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TCM picks for the week of Dec 7

Monday, December 7th

Monday is dominated by lots of war movies to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The World Of Henry Orient (1964) at 5pm. With Peter Sellers

Skirts Ahoy! (1952) at midnight. A not so spectacular musical with Esther Williams enlivened by a top flight number with Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van.

Tuesday, December 8th

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) at 5pm

North By Northwest (1959) at 9:15pm

Wednesday, December 9th

Out of the Past (1947) at 5:30am. One of the greatest noirs, directed by Jacques Tourneur, and starring Kirk Douglas as a gangster, Jane Greer as his lover, and Robert Mitchum as the detective who falls under her spell.


Lust For Life (1956) at 12:45pm. Nothing to do with Iggy Pop. Vincente Minnelli directs and Kirk Douglas stars in this biopic of Vincent van Gogh.

Seven Days in May (1964) at 3pm. John Frankenheimer directs Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in this thriller about a coup plot by American military officers. Frankenheimer is best known for another military-oriented thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, and also directed the strange and disturbing Seconds, with Rock Hudson. After a great 60s, and a couple of good movies in the early 70s, he had a long dry spell. His most recent decent movie was Ronin (1998) with Robert De Niro and Jean Reno as freelance heist artists.

Thursday, December 10th


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) at 3pm. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Gene Tierney is a widow who rents a house by the sea that is haunted by its former owner, Rex Harrison. It’s charming and a bit surprising. With an excellent, early score by Bernard Herrmann. I’ve loved this movie since I was a little kid.

TCM Primetime features five movies by the French director, Claude Chabrol, beginning with one of his finest, Les Cousins (1958) at 5pm.

Friday, December 11th

TCM Primetime this evening features 5 Christmas classics, including a couple of particularly good ones.

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941) at 5pm

Scrooge (1970) at 7pm. With Albert Finney doing the bah humbugging.

A Christmas Carol (1938) at 9pm. A more traditional version of the Dickens story, with Reginald Owen as Scrooge.


Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) at 10:15pm. Vincente Minnelli directed this charming musical with Judy Garland, who debuts the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” More: Meet Me in St. Louis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the Good Old Summertime (1949) at 12:15am


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Still more or less a must read for understanding the moment we’re in, even almost a half-century since its original publication.


Available in:

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You can convert these into other e-reader formats with the Calibre software.

Notes on this edition

We have brought together the most recent English translations of Guy Debord’s work The Society of the Spectacle, by Ken Knabb; Debord’s 1992 Foreword to the third French edition, translated by NOT BORED!; and Debord’s 1979 Preface to the fourth Italian edition, originally translated by  Michel Prigent and Lucy Forsyth, and edited and revised by NOT BORED!. We have also included Knabb’s useful ‘Index to Debord’s Society of the Spectacle’, which cross references names and works cited with theses and chapter epigrams.

The Preface to the fourth Italian edition in particular provides an excellent analysis of state sponsored terrorism and the spectacle of far-left terrorism in Italy in the 1970s. Considering the ongoing development of state-bureaucratic methods of deception…

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2 Things SF has a lot of: loose pallets and bicycles

Chris Meierling’s Pallet Bike Rack from 10 Ways To Hang Your Bike On The Wall Like A Work Of Art : TreeHugger.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.



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