Friday, April 29, 2011

"I wouldn't kill you if you ran off with another woman... I might though."

Okay! So, last week's quote/lyric was from Anchors Aweigh, sung by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra and to be dreadfully honest, I don't know who wrote it. Sorry!! If anyone else does know, I will gladly edit it into this post.

Now, for this week's quote:

"I wouldn't kill you if you ran off with another woman... I might though."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Frankly, my dear

I'm currently reading Errol and Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen. I'll spare you the critique for the moment as a) I haven't yet finished and b) I have something else on my agenda. In reading this book, I've found myself reconsidering Gone with the Wind. I watched the classic in high school when some people told me I'd love it (mostly because they knew I liked old movies). Well, I watched it and hated it. I hated the characters, I hated the plot; the only character I liked died and I was just so mad! This isn't to say that I'd say it was a bad movie - quite the contrary; I will gladly agree that it is a masterpiece; I just don't care for it. Well, in reading about Olivia de Havilliand's experience in the picture, I've started to wonder whether or not I should give GWTW another chance. So, today, I wanted to make a list post on movies that I didn't particularly care for. Again, not saying they aren't good. Of course they're good. I just didn't like them very much.

Photo found here.

1. Gone with the Wind
2. An American in Paris
3. Gigi
4. The Searchers
5. Meet Me in St. Louis
6. Show Boat
7. To Be Or Not To Be
8. Once Upon A Honeymoon
9. Dodge City
10. Roman Holiday
11. The Wizard of Oz
12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Ok. Now, please don't... um... kill me. There's a perfectly good reason for each and every one of those movies. I like to think that I'm not alone in this... What about you? Are there any classics that you didn't particularly care for? Any of these you agree on?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

As a lady once said to a slave, "You are hardly in a position to have anything to say about it."

I don't know why she's complaining so much. Goodness knows I wouldn't mind.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"I is for the Irish in her smile."

Last week's quote was from Shall We Dance (1937). "Well to tell you the truth I don't know you well enough to tell you the truth." Good job, Erin and VKMfan for getting right!

Now, for this week's lyric post.

"I is for the Irish in her smile."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are!

Let me preface this with the fact that I really did not like this movie. At all. But the dancing is phenomenal.

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Well to tell you the truth I don't know you well enough to tell you the truth."

All right so last week's quote was from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, written by Richard and Robert Sherman, performed by David Tomlinson. "As the words sell the tune and the moonbeam the moon..." Well done, amz for getting it right!

Now, for our next quote:

"Well, to tell you the truth, I don't know you well enough to tell you the truth."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

There's gold in the moon

I know this is a favorite costume among classic film lovers, but I'm going to post an unoriginal sentiment with this fashion post.

How cute is Ginger's dress in Carefree?

I also love photos of composers so this photo has multiple layers of awesomeness: Ginger, Fred, Irving, dress!

I watched Road to Rio the other night and found a dress with similar sentiment. It's also super cute but in a totally different way. I'm definitely going to try and get this design on a shirt (maybe on a smaller scale though). [dress is shown at 5:17]

Photos found here and here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

So easy, I can say it!

Oh, how I love Danny Kaye. This is classic stuff.

Wow!! So sorry! I accidentally posted the wrong link. Here's the right one (hopefully!)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I just photograph well.

Here's a problem. I've only seen one Joan Crawford movie. I love her photos but I can hardly quote Dancing Lady every time I post one. The quotes will just have to be random, so you'll have to forgive. (You may or may not have noticed that almost all of my titles are quotes. It may be silly but I'm rather proud of how well I've maintained the pattern, so I hardly want to give it up now.

Friday, April 8, 2011

"As the words sell the tune and the moon beams the moon..."

Okay, so last month's quote was from Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

Okay! I'm adding a new element to quote posts. First of all, I'm going to endeavor (emphasis on the word endeavor) to do this every week again. I enjoy weekly posts and I think that quote posts are fun. So, I'm going to add an element to quote posts by alternating them with lyric posts. I'll post a line from a song and you tell me the song and the movie. Bonus points if you can say who sang the song or who wrote it! Okay? Here goes:

"As the words sell the tune and the moon beams the moon..."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Let's just call us "The Band You're About To Hear."

I haven't listed a modern film in my list of 100 movies in a while, so I'm going to do that this time around. I love movies that celebrate the past, which is one of the many reasons I love

#37 That Thing You Do (1996)

The basic storyline is pretty simple. Small-town band, The One-ders (later Wonders) make it big and rise to become teen sensations during the rock'n'roll age of the 1960's. Fame, of course, has its price and the band soon learns how hard it is to stay together when you're at the top. But don't worry, there's a decidedly happy ending and there are plenty of laughs throughout to keep this movie at its romantic and comedic best. I love this movie. I love the music, the costumes, the hair, the dialogue. It's so much fun! Tom Hanks directed, wrote, and starred in this film - which I think is pretty awesome. I love Tom Hanks (but then, who doesn't?).

If there's one thing I love, it's fake history. I think fake history is brilliant. It takes a lot of work to come up with storylines, bios, and random bits of detail to make the setting more real. This film is jam-packed with it. I was reading through the trivia listing on IMDb to see if there was anything interesting to share. It's incredible because the storylines of all the characters continue post-film-ending (there are even some bits in the soundtrack, just for good measure!). There are, apparently, tons of details that make it more believable within the context of the time period (for example, there's a commercial that plays at one point in the film that really aired at the time the movie takes place). And then, the similarities between the Wonders and the Beatles are incredible. It's all very thorough and pretty amazing.

I'm going to link to the list of trivia so you can peruse the details if you wish (I don't want to give away too many spoilers). But, of course, you do not have to catch all of these little details to enjoy the movie. It is, simply, a very entertaining and enjoyable film. So, now, for your viewing pleasure, I'm going to embed a music video from the film that acts as a sort of trailer as well. Enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's almost hoi-poloi-able

Everyone knocks this song (no pun intended... okay fine, pun intended), but I enjoy it. I think it's funny, quirky, and cute. Plus, some of the bathing suits/outfits are adorable! And who can resist a young Betty Grable?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Just look around until you've found someone who has a blue-gray fedora

I'm going to be ambitious. I'm going to try and do more posts every week. I know, it's pretty stupid for me to attempt this when I have a hard enough time doing 2 a week. But, I think that if I do all the short posts way in advance, then it would be okay. I just have to sit down for about a half an hour, knock out a whole slew of posts, and then at least I'm posting something every week. Otherwise, I just keep putting it off - even the short ones. We'll see how it works. It's worth attempting anyway. So, for now, I'm going to do photo posts every Sunday. Sound good? Photos are always fun. You may seem some repeats from previous posts. But they're such good photos, I hope you won't mind! Here we go.

Friday, April 1, 2011

"Look up at the moon! Never mind the moon. Never mind the moon!"

Yipes! I stumped the panel again! Okay, so the answer for last month's quote was "Godfrey." The quote was from My Man Godfrey. I had been watching it and so it was on my mind.

Okay, so new quote:

"Look up at the moon! Never mind the moon. Never mind the moon! Attract her attention! Cough!"