Fathers, baseball and disasters on tap
Fathers, baseball and disasters are all over the small screen this weekend as the movies celebrate Father’s Day, summer’s favorite sport, and Jurassic World. Check out what’s playing on broadcast and cable television stations.
The Birdcage (1996)
In this delightful rendition of the classic story from La Cage Aux Folles, writer Elaine May and director Mike Nichols create a fun look at two approaches to fatherhood. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane try to be as tolerant and flexible with their son as they hope people will be with their own relationship while Gene Hackman, as a conservative politician, wants his daughter to follow in his narrow path. With Dianne Wiest as a classic matriarch who gets the best lines.
Saturday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 21, 4 p.m.; ABC Family
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
At the time the young Ronnie Howard scored each week on television as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, he shined on the big screen in The Music Man in 1962 and this comedy/drama the following year. As the young son of a divorced man trying to find his way in the romantic wilderness, Howard steals the show with his observations, questions and limitless charm. Costars Glenn Ford and Shirley Jones simply stand back and watch.
Sunday, June 21, 12 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
If Jurassic World reminds us the damage that artificial dinosaurs can create, this fun thriller makes us believe in the power of natural disasters that, on film, can look as artificial as computer-generated animals! Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton are the requisite leads in a thin narrative about people who chase storms for profit and sport. But their perspectives, and off-again relationship, take a back seat to the action sequences that bring the best that 1999 computer generation can deliver.
Saturday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. CMT
The Natural (1984)
Robert Redford creates an indelible portrait of hope and disappointment as a baseball player who suffers personal and professional setbacks on his journey to the major league. Without letting the film get too real for its own fantasy, director Barry Levinson makes sure we know when the finale is about to occur: The screen goes dark and Randy Newman’s lush music score gets louder. And we love every minute. Redford is at his best as a man who tries to be simple in a much too complicated world.
Saturday, June 20, 11:30 a.m., Sundance
All the King’s Men (1949)
Serious films of the late 1940s dare to explore all kinds of political themes. This take on political corruption – suggested by the life of Louisiana’s corrupt governor, Huey Long – examines how ruthless ambition can lead anyone to a series of bad decisions. Moviemaker Robert Rossen explores how power, no matter the intentions someone may express, can tamper with anyone’s fundamental sensibility. Broderick Crawford won an Oscar for Best Actor in a film that was named the year’s Best Picture.
Saturday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Jurassic Park (1993)
With the opening of Jurassic World – filled with references to the original film – it’s fun to go back and relive the excitement the original generated some 22 years ago! Steven Spielberg makes it all look so natural in a movie that effectively reveals its backstory, develops its characters and builds the suspense while always keeping us guessing about what will happen next. What’s wrong with the new film – despite its fun – is just right in the first installment. Take a new look to see why it works so well.
Sunday, June 21, 6 p.m., SyFy
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.