TCM once again thinks it’s time we get a bit more cultured. They’re not exactly wrong. But we’re not going to watch ALL 360 films they suggest.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be having its annual 31 Days of Oscar Festival in February 2010. It’s a month-length endeavor and will feature 360 movies that were nominated for an Oscar, or won an Oscar. The format they are using for the movies is connectivity a la the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The press release says, “The month’s schedule is designed so that each movie is linked to the next movie in the lineup through a shared actor or actress.” A perk, aside from the 360 movies that will be shown, is that there will be no commercials.
31 DAYS OF OSCAR will begin Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 a.m. (ET) with Kevin Bacon and James Coco in Only When I Laugh (1981). Coco and Harry Andrews will then be featured in The Man of La Mancha (1972) at 8:15 a.m., followed by Andrews in 55 Days at Peking (1963) at 10:30 a.m. The festivities will continue linking from movie to movie, one star at a time, throughout the month. The final movie in the festival, Diner (1982), starring Bacon, will bring the entire month full circle.
There are too many frakkin’ great movies out there that I haven’t seen. Movies I’ve yet to see (but genuinley want to) include: Romeo and Juliet (1936), Little Women (1933), Designing Women (1957), The Barefoot Contessa (1954) The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Neptune’s Daughter (1949) On the Town (1949) Cover Girl (1944) Merrily We Live (1939), Our Dancing Daughters (1929), Notorious (1946), The Heiress (1949). All of those will be in the month-long festival on TCM. Get watchin’, and bring your own Sour Patch Kids – because I won’t be sharing mine. 😉
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