Saturday, April 21, 2018

Letter S



THE SHINING-1980


A man with a disturbing past, takes on the role of the caretaker with his freaky wife and disturbed son at a hotel that shuts down during the winter. It’s just the 3 of them with the wife checking on the hotel, the redrum kid travelling on his big wheel through the halls and the man writing his novel. He becomes anything but a dull boy when he starts seeing spirits who want him to come to the dark side. The kid keeps running into those spooky twins and the wife is oblivious to everything until the blood hits the elevator.

I was scared out of my booties as soon as those devil girls showed up and had to turn the channel. I finally did see it and it is a great film with so much imagery. The actors really carried the film although I felt so bad for good ole Scatman Crothers who travels to the hotel only to......see the film.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Letter R


RIO BRAVO-1959


I can’t do a film series without mentioning John Wayne who stars in this fun western as a Sheriff who comes to town to make sure a nasty villain gets his due justice. He has to deal with his old friend (Dean Martin) as the drunken deputy sheriff, an old coot with no teeth, a limp and a lot of gumption (Walter Brennan), a young kid who wants to help (Ricky Nelson) and a saloon gal with nice legs but talks way too much (Angie Dickinson). If you like a western, or even don’t but like fun camaraderie, you’ll love this movie.

This was John Wayne’s and Howard Hawks’s (director) answer to High Noon because they thought it was stupid that a sheriff would ask for help so in this film, the hero doesn’t ask but gets help anyway. Oh and as a prank and an initiation, Wayne and Brennan got a pile of manure and threw Ricky Nelson into it. I love the musical interlude and hope you'll have a listen...


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-Meltdowns

We all have had meltdowns some time in our lives, some serious and many others, over something stupid(put the toothpaste cap back on will ya!). These 3 picks I have chosen are a bit more serious but still great to watch. head on over to Wandering Through the Shelves to see what the others have chosen.

1. WHITE HEAT-1949


A brilliant film with an outstanding performance by James Cagney who should have won the Oscar. He plays a clever but psychopathic leader of a gang who is married but is way too dependent on his mom. The cops send a man undercover to break their operation and gain Cagney's trust. There is a prison scene where Cagney's character has a huge meltdown after hearing some news which makes you almost feel bad for the guy. The ending is a true blow out!

2. THE CAINE MUTINY-1954

Humphrey Bogart leads a great cast as the captain of a ship during World War 2. His antics makes many men on board the ship question if their captain is truly sane. It all comes to a head and a trial ensues but one still questions the sanity of the captain. Bogart's acting is stellar and you are left wondering if he was right or if he was nuts or both. A film worth seeing for sure especially when Bogart is on the witness stand.

3. FALLING DOWN-1993


An every day man, waiting in his car in a traffic jam just leaves his car and goes for a walk but along the way he creates much mayhem with gangsters, a convenience store owner and his ex-wife. Michael Douglas is the main man who we see fall down that well of anger and frustration and takes it to a whole new level. Another superb performance that, I think, was overlooked. I did not expect to truly like it all that much but I do and it keeps your hold for sure.

What 3 films come to your mind?


Letter Q


THE QUICK AND THE DEAD-1995


A woman with a grudge rides into the town called Redemption that is ruled by meanie Gene Hackman. He holds a contest about who is the quickest draw. You have a bunch of idiots combating for the prize and most get shot to death. Hahahaaaa.....pretty stupid flick but I enjoy watching it because it’s stupid as F#*&. This stars Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio and in his American film debut, Russell Crowe as a preacher but was a former henchman for Hackman.

Sharon Stone was big back then and demanded Leo and paid his fee personally so she could have him in the film and she also fought for Russell Crowe to be in the film. On the other hand, her pants were so tight she couldn’t sit down but when her stand in got more whistles from the crew, she fired her.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Letter P


THE PRESTIGE-2006


2 men are magicians and friends until the wife of one is killed during a performance. The one blames the other and they become bitter rivals each trying to outdo the other. It stars Christian Bale and Hugh, be still my heart, Jackman as the 2 magicians who hate each other. Scarlett Johanssen is the girl between both and Michael Caine as the trusty partner of Jackman...not Bale’s butler:). It was up for a couple a Oscars and is considered an excellent film about one-upmanship, magic, mystery and David Bowie. Yes, David Bowie, who didn’t want to do this movie until the director, Christopher Nolan, talked him into it playing Nicholas Tesla-brilliantly, I might add.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Letter O


OLIVER TWIST-1948


A young, very pregnant woman gives birth to a boy in a workhouse and dies. The boy grows up in that horrible place and, one day, asks for more gruel and is punished. He escapes and ends up on the streets of London where he is taken in by Fagin, the head of child thieves. The Artful Dodger takes Oliver under his wing to teach him the fine ways of being a pickpocket.

