"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Would You Rather: Classic Movie Edition

Hello, everybody!

Cordy at Any Merry Little Thought is hosting a Month of Classics Blog Party!
She has come up with this would you rather game, so I am doing it! Of course.
Would You Rather: Classic Movie Edition:

~Would you rather dance with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?~

Hm... that is so hard! I'm taller than Gene Kelly, so maybe Fred Astaire? But, all of Fred's dances look so complicated. Ahh, so hard!!!!
Okay, I've decided on Gene Kelly, because dancing with him I'd have "Dignity. Always dignity."
With Fred Astaire, this would be me:

~Would you rather star opposite Cary Grant or Gregory Peck?~
Cary Grant! And it would be in a comedy, of course. Because he is hilarious!

~Would you rather be serenaded by Howard Keel or Bing Crosby?~
I think I have seen only one movie with Howard Keel, so Bing Crosby. I have been listening to Bing as long as I can remember. I think my grandpa actually knew Bing, but I'm not certain.

~Would you rather share an airplane ride with Danny Kaye or Donald O'Connor?~

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! How in the world can I answer this??? Why did you do this to me, Cordy!?

*sigh* I guess I have to pick. Just give me a minute.
Donald O'Connor, because he would "Make 'em laugh". I know, I know, two quotes from the same movie in one post? It's my favorite movie of all time! Also, Donald O'Connor and I both have blue eyes, not that that has anything to do with being on the same airplane.

~What classic movie outfit would you steal?~ (No you cannot say all of them! ;))

Steal? Couldn't we bargain? No? Okay then.

Hmm... the first dress we see Truly Scrumptious in, the blue and white one.
Sorry I couldn't find any full length pictures!
Sigh, I just realized that this blog party is featuring movies from 1930-1965. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was made in 1968. Oh bother. I guess I'll go with the first dress we see Sabrina in (Sabrina [1954]).(This was the hardest question, Cordy!!!)

~Would you rather be cast in a classic noir film or a classic western?~

Noir! I have always loved mysteries, and in westerns there can be mysteries, but you get to sneak around and be in the shadows in noir films. Hmm, but you get to ride horses in westerns... I'm sticking with noir.
To tell the truth I have seen more classic westerns than noir films.

~Would you rather go on a shopping spree with Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly?~

Audrey Hepburn! Of the top of my head I don't think I have seen anything with Grace Kelly, let me go check. I was right.
I don't really like going on shopping sprees, but it would be fun with Audrey!

~Would you rather solve a mystery with William Powell or Myrna Loy?~

WHHATT!!!!!!?????? BOTH OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NO OTHER ANSWER!!!!
I can only pick one!?? Why!!?? I guess I'll have to go with Myrna because she would find ways to get rid of me, but she might sneak off if I thought something was too dangerous. The answer remains both.

~Would you rather imitate Jimmy Stewart's voice in front of Jimmy Stewart, or imitate Maureen O'Hara's "temper" in front of Maureen O'Hara?~
My sister is actually pretty good at imitating Jimmy Stewart, so if we did it together he would probably laugh at how bad I am.


This game was so much fun to do! Thank you so much, Cordy!

Please go check out all the Classic movie fun at Any Merry Little Thought.

Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August is #AMonthWithoutTheCode: hosted by PEPS

Hello, again!
Last month, Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS) hosted, #CleanMovieMonth to celebrate the Production Code Administration. The challenge was to watch only movies made in the Breen era (1934-1954). (If you could help it). Here is how I did.

Now...
Click HERE to read the original announcement.
The idea: This month, to show how much better movies are with the Code, we are not watching any Code movies (If you can help it).

My goal: Try to watch more non-Code movies, than Code movies. I will have a wrap-up at the end of the month to show you how I did.

What about you? Are you going to participate?


MovieCritic

Monday, August 6, 2018

#CleanMovieMonth: Wrap-up

Hello!
July was #CleanMovieMonth. A huge, huge thank you to Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS) for hosting it! Please check out their wrap-up post with a summary of all the movies they reviewed in #CleanMovieMonth!

