Do you find enjoy revisiting films from the past?
Some of my “reheatable favorites” – movies that still feel fresh no matter how many times I see them – are available on broadcast and cable television stations.
Take a look.
Notting Hill (1999)
I never tire of this delightful romantic comedy about a famous American actress who tries to decide if she can love a simple but sincere British bookstore owner. Julia Roberts is at her most enchanting as the lady with an ego that disguises her heart while Hugh Grant triumphs as an every man who only loves one woman. And the rich supporting cast – including a pre-Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville – adds texture to a most engaging fantasy.
Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m., TBS
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
In the spirit of “they don’t make them like they used to” comes this epic about a US invasion of Morocco after an American woman and her children are kidnapped in the early 1900s. Candice Bergen – before she discovered her comic timing in Starting Over and Murphy Brown – plays it serious as the victim while Sean Connery chews the desert scenery as a Berber and Brian Keith has a great time impersonating Teddy Roosevelt. It’s so over the top it’s fun.
Friday, October 3, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
An American President (1995)
As we inch closer to the election of 2016 we can look to the movies for the sense of reality that the actual politicians often overlook. While Michael Douglas easily convinces us he is the nation’s leader, the film belongs to an incandescent Annette Bening who brings her engaging warmth to a made-to-fit role as a lobbyist who captures the President’s heart. Written by Aaron Sorkin who soon brings his Steve Jobs biography to the screen.
Friday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., Reelz
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
After winning an Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy, Jessica Tandy scored another movie success with this adaptation of Fannie Flagg’s novel. As a wise woman who has lived through many dark chapters, Tandy brings a touching spirit to her friendship with an edgy Kathy Bates. While Bates may get more screen time, Tandy grounds the film with her authentic portrayal of a woman who has seen it all and can still smile.
Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., POP
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Robert Redford reminds what a magnetic actor he can be in his adaptation of the Nicholas Evans novel. Although purists complained about changes the director/star made to the narrative, anyone looking for an old fashioned romance between mismatched souls will savor the opportunity to watch Redford woo Kristen Scott Thomas with the beautiful mountains of Montana as a backdrop. And Dianne Wiest is on hand, as usual, to provide solid support.
Sunday, October 4, 10:30 a.m., Flix
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
The movie find of the weekend is this delicious thriller starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland and Agnes Moorehead in a classic supporting role. Davis is at her late-career best as a slightly confused woman in the South who is about to lose the family mansion to the highway department for a new road. So she asks her cousin (the reliable de Havilland) to come to town to help her fight the authorities. Little does she know that this visitor has her own agenda!
Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Sharing movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online.
And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.