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947-December 15 @ 11:45pm/10:45pm c)

An eclectic group of people gather at a rich man’s house while he is south for the winter.  This time though, the rich man finds out and disguises himself so he can stay at his own house!

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942-December 16 @ 2am/1am c)

What happens when the world’s worst houseguest breaks his leg on your property and he has to stay with you while he recuperates?  All Hell breaks loose.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945-December 22 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Barbara Stanwyck is a columnist who is touted as “the greatest cook in the country” and seems to have it all-a home in the country, a husband, and an infant.  Turns out, it’s all a big lie.  Stanwyck and her editor have cooked up the entire backstory and are able to get away with it until the publisher decides to have her and her husband host a WWII hero as a publicity stunt and he will join them as well for Christmas.  Stanwyck has to think fast to save her job.

Little Women (1933-December 24 @ 6am/5am c)

As Katharine Hepurn later said, “no role fit me better than Jo March.”

The Bishop’s Wife (1947-December 24 @ 8pm/7pm c)

The movie from the first image that will be shown on TCM.

Star of the Month: Lana Turner (Tuesdays in December)

TCM Backlot members chose the MGM glamour queen as the last Star of the Month of 2017.  TCM presents 44 films spanning from Turner’s early years to the very end of her career.

Mariah’s Picks

They Won’t Forget (1937-December 5 @ 8pm/7pm c)

It all started with a tight sweater and a walk.

Ziegfeld Girl (1941-December 6 @ 2:45am/1:45am c)

Turner’s dramatic breakthrough.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946-December 12 @ 8pm/7pm c)

I watched this two summers ago at a movie palace with a packed audience.  When Turner entered, I heard a guy say “WHOAH.”

The Three Musketeers (1948-December 12 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Lana’s first time in color.  She is also the villian.

Peyton Place (1957-December 19 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Turner’s only Oscar nomination.

Imitation of Life (1959-December 19 @ 11pm/10pm c)

Lana’s most popular movie.

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952-December 20 @ 1:15am/12:15am c)

Lana is an actress who is screwed over by producer Kirk Douglas.

TCM Spotlight: The Great American Songbook (Thursdays in December)

The Ambassador of The Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, hosts December’s Spotlight on some of the greatest songs ever written.  Such highlights include: “The Way You Look Tonight” featured in the Astaire Rogers musical Swing Time (1936-December 21 @ 8pm/7pm c).

Produced by Alan Ladd, Jr. (December 6)

The producer who greenlit Star Wars is honored with a 2016 documentary It’s Always About the Story: Conversations with Alan Ladd, Jr. and two films: 1981’s Chariots of Fire and 1983’s The Right Stuff.

Guest Programmer: Matt Walsh (December 11)

The Veep star joins Leonard Maltin as he selects four comedies: 1979’s Being There starring Peter Sellers in an Oscar-nominated role, 1982’s My Favorite Year starring Peter O’Toole in an Oscar-nominated role, 1987’s cult classic Withnail & I, and the 1932 Marx Brothers classic Horse Feathers.

Treasures from the Disney Vault (December 20)

Leonard Maltin returns to host another installment in TCM’s continuing series.  All 7 movies and shorts are TCM premieres.  They are the 1938 Mickey Mouse short The Brave Little Tailor followed by 1952’s Robin Hood and His Merry Men, 1960’s The Sign of Zorro.  Then comes 1957’s Tricks of the Trade, an episode from the Disneyland TV series, and capping off the night, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon and 1986’s Fuzzbucket.

In Memoriam (December 29)

TCM remembers the stars we lost in 2017 with a night of some of their most notable films.

Jules et Jim (Jeanne Moreau)

Died on July 31st at the age of 89.

Apollo 13 (Bill Paxton)

Died unexpectedly of a stroke after heart surgery on February 25th.

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mary Tyler Moore)

Died January 25th less than a month after her 80th birthday.

Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)

Died on July 16 at age 77.

Kelly’s Heroes (Don Rickles)

Died on April 6th at the age of 90.

The Thin Man New Year’s Eve Marathon (December 31 through January 1)

Spend the last evening of 2017 drinking martinis and trying to solve the mystery before Nick and Nora Charles do.




November 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

Treehouse of Horror XXII


Best Segment: NONE OF THEM.



Treehouse of Horror XXIII


Best Segment


Homer: We have stairs?!

Lisa: (scared after one of the ghost attacks) Why is this happening to us?
Marge: (nervous) I don’t know! I don’t know! I’m sure I don’t know!
Homer: Oh sweetie, sometimes mysterious invisible being from hell waits for a family to go to sleep and kills them. Now go to bed.
Lisa: But…
Homer: E-eh! School night!

Pope Homer: Crush them! In the name of the Jebus!

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Abe: You should not be here while their mother’s away!
Homer: And you should be dead, you’re so wrinkled and gray!
Abe: I’ll give you the business, you yellow sea cow! This go-getting oldster will… Where am I now?

Ralph: That was gonna be my show-and-tell!

Moe: Hey, torso!
Barney: Huh?
Moe: What’s with the cookies? Even the human snail would’ve been done by now.
Comic Book Guy: I am so sick and tired of people assuming that the human snail is, in some way, slow. Good day!

Moe: Excuse me, ma’am, but, uh, I ain’t never seen a normal stand up for us.
Marge: (sighs) I, too, am a freak. One eye is blue, and the other a pale brown.

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Treehouse of Horror XXV


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Demon School Girl: Red dress. How original.
Lisa: Making fun of someone’s clothes. How original.
Demon School Girl: Wow. You wanna walk with us? (snow starts falling in the middle of the hallway)
Lisa: It’s true. It would be a cold day in hell when I was popular.

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Treehouse of Horror XXVI


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Moe: [raises his fist in anger] Ha! I still refuse to admit the old man was right! [the monster’s fire breath incinerates him to a skeleton] Legitimate difference of opinion. [one more fire breath reduces him to ashes]

Kang: Just ’cause it looks like Season 4 doesn’t MAKE it Season 4!

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Treehouse of Horror XXVII


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(Sideshow Bob gets out from behind a tree)
The Simpsons: Aah!! Sideshow Bob!
(Kang or Kodos gets out from behind a tree)
The Simpsons: Aah!! one of you, guys!
(The ghost of Frank Grimes emerges from the ground)
Marge, Bart and Lisa: Frank Grimes?
Homer: Who?
Frank Grimes: I’m the guy who hated you. Hated you! Died from my hatred of you!!
Homer: (giggles) Good old Grimey.

Frank Grimes: Will nobody stop these people? (clips from all previous episodes appear and a counter goes from 1 to 600). Wow. In Hell they make you watch them all in a row!

Seymour Skinner: Welcome, children! The Games will begin in ten seconds! Do not step off your pedestals before…
Ralph: Before what? (explosion) Wee!!

Ralph: I’m a god in this reality!

Lisa: (crying at Janey’s funeral) Why? Why did my best friend have to die!? (sobs) I mean, it’s a great college essay, but it’s not worth it.

Rev. Lovejoy: We now bury Sherri and Terri, survived by their brothers, Jerry and Larry, and their father and mother, Barry and Mary. And now some light remarks by comedian Drew Carey.

Chief Wiggum: Lisa Simpson, you are the prime suspect in the murders of two normals and a twin set!

