30 day movie challenge: Day 22

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

b) underrated

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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30 Day movie challenge: Day 19

Your favourite actor

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.)

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