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A story about "Up (Single-Disc Edition)" — 4 years ago

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Its visual beauty is a sight to behold, but as others have said, the true brilliance is in the story. It’s full of warmth, wit, excitement, humor, imagination, and meaning. Another huge win from the geniuses at Pixar.

A story about "In the Wee Small Hours" — 4 years ago

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Wow. This is a gorgeous album.

Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner, the love of his life, had recently ended and he really pours his heart and soul into these sad songs. You won’t find any of the swinging, happy-go-lucky songs here. What you will find is loneliness, longing, and heartache sung spectacularly to beautiful music.

Frequently listed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

A story about "White Zombie" — 4 years ago

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White Zombie is considered to be the first zombie movie. You may also be interested to know (or not) that it inspired the name for the band White Zombie.

It’s in the public domain, so it can be purchased cheaply or viewed for free online here. But no matter how you watch it, don’t expect excellent sound or picture quality. Partly because no studio owns the copyright, it hasn’t been remastered or restored like some other classics. Though, personally, I watched it on a cheapie DVD and it didn’t bother me.

As for the actual movie, I thought it was surprisingly very enjoyable. Lots of atmosphere adds a certain creepiness throughout. Not to mention Bela Lugosi, who is very good as the zombies’ cruel master. Those spooky eyes are legendary…

A story about "Romeo & Juliet" — 4 years ago

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“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

This was the best film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that I’ve seen so far. Of course, it must be said that Shakespeare’s immortal words are the real star of the show. I won’t go on here about the amazing, lyrical dialogue because I’m sure it’s all been said before and by far better writers than myself. As a film though, I found it to be beautiful with a sweet, daydreamy quality to it that was reminiscent of the feelings between the two young lovers. The famous score by Nino Rota was stirring, melodic, and sad. There was also some nice cinematography, lush costumes, and good performances throughout. The two leads were purposely played by young, inexperienced actors and I thought they did a good job in the roles. The fact that each actually looked like they were fourteen years old added a bit of realism to the production.

I guess I’m a romantic at heart that also happens to love Shakespeare but I was completely swept up in this film. I loved it.

La Strada (The Road) — 4 years ago

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“Are you sure you’re a woman? You look more like an artichoke.”

This is a classic Federico Fellini film from 1954 starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Basehart. It was my first Fellini film (although I’ve seen pieces of La Dolce Vita) and I loved it. I found it to be deceptively simple in its storytelling until a certain tragic event happens toward the latter part of the film. Once this event occurs, the tone becomes progressively darker and sadder.

Masina really owns the movie and is both adorable and heartbreaking. She was so unique. I know I’ll be seeking out more of her work in the future. Quinn gives a good performance playing a rather horrid character. His final scene at the end of the film is very moving, to say the least.

Also worth mentioning is the film’s famous music. The melody that plays throughout the film (and is played by Masina on her trumpet) is haunting, melancholy, and beautiful at the same time. Just like the film itself.

It’s a touching, special film deserving of its place among the pantheon of truly great works. Highly recommended.

The Awful Truth — 4 years ago

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“I’ve seen your picture in the paper and wondered what you looked like.”

A classic screwball comedy from 1937 starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. This film is regarded today as one of the best screwball comedies ever made. It helped to set an archetype for many other screwball comedies that followed it. Every thing about it just works. Though I’m having a hard time putting my finger exactly on what it is that makes it work so well. It’s hilarious, charming, delightful, and a lot of fun to watch. It’s a very nice way to spend a hour and a half.

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are both so terrific in their roles. But when isn’t Cary Grant terrific? I haven’t seen a bad performance from him yet. Irene Dunne should be more well-known today. She is talented, funny, beautiful, and has a very lovely singing voice. The combination of Grant and Dunne together is dynamite! They play off each other very well, tossing lines back and forth with ease and precision. And oh those clothes that Dunne wears in the movie! Wow! She always (except for one very comical scene) looked so stylish and sophisticated.

Wonderful. Highly recommended.

A cynical Cinderella — 4 years ago

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“…in the Czerny family there was a streak of, shall we say, eccentricity…Why else should his grandfather have sent me as an engagement present one rollerskate covered with Thousand Island dressing?”

A great example of the old saying “they don’t make them like this anymore.” This is a wonderful screwball comedy from 1939 with Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor. The script was co-written by Billy Wilder and has several lines in it that had me laughing out loud. The film glides along seemingly effortlessly, bolstered by the terrific cast and script. A funny and charming gem. Highly recommended.

A story about "The Wrong Man" — 4 years ago

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“An innocent man has nothing to fear, remember that.”

This is a different kind of Hitchcock film, although it does follow a common Hitchcock theme: a man wrongly accused for a crime he didn’t commit. Based on a true story, it’s shot in black and white in a realistic, almost documentary style. Even the ending felt more realistic than most classic Hollywood movies I’ve seen.

Henry Fonda is perfectly cast and gives a great performance, often times not speaking much but saying everything with his facial expressions and eyes. During his arrest for a robbery he didn’t commit, we feel his disbelief, confusion, anger, shame, and ultimately despair.

All in all, a very good film noir.

A story about "Fashions of 1934" — 4 years ago

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A sophisticated pre-Code comedy-drama starring William Powell and a young Bette Davis. Even though it is referred to as a “musical”, it actually contains few musical scenes. But the big production number is a great one – a plush, extravagant spectacle staged by the legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley.

Davis looks unlike herself here, as the studio has her all dolled up like a real-life Barbie doll, complete with platinum blonde hair and heavy makeup. Though she does look beautiful, one can almost sense her discomfort with this (in reality, she hated it), but always the professional, she pulls through and does as good a job as she can with the lackluster role she is given. On the other hand, William Powell’s role fits him perfectly and he is both charming and a cad at the same time.

Also worth mentioning are the “fashions” of the title, which are gorgeous, glamorous and fit in well with the stylish Art Deco surroundings. A light, fluffy confection obviously produced to entertain down-on-their-luck audiences during the Depression, this is still rather enjoyable and charming today.

A story about "Annie Hall" — 4 years ago

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I was looking at a movie quotes website and I came across the page for Annie Hall. I’d forgotten how funny it is! Several of the quotes made me laugh out loud :D

“I don’t use any major hallucinogenics…Five years ago at a party, I tried to take my pants off over my head.”

“I hope to become the balding virile type, you know, as opposed to, say, the distinguished gray, unless I’m neither of those two. Unless I’m one of those guys with saliva dribbling out of his mouth who wanders into a cafeteria with a shopping bag screaming about socialism.”

“Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick.”

“They give awards for that kind of music? I thought just earplugs…They do nothing but give out awards. I can’t believe it. Greatest Fascist Dictator – Adolf Hitler!”

“Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat, college.”

“Yeah, why not? Because we’re just going to go home later, right, and there’s gonna be all that tension, you know, we never kissed before. And I’ll never know when to make the right move or anything. So we’ll kiss now and get it over with, and then we’ll go eat. OK? We’ll digest our food better.”

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