Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Five

Finally, I made it to Friday. The best part is, they are actually giving me tomorrow off. So, there will be no post tomorrow, as I will be at the beach, pretending I get an actual vacation. But in the meantime....I kind of ripped this idea about movies from Jo Beaufoix. She has a great blog, and her stories are awesome, and if you haven't gone and read her yet, you are missing out. So, hopefully she'll see this as imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Right, Jo?

Five Movies I Love that are More Than 20 Years Old.

It's the best Billy Wilder film ever made, and if you've never seen it, you need to rent/download it NOW. It stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. It also has the best ending line in a movie, too: "Well, nobody's perfect."

This is a Marx Brothers classic. Someone once said there are two types of people in the world: Three Stooges Fans and Marx Brothers Fans. I admit to being in the latter camp. The movie has it's typically thin Marx Bros. plot, but most of their films were like that. It was their act that made their films soar, and I love this one. It was also the first Marx Bros. film without Zeppo. Which was just fine with me.

Does this really need any explanation? Oh, all right. It was watching this movie for the umpteenth time (but this time, as an adult), that I finally understood why millions of women and Lauren Bacall swooned for Humphrey Bogart. It's got a great last line, too, but my earlier assertion about Some Like it Hot still stands.

Okay, this one is a squeaker as far as age, but it's a fabulous movie, and the book was fun, too. I fell in love with Mandy Patinkin here, and learned about all his other great talents (besides fencing). This movie is a bit like taking The Pirates of Penzance and having it staged by the Marx Brothers. And Christopher Guest plays the best villain. I saw the movie twice before I realized it was the same guy from Spinal Tap.

The original, silent masterpiece. Sometimes called the original horror film, it is beautifully filmed. My husband and I saw this on Turner Classic Movies a couple of months ago. They do a silent feature once a week, and this film reminded me of why I love silent movies when they are well done. The actors act, but don't emote. Lon Chaney is largely forgotten now, but he was a king back then, and he designed most of his own make-up. The other cool thing about this film is the bits of colourisation throughout, like making the Phantoms clothes appear scarlet in the rooftop scene.

Okay, those are my five...enjoy your weekend, y'all, I'm surely going to enjoy mine!


willowtree said...

Three of those are in my DVD collection, and the other two I have no problem with. I'm definitely in the Marx Bros camp. To my knowledge, all their movies were adaptations of stage shows, which is why they come off a bit thin plot-wise.

Don't be disrespectful to Zeppo, after all he made a great cigarette lighter. Gummo was the real bad egg.

Dumdad said...

Your first three choices are absolutely perfect and are my favourites too; nos. 4 & 5 I haven't seen so can't comment. In their place I'd put The Third Man and It's a Wonderful Life.

All Right Now by Free is a great song that has stayed the course and, I think, will forever be resurrected by future generations. Thanks for playing it for me!

Yes, more photos of me and family will be released on my blog. You've been warned!

Anonymous said...

Good choices all! I'd have to include To Have and Have Not, also Bogart but with Bacall who is mesmerizing in that film. "You know how to whistle, don't you?"

I'm sort of a western fan and I really appreciate Gregory Peck in The Big Country. That's what being a real man is all about.

bellevelma said...

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect... (that's a movie line!).

Friday nights in my house are movie nights and I am going to try to convince Snags that we MUST watch The Princess Bride. Tonight.

I haven't watched it in a long time. I think I'm due.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahh thanks Jen, I am very flattered by your lovely comments.

Stop or my head might grow and my hair will look silly.

I love Some Like it Hot and Casablanca.
Mr B introduced me to Bogey and he's kind of amazing, we love African Queen too.

He also introduced me to It's a Wonderful Life, Dumdad, and I love 'Harvey' too. Jimmy Stewart is wonderful in both.

I've never seen any Marx so I'll have to take a look at that one Jen, but when I was litle I loved watching old Doris Day films with my Gran and have never forgotton By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

I've never seem The Princess Bride so I'll have to rent that one too.

See you soon. I'm off on holiday early tomorrow morning but have written some posts to be published in my absence.
Take care and have fun.

Dad said...

