Archive for February, 2010

Friday 26 February

This week’s (and the last for the month) filmmaker is Howard Hawks. Simply because Bringing Up Baby is amazing and is a gem in the realm of classic Hollywood romantic comedies. They sure don’t make them like they used to.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

I actually do own this film, but still haven’t watched it. Don’t ask why, I know I should but my excuse would be I’ve been busy watching Futurama. From clips, and what I’ve read, this is an excellent film with some of the best actors ever – Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. I’ll watch it soon, I swear.

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

I absolutely love this movie. Along with Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks is a film genius. The script is amazing, and Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant give us some of the best comedic (and classic Hollywood romantic) performances I’ve seen. Everything about this film is perfection. Point of interest: this film was released February 18 1938.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

If you’ve seen You’ve Got Mail, first of all, you’re not alone. I have too. If you haven’t seen Shop Around the Corner, you should since it is what You’ve Got Mail is partially based on. In the classic film, the plot is a bit different with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan both working at the same gift shop, and surprise, they hate each other. Funny thing is, James Stewart has a pen pal he’s in love with and neither of them are aware they are each other’s pen pal.

Friday 19 February

The featured filmmakers for the week is Leo McCarey, who gave us An Affair to Remember. This director really knows how to tell a good old classic love story.

Now, Voyager (1942)

Alright, so the beginning of this film is a little dated – what with the spinster aunt and her old maid clothes. Aside from that, the film is very complex with a strained relationship between a mother and daughter, her relationship with a married man, her engagement to another man and her own self discovery. It’s a very dramatic film and I must say I was totally drawn into the film to the point where every time I thought Bette Davis and Paul Henreid were not going to get together I was a little sad. Now, Voyager is a pretty heavy film but a great love story to watch unfold.

An Affair to Remember (1957)

From, Imdb the plot is written as so: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet six months later at the Empire State Building. But will it happen? Will it? You have to watch to find out.

Dark Victory (1939)

This film is incredibly depressing but not so much so that you can’t watch it. The story revolves around a young socialite who ignores her medical problems to the point where people think she’s always had too much to drink, until one doctor finds out the truth. If I tell you more it will ruin the whole film so go see this all star cast including, Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart and yes Ronald Reagan.

Friday 12 February

Frank Capra is this week’s featured filmmaker. It Happened One Night is one of the very best opposites attract classic love story. I highly recommend it, especially if you like romantic comedies.