Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sorry I’ve been slacking with this post. This week is dead week so I’ve been scrambling to finish a bunch of papers and projects. I turned in my beautiful poetry portfolio (I’m very happy with how it turned out) as well as my 11 page intercultural communication paper on Gossip Girl which took me all day yesterday and was much harder to write than you make think. Thankfully, Tuesday and Wednesday ended up being snow days (a rarity for college kids) so I had extra time to work on all of it. Next week is finals week, so I have a nonfiction portfolio due in my creative writing class, a final for the previously mentioned communication class, and a compare and contrast paper on West Side Story and Romeo + Juliet. By this time next week, I’ll be home!
The Secret Garden (1949)
Starring Margaret O’Brien, Herbert Marshall, and Dean Stockwell
Airs December 13 on TCM
A rather delightful adaptation of the beloved Frances Hodgson Burnett novel with Margaret O’Brien taking on the role of orphan Mary Lennox. This is one of the few films that I can stand O’Brien in; just a bit too precocious and cutesy for my taste. Elsa Lanchester as Martha is the one that steals my attention.
Vivacious Lady (1938)
Starring Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart
Airs December 18 on TCM
Seriously, why isn’t this movie on DVD yet? Stewart is an uptight college professor who marries the beautiful nightclub singer played by Rogers on a trip to the city. When he comes home, he can’t get up the nerve to tell his parents. This movie also features one of the best cat fights ever!
The Miracle Woman (1931)
Starring Barbara Stanwyck and David Manners
Airs December 22 on TCM
In this early Stanwyck/Capra film, Stanwyck stars as a phony preacher that travels around the country performing fake miracles. Everything is perfect until she meets and falls in love with a blind man that puts all his faith in her and what she does.
If you have time, check out these films as well!
Ladies of Leisure (1930)
Airs December 22
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Airs December 28
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In celebration of this wonderful event, here are links to some of my favorite/ most popular posts over the past year. Feel free to check them out!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Turner Classic Movies to Host Film Festival :: Movies :: News :: Paste
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sorry I slacked on last month’s edition of Great Films. I had a lot more going on than usual. I still have a lot going on this weekend, but it’s a bit more fun. I’m working on a paper for my film class on Leo McCarey and have to analyze Love Affair, The Awful Truth, and The Bells of St. Mary’s. What a tough assignment! : )
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Starring Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, and John Garfield
Airs November 4 on TCM
Based on a John Steinbeck novel of the same name, it tells the story of a group of bums who spend their time in prison or drinking as much wine as they can get their hands on. When Danny (Garfield) inherits two houses, the conniving Pilon (Tracy) makes a mess of his friends newfound fortune and even tries to ruin his odds with the new girl in town.
Watch for a great performance by Frank Morgan in the role of Pirate. It won him an Oscar nomination.
The Woman in White (1948)
Starring Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, and Gig Young
Airs November 4 on TCM
A young artist is brought to an English estate to give art lessons to a beautiful and mysterious young woman. While trying to figure out the mysteries involving her (including a lookalike dressed in white), he becomes involved with a distant relative of the family that stays at the house.
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan
Airs November 28 on TCM
Banned by the Nazis, the film tells the story of Martin Breitner, a man who refuses to join up with the Nazis when they take over town. In order to fight them, he joins up with other anti-Nazis and ends up falling for a beautiful young Jewish woman.
Primrose Path (1940)
Airs November 5
Tender Comrade (1943)
Airs November 11
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Airs November 17
Rafter Romance (1933)
Airs November 17
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The stage called you first,
Bright spotlight beckoning.
Like locks of your honeyed hair.
Your eyes, two north stars,
Compasses in the sky
For everyone to follow.
The intoxicating rivers
Of light became an addiction.
Your thirst yearned
For Hollywood’s halo
And so you went to the
Valley of the stars.
Fame like wind fueled
The fire of your compulsion,
But you couldn’t reach the
Stars that hung precariously
From the ceiling.
So you settled with that neon
Sign closest to the sky.
