litlover12: (GK1)
Some of my friends and I have occasionally tossed around the question, "Which four movies would you pick if you were a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer?" The subject came up on Twitter again the other day, and I finally decided to go ahead and actually pick my four films!

And here they are . . . )
litlover12: (P_S)
This post is for the ". . . And Scene!" blogathon at Sister Celluloid's blog.



Try an experiment some time. Bring up the drunk scene from The Philadelphia Story (1940) to a group of classic movie fans (like the folks at #TCMParty on Twitter, for instance) and I can almost guarantee you they'll start trading lines:

"Oh, C. K. Dexter-HAAAVENN!"

And "Champagne is a great leveleleler."

And "C. K. Dexter-Haven, you have unsuspected depth!"

And . . . but I don't want to spoil the whole scene for you. Suffice it to say, this is a well-known, well-loved scene. I would even say it's one of the best comic scenes ever put on film, performed by two great actors at the top of their game and helmed by a director, George Cukor, who excelled at bringing out the best in a cast. And who also, fortunately, encouraged ad libbing.

Which we'll get to in a moment . . . )
litlover12: (MS)
All year BreakPoint has been doing a series of articles on The Films of 1939, considered by many to be Hollywood's greatest year. Naturally, I bagged the best assignment for myself, because I'm the editor and I can do that. ;-) Here's my tribute to one of my favorite films ever, which officially turns 75 today!

Movie meme

May. 9th, 2014 12:05 am
litlover12: (JS1)

I've been trying to work on some mini-movie reviews, but it's taking forever. In the meantime, have a little meme I just made up! (One or two of you may have seen me playing around with this idea on Twitter).

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Put together a film festival for your favorite actor, actress, or director. Classic or contemporary, whatever you prefer. This film festival should be between 10 and 20 hours long, not counting snack and bathroom breaks! Films can be in any order you choose, chronological or otherwise. Tell us a little something about each film.

I picked Jimmy Stewart for mine.

Go get the popcorn )
litlover12: (Classic men)
I did it -- I made my list of the top five performances by actors and top five by actresses. And let me tell you, it was not easy. (Add usual disclaimers about how there are lots of great films I haven't seen, how I may change my mind tomorrow, etc.) I appreciated all the comments on my original post -- they were enjoyable to read and helped me think things through!

So let me give you the lists, and I'll explain a little about my reasoning after that. Going from last to first in each list . . .

Below the cut )
litlover12: (Valjean)
Remember that top 20 movies list I made once? Remember how I said I might revise it someday? The day has come! There's one movie that's new and that just had to be added, and one old one that, after a couple more viewings, I realized had earned a spot. And so, from last to first . . .

20. An Affair to Remember (1957)
19. The Court Jester (1955)
18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
17. The Princess Bride (1987)
16. Charade (1963)
15. Les Misérables (2012)
14. The Odd Couple (1968)
13. All about Eve (1950)
12. The Lion in Winter (1968)
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10. The King's Speech (2010)
9. 1776 (1972)
8. Rear Window (1954)
7. The Sound of Music (1965)
6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Casablanca (1942)
4. Notorious (1946)
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2. My Fair Lady (1964)
1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

(I still love Shadowlands and The Thin Man, though!)
litlover12: (BA)
"E! is developing a new a 'modern-day "Mr. Smith",' by which we presume they mean 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' as a scripted drama series. . . . Gerken’s modern-day 'Mr. Smith,' E! said Monday, is about 'a self-made billionaire with a penchant for hooking up with lobbyists in the nation’s capital.'"

E! Network, you get your grubby little paws off my classics RIGHT NOW. I mean it.
litlover12: (P_S)
If you have any love for Jimmy Stewart, I heartily recommend you join [livejournal.com profile] jimmydaily. It's one of my very favorite comms, with all kinds of lovely Jimmy photos and other bits of memorabilia. Below the cut are a couple of the best pictures that I've snagged from there.

This way to the cuteness . . . )
litlover12: (Classic men)
Notice a pattern here? Yesterday our featured actors included Grant, Stewart, Bergman, and Rains; today our featured actors include Grant, Stewart, Bergman, and Rains.

But today Grant and Stewart are in different movies, each with Rains as supporting actor. Which is a nice arrangement, because when you're not swooning over either Cary or Jimmy, you can be swooning over Claude. (Ohhh, Claude . . . )

#4 & #3 )
litlover12: (Casablanca)
Get ready for romance! And comedy, and heartbreak, and some of the best drunk scenes of all time.

#6 & #5 )

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