Young Frankenstein

Some Like it Hot

Twelve O'Clock High

The Maltese Falcon

The Big Sleep

....and many more, but I'll limit myself to the first five that came to mind.

Poetess said...

Hi Jen

Over 20 yrs. I would have no idea.
1 Dirty Dancing
2. Pretty Woman
3. Grease
4. Top Gun
That's about me. I can't remember that far back.

jillian said...

OK - here are my five faves.

1) Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. Does this really need an explanation, Jen?

2) I agree - The Princess Bride is a classic make you feel good movie. I love Cary Elwes too...

3) Being a Canadian, I must say that "Strange Brew" - though the complete stereotype of what being a Canadian ACTUALLY is... it's a great movie. Nothing better than a beer swilling, toque wearing (a toque is a hat), chain smoking, donut eating Canuck that names their dog Hosehead. Nice. (That, plus every time I bring any movies with me to visit Jen and her family, her hubby nearly kills himself laughing at the idiocy of Bob and Doug MacKenzie.

4) For classic movies, I have to admit that "A Christmas Carol" - the black and white version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge is one of my all time favourites. The way he portrays the old miser - then his total transformation at the end. Classic movie.

5) The Sound Of Music. It's a movie that I can not HELP but sing along with, I just love the love story between Maria and the Captain. It's perfect. Plus her wedding dress is beautiful.

There are many more I could list,but I'll go with those 5 as my top 5 faves.

Oh who am I kidding - I don't conform to listing rules!

6) The Rocky Horror Picture Show. What's better than Tim Curry in a corset, garters and high heels? If you can think of something, you got me beat.

7) It's A Wonderful Life. Again, a Christmas movie (but it MUST be the black and white version.)

8) Good Morning Vietnam. Yes, it's squeaking under the 20 year radar... but it's a brilliant movie. That, plus I love Robin Williams - crazy furry man that he is.

I think I'll quit for now... but if I think of others, you just know I'll list them.

auntie barbie said...

Once again you are making my head hurt. So like your dad I will just post the first 5 that come to mind.

National Lampoons Animal House

Cool Hand Luke

To Kill a Mockingbird

North By Northwest


The Quiet Man.

Ok, I gave you 6, and I loved everyones choices.
To dumdad,
I agree All Right Now is a real classic. Every time I hear it brings back wonderful memories of my teenage years. (Those that I remember ;)

willowtree said...

IN case you interested, I think my list would be:

1. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Steve Martin)
2. Popeye. (Robin Williams)
3. Any Marx Bros film.
4. Goonies.
5. The Original Starwars.
5a. The first Indiana Jones.

Honourable mentions to Young Frankenstein, Beau Guest, Them.

mjd said...

I love Casablanca. Doesn't everyone? Some like It Hot is a hoot. African Queen with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart is another favorite.

If you are so inclined, I have tagged you for a rant meme. Come over for a visit.

Saphyre Rose said...

Thanks to Netflix and a DVD burner, I have all of those movies!!!
I love them all!
It is hard for me to pick movies from that long ago as (except for LOTR trilogy) the good movies came from the golden age of Hollywood.

So I will try to narrow it down to these. Please remember, I and a female and I love war movies!

1. "Patton" - George C Scott. Just as no one but David Suchet could ever be Poirot, no one will ever be able to play the role of Patton again. Mr Scott made the ultimate Patton.

2. "The Thin Man" - Nick and Nora Charles aka William Powell and Myrna Loy. I love all of the movies from the series.

3. "To Have and Have Not" - Bogey, Bacall, a whistle...any questions?

4."The Longest Day" - Too many actors to mention, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Red Buttons,Peter Lawford and not to mention it was the first time Sean Connery hit the big screen, believe it or not, he played an Irishman!!!

5. "Animal Crackers" - Marx Brothers, I love the song "Captain Spaulding". Check out the Hitler-esque mustaches on the men in the background and this was in 1930.

Corey~living and loving said...

my head hurts too much to figure out five from over 20 years ago...but I have to say the princess bride ROCKS! :)

Mike said...

Another great fiver, Jen. Lists are always fun.