It said “Hollywoodland”and
You laughed at the irony
Of it all and left a note that read:
“I'm afraid I'm a coward. I am sorry for everything.
If I had done this thing a long time ago,
It would have saved a lot of pain."
It was the light
That called you there and from
The light you took your
Final curtain call.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Ever since watching it, I’ve felt like I’m stuck in my own little Metropolis. Unfortunately, I’m not above ground in the cult of the sons. Nope, I’m definitely in the unhappy hole that is the workers’ city. I wish I could be a peacekeeper like Maria, but I don’t have that luxury. I’m the man at the clock, constantly moving the arms to the lights that flicker around the clock. I can’t stop. Stopping equals disaster. In the end, I myself become like the machine. Instead of Maria becoming the robot, I do. My brain is not my own, it is controlled by my professors and other superiors. Hopefully, my human self can destroy the robot me and flee to the world above ground. Until then, I’ll be living in Metropolis.
Sorry if this is deep. This is what happens when I watch deep movies and take two poetry classes. I get into very reflective/introspective moods. Next week, we’re watching Horse Feathers in film class so I think I’ll be in a better mood!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
A Night to Remember (1942)
Starring Loretta Young and Brian Aherne
Airs September 2 on TCM
Mystery writer Jeff Troy and his wife Nancy get more than they bargained for when a corpse turns up in their new apartment. Taking hints from his own books, Jeff (who is the prime suspect) and Nancy help solve the case.
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Airs September 11 on TCM
In the 1800’s, two sisters fall in love with the same man. He loves one, but drunkenly writes a letter to their father asking for the other’s hand in marriage. Problems follow. Watch for the impressive earthquake scene, which actually looks pretty believable.
The Human Comedy (1943)
Starring Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, and James Craig
Airs September 23 on TCM
A microcosm of life during World War II, the story focuses on the family of the deceased Mr. Macauley who's ghost watches over it all. It alternates between young Homer and his work as a telegram boy and his brother Marcus off at war. Robert Mitchum has a small a role as a fellow soldier.
Four Daughters (1938) and sequels – Air September 3 (Highly Recommended)
Tender Comrade (1943) – Airs September 4
Million Dollar Baby (1941) – Airs September 11
Seven Sweethearts (1942) – Airs September 25
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I really wish I could’ve accomplished more, but summer sucked all the motivation right out of me. I don’t even have a great tan from all of my lounging about. The usually hot and humid Midwest summer didn’t want to cooperate this year. It’s finally starting to feel like summer weather-wise, but my summer must end a week and a half before other college students. Oh, the benefits of being in a sorority.
I’ll be extremely busy and cranky for the next week and half while sorority recruitment is going on, so I’ll be unable to get any posts out. Once my little hiatus is over, I’ll be ready to go with a new post. Farewell for now my friends : )
Lucky Miss Lombard gets to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, while I must head back to college!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
A Place of One’s Own (1945)
Starring Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, and Dennis Price
Airs August 2 on TCM
In this moody British ghost/mystery/love story, the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Smedhurst move into a vacant old mansion. At first they don’t believe the stories connected to the house, but when strange things start happening to the young companion they hire, they begin to believe.
Love Letters (1945)
Starring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten
Airs August 17 on TCM
Out of all of the films Jones and Cotten made together, this one probably gets the least attention. Personally, I think its one of the most interesting movies they made which is evident in the four Oscar nominations it received.
During World War II, soldier Allen Quinton writes love letters for his best friend. While writing to his friend’s love, he finds himself falling for her as well. Once the war ends, Allen finds that his friend married the woman from the letters, but both of them are now mysteriously dead. As he searches for answers, he falls for a mysterious woman who could hold the key to unlocking the mystery.
