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If I Could Program One Day…

Ah the world of finals!  I’m in the homestretch of school (actually my home stretch as an undergrad) so it’s planning for final exams and writing out outlines for final papers, thus little movie watching and little blogging.  Bear with me over the ensuing weeks and I thank everyone who sticks with me.  I’m going to be doing some more things as we get closer to summer (when I’ll have all day to blog).  I’ve seen a lot of blog tournaments that I’m interested in doing on this blog, as well as more lists and movie/classic book reviews!  So stay tuned!

The fantastic Angela, blogger of The Hollywood Revue ( recently posted her lineup if she was in charge of programming at TCM!  I love when TCM does their guest lineups, especially that time SNL’s Bill Hader did it!  So Angela challenged others to comment or blog about their own dream line-up on TCM.  Here is mine, a full 24 hours of my favorite TCM worthy films.  Yes I know a lot of my movies are from the 50s…I tried to be as diverse as I could be and note that a lot of this is coming from off the top of my head.

12:00am Freaks (1932)

1:00am The Night of the Hunter (1955)

2:30am Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

4:30am The Big Sleep (1946)

6:30am Paper Moon (1973)

8:00am The Moon is Blue (1953)

10:00am Sabrina (1954)

12:00pm Some Like It Hot (1959)

2:00pm Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

4:00pm A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

6:30pm Splendor in the Grass (1961)

9:00pm Shampoo (1975)

11:00pm Airplane (1980)

What would be your lineup?  Comment or write your own blog entry and let me know!

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

21 thoughts on “If I Could Program One Day… Leave a comment

  1. Damn thats a sweet list of films for a rainy day on the couch. Two of the scariest films I have seen Freaks and Night of the Hunter right at the start.

    I like this as a blog topic I may very well borrow it 🙂

    enjoyed checking out your blog.

  2. I have only seen a few of these, but that looks like a killer lineup. The Night of the Hunter is a perfect choice for late night (or early morning) viewing. Airplane! is a great capper as well. Nice job!

    • Thanks! I wasn’t so much focused on the times but more in terms of making the movies flow in some form. The Night of the Hunter is great at any time but definitely during a dark time for sure!

  3. Good List! Still working on mine, would I have a theme or just pick a favorite from various genres (i.e. favorite noir, western, musical, etc.)? Thanks for reminding me about Night of the Hunter. I might just dig that out and watch it with my kids, the next time they want to get spooked.

    • I didn’t work with any theme and I felt bad that I didn’t have a lot of “diversity.” Most of my picks were skewed towards the 50s and favorite stars. I’d love to see a list more diverse than mine. If you do one please send it my way! Night of the Hunter is a beautiful bedtime story type movie for kids in my book!

      • Here is my list, it was a hard choice, narrowing it down. I mixed it up a bit with respect to genres.
        Singing in the Rain (1952)
        Laura (1944)
        All About Eve (1950)
        Nightmare Alley (1947)
        Broken Lance (1954)
        Pickup on South St. (1953)
        Night and the City (1950)
        Sunset Blvd. (1950)
        Gilda (1946)
        The Sheepman (1958)
        The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
        This Gun for Hire (1942)
        Red River (1948)

      • That’s diversity and a lot of those movies sound interesting! Singin’ followed by Laura and All About Eve…that’s my kind of triple feature!

  4. I have TCM on all day, every day. Sometimes I take a break to watch other shows I’ve recorded on the DVR, but TCM is always on. It will take some serious thinking to come up with my own Guest Programmer Line up for TCM! Too many great films to choose from!

  5. If I was a TCM Guest Programmer

    It’s hard for me to decide which films from the TCM library I would choose, but I think I would narrow it down to those that I like to watch every time they’re on, no matter how many times I’ve seen them before. Even though Guest Programmers only choose four, I’ve found eight. Looks like most of them are comedies and musicals. I could probably make up a list per genre!

    Bringing Up Baby
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    Annie Hall
    The Thin Man
    A Night at the Opera
    Some Like it Hot
    My Fair Lady
    Fiddler on the Roof

    I wish they would air Laura (1944) with Gene Tierney. I’ve only seen it once and would love to see it again. I guess they don’t have the rights to it.

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