This is the best, in my opinion of all the versions I have seen (we shall not mention that musical) and it is a book I still must read. Have any of you read this book? Alec Guinness created his Fagin look by using the illustrations in the first edition of the book which caused much consternation among the Jewish community for being too anti-Semitic. David O’ Selznick lunged at Guinness when he saw him at some party. Both Israel and Egypt banned the film.....Israel was upset by how anti-Semitic it was but Egypt said it was not strong enough...ya can never win.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Letter N



NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM-2006


A divorced, pitiful wreck of a man finally gets a job as a night watchman at the Natural History Museum in New York City. Little does he know that a special Egyptian artifact lets all the objects, animals and cavemen come alive at night.

This is the best of the bunch and it’s quite funny even though some people would love to punch Ben Stiller in the face...I’m not one of them but my hubby...insert eye roll. I love Robin Williams...who doesn’t and I don’t want to know if you don't like him. When the 3 old guys ran up the stairs, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs needed a double but Dick Van Dyke did it himself.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Letter M



MONSTER-IN-LAW-2005


A comedy about a young man who becomes engaged to his loving girlfriend and wants her to meet his mom....a high profile investigative reporter who suffered a meltdown a ways back. Needless to say, mommies dearest dislikes her son’s fiancĂ©e and tries to make life nasty for her future daughter in law but she has met her match.

This was the film Jane Fonda chose to make her comeback because she knew people would see it since the other star is Jennifer Lopez....yup Fonda chose this flick! It also stars Michael (who??) Vartan, known for the tv show, Alias, and the very funny Wanda Sykes and it's my guilty pleasure. This is not a great movie by any means but for some reason, I can watch it over and over again and laugh. I have to commend J-Lo for making herself look bad in one scene since she always has to give the “sexy pout” look in every photo and event you see her in.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Letter L



LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY-2001, 2002, 2003


A hobbit who has a wizard friend embarks on a journey with his best friend Sam and 2 mischievous hobbits, to bring the ring, that everyone covets, back to Mordor and throw that thing, the ring, not Gollum, back into the volcano from where it originated.

This stars Sir Ian McLellan, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo (be still my heart) Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, talking trees, a few thousand orcs, a butterfly, a huge bird and one bad ass  jerk who wants that ring.

I love these films that few thought could ever be filmed, but Peter Jackson made that possible and directed a great trilogy that won tons of Oscars but only a ton in the final instalment. Personally, "May It Be", the song sung by Enya, in the first film, should have won. Christopher Lee was the unofficial expert on the film because he read the books every year since they came out and was friends with the author, Tolkien. I also love the fact that Peter Jackson owns one of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars and drove some of the actors around the set in New Zealand.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-Movies about Movies


I am juggling the A to Z challenge, which is fun by the way and Wandering Through The Shelves about the weekly movie theme which is movies about movies. There are actually so many to choose from that I went with a classic and 2 from the 1970's. I hope you can check out what the other film people have chosen. If you want to ever do the A to Z Challenge, check it out and maybe, you can aim for next year:) Here are my 3 picks...

1. SUNSET BOULEVARD-1950


This is the film about movies and everyone should see this film at least once. If you know film history you can relate to this film even better but don't let that stop you from seeing the great Gloria Swanson give it her all as the faded, former great silent film star, Norma Desmond. I know I chose this film before but I love it so...so there:) Joe Gillis, an arrogant, penniless scriptwriter is being chased, literally, by the repo men who want to take his car. Joe ducks into a hidden driveway into a dilapidated  garage and walks into a nightmare that his weak soul doesn't want to leave. He meets Norma Desmond who still lives in this old mansion and when she finds out he is a writer, she gives him a script about Salome where she will play the lead. He thinks he is using her but who is using who? There are so many great moments from the dead chimp that was her pet(hey, one famous silent star would walk down the main drag with a cheetah on a leash) to the waxworks (poor Buster Keaton, Anna Q. Nielsen and H.B. Warner who were huge stars in their day). The music, especially at the end, takes your breath away...at least it does mine. Cecil B. DeMille has a guest shot in this film and he directed Swanson many times and did actually call her Little fella. I love Mae Murray's quote after seeing this film, "None of us floozies was ever that nuts."

2. THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER-1975


There were quite a few films about movies done in the 70's and this is an above average  film based on the stunt pilots that flooded the film sets after the Great War. Robert Redford plays Waldo who is itching to get back to flying since the First World War ended. He teams up with an old friend of his, played by Bo Svenson and, together, they create a show for the townsfolk all around the midwest. They become Barnstormers (because these actual nuts would fly through barns) and sell tickets to see their feats of flying. Soon they pick up a gal, Susan Sarandon, to look pretty while standing out on the wing of the plane. Hollywood beckons and Redford makes a B-line for this land of plenty. This is a fun film with tragedy placed in, all done with a nostalgic air. They even create a scene with a former German pilot who now works for a film studio..which happened. Redford and Svenson did their own stunts on the planes without the benefit of any wires etc...-they were nuts!

3. NICKELODEON-1976


This tanked at the box office and I don't know why because I found it thoroughly entertaining. Peter Bogdonavich used many old anecdotes from 2 silent film directors who were around when the motion picture business began-Allan Dwan and Raoul Walsh. I love how funny it is but kept true to what really happened in those early days when Edison had his patent and didn't want anyone else to make films. The outright arson, beatings, threats etc.. that were made against other film companies, was one of the main reasons the companies went out west. When they landed in sunny California, the old film people knew they made it because they had sun, beach, mountains, snow, desert- all close. Ryan O'Neal plays one such director who takes off to California to make movies and get away from the patent men. He brings his leading man (Burt Reynolds) with him along with a smart ass kid (Tatum O-Neal) and they set up shop. Brian Keith and John Ritter also star in this little gem.

What films would you choose?

Letter K



KEY LARGO-1948


A bunch of baddies come to a hotel during a hurricane and terrorize the crippled owner, his daughter and a drifter.

The final pairing of Bogie and Bacall and Bogie and Robinson (Edward G.) since Bogie and Robinson actually made 5 films together. The film also stars Claire Trevor, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Lionel Barrymore who suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis at this time. When the actor gets up from his wheelchair and falls, I cringed knowing how much pain he must have been in and my heart went out to him as well.

An excellent film Noir with great actors, excellently directed by John Huston and filmed (Karl Freund).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Letter J



JURASSIC PARK-1993


Some nut with tons of money, decides to open a theme park with real cloned dinosaurs and is shocked when things don’t work out right. The palaeontologists he asked to come to the island to see his disaster in the making, get stuck out there with the nasty meat eaters along with his own grand kids. Pssst.....the lawyer bites the dust, literally.

It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough and a funny Jeff Goldbloom round out the cast but the real stars are the rugged action stars with one thing on their mind, dinner. The effects are mind  blowing and this movie scared the hell out of me. Spielberg gave the cast an autographed velociraptor and Laura Dern, being a sweet mommy, placed it in her kid's room near his crib. Needless to say the kid screamed...I wonder why??

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Letter I



INTERSTELLAR-2014


A widowed man with 2 kids is trying to grow corn amid the drought, storms and crap that comes from global warming. He is also a former NASA pilot who is asked to partake in an experiment to find a habitable planet since Earth is dying. He leaves with a group much to his daughter’s angry chagrin and we learn about time, survival and a possible ghost.

This intelligent film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon in a film that made me go “Whaaaaaa???” I need to watch it again because it raises many questions and because I felt like a dumb dumb. I did like the scene when they landed on a lake because I was expecting Charlton Heston fighting off some damm dirty apes.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Letter H



HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN-2004


Oh those 3 kids are back for more adventure, meeting a nice professor on the train and meeting the Dementors who are not very nice. A prisoner has escaped who killed Harry’s parents among others....or did he??  Many people love this film above the others in this series and I can understand why because it introduces Lupin (David Thewlis) and Sirius (Gary Oldman) plus those eerie Dementors and that great Petronus charm.

