Films in 2020: August

August was a huge-movie watching month for me and other avid TCM viewers, as it was the channel’s annual Summer Under the Stars festival. This year was definitely the most I tuned into the programming thanks to being home much more often, and if I was working from home as well this month’s count would’ve…

Summer Under the Stars: North by Northwest (1959)

TCM’s star of the day is Eva Marie Saint, and my film pick for the actress is North by Northwest, which airs today at 8:00 P.M. (EST). This espionage thriller follows New York City advertising man Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) in a case of mistaken identity when a gang of spies led by Phillip…

Summer Under the Stars: Now, Voyager (1942)

TCM’s star of the day is Paul Henreid, and my film pick for the actor is Now, Voyager, which airs today at 8:00 P.M. (EST). This romantic drama follows Boston spinster Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) who struggles with low self-esteem because of her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). But after spending time in a sanitarium under…

Summer Under the Stars: To Each His Own (1946)

TCM’s star of the day is Olivia de Havilland, and my film pick for the actress is To Each His Own, which airs today at 2:15 A.M. (EST). This wartime melodrama finds middle-aged American Josephine “Jody” Norris (Olivia de Havilland) in the midst of World War II in London as she recounts her youth during…

Summer Under the Stars: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

TCM’s star of the day is Warren Beatty, and my film pick for the actor is Bonnie and Clyde, which airs today at 6:00 P.M. (EST). This biographical crime film follows the lives of infamous, Depression-era gangsters Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty). Bonnie meets Clyde by chance as he attempts to…

Summer Under the Stars: Kiss Me Kate (1953)

TCM’s star of the day is Ann Miller, and my film pick for the actress is Kiss Me Kate, which airs today at 12:00 A.M. (EST). This backstage musical follows divorced Broadway stars Fred Graham (Howard Keel) and Lilli Vanessi (Kathryn Grayson) as they attempt to put aside their differences to star together in a…

Summer Under the Stars: Magnificent Obsession (1954)

TCM’s star of the day is Rock Hudson, and my film pick for the actor is Magnificent Obsession, which airs today at 10:00 P.M. (EST). This Technicolor melodrama begins when reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) foolishly wrecks his speed boat. The town’s only resuscitator is needed to save his life. But at the same…

Films in 2020: July

July was a bittersweet month. The very first day marked Olivia de Havilland’s 104th birthday, and in the last weekend she passed away. She’s one of my very favorite actresses and a woman I admire deeply, so her passing has really affected me, though as I’ve said elsewhere (including in my small remembrance post here),…