31 July 2009

Movies! Movies! Movies! and Gal of the Week

I'm going away to college soon, and still I've no idea which movies to take. I wanted at first to take my entire collection, but shudder at the thought of packing them away under my bed or something. They need to breathe. ;)

There are certain films in my possession that I view just once, but others I go to again and again-- even if I watch only certain scenes.

I wonder what the difference is, of those movies. Instead of analyzing it (which would probably be somewhat interesting but rather difficult and time-consuming), I'm going to make a list of some movies I can watch over and over again. Less interesting for you maybe, but infinitely more fun for me.

1) Auntie Mame

I don't know what it is about this movie (actually, I suppose I do-- Ros Russell)'s not my favorite film in the world, but it has this unique quality to it that makes it incredibly re-watchable. Which means it's grand in my book.

2) Sybil

Oh the script! So much to choose from-- so many lines to quote!
My personal favorite? "They were Sybil's tonsils, but my throat hurt too."

3) Paper Moon

This is the most dependable movie I one I've ever shown it to has disliked it. Thank goodness.

4) Love with the Proper Stranger
Steve McQueen is just adorable, especially near the end. Sometimes (and I don't blame her one bit) Natalie Wood is too much for me, but not in this one.

5) What's Up Doc?

The first Barbra Streisand movie I ever saw. Which means it still holds a special place in my... collection. ;)

6) Easter Parade

Judy. Fred. Not to mention (though I'll do so anyway) the songs by Irving a gazillion of 'em.
7) Stage Door

The movie that started my Ginger obsession. Oh, I owe it all to this one. Kind of odd that Kate and Mr. Menjou look so close on the poster.

8) Gone With the Wind

I don't even think I'm capable of explaining my love for this movie.

9) Wait Until Dark

When I was littler, Audrey Hepburn was tops as far as I was concerned. This one and Charade made me fall for old movies.

10) The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

For this list, it was a toss up between this and Freaky Friday. Guess I'm feeling dark today, huh?

11) Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Might just be a matter of opinion, but this one's oodles better than What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, yeah?

12) Romance on the High Seas

Doris Day's first movie, also with my hero, Oscar Levant, who once said he knew Doris "before she was a virgin."

13) Laura

Never tire of this one. Clifton Webb's performance near the end always freaks me out tremendously. I think I like it.

14) Clueless

C'mon, there had to be one pick on here like this, right?

15) The Heiress

Each time I watch it, I'm more impressed with Olivia de Havilland's performance. Good stuff.

As for the gal in the title of this post, this week it's...

Julie London

1) Because Amanda Cooper from A Noodle in a Haystack mentioned her in a post and

2) ...because who else has such groovy (yeah, groovy) album covers?

That was a rhetorical question, by the way. ;)


Meredith said...

YESS hush, hush sweet charlotte is SO much better than baby jane. who knew olivia deHavilland could play the perfect bitch? the villainy, oh the villainy!

i'm sad to say that...i have not seen quite a number of these.

and i love stage door too! so many great actresses, so many great lines.

Juliette. said...

Glad someone else thinks so!
I know-- it was really shocking to see her in a part like that. I mean, it's MELANIE from Gone With the Wind, for goodness sake! She's not supposed to be plotting, she's supposed to be knitting or something. ;)

That's okay, they're not the definitive best movies or anything, just some I love to watch. If you have spare time or somethin', check 'em out. :)

Mm-hm! Lucille Ball is great, and Eve Arden, and Ann Miller, who I'd always liked in it, but never recognized. I think I shall watch it tonight.

Christopher said...

I watched Paper Moon again about a month ago..I love that movie too.The 30's atmosphere is so rich..kinda reminds me of an Our Gang comedy..Madeline Kahn is so funny and cute in it.."CHOP CHOP sweet Charlotte.."I use to always anticipte the head rolling down the stairs scene in that as a kid.So many "Hatchet" movies made around that time..I love Easter Parade..I love Ann Miller's street outfits in that..I want to wear Ann Miller's clothes!..women get all the fun clothes! :o/,,, :o))

Juliette. said...

Paper Moon makes me want to eat Coney Island hot dogs, and I'm a vegetarian. :)

Madeline Kahn is marvelous in that one, you're right. Have you seen What's Up Doc? She's pretty good in that one too.

Hahaha, I've never really thought about the amount of hatchet movies. Interesting.

Ooh, you're right, I'm afraid. Women do get the best clothes usually. And hats!

Amanda Cooper said...

Ann Miller was amazing! Sometimes I have to pop in Easter Parade or On the Town just to watch one scene... her tap number! Even though she was just a teenager when she appeared in Stage Door, she was already a wonderful comedienne and dancer.

Juliette, I hope you enjoy college! Have fun choosing which movies to take with you!

Juliette. said...

Me too! Her dance to "Shakin' the Blues Away" in Easter Parade is one of the best I've ever seen. Fabulous.

Have you watched Kiss Me Kate? Her "Too Darn Hot" number is right up there.

Well thanks, I'm sure I will. :)

Amanda Cooper said...

I'm going to have to move Kiss Me Kate higher up on my list of movies to watch.... I've been wanting to for awhile, but it just hasn't happened yet.

Juliette. said...

I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Howard Keel's not really my favorite, but Ann Miller's great as usual, and Kathryn Grayson (who I'd never really been a fan of) was great. "Wunderbar" is now one of my favorite songs. :)

Amanda Cooper said...

I've loved Howard Keel ever since I was a tot. Come to think of it, I should have listed him along with the others in my "Old Favorites" post. Have you seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)? Keel and Jane Powell are such an adorable couple in that movie!

Juliette. said...

Yep, my mother and I watched Seven Brides when I was little, and it's one of my favorite musicals...I don't know why I'm not hugely into Howard Keel, actually. I liked him in Calamity Jane, though.

Kate Gabrielle said...

great choices :) Laura is definitely tops on my list of rewatchable films. Now I feel like making a list! lol!

ps. those album covers are certainly groovy! :D

Juliette. said...

Well thanks! Lists certainly are fun, aren't they? :)

Haha, indeed.

Millie said...

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Juliette. said...

Haha, hey, thanks! Stop by anytime. :)

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