Gary Oldman gave Daniel Radcliffe a bass guitar and helped teach him to play since Oldman plays the guitar

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Letter G



GHOSTBUSTERS-1984


3 freaky, geeky scientists, who love the paranormal, start up a business and must deal with a pencil neck, tons of ghosts, a nerdy accountant and a lovely lass who has Zuul in her fridge.

This is a very funny comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver with many of the cast ad-libbing most of the lines (Dogs and cats sleeping together..Mass hysteria!) that still makes me laugh out loud. Bill Murray didn’t take any money for this role because he wanted financing to do a remake of The Razor’s Edge.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lettter F


FARGO-1996


A loser husband has his rich wife kidnaped by 2 deadly but dumbass jerks, one who talks way too much and the other rarely talks. They end up in Fargo where a very pregnant cop is hot on their trail.

It won 2 Oscars for Screenplay and best actress for Frances McDormand( who won this year too) and should have won more but that is typical isn’t it? It also stars the great William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi who shines as the too talkative co-kidnapper. There was hardly any snow so they had to do a lot of filming in North Dakota and Canada and they still had to make snow.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-Undergroundq


I could have interpreted in many ways but I took it literally and went the subway route...nyuck, nyuck. I missed last week because I had Nadda but I am back on track and am writing here and my A to Z challenge which is also about movies. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to find out how the others interpreted this week’s theme. Here are my 3...

1. THE INCIDENT-1967


This is quite an engaging thriller which speaks about people’s characters and that not much has changed in 51 years. You have a couple with a young child, an older couple, a young man who is homosexual, a couple of soldiers, an African American couple and so on, who all board a subway unbeknownst that 2 hooligans  will board a train and cause much havoc and fear. You watch dumbfounded yet riveted by the action and, all I can say, is the ending makes you just shake your head considering the police of today.

2. SHORT WALK TO DAYLIGHT-1972


I couldn’t remember the title of this TV movie and had to search for it for an hour because I haven’t seen it since the 1970’s. I really want to see this again because I found it scary since it takes place underground after, I think, an earthquake but I seem to recall a bomb also. James Brolin heads the cast of people on a subway car that must find a way out. I remember being freaked out by the people trying to stay away from one rail or they would be electrocuted. It was tense and well done from what I can remember.

3. TAKING OF PELHAM, ONE, TWO, THREE-1974


Screw the remake even if Denzel Washington stars in it because it is not as well done as the original. This film is very tense with the great Robert Shaw as the non emotional head of a robbery gang who take hostages on a subway demanding money. Walter Matthau plays a Transit Authority Policeman who talks to Shaw  hoping to keep the hostages alive. I love this film because it’s gritty, dirty and the people are not beautiful but average. The hostage takers are not young thugs but middle aged men. A great film worth seeing and the music is excellent in creating tension.

What underground films would you choose?

Letter E



EXCALIBUR-1981


Uther Pendragon is killed but not before he sticks his sword Excalibur into a rock. A young King Arthur is able to take the sword out and so begins the legend of King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, Morgan Le Fey and the knights of the round table into one great soap opera of fun.

I think this is the best of all the Arthur films, nominated for an Oscar for Cinematography, it features Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne in their first film roles although they are not the leads. Liam Neeson met Helen Mirren (Morgan Le Fey) on the set and they ended up living together for 4 years. Oh, the director, John Boorman, used his daughter as the wife of Uther and you see her...um...nude getting pregnant by “Uther” who didn’t even take off his armour. If I had a dad ask me to do that scene, I would have told my dad is a freaky creep.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Letter D



DARKEST HOUR-2017


Winston Churchill comes to power with the stranded soldiers at Dunkirk to deal with, as well as the opposition in his own government. A film that seems to not appeal to the younger generation which means I loved it! Since I have already been given a seniors discount at the drug store, even though I am not there yet, I qualify as older:)

Gary Oldman is beyond excellent capturing the essence of this complex man who  had to deal with major obstacles including his own bi-polar disorder, Kristin Scott Thomas is great as his wife. The film takes places over a month and glorifies this controversial figure in history...but I still love it.

