Your favourite classic movie
I was originally going to go with Meet Me in St. Louis (and I love it, it’s one of my top classics), but then I remembered what a brilliant and funny movie I would be overlooking if I didn’t choose The Women: full of snappy lines, snarky dames, and stunning 1930s fashion. Plus, the best cat fight ever.
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A movie that is a guilty pleasure
Actually, I have a few contenders:
- Sleepless in Seattle
Significantly and absolutely better than You’ve Got Mail.
I admit it! I got this movie when I was in the midst of my Beatles obsession in my teens. It’s full of their early music and rather campy (although definitely not as campy as Help), but I still enjoy watching it from time to time. And, I also have to admit, I found them pretty cute.
Ok, this is one my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures. I really only watch it for Kate Winslet and Jack Black (their budding romance is so much better than Jude and Cameron’s), the beautiful, overly-indulgent/unrealistic sets, and Eli Wallach–that dear, dear man. (The writing is meh.)
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A movie nobody would expect you to love
Empire of the Sun
Not sure I can say that it’s one that nobody would expect me to love, but it certainly took me by surprise when I first stumbled across it–it’s compelling, gritty and moving. I personally think it’s one of Spielberg’s best movies.
Taking a slight detour from my movie-blogging marathon… Sort of.
-Everything/anything about my favourite/least favourite movies. I’ll tell you, this challenge really got me thinking about my life choices.
-Creature feature movies on TCM Thursday nights. Think Godzilla, Them!, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Many of them hilariously awful.
-The Handmaid’s Tale series. I know I should probably have read the book first, but I couldn’t help it, with all the hype it’s gotten. It’s very good, and very eery.
A fun Star Wars take on the Moana song.
–12 things to keep in mind when a terrorist attack happens.
–Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Oh boy. If you write a WWII romance/mystery involving a hunky American pilot, and link it to present day through old letters, you have me hooked. It was kind of sad in some parts, but I liked it anyway.
–Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just barely into it, but I think it’s going to be a good read. I trust in Cassandra Clare.
Your favourite documentary
An oldie but a goodie. This gave birth to my obsession with the Titanic when I was a kid, and it still keeps me fascinated. It’s been over 20 years since DOAD aired, but it remains one of the best documentaries about the sinking.
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Your favourite character from any movie
Yeesh, that’s a tough one. It’s probably subject to change, but since I can’t think of anyone else right now, I would have to say Ida Corwin from Mildred Pierce, because she’d make a funny friend, and she’s the kind of woman whose witty/wisecracking attitude I aspire to have. Gotta love Eve Arden!
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Most underrated film
A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven)
When TCM doesn’t run a particular movie frequently, you know it’s either:
a) understandably bad
Thankfully, this movie falls into the latter category. For a mid to late 1940s flick, A Matter of Life and Death is rather unusual in its plot: it’s about a English WWII pilot named Peter (played none other by David Niven!) who miraculously survives bailing out of his plane, and soon falls in love with an American lass from an airbase. Eventually, someone up in Heaven realizes that they made a mistake, and when they come down to bring Peter back, he demands his case to be brought the highest courts. Literally.
So, it’s part fantasy, part political (I guess), and part juridical drama, but it’s a great watch. It really is! AND NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT. WHY??
ps: look for a baby-face Richard Attenborough in this clip!
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