When thinking of the schedule for this month, I really wanted to focus on romantic comedies and romances, because I had told @Plain Old Tele after watching The Man Who Would Be King "no more boy movies." LOL.
February 4, 2021 / 9:30PM EST
In memoriam of Cicely Tyson, who passed away last week at the age of 96, we're going to watch her Academy Award nominated performance in Sounder from 1972. Tyson stars as Rebecca, a young mother carrying for her family and their farm while her husband is serving a prison sentence for stealing food. Her performance is quintessential "the quiet storm" and it's a masterclass.
In an interview on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, she recalled that she had been asked to test for a smaller role in the film and said she wanted to play the mother, Rebecca. She was told, “You’re too young, you’re too pretty, you’re too sexy, you’re too this, you’re too that, and I said, `I am an actress.’”
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
February 6, 2021 / 2:00PM EST
In memoriam of Cloris Leachman, who passed away last week at the age of 94, we're going to watch her Academy Award winning performance in The Last Picture Show. Us younger folks might remember her best as the crazy old broad on Dancing With the Stars, but she was actually a really great actress.
The Last Picture Show is directed and written by Peter Bogdanovich. "In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied North Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically."
February 10, 2021 / Wednesday 9:30PM EST
SNAP. OUT. OF. IT.
Here's the T. Over the last month I have rewatched all 12 seasons of RuPauls's Drag Race, plus 4 Seasons of All-Stars (LOL, NOT rewatching Season Three. I can't go through that TRAUMA again.) So, it's time for Cher! And Nic Cage!
February 13, 2021 / Saturday 2PM EST
Our second "Music Icon Turns Actress" of the week is Whitney Houston in the Bodyguard. It's kind of hard to stress how iconic this experience is. It's a pure Whitney Vehicle at the height of her Power. Kevin Coster is blessed to be in her presence.
February 17, 2021 / Wednesday 9:30PM EST
There were a bunch of options for a romance with Sidney Poitier. I thought about Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, A Patch of Blue, or A Warm December. But I settled on Paris Blues which is set in Paris in the 1960's, and follows two American expatriate jazz musicians working in the city, and dating two American tourists. It also stars Diahann Caroll, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward. Paul and Joanne are married IRL, so it's kind of a two-for.
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
February 20, 2021 / Saturday 2PM EST
A month of classic romances and no Bogie and Bacall. Never. This Howard Hawks film is Bacall's screen debut and the film she met Bogie on.
February 24, 2021 / Wednesday 9:30PM EST
Often talked about as one the best romance films of all time, this entry by David Lean (who that? Wonder if he did anything after this?), follows a woman tempted to cheat on her husband. Based on a Noel Coward play.
February 27, 2021 / Saturday 2:00PM EST
A perfect segue to March, will be modeled after TCM's 31 Days of Oscar, Carman Jones stars Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen. For this role, she is the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role,