Lisa: Come on, we got to save Mom!!
Bart: Come on, imagine a motorcycle to get us out of here!!
Lisa: My imagination isn’t that powerful.
Bart: You imagined a girl that’s killing everyone in town!
Lisa: Good point.

Lenny: So, how did things go in Prague?
Carl: Oh, quite well. I “canceled” a few Czechs.

Moe: Of course. Remoh spelled backwards is Homer!
Homer: It is!? Uh… I mean, it’s intentional.

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Treehouse of Horror XXVIII


Best Segment

Homer ATE HIMSELF…TO DEATH.  He was so lazy that he couldn’t go to the grocery or eat out or order pizza!


Marge: Maggie, sweetie. You should be in bed.
[Maggie is revealed to be possessed by Pazuzu]
Maggie: No one leaves alive!
Marge: Ooooh, her first words!

Dr. Hibbert: Someone’s starting their terrible twos.
Maggie: Someone’s having an affair with his nurse!

Priest: Well, if you can’t trust a Catholic Priest with a child, who can you trust?

Lisa: So, anyone wanna pick up litter at the park today? How ’bout you, Maggie?
Marge: She’s still got a touch of Pazuzu.

Marge: How can you be so carefree? I bore both those children.
Homer: Marge, I don’t listen to a lot of your stories, but I wouldn’t call them boring.

Choir: Hey you ate you!  Yes you ate you!

Homer: Do you have any spaghetti with my balls? Uh, meatballs?

Ned: Are you eating forbidden fruit?
Homer: [disgusted] Fruit? Ugh!

Mario Batali: He wanted to me to pass on these final words. “I’ve failed as a man, but I’ve succeeded as an ingredient.”
Bart: I call the brain!

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Treehouse of Horror XV


Best Segment


Lisa: If you must kill our dad, remember the family motto: not in the face.

Ned: Homer, stay away from the nuclear plant.
Homer: Fine, I’ll never go back… starting tomorrow. Today is Lenny’s birthday and they’re having ice cream cake.
Ned: B-B-B-But you’ll kill us all!
Homer: But ice cream cake!

Ned: Homer, do not press the core destruct button!
Transmitted into the booth: Homer, (Static) press (Static) Destruct button!
Homer: Okay.
Ned: Don’t do it! You’ll kill everyone!
Transmitted: (Static) Do it! (Static) Kill everyone!

Ned: Homer! Fall backward! (Homer walks backwards and dies outside the button)
Ned: Phew!
(Homer turns on to his back and dies)
Ned: Phew!
(Homer’s tongue comes out and hits the button)
Ned: Oh, you stupid son of a…… (town explodes)

Otto: (throw by Homer) Opium Rules!

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Treehouse of Horror XVI


Best Segment


Announcer: It’s the sixth game in the world series, and the current highlights is a cloud shaped like a giraffe that floated by during the rain delay. Oh, would you look at that? The batter just called timeout again! Now let’s look in the stands with the player’s wives. Oh, what do you know! They’re talking on cell phones. No doubt complaining about the good life.
Kang: This is the most boring game in all the universe!
Kodos: And with all the steroids they take the players look like freaks!
Both: Freaks! Freaks! [A small miniature version of Kodos’ head appears on Kodos’ neck]
Mini Kodos: Freaks! Freaks! Freaks! [Kodos bites it off and eats it]

Kodos: [after the fabric of the universe shatters] Smooth move, space lax! You’ve destroyed the totality of existence!

Kang: It’ll be fine. I’ll just leave a note.

Homer: This stinks! I’ve got stubby little robot legs and an ass that’s not equipped for an adult diet!

Bart: No fair! Dad gets to kill wild animals, but I shoot one bird and I have to go to a psychiatrist!
Marge: He still thinks that hobo was a bird.

Rabbit Apu: Ha, ha! You can’t kill a Hindu! (his foreleg gets caught in a bear trap) Ah! Help me, Jesus!

Terry Bradshaw: Well, conventional wisdom says, “Good fleeing will always mean good chasing”. BUT the stats say “Put your money on the guy with the gun!”

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Treehouse of Horror XVII


Best Segment


Marge: Homer! You won’t eat my stuffed peppers, but you’ll eat our son?

Squeaky Voiced Teen: (screaming) Tell my friends I died kissing a girl!
Homer: No!

Grandpa: I never thought it would come to this when I fought in the first World War.
Lenny: First World War? Why do you keep calling it that?
Grandpa: Oh, you’ll see!

Mayor Quimby: We have nothing to fear but the aliens and their vastly superior killing technology!

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Treehouse of Horror XVIII


Best Segment


Homer: Come on, you guys! We’ll miss the dissection!
Kodos: Actually, I’m still alive, so technically it’s vivisection.
Homer: Nobody wants a know it all.

Homer: (thinking) It’s poison, whatever you do don’t eat it.
(Homer eats it)
Homer: (thinking) Okay you ate it but don’t finish it.
(Homer finishes it.)
Homer: (thinking) Okay but don’t ask for…
Homer: Seconds please.
Homer: (thinking) You moron just kill her.
Homer: I’ll kill her after dessert!

Marge: All this time I thought you were out getting drunk, you were killing people?
Homer: I was getting drunk, then killing people!

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Treehouse of Horror XIX


Best Segment


Groundskeeper Willie: (holds out a tray of toasted pumpkin seeds) Care for a pumpkin seed?
Grand Pumpkin: You roast the unborn?!? (eats Willie whole) AAAAH!!!

Nelson: (to the Grand Pumpkin, holding a yellow pumpkin) Touch me and I’ll cut your friend.
The Grand Pumpkin: What do I care? That’s a yellow pumpkin.
Nelson: You’re a racist!
The Grand Pumpkin: All pumpkins are racist. The difference is that I admit it. (starts eating Nelson)
Nelson: I’d rather die than hate!

Grand Pumpkin: Pumpkin segregation forever!

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Treehouse of Horror XX


Best Segment


Apu Nahasapeemapetilon: As a vegetarian, I did not eat any tainted burgers. And as a convenience store owner, I’m armed to the teeth.

Marge: Homie, where have you been?
(Homer speaks muncher-like)
Lisa: Dad, are you becoming a muncher?
Muncher Homer: I think the better brains is, are you brains are brains, Blarrrgh!
(Bart points a shot gun at Homer)
Bart: Where do you want it, the mouth or the eyes?
Muncher Homer: Oooh! Mouth.
Bart: Eyes it is!

Stranger: Safe Zone? You really think this is Safe Zone? *laughs* Well, yeah, you’re right. It’s right over there.
Soldier: Welcome, son. To survive, all we must do is eat your flesh.
Marge: Hold it right there, bub. What kind of civilized people eat the body and blood of their savior? (Rev. Lovejoy gets nervous)

Lisa: Time has passed. Children play in the streets. At night, there is music and laughter. And all we had to do was let Bart take a bath in our food.

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Treehouse of Horror XXI


Best Segment


Professor Frink: Oh! I went too far! Spoiled the whole show for everybody. I don’t deserve to wield the remote.

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November 20, 2017 - Leave a Response


Treehouse of Horror VIII


Best Segment


Comic Book Guy: Oooh, I’ve wasted my life.

Lenny: C’mon we just want to eat your skin.

