Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movie of the Week

Mr.& Mrs. Smith

Not at all the action packed movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This movie is a hilarious comedy directed by the master of macabre Alfred Hitchcock. It is a little surprising that Hitchcock actually directed a comedy but he did and it truly does work.

Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard play David and Ann, a married couple who find that their marriage isn't valid. Of course Ann is upset by this and declares that they can no longer be together. This declaration sparks a few hilarious actions by David in an attempt to get her back.

Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard have great chemistry together and the comedy never stops. This is truly one of the best movies I have recently seen. I never wanted to see it for the sole reason that it was a comedy but since I have recently discovered a fascination with Robert Montgomery's amazing talent I gave it a chance. A well chosen chance too. I recommend this movie to anyone. Give it a watch, you won't regret it.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Photo Of The Month

From the 1945 film Love Letters...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ol' Blue Eyes

Frank Sinatra was a man with many names,one of them the unforgettable Ol' Blue Eyes...

Sinatra's success and career is both incomparable as it is enduring with each passing year. The songs he has made are classics unable to be reproduced with the original ingenuity and vivacity when first composed.

With such songs as The Way You Look Tonight, Fly Me To The Moon and, my absolute favourite, the theme from New York, New York, Frank Sinatra has left an indelible mark on the hearts, and in the memories, of everybody worldwide!
What makes him an incredibly wonderful performer is his ability to give the audience what they undoubtedly want to hear.
His talent indulged us all from the first years until now.
Frank Sinatra will always remain an admirable figure often imitated but never rivaled, an unparalleled legend, an unforgettable classic...

Modern Day Dame

Though a fairly new actress on the scene, Emily Blunt doesn't fail to surpass the expectations of movie critics with every role she chooses. Since her first role as Isolda in the 2003 film Boudica, Emily has become known as one of this decades best actresses with her eclectic résumé and vast acting range. I know of no other modern actress whose beauty is so classic and acting so old Hollywood.
If you don't know her, you will come to find her unavoidable in the next few years with movies such as 2010's The Wolfman and Gulliver's Travels. You too will find Emily Blunt captivating as she is irresistible.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Movie Of The Week

How To Marry A Millionaire

An iconic movie that will give you a good time is perhaps better than a movie that's all about a good story. But when you find a movie that blends the two wonderfully it easily becomes movie heaven. Especially when that movie offers the acting services of Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and of course Marilyn Monroe. This movie, from the beginning, is a hilarious 95 minutes with some of the most beautiful sets, and women in the world.

Schatze, Loco, and Pola are three New York models who buy an apartment with the intentions of finding wealthy men to provide lavish lifestyles. They say they don't care for true love only for the money any man could provide. This motive is of course news for trouble in any movie and what sets out is a laugh filled adventure as we follow the mission of these three women.

Schatze is perhaps the most serious of the three, played wonderfully by Bacall. She meets a reporter named Tom Brookman(Cameron Mitchell) who is not her kind of man only because of the money she thinks he does not have but that doesn't stop her from spending time with him, despite her claims that she never wants to see him again! She does indeed fall in love with Tom but his lack of finance prevents her from being with him. Instead she decides to marry JD Hanley, an older millionaire. Will she decide on the money or on love?

Loco is a smart, sassy, and beautiful woman(Grable) who is having an affair with an older man. She starts off going up to stay with him but when he gets ill she soon meets a handsome forest ranger (played perfectly by Rory Calhoun). She falls in love with him but when he tells her that he has no money at all she must decide as well is all her previous intentions were better for her than true love.
Pola is the ditzy one of the three, whenever she is on screen there is always the guarantee for a laugh. Played hilariously by Marilyn Monroe, Pola is with a wealthy man but when he asks her to meet him in Atlantic City she boards the wrong flight due to her refusing to wear her glasses ( "you know, men are seldom attentive to girls who wear glasses."). While on the plane she meets Freddie, a man who is on the run from the law because of something he did to get his on money back ( he wears glasses too!). Pola's decision is the easiest of the three because she decides on him almost immediately.