Gary Oldman had to deal with nicotine poisoning due to the amount cigars he smoked and get a colonoscopy....cough and relax:)


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Letter C



CHICAGO-2003


A cute fun musical about 2 murderesses who finally find fame for killing their lover/spouses.

A singing and dancing fun flick starring Catherine Zeta Jones(who won an Oscar for this role) and Rene Zellweger(blecchhh) as the 2 female leads and Richard Gere as the smarmy lawyer(and can’t really sing). Queen Latifah (Oscar nominated), Christine Baranski and John C. Reilly(Oscar Nominated) round out the cast. This film is based on the famous Broadway musical along with former films called Roxie Hart and Chicago which is based on a true story from the 1920s. Oh, this film won best Oscar..not sure it should have

Monday, April 2, 2018

Letter B



THE BOURNE IDENTITY-2002


An amnesiac tries to find out who he is while kicking some serious ass across Europe.

This stars Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and an almost Silent Clive Owen in a great thriller mystery with many stunts that defy description and one amazing car chase through the Paris streets. Matt decided to do many stunts himself...crazy nut! This started many sequels...big surprise.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The First Post...Letter A


I am going simple this year and  this means..hopefully quick posts. I am talking Movies this year and, for the most part, they will be newer films which is rare for me😃. I actually asked my hubby and my friends for their favourite films So let’s get on with it.

APOLLO 13-1995


True story about 3 spacemen who are doing aok until...oopsy! “Houston, we have a problem.”

Stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and the Late Bill Paxton as the 3 astronauts who are not having a good time and Ed Harris, Gary Sinese and Kathleen Quinlan round out the cast. Harris and Quinlan were nominated for Oscars and it won for Best Sound and editing. It was up for Best Picture but didn’t win(Braveheart won).

Tense, well-acted, intelligent film with many events that took place shown in the film. Ron Howard directed the film with his mom, dad and brother, Clint, all in the film. Well worth seeing

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-TV-Non English Shows


Ya....I got nuttin! This is one I just don’t have unless I count Benny Hill as Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza, speaking German, which is quite funny. I have also seen some fleeting moments of some Spanish soap operas which looked funny. Since it is Easter and I have been absent in visiting( sorry Pat, Jo, Rick, and everyone else:)), this little clip is for all of you and I hope you watch this:) I am still writing my quick posts for the A to Z challenge which is about ....movies.


Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks- Nostalgia


I have picked 3 newer films for once...ok newer in my book. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what nostalgia films they chose. Here are my 3...

1. PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM- 1972


I am not a huge Woody Allen fan especially since his private life has been made public but I am looking at the film, not the person even though I believe we see his issues played out on screen. Woody plays a loser with women who is literally haunted by his ex wife who continues to harass him.  He gets his strength from the ghost of Humphrey Bogart who is dressed like the character from Casablanca, Allen's favourite film. He strikes out with women on a regular basis and can only let his guard down with the wife of his best friend (played by his then paramour Diane Keaton) and soon realizes he loves her. The film is funny, full of the normal Woody Allen anxiety but before he became insufferable and Allen plays loving tribute not only to Bogart but to one of the best films ever made, Casablanca. I do recommend this film despite Allen.

2.  PLEASANTVILLE-1998


A beautiful film which uses black and white and colour to amazing effect. A young goofy kid loves to watch this old 1950s tv show which reminds me of Ozzie and Harriet and, one day, is given the chance to truly visit this place with the help of Don Knotts. He enters this place along with his popular sister who doesn’t care at all about studying. At first, the young man is so happy being there but soon he notices that it is unrealistic and quite bland. Through his eyes, others become open to more than just Gee Whiz  thinking which creates a much darker side to happy America. An excellent story on prejudice, love, awakening, race, and hate. Truly worth seeing

3. THE ARTIST-2011


Many people seemed to dislike this film and I just don’t understand why because I find it beautiful, sad and a worthy homage to the silent era when it was changing to sound. A man, who is a huge star, meets an up and coming starlet whom he helps attain stardom. Like the films,  A Star is Born, as her star shines, his lessens and he soon loses almost everything except for his agent and his trusty dog. This dog reminds me of that famous dog of the 1930s - Asta. Asta could do anything just like this dog who almost stole this film and one understands why, when one watches this movie. I love the scene when he has a nightmare and hears all the sounds but I also love the ending. I think it speaks beautifully to the classic silent era and the hard times many stars suffered when sound came in.

