Monday, August 25, 2008

The Sound of Music

I am always surprised when I hear that someone has never seen The Sound of Music. This is an absolutely beautiful film. The length can intimidate some people, but it is an important look at a very difficult time in history, and of course, a beautiful love story. It is also a musical filled with classic tunes that I am sure you already know. Julie Andrews is really at her best and her amazing voice shines in this classic.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Crow

Although this film was made in 1994, it is one of the great cult-classics of our time. Brandon Lee plays the spirit of a man plagued by tragedy and fueled by the fires of revenge. During the filming, Lee was accidentally shot and killed, further increasing the somber air of the picture. It is incredibly sad and very moving and the soundtrack is excellent. Everyone should see this once.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


"What a Feeling!" Jennifer Beals plays the sexy, strong, Alex, a dancer who is trying to make it into one of the country's most prestigious schools. This is one of the classic dance films of the eighties. Definitely not the best picture in the world, but absolutely a must-see for anyone who loves dance movies. It is the story of an unlikely romance, and a tough girl who will do anything to see her dreams come true (with the right encouragement of course).

The Fifth Element

Obviously a newer classic, but definitely one for the ages. This film features Bruce Willis in a futuristic society. A priest, played by Ian Holm, is charged with protecting the universe from impending doom. Gary Oldman plays a madman desperate to help incite chaos. Willis and Holm work together to protect the "fifth element" or the "supreme being," played by Milla Jovovich, who is humanity's only hope. Chris Tucker's performance provides the fabulous and memorable comic relief in this thriller. In my opinion, it is impossible not to like this film.

Move Over Darling

This Doris Day/James Garner comedy follows the story of a man who lost his wife five years ago in a plane crash. Now he has finally moved on and has taken a new wife. But on the night of his honeymoon, his first wife, Day, shows up at the hotel, initiating chaos and hilarious mix-ups. It is not exactly comedic genius, but definitely a cute and fun romantic comedy and I would absolutely recommend it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

How to Marry a Millionaire

Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Bette Grable team up in this comedy about the clash between love and gold-digging. These three women rent an apartment to be their bachelorette pad, and a snake pit geared to trap millionaires. They each work hard at landing one to be their husband, but things get fouled up when they begin meeting men they actually love.

Duck Soup

This is definitely the Marx Brothers at their best. Groucho Marx plays a newly appointed dictator in this satire about war and international relations. Harpo and Chico are spies who add a lot of physical humor and plays-on words. This film is filled with all the usual antics and slapstick humor that the Marx Brothers provide. It is probably considered their best film, and is absolutely my favorite.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

This is yet another lovely Frank Capra classic.  Gary Cooper is quite dreamy as the simple, caring, Longfellow Deeds.  Cooper inherits $20 million and goes to the big city to get his affairs in order.  Immediately, Jean Arthur (playing reporter, Babe Bennett) latches on to Cooper to get the inside scoop.  Soon Cooper finds the big city cruel and intimidating and it is up to the people around him to help him get his faith back.  This is a typical uplifting Capra film which I completely recommend.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Rear Window

A Streetcar Named Desire

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