Homer: Marge, kids, you’re alive!
Lisa: All the layers of lead paint in this house made it the perfect bomb shelter!

Ned: We can all work together to build a Utopian society, free of violence, hate, and prejudice!
Marge: That sounds beautiful, Ned. And let me just say my family and I share your vision for a better- Now!
(Marge and the kids pull out shotguns and shoot the mutants, leaving them in a pile.)
Marge: Friends with mutants, right!
Homer: Now, that’s the Marge I married! So, who wants to steal some Ferraris?!
Bart, Lisa, & Marge: Ooh me! I do! I do!

Lisa: He’s trying to kill me!

Homer: Nobody likes a tattletale, Lisa.

Bart: Well I’ll be a son of a witch!
Witch Marge: That’s right, I’m a witch! And I’m the one who withered your livestock, soured your sheep’s milk, and your made your shirts itchy!
Farmer Lenny: Hey! You destroyed my turnip crop!
Witch Marge: No, that was gophers.
Witchhunter Wiggum: That’s impossible. I thought we burned all of the gophers!
Witch Marge: Not all of them!
(Turns Wiggum into a giant gopher)

Maude: Oh, Neddy. Look at them up there, plotting our doom. They could force us to commit wanton acts of carnality.
Ned: (Under his breath) Yeah, that’ll be the day.

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Treehouse of Horror IX


Best Segment


Lisa: Of course! The transplant. Somehow Snake’s hair must be controlling…
Marge: Oh please, Lisa, everyone’s already figured that out.

Bart: You’ve got to fight the hair, dad.
Homer: But I look so youthful and hunky.
Snake: (possessing Homer) The kid’s gotta die.
Homer: But I love my son.
Snake: More than a lush head of hair?
Homer: Don’t make me choose!

Homer: (after watching Bart and Lisa on TV) Oooh, how are Bart and Lisa gonna get out of this one?

Regis Philbin: My eyes, my beautiful eyes!

Marge: Homer, do something! The ceiling’s not a safe place for a young baby.

Homer: Eh, all right, I got it. [gets a broom and tries to poke Maggie off the ceiling] Come on, get off the… [Maggie grabs the handle with her free tentacles and swings Homer back and forth across the room] Bad baby! Oh, she’s entering the terrible two’s, all right.

Homer: (to Dr. Hibbert) Is there anything you can prescribe, doctor?
Dr. Hibbert: Fire! And lots of it!
Marge: Hmm, that’s your cure for everything!

Maggie: Very well then. I’ll drive! [laughs menacingly as the episode ends] I need blood.

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Treehouse of Horror X


Best Segment

Scared me as a kid.


Marge: Homer, did you remember the fog lights?
Homer (singing): Guess I forgot to put the fog lights in!

Homer: Okay, Marge, you hide in the abandoned amusement park. Lisa, the pet cemetery. Bart, spooky roller disco and I’ll go skinny dipping in that lake where the sexy teens were killed 100 years ago tonight.

Guard: (To Lisa) Welcome aboard. Now, before you enter, you’re going to make a very difficult choice. You’re only allowed to take one parent with yo-
Lisa: Mom.

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Treehouse of Horror XI


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Homer: That horoscope was bologna. Nothing happened except the pick-ax in my head, the rattlesnake bite, and the testicle thing.

Bart: (after a rat bites him) Oh, I just got over the plague.

Marge: Husband, without your weekly penitence, how shall we feed our children?
Homer: Don’t worry. No child will ever starve in my home.
[Later, Homer throws Bart and Lisa into the deep dark woods]
Homer: So long, kids! Enjoy your new home. Say hi to your other brother and sister.
Bart: Other brother and sister?
[Bart and Lisa see skeletons that resemble them and scream together]
Lisa: Face it, they’re not great parents.

Mayor Quimby: We’re all frightened and horny, but we can’t let some killer dolphins keep us from living and scoring.

Homer: Hey, you got to hand it to those dolphins. They just wanted it more.
Lisa: I kind of wish I hadn’t freed their leader and, you know, doomed mankind.
Marge: Oh, honey I wouldn’t say same doomed. It’s going to be an adjustment, no question.

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Neighborhood Lady: Cholera! I got cholera!

Marge: The best thing about a Gypsy wedding is I’m not the hairiest woman here.
Homer: Yep. Everything worked out for the best.
Marge: What?! Bart is dead!
Homer: Well, me saying I’m sorry won’t bring him back.
Marge: The Gypsy said it would.
Homer: [stubbornly] She’s not the boss of me.

Marge: Pierce, that was delicious! Can we help you with the dishes?
Ultrahouse: Marge, what kind of cybertronic ultrabot would I be if I let those beautiful hands touch dishwater?
[Marge giggles.]
Ultrahouse: No, I’m asking.
Marge: Oh… uh… Not a very good one?
Ultrahouse: Damn straight.

Mrs. Krabappel: Sloppy work as usual. Lisa’s casting spells at an eighth-grade level; you’ve sinned against nature.

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Treehouse of Horror XIII


Best Segment


Kent Brockman: Like comedy clubs in the late ’80s, these ravenous clones are everywhere. They destroyed every building in town except Moe’s Tavern, which is reporting record business.

Moe: All right, who’s paying the tab?
Homer Clones: LENNY!
Lenny: Anything for Homers.

Marge: The horde is almost dead! There’s still some writhing and twitching, but that should stop by morning.
Homer Clone: Good news.
Marge: Mmm, [kisses the Homer Clone] One handsome hubby is all I need. [continues kissing the clone, then gasps in shock] No belly button? You’re a clone! Then the real Homer…
Homer Clone: First over cliff.
Marge: [gasps] My Homie is dead? How will I go on?
Homer Clone: You like back rubs?
Marge: Oh well.

Homer: Maggie! (Lisa as an owl grabs Maggie) Lisa! (Homer captures Lisa and set Maggie free)
Lisa: We were just playing.
Homer: What game?
Lisa: Let’s eat Maggie?

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Treehouse of Horror XIV


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Lisa: Dad! You’ve become the new Grim Reaper!
Homer: No way, forget it. I might occasionally kill out of anger, or to illustrate a point. But I am not a Grim Reaper! (the robe sucks in his groin) Ow! Ow! I’ll reap! I’ll reap already!

God: Wait a minute! This isn’t Marge! It’s her fat sister, Selma!
Homer: It’s Patty, CHUMP!

Agnes Skinner: Lost your spine huh? You just keep finding new ways to disappoint me.

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November 7, 2017 - Leave a Response

Here’s what coming to TCM this November.


Star of the Month: James Stewart (Wednesdays in November)

TCM celebrates the 5-time Oscar-nominated actor with 57 films airing all day Wednesday this month.  One of my favorites.

Mariah’s Picks

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (November 1 @ 9:45pm/8:45pm c)

Besides George Bailey, Jefferson Smith is Jim’s other iconic role.

Destry Rides Again (November 2 @ 12:15am/November 1 @ 11:15pm)

Jimmy is the new sheriff in town who doesn’t like guns and drinks milk.

After the Thin Man (November 2 @ 2am/1am c)

Jimmy’s first significant role is this sequel to The Thin Man.

Vivacious Lady (November 2 @ 4am/3am c)

Jimmy marries Ginger Rogers (who he dated in real life) after a whirlwind courtship.  Pity he forgot to tell his fiancee back home!

