Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

2016      Lion
starring:  Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham,                      Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval
plot –    A five year old boy falls asleep on the train playform while                    waiting for his older brother. He learns to survive and                  is finally adopted by an Australian couple. After he is                    grown and 25, he sets off to locate his birth brother,                    Mom, and sister.
This was a fabulous movie. The acting by Sunny Pawar was outstanding for such a young boy. The movie eventually brought me to tears and really made me wonder about all of the orphans across the world.

1931-32    Shanghai Express
starring:   Marlene Dietrich,  Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner                      Oland, and Eugene Pallett
plot –     During the Chinese Civil War, British Capt. Harvey meets his                  ex-girlfriend, Magdalen aka Shanghia Lily, and                            discovers that she is now a prostitute. They are                          traveling on the Shanghai Express train. A spy/army                    leader is also incognito on the train. The enemy attacks                  the train.
This was a pretty good old movie. I have not seen many pictures that starred Marlene Dietrich, but enjoyed her performance. She was pretty young in this movie.

1935      Broadway Melody of 1936
starring:   Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Benny,                      Robert Taylor, Francis Langford, June Knight, Una                        Merkel…
plot –     A producer, Taylor, has trouble getting backers for his show                  until a woman offers to give him the money if he lets                    her join the cast. A newspaperman, Benny, finds out                    and writes about it. Because of the columnist, a                          talented friend of Taylors (Powell), can’t get a part she               deserves.
This was a great old movie with a lot of fabulous singing and dancing. There were many songs that I actually knew and could sing along with the actors.  I loved that I got to see the older actors from my childhood. I really liked it.

1937      100 Men and a Girl
starring:   Deanna Durbin, Leopold Stokowski, Adolphe Menjou, Alice                  Brady, Eugene Pallette, Micha Auer, Billy Gilbert, Alms                    Kruger
plot –       Leopold Stokowski leads a group of unemployed musicians                  in a symphony. The orchestra is created by the                          daughter of a down-on-his luck musician. The                            orchestra ends up getting a radio contract. Hard work                  and persistence pay off in the end.
This was a really cute movie! Deanna Durbin has a great voice. I do not normally like opera-like singing, but she was fabulous. I am more into country or blue grass and have been since I was 19 years old. I smiled through most of this film, so it was a thumbs up for me.

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