Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What the Beck???

Willow loves the weather 

Sage looks like she has something to say

As the sun goes down it's frisbee time!!!

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1936     Romeo and Juliet         
starring:  Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, Basil                        Rathbone, Edna May Oliver
plot –    Shakespeare’s romance of Romeo and Juliet. Their families                  are enemies, but their love is tragic.
For 1936, the acting was amazing, and the actors did an excellent job.

1938     Alexander’s Ragtime Band         
starring:  Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Jack Haley, Ethel                     Merman
plot –    Set in San Francisco, a wealthy man heads up a new band and                 introduces “swing.” His career is successful , but his love                 life is up and down.
I liked this movie because the music was great to listen to.

1940     The Grapes of Wrath        
starring:  Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charlie                           Grapewin.
plot – A desperate family during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl heads west              to California to find a new home and work. They are not                welcomed, yet continued to strive to make a living.
I knew a lot about the Dust Bowl from teaching American History, but I loved the personal touch of how people tackled the problems those arose from the crisis.

1941     One Foot in Heaven        
starring:  Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi, Gene Lockhurt
plot –    March plays a minister who moves his family from church to                 church making a positive difference wherever he settles.
I really liked this movie. Fredric March and Martha Scott were excellent!

1950     Sunset Blvd.         
starring:  William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Van Stroheim
plot –    A movie of violence, madness, and eventual death. Gloria                    Swanson plays a washed up star that refuses to accept                  that her career has ended. She hires a screenwriter, but                  he can’t help her. Swanson play a very scary Norma                    Desmond!!!        
This is a sad movie about a fallen star. I can’t imagine wanting my career to continue, but having it end nevertheless. Gloria Swanson gave me the creeps at the end.

1957     Peyton Place
starring:  Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Russ                 Tamblyn
plot – The story of a New Hampshire town that looks perfect. The story             shows protective parents, confused teenagers, a suicide, and             the murder of a drunken rapist. This town’s members all                 have to re-evaluate what is important to them, and how                 their actions led to their problems.
I remember the TV show called Peyton Place from my childhood. The movie was well done, and I found myself talking to the characters when they made choices that I totally disagreed with as the movie played.

1968     Romeo and Juliet
starring:  Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, Michael York
plot –    Two teenagers fall in love, but they are from rival families.                  Their love does not even have a chance of surviving.
This movie was extremely well done. It was good to watch the 1936 movie right before I saw this version. Of course, the cinematography made a huge difference.

1974     The Godfather, Part II         
starring:  Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro, Talia                Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill, Lee                      Strasberg
plot – The continuing story of the Corleone family. Michael is now the              head of the family. The film flashes back and forth from Don            Corleone’s childhood and rise to the head of the family, to              Michael’s problems.

This was a long movie, and I enjoyed it. The format was interesting and I loved the backstory of the Don.

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