T’was the Night Before the Academy Awards Ceremony ….

No. Do not worry that I am going to break out into cheap verse. I have neither the creativity nor the energy to go there today. In fact, my predictions for this year’s ceremony is quite simple:

People will win Oscars whilst wearing fancy frocks and suits.

And that is about it. Well, that really isn’t everything, as my most ardent wish is for awards success for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Ormston (via Flickr)

Now, to switch gears a bit, I have previously been asked (*) to look a bit further down the line and put on my prognostication glasses. The mission: to ‘predict’ which young thesps currently in the game I think will probably be awarded film’s highest honor at some point in the future. For the sake of simplicity (and my sanity), I have divided the groups into 1) actors and actresses and 2) directors.

 

THE ACTORS

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor: Although I had decided to arbitrarily restrict my selections to the ‘Under 35s’ set, I made an allowance in this case. I have hoping for Ejiofor’s ascension to widespread recognition for quite some time. Although he is nominated this year (and not likely to win according to the odds makers), I hope that he will have another shot at receiving an acting accolade in the future.
  2. Adèle Exarchopoulos: Based on her breakout performance in the controversial Blue is the Warmest Color, I feel her success will continue in France and has the potential to translate into crossover success in the English language market. Which frankly will increase her chances of obtaining an Oscar in the future.
  3. Tom Hiddleston: This versatile Brit is bound in the near future to strike Oscar gold. That is all.
  4. Saoirse Ronan: In all her performances (yes even Byzantium) I remain captivated by the ethereal, otherworldly quality she possesses.
  5. Brie Larson: A critically recognized turn in 2013’s Short Term 12 has put this young woman on the map. I see bright (golden?) things in her future.
  6. James Franco: Due to his prolific nature in all aspects of the filmmaking process, I am sure he will strike lucky and at least get a nomination, if not take home Oscar at some point in his diverse career.
  7. Ellen Page: Although it seems like she has been around for a while, she is still quite young and has a long career ahead of her. I think she will secure an acting gong one day.

Honorable Mentions: Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai

Side Note: in doing my research, I ‘discovered’ a rather disturbing trend when looking up male versus female actors. When I searched for males, the top search results and subsequent lists spoke mainly of their talent and versatility. The lists for the female thesps, on the other hand, produced mainly “hot” lists. Color me slightly disappointed.

 

THE DIRECTORS

Now I admit I am not as knowledgeable with up and coming directors as I would like to be. That said, here are a couple of women I feel have the greatest potential of winning top prize for their work in directing a feature film:

Sarah Polley: She started out in front of the camera but has really made a name for herself as a creative force behind the camera with films such as Away From Her and Take This Waltz. There is great promise that a future dramatic feature will be recognized by the Academy.

Ava DuVernay: Another slight deviation from my ‘age’ rule, DuVernay won the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 for her film Middle of Nowhere (film also garnered her the John Cassavetes Award the same year). DuVernay’s career has also seen her recognized and win multiple accolades for her auteurism.

I wish I could speak to the other folks that make the movies – shame on me.

This is where audience participation comes in. Submit in the Comments section below what who you think in these or any other categories is Oscar-bound in the future.

(*) This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon sponsored by Outspoken & Freckled, Once Upon a Screen and Paula’s Cinema Club.

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Funny Lady Mae West

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As part of the Funny Lady Blogathon, hosted by Movies, Silently, I have selected the incomparable Mae West (1893-1980). In researching for this piece, I soon realized that I could not do her full biography justice, so I refer you to her official website (http://allaboutmae.com), the Turner Classic Movie Database entry for a fully fleshed out retrospective on her life. For my piece, I have decided to pick up a few career highlights as well as dedicate a section to some of my favorite quotes from her.

The former vaudeville star made a seamless transition from the Broadway stage to film, where she entertained audiences and challenged conventions of femininity and sexual mores, most notably through her provocative turns of phrase.

Born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York to a former prizefighter father and fashion model mother, she seemed destined for stardom at an early age. By age of 14, she was a staple of the vaudevillian circuit. She ultimately decided to take a turn on Broadway. West wrote several plays – the first, titled, Sex, (which she also wrote, produced and directed) led to her arrest for “corrupting the morals of youth.” A year after the arrest in 1928, Mae West scored a bona fide hit in the form of the play Diamond Lil, all about a woman living during the Gay Nineties.