These Three (1936)
Starring Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, and Joel McCrea
Airs August 20 on TCM
Click here to read about my hatred for Mary Tilford
Ladies in Retirement (1941)
Starring Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, and Elsa Lanchester
Airs August 27 on TCM
Ellen Creed (Lupino) works as a companion and housekeeper for retired actress Leonora Fiske. When Ellen’s two emotionally disturbed sisters come to live with her, things get a bit complicated. Fiske cannot stand Ellen’s sisters and wants them to leave. Feeling she has no other choice, Ellen takes matters into her own hands to make sure her sisters don’t have to leave.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Anyways, if you've been going insanse like me and haven't heard about the giveaway, check it out at Kate's blog Silents and Talkies. She is giving away a ton of her artwork! I'm so excited! Hopefully, my luck will continue and I can win some more of her fabulous flapper prints!
P.S. I have the next five days off so I'm hoping to regain my sanity and have a new post out soon!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Our Betters (1933)
Starring Constance Bennett
This movie already aired, but I thought I would still include it. Based on a play by W. Somerset Maugham, the movie tells the story of American heiress Pearl Saunders who marries an English lord only to find him with another woman on their wedding day. They remain married and she becomes friends with other titled heiresses who were married for their money. A great little pre-code.
Starring William Powell and Bette Davis
Airs July 29 on TCM
Two former business partners join forces with a young fashion designer to sell cheaper copies of designer dresses. The business takes off until their scheme is figured out by one of the designers being ripped off.
Starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, and Louis Jourdan
Airs July 31 on TCM
In one of her final films, Grace Kelly plays the part of a princess, quite a stretch for her. When her cousin Prince Albert (Guinness) comes to visit, her mother urges her to marry him. However, she secretly has feelings for her brother’s tutor. In the end, she must choose whether to give up her life as she knows it to marry a commoner or do her duty and marry the prince.
I was very surprised to learn that this film isn’t on dvd since the majority of Grace’s films are. Hopefully, this will be corrected very soon. Grace looks absolutely beautiful and regal in it.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1. I’m left-handed but I can only use scissors with my right hand.
Back in preschool when I first learned how to cut with scissors, I started out using my left hand. Unfortunately, there were no left-handed scissors so I used right-handed scissors. The paper ended up all ugly so I decided to use my right hand and now I can’t cut with my left hand anymore.
2. I was a hardcore cheerleader for eight years, six of which were competitive.
I traveled all over the country for competitions and had to wear the crazy cheer makeup, glitter and all.
3. I’m obsessed with baby names.
I love finding unique and obscure names and playing around with different middle names and last names. If the whole screenwriting career doesn’t work out for me, my dream is to create a baby naming service to help people from making horrible mistakes.
4. I’m fascinated by tornadoes and ghosts and love watching shows about them both.
5. I absolutely hate red meat.
I’m not a vegetarian or anything, I just think its disgusting and I can’t stand to look at a piece of steak. My family thinks I’m weird.
6. When I’m home alone, I like to sing at the top of my lungs and pretend that I actually sound good.
Trust me, I don’t have a musical bone in my body.
7. I have the most random taste in music.
On my ipod, you’ll find everything from Margaret Whiting and Peggy Lee to Joshua Radin and Crooked Still. Most of my music is offbeat and definitely not mainstream.
8. I have really strange and complicated dreams.
I once dreamt I had ESP with a squirrel and he told me to hide in his tree to avoid the tornado that was coming towards me. That is probably one of the most normal dreams I’ve had. I swear I’m not crazy.
9. I have a large birthmark on my hip that is shaped almost exactly like the state of Alaska.
Maybe its a sign that I should move to Alaska...nope, too cold for me.
When I was little, I really wanted a kitten, even though I already had a dog. One day, I went to my friend’s house to play with her new kitten. I petted the cat and then touched my eye. Needless to say, I found out I was allergic when my eye turned bright red and I wanted to scratch the crap out of it.
P.S. Fingers crossed, I’ll have my Great Films Not on DVD post for July up tomorrow. That’s right, TWO posts in one week. Pretty impressive for me : )
Thursday, June 25, 2009
During this time, movie theatres were flooded with a plethora of over-the-top musicals, screwball comedies, and romantic tales filmed in exotic locations…I mean exotic-looking Hollywood backlots. For about a quarter, the average joe could be taken away from the woes of the world and into a completely different world full of mystery and romance.