The Shop Around the Corner (November 8 @ 8pm/7pm c)

This film is airs frequently during the holidays.  Jimmy and Margaret Sullivan are bickering co-workers at a department store who are pen pals who don’t know each other.

The Mortal Storm (November 8 @ 10pm/9pm c)

Jim who is a pacifist and Margaret Sullivan who is half-Jewish, watch as their friends and family succumb to Nazi hysteria.

The Philadelphia Story (November 9 @ midnight/November 8 @ 11pm c)

The movie Jimmy won the Best Actor Oscar for.  People now think it was a consolation prize for not winning the previous year.  Jimmy voted for best bud Henry Fonda-who didn’t receive another Best Actor nomination for 40 years!

Vertigo (November 15 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Sights & Sound named this movie the greatest film of all time in 2012, knocking off Citizen Kane after 50 years!

Anatomy of a Murder (November 15 @10:30pm/9:30pm c)

Jimmy received the last of his five Oscar nominations for his portrayal of a small-town lawyer who is defending a soldier who killed the man who raped his wife.

Harvey (November 22 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Jimmy is the adorable Elwood P. Dowd who’s best friend is a seven-foot invisible rabbit named Harvey.

Rear Window (November 23 @ 2:15am/1:15am c)

Jimmy gets in trouble for spying on his neighbors.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (November 29 @ 5:45pm/4:45pm c)

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  Also, try to watch fify-something Jimmy play a twenty-something.

Winchester ’73 (November 29 @8pm/7pm c)

This movie is historical in a business sense.  Universal couldn’t afford to pay Jimmy’s usual salary so his agent struck a deal where Jimmy would work for scale and ten percent of the film’s profits.  Jimmy made over half a million dollars on this one film.

The Naked Spur (November 30 @ 1:30am/12:30am c)

Jimmy is a bitter bounty hunter looking to turn in outlaw Robert Ryan.

Noir Alley (Sunday Mornings at 10am/9am c)

Welcome to Noirvember, everybody!  Noir Alley just introduced a new VR experience (note: you don’t have to have VR) Noir Alley 360° .  A new episode will debut every Sunday.

Split Second (November 5)

A killer hides in a ghost town that is a nuclear test site.

The Window (1949-November 12)

Young Tommy has told too many tall tales, so when he witnesses his neighbors commit a murder, no one believes him.  Bobby Driscoll won a special juvenile Oscar for his performance.

Night and the City (November 19)

An American hustler living in London gets involved in the dark world of wrestling.

Strangers on a Train (November 26)

A man makes the mistake of striking up a conversation with a stranger.

TCM Spotlight: The Hollywood Blacklist (Mondays & Tuesdays in November)

On the eve of the 70th anniversary that changed Hollywood forever, TCM presents every Monday and Tuesday evening films focusing on individuals who were affected by the Hollywood Blacklist, some of whom who careers were completely destroyed and a few who died because of the all the drama and heartache. The programming is divided into five categories: Before the Blacklist (The Hollywood Ten); Before the Blacklist (Other blacklisted writers & directors); Before the Blacklist (Actors); During the Blacklist (Working abroad & pseudonyms); and After the Blacklist (Comebacks). It all starts November 6 with a 1976 documentary called Hollywood on Trial narrated by John Huston.

Mariah’s Picks

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (Dalton Trumbo) (November 6 @ 10pm/9pm c)

This wholesome family drama was the last script by Trumbo before he was blacklisted and started using pseudonyms in order to keep working.  Star Edward G. Robinson, who enjoyed the change of pace from his crime films, was later “graylisted” which while he was not blacklisted from working in Hollywood, his output in the first half of the 1950s was B-film work.

Crossfire (Adrian Scott & Edward Dmytryk) (November 7 @ 2am/1am c)

This was the first B-movie to receive a Best Picture nomination.  Actor Robert Ryan also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor (his only one!).

Woman of the Year (Ring Lardner, Jr.) (November 8 @12:15am/November 7 @ 11:15pm)

When Hepburn met Tracy.  The first of nine pairings.

Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky) (November 13@ 8pm/7pm c)

An attorney tries to protect his big brother from the mob.

The Naked City (Jules Dassin) (November 14 @ 2am/1am c)

A veteran cop and his new partner investigate the murder of a young model.  Shot entirely in New York City.

He Ran All the Way (John Garfield & Norman Lloyd) (November 14 @ 8pm/7pm c)

This was Garfield’s last film.  He died of a heart attack on May 21, 1952, partially due to the immense stress of being blacklisted.  Lloyd was more fortunate thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, who employed him on TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  Lloyd will be 103 on Wednesday, November 8.

Scarface (Karen Morley) (November 15 @midnight/November 14 @ 11pm c)

Before Pacino, there was Muni.  He was just as sadistic.

A Streetcar Named Desire (Kim Hunter) (November 15 @ 3:45am/2:45am c)

Hunter won Best Supporting Actress.

Gun Crazy (Morris Carnovsky) (November 15 @ 8:15am/7:15am c)

A couple goes on a bank-robbing spree.

Rififi (Jules Dassin) (November 21 @ 2am/1am c)

Dassing moved to Europe to continue making movies.  This is the first one he was able to make.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (Michael Wilson & Carl Foreman-Pierre Bouelle solely credited until 1985) (November 21 @ 10:30pm/9:30pm c)

A British colonel and his men build a bridge while they are imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.  Wilson and Foreman wrote the screenplay in secret and didn’t receive credit until 1985 after both were deceased.

Exodus (Dalton Trumbo) (November 27 @ 8pm/7pm c)

With this film and Spartacus, Trumbo was able to take back his name.

The Front (Zero Mostel & Martin Ritt) (November 28 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Woody Allen plays a clerk who becomes a “front” for blacklisted writers.  Mostel co-stars as an actor who struggles under the pressure from HUAC.

Veterans Day (November 11 & 12)

TCM salutes the brave men and women who have served our country.  Host Ben Mankiewicz will speak with eight veterans who chose a film that has meant something to them.

Mariah’s Picks

The Best Years of Our Lives (November 11 @ 5pm/4pm c)

Three servicemen at different stages in their lives share a flight back home and become intertwined in each other’s dramas.  The Best Picture winner of 1946.

Casablanca (November 12 @ 3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Fathom Events will be showing this movie as part of their TCM Big Screen Classics series.  It will air the 12th and 15th of this month.

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film (November 5)

TCM salutes the avant-garde and experimental films during the years of 1894-1941.  It includes a 1941 production of Peer Gynt starring a 17-year-old Charlton Heston.

Guest Programmer: Matthew Modine (November 24)

This month’s Guest Programmer is Matthew Modine, who is now starring in Stranger Things (note to self: binge-watch Stranger Things)  Mr. Modine has chosen 1967’s The Dirty Dozen and Cool Hand Luke, 1976’s Network, and 1937’s Grand Illusion.


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Every year since 1990, The Simpsons has aired a Halloween episode each October (and for about a decade in early November-thank World Series).  The writers abandon all realism in favor of scares and laughs.  Here’s what I believe are the best segments from all the Treehouse series.  I only chose one segment from each special because I would be writing forever if I reviewed each segment.  However, I will include memorable quotes and visual gags from most segments in order of airing.

Let’s get this started!  Halloween is winding down!

