Friday, November 6, 2020

Movies I Watched in October

This month I watched Citizen Kane for the first time! It was different from what I expected. The story line didn't seem that unique to me but the cinematography and editing was interesting! I also watched the classic Dracula. Last October I watched half of The Story of Mankind (1957) but was bored so I didn’t finish it. TCM aired it again this month and, like I mentioned in last years post, I am a completest and therefore watched the second half. It was better. The Marx Brothers were funny.

The part they gave Anna May Wong in Impact was insulting to her talent and embarrassing to watch. 

I read the novel Rebecca and rewatched the 1940 film. You can read my thoughts on them here (including the new Netflix adaptation).
    1. Our Modern Maidens (1929) - Joan Crawford & Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page, Rod LaRoque
    2. One Heavenly Night (1931) - John Boles & Evelyn Laye, Leon Errol
    3. The Erl King (1931-French) 
    4. Dracula (1931) - Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler 
    5. The Solitaire Man (1933) - Herbert Marshall & Elizabeth Allen, May Robson, Mary Boland, Lionel Atwill
    6. Murder on the Blackboard  (1934) - Edna May Oliver, James Gleason
    7. The Mark of the Vampire (1935) - Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allen, Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt, Bela Lugosi
    8. Stolen Holiday (1937) - Kay Francis, Claude Raines, Ian Hunter
    9. Breakfast for Two (1937) - Herbert Marshall & Barbara Stanwyck, Eric Blore, Glenda Farrell, Donald Meek
    10. *Rebecca (1940) - Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Florence Bates
    11. Citizen Kane (1941) - Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, 
    12. Mr. & Mrs. North (1942) - Gracie Allen & William Post Jr., Virginia Grey, Tom Conway, Felix Bressart, Keye Luke, Jerome Cowan 
    13. Impact (1949) - Brian Donlevy & Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Anna May Wong
    14. Across the Wide Missouri (1951) - Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolph Menjeu, J. Carroll Naish, Jack Holt
    15. Flesh and Fury (1952) - Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Kim Hunter
    16. Bright Road (1953) - Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte 
    17. The Runaway Bus (1954) - Margaret Rutherford, Petula Clark
    18. The Story of Mankind (1957) - Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Marx Brothers
    19. Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Elvis Presley & Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones
    20. The Blob (1958) - Steve McQueen 
    21. The Journey (1959)  - Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards Jr., Ronny Howard
    22. *Psycho (1960) - Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam 
    23. Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966) - Carl Reiner (voice) 
    24. Double Trouble (1967) - Elvis Presley 
    25. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway 
    26. The Lonely Guy (1984) - Steve Martin
    27. *Letters to Juliet (2010) - Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan
    Least Favorite Film: Double Trouble was terrible!

    Favorite Movie: Loved The Thomas Crown Affair!!! Breakfast for Two was really cute and The Runaway Bus was unexpectedly funny. Tony Curtis was adorable in Flesh and Fury (the film would have been more effective if the sound had been handled differently). 


    1. I've always thought "Citizen Kane" was a brilliant movie. The cinematography and style is outstanding and so original for its time. I've never seen "Thomas Crown Affair" but will look for it. Did you like "Mark of the Vampire"? I've always thought it was really creepy but I hated the ending.

      1. Agree that it was great until the ending. I read that the actors weren’t told about the ending either so their performance would be more convincing.

        I wasn’t expecting to love the TC Affair so much. It has some interesting cinematography too.

    2. Citizen Kane is one of those famous movies that I've never seen! One of these days. I watched Letters to Juliet for the first time this year and thought that it was really cute.

      1. I didn’t know if I would ever watch it but it came on and I decided to go for it. I’ve done that a lot this year- watching movies I knew I’d eventually watch but weren’t necessarily on my watchlist.

        I’ve watched Juliet 3 or 4 times. I love all the Italian scenery and Claire’s story. The ending’s a little corny but I still always enjoy it ;)