TCM in February**




Turner Classic Movies helps you focus on the coming Oscars with its month long festival of films shown on its TV channel.  Every night from  February 1 to March 3, it will show films for your enjoyment by pairing 2 movies nightly that could compete with each other in a category (eg, Best Director or a favorite actor). You can watch them, rate them, and enjoy them.  Here are some of their 62 categories.

Feb 1: Grittiest Streets of New York, The French Connection v. Taxi Driver

 Feb 3: Tiebreaker: Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) v. Barbra Streisand(Funny Girl), tied for Best Actress winner in 1968.

Feb 3: Best Way to Take On Political Corruption: All the King’s Men v. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

 Feb 5: Favorite Supporting Actor Win: Anthony Quinn in: Viva Zapata! (1952) v. Lust for Life(1956)

 Feb 6: WWII: Best Turning Point Film: The Longest Day v. Tora! Tora! Tora!

 Feb 7: Favorite Swashbuckler: The Mask of Zorro v. The Adventures of Robin Hood

Feb. 8: Best True Crime: Bonnie and Clyde v. Dog Day Afternoon

 Feb. 9: Best Race Relations: In the Heat of the Night v. The Defiant Ones

 Feb. 10: William Wyler, Best Picture Winner: Mrs. Miniver v. The Best Years of Our Lives

 Feb. 11: East Coast vs. West Coast Dance Off: On the Town v. Singin’ in the Rain

 Feb. 13: David Lean Best Picture Win: Lawrence of Arabia v. The Bridge on the River Kwai

 Feb. 17: Favorite Movie With Three Acting Winners: A Streetcar Named Desire v. Network

 Feb. 19: Favorite Best Actor Win, Spencer Tracy:  Captains Courageous (1937) v. Boys Town (1938)

Feb. 21: Favorite Movie Prisoner: Cool Hand Luke (1967) v. Papillon(1973)

Feb. 22: Best Movie Mutiny: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) v. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Feb. 25: 1942 Best Screenplay: Original vs. Adapted: Citizen Kane (1941) v. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Feb. 26: Favorite Conrad L. Hall Western Cinematography: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid v. The Professionals

 Feb. 28: Favorite Boxing Biopic: The Great White Hope v. Somebody Up There Likes Me

Mar. 2: Favorite Gender-Bending Role: Tootsie v. Victor/Victoria

 Mar. 2: Best Coming of Age: The Graduate v. The Last Picture Show

 Happy Viewing!!


** = The information about films in this article is from TV Guide, Jan. 21 – Feb.3, 2019.



About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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