Bringing Up Baby (1938) - comedy
My Favorite Wife (1940) - comedy
Ball of Fire (1941) - comedy
Laura (1944) - film noir
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) - film noir
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) - comedy
Singin' in the Rain (1952) - best musical movie ever
North by Northwest (1959) - suspense
Charade (1963) - suspense
The Trouble with Angels (1966) - comedy
The Odd Couple (1970) - comedy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) - fantasy, musical, NOT the Disney version
The NeverEnding Story (1984) - fantasy
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985) - fantasy, animated
Anne of Green Gables (1986) - drama
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - comedy
The Little Mermaid (1989) - animated, musical
Stargate (1994) - fantasy, action/adventure
Anastasia (1997) - animated, musical
As you can tell, my heart belongs to classic films and musicals.
I am a musical theatre girl. I sing, dance, and act. I write songs, scripts, screenplays, and stories. I love directing and choreographing.
I favor intelligent, thoughtful, witty, and clean pictures.
I will watch anything featuring Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, or Barbara Stanwyck.
Gene Kelly was a dancer, an actor, a singer, a director, a choreographer, and a visionary. I want to follow in his footsteps. I would have loved to have worked with him. I've read that he was a taskmaster, but that would be just fine with me.
Cary Grant was talented and classy. (Please join The English Muffin-Lovers Society if you are a Cary Grant fan!) He was able to do comedy and drama equally well.
The same can be said for Barbara Stanwyck. Look at her in Ball of Fire, then Double Indemnity. She was dynamic. Such a commanding presence.
Almost all of my favorite performers, have passed away, including the three I just praised, plus Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Donald O'Connor, Natalie Wood, June Allyson, and so many others. How I wish I could have worked with them. Oh, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Wells, if only I could have taken your direction. Rod Sterling, I would have loved to have appeared on The Twilight Zone. The list goes on and on.
Many of my favorite films are based on books.
If there's a film based on a book, I like reading the original book prior to seeing the film, but in some cases, I saw the movie when I was little and had to track down the book years later.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is based on a story entitled Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick using the pseudonym Jack Patrick. I cannot find this story anywhere. I can't find any evidence of it ever having been published. If any of you know where I can find it, please tell me.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is based on a short story by Eric Hodgins. I prefer the film, but I am thankful for the story, because without it, we wouldn't have the hilarious movie.
I read and liked the original play The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. The film is very close to the play.
A&E's adaptation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was superb. Great leading man - Paul Rudd as Nick - great costumes, great locations, inclusion of the many major plots and events. I have yet to see the Sam Waterson film in full.
The BBC's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen was lovely.
Double Indemnity: Groundbreaking book by James M. Cain, amazing film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is based on a novel by R. A. Dick, which is also enjoyable. The movie removed one of the children from the book, but the main story and the other characters are pretty much the same.
The Trouble With Angels is based on a memoir by Jane Trahey entitled Life With Mother Superior. When I was a kid, I managed to track it down through an interlibrary loan.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a fantastic film. I prefer the film to the original short story by Truman Capote. They are quite different, and I respect them both.
I prefer the film version of The Seven-Year Itch to the play. Written by George Axelrod, they match up nearly word-for-word for the first half of the story, and then, suddenly, they become polar opposites. Having seen the movie a countless number of times before reading the play, I was fairly shocked by the turn of events in the play, which has outright infidelity. The movie flirts with it, but then he runs off in search of his family. Yep. Give me something G-rated any day.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The NeverEnding Story, and Anne of Green Gables are three of my favorite novels of all time.
My favorite film adaptation of Alice is the full-length live-action British musical from 1972. Most of the lyrics are lifted straight from the original book, and the music is delightful. Hurrah for John Barry and Don Black. Alice is portrayed by Fiona Fullerton, an average-sized teenaged brunette. As a child, I was simply overjoyed that Alice had brown hair like me. I later learned that the REAL Alice, Alice Liddel, was a brunette too. :)
The first film adaptation of The NeverEnding Story is great. The NeverEnding Story 2 is good, and it still has roots in the book. The NeverEnding Story 3 is a disgrace and should never be mentioned in the same breath as the book or the first two films.
The Kevin Sullivan version of Anne of Green Gables beats out his Anne of Avonlea, because although both are good, the first is more true to the book. Avonlea attempts to combine three books into one film, and that's a lot to undertake. Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story had surprisingly little to do with the books and changed far too much. Megan Follows is the best Anne Shirley I've ever seen.
I rarely like modern films as much as I love classics.
A lot of mainstream films nowadays are rife with things I disagree with or dislike. That being said, I do like some movies from the 80s and 90s. See the list above for my favorites, like Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.
Though many people love Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, for me, the best John Hughes film is Ferris Bueller's Day Off. No contest.
Films released in the past decade which I like include but are not limited to Frequency, Happy Accidents, and Donnie Darko.
I was a loyal follower of The Baby-Sitters Club books. Therefore, I also watched the TV series and the film.
I want the petticoat skirts featured in Teen Witch.
Clueless is fun. It was a surprisingly decent modern adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen.
Some movies should not have sequels or knock-offs.
Everyone should see The Trouble With Angels, but no one should see Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows.
The Parent Trap with Hayley Mills is great. Parent Trap 2 is so-so. Parent Trap 3: Hawaiian Honeymoon is fun and good. The remake with Dennis Quaid is decent.
Pillow Talk is better than Lover Come Back.
There are many movies that I will watch whenever they are on TV.
Naturally, this includes any of the movies I listed as favorites, as well as I'll Be Waiting for You, Frequency, Out to Sea, Bring It On, Fools Rush In, Serendipity, Born Into Exile, A Walk to Remember, and Say Anything...
My favorite made-for-TV movie is Nightmare in the Daylight, starring Jaclyn Smith and Christopher Reeve. Someday, someday, this will re-air. Maybe it will even be released on DVD.
Related Posts: I ramble about films, prompted by tlace; I posted before about my favorite films; and I think highly of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.