November 7, 2013

Why I love Cary Grant

Another 5 reasons:

1. He was a damn good actor!

2. He epitomized the charming, suave, debonair movie star of the day, something that will never be captured again in modern stars.

3. His real name was Archibald Leach (but I'm honestly glad he changed his name even though his real name is interesting to say the least).

4. He performed as an acrobat, stilt walker, mime and juggler on stage before becoming a film star which is why he was so good at all those hilarious stunts he did in his screwball comedies.

5. "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."

September 14, 2013

5 Reasons why I love Jimmy Stewart

I got this idea from an article on the site Buzzfeed so I thought it would be a great idea for a blog post.

1. He was a great actor, as evidence by the many iconic roles he has played and the different genres he has played in. Which is why he's a legend!

2. He worked with Alfred Hitchcock, in 4 movies (Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo) the greatest of those 4 being Vertigo.

3. He was a war hero.

4. He seemed like a good smoocher, I mean look at the way he did it.

5. Only married once, especially when you're a Hollywood star who are notorious for multiple marriages.

What are your's?

March 26, 2013

Top 5: Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favorite actresses, with her ability to be both tough and fragile in her films she could do no wrong.

1. My Reputation (1946)

To be honest with you I think this is her best film, and I'm pretty sure (and don't quote me on this, I'm not 100% positive) that she said this was her favorite as well. In this she plays a recently widowed mother of two who eventually falls in love with George Brent, even if she did resist his amorous attentions at first. It causes gossip amongst her friends and in true Stanwyck style she doesn't give a damn what they say or think.


2. The Lady Eve (1941)

Her she is at her most comical and deceitful yet playful all in one. Attempting to trick a lovestruck Henry Fonda doesn't really work when she starts falling in love with him too. What makes this movie really stand out is the abundance of innuendos and last but not least a certain scene when she gets him for lack of a better phrase - hot and bothered.


3. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Frank Capra's lesser known masterpiece which failed at the box office due to it's "interracial" relationship depicted (I quote interracial because Nils Asther who played General Yen was Danish and Swedish). If this got a Criterion release at least, it would receive the audience it rightfully deserves.


4. Double Indemnity (1944)

Forget about the wig, this is THE film noirs to end all film noirs. Her chemistry with Fred MacMurray is a huge change to the one they had in their previous movie together (Remember the Night, which is awesome). Here they are hot and then the heat starts to fizzle out when she is revealed to be nothing more than a lying, murdering good-for-nothing (insert word for a no-good-woman here).


5. Ball of Fire (1941)

In this she is Sugarpuss who takes refuge in a house of older bachelors that includes naive Gary Cooper who happens to be researching American slang. With her help she also teaches him to kiss among other things.

"I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk!"

Honorable mentions:

There's Always Tomorrow (1956) (A Douglas Sirk masterpiece)
Forbidden (1931)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Jeopardy (1953)

February 9, 2013

Camille (1936) & Camille (1921)

Camille (1936)

This adaptation just speaks for itself. It's one of the most atmospheric, heart wrenching, beautifully done films ever made, certainly of the entire 1930's and of Robert Taylor and Greta Garbo's careers.
If you want a heart breaking romance with an actor like Robert Taylor who can play heart broken so well,  look no further than the best film made from Dumas story.

Garbo's portrayal as the tragic Marguerite is one of the finest of romantic cinema with beautifully done costumes, cinematography and weepy music to highlight all the moments in the film that convey the fate of Marguerite's illness and Armand's love.

George Cukor's fine direction brings out all the lavishness and tension in the atmosphere when Armand's faith and love is being tested again and again.

I love this movie so much it is now on my top 50 films. _______________________________________________________________________

Camille (1921)

Alexandre Dumas,fils story set in modern-day 1920's with Valentino as Armand and Nazimova as the lady of the camellias aka Marguerite.

With Nazimova's outrageous hair, it might at first distract from the story but after awhile it's forgotten and I personally became quite taken in with this adaptation mainly because of Rudy Valentino's performance and all the sad faces he makes. Even when Marguerite first speaks to him it's meant to be a let down "he would do better to study love" it does not stop him from falling.

It's silly to give this one a 4/5 because of that hair but there is one - Nazimova in certain scenes where she does exaggerate with her acting but then again there were moments where she was genuine especially when told she had to give up the only man who really loved her for her, and not as a kept woman.

My Top Films: Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo is Hitchcock's masterpiece (that's NOT a fact, it's an opinion, just putting that out there). It's his magnum opus even if it failed at the box office at it's release. It's reputation grew over the decades to quickly become one of the best films ever made, something people failed to see at the time even Hitchcock himself.

Upon first viewing oh so many years ago I was smitten, not only with the whole film but with Jimmy Stewart's performance as the obsessed detective who became the pawn in Elster's malicious plot. It's a story of love's dark side.


Paperman (2012)

Paperman is a Disney animated short film that accompanied the Wreck It Ralph when it was in theaters. I have not seen Wreck It Ralph but just over a week ago I discovered this wonderful short film which brings back the Disney of old when it comes to animation they use to do before the 2000's (with the exception of The Princess and the Frog which is awesome).

I decided to post this on my classic blog because it has that classic feel and look to it. It's a touching story with no words spoken, plus it is nominated in this years Oscars for best short film. Instantly it became one of the best shorts I have seen in a long while.

The storyline from Walt Disney Studios (they obviously say it better than I could):

An animated short that follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios