Love old or unusual movies but never know when they’re on? Here are several I recommend:
Stormy Weather (1943): I can’t believe it took me until this year to see this legendary movie on the big screen. It’s the ultimate jukebox musical put together to showcase the titanic talents of Lena Horn, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway (and his Cotton Club Orchestra), Fats Waller, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson and the incredible Nicholas Brothers. The plot is unimportant. The point is to watch these geniuses strut their stuff, from Waller and Brown drawling out That Ain’t Right to Lena Horne oozing into our hearts with the title song, to the astounding finale of Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers performing The Jumpin’ Jive. You’ve never seen a dance number like this in a movie, trust me.
Turner Classic Movies, 8 p.m. Tuesday
A Very Brady Sequel (1996): As everyone knows, the list of worthy movie sequels is very, very small. There’s Godfather Part II and the second and third Toy Story movies, and not many others. Well, I count this hilarious send up to The Brady Bunch Movie in that select group. There’s also a to-die for musical number on an airplane. Don’t miss this inspired silliness.
Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
All About My Mother (1999): One of Pedro Almodovar’s loveliest movies, though it’s not easy to describe. I can tell you that it is a celebration of motherhood, womanhood and celebrity. It also deals with the destructive power of secrets. Cecelia Roth kills it as Manuela, who changes her life completely after her life takes a tragic turn. Her middle-class existence gets tangled up with a famous actress (the divine Marisa Paredes) and a group of colorful characters in Barcelona. The movie very deservedly won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film.
Now streaming on The Criterion Channel.
Body Heat (1981): You know you want to see this one again. In a sultry Southern town where, apparently, no one can afford air conditioning, a bored wife (Kathleen Turner) seduces a young loser (William Hurt) into helping her kill her rich husband (Richard Crenna). Whether they get away with it is just the beginning of this twisted and oh-so-sexy tale of murder and double-crosses. It’s a beautifully made update of the classic film noir Double Indemnity. Featuring terrific supporting work from Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke.
Now streaming on HBO GO / HBO NOW.
Trivia Question No. 803: Which of this week’s performers died within months of completing work on the featured movie?
Answer to Trivia Question No. 801: Cynthia Erivo from Widows won a Tony Award for her role in the revival of The Color Purple on Broadway. She’ll also be starring as Harriet Tubman in a new film this fall.