litlover12: (GK1)
Some of my friends and I have been passing this one around Facebook, and I thought some of you here might like to do it as well. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be!

Musical I hate: Grease.
Musical that's overrated: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Musical that's underrated: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Musical I love: My Fair Lady.
Musical I cherish: Singin' in the Rain.
Musical that changed my life: The Sound of Music. First movie musical I ever saw aside from Disney animated ones. I didn't know it then, but it would start a lifelong love of musicals!
First musical I was in: I haven't been in any, except church musicals and a really awful college musical (written by the theater professor's wife). One of my great regrets.
First musical I saw on Broadway: Crazy for You.
litlover12: (Classic men)
Saw it this evening (first time on the big screen!) and had a delightful time. Just two quick observations before I head off to bed:

(1) That movie will never get old.
(2) Christopher Plummer will NEVER stop being hot.
litlover12: (GK1)

Swiped this from a thread at Broadway World: What are your top ten performances in a musical film?

Here are mine:

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litlover12: (1776)
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I will, for sure. I'm even skipping RiffTrax Live, which I hate doing. I don't for one second think it'll measure up to the movie -- but then, they're trying to do something very different from the movie. And I won't say I'm not planning to snark a bit. In fact, it might take me three or four viewings to snark with all the online friends who want to snark with me. :-) But I'm sure there'll be plenty to enjoy as well!
litlover12: (GK1)
Telegraph film critic David Gritten recently offered his list, which I found via [livejournal.com profile] movie_greats. He had one or two good choices on there, and a lot of terrible ones, and omitted a few essential ones. So I'm setting this right by making my own list. (Not that he'll ever see it, but I'll feel better.)

I'm trying to be as objective as possible, so some of my favorites (like The Court Jester) got left out, in favor of some that are, objectively speaking, greater musical achievements (like West Side Story). The top three do happen to be my top three favorite musical films, though.

  1. Singin’ in the Rain

  2. My Fair Lady

  3. The Sound of Music

  4. An American in Paris

  5. Les Misérables

  6. Gigi

  7. Top Hat

  8. The Band Wagon

  9. 1776

  10. West Side Story


Anyone else want to try their hand at a top 10 film musicals list?
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: (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: (MFL1)
Anyone else notice a recent fad where these things that look gold curtain tassels are hanging off necklaces? I actually bought a long necklace that had one of these, because the necklace as a whole was pretty, but I find I cannot bring myself to wear it with that thing on it. I'd look like I had a curtain cord around my neck, and as much as I love The Sound of Music, I really don't want to go around looking like I'm wearing the drapes.

Actually, I'd probably look more like Carol Burnett.



Anyway . . . as it happens, I have my handy little beading pliers and a pair of faux pearl drop earrings that I never wear, so it should be easy enough to swap out the tassel for a pearl pendant.

Then I just have to get used to the idea of wearing a really long necklace. I know they're in, and I like the look of them. I even made one for myself out of crystals and seed beads, which I usually wear doubled. I just keep having the uneasy feeling that because I'm so short, they don't look right on me. Gaudy rings aside, it takes time for a person, especially a small person, to get used to wearing big jewelry.

But I'll probably eventually embrace the trend . . . just as it goes out.

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