Treehouse of Horror I

The first Treehouse of Horror and the only one to be set in the treehouse.  In this installment, Bart and Lisa try to outdo each other with scary stories with Homer listening below.


Best Segment

James Earl Jones (who voices a mover and a narrates Poe’s famous poem with Homer as the man tormented by a raven who looks like Bart.  Would you believe this segment caused students to become interested in Poe’s work?


Evil Spirit: They are all against you, Bart. You must kill them all. They all must die.

Bart: Are you my conscience?

Evil Spirit: I… Yes, I am.

Homer: Mr. Ploot, Homer Simpson here. When you sold me this house, you forgot to mention one little thing. You didn’t tell me it was built on an Indian burial ground!  No, you didn’t!  Well, that’s not my recollection! Yeah? Well, all right, goodbye!

Homer: He says he mentioned it five or six times.

Lisa: It chose to destroy itself rather than live with us. You can’t help but feel a little rejected.

Marge: Well, thank you very much, Mr.—

Serak the Preparer: To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue. 

Homer: Listen, you big, stupid space creature, nobody, but nobody, eats the Simpsons!


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Treehouse of Horror II

Lisa, Bart and Homer have nightmares after eating too much candy on Halloween.  The titles of each segment are The Monkey’s Paw (Lisa’s nightmare), The Bart Zone (Bart’s Nightmare), and If I Only had a Brain (Homer’s nightmare).


Best Segment

Based off a Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life”, Bart has the ability to bend reality with his mind, read someone’s mind, and can turn anyone who says anything bad about him into anything he wants.  It’s filled with a lot of great gags and has a hilarious ending that makes sense in 10-year-old Bart’s mind.


Marge: Homer, where’d you get the monkey’s paw?
Homer: I got it from the stand…over..there. (points to an empty space. A gust of wind is blowing sand around)
Homer: Oh, wait. It’s over there.
Merchant: You will be sorry.

Homer: I’ll make a wish that can’t backfire! I wish for a turkey sandwich, on rye bread, with lettuce, and mustard, and… I don’t want any zombie turkeys, I don’t wanna turn into a turkey myself, and I don’t want any more weird surprises, you got it! (Homer eats)… Mmm, not bad, nice hot mustard, good bread, turkeys a little dry… THE TURKEY’S A LITTLE DRY!!!

Kang: That board with a nail in it may have defeated us, but the humans won’t stop there. They’ll make bigger boards and bigger nails. Soon they’ll make a board with a nail so big it will destroy them all!

Mrs. Krabappel: Well, class the history of our country has been changed again, to correspond with Bart’s answers on yesterday’s test. America was now discovered in 1942 by… ”some guy.” And our country isn’t called America any more. It’s Bonerland.

Football announcer: The kick is up…it’s looking good…The ball is turning into a fat bald guy! (f) And it’s no good, and you know what we say every time something strange happens, it’s good that Bart did that, it’s very good!

Krusty: Well, we’re still on. 346 consecutive hours. And all because of one little boy who…WHO WON’T LET ME STOP!! Anyway, now let’s go and see if Sideshow Mel has any more of those legal, over-the-counter wake-up drugs of his!

Audience YAY!

Mr. Burns: Have trouble breathing… organs leaking vital fluids… Smithers… I am going to die.

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Treehouse of Horror III

The Simpsons host a Halloween party for Bart and Lisa’s friends.  After Homer eats a Halloween activity, Lisa, Abe, and Bart tell scary stories to the group.


Best Segment

This was a tough one for me, but by a hair, I chose Treehouse III’s final segment as it has a better overall story.  The first segment is extremely quotable and introduced the world to frogurt.


 (Bart opens Grampa’s gift, a box of cash)
Marge: Where’d you get all the money?
Grampa: The government. I didn’t earn it, I don’t need it, but if they miss one payment I’ll raise hell.

Homer: Do you sell toys?
Shopkeeper: We sell forbidden objects from places men dare to trade… We also sell frozen yogurt, which I call “frogurt”.
Homer: Yeah, well I need something for my son’s birthday.
Shopkeeper: Ah… Perhaps this will please the gentleman…
(The shopkeeper reaches the shelf and takes the Krusty doll.)
Shopkeeper: Take this object… But beware, it carries a terrible curse.
Homer: Ooo, that’s bad…
Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!
Homer: That’s good!
Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.
Homer: That’s bad…
Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of topping!
Homer: That’s good!
Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.
(Homer stares at the shopkeeper.)
Shopkeeper: That’s bad.
Homer: Can I go now?

Grampa: That doll is evil, I tells ya. Evil! Eeeeeeviillll!!!

Marge: Grandpa, you said that about all the presents.

Grampa:I just want attention.

               Patty: There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality.

Homer: The doll’s trying to kill me and the toaster’s been laughin’ at me!

Repairman: Yep, here’s your problem. Someone set this thing to “Evil.”

               Burns: What do you think, Smithers?

               Smithers: I think women and seamen don’t mix.

               Burns: We know what you think.

Carl: Hey, I heard we’re goin’ to Ape Island.

Lenny: Yeah, to capture a giant ape. I wished we were going to Candy Apple Island.

Charlie: Candy Apple Island? What do they got there?

Carl: Apes. But they’re not so big.

Bart: Nice try, Mr. Flanders. But I’ve got a story so scary you’ll wet your pants!
Grampa: Too late.

Lisa: Dad, we did something very bad!
Homer: Did you wreck the car?
Bart: No
Homer: Did you raise the dead?
Lisa: Yes!
Homer: But the car’s okay?
Lisa and Bart: Uh-huh.
Homer: All right then.

Bart: Dad, you killed the zombie Flanders!
Homer: He was a zombie?

Homer[while attacking the zombies] Take that, Washington! Eat lead, Einstein! Show’s over, Shakespeare!

Shakespeare: Is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare?

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Treehouse of Horror IV

Bart hosts this year’s installment, but Marge and Maggie keep interrupting him as he tries to introduce the three segments.  This is one of the best overall Halloween episodes, along with the next installment.


Best Segment

I’m going with the middle segment because this one scared the crap out of me as a child.  Something about that gremlin just freaks me out.


Homer: Flanders?! You’re the devil?!

Devil FlandersIt’s always the one you least expect.

Devil Flanders: Now remember, the instant you finish it, I own your soul for–(Homer has already scarfed all but a small crumb of the donut)

Homer: Hey, wait. If I don’t finish this last bite, you don’t get my soul, do you?

Devil Flanders: Uh, technically no, but–

Homer(singing) I’m smarter than the Devil. I’m smarter than the Dev–(Flanders turns into a huge demon)

Devil FlandersYOU ARE NOT SMARTER THAN THE DEVIL!  I’ll see you in Hell yet, Homer Simpson!

Bart: I just had a vision of my own horrible fiery death.

SkinnerHello, Simpson.  I’m riding the bus today because Mother hid my car keys to punish me for talking to a woman on the phone.  She was right to do it.

Homer: It sure was nice of Mr. Burns to invite us for a midnight dinner at his country house in…Pennsylvania!

Vampire Burns(On the intercom) Welcome, come in. Ah, fresh victims for my ever-growing army of the undead!

Smithers: Sir, you have to let go of the button.

Vampire Burns: Oh son of a bi–

Homer: Bart! How many times have I told you before not to bite your sister? Hey, wait a minute! You are a vampire!