A few years later, Hollywood came a calling and she signed a contract with Paramount Pictures. Her motion picture debut was at age 38 in Night After Night, costarring George Raft. It was in this film that she quipped (go to the 40 second mark of the clip):

The next year saw her reprise her Diamond Lil character in She Done Him Wrong a movie that featured the then unknown Cary Grant and was the first high profile role in his career. The success of the film brought Paramount back from the brink of bankruptcy and was matched in her next film (and second on-screen pairing with Grant), titled I’m No Angel, the most commercially successful film of West’s career.

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Over the next few years, and with the institution of the Production Code, West battled constantly with the powers that be that wanted to curb the more suggestive elements they saw in her projects. One of her last major roles was in the 1940 feature My Little Chickadee, costarring W.C. Fields. It was a film marked by their mutual dislike for one another.

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By 1943, her film career stalled and she would not return to the big screen until 1970, with the release of Myra Breckinridge, which starred Raquel Welch. Her final screen appearance came in 1978’s Sextett.

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Notable Quotables

In her relatively brief on-screen career, it would appear that Mae West definitely lived by her own words You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Below I have chosen some additional funny quips and double entendres (Source: All About Mae):

  • When I’m good I’m very good but when I’m bad I’m better.
  • It’s not the men in my life that counts – it’s the life in my men.
  • I go for two kinds of men, the kind with muscles, and the kind without.
  • Too much of a good thing… can be wonderful.
  • I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.
  • Marriage is a fine institution but I’m not ready for an institution.
  • I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
  • It’s better to be looked over, than overlooked.
  • I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself.
  • I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor… believe me, rich is better.
  • It’s hard to be funny…when you have to be “clean.”
  • She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success…wrong by wrong.
  • When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better.

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Be sure to check out some of the other awesome ladies highlighted in this wonderful blogging event!

Funny Lady Blogathon

 

My Favorite Moments in Fashion, Hollywood Style

It is my honor to participate in this lovely blogging event (“Fashion in Film Blogathon”), hosted by Angela at The Hollywood Revue. Be sure to check out her blog to read more contributions!

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These are moments when I saw what was on the screen and totally wished that were me looking all elegant, sophisticated or just downright put together in a fashion ensemble. What I have assembled is a bit of a hodgey-podgey collection of clothing that I find either absolutely fabulous but in all likelihood would not wear, for a variety of reasons to fashions I can easily see myself slipping into.

 

AUDREY HEPBURN  Funny Face

So many fashion moments from her but alas I will just pick one. But I love the lithe, youthful vibe I get from her attire in this film.

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KEIRA KNIGHTLEY  Atonement

Definitely not meant for fuller figures but this dress is stunning.

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GRACE KELLY Rear Window

I love her style – classic, sophisticated personified. That is all …

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DREW BARRYMORE  Music & Lyrics

Granted the film is not up there with other screen gems (I did like it though), but I love Drew’s style in this film (and in life).

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AMANDA BYNES What a Girl Wants

To add this one to the list is to admit I have seen the film – more than once 🙂 In spite of the cheesiness of the film, I must give all dap to the costume designer. From the elegant frocks to the lovely relaxed, vintage (I SO still want that sarong), there is no denying that these are some well put together ensembles.

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Well these are some of my personal faves – what are yours?

Movie Jail Relay Race – the Lucky 13th Round

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Thanks to my movie bloggin’ buddy Ruth at flixchatter.net for including me in this really interesting meme. So far the following movie bloggers have participated in this event:

  1. My Film Views/The Focused Filmographer
  2. Cinematic Corner
  3. And So It Begins
  4. Surrender to the Void
  5. Cinematic Paradox
  6. The Cinematic Spectacle
  7. Being Norma Jean
  8. Defiant Success
  9. …let’s be splendid about this
  10. Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
  11. Aziza’s Picks
  12. Flixchatter

Here are my parameters:

It’s time to put some movie people in jail. The object is to give a prosecutor’s argument as to why these movie people belong in “Movie Jail” whether it be for violating the integrity of the content source of one their films, or being a sell-out, just making bad movies overall, getting worse as time goes on or not being in a good movie for many years.

