Well. I have to admit I have given myself one of the worst headaches. Ever. But it was all worth it! I watched four movies yesterday: two on youtube and two on TCM.
LIBELED LADY (1936)
First of all, what a great cast. William Powell and Myrna Loy were already doing the Thin Man series, and Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy had worked together the year before on "Riffraff" (1935). And they all blended together wonderfully. It was really fun to watch, and even though I was watching it on Youtube on the tiny screen in low definition (ugh) I still laughed out loud at parts. Sorry this is so short...I just don't have that much to say about it? This was the first William Powell movie I've seen and he was surprisingly pleasant, though I still don't see his appeal as a leading man. Jean Harlow's acting left a little something to be desired at parts but, then again, there was a lot of dramatic build-up. I thought she should have been cast as Myrna Loy's character, but I don't think the studios were sure about her playing an upper-crust socialite. Myrna Loy always seems too demure, and housewife-ish to me. But the film was really funny and I would certainly watch it again.
God this headache...will someone please just crack my skull open instead of stabbing my brain from the inside?
So then, I was perusing around on Youtube and what do I find?
(I apologize for the lame poster...it was either this or nothing at all!)
So I see this film on Youtube, and I just had to watch it. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this but I'll say it anyway. Throw virtual tomatoes at me, whatever : this was the first Garbo/Gilbert film I've seen.
But I just have to say one thing first: Greta Garbo may have perfect features. And I mean perfect, as in not flawed, as it she's freaking GORGEOUS. Sorry if I'm repeating things you already know, but when she took off her veil, John Gilbert and I had the same face (only I wasn't looking at her in a "I want to make out with you and then have you coldly reject me" way).
And can I just say how much I want all of her clothes from this movie? Please. I would eat my own face for that^ dress and to look that good in it. Even though I would be faceless.
And John Gilbert! Wow, I was also surprised by him. In all the photographs I've seen of him in my TCM's Leading Men book, he just kinda looked...unattractive.
John Gilbert: Sexpot?
But John Gilbert definitely looks better on film than in photographs. And I totally got that "leading man" quality from him in the movie.
So the movie is based on Anna Karenina, and it seems to follow the book pretty well, except for two things:
It says on Wikipedia that Anna has a semi-incestuous relationship with her son and I didn't really get that in the movie. I mean, that was totally fine that they left that out but it didn't really come across to me in the movie.
2. The ending! I know there are supposed to be two endings, and the version I watched had the reunion. Does anyone know where I could find the suicide version?
But overall, really good silent film and in general.
HIGH SOCIETY (1956)
I have a lot to say about this film. First off:
I told my mother that I had watched High Society this morning and she said "Oh, isn't that a take off of The Philadelphia Story?" And I said yes and she said:
"OH, YOU KNOW I DON'T THINK I'VE SEEN THE PHILADELPHIA STORY."
WHAT?!?! Okay, my mother probably (hopefully) just forgot that she never saw The Philadelphia Story. I am so upset.
I still think the Philadelphia Story is better than High Society. Not just because it's the original, but because the musical numbers seemed really awkward and out of place, and I got so bored with them, I started to take my water breaks during them. I think the reason I didn't like the musical numbers were because they didn't help the plot or story move along in any way, and they just kept stalling the movie so Bing Crosby and/or Frank Sinatra could sing about something. They were just...random songs. But I did like the beginning with Louis Armstrong. I kinda wished he had sang all the numbers.
Let's talk about Grace Kelly. I've only seen her in one other movie:
Let's talk about The Swan for a little bit. It was, in one word, awful. The acting was: awful. The plot itself wasn't bad, but the whole movie just, was not good. I did think Grace Kelly was the worst out of all of them, but here is why. I felt sympathy for Louis Jourdan for his bad acting because he was just...so good looking. I mean, who wouldn't?
I also felt sympathy for Alec Guinness because he was the best actor out of all of them (which is not saying much). So I labeled Grace Kelly as the most overrated actress to ever walk across a movie screen.
BUT I WAS WRONG!
*flashy music* *thunder and lightning*
Grace Kelly...was actually really good. She was a very gifted comedic and dramatic actress. The best scene she was in would have to be when Tracy and Carolyn meet the reporters and pretend to be all hoity-toity. I enjoyed her acting a lot. She actually didn't have a bad singing voice either.