 My goal was that at least more than half of the movies I watched were in from 1934-1954. Let's just say I didn't do the best.

Total movies: 8
1934-1954: 4
Others: 4

Here are my thoughts on them, and if they were in Code.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
(Well, to be fair, I watched this and I thought that I was watching a Code movie, because I thought the dates were 1934-1956, instead of 1934-1954. So, I was trying!)
My first Alfred Hitchcock movie... I liked it. Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day do amazing jobs.  It was nice to listen to the Oscar winning song, "Que Sera Sera".
In Code?: There were some graphic deaths, but besides that, I think this is pretty "in-Code".

Ah, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Read my review to see what I thought of it.

The Thin Man (1934)*
*This was my only complete re-watch of the whole month. I watched because I thought, "Hey, 1934 was in Code!" Well, not the whole year. I think this one was before the Code. The mystery is great, William Powell and Myrna Loy go excellently together.
In Code?: Didn't I just answer this? I think the Code could have improved this one just a little bit.

The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Well, I didn't mean to see this. "What? How can you go to a movie theater and not mean to see the movie?" you ask. Good question.
My mom and I were going to go see Oceans 8. We had been waiting all day for it. We get there and the theater is not playing Oceans 8, it's playing The Incredibles 2. This was particularly annoying because I had gone to the theater earlier that week to make sure that they were going to play Oceans 8. They told me they were going to! Anyway, since we had been waiting for a movie all day, we just watched it anyway.
I really enjoyed it. I have never been a fan of The Incredibles, but this sequel was awesome.
In Code?: I would say so.

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
I actually really liked this. It was really funny, and it was an hour and a half well enjoyed.
In Code?: Uh, maybe? It deals with people trying to kill someone.

Read my review to see what I thought of it.

Follow the Fleet (1936)
Eh. I watched this for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and they were good. But the rest of it... eh.
In Code?: I guess, but there seemed to be too much kissing.

Forrest Gump (1994)
What did I think of it? Um... Forrest Gump is a sweetheart. Besides that... I did not like this. It won Oscars? Hh..how? Why? I just don't get it.
In Code?: Definitely no, and I think it would be sssoooo much better if it was.

And I watched bits of:
Eloise
The Phantom Menace
The Music Man
From Here to Eternity
Fantasia

Well, at least half of the movies I watched were in Code! Sort of. I don't watch that many movies in the summer, and I was gone for a bit. I had fun and I really hope to do this again next year!

Please tell me any thoughts you have on these movies!

MovieCritic

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Movie Review: Let's Dance (1950)

Hello!
Today happens to be the second day in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon!
This is hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Love Letters to Old Hollywood!

To celebrate this, I am reviewing Let's Dance (1950). I have to say, one of elements of this movie I have seen before and it is not my favorite. This movie is also very cringy and cheesy, but despite all those things, I found myself laughing out loud more than I would have thought. Overall, I enjoyed it.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Let's Dance (1950):
In order to escape a life that is overbearing and gloomy, a widow runs away with her son to New York. There she finds an old time friend who helps her get a job, but the boy's great-grandmother insists that he be brought up with her.
Genre: Musical
Length: approx. 110 minutes.
Costumes: 7, some were a little too short or low, but I really like the others.
Script: 10, no bad words that I recall.
Crew:

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Produced by: Robert Fellows
Written by: Allan Scott
Based on: Little Boy Blue - by Maurice Zolotow
Starring:

Fred Astaire as Donald Elwood

Betty Hutton as Kitty McNeil
Ruth Warrick as Carola Everett
Lucile Watson as Serena Everett
Gregory Moffett as Richard Everett
Roland Young as Edmund Pohlwhistle
Harold Huber as Marcel
Barton MacLane as Larry Channock
Shepperd Strudwick as Timothy Bryant
Melville Cooper as Charles Wagstaffe
George Zucco as Judge Mackenzie
Peggy Badley as Bubbles Malone
Virginia Toland as Elsie
Cinematography: 9, the dance scenes are really great!
Cinematography by: George Barnes
Music: 8, during the Jack and the Bean stock scene, I was laughing the whole time. It was great.
Music by: Robert Emmett Dolan
Quotes: 9.
Storyline: 7, there is death, smoking, drinking, suggestive things, and that one element I mentioned about.
Good For: whoever needs a laugh.
Overall Score: 7.5.

