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.
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!