Saturday, November 2, 2019

Movies I Watched in October

Count Your Blessings

This month I watched so many movies! Use your libraries folks! The library by my aunt's (that I was able to get a card to when I started working here over the summer) has been a gold mine regarding finding movies of certain movie stars I've been trying to watch all/most of their films: Eleanor Parker, Robert Ryan, Priscilla Lane, Dennis Morgan, Glynis Johns, Eve Arden, John Garfield & Robert Donat (will be getting several of their films in the coming weeks). I have 50+ more movies on my list! I also FINALLY got to see Bon Voyage! (1962) with Michael Callan (some of you may recall he was a past movie crush). I didn't want to spend $17 for a dvd and kept waiting for TCM to show it on one of their Disney nights. Another one I've been waiting a while to see was Quantez for John Gavin.
  1. The Lost Patrol (1934) - Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny
  2. The 39 Steps (1935) - Robert Donat & Madeleine Carroll
  3. Easy Living (1937) - Ray Milland & Jean Arthur
  4. I Met Him in Paris (1937) - Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young, Lee Bowman
  5. *Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) - Gary Cooper & Claudette Colbert, David Niven
  6. A Cowboy in Brooklyn (1938) - Dick Powell & Priscilla Lane, Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan
  7. At the Circus (1939) - Marx Brothers, Eve Arden
  8. The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) - Raymond Milland & Loretta Young, Edmund Gwenn
  9. The Big Store (1941) - Marx Brothers 
  10. The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) - Edward Arnold, James Craig, Anne Shirley, Simone Simon, Jane Darwell 
  11. *A Night to Remember (1942) - Loretta Young & Brian Aherne
  12. *The Egg and I (1947) - Fred MacMurray & Claudette Colbert, Marjorie Main & Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
  13. Bodyguard (1948) - Priscilla Lane
  14. My Foolish Heart (1950) - Dana Andrews & Susan Hayward, Kent Smith
  15. Perfect Strangers (1950) - Ginger Rogers & Dennis Morgan, Thelma Ritter
  16. Three Secrets (1950) - Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman
  17. Chain Lightning (1950) - Humphrey Bogart & Eleanor Parker 
  18. Detective Story (1951) - Kirk Douglas & Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
  19. Here Come the Nelsons (1952) - Ozzie & Harriet, David, & Ricky Nelson
  20. Beware, My Lovely (1952) - Robert Ryan & Ida Lupino 
  21. Never Wave at a WAC (1953) - Rosalind Russell & Paul Douglas
  22. Scared Stiff (1953) - Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Lizbeth Scott, Dorothy Malone
  23. Quantez (1957) - Fred MacMurrary, Dorothy Malone, John Gavin
  24. Day of the Outlaw (1959) - Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, David Nelson
  25. Count Your Blessings (1959) - Deborah Kerr & Rossano Brazzi, Maurice Chevalier 
  26. The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959) - Clifton Webb & Dorothy McGuire, Jill St. John
  27. Hell is for Heroes (1962) - Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Bob Newhart
  28. Papa’s Delicate Condition (1962) - Jackie Gleason & Glynis Johns
  29. Bon Voyage! (1962) - Fred MacMurray & Jane Wyman, Michael Callan & Deborah Walley 
  30. A Ticklish Affair (1963) - Shirley Jones & Gig Young, Carolyn Jones & Red Buttons
  31. Sinbad and the Eye if the Tiger (1977) - Patrick Wayne
  32. The Sports Pages (2001) - Bob Newhart, Kelsey Grammer (only watched their segment)
  33. *Signs (2002) - Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin
  34. *Double Wedding (2009) - Tia & Tamara Mowry, O-T Fagbenle, Chad Connell
  35. Downton Abbey (2019) - Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville

Least Favorite Movie: Well, I only watched half of both They Came to Cordura (1959) starring Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, and Michael Callan (who I was watching it for) and The Story of Mankind (1957), Ronald Colman’s final film, so... Being a completest I’m sure I’ll finish them one day. I didn’t like Detective Story but the end had me in tears. The plot of The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker was stupid and Dorothy McGuire needs to get her head examined to remarry Clifton Webb. Ida Lupino’s character got on my nerves in Beware, My Lovely. You run to a window at the front of the house, smash it, and scream bloody murder woman! Not a back window with a feeble “help” in your low register voice! Lupino is too strong a woman to pull off acting like a weakling.

