Some notes about what’s showing this week on Turner Classic Movies.
Where the Boys Are (Sunday, 3/9, 6:15 PM ET, 1960) — If you’re tired of winter weather, check out this classic paean to Spring Break mating rituals. Given its time period, you also get an old-fashioned message that boils down to “good girls get rich Ivy League boys, too-friendly girls don’t get called back, which leads to date rape, which makes them go crazy and wind up walking down a highway at night until they’re put into the hospital.” But until then, sun, fun, underage drinking, wacky hijinks with strippers, and college girls who admit that they’re interested in fooling around, before the sexual revolution.
The X From Outer Space (Monday, 3/10, 2:00 AM ET, 1967) — Gotta love Japanese monster movies — this one features a “giant chicken from outer space”. Not available on DVD! Make your own recording now!
Plan 9 From Outer Space (Monday, 3/10, 3:30 AM ET, 1959) — Ed Wood’s cheesy fan-favorite. Aliens, zombies, AND vampires, but all anyone remembers is the pie plate spaceships, the surprisingly light night scenes, and the guy who scratches himself with his own gun. I’d heard about it as the supposed Worst Film of All Time from the Golden Turkey Awards book long before I saw it. I’m not sure that’s true, but it’s entertainingly bad instead of “oh, please, make it stop!” bad.
And wow, that’s all I’m recommending this week. I guess I’ll finish up my Buffy rewatching session. Or maybe get more reading done.