Friday, December 31, 2021

Movies I Watched in December

Follow the Fleet (1936)

This month I finally watched No Time To Die (2021). I really liked the moment at Vesper Lynd's grave where they played her theme in the background and the part near the end where Bond turns and fires a shot down a circular tunnel, mimicking the famous shot in the opening credits of every Bond film.

I also finally watched the Pride and Prejudice (1995) mini-series! It was very good. Colin Firth reminded me of Laurence Olivier but conveyed his emotions to the viewer better - but then again, he had more screen time to do so. I like the Greer Garson one and hated the Kiera Knightly version (I probably need to give it a second chance).

I read My Husband, My Friend by Steve McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel. I skimmed some of the chapters on the disintegration of their marriage. 

And ICYMI, I finally wrote a post on getting to see the White Christmas (1954) costumes back in January. Here is Part I. Part II has been delayed until next month. 

  1. *No Man of Her Own (1932) - Clark Gable & Carole Lombard 
  2. The Count of the Old Town (1935-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman, Edvin Adolphson, Sigurd Wallén
  3. Swedenhielms (1935-Swedish) - Gosta Ekman, Hakan Westergren, Ingrid Bergman, Tutta Rolf
  4. Follow the Fleet (1936) - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott & Harriet Hilliard, Lucille Ball
  5. Dollar (1938-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman, Tutta Rolf, Hakan Westergren, Edvin Adolphson
  6. The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) - Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, Lewis Stone 
  7. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) - Maureen O’Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball 
  8. *Remember the Night (1940) - Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, Beulah Bondi
  9. Adam Had Four Sons (1941) - Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, Fay Ray, Susan Hayward 
  10. Washington Melodrama (1941) - Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, Kent Taylor, Dan Dailey Jr., Virginia Grey
  11. Wing and a Prayer (1944) - Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, Charles Bickford
  12. *Conflict (1945) - Humphrey Bogart & Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet 
  13. Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crane, Daryl Hickman
  14. *My Reputation (1946) - Barbara Stanwyck & George Brent, Eve Arden
  15. Christmas Eve (1947) - George Brent & Joan Blondell, George Raft, Randolph Scott 
  16. *The Bishop’s Wife (1947) - Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Gladys Cooper, James Gleason, Elsa Lanchester
  17. *That Way with Women (1947) - Sydney Greenstreet, Dane Clark & Martha Vickers
  18. A Date with Judy (1948) - Jane Powell, Wallace Beery, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Robert Stack, Xavier Cugat
  19. The Big Punch (1948) - Wayne Morris, Gordon MacRae 
  20. Malaya (1949) - James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, John Hodiak, Sydney Greenstreet, Gilbert Roland
  21. Scandal at Scourie (1953) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Donna Cocaran, Agnes Moorehead
  22. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes 
  23. The Warriors (1955) - Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Joanne Dru
  24. Elena and Her Men (1956-French) - Ingrid Bergman, Mel Ferrer
  25. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lanchester
  26. Another Time, Another Place (1958) - Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns, Sean Connery
  27. *The War Lover (1962) - Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner 
  28. Midnight Run (1988) - Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin 
  29. *National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) - Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid
  30. *Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, John Heard
  31. Crimson Tide (1995) - Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman
  32. One Special Night (1999) - James Garner & Julie Andrews
  33. *Elf (2003) - Will Farrell, Zoey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
  34. *Spectre (2015) - Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christopher Waltz
  35. No Time To Die (2021) - Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Christopher Waltz, Naomie Harris
Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge (1988)
Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers (2019) 

Least Favorite Film: The storyline of Leave Her to Heaven (1945) was pretty awful. It was visually stunning though! The costumes! The sets! The outdoor locations! A couple movies were a little weak but not worth mentioning - I've seen worse.

Favorite Movie: Everyone needs to watch Midnight Run (1988). It was so good!!! The Big Punch was interesting. I also enjoyed the Swedish Ingrid Bergman films.

Favorite Quote: Barbara Stanwyck getting a telemarketing call in My Reputation (1946).

There will be a slight change in the monthly Recycled Costume Roundups for 2022. Every three months there will be a QUARTERLY roundup of recycles I have spotted while watching movies. The first one will be at the end of March. At the end of the OTHER months, I will be taking a look at the sumptuous Adrian-designed costumes from Marie Antoinette (1938) and sharing what films they have been recycled in, starting in January.

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