The sweetest discovery

An excerpt from Ginger: My Story, tells us about Rogers' lovely first date with Fred Astaire in fine New York. No acting, no rehearsals, no filming, just one evening of two people dining together, not as actors, and outside their work. This, by the way, made my day.

Top Hat (1935)

Jerry Travers: When a clumsy cloud from here meets a fluffy little cloud from there, he billows towards her. She scurries away, and he scuds right up to her. She cries a little, and there you have your shower. He comforts her. They spark. That’s the lightning. They kiss. Thunder!

Mozart's laugh

Amazing film, even more amazing laugh.

Favourite films, alphabetical

I stumbled upon this site that listed loads of film blogs that have their own cinematic alphabet “meme”, and thus I decided to make my own. It took me a couple of weeks - maybe more - to finish the thing and feel satisfied with the result; mind you, since I have no particular favourites, the letters E, Q and X are just fillers. What’s more, I had to sacrifice about four films for B alone! Anyway, here goes…

Roman Holiday (1953)

Ann: Can I have a silk nightgown with rosebuds on it?
Joe Bradley: I’m afraid you’ll have to rough it tonight. In these.
Ann: Pyjamas!
Joe Bradley: Sorry, honey, but I haven’t worn a nightgown in years.

The ultimate dancing duo

I cannot describe the marvelousness that is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Under the gaze of the camera, they were fabulous. Their dances were fabulous. Their chemistry was fabulous. Their acting was fabulous. Everything about them was so damn fabulous!

WYSW: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Ah, It’s A Wonderful Life. When you hear about it, you should think of snow, angels, miracles, the 30s, and the message ‘that one man can make the biggest change in another man’s life’. I was very expectant about this film, especially after reading so many positive reviews about it! But I do admit that I half-expected IAWL to be a stereotypical Christmas movie, complete with all the jolly holiday, Christmassy theme of love and compassion and morality, because, really, I think like that about all Christmas movies ever released! Post-watching IAWL, however, I was convinced that this is more than that. This I consider a pioneer for the seasonal films category. Of course you should watch it.

The Ultimate Must-Watch List

1. rear window
2. flying down to rio, follow the fleet, the gay divorce
3. it’s a wonderful life
4. dog day afternoon
5. funny girl
6. doctor strangelove
7. young frankenstein
8. blazing saddles
9. michael caine’s early films
10. the gold rush, the great dictator, the circus
11. sabrina
12. vertigo
13. singin’ in the rain
14. casablanca
15. tootsie
16. the graduate
17. rewatch silence of the lambs
18. continue a bridge too far
19. pulp fiction
20. the way we were
21. continue raiders of the lost ark
22. cabaret
23. ocean's eleven (1966)
24. continue amadeus
25. bonnie and clyde (faye+ warren)
26. the shining
27. the thin red line
28. the french lieutenant's woman
29. ninotchka
30. MASH
31. annie hall
32. the jerk
33. continue the godfather part II
34. sleuth
35. gone with the wind
36. capote
37. chaplin (robert downey jr.)
38. holiday inn
39. the philadelphia story
40. st. elmo’s fire
41. the wizard of gore
42. re-watch romeo + juliet
43. the brothers bloom
44. rewatch alfie (1966)
45. it happened one night
46. kitty foyle
47. now, voyager
48. the story of vernon and irene castle
49. anatomy of a murder
50. the apartment