Bing Crosby's acting left something to be desired. He was kind of flat. And he and Grace Kelly did not look good together at all. There were parts when he looked shorter than her, and then he was taller, and it was so confusing.
And can I just say how good looking Frank Sinatra was?
And can we PLEASE talk about Celeste Holm?
WHY WERE YOU IN THIS MOVIE? I don't understand it! Couldn't they have chosen someone a little more...attractive? Sorry to Celeste Holm fans. I thought she was spectacular in All About Eve, and The Tender Trap (which I'm talking about next). But this part didn't really require a lot of acting, though she did bring a lot of real emotion to the part. But she just is not someone you want Frank Sinatra to end up with.
Overall, this was a pretty good movie, even though my Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide calls it "fluffy".
THE TENDER TRAP (1955)
Okay, this blog is way too long, so this last entry is going to be short. Frank Sinatra was good, Celeste Holm and David Wayne stole the show. Debbie Reynolds was really neurotic but she didn't have a bad singing voice. Okay movie, but it was really dated with the views about marriage and all that. "You're not fully a woman until you're married"...that line made me cringe.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Don't get arrested!
Not going to lie, a little nervous about my first post, though I'm more excited than nervous. But I think this idea is a good, yet somewhat tired, one. This is the only way I'm going to be able to share my obsession of movie with other people. I thought I would share my favorite movies. So here it goes!
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
I know this is probably the biggest cliche of classic movie lovers, but I stopped caring the sixth time I saw this movie. This really is one of my favorite movies.
My favorite part of this movie (comedy wise) is when Clark Gable is driving back from New York after he gets the thousand bucks from his boss, and he starts singing the way the guy who almost stole their bags was singing. That part really makes me laugh out loud. Another really funny part in this movie is in the beginning when Clark is on the phone with his boss, and he turns the conversation around after his boss hangs up, to make it sound like he won the argument. Oh, and Shapely! Believe you me, he was one of the best parts. And the sweetest part of the movie for me is when Claudette Colbert is still asleep, clutching onto Clark's jacket:
Two of my favorite actors!:D How could you not love this? And everyone did love it, because it cleaned out the 1935(1934? correct me if I'm wrong. I know the movie was made in 1934, but I think they won in 1935) Oscars, winning Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing, and Writing. Only two other films have gotten the "Big Five" to date. This is one of the only films I own on DVD, which is really saying something. Such a good film...
This was probably one of the first "classic" movies I ever saw. Gosh, I used to HATE old movies with a burning passion. When something in black and white would come onscreen, I would pretty much refuse to watch it or leave the room. Now, I watch so much black and white, the colorized things on TV seem especially bright. But that's off topic.
First of all, I would like to publicly ask why some people don't like Joan Fontaine? Why? What's wrong with her? She was a beautiful, talented actress. Would someone please explain it to me? I really just don't get it. This is my favorite movie of hers. Completely and totally. She played such a simp, and I physically cringe every time I watch the scene where she walks down the stairs in the outfit Rebecca wore for the ball. Oh God! What a ridiculously amazing scene. And Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers was the creepiest person I've ever seen in any role. Ever. Oh, and seeing her in Laura was the oddest experience ever. I spent the first 20 minutes trying to remember where I had seen her until I finally grabbed the computer and looked it up.
Oh, and who other than Laurence Olivier could have played the tortured Max DeWinter? God I love Laurence Olivier. And George Sanders was very amusing as Rebecca's cousin. I was so excited to see him in The Lodger! I really have to see more of his work.
My favorite scene visually would have to be when Manderley is burning. It's just so amazing. Another of my favorite scence would have to be when Mrs. Danvers is showing Joan Fontaine (they never name her character in the book or in the movie!) Rebecca's old things. It's just the creepiest scene. Judith Anderson was born to play that role. And the mole on her cheek completes it :) (not that she is not attractive! just playing Mrs. Danvers she really played up her flaws.)
Thirteen, with a burning passion for movies, inherited from my mother who is just as crazy as I am. I'm probably starting this blog at the worst time because school is starting in less than a week, but I've been reading everyone else's blogs about old movies and I thought I had to get involved somehow.
So, take it, mock it, love it, leave it, here's my less-than-flashy blog.