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Monday, 2 May 2011

My Year in Film: April


109. The Gilded Lily (1935)
110. The Singing Nun (1966)
111. Hands Across the Table (1935)
112. The Miracle Woman (1935)
113. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
114. The 39 Steps (1935)
115. The King's Speech (2011)
116. After the Thin Man (1936)
117. Batman Begins (2005)
118. The Birds (1963)
119. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
120. Psycho (1960)
121. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955)
122. Bombshell (1933)
123. Rope (1948)
124. Torn Curtain (1966)
125. City Lights (1931)
126. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
127. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
128. Two For the Road (1967)
129. Giant (1956)
130. Hairspray (2007)
131. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
132. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
133. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
134. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

1930s - 8
1940s - 3
1950s - 3
1960s - 7
1970s - 1
1990s - 1
2000s - 1
2010s - 1

Most Watched Actresses

1. Elizabeth Taylor - 2
2. Myrna Loy - 2

Most Watched Actors

1. James Stewart - 3
2. Fred MacMurray - 2
3. Michael Caine - 2
4. William Powell - 2

New To Me Films I Really Loved

(I'm not including any of the Hitchcock films I watched because I'm making a separate post about them)

The King's Speech (2011)
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

There's really not much I can say about this film that hasn't already been said, but I'd like to say just one thing: Do yourself a favour, GO AND SEE IT RIGHT NOW!

Bombshell (1933)
Starring: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lee Tracy

I've never been disappointed by a Jean Harlow film yet and this one is so charming and funny. I absolutely adored Jean in it and I definitely recommend it if you enjoy watching entertaining but rather pointless '30s comedies.

Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this film but I watched it anyway and it blew me away. It's just astonishing and beautiful - and so poignant. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Giant (1956)
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean

I had to read Edna Ferber's book "Giant" for school a couple of years ago and I've wanted to see the film for a while. It's definitely not completely true to the book (but it has been a while since I read it) and it's always hard for film adaptations to do the books justice, but I really enjoyed it.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

So... I may have finally found out why so many people love Elizabeth Taylor. She is AMAZING in the film. I mean, I watched her in Giant the day before and it was the first time I'd thought "Wow, she's good!" but in WAOVW? she's spectacular.

I didn't watch as many films this month as have in previous months because I finally decided to start watching The Golden Girls. I'd seen a few episode here and there over the last couple of years but I'd never really thought it was anything special. For the last few months two of my friends have been trying to get me to watch it and I eventually gave in. The rest, as they say, is history. It took me just over 2 weeks to watch all 7 seasons of glorious comedy tinged with just the right amount of sentimentality. I'm kind of infatuated with Blanche/Rue McClanahan but I absolutely adore Sophia, Rose and Dorothy too! If you haven't seen it, you really need to watch it right now! All of the episodes are on YouTube, so you have no excuse not to ;D

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