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text 2016-04-03 19:11
Off Topic: Favorite Old Movies (BL Round Robin) Updated

**Updated to add the Musicals**


Thank you to Book Cupidity for starting this.  I love old movies!  Want to join in?  Check below for the instructions.



Let's list favorite old (or older) movies. the list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes. The parameters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980, I sort of arbitrarily picked this number, and sort of didn't -- for the young whippersnappers, Star Wars is the equivalent to some of our black and white favs. Plus, I think cinema in the 80's had a different feel.


So, tell me some of your favorites! Maybe we will discover new great flicks and new friends. Let's tag the post so that we can search it over the weekend - "Fav old movies'. I will also use the tag 'BL Round Robin"

I read through the other posts and am not including anything that I saw already listed. I chose based on how much fun I've had watching these movies with family members.


7 Family Favorite Classics


I would love to do an equal number of Musicals, but I have to go to bed. So this will have to suffice.



So here they are.  Again, I'm not including any that I noticed on someone else's list.  And again, these are based on the ones my family enjoyed most. There are a couple more, since fewer of my selections were already taken.


9 Family Favorite Classics

  • Annie (1982) - Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, and Carol Burnett [This is my cheat, obviously]
  • Bells Are Ringing (1962) - Judy Holliday and Dean Martin
  • Guys and Dolls (1955) - Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine
  • Harvey Girls (1946) - Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, and more
  • High Society (1956) - Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Celeste Holm
  • Music Man (1962) - Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
  • Silk Stockings (1957) - Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse
  • Singing in the Rain (1952) - Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
  • Slipper and the Rose (1976) - Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven


And I want to acknowledge how blessed I was to have a family that joined me in my love for old movies.  (Troy and I discussed it in the comments to his post.)

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text 2016-04-03 16:55
Jeannie Come Lately Post: BookLikes Round Robin -- Favorite Pre-1980s Movies

Pretty much everybody has seen it at this point I guess, but anyway, here is Book Cupidity's idea:


"Let's list favorite old (or older) movies. The list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes. The parameters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980, I sort of arbitrarily picked this number, and sort of didn't -- for the young whippersnappers, Star Wars is the equivalent to some of our black and white favs. Plus, I think cinema in the 80's had a different feel.


So, tell me some of your favorites! Maybe we will discover new great flicks and new friends. Let's tag the post so that we can search it over the weekend - "Fav old movies'. I will also use the tag 'BL Round Robin."


So while everybody else is probably already moving on to the next decade, i.e. movies made in the 1980s (since that's cropped up in the comments to some of yesterday's posts), here's my pre-1980s contribution:


Humphrey Bogart


They don't make 'em like that anymore -- there isn't, never was and never will be, anyone like him.  I'm going to limit myself to the three absolute essentials, though I'm sorely tempted to list virtually his entire body of work.


Oh yes, and Bacall of course -- and Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.  'Nuff said.



All About Eve


The Bette Davis movie to end all Bette Davis movies, and the principal reason why I'm a fan of hers.  Bumpy ride indeed.








Grigori Kozintsev: Hamlet (Гамлет)


You didn't really think I'd be capable of posting without a reference to Shakespeare, did you?  This is one of my all-time favorite adaptations of Shakespeare's plays in general, and of "Hamlet" in particular.  (And no, I don't speak Russian, but who needs subtitles with a play, and a movie, like this?!)





Witness for the Prosecution


Marlene Dietrich.  Billy Wilder.  Charles Laughton.  (OK, and Tyrone Power.)  Based on a story (and a play) by Agatha Christie.  One of the best court movies ever made -- and that "hearing aid" cross-examination scene is even the stuff of law school trial advocacy classes these days.





Murder on the Orient Express


Allbert Finney isn't my favorite Poirot (that would be David Suchet), but you can't beat this one for class, style and a cast that somehow makes the word "star-studded" sound like the understatement of the decade (including some of my all-time favorite actors, in particular Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, and Wendy Hiller).




Mata Hari


Ah, Greta Garbo.  Hollywood's iciest blonde, even more so than Bacall and La Dietrich.  I could just as well have listed "Ninotchka", "Grand Hotel" or "Anna Karenina", too, but what the heck.  This one is utterly and completely fictionalized, but it's a great spy story, and who can resist Garbo opposite Ramon Novarro?





The Thin Man


Doesn't actually have all that much to do with Dashiell Hammett's literary original, but a hot contender for an adaptation that's actually better than the book.  Myrna Loy and William Powell are the duo from hell (or heaven, depending on your perspective), and you just gotta love Asta.


"Will you bring me five more martinis, please?"





