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.
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.
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!
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!
I don’t know, but I just can’t seem to sit through this movie. It may be one of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic roles (even though I think she’s done better!), but I just never had patience with the dragging plot line, or Holly Golightly’s flighty character.
Choices choices choices…. But in the end I have to go with Robert Young: immensely talented and immensely underrated. Oh, and a hunk to boot! Sadly, he had his share of troubles over the course of his life (battling alcohol and depression), but from other things I’ve read about him, I get the impression that he was just a really nice guy.
(Other honourable mentions include Buster Keaton, Sydney Poitier, and Chris Evans. Yep, him.)