26 August 2010

My Top 10 Favorite Comedies of the '90s

This is my personal favorite collection of comedies from the '90s which I can totally recommend to watch:
  1. The Birdcage (1996)
  2. In & Out (1997)
  3. Father of the Bride (1991)
  4. A League of Their Own (1992)
  5. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  6. Dave (1993)
  7. Notting Hill (1999)
  8. The Mask (1994)
  9. Death Becomes Her (1992)
  10. Maverick (1994)
Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in "The Birdcage"

06 August 2010

Top 10-list - Gene Kelly

He was practically everything a man in Hollywood (and in show business) could be: dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, film director and producer. He made classical music and ballet in musicals modern and accessible for the audience with brilliant visual ideas, athletic and energetic movements and dance steps, and by often playing likeable and cracker-barrel characters. He was, all in all, a perfect and revolutionary musical film star!

I once wrote to a fellow Gene Kelly-fan, who asked me which Gene Kelly-movie I liked the best, and I answered:

Oh, what a hard question! I don’t know if it’s his ingenious news paper dance in “Summer Stock”, his playful fencing scene in the beginning of “The Three Musketeers”, his incredible acting in “Anchors Aweigh”, the long and beautifully artistic sequence in “An American in Paris”, the lovely couple dancing with Judy in “For Me and My Gal” and “The Pirate”, or the legendary dance scenes in “Singin’ In The Rain”? These are just a few memorable examples of his huge talent and I really can’t choose! He’s just so wide-ranging in every aspect, like a chameleon, yet he always managed to add his own personal style to it. He really was one of a kind!

Of course he can't be anything but gorgeous in all of his movies and his performances are impeccable (he was, after all, a perfectionist). However, I watched "Anchors Aweigh" the other day and I was once again confirmed in the view that he - besides being a fantastic dancer and a pretty good singer - also was an incredible actor.

This is my personal favorite top 10-list of Gene Kelly's movies (which I really can recommend to watch):
  1. The Pirate (1948)
  2. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
  3. An American in Paris (1951)
  4. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  5. For Me and My Gal (1942)
  6. On the Town (1949)
  7. The Three Musketeers (1948)
  8. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
  9. Summer Stock (1950)
  10. Invitation to the Dance (1956)

04 August 2010

Are you bold as Clark Gable or quirky as Bette Davis?

I guess many of you feel the same way as I do when I watch a great classic movie or any movie at all... You tend to identify yourself with the characters, you idolize them, begin to understand and love them and you are certain that they were as enthralling, wonderful and charming off screen as well as on screen, right? Well, in some extend at least. Who wouldn't give anything just to spend a day with their idol? To be this person for a day? I know I almost certainly would. Just a shame most of them are dead (or rather - that I don't have a time machine!)... But why should that stop you from "being" one of (in your eyes) the greatest actors/actresses/persons that have ever lived? Why 
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PS. I ended up being Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn - couldn't be more happy, hehe! :)

Everywhere Boy

It begins with the first and eminent beat from "A Hard Day's Night" ...

Sadly, I haven't gone much to the cinema lately, but when I recently went to the capital, I got the chance to once again envelop myself in the dark, in a comfortable chair and full of swarming expectations to the film I was about to be presented. "Nowhere Boy" was it called - the new British attempt to make a "biographical" film on the Beatles legend, John Lennon's youth. Or should I call it "Everywhere Boy"? Because this movie really hits you, eventhough it isn't big or smashing; his musical talent is never further developed, yet it is moving - mainly thanks to a strong cast and (in my opinion) a brilliant production design. John Lennon, the legend, is created as a human first, then a musician who remains everywhere in our culture. And the audience don't really mind that order, I think. We are somehow always interested in our idols's background, upbringing and social relations, especially when we feel how well we "know" them and how much their talents have had an impact in our lives, right? Eventhough this isn't so much a biopic as many would think, it still manages to leave an impression on the audience. Because this is a story about a life - a beginning of an incredibly successful, but far too short and fateful life - and about a young man trying to find his place in the world among all the chaos. An outwardly tough and cool boy, still searching for an identity, who finally throws away his mask and starts to invest more of himself to the world and the people around him, when he finds out not everyone wants to abandon him. Perhaps this was his true source of inspiration for his music? And today, John Lennon is everywhere we look, even when we don't know it.

A film I can fully recommend.

03 August 2010

Ignored or forgotten?

Following this years 82nd Academy Awards, I came 
to think of another movie made years ago (more precisely 1961) which I feel was rather overlooked at the 34th Academy Awards nominations.

"The Honeymoon Machine" from 1961, starring Steve McQueen and Jim Hutton among others, contains everything a 60's-movie should contain and has one of the best original screenplays I have ever seen (by screenwriter George Wells, based on the play by Lorenzo Semple Jr.). Furthermore, it could easily fit the category Best Adapted Screenplay 1961, too. I haven't seen either "Splendor in the Grass" (winner of Best Original Screenplay) or "Judgement at Nuremberg" (winner of Best Adapted Screenplay), but I'm sure they're more than deserving of these Awards, and it's needless to say that they're very likely much more serious and deep than this movie. Anyway, I can't help adoring this crazy, lovable comedy that has a brilliant and surprising screenplay and a wonderful cast. I still think it should have won in at least one of the categories, because of its originality, yet it's arguable if it is Award stuff or not. However, it always is, isn't it?

Not much is said about "The Honeymoon Machine", except that it is lightweight and silly, yet still manage to bring out several laughs along the way, also praising Steve McQueen for one of his very few comic roles - a role he himself disliked (which is too bad because he's wonderful!).
Not forgetting Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss, the two stars who play love-interested (often paired together in movies because of their similar heights, which were above average) and their funny "battering" along the way (I recommend another of their films, "Where The Boys Are", from 1960).

Yes, the movie is silly, but the screenplay is just too funny and brilliant, so please DO "waste" your time watching this movie! (I'd reward it an Oscar for one of the funniest comedies of its decade, anyway ;D) ...

Welcome to my film blog!

Hello you!

Everytime I've watched a fascinating, understated and/or mind-blowing movie, I often have the need to discuss it or comment on it, so - in order to satisfy this need (as any typical filmfreak would do, hehe) - I created this blog. A dedication to my love of films (well, mainly old Hollywood films).