43 years later, still the best neo-noir, bar none.  Hits all the right skewed notes and grey shades (noir grey, that is, not that book ... [*TA ducks*]), and Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston are right up there with Bogey, Bacall and Sidney Greenstreet.


"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown ..."





Le Samouraï


Nobody epitomized "cool" the way Alain Delon did, and nowhere more so than in this movie.  Looks to die for and killer charm at arctic temperatures.







M -- Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder


Claustrophobic, dark and eerily timeless: German pre-WWII cinema at its best; the story of a serial killer and child abuser who ends up being hunted by an entire city.  Directed by Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre.






The Godfather


The whole trilogy, actually, though only Parts 1 and 2 qualify for inclusion in this list.  The mob movie trilogy to end all mob movies -- directed by Francis Ford Coppola and bringing together Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro.  How much more heavyweight can you get?


"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse ..."



To Kill a Mockingbird and Twelve Angry Men


Golden Age Hollywood's two other stand-out court movies, with mindblowing performances by their respective stars and a tremendous cast all around.




Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Two names: Paul Newman and Tennessee Williams.  A killer combination in the best and most lethal sense simultaneously.  Liz Taylor is in great shape, too, but truthfully, it's all about those two guys for me.







Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Sting


While we're mentioning Paul Newman, his hilariously funny double bill with Robert Redford obviously can't be left out, either.


Bifocals, anybody?





All the President's Men


And while we're on it, I could just as easily have listed the better part of His Redfordness's body of work, too.  One of my all-time favorite Redford movies is outside the parameters for this list ("Out of Africa" ... expect that one on my list for the 1980s), but this one comes darned close.  And anyway, Watergate was one of the defining moments of the 1970s, so there!





The Day of the Jackal and Bullitt


The two movies that, along with Redford's "Three Days of the Condor" and the Sean Connery Bond films exemplify 1960s and 1970s thrillers to me.






James Bond 007: Goldfinger


There's only one James Bond, and he is Sean Connery -- and "Goldfinger" sets the standard for every single other Bond movie.  (Plus, it's got Gert Froebe.)








In the Heat of the Night


"My name is Virgil Tibbs."


Growing up in Europe, the movie that taught me more about racism in the pre-Civil Rights / Black Power Movement Southern U.S. than anything I could have read in a book.





East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause


Can you reach adulthood as a woman without having had a giant crush on James Dean at some point in your life, I wonder?  (Or is this a generational thing?)  Mine had everything to do with these two movies -- and it (as well as my lasting interest in everything Southwestern U.S.) also ended up making me a major fan of John Steinbeck.


Gone With the Wind


The epic love story to end all epic love stories.  (Also, Clark Gable.)  Yes, I know it's been called racist, and totally for good reason.  But I can't help it; I'm sucked right in every single time.  So call me a sop ...







The Scarlet Pimpernel


Forget Anthony Andrews and Richard E. Grant: If you haven't seen the Pimpernel portrayed by Leslie Howard yet, you've missed out on the real thing.  Nobody else manages the transition from cunning swashbuckling hero to preposterous fop as seamlessly and convincingly.  And needless to say, this is a completely different Leslie Howard from Ashley in "Gone With the Wind", too ...





"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad" -- and he's a hot contender for the Pimpernel when it comes to swashbuckling heroes and revolutionary France.







The Three Musketeers


1973 version -- never surpassed.  One of the first swashbucklers I ever watched, and still one of my all-time favorites.










And speaking of swashbucklers, how can I leave out this story?  Never again in film history were medieval knights and damsels in distress so romantic and just plain sexy.








The Adventures of Robin Hood


Never again after "Ivanhoe" ... but before that there was, of course, already Errol Flynn!  I'm going to go with "Robin Hood", here (particularly since I've already included another Sabatini story further above -- "Scaramouche"), but I could just as easily have included the adaptations of Raphael Sabatini's "Captain Blood" and "The Sea Hawk".




Kind Hearts and Coronets


Alec Guinness's most hilarious multiple-character tour de force ever.  Ealing Studios at their absolute best.









To Catch a Thief


Hitchcock on a slightly lighter note -- also, Nice and the French Riviera (... and Cary Grant.  Has to be at least one Cary Grant movie in everybody's list, as it turns out!).  A sentimental favorite.







Lawrence of Arabia


(aka "Orence"). I'm a sucker for Hollywood's classic epic movies in case you hadn't noticed, and who can resist a double billing of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, set in an exotic location (and purporting to be based on, even though in reality myopically glorifying, real historical events)?