Grampa: Quick! We have to kill the boy!

Marge: How did you know he’s a vampire?

Grampa: He’s a vampire? (runs off screaming)

Marge: Homer, we gotta do something. Today, he’s drinking people’s blood. Tomorrow, he could be smoking!

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Treehouse of Horror V

This is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror ever.  After critics blasted the show for being too scary, the show decided to up the ante.  Groundskeeper Willie gets an ax in the back three times.


Best Segment

This is considered the best Halloween short in Treehouse history.  It is very scary and hysterical. No TV and no beer would make Homer go crazy. Also, the ending has freaked me out for years.


Marge: Oh my! It seems the show is so scary that Congress won’t even let us show it. Instead they suggested the 1947 classic Glenn Ford movie, “200 Miles to Oregon”. (not a real movie)

Burns: Hmmmm… that’s odd. Usually the blood gets off on the second floor.

Burns: Yes, by cutting off cable TV and the beer supply, I can ensure an honest winter’s work out of those low-lifes.

Smithers: Sir, did you ever stop to think that maybe it was doing this that caused the previous caretakers to go insane and murder their families?

Burns: Hmm… perhaps. Tell you what: we come back and everyone’s slaughtered, I owe you a Coke.

Willie:  Boy…you read my thoughts! You’ve got the Shinning.
Bart: You mean “Shining”.
Willie: Shh! You want to get sued?

Marge: You stay here until you’re no longer insane. Hmm, chili would be good tonight.

Moe: Homer? It’s Moe. Listen, some of the other ghouls and I are a little concerned the project isn’t moving forward.

Homer: Can’t murder now. Eating.

Homer: (Homer chops into a room) Heeeere’s Johnny!(camera pulls back to reveal empty room)D’oh!

(chops into another room)

Homer: Daaaaavid Letterman!

Grampa: Hi David, I’m Grampa.Homer: D’oh!

(chops down another door)

Homer: (holding a ticking stopwatch) I’m Mike Wallace, I’m Morley Safer, and I’m Ed Bradley! All this and Andy Rooney tonight on “60 Minutes”!


Homer: Television! Teacher! Mother! Secret Lover.

Homer: Wow. I’m the first non-Brazilian person to travel backwards through time

Homer: I’ve gone back to the time when dinosaurs weren’t just confined to zoos! OK, don’t panic; remember the advice your father gave you on your wedding day.

Grampa: If you ever travel back in time, don’t step on anything, because even the tiniest change can alter the future in ways you can’t imagine.

Homer: Hmm, fabulous house, well-behaved kids, sisters-in-law dead, luxury sedan… whoo hoo! I hit the jackpotMarge, dear, would you kindly pass me a donut?

Marge: Donut? What’s a donut?( Homer screams and runs downstairs and disappears back into time; outside the window, donuts start falling from the sky)

Marge: Hmm… it’s raining again.

Maggie: This is indeed a disturbing universe.

Skinner: A powder keg of unacceptable behavior.

Jimbo: It’s hard to scrub this giant pot from the inside when you keep spilling meat tenderizer all over me.

Willie: Ugh, I’m bad at this.

Skinner:  I’m going to enjoy devouring you, Bart Simpson. Yes… I believe I’ll start as you’ve so often suggested by eating your shorts…

Homer: Stupid cheap weather stripping!

Simpson Family (& Willie) singing: The family dog is eyeing Bart’s intestine!

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Treehouse of Horror VI


Best Segment

Another segment that scared me as a kid.  Willie is the perfect Freddy Krueger and we were introduced to the month of Smarch.


Homer: I paid for a colossal doughnut, and I’m gonna get a colossal doughnut!

Chief Wiggum: (after he shot what he thought was a monster) Eh, they’re not so tough.

Lou: Um… Chief, that wasn’t a monster; that was the captain of the high school basketball team.

Chief Wiggum: Uh, yeah… Well, he was turning into a monster… Yeah.

Skinner: Wheel him out quietly.  It’s best the children don’t see.  (Sheet falls to reveal Martin’s dead body).


SkinnerJust get him out of here!  Not into the kindergarten!

Kindergarteners: AAAAAHHHH!!!

Homer: Oh, lousy Smarch weather. 

Groundskeeper Willie: (looking like a skeleton) You’ll pay for this…with your children’s blood!

Chief Wiggum: Oh, right. How are you going to get them? Skeleton power?

Groundskeeper Willie: I’ll strike where you cannot protect them… in their dreams!

Homer: Hello? Can anybody hear me?

Marge: Homer, where are you?

Homer: I’m somewhere where I don’t know where I am!

Marge: Do you see towels? If you see towels, you’re probably in the linen closet again.

Homer: Just a second! No

Chief Wiggum: Take that, you lousy dimension!

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Treehouse of Horror VII


Best Segment

This segment is still relevant today.  All you have to do is switch out the names of the candidates.


Dr. Hibbert: But what to do about poor Hugo?  Too crazy for Boy’s Town, too much of a boy for Crazy Town!  The child was an outcast!  So, we did the only humane thing.

Homer: We chained Hugo up in the attic like an animal and fed him a bucket of fish heads once a week.

Marge: It’s saved our marriage.

Bart: You’re crazy!

Hugo: Am I? Well, perhaps we’re all a little crazy. I know I am. I went mad after they tore us apart, but I’ll be sane… once I sew us back together.

Bart: But you’ll kill both of us.

Hugo: No, it’s easy. Look, I’ve been practicing: I made a pigeon-rat.

Dr. Hibbert: That means the evil twin is and always has been…Bart.  (They all turn around and stare at Bart.)

Bart: Oh, don’t look so shocked.

Lisa: I’ve created Lutherans!

Kang: Abortions for all!

Crowd: Boo!!!!

Kang: Very well, no abortions for anyone!

Crowd: Boo!!!!

KangAbortions for some!  Miniature American flags for others!

Crowd: Yay!!!!!

Kang: It does not matter which way you vote.  Either way your planet is doomed! DOOMED!

Kodos: My fellow Americans.  As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Kodos: It’s a two party system! You have to vote for one of us!

Man: He’s right, this is a two-party system.

Man 2: Well, I believe I’ll vote for a third-party candidate.

Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

Homer: Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

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Monster of the Month: Dracula (Sundays in October)

TCM celebrates the man with the fangs spanning 50 years and 12 pictures.

Mariah’s Picks

Dracula (1931-available on TCM on Demand/WATCH TCM app)

Bela Lugosi is arguably the best and most remembered Dracula.  The 1931 film was made in English and Spanish.


Dracula’s Daughter (1936-available on TCM on Demand/WATCH TCM app)

Gloria Holden is The Prince of Darkness’ little girl.

Horror of Dracula (1958-October 15 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Would you believe Christopher Lee is only onscreen for seven minutes?



TCM Spotlight: Classic Horror (Tuesdays in October)

It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit with these classic monster movies from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Every Tuesday night is a different decade.

Mariah’s Picks

Frankenstein (1931-October 3 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Boris Karloff remains the definitive Frankenstein.  Watch his debut and find out what happens in this scene with The Creature and the little girl.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935-October 3 @ 9:30pm/8:30pm c)

A rare sequel that is arguably better than the original.

