TCM Movie of the Week (#1): Citizen Kane (1941)

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The first TCM Movie of the Week for 2017 is huge classic that is widely considered to be "the greatest movie ever made." It's Orson Welles' 1941 hit "Citizen Kane." The film, starring and written and directed by Orson Welles, airs tonight, Wednesday, January 4th on TCM. It's a late showing at 12:30am CT, so you may want to set your DVR. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely need to. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, November 5th @ 1:00 pm CT. Director: Sergio Leone Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Mickey Knox Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach Studio: United Artists Release Date: December 15, 1966 Runtime: 177 minutes Trailer: Three men seek hidden loot during the Civil War. Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1966, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is arguably the best “Spaghetti Western” ever made, and I’d certainly say the best film starring Clint Eastwood (who has starred in many great films). Coming in at right around three [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: Lord of the Flies (1963)

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, March 12th @ 11:00 am CT. Director: Peter Brook Writer: Peter Brook (screenplay), William Golding (book) Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman Studio: Two Arts Ltd. Release Date: August 13, 1963 Runtime: 90 minutes Trailer: Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Patriot’s Point: Now here’s a classic film that I haven’t seen in years, and will definitely be setting my DVR. In my opinion, this 1963 black [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Nun’s Story (1959)

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT. Director: Fred Zinnemann Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 18, 1959 Runtime: 149 minutes Trailer: Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list. It’s a wonderful drama and arguably Audrey’s finest performance. Instead of yammering on about it though, I’ll [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of my favorite channels is TCM, Turner Classic Movies. There’s a simple reason for that, it’s one of the only channels that shows classic movies (that aren’t necessarily Westerns). So I think it fitting that, since Vortex Effect now has its Classics Appreciation Wednesday, that I pick one movie each week to recommend watching on TCM. As this is a Wednesday feature, the “week” runs from Wednesday to Tuesday. This week, TCM is paying tribute to the late, great Maureen O’Hara with a marathon of her classic movies on Friday. It just makes sense then that [...]