The baton will be passed to another blogger who will have to do the following:

In order to free someone from Movie Jail they have to do 2 things
1 – Give a defense attorney argument defending the plaintiff
2 – Pay bail: the cost of which is another case for the court and a prosecutor’s argument against the actor/director of their choice that will replace the one set free.

There must always be 10 people in Movie Jail.

As it currently stands, the following folks are incarcerated:

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Michael Bay

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Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

 

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Raja Gosnell

 

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

 

Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips

 

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

 

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

 

Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger

 

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

 

 and lastly …NicCageMovieJail

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(added by Ruth)

Ruth – this is a sound choice! What makes his crimes so egregious is that early on he had so much talent (or at least we were told he did). He has does nothing but cash in on that earlier praise to turn in what can only be described at best mediocre performances over the past 15+ years.

 

Person rescued by Ruth: Jennifer Aniston

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Ruth, again this is a sound choice and you make a very valid point in her defense. She is a thespian who definitely capitalized on her televisual success for a movie career – and has sure as heck stretched it for all it is worth. The result has been a couple of hits and several misses. Granted I am not a fan of hers but if anything she has sold-up, not sold out.

 

Unlucky 13 Indeed. Geez folks! You all have made this choice really hard for me. Most of these prisoners should be UNDER the jail not just in it. I was thinking Til Schweiger will get a reprieve. My reasoning is not the most thought out admittedly but it is the best I can come up with at this point. While I agree that anyone who terrorizes folks with subpar rom-coms on a constant basis is GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY. But I have not seen them since most of his crimes against cinema are not in my native language, so I will give him a pass (READ: Ignorance is bliss). But the blogger who selected him (at Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions) got me thinking in the world of the romantic comedy …

Lock’em Away and Throw Away of the Key. I must thank my little bro for this one. After much consideration I think I am going to go with Jennifer Lopez.

jlojail2 Why, you may ask? Well, after early box office promise from films like Selena and Out of Sight, the rest of her cinematic CV is littered with a set of films that I suppose were to make her a bona-fide American Darling. Yeah – didn’t work. This latest outing (released today) does her no favors either (although I am a kinda sorta Statham fan):

 

Oh yeah I almost forgot Gigli (how could I?).

 

I now pass the baton to Dan at Public Transportation Snob.

Small Roles… Big Performances (Chiwetel Ejiofor in Children of Men) + 1

I am honored to be participating in this blogathon (Small Roles … Big Performances), created by blogger Ruth at Flixchatter. Be sure to visit her site to check out her post as well as the postings of the other participants.


When I first approached this topic, one performance came to mind – Chiwetel Ejiofor in the dystopian Children of Men (2006). That is quite a feat – in a film where there are so many impactful supporting performances (Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Pam Ferris to name a few), I selected Ejiofor’s because of all the roles I have seen him in over the years (not enough for my liking), this is the the most deviant and surprising one.

As always, I strongly encourage you to check out this film for yourself and decide for yourself – way back in 2007, I dedicated a blog post to this film.

If you are so inclined, check out this video (WARNING: It does contain some integral plot elements, either that or you will just be a tad confused about all the talk about “The Human Project”).

 


But wait – there’s (one) more …

As I was making my shortlist for this post, my mind was flooded with actors and performances from yesterday and today that deserved some notice. So, as I conclude my post, I would like to mention the performance of a personal favorite of mine, Thelma Ritter; watch this clip of her memorable performance in Pickup on South Street to see what I mean:

 

 

 

7 x 7 Time

Many thanks to Ruth of Flixchatter fame for passing along one of what I like to call the “getting to know you” memes 🙂 This one is the 7 x 7 Link Award.

The 7 x 7 Award highlights a blogger’s favourite pieces of work and is passed on to others so that they too can do the same as a way to promote posts and/or blogs.

 

So without further ado …

1.Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

When I was young I dreamed of being a prodigious child athlete. First sport = gymnastics and then tennis.