Cat People (1942-October 10 @ 8pm/7pm c)

A bride is obsessed with the fear of turning into a panther if she gives into passion.

I Walked with a Zombie (1943-October 11 @ 12:30am/October 10 @ 11:30pm c)

A loose adaptation of Jane Eyre set in the West Indies.  Involves voodoo.

Carnival of Souls (1962-October 25 @ 2am/1am c)

A woman has strange things happen to her after a car accident.

The Haunting (1963-Halloween @ 9:30pm/8:30pm c)

Watch this one, not the remake.

Star of The Month: Anthony Perkins (Fridays in October)

Norman Bates makes his SUTS debut with 13 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Friendly Persuasion (1956-October 6 @ 9:45 pm/8:45pm c)

Perkins received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the eldest son of a Quaker family who enlists in the Civil War. Gary Cooper co-stars.

Psycho (1960-October 27 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Perkins most famous role and it typecasted him for the rest of his career.

Pretty Poison (1968-October 27 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Perkins is a recently released mental patient who meets teenager Tuesday Weld who is crazier than he is.

George Pal (October 11 and 12)

One of the most highly regarded and honored science fiction filmmakers is celebrated by TCM over two nights.

Mariah’s Picks

The Time Machine (1960-October 12 @ 1am/midnight c)

Pal directed this faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel.  The film won a Best Special Effects Oscar.

Guest Programmer: Todd Haynes (October 19)

The film director selects four films which he studied in preparation for his upcoming film Wonderstruck, which will be in theaters on the 20th.  Haynes chose the following:

The Crowd (1928-October 19 @ 8pm/7pm c)

A young man tries to survive setbacks in his life.

Sounder (1972-October 19 @ 10pm/9pm c)

A sharecropper’s family fights to survive the Great Depression after he is arrested for stealing food to give to his family.

The Night of the Hunter (1955-October 20 @ midnight/October 19 @ 11pm c)

Rober Mitchum is the world’s worst stepfather.

Walkabout (1971-October 20 @ 2am.1am c)


An Aborigine helps two kids lost in the desert.

Noir Alley (Sunday mornings in October)

Have you bought the new Batman in Noir Alley comic book?  Well, you can get it for free at your local comic book store.  Later this month, TCM will launch Noir Alley: 360° of Noir, a virtual experience allowing fans to solve crimes in the film noir world.


Possessed (1947-October 1 @ 10am/9am c)

Joan Crawford is a woman who marries her employer Raymond Massey, but is still hung up on ex Van Heflin.

They Won’t Believe Me (1947-October 8 @ 10am/9am c)

Robert Young plays against type as a gold-digging stockbroker juggling his heiress wife and two girlfriends.

Side Street (1950-October 15 @ 10am/9am c)

Frustrated postal worker Farley Granger steals $30,000 from a crooked lawyer and lives to regret it.

Raw Deal (1948-October 22 @ 10am/9am c)

Framed man Dennis O’Keefe kidnaps social worker Marsha Hunt (100 years young on the 17th!) and goes on the run with girlfriend Claire Trevor.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946-October 29 @ 10am/9am c)

Barbara Stanwyck is a woman who rules her manufacturing town with an iron fist.  Kirk Douglas makes his film debut as her weak, alcoholic husband.


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TCM Spotlight: Trailblazing Women-Part III (Mondays in October)

The “October on TCM” post was getting a little too long so the Trailblazing Women festival is now its own segment.

TCM enters its final year of the three-year partnership with Women in Film.  This year’s theme features women behind the scenes starting October 2 with screenwriters in the Silent Film & the Early Talkie Era.  This group includes:

Bess Meredyth

Credits include the 1925 version of Ben-Hur (which will be shown on TCM), Don Juan, and her Oscar-nominated script A Woman of Affairs.

Dorothy Parker

The only female member of the famed Algonquin Hotel Round Table is credited for 16 screenplays including the 1937 version of A Star is Born (which will be shown on TCM), The Little Foxes, and Sabetour.

Anita Loos

The quadruple-threat of journalist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Loos earned a reputation as a writer of cynical dialogue.  Loos is best known for her 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes which was adapted into 1953 musical starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.  Her screenwriting credits include The Women (which will be shown on TCM), San FranciscoRed Headed Woman, and Another Thin Man.

Frances Marion

The journalist (one of the first female war correspondents) turned screenwriter wrote around 150 scripts from 1915 to 1939.  She wrote star vehicles for silent stars Mary Pickford and Marion Davies.  She was also an expert in adapting literary materials to the big screen.  She wrote silent film adaptations of Pollyanna and Anne of Green Gables, won an Oscar for the 1930 film The Big House, and the 1936 film version of Camille (which will be shown on TCM).

Jeanie MacPherson

MacPherson was mostly a contract writer for pioneering director Cecil B. DeMille.  Her scripts include Dynamite (which will be shown on TCM), The King of Kings, and Madame Satan.

On October 9, screenwriters from the Classic Studio Era will be featured.  This group includes:

Leigh Brackett

Director Howard Hawks read a 1944 detective novel called No Good from a Corpse and thought this guy Leigh Brackett could write an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep (which will be shown on TCM).  He was shocked that this guy Brackett was this girl Brackett.  Hawks used Brackett to write for five more of his movies including Rio Bravo and Hatari!  She also wrote the screenplay for a little-known movie called The Empire Strikes Back.

Ruth Gordon

An actress, playwright, and screenwriter, Gordon wrote several screenplays with her husband and collaborator, Garson Kanin.  Her films include Adam’s Rib (which will be shown on TCM), Pat and Mike, and The Marrying Kind.  She is best known for her acting roles in Rosemary’s Baby (where she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) and Harold and Maude-she’s Maude.

Betty Comden

She and collaborator Adolph Green (no, they were not married like other male-female screenwriting collaborators) wrote some of the greatest musicals ever made.  Their films include Singin’ in the Rain (which will be shown on TCM), Auntie Mame, On the Town, and The Band Wagon.

Jay Presson Allen

Allen wrote several memorable scripts including Cabaret (which will be shown on TCM), The Prince of the City, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Marnie.

Lenore Coffee

The screenwriter is credited for 72 scripts ranging from 1919 to 1960.  Her films include The Great Lie (which will be shown on TCM), Sudden Fear, Four Daughters, and Beyond the Forest.

On October 16, the theme is film editors from the Classic Studio Era.  They include:

Anne Bauchens

Bauchens worked on 25 Cecil B. DeMille films and many others.  They include Madame Satan (which will be shown on TCM), Beast of the City, the 1934 version of Cleopatra, Love Letters, and The Ten Commandments (the 1923 and 1956 versions).

Dede Allen

Allen has collaborated with directors Arthur Penn (six films) and Sidney Lumet (four films) plus countless others.  Her films include Bonnie and Clyde (which will be shown on TCM), Dog Day Afternoon, The Hustler, and Reds.

Margaret Booth

Booth was a pioneer in film editing.  She spent the majority of her film career at MGM, working her way up to supervising film editor, a position which she held for 30 years.  Her films include the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty (which will be shown on TCM), Camille, Gigi, and Ben-Hur.

Verna Fields

She won an Oscar for editing the film Jaws and worked on several films for Peter Bogdanovich including What’s Up Doc? (which will be shown on TCM) and Paper Moon.