The Lion in Winter and Becket


Speking of Peter O'Toole, can't leave out his two forays into medieval history (or more precisely, Henry II's troubled reign), either.  You really don't want to cross that Plantagenet king ... and his costars in both movies aren't exactly slouches, either.  Pure dynamite, in fact.


A Man for All Seasons


And while we're speaking about great historical movies and English kings and their advisors, obviously this one needs to be added to the list, too.  Up until Hilary Mantel's Cromwell books I'd have taken this as gospel on Thomas More's character, but whatever the historical truth, it's an amazing film.







'Nother one of Hollywood's great epics.  Yes, it's preachy -- but man, that chariot race alone is worth the price of admission.  And you just gotta love Sheik Ilderim ... (also, as a teenager I had a major crush on Stephen Boyd's Messala).






Quo Vadis


Forget the persecution of Christians stuff; this one you have to see just for the fun of watching Peter Ustinov satirizing Emperor Nero.








Star Wars


(So I'm finally getting 'round to this one, too, Troy ... :) )


To this day, one of the few SciFi / Fantasy sagas other than Tolkien's Middle Earth books that I not only can endure but can actually watch over and over.  It changed the way Hollywood does things in more ways than one, made household names of those of its participants that weren't well-known already, and taught moviegoers that even robots can be downright cute.


Cabaret, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady




Of Hollywood's varied and numerous adaptations of musicals (or films featuring musical numbers), by and large these three qualify as my all-time favorites; in terms of storylines, actors and production values alike, each in its own way.


Karl May Adaptations


My guilty pleasure movies: the 1960s' Karl May adaptations starring Pierre Brice and Lex Barker as Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Cheesy and only marginally faithful to the books at best, but with two heroes such as these, who gives a flying f*ck?  To this day, you can't grow up in Germany without becoming aware of Karl May's adventure novels, the most popular of which are set either in the American West or in the Middle East -- and I was hooked pretty much from the time I learned to read.  That I'd also become a fan of the movies was pretty much a foregone conclusion.


Upstairs, Downstairs


OK, for my final entry I'm going to break the rules and include a TV series: the first series I ever watched, in fact (in its original run), and of which I instantly became a fan, with a particular fondness for Gordon Jackson, David Langton and Jean Marsh (as well as the characters played by them, as well as Angela Baddeley's Mrs. Bridges).  Forget "Downton Abbey" ... this one's the real thing!


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text 2016-04-02 12:35
Booklikes Round Robin

Thanks to Book Cupidity for getting this started. 




Let's list favorite old (or older) movies. the list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes.


The perimeters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980.


Let's tag the post so that we can search it over the weekend - "Fav old movies'. I will also use the tag 'BL Round Robin".


I love the idea of this. One of my favorite things to do as a teen besides reading was watching old movies on Turner's Classics Saturday mornings. I am just going to keep my list to 10 though it's really hard. I have my top favorite comedies, musicals, thrillers, mysteries, etc. 


Here's my list:


1. Yellow Submarine (1968) starring The Beatles



Colorful, whacky, good 60s fun!


2. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963) starring Patrick McGoohan



A cute, children's cat movie with a mystical slant.


3. Wizards (1977) Director Ralph Bakshi



Very interesting art and fun fantasy story.


4. Godspell (1973) Musical




Okay, I love musicals. This one was colorful, zany, enchanting and despite not being my religion, told the story of Jesus in an alternative way that suited the times.


5. Oliver! (1968) starring Jack Wild, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed



My favorite musical, ever.


6. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Topol



For pure song and dance numbers, this one is great! Also a poignant story important to history.


7. The Time Machine (1960) starring Rod Taylor



My first time travel movie. This version was far better than the remake!


8. Time After Time (1979) starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenbergen



A great chase through time with H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper in 1979 San Francisco. What could happen?


9. Quadrophenia (1979) The Who




Another blast of 1960s history, the Mods and Rockers fighting it out in Brighton. Brilliant music by The Who. Oh yes, and Sting.


10. The prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) starring Maggie Smith



A cultural classic!


Oh and a bonus obscure film:


Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) early Angie Dickenson and Rock Hudson



This is basically a murder mystery and a thing of its time, but one that stuck with me.

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text 2016-04-02 12:14
Booklikes Round Robin

Obviously, I'm a bit late for this Round Robin but I wanted to do it anyway. I hope I'm doing it right, if not, feel free to point it out to me so I can correct the post. And these are just the movies I can think of at the moment. I may have other favorite that I will think of too late for this post. ;)


Funtasic Friday

Apparently, Book Cupidity started this.