Favorite Movie: I loved The 39 Steps! I wanted to watch it again the next day. I always forget how much I love Robert Donat. I also read the original book by John Buchan and the BFI Classics book on the film. Scared Stiff (1953) was hilarious (and perfect for October)!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Five Year Anniversary

Last week I realized that my five year anniversary for this blog was coming up. This year has definitely been my worst yet, with me basically just posting what I watch every month. This year so far I've only hosted one blogathon, co-hosted two (and on my Olivia one I never even added or read all the entries) and joined two that I actually wrote posts for. Sigh. One day I hope to get back up to standard again.

Accurate depiction of how I feel about my blog.

Until then, I decided to share a list of my favorite movie from each year, like I did for my first anniversary. A few have changed and I've seen some films from years I hadn't before. I hope you'll enjoy and thanks to the few of you who continue to comment on my very rare posts.

1928 - The Cameraman - Buster Keaton
1931 - Platinum Blonde - Jean Harlow
1932 - No Man of Her Own - Carole Lombard & Clark Gable
1933 - The White Sister - Helen Hayes & Clark Gable
1934 - The Thin Man, It Happened One Night, The Count of Monte Cristo
1935 - I Live My Life - Joan Crawford & Brian Aherne
1936 - Libeled Lady & Theadora Goes Wild
1937 - Double Wedding & Lost Horizon
1938 - Bringing Up Baby, Four Daughters, The Divorce of Lady X
1939 - The Wizard of Oz & Goodbye Mr. Chips
1940 - Rebecca, Remember the Night, Third Finger Left Hand
1941 - Meet John Doe, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, They Died With Their Boots On
1942 - Cat People, Random Harvest
1943 - Shadow of a Doubt
1944 - Arsenic and Old Lace, The Uninvited
1945 - Christmas in Connecticut, I Know Where I'm Going
1946 - A Stolen Life, Nobody Lives Forever, The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 - My Favorite Brunette & Miracle on 34th Street
1948 - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Miranda
1949 - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Battleground, Act of Violence
1950 - Rio Grande, Mister 880
1951 - His Kind of Woman, I'll See You In My Dreams - Doris Day & Danny Thomas
1952 - The Quiet Man
1953 - Roman Holiday
1954 - White Christmas, Three Coins in the Fountain, It Should Happen to You
1955 - We're No Angels, The Trouble with Harry, Sissi, Summertime
1956 - The Searchers
1957 - Tammy and the Bachelor, The Smallest Show on Earth
1958 - The Defiant Ones
1959 - Gidget, Rio Bravo
1960 - The Bellboy, Who Was That Lady?
1961 - The Parent Trap
1962 - Period of Adjustment
1963 - The Pink Panther, Sunday in New York, Donovan's Reef, McLintock, Lilies of the Field
1964 - 36 Hours, The Yellow Rolls-Royce
1965 - Cat Ballou, Help! The Beatles, That Darn Cat!
1966 - Not With My Wife, You Don't!

1967 - Barefoot in the Park
1968 - Funny Girl
1969 - Support Your Local Sheriff, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1976 - Rocky
1977 - Smokey and the Bandit
1978 - Hooper
1979 - Rocky II
1980 - The Blues Brothers, My Bodyguard

1982 - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

1983 - Mickey's Christmas Carol

1985 - Clue
1986 - The Three Amigos!
1987 - Moonstruck & The Princess Bride
1988 - Funny Farm
1989 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil & When Harry Met Sally
1990 - Home Alone

1992 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
1993 - Robin Hood Men in Tights & Sleepless in Seattle
1994 - Maverick
1995 - Apollo 13
1996 - Down Periscope
1997 - Conspiracy Theory
1998 - You've Got Mail
1999 - The Mummy
2000 - Gladiator
2001 - Ocean's 11
2002 - Signs & The Bourne Identity
2003 - Shanghai Knights
2004 - Elf & National Treasure & Ocean's 12
2005 - Mr. and Mrs. Smith
2006 - Casino Royale, Deja Vu, The Holiday
2007 - Becoming Jane
2008 - The Young Victoria & 27 Dresses
2009 - Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek
2010 - Tangled
2011 - The Adjustment Bureau & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
2012 - This Means War, Skyfall

2014 - Maleficent
2015 - The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Spectre

2016 - Hell or High Water
2017 - Our Souls at Night (Netflix)
2018 - Like Father (Netflix)
2019 - Downton Abbey

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Movies I Watched in September

This month I finally got around to watching The Three Faces of Eve as well as some Sidney Poitier films. Prior to this month I had only seen him in Lilies of the Field, The Defiant Ones, the last half of Duel at Diablo (on tv - really want to see the first half), and the very beginning of Paris Blues. He's such an incredible actor and I so I took advantage of watching several of his films while he was Star of the Month on TCM.

