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: (TKS2)
George VI and Elizabeth are going to show up in Hyde Park on Hudson, a new movie about FDR. Samuel West and Olivia Colman do the honors this time around.

As I read somewhere, this will be the third time in as many years that Bertie and Elizabeth have been on the big screen (The King's Speech, W.E., and now this one). If that TKS sequel ever gets made -- I'm trying not to get my hopes and/or fears up -- and if it doesn't take too long to make, it could possibly be four in four. Popular fellow, our Bertie.

(I saw the HPH trailer when I went to see Anna Karenina. Now there was a fascinating film. I may do a review of it at some point.)

litlover12: (TKS3)
King's Speech sequel?? With the actors coming back??? And the London blitz????

I just . . . 

Oh my . . .

I can't . . .

*faints*
litlover12: (TKS1)

The queen seems like a pretty classy lady (especially when compared to some of the sicko members of her family), and I'm happy for her and all, but . . . considering how you get that job, isn't celebrating it a tiny bit strange? Like "Woohoo, happy 60th anniversary of your father's death!"

Sounds like kind of a drag, if you ask me. But then I'm not royalty. Maybe they think about these things differently.

Well, at least it's all a good excuse for me to re-watch The King's Speech!

litlover12: (TKS2)
I really want to see W.E., Madonna's new film about one modern woman's obsession with Wallis Simpson. This surprises me, because

(1) I can't stand Madonna.
(2) I don't like Wallis Simpson.
(3) The modern character doesn't sound like much of a prize, either.

The only reason I can come up with is that I find the period and its events so fascinating, I'll watch anybody's film about it. I imagine this one will be rather like watching The King's Speech in a funhouse mirror -- it's even being called "the anti-'King's Speech.'" (Don't miss that article I just linked to -- it's really good. I love TKS screenwriter David Seidler's jab at "the most selfish love story ever told.") Though I vastly prefer the pro-Bertie point of view, it should still make for an interesting experience.

Well, and also, if early reviews are anything to go by, W.E. should be a movie rich in snarking possibilities. See what all these years of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have done to me?

So cool!

Jun. 26th, 2011 05:29 pm
litlover12: (Beethoven)
King's Speech piano book = best thing ever. It's lovely to be able to play some of those pieces from the movie. There's even a really good transcription of the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh!
litlover12: (TKS1)
The blogs Old-Fashioned Charm and Elegance of Fashion are co-hosting a Period Drama Film Tournament. There are 60 contestants in the first round, paired off against each other; you have to visit both blogs to vote in all 30 polls.

Fond as I am of the Sense and Sensibility feature film, I really wish The King's Speech could beat it and advance to the next round. It doesn't have a snowball's chance in a very hot place, I know, but I still wish it could. However, I'm comforted by the fact that Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Scarlet Pimpernel, the BBC Pride and Prejudice, and several of my other favorites are doing well.

It's here!

Apr. 21st, 2011 04:02 pm
litlover12: (TKS1)
My King's Speech DVD is here! I've waited and waited for this. I'm so excited. I want to hug it and squeeze it and call it George.

(Ha! That last part actually fits!)

It came on Queen Elizabeth's birthday, too. How fitting.
litlover12: (TKS3)
We've got both British monarchs and American founding fathers today! Hopefully we can include them both in one post without starting a brawl.

#10 & #9 )
litlover12: (GK1)
ABC is running a Best in Film special tonight, and I'm posting a list of my 20 favorite movies. The two events are not related. Actually, I had the idea before I heard about the special -- though I'll probably watch it and fume about it, much as I used to watch and fume about the old AFI movie list shows.

I just think it's fun to make lists -- not least because it helps me avoid doing actual work. But it's hard in its own way. I'm still not certain that this list is exactly the way I want it, and a few months from now I may revisit it and do some rearranging. In fact, there's a good chance I'll end up fuming over my OWN list. That seems to be the nature of these things.

I'm not calling this a meme, because I'm not sure whether anyone else is OCD enough to make a list of 20 favorite movies, but you may treat it as one and make your own list if you so desire! Maybe we'll all end up getting some good suggestions from each other.

In order, then, from #20 to #1: )
litlover12: (TKS1)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
litlover12: (TKS2)
If The King's Speech wins Best Picture, I will squee like a fourteen-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.
litlover12: (TKS1)
"The King's Speech Blu-ray and DVD Arrives April 19th"

(Anthony Andrews -- who himself has played both Edward VIII and George VI! -- hints at one possible deleted scene in this interview.)
litlover12: (TKS2)
I shanghaied my mother into seeing The King's Speech with me this afternoon. She's not much into going to the movies, so I had to really work at it. I even used my pouty face, and I can't remember the last time I used my pouty face. So the process was a bit strenuous, but the outcome was gratifying: She loved it. She even cried! (*I* didn't even cry, much as I loved it!) Now she's joining me in working on my dad to go.

Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie, go see it. It's really special. And I don't want to jinx it, but I'm 99.99999% sure that Colin Firth is getting that Oscar. (Maybe Geoffrey Rush, too, for supporting.) However, if it's true that, as I've heard, Firth was hoping that this would be the role that broke the "Mr. Darcy" mold, it may have backfired on him a bit, because I'm pretty sure every woman in the theater wanted to take him home and snuggle him. If you can snuggle a king.

And now for Downton Abbey tonight on PBS! There's a Twitter event going on in conjunction (hashtag #DowntonPBS), so that should be fun.
litlover12: (WENN1)
Let me know if you run across any good ones from The King's Speech, will you? I've fallen in love with that movie, and have seen a few decent icons, but none that really put me in the "I MUST HAVE THAT RIGHT NOW" mood.

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