So here we are, the end of the month and thus, sadly, the end of this year’s TCM 31 Days of Oscar festival. Here are some final suggestions for the rest of the month. I hope you all have a chance to check out some of the fantastic movies.
Monday February 25, 1:45 PM: White Heat (1949)
James Cagney stars in one of his craziest roles. He plays a gangster fixated on his mother, who leads his gang down the road to one of the most explosive endings in film history. After watching this one, youâ€™ll know what â€œTop of the world, Ma!â€ really means.
Tuesday February 26, 3:45 PM: Some Came Running (1958) If you know Vincente Minnelli only for his wonderful musicals, then start with this underrated gem to see how great he was with dramatic films. In one of the earliest â€œrat packâ€ films, Frank Sinatra stars as a veteran who returns home to deal with family secrets and scandals. The film also stars Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.
Thursday February 28, 12:00 AM: Seven Samurai (1954) Maybe youâ€™ve heard of Star Wars? Or The Magnificent Seven? Akira Kurosawaâ€™s masterpiece is one of the greatest and most involved action films ever. If you have never seen it, now is the time.
8:00 PM: A Man for All Seasons (1966) Paul Scofield delivers one of the best performances of any decade as Thomas More, the devout scholar who was charged with treason for refusing to sign a letter asking the Pope to annul the Henry VIIIâ€™s marriage. The film won Best Picture, and Scofield was given the Best Actor Oscar. This is one of those rare award-winning movies that many people have never heard of. Powerful, moving and literate, A Man for All Seasons is a must-see.
Friday February 29, 10:30 PM: Three Days of the Condor (1975) Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway star in this ’70s classic of conspiracy and paranoia. Redford is a CIA bookworm running for his life. He hooks up with Dunawayâ€™s unknowing, innocent photographer and together, they uncover a plot that could bring down the government.
Saturday March 1, 12:30 AM: Marathon Man (1976) Hoffman! Olivier! From one of William Goldmanâ€™s finest screenplays, this is the one that had millions of moviegoers nervous to visit their dentists. â€œIs it safe?â€ Not if you miss this nailbiter!
Sunday March 2, 1:00 PM: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Complete the TCM festival with one of the finest epic films ever produced. David Leanâ€™s direction was never better, and Peter Oâ€™Toole (in his first film) digs to the depths of his character. Some exciting and gorgeous cinematography — and a stellar cast (including Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness) — make this one of the greatest films ever.