The following are a few films on Sundance, Fox Movie Channel, and TCM that you might want to check out this month. All times Eastern. Remember, these films may be edited, time compressed, in the wrong aspect ratio, canceled, rescheduled, or filmed in invisible ink. You know how it is.
August 2, 10:05 PM and 3:20 AM (Also twice on August 21)
John Boorman’s classic action-thriller about four city men who find themselves fighting nature and rural Appalachians during a canoe trip.
Blood and Wine (1996)
August 5, 8:15 PM and 1:30 AM (Also August 13 and 24)
Jack Nicholson, Judy Davis, Michael Caine, and Jennifer Lopez in a thriller about a wine dealer who pulls a big jewel heist that goes wrong once his wife finds out.
Ghost World (2001)
August 8, 8:00 and 11:00 PM (and four more times during the month)
C’mon, it’s Ghost World. Starring Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi and Scarlett Johansson.
It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks (2008)
August 13, 4:00 PM
About the 2007 civil trial of a French magazine accused of being racist for publishing satirical images of Mohammad.
FOX MOVIE CHANNEL
Silver Streak (1976)
August 6, 6:00 AM
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in a comedy-thriller about an art heist and murder.
Mel Brooks mini-marathon on August 6:
8:00 AM Silent Movie (1976)
9:30 AM High Anxiety (1977)
11:10 AM Young Frankenstein (1974)
August 13, 1:00 PM
Christopher Lambert as an immortal time-traveling warrior out to save the world. I’m not gonna lie to you folks: this movie was ridiculously influential on me as a teen.
Black Widow (1986)
August 23, 11:30 AM
Thriller starring Debra Winger as a federal investigator who becomes obsessed by a strange series of deaths of rich men that may not have been by natural causes.
The Other (1972)
August 25, 6:00 AM
Horror flick about identical twins in 1935 blamed for a series of accidents in their family. This played on network TV in the 1970s, and I only remember one thing about it: being scared witless.
August 1: It’s Summer Under the Stars time again, starting with John Wayne on the 1st of August.
Pre-Codes on August 2 with the star of the day, Myrna Loy:
6:00 AM The Great Divide (1929)
7:15 AM The Naughty Flirt (1931)
8:15 AM The Barbarian (1933)
9:45 AM When Ladies Meet (1933)
11:15 AM The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
August 2, 2:15 AM (early morning the 3rd)
Comedy-drama about a criminal lawyer who gets a call-girl to help him nab a mob boss.
August 3: Johnny Weissmuller in 21 hours of Tarzan movies and three hours of non-Tarzan movies.
August 4: Marilyn Monroe
August 5: Claude Raines
August 6: Van Heflin. Plenty of great movies today, especially 3:10 to Yuma. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t pass it up tonight at 8:00 PM.
August 7: Sidney Poitier
The Money Trap (1966)
August 8, 9:00 AM
August 8 is Rita Hayworth day with the expected flicks, though The Money Trap stands out as one TCM doesn’t show enough. This gritty crime drama about a good cop who turns crooked because of money problems features Glenn Ford, Ricardo Montalban, and Rita in a heartbreaking supporting role.
August 9: Toshiro Mifune movies
In the most exciting day of the entire month, August 9 features Toshiro Mifune films. Bask in the glow that is a finely-crafted Mifune performance for 24 straight hours. Call off work; your boss will understand.
6:00 AM Drunken Angel (1948)
7:45 AM Rashomon (1950)
9:15 AM The Seven Samurai (1954)
12:45 PM Throne of Blood (1957)
2:45 PM Yojimbo (1961)
4:45 PM Red Beard (1965)
8:00 PM Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1955)
9:45 PM Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
11:45 PM Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
1:45 AM Samurai Rebellion (1967)
4:00 AM Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man (1958)
August 10: Lionel Barrymore
August 11: James Mason, including all the major films but a couple of surprises, mainly the Ustinov as Poirot flick Evil Under the Sun (1982) and The Sea Gull (1968), neither of which show up on TCM very often..
August 12: Ginger Rogers
August 13: Deborah Kerr. Once again, TCM won’t show The Gypsy Moths, despite showing the making-of short about 827 times a month.
6:00 AM Smart Money (1931)
7:30 AM The Public Enemy (1931)
9:00 AM Lady Killer (1933)
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
August 14, 12:00 noon
Quite simply one of the best films of the 1930s, Cagney gives what I think is his finest performance as a surly reporter framed and convicted of murder.
August 15: Lillian Gish
August 16: Elvis Presley
August 17: Katharine Hepburn
August 18: Freddie Bartholomew
August 19: Eva Marie Saint
August 20: Anthony Quinn
August 21: Kay Francis! There is not a single movie on this list I would not recommend.
6:00 AM Doctor Monica (1934)
7:00 AM Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933)
8:15 AM Jewel Robbery (1932)
9:30 AM One Way Passage (1932)
10:45 AM The Keyhole (1933)
12:00 PM British Agent (1934)
1:30 PM Confession (1937)
3:00 PM Women Are Like That (1938)
4:30 PM Little Men (1940)
6:00 PM The Feminine Touch (1941)
8:00 PM Guilty Hands (1931)
9:30 PM The House On 56th Street (1933)
10:45 PM Mandalay (1934)
12:00 AM Stranded (1935)
1:30 AM Give Me Your Heart (1936)
3:15 AM My Bill (1938)
4:30 AM Play Girl (1940)
August 22: Jack Lemmon
August 23: Gene Kelly
August 24: Irene Dunne
August 26: Gary Cooper, including The Fountainhead (1949) at 2:30 AM. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth it if only to see poor downtrodden Kent Smith get the sads as he is constantly bested by ÜberMan Cooper.
August 27: Jeannette MacDonald
August 28: Ava Gardner
August 29: Ingrid Bergman
August 30: Warren William, with a lot of pre-codes:
9:45 AM The Mouthpiece (1932)
11:15 AM Skyscraper Souls (1932)
1:00 PM Three on a Match (1932)
2:15 PM The Match King (1932)
3:45 PM The Mind Reader (1933)
5:00 PM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
8:00 PM Lady For a Day (1933)
9:45 PM Cleopatra (1934)
11:45 PM Employees Entrance (1933)
August 31: James Caan
Got any films in August you’re excited about? Let us know in comments!