Films provided a cheap escape from the problems that plagued the nation. This is one of the reasons I love classic films so much. For just a few hours, I’m transported to different time when men still opened doors for ladies and cigarettes looked classy instead of deadly and unattractive (FYI: I’m against smoking, but they make it look so darn glamorous!) The escapism that classic films provide is one of the reasons I avoid so many newer films which seem to only depress.
Here is just of sampling of some of the best escapist films of the 1930’s
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Fred and Ginger Musicals
Gone With the Wind (1939)
42nd St. (1933)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Red Dust (1932)
I could honestly go on and on about the wonderful escapist films made in the 1930’s, but I’d also like to point out that some movies decided to tackle the Depression head on. Although there are much fewer of these somewhat realist films in existence, I think they help us remember that the 1930’s weren’t all sunshine and roses like the movies lead us to believe. They show what the Depression was like, but also provide hope. A hope that life will get better, somewhere over the rainbow.
Our Daily Bread (1934)
A group of down-on-their-luck people work together on a farm and create a thriving independent society.
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Feeling that they are burdens to their struggling families, two boys ride the rails in search of work. Along the way, they meet up with other poor youths and fight to make a dime.
The film that I believe combines elements of escapism and realism pretty well is Gold Diggers of 1933. The musical numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley provide a fantastical spectacle to the eye while numbers like “Remember My Forgotten Man”, tug at the heartstrings. It shows all the stages that people went through during the Depression: trying to escape from and ignore problems, facing reality and learning how to deal, and hoping for a better future.
Escapism: Pettin’ in the Park
Realism: Remember My Forgotten Man
Hope: We’re In the Money
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a clip of this wonderful musical number, but you’ve probably seen it or at least heard of it.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Eventually, I grew out of my baby face and the resemblance to Shirley Temple disappeared. Nevertheless, I feel like the connection between the two of us was what sparked my love for classic film, even if it took quite a few years before I realized it.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Starring Irene Dunne and Alan Marshal
Airs June 15 on TCM
American Susan Dunn travels to England and ends up marrying a dashing English aristocrat. The happy times are cut short however, with the onset of World War I and the departure of her new husband. Twenty five years later, she must watch another man go off to war: her son.
Watch for a young Elizabeth Taylor in a small uncredited role and an incredibly handsome Peter Lawford as Dunne’s son.
Raintree County (1957)
Starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eva Marie Saint
Airs June 22 on TCM
High school sweethearts John Shawnessy (Clift) and Nell Gaither (Saint) seem destined to be married until John drifts away and falls for a beautiful southern debutante (Taylor). The two become trapped in a loveless marriage that crumbles even more when John learns of his wife’s family secrets.
During filming, Clift crashed his car and was saved by co-star Taylor who pulled two teeth from his throat. Although he survived, his face was left partially paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Airs June 30 on TCM
An updated version of Grand Hotel with an ensemble cast featuring Ginger Rogers as a lonely movie star, Lana Turner as a stenographer, soldier Van Johnson, and war correspondent Walter Pidgeon. It’s not up to the level of the original, but it has Ginger in it so how could I resist putting it on the list!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My sister and I at the wedding. Can you tell we're 5 years apart?
While I was there, I started thinking about some of my favorite wedding movies/scenes. Movie weddings always seem so much more romantic and glamorous than real life weddings. According to my poll, it seems the majority of you think The Philadelphia story is the best of the wedding movies. Royal Wedding didn’t stand a chance.
Father of the Bride (1950)
Hmm…funny how the serial bride Elizabeth Taylor is in one of the most well-known wedding movies of all time.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
I’ve heard of double weddings, but seven at once? Now, that’s what I call memorable!
The Graduate (1967)
I absolutely love the wedding scene at the end. It gives a whole new meaning to the term runaway bride.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
You guys voted it as the best wedding movie for a reason. Which one would you marry? Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, or John Howard? Tough choice.
Nobody can walk down the isle with a black eye like Ginger can. Absolutely fantastic.