How To Marry A Millionaire is a hilarious blend of love, gold diggers, and laughs. This movie will leave you satisfied with the experience, and will offer you a good time as well as a really good story. The actors are superb, the sets are glamorous. The movie is certainly one of the best comedies of all time and that's coming from someone who is often not interested in comedies! This movie will definitely not disappoint.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Favourite Gent Of The Day

Brooding, raw, honest... Unlike any other actor of his time, Marlon Brando didn't give to audiences with the desperate hope of approval or acceptance. He gave to satisfy his own acting wants and needs constantly defying expectations. It was as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire when Brando was first recognized - and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. However, it didn't take him too long to reach stardom. Leaving his mark on not only the female audience with his brooding good looks, the male audience was likewise taken with the actor and his unique rebel style as seen in the 1953 film The Wild One.

The image of Brando continues today. His reputation for being a bad boy, for being difficult to work with, for participating in numerous civil rights movements will always be at the heart of stories re-told. What he is best known for, in my opinion, is being unique, true to his method, intense and passionate. Marlon Brando will always live on through the years. Timeless, unforgettable, legendary...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Modern Day Gent

Tony Award winning actor Hugh Jackman first made a name for himself when he was cast as Wolverine in the 2000 film version of the famous Marvel comic books X-Men. Since then Jackman has become of of Hollywood's favored and sought after leading men.
I enjoyed his performance in the movie Australia in which he stars alongside Nicole Kidman. In it he portrays his character, Drover with great strength and honest leadership but also easily displays the gentleness of a man in love whenever it is he looks upon Lady Ashley in the film.
High Jackman has continued to fascinate Hollywood and movie-goers as the years go by. He fascinates them by being the type of leading man that can quickly and effortlessly attain the attention of the audience. He is undeniably a charismatic and greatly talented actor. He shall certainly be remembered as one of our modern era's most talented leading men.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Movie of the Week: Old Acquaintance

Old Acquaintance

A movie about the personal jealousies and complications between two old friends.
Millie Drake is a married woman with a baby on the way and her friend Kit Marlowe is a critically acclaimed, single author. Millie throws a party for her friend and by the end of the night she tells Kit that she has her own plans of becoming a published author, one who writes of romance, the kind of stuff the public loves. Over time she is published, making money, and becoming the kind of person every woman wants to be.
On the surface at least.
Kit tries desperately to tell Millie to change how she lives, to become again the wife of Preston, and be a mother to Dierdre. Millie pays no mind to her friends advice. We see immediately though that Millie's husband is lonely, upset that he cannot give his wife all the things she has, and that he is in love with Kit. Millie's daughter, Dierdre is extremely close with Kit who obviously loves her more than her own mother does.
Soon enough Millie's perfect life falls away. Her husband leaves her because he loves Kit who turns him away because of her friendship with Millie. Time wears on and over that time we see a flood of emotions and a dramatic world unfold on screen.
Bette Davis as Kit is tremendous as she portrays the loyal yet lonely character perfectly. Miriam Hopkins is stunning as Millie, conveying the emotions of a woman who has lost it all and yet refuses to admit to her own selfish foolishness.
The fact that Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis openly disliked each other makes this movie more than a pleasure to watch. Not only can you see them quarreling but you can also see a tenderness towards each other that only two truly great actresses can show.
It is a love story between two friends, displaying the complications and gentle love only two friends can share.
Everything in this movie is flawless. From the two superb leads, to the outstanding supporting cast, to the atmosphere and true emotions it creates. Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins at their best. Besides who wouldn't like to see Bette Davis calmly shake Miriam Hopkins and then leave with a small "sorry"?
Old Acquaintance is one of the best movies and gives us one of the best moments of all time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

T.V. Show Of The Month

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, introduced us to the macabre world within his mind when the premiere of this show aired in 1955. Every short story contains elements of horror, mystery, and even a bit of dark humor.

Many stars made appearances on the show including Bette Davis, John Cassavetes, Vincent Price, William Shatner, Robert Duvall, Burt Reynolds, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and Ed Asner.

