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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Garner!

Happy 83rd birthday to one of my very favourite actors, the rather gorgeous James Garner.

I first saw him in The Great Escape when I was 9 or 10, and I've been in love ever since ;D He's just so wonderful and charming and CHIN DIMPLE ♥ I'm sorry, I may be getting a little flustered, so I'll just leave you with some pictures...

Monday, 4 April 2011

My 50 film recommendations for the 2011 NFR

Clara over at Via Margutta 51 recently made two posts about the NFR (National Film Registry) and in her lastest post she listed the 50 films she picked as suggestions to become part of the NFR in 2011. So, I had a look on the website and decided that I would jump on the band wagon and send in my 50 suggestions. Here they are:

1. Random Harvest (1942)
2. Auntie Mame (1958)
3. Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
4. I Remember Mama (1948)
5. Stage Door (1937)
6. Tea and Sympathy (1956)
7. Penny Serenade (1941)
8. Since You Went Away (1944)
9. Perfect Strangers (Vacation From Marriage) (1946)
10. The Quiet Man (1952)
11. The Misfits (1960)
12. Hud (1963)
13. Marked Woman (1937)
14. Home From the Hill (1960)
15. Ball of Fire (1941)
16. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
17. Stand By Me (1986)
18. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
19. Separate Tables (1958)
20. Madame Curie (1943)
21. Edward, My Son (1949)
22. Hell's Angels (1930)
23. My Favourite Wife (1940)
24. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
25. Gentlemen's Agreement (1947)
26. The Great Escape (1963)
27. Quo Vadis (1950)
28. Mogambo (1953)
29. Lady of Burlesque (1943)
30. When Ladies Meet (1941)
31. Julius Caesar (1953)
32. Humoresque (1946)
33. Love Affair (1939)
34. My Sister Eileen (1942)
35. The Snake Pit (1948)
36. Stella Dallas (1937)
37. Caged (1950)
38. On Golden Pond (1981)
39. Dishonored (1931)
40. Shanghai Express (1932)
41. Charade (1963)
42. Rebecca (1940)
43. Scaramouche (1952)
44. Arise, My Love (1940)
45. Sophie's Choice (1982)
46. Cleopatra (1934)
47. The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
48. The Egg and I (1947)
49. The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
50. Blithe Spirit (1946)

I'm happy with my choices, although it was hard to narrow them down to the final 50. If you wish to suggest a film (or more than one - you can suggest up to 50) you can find how to do so here. The NFR have a huge list of films that you can pick from or you can also suggest films that aren't on the list just so long as they're "... at least 10 years old" and "... “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”". I'd love to see which films other people recommend to the NFR.

Song of the Week

I decided that I'd start a new series called Song of the Week. Very original, I know. I was going to call it Sophie's Song of the Week but it's pretty much a given that it's mine seeing as this is my blog. Every Monday I will post a song that I'm really enjoying at the moment. Today I give you Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney with Too Old To Cut the Mustard from 1952. Enjoy!

Friday, 1 April 2011

My Year in Film: March

63. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
64. Gentlemen's Agreement (1947)
65. Follow the Fleet (1936)
66. I Remember Mama (1948)
67. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
68. Toy Story 3 (2010)
69. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
70. Despicable Me (2010)
71. The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
72. Only the Lonely (1991)
73. Keeper of the Flame (1942)
74. Desire (1936)
75. Desk Set (1957)
76. A Foreign Affair (1948)
77. The Trouble With Angels (1966)
78. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
79. She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
80. Four's A Crowd (1938)
81. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
82. The Sound of Music (1965)
83. Chain Lightning (1950)
84. The Odd Couple (1968)
85. The Day Will Dawn (1942)
86. Mulan (1998)
87. Toy Story (1995)
88. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
89. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
90. One Touch of Venus (1948)
91. Sluzhebnyy roman (Office Romance) (1977)
92. On Golden Pond (1981)
93. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
94. My Man Godfrey (1936)
95. The Long, Long Trailer (1953)
96. Remember? (1939)
97. The Big Country (1958)
98. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
99. Home From the Hill (1960)
100. The Law and the Lady (1951)
101. My Sister Eileen (1942)
102. On the Beach (1959)
103. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
104. The Arrangement (1969)
105. How To Steal a Million (1966)
106. One, Two, Three (1961)
107. No Man of Her Own (1932)
108. Mrs. Parkington (1944)

1930s - 6
1940s - 9
1950s - 8
1960s - 11
1970s - 2
1980s - 2
1990s - 5
2010s - 2

Most Watched Actresses

1. Rosalind Russell - 4
2. Greer Garson - 3
3. Eleanor Parker - 3
4. Katharine Hepburn - 3

Most Watched Actors

1. Gregory Peck - 3
2. Fred Astaire - 2
3. Spencer Tracy - 2

New To Me Films I Really Love

She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
Starring: Rosalind Russell, Lee Bowman and Adele Jergen.

This is such a wonderfully ridiculous romcom with Roz playing a psychiatrist who is seemingly equipped (or so she thinks) to deal with every situation except falling in love.

I Remember Mama (1948)
Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka

I was so excited to finally watch all of this beautiful film. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with it. Irene plays Mama, the matriarch of a poor Norwegian family living in San Francisco at the beginning of the 20th century and the story centres around the families trials and tribulations throughout the years.

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
Starring: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple

You remind me of a man!
What man?
The man with the power.
What power?
The power of hoodoo!
Who do?
You do!
Do what?
Remind me of a man!

That is all I need to say.

One Touch of Venus (1948)
Starring: Ava Gardner, Robert Walker, Eve Arden

Ava Gardner plays Venus, the Goddess of Love, in this adorable little gem of a film. I thought it was going to be good, but I didn't realise just how good. Everyone is just wonderful and Eve Arden is BRILLIANT. That woman can do no wrong in my eyes. Ava was perfect as Venus... how can someone be that beautiful?! She can't have been real.

On Golden Pond (1981)
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda

All I'm going to say is, I hope that I'm like Ethel Thayer (Sounds like I'm lisping, doesn't it?) when I'm older, and that I have a Norman! Hollywood never seems to bother to make many films about "old love", which is really rather sad because it's so beautiful. The fact that it's lasted for so many years - decades, even - through the good times and the bad is just truly wonderful.

Remember? (1939)
Starring: Greer Garson, Robert Taylor, Lew Ayres

This is the most bizarre yet highly entertaining film I have ever seen (possibly... ). I love Greer and Robert Taylor together (they also starred together in When Ladies Meet (1941)) and they are both so cheeky and adorable in this. It's definitely not as terrible as people make out, in my opinion.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Starring: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

I cried and cried and cried whilst watching this film. Just go and watch it... right now!!

So, there you have my March in film!
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