 

2. Link to one of the posts that I think best fits the following categories

a. Most Beautiful Piece.

I don’t know so much about ‘beauty’ in the aesthetic sense, but the piece I wrote in dedication to my dad on what would have been his 65th birthday (he died less than two months shy of it in May 2010) was one that came straight from the heart and I hoped adequately represents what he means to me … he was (and remains) one of my best friends.

 

b. Most Helpful Piece.

The piece I did this year for Mothers Day when I asked my mom what some of her favorite films were. This piece made me realize that my mom and her movie selections have definitely left a lasting impression upon me and also informed the films that I have come to appreciate over the years. So in essence, it helped me understand myself a little bit better.

 

c. Most Popular Piece.

In terms of straight-up page hits = Tudors on Film

 

d. Most Controversial Piece.

I purposely try to steer away from controversy because I am afraid of offending people but I guess one that I debated going through with an posting was my overlooked piece on the film Coco Avant Chanel. Mainly because subsequent to seeing the film, I found out more than I wanted to know concerning the legendary fashion designer.

 

e. Most Surprisingly Successful Piece.

(Again based on page hits) My dedication to Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the time of her passing. This was another impromptu mental dump where I just wanted to give a straight, personal cinematic assessment of her life and work.

 

f. Most Underrated Piece.

One of my earlier (and quite frankly poorly written) pieces from way back in 2007 about Children of Men. It is for films like this (especially at the time) that I was inspired to discuss my love of film.

 

g. Most Pride-Worthy Piece.

My piece on moral obligations in filmmaking. If only for the reason that I think it is the piece I spent the most time contemplating and trying my  best to present a well reasoned and  balanced argument on the subject.

 

3. Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Yvette at in so many words …

Sergio at Tipping My Fedora

Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club

Candice at Reel Talk

Dan of PT Snob

Newlywed Pete of I Love That Film

Dawn of Noir and Chick Flicks

 

 

Liebster Award

I have been slacking lately … as such I only recently received a pleasant surprise. This evening I noticed I received a ping from my Twitter – that I have been selected to participate in a really cool blogging activity. Thanks Dan of Public Transportation Snob for awarding me such an honor – hope I do ya proud!

 

The rules are quite straightforward:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
6. NO TAG BACKS

 

Let’s get this party started!

 

11 THINGS ABOUT ME

1. I am aiming for the “non-participant” Grand Slam

So far I have been to the US Open (home state), Roland Garros (Paris) and Wimbledon (London). Now all I have to do is book my trip to Melbourne. Obviously it will take a lot of advanced planning and resources, but this is definitely on my bucket list.

 

2. If I got a do-over …

I long for the ability to sing; I love the idea of your being a harmonious instrument.

 

3. I am a YouTube addict

Whether it is watching clips of things that are likely on the wrong side of the law, watching interviews of some of my favorite stars or reading the often HILARIOUS user comments, I have spent an unnecessary (unhealthy) number of hours on the internets. However the one thing I try to avoid are fanvids, for reasons best known to myself.

 

4. Twice a year I watch the Twilight Zone marathon

It never fails – I have seen them over and over again and I still cannot get enough of it. I think it is because it is a family tradition passed on from my father.

 

5. Takes a while for me to get through a book …

As much as I am an appreciator of all things literary, I am NOT the world’s voracious reader. In fact the longest it has taken me to read one book (not-continuously of course) is about 3-4 years and the book was East of Eden. The shortest period of my book reading life came courtesy of J.K. Rowling. I read all seven books in a matter of weeks.

 

6. Most “embarrassing” song on my iPod (other devices are available)

The Promise by Girls Aloud. There – I said it.

 

7. I was never a fan of Titanic.

I did not see it when it was released in the cinema, paid $10 for the VHS back in the day and I think I watched it through a total of one time.

 

8. I LOVE Drew Barrymore

Not only is she a screen presence, but she seems to be enjoying getting her hands into many pots – whether it is producing a film or even directing one.

 

9. I used to hurdle … way way back in the day

Ask me to do it now and I will end up on the floor in hysterics!