What are your 3?

Monday, March 19, 2018

What Am I doing??



I was himming and hawing whether to participate in this challenge since I seem to be having a tough time keeping up now, but I am going for it. This is actually a fun challenge where you can write about anything you wish, keeping it short since many people join in. One day I will break with film...but not yet. My reveal theme is...big surprise...movies! I am certain you might be already bored with it but I will try to create something new. I was thinking about writing about my mom and dad but I am too emotional still. I hope I keep up because I only have my I Pad for home. Why? My hubby spilled coffee all over the lap top and killed it! Thankfully the hard drive is ok but before I could say, see if it will dry out, he threw the laptop out! He is never touching my Ipad!! The bad part is the the blog does not work on my I pad so I have to make my posts at work (Shhh). The A to Z challenge is just that...a big challenge but it is fun to read what everyone is interested in and see who enjoyed my little scribblings.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks- Childhood Favourites


This is a fun week since I love movies ( no kiddin') but, when I was young, we had to wait for a movie to come on TV or go to see a film in the theatre. It was a great time because old movies were always shown on TV. I grew up with "Movies for a Sunday Afternoon" and, the great Canadian, Elwy Yost who hosted "Saturday Night at the Movies". Elwy showed 2 movies on a Saturday night and in between he interviewed some very famous people in the industry...I miss him and that show. This is not about Saturday morning cartoons so no cartoons for me..um...animated films. Wandering Through The Shelves is a great blog to check out and who hosts this weekly event. I’m a really weird nut and chose Movies I watched first with my dad who loved movies. My dad would be 105 as of March 14th so this is for my dad who developed my love for film.

1. KING KONG-1933


This film started it all when it comes to a big hairy ape and I am not talking about Harvey Weinstein. Sorry for insulting Mr. Kong because this ape didn’t deserve to be taken back to the big apple. My dad had us all sit down on the couch on a Sunday at noon to watch King Kong since he was 20 when this movie came out and it must have blown his mind the way we were blown away with Jurassic Park. From that beginning, I was hooked on movies because it scared the hell out of me. We know the plot where a starving actress during the Great Depression is told she will be made a star by a director known for his exotic locale films. He takes her on board ship where she is considered bad luck by the crew but they venture to Skull Island. They find the natives who love the golden haired gal and decide to take her to be the new bride of Kong. Instead of eating her, Kong falls for her and takes her to his lair with the men in hot pursuit. I loved her outfit on the ship when she first screamed her heart out and Fay Wray became famous for her scream (Love the Winnipeg, Canadian native). I was enthralled by the fight between Kong and the dinosaur and was freaked out by the giant spider in the gorge. Funny, I remember that scene so well, yet I have read that this scene is considered lost. I remember feeling sad for Kong at the end.

2. MAYTIME-1937


My dad loved Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy films and, unbelievably, they were huge stars in their day and I can see why. I doubt most of you would ever want to see their films, which is a shame, because they were big in their day and this film is considered their best. She plays an old lady who tells a young girl about when she was young and fell in love. Due to ambition and loyalty, she leaves her true love and marries the jerk only to be reunited with her one true love on the Opera stage years later. As a very young girl, needing to escape my reality of my life of abuse and bullying (school, never home), these films made me forget and I loved them and still do. My dad and I would watch and he would answer all my questions about the stars. The music is great and, yes, it is opera/operetta but how I loved the costumes, the singing and the ending which made me sigh..and I am not into typical romance flicks. My dad was a true blue Lumberman but, only later, did it strike me that this tall, rough and tough man loved the sentimental/schmaltzy films.

3. IT STARTED WITH EVE-1941


I was quite sick, with a high fever, and hallucinating so my mom had a hard time calming me down. I thought people were watching me so my dad sat beside me, made sure I was under the blankets and turned on Saturday night at the Movies. There, on the screen, was this film starring Deanna Durbin, another Winnipeg Native with a fantastic operatic voice. A young man’s father lay dying but wants to meet his son’s fiancĂ©e before he dies. The young man’s fiancĂ©e is out of town so he asks the hat check girl to play his fiancĂ©e for an hour and she agrees. No one expects that the old man, played so well by Charles Laughton, would get better so now she must continue being the young man's fiancĂ©e. It’s a sweet, funny screwball comedy showing Deanna was more than just a singing voice. I calmed down while watching this movie asking the same questions I always asked my dad about the actors.