* means a rewatch
  1. Shoulder Arms (1918) - Charlie Chaplin
  2. *Merrily We Live (1938) - Constance Bennett & Brian Aherne, Bonita Granville, Billie Burke
  3. Love is a Headache (1938) - Franchot Tone & Gladys George, Mickey Rooney, Virginia Weidler
  4. *The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - Dana Andrews & Theresa Wright, Frederic March & Myrna Loy, Harold Russell, Virginia Mayo
  5. Deadline at Dawn (1946) - Bill Williams & Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas
  6. They Won’t Believe Me (1947) - Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer
  7. Highly Dangerous (1950) - Margaret Lockwood & Dane Clark
  8. *A Millionaire for Christy (1951) - Fred MacMurray & Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson
  9. The Belle of New York (1952) - Fred Astaire & Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn
  10. Angel Face (1953) - Robert Mitchum & Jean Simmons 
  11. The Naked Jungle (1954) - Eleanor Parker & Charlton Heston
  12. The Three Faces of Eve (1957) - Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb 
  13. 12 Angry Men (1957) - Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb 
  14. *Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) - Debbie Reynolds & Leslie Nielsen, Walter Brennan, Fay Wray
  15. God’s Little Acre (1958) - Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Tina Louise
  16. All the Young Men (1960) - Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier
  17. Madison Avenue (1962) - Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Eleanor Parker, Eddie Albert
  18. *Follow the Boys (1963) - Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, Richard Long, Janis Paige, Russ Tamblyn
  19. Looking for Love (1964) - Connie Francis, Jim Hutton
  20. The Slender Thread (1965) - Sidney Poitier & Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas
  21. A Patch of Blue (1965) - Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
  22. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) - Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway
  23. Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) - James Garner & Suzanne Pleshette
  24. Snowball Express (1972) - Dean Jones & Nancy Olsen
  25. *You've Got Mail (1998) - Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Dave Chappelle
  26. Stardust (2007) - Charlie Cox & Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Robert De Niro, Henry Cavill
  27. *Psych the Musical (2013) - James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson
  28. A Quiet Place (2018) - John Krasinski & Emily Blunt
  29. The Legend of 5 Mile Cave (2019) - Adam Baldwin 
Least Favorite Movie: Definitely Love is a Headache. Franchot Tone WAY overacted. Snowball Express was a little too corny for me. The Belle of New York didn't have much of a story line but I wanted to watch it for Vera-Ellen. The cast of Looking for Love had absolutely NO chemistry.

Favorite Movie: So I've suddenly become a Susan Hayward fan lol. I've seen some of her later movies but she never did anything for me but this month I watched two noirs and was really loving her! And of course I was blown away by all the Sidney Poitier films I watched as well as 12 Angry Men. I don't do horror movies but A Quiet Place wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Emily Blunt is my favorite modern actress and I love the chemistry between her and her real life & on-screen husband, John Krasinski.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Movies I Watched in August

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This is an embarrassingly short movie month. I’ve just been really into watching The Bob Newhart Show lately. There weren’t a ton of films I wanted to see on TCM this month, aside from Melvyn Douglas day, and a few of the movies I had starred never showed up on the app (I no longer have the option to dvr). I did finally watch The Sting!
  1. High, Wide and Handsome (1937) - Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott, Dorothy Lamour, Alan Hale
  2. The Shining Hour (1938) - Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas, Margaret Sullavan 
  3. There’s Always a Woman (1938) - Melvyn Douglas & Joan Blondell, Mary Astor
  4. Paradise for Three (1938) - Robert Young & Florence Rice, Frank Morgan, Mary Astor, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Sig Rumen 
  5. Our Wife (1941) - Ruth Hussey & Melvyn Douglas, Ellen Drew, Charles Coburn
  6. Return to Peyton Place (1961) - Carol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Tuesday Weld, Mary Astor, Eleanor Parker 
  7. The Sting (1973) - Paul Newman & Robert Redford 
  8. Meet Joe Black (1998) - Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Fornali
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2018) - Lily James
  10. Mary Poppins Returns (2018) - Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep
Least Favorite Movie: I actually haven’t finished it yet but so far the Guernsey movie hasn’t done anything for me. 

Favorite Movie: Paradise for Three was really cute. I was also very pleased with Mary Poppins Returns. They did a good job. The only part I didn't like was Meryl Streep's. It felt unnecessary.