 

10. I don’t drink coffee

Frankly I cannot stand the stuff. As an alternative, I opt for hot chocolate in the mornings (but not every morning).

 

11. I love music so much so I plan on learning (at some point) how to play the guitar.

The goal: be able to play some good ole rock and roll!

 

 

MY QUESTIONS (COURTESY OF DAN)

1. What’s the best movie of 2012 so far?

Don’t know if I can declare an absolute best so far but the ones that I favored included TDKR and The Avengers each for their own reasons.

 

2. What’s the worst movie of 2012 so far?

The worst film thus far is a film I screened at the Tribeca Film Festival; it was called Caroline and Jackie. I think it was meant to be a somewhat serious film with the odd plot twist, but most of us in the screening just ended up laughing hysterically at some of the more ‘dramatic’ scenes. What was so disappointing was that I was kinda looking forward to it.


3.What is your favorite band or artist?

Not the most fair of questions because I like so many with great zeal. But I figure if you were to ask my friends and family, they would say U2. But I will put a punt in for Eric Clapton.


4. What’s your opinion on singing karaoke?

LOVE IT.


5. Spike Lee: Overrated or underrated?

I will answer it this way. His best work (25th Hour especially) seem to go unheralded when compared to his more high profiled work, which of course have their merits but there have been the odds bit here and there that I would have excised from the final piece (eg., the end ofMalcom X).

 

 

 

6. Although he won’t admit it, does Tommy Wiseau realize that The Room is terrible?

The only thing I know about this film is that poster – no idea about the film. That is more than enough for me to avoid at all costs.


7. Beyond movies, what is your area of expertise for a trivia team?

Ooh that is a hard one … maybe the Impressionist movement?


 

8. What’s your favorite brand of cereal?

As a kid, Fruit Loops; as an adult, I love the Vanilla Almond Granola sold at Trader Joe’s.


9. Is The Tree of Life a brilliant movie, a self-indulgent mess, or somewhere in between?

No clue – STILL have not seen it.


10. Are you excited about the Olympics? If so, which competitions?

Yes I am; especially the tennis, soccer, and track and field events.


11. What’s the last movie that you watched?

Beasts of the Southern Wild. Review coming soon 🙂

 

Now it’s my turn: first, here are my questions:

  1. LOTR or Harry Potter?
  2. What’s the longest you have waited in line for a movie?
  3. Have you ever fallen asleep in a film? If so, which one?
  4. What was your first concert experience?
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  6. Any hidden talent(s)?
  7. Subtitles: Yea or Nay?
  8. What book would you like to be seen made into a movie?
  9. What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
  10. Have you ever snuck into a film without paying for it?
  11. What is your favorite silent film?

Exposition is encouraged but not required; feel free to be as brief as possible.

 

Lastly, here are the lucky 11 who I would like to answer those questions:

Sorry if you have already received such an invite; if so I still encourage you to participate no matter which set of questions you answer 🙂

 

 

Future Classic Movie: Hunger (2008)

First, I would like to thank Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club for asking me to take part in the blogathon, Future Classic Movies. Here is the Rule of Engagement:

The job is to predict at least one movie from 2000 to the present that will endure 30-40+ years into the future, much like CASABLANCA or GONE WITH THE WIND have done today. Bonus predictions could be who will be hosting on this channel and how will movies be delivered to the consumer (hologram, chip in the brain, etc.).

After much deliberation and back and forth, I have decided on Steve McQueen’s 2008 feature film debut Hunger. I have only seen it once and the experience had such an impact on me that I cannot imagine that this film will be forgotten by any and all who see it.

Simply stated this is an amazing debut for the Turner Prize winner; he handles the film with a level of confidence that you would expect in someone very experienced. For me this is a perfect example of cinema as an art form. Hunger features Michael Fassbender (in his breakthrough performance) and Liam Cunningham (The Guard).

The story is a very controversial one that centers on IRA member Bobby Sands (Fassbender), who along with his fellow imprisoned IRA members embarked on a hunger strike. This series of events would lead to Sands’ demise.

Not to diminish the political impact or significance of the events surrounding the film, but this is part of the reason that I feel the film will continue to be a source of debate in the decades to come.