The series ran for an unheard of 10 seasons with a total of 363 episodes. Time magazine listed Alfred Hitchcock Presents as one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".

Favorite Dame Of The Day

Rita Hayworth is best remembered for her role in the 1946 film Gilda where she played the title role. In it she played the type of character she had become known for which was that of the alluring temptress, the type of character that shot her to stardom. However, in her personal life it is said that she was known to be shy and modest.
And that shows what an amazing actress she was. It was her ability to transform into another person without any fragment of her true self left in front of the camera along with her exceptional beauty that shot her to stardom
Rita Hayworth is one of the most iconic movie stars of all time. And she shall always be remembered for her incredible talent and remarkable beauty. She shall always be remembered as the title Hollywood gave her, The Love Goddess.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Movie Of The Week: Sweet Smell Of Success

Sweet Smell Of Success

"I am tasting my favorite new perfume - success!"
This is my favorite line in the whole movie, the way Tony Curtis says it amongst all of his other lines. He sums up his hopes in his words but also the despair and near regret he feels after all he's done in the look in his blue eyes.
Sidney Falco(Curtis)-a press agent- is working for the admiration and success being on the good side of J.J. Hunsceker (Burt lancaster)-the manipulative broadway columnist who makes or breaks people- can bring.
Hunsceker has a problem, his little sister -who he is very protective of- has fallen in love with a guitarist he can't stand. His ways are always persuasive, yet his sister hasn't left this guitarist no matter how much he makes it known that he dislikes him. He enlists Sidney's help for the promise of Hunsceker's admiration. he has desperate ambition, which he loathes and yet loves also.
What unfolds is a spirl of immoral actions, regret, lies, and deceit.
The way that Tony Curtis so desperately searches for his ambition and ultimately finds himself commiting acts he never would, leaves me breathless. He easily captures the character in a way no one else would have. Burt Lancaster is perfect as he so easily manipulates and corrupts those around him. He does it almost without care. His only soft spot being the devotion he has for his sister. His sister who is played effortlessly by Susan Harrison.
This movie is one of my favorites because of the way it has a grittiness to it over the immoral and unjust ambition of some, and the tender , almost oblivious ways of the others. It shows the effects of sheer desperate ambition, doing whatever it takes to get ahead, and the result of holding people in the palm of your hand. It is a masterpiece. The lingo of the movie is unique, the way the actors effortlessly play out their roles is perfect. And the fact that Hunsceker is based on a true life columnist is astounding. It is one of the best movies I have seen. And it caught me all with the opening shot of New York City.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Modern Day Dame

It was as Rose in the 1997 James Cameron box office smash hit Titanic that landed the name Kate Winslet into the houses of American families nation wide. She is, by far, one of Hollywood's most talented actresses with her diverse roles in Heavenly Creatures, The Reader, Sense and Sensibility and Revolutionary Road. Kate Winslet prefers to keep us guessing with the enigmatic and compelling characters she portrays without leaving us uninterested.

Not only is she a very beautiful dame, Kate is also a devoted wife to Sam Mendes and mother of two children, Mia and Joe, so that puts her up on my list. I seriously am obsessed with her classic beauty and natural look. Kate Winslet will always be one of my favourite actresses.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Favourite Gent Of The Day

If there is one way to describe Laurence Olivier, it would be sophisticated, among other definitions, of course. This sophistication was manifested in every film he was in, in the way he spoke with that refined English accent, in his presence and the way he graced the screen with dignity and charisma.

Laurence Olivier was also irrefutably brilliant, able to quote Shakespeare's lines with ease as if he were merely thinking of them.

What always interests me about Laurence Olivier is his ability to bring you into the character's emotions by a single gesture or a tinge of pain, love, guilt or fear within those passionate eyes.
Laurence Olivier remains Hollywood's most talented actors, a thespian and artist, a creator of human emotions, an extraordinarily intense man, and, most of all, an entity whose persona is impossible to be replicated even after all these years, to this very day.