Bonus...

4. THE GOLD RUSH-1925


I believe I talked about this film before but I have to include it since speaking with my brother, who remembered our dad laughing with tears coming down his face during the very funny cabin scene. I was laughing right along with my dad. So Charlie Chaplin plays, of course, a tramp who heads to the Yukon Gold rush. He befriends a big man and they decide to work together to strike it rich. Throw in a cabin on the edge of a cliff, starvation(the shoe eating scene) and a gal the tramp falls for and you have a very funny comedy. Yes, it is silent but you could watch this movie with your own music and just laugh at the antics.

I had my dad for 23 years before he died of cancer and he has been gone for 30 years come April 30th but the length of time doesn't matter, only the quality. This blog post is for him and he would have loved to be part of this. Just think, my dad would have seen The Gold Rush in the movie house, as he used to call it, since he was 12 years old at that time.



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-One Day


So I am assuming the events take place in One day or evening so I went with that assumption and decided to take a disastrous route. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to find out what the other people chose. Now, onto my 3...

1. AIRPORT-1970


I love these disaster movies especially the ones from the 1970s because they were star studded extravaganzas and often quite hilarious. This was the first Airport film that began a series with big name actors...and George Kennedy who was in all the Airport films. This film stars Burt Lancaster on the ground trying to deal with the knowledge that a nut with a bomb is on an airplane. Dean Martin is the lead pilot and Jacqueline Bassett plays the stewardess and his love interest who are told there is a madman with a bomb on the plane and he is sitting beside a nice little old lady played by Helen Hayes who won an Oscar for her role(believe it or not). I love the music and the fun plot which heralded in the disaster movies that were big in the 70s.

2. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE-1972


Forget the remake and watch this instead with a great cast lead by a very angry priest played by Gene Hackman...yeah...Gene Hackman..as a priest..hahahaaa. All these people are venturing from New York to Greece celebrating New Year’s on this boat and listening to Carol Lynley lip synch to a song that, I think, won best Oscar. A rogue wave comes right after midnight killing off Leslie Nielsen as the ship’s captain and turning the boat upside down. People survive but not for long since most decide to stay while a few decide to climb a Christmas tree and make their way to the engine room which is now above the water. We watch as these survivors must get through one hurdle after another.  I love watching Shelley Winters swim and save the day.

3. THE TOWERING INFERNO-1974


I hope I didn’t use the movie before but, if I did, I don’t remember so it’s new to me to use it here..um...ok then. This is one star studded nut fest with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen (sorry Steve that I gave you second billing to Paul) leading the pack. Paul Newman is the architect of this huge skyscraper who comes back from a lengthy vacation to find his building basically done. His father in law is William Holden and Holden’s daughter is played by Faye Dunaway and they are all at a huge party on the top floor, of course. Richard Chamberlain plays the jerk who decided to cut corners which leads to a fire. This fire could have easily been put out by OJ Simpson (yes, that O.J.)  but he disappears for a while just for the fire to get out of control. In enters the fire chief played by Steve McQueen who tries to save the day. Let’s see if they all make it..you know they won’t and I have to admit I love the flaming Robert Wagner and his lover bite the dust.  Hmmm, makes me sound like a bad gal.

So, what films would you pick?

So...I have a confession to make...I love fashion and all that goes with it. My friend, Marni and I, decided to have a blog about it and we began our new blog with the Oscars. You don't have to visit but if you want to, it is called https://twofriendswithapassionforfashion.blogspot.ca

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Oscars


The 2018 Oscars are now history and, as per norm, they were long but I wasn't as bored as I thought I would be. I may have been mesmerized by the beautiful Oscar set that reminded me of Art Nouveau to an undersea kingdom. It was not at all tacky like so many were in the past...which I miss because the Oscars are supposed to be tacky so they, obviously, didn't get the memo. I thought some of the presenters were great like Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Selma Hayek. They were eloquent, without being nasty, and positive yet they showed emotion from what they had to deal with in the past. Rita Moreno wore the same skirt that she wore back in 1962 when she won her Oscar... she should have kept it in the closet and Sandra Bullock decided to ruin her face with cheek implants and black eye make-up that made her eyes look like 2 pissholes in the snow. The best presenters were Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Hadish who were laugh out loud funny. By the way, the In Memorium segment missed Nanette Fabray  which I think was a crime. Without further adieu, here are my answers to the questions I raised on Friday's post but I will do the first 2 questions last.

