I love Mel Brooks’ sense of humor. It’s divisive and naughty, but always smart. This movie, co-written with Gene Wilder, is no exception. There are the obligatory naughty jokes, but there is a sense of heart and intelligence to this story, too. I love the scene where he gets the monster to dance on stage. It always makes me smile. This is one movie guaranteed to make me happy when I’m down.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
This time of year I like to watch holiday movies. Well, I like to watch them in July, too, but that’s another blog post. I love to watch holiday flicks, but there are a few I haven’t seen. There are lot I have and some I wish I hadn’t, but that happens. You have to watch them to know if they’re any good.
So this time around I decided to watch White Christmas. I’d seen some of the movie, but not all of it. The funny part is, when I saw the chunk, it made no sense.. . Trust me. It’s worth watching and worth seeing the whole movie. This isn’t one you can come into halfway through and know what’s going on.
I enjoyed it. The song and dance numbers are great and lively. The movie was the reason the song White Christmas became so popular and I can see why. Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby shine. Rosemary Clooney is awesome, too.
If you’re in the mood for a holiday movie and want something light, but fun, then this might be the one for you!
I decided long ago to start watching the classic movies . Why not? They are supposed to be great films. Why not watch them. So, the first one in this series of Classic Films is Citizen Kane. I’d never seen this film. I know, that seems crazy. Everyone quotes the famous line, “Rosebud.” It’s all over pop culture. So, I needed to see it.
I have to start by saying I was a tad confused by the film at the first. It sure seemed like two films in one. But once I really paid attention and drank in the lustrous situation, I really liked the film. Orson Welles has the grandeur of William Randolph Hurst nailed. The overwhelming home and property, the need for things, the need for beautiful women… having to have THE paper to end all papers. Yeah, the guy was a jerk–well, Kane was.
There is a lot of information in the film. Many places where one can’t be a casual observer. You have to pay attention. If you don’t have a lot of time or have to be doing something else while watching, then save this movie for later.
If you’re willing to give the time and patience to watching this movie, then Citizen Kane might be one for you. There is a lot going on, but it’s worth the viewing.
This week, I thought I’d watch yet another old movie, but this time I wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t as popular as other movies. The Heiress fit the bill. It’s certainly not one of Montgomery Clift’s best films. Olivia de Havilland stars in this picture about a woman in the mid 19th century who is about to inherit a lot of money and a home. She’s sheltered and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Her friends, mostly her father’s age, want to marry her off, but with a man of good standing. She meets Morris, a man of questionable standing and though she’s told not to fall for him, she does. He’s… he’s not a great guy, but he’s not bad. I never really got the hint that Clift’s character was a fortune hunter insomuch as he seemed more like a man struck with a nasty case of wanderlust. I think he loved de Havilland, but he had a strange way to show it.
Olivia de Havilland plays the dowdy woman well, but it seemed tired in this picture. Not like she was trying to act that way, but more like she’d phoned it in. There was almost no chemistry between de Havilland and Clift. I don’t think he enjoyed his role in the film, but it was a paycheck.
If you want a picture that shows a woman who is socially awkward, abused emotionally by her father and ignored by the social set…then this might be a film for you. If you want to root for the underdog and are willing to put up with an ending you can, yet can’t see coming…then this might be the film for you.