Marcia Lucas

Lucas edited some the 1970s most iconic films including American Graffiti, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (which will be shown on TCM), Taxi Driver, Star Wars, and The Return of the Jedi.

On October 23, TCM presents female editors in the Contemporary Era.  They include:

Anne V. Coates

Coates, who received an Honorary Oscar in 2016, has an editing career spanning nearly six decades.  Her films include The Elephant Man (which will be shown on TCM), Becket, Murder on the Orient Express, and Erin Brockovich.

Susan Morse

Morse edited Woody Allen’s films from 1977 to 1998.  They include Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hannah and Her Sisters (which will be shown on TCM).

Thelma Schoonmaker

The editor who enjoys an exclusive collaboration with Martin Scorsese beginning with Raging Bull in 1980.  Her other films include Goodfellas, Casino (which will be shown on TCM-also a premiere), and Gangs of New York.  Their next collaboration The Irishman will be released in 2018.

Carol Littleton

Littleton has been editing films since 1972.  Her films include Body Heat, E.T., The Big Chill, Places in the Heart (which will be shown on TCM), and Wyatt Earp.

On October 30, TCM spotlights women producers including a few who managed to produce films in the Golden Age of Hollywood.  This group includes:

June Mathis

Mathis is responsible for building the reputation of Rudolph Valentino with vehicles as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (which will be shown on TCM) and Blood and Sand.

Kathleen Kennedy

One of the most powerful people in Hollywood (I’m serious-she replaced Chris Lord and Phil Miller with Ron Howard on the Han Solo movie apparently because of creative differences).  She has an imprint on some of the highest-grossing films in box-office history.  It all started with an Associate Producer credit on The Raiders of the Lost Ark and then her producing career began with E.T. then Back to the Future (which will be shown on TCM and a premiere), Jurassic Park, and the new Star Wars films.

Virginia Van Upp

Van Upp started her Hollywood career as a screenwriter with such films as Cover Girl.  She had a brief producing career in the 1940s with her most remembered film being Gilda (which will be shown on TCM).

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips spearheaded some of the most iconic films from the 1970s.  She became the first female producer to win an Academy Award with 1973’s The Sting.  Other films include Taxi Driver (which will be shown on TCM) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Joan Harrison

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s protegees who contributed to his scripts and later worked her way to becoming a producer for several Universal films.  Her films include Phantom Lady, They Won’t Believe Me (which will be shown on TCM), and Ride the Pink Horse.

Harriet Parsons

The daughter of gossip columnist Louella Parsons, Harriet enjoyed a successful career as a producer in the 1940s and the 1950s.  Her films include The Enchanted Cottage, I Remember Mama (which will be shown on TCM), and Clash by Night.


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Star of the Month: Jennifer Jones (Tuesdays in September)

The brunette beauty who could play a saint and a sinner has her SOTM debut with 17 films, including one TCM premiere, 1962’s Tender is the Night.

Mariah’s Picks

The Song of Bernadette (1943-September 5 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jen won an Oscar in her debut film as “Jennifer Jones.”  She made a few films under her real name, Phylis Isley.  I might check this one out for reevaluation.  You see, this movie was my second-grade teacher’s favorite film and she would show it every time we had a movie day.

Cluny Brown (1945-September 6 @ 1am/midnight central)

Jennifer shows her rarely seen comedic side as a girl who knows all about plumbing, but not much about men.

Duel in the Sun (1946-September 6 @ 3am/2am central)

Jen really goes against-type and so does Gregory Peck, he’s the bad guy!

Portrait of Jennie (1948-September 12 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jennifer is a mysterious woman who inspires painter Joseph Cotten to paint his masterpiece.

Ruby Gentry (1952-September 13 @ 2am/1am central)

Jen has a love/hate relationship with beau Charlton Heston.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955-September 19 @ 10pm/9pm central)

Jen received her fifth and final Oscar nomination as a Eurasian doctor in love with a married man.  A short-lived soap opera was based off this film.

TCM Spotlight: The Motion Picture & Television Fund (Wednesdays in September)

TCM celebrates the legacy of the Motion Picture & Television Fund which has been in operation since 1942.  It has housed anyone who has worked in the movie and TV industry where they live in comfortable retirement.  Some of the MPTF’s residents will co-host with host Ben Mankiewicz, including the nearly 105-year-old Connie Sawyer, who may be the oldest living member of the Screen Actors Guild!

Mariah’s Picks

Little Annie Rooney (1926-September 6 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Mary Pickford works to save her crush from a murder rap.


My Fair Lady (1964-September 14 @ 12:15am/September 13 @ 11:15pm central)

One of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films.  Sadly, she didn’t get to do her own singing.

In the Heat of the Night (1967-September 20 @ 8pm/7pm central)

One of three movies in Sidney Poitier’s biggest year in his career.

A Star is Born (1937-September 21 @ 2am/1am central)

If you miss this movie you can catch it on September 29 and compare it with the 1954 and the 1976 versions.

TCM Special Presentation: Counter-Culture (September 14, 21, and 28)

It’s been  50 years since the start of the Counterculture movement?!  TCM has three nights of programming, to celebrate this milestone which is separated into three categories: Turn On (politics/sexual liberation); Tune In (music/concert films); Drop Out (drugs).  Tune In and Drop Out each feature two TCM premieres including Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back.

Treasures from the Disney Vaults (September 11)

Leonard Maltin returns to host this semi-annual series; this time with one short and six films, two of which are TCM premieres, 1960’s Kidnapped and 1968’s Blackbeard’s Ghost.

90th Anniversary of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (September 18)

The iconic movie theater celebrates its 90th-anniversary with three films that have a special place in its history.  The first film to play at the theater, the first MGM feature to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack of music and sound effects, and the first Best-Picture winner to premiere at the theater.

They are (in order):

  • The King of Kings (1927)
  • White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
  • The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Essentials (Saturdays)

Host Alec Baldwin continues presenting essential films with special guest William Friedkin for next four Saturday evenings in September.  On September 30,  special guest David Letterman takes over.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Bullitt (1968)

The Band Wagon (1953)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Noir Alley (Sunday mornings)

The film noir series returns with four new films.  For anyone who missed Framed during Glenn Ford’s SUTS day, it airs September 3.

Framed (1947)

711 Ocean Drive (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Scandal Sheet (1952)

TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis (Labor Day evening)

TCM pays tribute to the legendary comedian who passed away on August 20.  Fittingly, TCM will show his films on Labor Day, when he used to host his famous telethons.

The movies scheduled are:

  • The Nutty Professor (1963)
  • The King of Comedy (1983)
  • The Stooge (1952)
  • The Bellboy (1960)
  • The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Directed by Werner Herzog (September 7)

The scary-looking, intense director has 4 films scheduled, all of which are TCM premieres.

The films are:

  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • Stroszek (1977)
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Cobra Verde (1987)


August 31, 2017 - Leave a Response

Here we are, the final SUTS day.  To close the festival out is Elizabeth Taylor with 11 films and one documentary.  One of her films, 1973’s Night Watch, is a TCM premiere.

Mariah’s Picks

National Velvet (1944)

Taylor’s breakthrough role.  She got to keep the horse!

Father of the Bride (1950)

Elizabeth is the bride to Spencer Tracy’s father.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)

Liz throws herself onto husband Paul Newman, but he won’t go for it.