I just found out that Winona Ryder will be TCM’s Guest Programmer on December 21. That got me thinking–as these things often do–what movies would I choose to air if, by some miracle, I became famous enough for TCM to bestow such an honor upon me? Would I pick four movies from a particular genre? How about four movies that shared a similar theme?
Here’s the problem I encountered: I like a lot of movies. A lot. What can I say? I just like things. I’m a liker. I could easily come up with a list of ten or twenty “classic” movies that I’d want to show. So, in the end, I just picked the first four* movies that popped into my head.
1. His Girl Friday (1940)
Intelligent, forthright, and tough: there is nothing better in this world than a Hawksian woman. And, when I think of that particular archetype, I think Hildy Johnson.
2. The Thin Man (1934)
I love this movie. So much. William Powell and Myrna Loy are brilliant. All I want out of life is a banter-filled marriage like Nick and Nora’s.
3. Animal Crackers (1930)
Of course I would have to include a Marx Brothers movie. But, which one? Asking me to pick a favorite Marx movie is like asking someone else to pick a favorite child. So, I just went with the first one I ever saw.
4. The Invisible Man (1933)
My favorite H.G. Wells novel and my favorite Universal horror movie. Keep your Avatars and your Jar-Jars, the effects in this movie are still amazing.
*: In order to fill an entire night’s schedule, most TCM Guest Programmers choose four movies, unless one of them is particularly epic in length.