Thank you so much for hosting this, Crystal!

MovieCritic

P.S. I thought I had published this. Turns out I didn't. Sorry about that!!!!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Two Years Ago ~ Movies Meet Their Match

Hello everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is utter craziness. On July 19th, 2016 it happened. I cannot believe two years have passed since I set up that crazy blue movie blog (later my sister made me change to background to something more movie like). I won't tell you the story of how it happened, because you probably already know. If not, read my post from last year.
*sigh*
But, you can't have a post from me without a story. Here is something I do not think I told you.
I set up my blog, and made a quick post (I had to link it, but please don't read it... it's pretty bad...) then I turned my computer off. I quickly turned it back on to see if I had any views. (Like I would have a change after five minutes. Not.) Seeing nothing I turned it off. I got my sisters and showed my unprofessional blog off to them. Turned it off. A few minutes later the lights in the house went off. We had a power outage for three hours. (Just to clarify, it was not my fault.) But I had just set up this blog and had tons of ideas and I couldn't do anything! Luckily my family and I had an awesome picnic.
Waiting...waiting...waiting...
Stats:
38 followers (wow, so far 19 a year! Love it!) Thank you so much for supporting this little blog. I really appreciate it!
16,076 page views all time. (!!!! I cannot believe this!!!!!)
181 posts (182 counting this one!)
Most popular post: Imaginary Review: a later Wizard Of Oz (1941) [why this one?]
Comments: I have lost count.... Blogger has lost count.... everyone has....
Viewed by:
United States - 8672
Russia - 1997
France - 725
Netherlands - 503
Ukraine - 476
Canada - 385
Germany - 304
China - 169
Portugal - 162
Philippines - 111
That's a lot!
Changes:
Since the start, things have definitely changed in my reviewing process. Let's take a look:
(Black is what I originally said, changes last year are in green, and changes this year are in blue.)
MOVIE EXAMPLE: Everything is either 1-10. 10 is the best.
Disclaimer
Some kind of movie.
(I also might have some history on the movie or book.) The movie plot.
Genre:
Length:
Costumes: 6
My favorite:
Script: 4
Crew:
Directed by:
Produced by:
Written by:
Actors: (Starring:) 9
Cinematography:
Cinematography by:
Music:
Music by:
(If I think there could be better actors I will put them here.)
Good Quotes: "And I keyn't stan' 'em." (Sorry, I couldn't find any other way to get the accent right.)
Notes:
Storyline: 2 ( I really like it to be original or if they are doing something based on a book, I will rate it on how close to the book it is.)
Good For:
Overall Score:

And for books pretty much the same but with:
BOOK EXAMPLE: 1-10. 10 is the best.
Disclaimer
Book name.
Plot
Genre:
Characters: 7
(I will probably list my favorite)
Words: 3
(I like authors who use lots of words.)
Quotes:
Storyline: 9
(This is completely based on how I liked it. Tell me your opinion too!)
Good For:
Overall Score:
Pretty much the same.
I'm so happy I could dance around the room!
About Moi ~ currently:
I am (re-)reading:
Anne of Green Gables - by L. M. Montgomery
I am watching:
As it is #CleanMovieMonth, movies from 1934-1954. (Well, I'm trying anyway.)
Top 5 Favorite books:
Anne of Green Gables - by L. M. Montgomery
Holes - by Louis Sachar
Pride & Prejudice - by Jane Austen
The Hobbit - by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pax - by Sara Pennypacker
Top 5 Favorite movies:
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
STAR WARS IV: A New Hope (1977)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Son of Monte Cristo (1941)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Well, I think that is about it. Just to let you know, my sister randomly chose Meet Me in St. Louis and An American in Paris for the images.
Ta-ta! That's all folks!
Thank you so much for reading! (For two years!)

