Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1929          The Hollywood Revue of 1929
starring: Cliff Edwards, Jack Benny, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, John           Gilbert, Buster Keaton, Norma Shearer, Lauren and Hardy, and           more.
plot – The TV Guide called it a “vaudeville extravaganza.”
I love seeing all of the different types of acts and performances.

1944          Since You Went Away        
starring: Jennifer Jones, Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple, Joseph                Cotton, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel
plot – It’s WWII and a soldier goes off to war, and leaves behind a wife         and two daughters. The family takes in borders to make ends           meet. This picture shows the drive of women left behind to             succeed for the family.
I love this movie. We often see the war movies, but rarely focus on those left behind.  GRRRRRREAT!

1950          All About Eve         
starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill, George Sanders, Celeste           Holms, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe
plot – A young woman is mentored by a star. She studies everything the        star says and does and eventually uses her newfound knowledge        to become a star herself. She does lie and alienate all of those          around her. She has a horrible drive to be the best and will walk        on anyone, including her mentor, to get there.
Fabulous movie. Anne Baxter plays the young woman perfectly.

1965          A Thousand Clowns         
starring: Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, Barbara Harris
plot – A colorful man is raising is 12 year old nephew. He is out of work        and they have a crazy home life. Unfortunately the school calls          in DCFS to find out about their home life. Eventually, Murray            gets a job, but I was left wondering if he could maintain or ejoy        a normal lifestyle.
I really liked this movie. Jason Robards plays the eccentric part so well. It was pretty fast paced and kept my interest throughout the entire movie.

1963          Cleopatra        
starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Martin Landau,          Hume Cronyn, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Roddy McDowall,            Cesare Danova, Carroll O’Connor
plot –  The epic four and a half hour movie of Cleopatra and her love           for both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
I loved this movie at the beginning, but wanted it to be over after the first two hours. It was filled with action, but it was just too long. When I looked it up on line, I discovered that the original movie was over SIX hours. Thank God, they cut it to 4.5.

1966          Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?         
starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
plot – A married couple (he = college professor,  she = the University          President’s daughter). They are both drunk and entertain a              young professor and his wife who are also drunk. They share the        nasty side of their personalities.
This was a tedious movie for me. I hate to see drunk people in public as well as in the movies.

1971          The French Connection         
starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony LoBianco,             Marcel Bozzuffi
plot – An international heroin smuggler operation is being pursued by       New York detectives.
I hated every minute of this movie. I was terribly bored. I'm really don't love a movie like this unless it is Law and Order.

starring: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Barbara O’Neil, Virginia Weidler
plot – A woman becomes a governess for the children of a Duke and          Duchess. She loves all of the children, and they truly love her.            The Duchess is extremely jealous of this relationship, which            leads to a death, a suicide, and a major court case.
This was a good movie. It was hard to understand the feelings of the Duchess because she was also loved but never stood up for herself and her needs.  Interesting!

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