Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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Weekend Movies

Saturday was pretty nice so we managed to do a few things. The weather turned crappy on Sunday which gave us the excuse to just kick back and watch some movies. I'm slowly getting Kitty hooked on oldy moldy classics.

"Battleground" - I had seen a little bit of this WWII movie years ago and really liked it. I wanted to see the whole thing. It has everything a war movie should have; lots of action, good character development, and a historic base. Definitely one of the better ones. Plus it has a very young Ricardo Montalban before he discovered rich Corinthian leather.

"Libeled Lady" - You can really get a sense of just how important newspapers once were in American history just by watching movies from the 20's and 30's. Before "Access Hollywood" there were newspapers spreading gossip. Here a paper prints a false story and gets sued for millions of dollars. The paper tries its best to create a real scandal to force the person to give up the lawsuit. Hilarity ensues.

"Anatomy of a Murder" - Great acting from the likes of Jimmy Stewart and George C Scott, but overall it's just an overly long court drama about trying to prove that a guilty man should be let go due to temporary insanity. Lots of little "gotcha" moments that are typical in courtroom dramas. It was nominated for a bunch of awards but won none.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" - Not one of Broadway's better musicals. Some good dancing, but overall kinda bland. Just like movies that have blackface are falling out of fashion, this movie will be buried by the "me too" movement. Imagine 6 women being kidnapped and held hostage over a winter by 6 men. By spring the women are madly in love with them and they all get married. You could teach a class in the objectification of women with this movie. But it does have Julie Newmar! purrrrrr.

"The Hours" - I have been very good over the past 20 years in terms of seeing every Oscar-nominated movie. How I missed this movie from 2002 is unknown to me. But now having seen it, perhaps I DID rent the VHS tape and just totally forgot about it. It seems kinda doubtful since I remembered absolutely nothing about the movie, and 10 years from now I will STILL probably have almost no recollection of this film. Yeah. It was that "good." There are some good performances (Nicole Kidman did win Best Actress) but the story is nothing special and downright depressing with seemingly everyone killing themselves or wanting to.

"Pygmalion" - The play from which "My Fair Lady" was based. Here's a case where adding music to a story makes all the difference in the world especially when the songs become classics. It's worth seeing both to see how they compare and contrast.
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