Wednesday, October 7, 2009

spur of the moment review

Don't worry: this isn't a new segment. I'll work on posting again in the next day or two about a good musical number (I have a few in mind). I just wanted to share a delightful discovery I made tonight: Midnight (1939) starring Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche. The first (and only) movie I'd ever seen of Don Ameche was Down Argentine Way (1940) which was a thorough disappointment, so I was a little wary to check out another of his films (a silly judgment, I know. I'll work on that). I've only seen Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934), which I love, but I didn't know enough of her other work to guess what to expect in this movie.

All this to say, Midnight completely took me by surprise. It is a wonderful film - the sort of film I wish I'd seen sooner. It's delightful from beginning to end. I watched it with my roommate and we had a very fun time trying to predict what would happen next. It turned out to be a pretty tricky game as there are some surprising twists throughout. (I challenge you to watch the movie and predict the twists correctly - excluding, of course, the happy ending because we knew that would happen) The movie had me laughing out loud and ended with me smiling quite contentedly.

I leave you with a quote and a picture. The quote is, surprisingly enough, hilarious in context. Just wait till you see it! (For the record, the quote and the picture do not necessarily go together)

"It was a simple case of alcohol poisoning. She'd had one highball too many. We found her in the gutter."

For the sake of discussion, what movies have you stumbled upon that turned out to be delightful?


  1. Sounds adorable! I'll have to see if I can get a hold of it...
    One pleasant-surprise film I can think of was "Mr and Mrs Smith." That Angelina Jolie! Just kidding. I meant the old one with Carole Lombard. It was hilarious and Ms. Lombard was exquisitely charming.

  2. Oh I know what you mean! I've seen that one - the Carole Lombard one, of course. Very cute and totally wacky (if I remember correctly)!

  3. I've been meaning to ask you if you like silent films? And if you can recommend any? I need to break out of only watching horror silent films.

  4. Can it be watched on Netflix??? Sounds intriguing...


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