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25 August 2015

The best movie you never heard of?


"Once again the residents LOVED the presentation! Please let me know what dates you have in October (I assume you don't have Sept dates available) and going forward.


Mario Garcia

Enrichment Coordinator | Madison Estates

San Antonio, TX 78240

(Courtesy: Warner Bros.)

I was humbled when I received this email from Mario the other day.  He was referring to my Movie Memories presentation titled "The Best Movies You've Never Heard Of."

I like to keep the contents of that presentation under wraps a bit because the surprise of some of the films we talk about adds to the fun.

Let's just say that Cobb, Ron Shelton's gritty-to-the-bone dramatic biography starring Tommy Lee Jones as legendary baseball Hall-of-Famer Ty Cobb, is on the list.

Cobb may be one of Jones' lesser-known dramas, but the way San Antonio's resident Academy Award winner gets under the skin and down to the icy cold soul of the arrogant, abusive Cobb is a cinematic ride you are not likely to soon forget.

So, thanks Madison Estates residents, for always welcoming my Movie Memories presentations warmly.  And a special thank you to enrichment coordinator Mario Garcia for the kind, humbling words.  I look forward to returning to Madison Estates next month for something a little different; my stand-up comedy presentation titled "We Might As Well Laugh."

Look, you can see 'The Invisible Woman'

(Courtesy: Universal Pictures)

It sounds impossible, doesn't it?

It's true, though.  You can see The Invisible Woman, at least the classic 1940 sci-fi romantic-comedy co-starring Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore and John Howard, if you tune to classic TV cable channel TCM Tuesday night at 8:30.

That comic caper revolves around an attractive model (Bruce) with a few scores to settle.  She thinks being invisible might be just the ticket.  The Invisible Woman is just one of the vintage films I'm recommending this week.  Please note that all times listed are Central Daylight Time.  (Check your local listings for times in your area.)

And speaking of classic films with lady leads, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke both took home Academy Awards for their performances as Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, respectively, in Arthur Penn's The Miracle Worker (1962).  The mesmerizing biography-drama hits the MGM HD screen Sunday at 2:55 p.m.

This is also a big week for Greta Garbo fans.  Ninotchka (1939), one of all-time favorites, airs Wednesday at 5 p.m. on TCM.  I love the snappy banter between Garbo's title character, a stiff-as-nails Russian woman, and easy-going Leon, portrayed flawlessly by Melvyn Douglas.

In fact, at 10:45 Wednesday evening on TCM, you can light up the night with the second half of your own Garbo double-feature.  That's when Grand Hotel, Oscar's best picture of 1932, pairs the legendary Swedish actress with John Barrymore in a classic ensemble romantic-drama.

Some other choices of note:

  • Casablanca (1942), still the greatest film ever made in my humble opinion, heaps on romance and intrique at 7 p.m. Friday on TCM;
  • Meet John Doe (1941), featuring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in a Frank Capra classic, on TCM at 12:30 p.m. Sunday;
  • Tombstone (1993), teaming Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, respectively, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday on AMC and;
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Woody Allen's masterpiece about a dashing movie character (Jeff Daniels) who steps off the screen and into the life of a depressed woman (Mia Farrow) in the audience during the Great Depression.  It airs Sunday at 11:20 p.m. on MGM HD.

If I had to only pick one classic to watch this week, however, I'd hustle over to TCM Saturday at 7 p.m. for The Hustler (1961) just to see Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson and Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats chalk up their cue sticks and go at it one more time.