People who have followed my blogs for a while probably know that I'm crazy about old black and white movies. I've even watched Metropolis (1927) and M (1931) just for fun, and not for school. There's actually a funny story behind how I discovered M. I was sending a message to my sister thegreenring and something went wrong (don't ask me how it happened, because I have no idea) and we ended up with the link to M instead. So we thought we were probably meant to see it. It can't be described as a favorite movie, even though I did enjoy it, but it's surprising how such an ancient movie can still be enjoyed in exactly the same way as a modern one (parts of it anyway). My enjoyment of Metropolis was more because of my interest in history than anything else.

My friends/followers probably also know that my all-time favorite is Gilda from 1946, starring Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth.

Gilda movie poster

I also love Spellbound from 1945, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman.

Spellbound, movie poster

Another favorite is Notorious from 1946 starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.

Notorious, movie poster

I also really like The Lady Vanishes from 1938.

The Lady Vanishes, movie poster

Hair from 1979 is another favorite.

Hair movie poster

Finally, for some reason I also like Trafic from 1971.

Trafic, movie poster

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text 2016-04-02 05:09
Booklikes Round Robin

Thanks to Book Cupidity for starting this.  The words in italics are hers, mine start below the line.


Let's list favorite old (or older) movies. the list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes. The parameters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980...


So, tell me some of your favorites! Maybe we will discover new great flicks and new friends. Let's tag the post so that we can search it over the weekend - "Fav old movies'. I will also use the tag 'BL Round Robin".



I was born in 84 and my parents were around my age in the 80s so they were quite into movies in that decade, especially my dad.  I will never forget our original video tape library taped off the tv, with his very precise pencil (so that you could erase the title if the tape is ever reused) written titles on every cassette and its matching box (we have now upgraded to bought DVDs with pretty coloured cases, but those VHSs are what I'll always remember).  So while I'm an expert in 80s movies, pre 80s I haven't seen (and loved, since this list is about favourite pre 1980s movies) that many, so I wasn't sure I'd be able to come up with a 'list', but thanks to everyone else's lists and a little search through Wikipedia I've managed to come up with enough to bother writing about.  I have no theme and no order to my list, it's just what came to mind.


1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - one of the first movies I remember watching with my dad.  I watched the taped-off-the-tv version so many times that it always seems weird to me to watch it without ads and to be able to read the introduction with ease (Dad's tape was deteriorating when he taped Star Wars, so the very beginning of the tape was all snowy and you couldn't really read the introduction, it was a revelation when I first watched it on DVD).



2. Alien - the first movie to encourage my fear of space and the idea that there's only a thin wall between you and the non-life-supporting vacuum of space.  I now have quite a collection of space themed movies that never fail to reignite my irrational fears (irrational because I will never be going into space, so I really don't have to worry), all thanks to the original space movie.



3. Singing in the Rain - I love a good song and dance movie (I've got Good Morning on my iPod, that's such a happy song), plus Jean Hagen was absolutely hilarious.



4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - This always reminded me of some of my mum's western-themed romances from the 80s/90s (just without the sex scenes), and bonus! it had dancing and I'm a sucker for dancing movies.



5. Calamity Jane - I haven't seen this in years, but I think it mostly had just singing and less dancing, and now the songs are stuck in my stuck in my head for ever, especially "I just blew in from the windy city, the windy city is mighty pretty, but they ain't got what we got".



6. Grease - The best singing and dancing movie of all time!!  I've seen it so many times I can recite almost the whole movie line for line.



7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Lets do the Time Warp Again!  At one of my primary schools we spent half an hour every morning doing physical activity, this consisted of energetic dancing to The Time Warp, Nutbush City Limits, and The Bus Stop.  That was my first introduction to the movie (I'm sure the teachers would not have been happy to have a class of 9 - 12-year-olds watching), and also to Tina Turner.



8. The Exorcist - Who can forget that scene with the crucifix?



9. To Kill a Mockingbird - The first 'serious' 'old' movie I ever watched and watching it sent me to the book (which I need to read again) which I always think is the mark of a good movie adaptation.



10. The Sound of Music - A great story which lead me to learning more about the true history behind it.  Plus guess what?!  It has singing and dancing of course!



11. Mary Poppins - I do love Julie Andrews, and singing and dancing movies (I can't think of any that I don't like).




12. And a special mention goes to all the fantastic Walt Disney cartoons from the 40s, 50s, and 60s - The Sword in the Stone, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp (God! my heart just melts when I watch that movie, my Cavalier Poppy and I just watched that and she loved the doggies on the tv as much as I did), etc.


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