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HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM


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SUN., 11-1 3

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a 1993 American period comedy film directed by Joe Dante. It is about a William Castle-type independent filmmaker, with the American home front during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a backdrop. The film stars John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Robert Picardo, Kellie Martin, and Jesse White (in his final theatrical film role). It was written by Jerico Stone[2] and Charles S. Haas, the latter portraying Mr. Elroy, a schoolteacher. ......
Woolsey's low-budget Mant! is a parody morphing of several low-budget science-fiction horror films of the 1950s (many in black & white) that fused radioactivity with mad science and mutation: In particular Tarantula (1955), .......
its other film within a film, the family-oriented gimmick comedy The Shook-Up Shopping Cart (featuring an anthropomorphic shopping cart), is a reference to some color Disney comedies that came later in the decade: The Love Bug (1969) in particular,............
 
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"The Magnificent Ambersons" --   Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.        I never, ever tire of this one, even in its truncated (and many would say, desecrated) state.  To me, one of the most watchable of Orson Welles' films.   The spiky reality of that town ( modeled on Tarkington's Indianapolis, wasn't it?),  the deliciously grumbling or fanciful townspeople,  that house, and the role it plays, especially in that extraordinary 'up-and-down-the-stairs' grand party or ball, to end all grand parties, fabulous.  The vivid, carping relationship between aunt and nephew of Agnes Moorehead and Tim Holt.   The sadness, and the "time passing" that the movie conveys so well.   Young Welles' talent is just astounding. 

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TONIGHT, 11-15

"Martin Scorsese will be celebrating his 80th Birthday on November 17th. 

In tribute, TCM will be airing four of the director’s favorite films, chosen by himself. 

In the 1950s, Polish writer/director Andrzej Wajda made an unofficial trilogy of anti-war films that addressed Poland’s troubled state immediately following World War II. The last and most critically acclaimed of these was Ashes and Diamonds from 1958. Loosely based on a novel of the same name, the film stars Zbigniew Cybulski as Maciek, a young assassin hired by the anti-communist underground to kill a Russian soldier. After Maciek fails in his first attempt at the murder, he discovers he had just served alongside his potential victim during the war. Things grow even more complicated when Maciek falls in love with a beautiful barmaid (played by Ewa Krzyzewska) who makes him question his life as a killer.

Wajda gave his film a very noirish atmosphere with heavy use of shadows and fog to make this already dark story even more bleak. The film was well received upon release, but faced criticism during the Fall of Communism movement in the 1980s when it was deemed historically inaccurate. Today however, the film is regarded as one of the best of Polish cinema and a groundbreaker in political films..........

https://www.tcm.com/articles/Programming Article/021690/celebrating-martin-scorseses-80th-birthday?lid=262pdgpw01vm

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*Not on the schedule*

TCM just now (9:35am ET) aired a Robert Osborne-introduced segment for 2 Thanksgiving Day short segments. Anyone who has rewind on their DVR should be able to catch it (as long as they haven't changed their channel, that is.) I wish this would have been announced on the schedule. What a treat!

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