I just love vintage ski outfits!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Movies I Watched In July

I watched even less movies this month, however, that is partially due to the fact that I started watching The Golden Girls (I just started season 2).
  1. Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) - Jack Oakie & Lucille Ball
  2. *Too Many Husbands (1940) - Jean Arthur, Melvyn Douglas, Fred MacMurray
  3. *My Sister Eileen (1942) - Rosalind Russell & Brian Aherne, George Tobias
  4. *Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) - Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak
  5. The Last Ride (1944) - Eleanor Parker 
  6. The Glass Slipper (1955) - Leslie Caron & Michael Wilding, Keenan Wynn, Elsa Lanchester, Amanda Blake
  7. *Where the Boys Are (1960) - Dolores Hart & George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss & Jim Hutton, Connie Francis, Yvette Mimoux 
  8. Back Street (1961) - Susan Hayward & John Gavin, Vera Miles
  9. *Moonstruck (1987) - Cher
  10. *Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner
  11. Independence Day (1996) - Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Baldwin 
Least Favorite Film: Definitely The Last Ride. Eleanor Parker was barely in it so it was just a run-of-mill "good cop has gangster brother" movie.

Favorite Film: I always pick a new-to-me film but...

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Fourth Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon is Here!!!

Today Dame Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 103rd year here on earth!!! We are so lucky that she is still with us and I'm a honored to be able to celebrate her incredible life and career with this little blogathon and for Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood for co-hosting with me.

I will try to update this post daily with the entries and hopefully will have time to read them this weekend.

Here are the entries:

Realweedgiemidget Reviews kicks off the day with Olivia's appearance on The Love Boat.

Pale Writer tells us about a less pleasurable experience of Olivia's character in The Snake Pit (1948).

The Stop Button delves into The Heiress (1949).

Photo by Samantha Ellis

Musings of a Classic Film Addict share's Olivia's recipe for Salade Nicoise.

Movies Meet Their Match is pleasantly surprised with The Proud Rebel (1958).

To Be Updated!!

Movies I Watched in June

This month I suddenly started a new job that required me moving in with my aunt on Long Island. I've been very busy (with work and sightseeing) and have therefore not been able to watch as many movies as I have been. I was able to get a library card here and they have a really good selection of Classic Films so I'm excited to explore that. I was also finishing up season 4 and 5 of The Last Ship (they randomly killed one of my favorite characters in the second-to-last episode...).
  1. *If You Could Only Cook (1935) - Jean Arthur & Herbert Marshall
  2. When You're in Love (1937) - Grace Moore & Cary Grant
  3. Escape (1940) - Robert Taylor & Norma Shearer, Conrad Veidt, Bonita Granville
  4. Repent at Leisure (1941) - Wendy Barrie
  5. That Night in Rio (1941) - Don Ameche & Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda
  6. *Footsteps in the Dark (1941) - Errol Flynn & Brenda Marshall, Allen Jenkins, Alan Hale, William Frawley
  7. *Never Say Goodbye (1946) - Errol Flynn & Eleanor Parker, S.Z. Sakall
  8. Trio (1950) - Jean Simmons & Michael Rennie (only watched part three)
  9. Two Weeks with Love (1950) - Jane Powell & Ricardo Montalban, Debbie Reynolds
  10. *On Moonlight Bay (1951) - Doris Day & Gordon McRea
  11. Encore (1952) - Glynis Johns (only watched part three)
  12. Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) - Virginia Mayo & Dennis Morgan
  13. The Young Stranger (1957) - James MacArther, Kim Hunter, James Gregory, James Daly
  14. Hooper (1978) - Burt Reynolds & Sally Field, Brian Keith, James Best, Adam West
  15. InSight (2011) - Natalie Zea, Adam Baldwin, Veronica Cartwright, Christopher Lloyd
  16. Apollo 11 (2019) - documentary, watched in dome theater
  17. Murder Mystery (2019-Netflix) - Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler, Luke Evans

Least Favorite Film: I love Dennis Morgan and think Virginia Mayo is underrated but Pearl of the South Pacific wasn't that great. 

Favorite Film: The Young Stranger was excellent. Escape was more exciting then I expected. I of course enjoyed the segments I got to see from Trio and Encore with two of my favorite actresses (unfortunately it collided with me leaving so I didn't get to watch the full films). If you have Netflix and enjoy Agatha Christie and comedies you need to watch Murder Mystery. It was so fun!