MovieCritic

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July is #CleanMovieMonth: hosted by PEPS

Hello!

I know that we are already 12 days into July, but I am just popping in shortly to tell you all about:
This event is hosted by Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS)!
The idea:
From 1934-1954 the Motion Picture Production Code was in place. We want to bring it back! So, all of July you want to watch only (or the majority) of movies from this era.

To get all the details, please go check out PEPS post.

I am going to try to do this. I have already watched a few that were not in that era, but from now on (sorry... I can't stop the song ques...) in July I will watch only movies from 1934-1954.

What about you? Will you try to watch one or two movies that were made while the Code was in place?

MovieCritic

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Movie Review: Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Hello everyone!
Do you know what happened on Sunday? The amazing Olivia de Havilland turned 102!!!! Isn't that incredible!? Because of her I am participating in a blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies!
In her honor, I will be reviewing a movie (okay, that was obvious.). I watched this specially for this blogathon, and I have some mixed emotions...

Let's get to it!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Santa Fe Trail (1940):
Some West Point graduates get into trouble and are sent down to Kansas to help settle things so the construction of the railroad to Santa Fe can continue. One of the soldiers, Bob Holliday, is happy because that is where he is from. His sister, Kit Carson, catches the eyes of two of the soldiers who playfully see who can win her. But the abolitionist John Brown is on the move and no one is sure of what the right thing to do is.
Genre: Period Drama, Romance, Adventure, Biography.
Length: approx. 110 minutes.
Costumes: 9, nothing bad and we have some great period pieces!
My favorite is the one in the middle.
Script: 8, I am in a hurry to get this posted while it it still the 3rd, but I will add the quotes tomorrow.
Crew:
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
Written by: Robert Buckner
Starring:
Errol Flynn as J. E. B. "Jeb" Stuart.
Olivia de Havilland as Kit Carson Holliday.

'"I thought two years in Boston would make a lady out of you."
"So did I, it just popped out."'
Ronald Reagan as George Armstrong Custer (first Ronald Reagan movie I've seen!).
Raymond Massey as John Brown.
Van Heflin as Carl Rader.
Alan Hale as Tex Bell.
Guinn Williams as Windy Brody.
Gene Reynolds as Jason Brown.
Henry O'Neill as Cyrus K. Holliday.
William Lundigan as Bob Holliday.
Alan Baxter as Oliver Brown.
Cinematography: 7, nothing spectacular.
Cinematography by: Sol Polito
Music: 7, nothing spectacular.
Music by: Max Steiner
Notes: I am always surprised at the depth of the movies Miss de Havilland was in. You think, "Oh, just Olivia de Havilland movie." You think it will just be a light watch (At least that is what I think).
Mais no.
There is a deeper meaning, something that leaves you thinking. This movie is no different, it is deals with a really big subject. This movie is set pre-Civil War. All the characters are trying to figure how to work with the tricky subject of slavery. Some make rash actions, some mock others, some sit and think. Because we don't have slavery anymore it is hard to think that it could have been a hard decision, but this movie shows it was.
Quotes: 9, I am in a hurry to get this posted while it it still the 3rd, but I will add the quotes tomorrow.
Storyline: 6, There is death, fighting, smoking, drinking, and slavery.
Overall Score: 7.

As you can see I still have to put up all the quotes I "snatched" from the movie, but it is almost midnight and I need to get this up on the 3rd!

Big thank you to Crystal and Laura for hosting this! Please go check out the other entries!

MovieCritic