As a work of cinematic art, McQueen uses very few words to tell us an emotionally charged story, often in disturbingly graphic detail, about the conditions the inmates placed themselves under. On a more esoteric level, the piece is on a statement on the lengths an individual (or group of individuals) will go to for a set of convicted beliefs. McQueen also manages to tow the fine line of not necessarily taking sides with the issue. In fact, in the film’s only dialogue – heavy scene between Sands and Liam Cunningham’s priest’s demonstrates the fine line between passion, conviction and irrational fervor.

My Movie Year (Another Movie Meme)

Courtesy of the folks over at Fandango Groovers, I have been presented with the following challenge – pick a year, any year, since the birth of cinema that I consider “the best” and select my top 5 from that year.

NARROWING DOWN …

… was a difficult task. I figure that, outside of the silent cinema era, I can pick at least 5 films from almost every year that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

So I have devised a rather random calculus – first, I went to my list of 100 Must See Films (in real need of being updated, BTW) and focused on the years which cropped up most frequently on the top part of the list (numbers 1-60). The following years appeared most often: 1995, 1959, 1955, 1948, with each year producing three titles.

So for the tie-break, I looked at the wider list of films released in each respective year and counted the number of films seen in that year. 1995 produced the longest list of films of note in my opinion.

THE SHORTLIST

With that very nerdy explanation behind us, I present to you my 1995 shortlist:

  1. Die Hard With a Vengeance
  2. Se7en
  3. Sense and Sensibility
  4. The Usual Suspects
  5. Casino
  6. Before Sunrise
  7. Circle of Friends
  8. Clueless
  9. Devil in a Blue Dress
  10. French Kiss
  11. A Single Girl
  12. Strange Days
  13. 12 Monkeys
  14. A Walk in the Clouds
  15. While You Were Sleeping

This does not include the handful of films that I have yet to see that I know I must:

  1. Toy Story
  2. La Heine
  3. Safe

To prove further why 1995 was simply awesome, here are those films I have seen, enjoyed but the simply did not make the top 15:

  1. Apollo 13
  2. Hackers
  3. Bad Boys
  4. Braveheart
  5. Leaving Las Vegas
  6. Crimson Tide
  7. Circle of Friends
  8. Before Sunrise

AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE

So without further ado, here are the My Top 5 of 1995.

  • Se7en

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • The Usual Suspects

  • While You Were Sleeping

Please be sure to visit FANDANGO GROOVERS to check out what others have declared as their favorite “movie year.”

Classic Film Survey!

Rianna over at Frankly, My Dear, has put together a Classic Film Survey for the month of February. This has been a fun exercise as it has given me the opportunity to come ‘home’ to where my love for cinema began – with the classics.

For your consideration …

 

1. Favorite classic Disney?

2. Favorite film from the year 1939?

3. Favorite Carole Lombard Screwball role?

Don’t have one, unless you count To Be or Not to Be which I don’t because it did not really ever descend into pure screwball zaniness.

4. Favorite off screen couple? (It’s ok if it ended in divorce.)

No brainer ….

5. Favorite pair of best friends? (i.e: Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford)

Josephine Baker and Grace Kelly – Not sure if they were the ‘BESTEST’ of friends, but ever since an encounter in NYC early in Grace’s career, they remained dear friends until the end of Josephine’s life. At the time of Baker’s death, Princess Grace secured her burial in Monaco.

6. Favorite actor with a mustache?

7. Favorite blonde actress?

8. Favorite pre-code?

9. Which studio would you have liked to join?

10. Favorite common on screen pairing that SHOULD have gotten married?

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11. Favorite I Love Lucy episode?

12.  Out of these actresses which one do you like best: Lucille Ball, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Greer Garson, Grace Kelly, or Katharine Hepburn?

I can only pick one? Shucks – I guess I will have to go with Grace Kelly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Well I’ll a little cheat … the photo below is of Grace Kelly AND Audrey Hepburn 😉

13. Shadowy film noir from the 1940’s or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950’s?

14. Actor or actress with the best autograph (photo preferred).

15. A baby (or childhood, or teenage) photo of either your favorite actress or actor (or both, if you’d like).

Joan Fontaine