Movies Watched - Month by Month
Movie list created by Victorian Fantasy
One is a disabled young man struggling to cope, one is a family man with a devoted wife and grown children and the last is a serviceman who comes back to a wife who he barely knows. All of their lives intertwine and love blooms among them.
This is a wonderful post war movie. It stars Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews and Teresa Wright, among others.
*A bonus fact: The actor who plays Homer, the disabled veteran (Harold Russell) really did lose his arms in the war and won two awards for this movie*
Its about a newlywed couple who have been fighting stop at their friends house on their honeymoon (which is Christmas Eve). They find that their friends (a married couple) have just split up, leaving only the husband to welcome them. As is inevitable they are thrust into each other's problems and end up helping each other.....during much bickering, chaos and an invasion of in-laws.
From Clarks over the top lights display to the invasion of his redneck cousins into their holiday and every disaster in between....if you haven't seen this movie by now, you're missing out....and possibly not from this planet? lol
He plays, of course, the Mall Cop, who went through training to be a police officer but was rejected for a job because of his blood sugar issue. So he ends up being a security guard at the mall who no one takes seriously.
He takes his job very seriously and when a group of thugs take hostages and try to rob the mall, he goes into action and proves his abilities.
Along the way, he falls hard for a girl who works at the mall and blunders through his personal life.
An allied hero catches a caped madman who's making walking dead zombies for the Axis.
When her initial horror and devastation fade she decided to thwart their plans!
Based on a novel by Edna Sherry.
Except the psychopath was really serious about the plan and kills the others ex wife, then insisting on the tennis player holding up his end of the supposed bargain.
This is also a Hitchcock film.
A wonderful story, starring a favorite of mine, Barbara Stanwyck.
In this installment the couple visit a relative at a Long Island estate where murders soon occur and Nick sets to work solving them....while drinking his scotch and doting on Nora.
Also, the couple has a baby in this movie, which was suddenly expected at the end of the last movie in this set, called After the Thin Man.
Like 'A Christmas Carol', it's just not Christmas until I watch this movie too.
*I watched this last December as well, but it won't let me list it twice, so like many movies I've seen more than once within this timeframe I had to move it up to the current month* :-/
Colbert is a spoiled, willful daughter of a rich tycoon who runs away to elope with her social climber boyfriend. A newsman (Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with her along her journey wanting a story on her and teaching her a few lessons. Along the way however, he falls for her and she slowly falls for him too, mixing things up even more.
This was a fun movie I hadn't seen before staring Roland Young.
Think of the powers Sam from Bewitched had and that's kind of like the power he gains.
Based on the H.G. Wells.
A lawyer who's running for mayor cleans up his campaign to please a zoo keepers daughter that he falls hard for.
Did I mention she has a pet lion named Herman? :D
Only in this case, they go on a murder spree and on the run, living in their own twisted fantasy. The boy is wild and seems trigger happy, while the girl follows out of love and a lack of empathy and reality mostly. It starts with Kit killing the girls father, thinking it's the only way to be together, then as they run they commit more crime and spiral out of control.
In spite of how it sounds, it's a little slow paced in sections. It stars a very young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek
My nit picking aside, it's a great movie if you like Rocky. A must see. Move over Stallone! lol
It stars Johnny Depp and Gweneth Paltrow. Depp plays Lord Mortdecai, a somewhat crooked art dealer who is enlisted by the police to help find a stolen artwork which hides a nazi code and which a woman was killed for.
Mortdecai reluctantly agrees and goes on some wild adventures accompanied by his faithful man servant, who is really the hero and a fun character!
Meanwhile he's grown a "mustachio" that makes his wife wretch, and their old school chum, also now the inspector on the case, is constantly trying to win her away.
I would loosely compare the humor to Monty Python or Mel Brooks. Though not on par with them, it leans in that direction and was pretty fun to watch.
Those who didn't enjoy it need to lighten up, lol.
Throughout, the heroine, Larita, struggles between fitting in and being true to herself, learning about everyone along the way and finding her own courage.
This is a movie I always enjoy. I relate to it and the heroine in many ways, plus it has a great cast and is sprinkled with humor. Definitely recommend it.
This is in the mystery/crime catagory, but there's some comedy in it too thanks to Joan Blondell and Cagney.
A suave thief and his chic partner target a rich Paris widow, but the theif falls for the widow and uncovers her longtime family friend has been embezzling from her for years.
She plays a tour guide in Greece who gains a new perspective on life as she leads a ragtag, misfit group of tourists and bonds with them, falling for the hot bus driver and learning to live again.
