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The B-58 Hustler

A supersonic bomber, designed over a 4 year period by the Convair Division of General Dynamics and built at the plant in Fort Worth, TX. This aircraft was rendered obsolete by Soviet built surface to air missiles, but it was a wonder none the less.

This is a propaganda film about the jet, starring BGEN [...]

Today’s Classic Pick: December 16

A Christmas Carol (1951): Ghosts visit a miser during the holidays to teach him the errors of his ways.  Dir.: Brian Desmond-Hurst  Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner  86 min./8:30pm CDT/TCM

Simply the best version of Dickens’ short novel.  The additions are seamlessly Dickensian; the ghost story, vivid (and a little terrifying); the [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 11

Fargo (1996) erry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. Directors: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare. TV-MA. 9:00 PM, 10:45 PM EST. Sundance Channel.

In the wake of [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 10

WarGames (1983) A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. Director: John Badham. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin. TV-PG. 11:15 AM and 7:00 PM EST. Sundance Channel.

Hollywood was a better place [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 9

Say Anything (1989) A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. Director:Cameron Crowe. Cast: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor. TV-PG. 11:00 PM EST. Sundance Channel.

At his best, Cameron Crowe portrays the sense of yearning and feeling out of place better [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 8

Wall Street (1987) A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, John [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 7

Air Force (1943) A bomber crew sees World War II action over the Pacific. Dir: Howard Hawks Cast: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Harry Carey, George Tobias. TV-PG. 1:00 PM EST. TCM.

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 6

The Dam Busters, The (1955) British flyers try to cripple the Nazis by taking out their dams. Dir: Michael Anderson. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Charles Carson. TV-PG. 10:45 PST. TCM.

Watch the RAF use the Force use precision flying as they shoot two torpedoes at the Death Star’s exhaust port bounce bombs at [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 5

Written On The Wind (1956) A young woman marries into a corrupt oil family then falls for her husband’s best friend. Dir: Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone. TV-PG. 8:45 AM EST. TCM.

No one did repression and melodrama like Douglas Sirk — an under appreciated director. This [...]

Classic Pick O’ the Day — December 4

If You Could Only Cook (1935) An unhappy executive gets a job as a butler on a lark, only to fall for the family cook. Dir: William A. Seiter. Cast: Herbert Marshall, Jean Arthur, Leo Carillo, Lionel Stander. TV-G. 12:00 PM EST. TCM.

I think this is the only major Jean Arthur film I [...]