1.  What Drug Were They On?- Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography for Blade Runner 2049. This man has been nominated something like 13 times before finally winning and glad he won but, it is not so much what he said but how he was on stage that made me think he just sniffed a line of coke. I might get blasted for this but he was fidgety, touching his nose often...made me think of some of the clients I see. A runner up is Frances McDormand who is being heralded for a great acceptance speech but her nervous laughter and talking made me think she keeps a big knife in her purse-cue the Psycho music.

2. Worst Win?-Remember Me song from Coco. Now, none of these songs really were that great when you think of previous songs that were nominated and won, but this song was a bit of a drag. I would have either gone for This Is Me from The Greatest Showman or Mighty River from Mudbound.

3. Best Win? -I know some will disagree but I am so happy that Gary Oldman won for his tour de force performance as Winston Churchill. He  played Churchill so well showing, not only the man's strength but the depression that often plagued the man.

4.  Best Acceptance Speech?- I almost went with Allison Janney because her first sentence was great but I went with James Ivory who I thought was eloquent and gave a touching nod to his former mate, Ismail Merchant. Oh, he won for best adapted screenplay, "Call Me By Your Name."

5. Worst Acceptance Speech?  Ya know, I can't think of anyone in particular because no one dragged on or made snide comments so overall, they were boring thanking people.

6. Who Deserved a Punch in the Face?-I hate to say this because he is Canadian, but Shane Vieau, who was part of the trio who won for Best production design for Shape of Water, is an idiot. The moron purposely had his tux made with short arms, he wore running shoes and stupid sunglasses. Take the frikken sunglasses off you Jack Nicholson wanna be. He seemed to take pleasure in showcasing his assholeness on the podium and even backstage. Not impressed!

7. Whom Do You Wish Would Win/Lose?- I was hoping for Gary Oldman to win and I got my wish and I was praying that Dunkirk would lose in the big awards area and I also got my wish. Maybe I am a bit of the old guard but I found Dunkirk overdone  and "splashy". I also thought they made a big goof when I saw a new glass building and pretty pastel coloured buildings in the background on the beach in a couple of scenes. I was ecstatic that it did not win for best score! It was loud and irritating and took away from the film in my humble opinion.

8. Rate the Host- Jimmy Kimmell did a good job overall with making jokes about all the big news of the day(s) from Trump to his turnstile staff to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked Hollywood. I could have done without him taking some of the stars across the street to surprise an audience watching a movie. Overall he was good but nothing amazing. I can also say that if I was the host, I would have stared blankly at the camera, peed myself and, feeling like I was in some horrid dream, crawl towards the exit.  Now on to fun...

9. Best Dressed- There were some that were quite stunning like Allison Janney, Ashley Judd, Octavia Spencer, Greta Gerwig and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther and a man) but I have to give it to Jennifer Garner who looked ravishing in this dress.


I would love to wear this dress.

10. Worst Dressed-There are so many to choose from that I could not choose the worst so I need your input and will put the 3 worst here and you choose which makes you want to wretch.


I was wondering what happened to my 1991 drapes. For any who care, her name is Andra Day


Maya Randolph and Tiffany Hadish killed it as presenters-they were hilarious but Maya's outfit looked like she came prepared in case Harvey Weinstein wanted to try to grope her-I call this the chastity dress.


Her name is St. Vincent....um...yup. I have to find out what her real name actually is, maybe it's lady Bird:). Anyway, it looks like she just came from David Copperfield's show and she is trying to hide the Bird cage but one can see where she is hiding it...ghastly!

Male Honour


Adam Rippon-male figure skater decided to go all S & M on us and then forgot to put on his socks and proper shoes as they look like just nice slippers. I mean really! WTF?!

So your thoughts? How did you like Maya & Tiffany? Did anyone think Jennifer Lawrence layered on the makeup too much? Did anyone else think Jane Fonda was going to elbow Helen Mirren out of the way? Which nut would you pick as your worst dressed? Sorry for the lengthy blog post:)