This also stars Richard Dryfuss and he's brilliant, one of the best characters besides Nia.
A London playboy plots the perfect murder of his rich wife who was once unfaithful. But when the plan goes arry and she kills the killer he's hired things get difficult.
This is a great romantic comedy/drama with Gimger Rodgers and Joel McCrea.
But in this movie, a pianist poses as a teenager prodigy to fool a concert impresario who snubbed her, uninterested in her skills.
She goes to stay with him in this disguise, a prodigy but a very naughty and precocious teen, and turns his life upside down, driving him crazy. XD
Granted, like most of the movies it differs from the book a good deal, but it's still an irrefutable classic horror and paved the way for many great Frankenstein movies that came after. And who doesn't love Boris Karloff?? ;)
I like that there's a bit more depth to it. We get to see the monsters heart and really feel for him more (which also makes it more sad) as well as Dr. Frankenstien.
And then of course there's the second creation, the awesome "Bride"!
These two original frankenstien movies are the foundation for so many more that follow.
If you love these monsters like I do, you'll want to see these essential two movies.....and then all the rest!
In this comedy she plays a street wise saloon keeper and singer, Diamond Lou. When her con lover is put in prison this naughty play girl ends up seducing a young missionary (a very young Cary Grant) who comes to help her. Will this hardened hussy open her heart to real love in the end?? :D
A note on miss West. She was one of the pioneers in film for women. She came from the stage and an acting family and went on to write the scripts for her own movies, which were always filled with racy clever lines, sexuality and humor. In a time when everything was sensored she went against the grain and did it her way, even when it meant going back to the stage eventually (post code films).
A balkin prince regent courts a milwalkee showgirl during the 1911 coronation in London.
This is movie is a little seen romantic comedy with Marylin Monroe and Lawrence Oliver. Yes, quite an odd combo right? Still it's a cute movie though the great Olivier is a bit out of his usual element.
It was an interesting watch!
Definitely a must see silent film. Quite epic for its time, and even now.
A mad mad doctor and his hunchbacked assistant revive Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstien!
In this one, a mad British doctor with an acid vat nearby kills and swaps body parts to create a humanoid master race. The movie is set in the era it was made (1970). He's basically a modern Dr. Frankenstien!
When an Iowa congresswoman goes to Berlin with other members of congress to check on morale of the troops and bring back reports, she's appalled at what she sees and she meets an American playboy soldier who's secretly entangled with a scheming bistro singer. In the process of investigating things the congresswomen falls for the captain and ends up competing with the German bistro singer for his attention.
A fun movie!
However, the amount of loss and sorrow this one man suffers, not to mention his physical injuries and the sad fate of anyone who befriends him, makes it a rather sad movie. Not the type of vengeance movie I was thinking it might be since it's only towards the end that he really gets to seek out his vengeance.
Not to mention the fact that he guts a dead horse and climbs into its belly to stay warm......something I "get", but definitely, never, ever want to see again!
All that aside, the story of the man's survival, good heart and will to live and be revenged is quite interesting and moving. Vengeance was sweet, but the ending was still sad.
After their village is terrorized by vampires, a professor and his helper determine to get rid of them and ultimately end up crashing a vampire ball at the castle of Count Von Krolock to rescue the innkeepers daughter who was kidnapped by the Count (and is loved by the professors helper).
Yes, it's as weird and corny as it sounds.
I can't believe the greats Basil Rathbone and Lon Chaney Jr. are actually in it.
In it a Victorian governess fears the orphaned boy and girl she was hired to care for are possessed by a dead couple after repeated odd and unaccountable experiences.
A Vineyard owner and marquis is called back to his castle Bellenac because of another dry season. He asks his wife and children to remain in Paris, but they still come after him. His wife Catherine soon discovers that her husband is acting mysteriously (under the influence of magic), their lives are put in jeopardy, and that his employees and locals are following old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis himself to save the crops.
Its another good eerie movie with much mysterious goings on, especially by a local mysterious pair, Odile and Christian. Odile is played by the beautiful Sharon Tate.
The marquis and his wife are played by David Niven and Debrorah Kerr.
This is one stars Peter Cushing as the Baron.
Victorian scientists fight a missing-link monster who's making zombies of people on a trans-Siberian train!
Did I mention this also stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee?
There's also a skeleton that returns to life and horrors galore, lol.
After facing evils in Africa a nobleman's brother is badly disfigured and mad, and chained in their home.
Wanting to escape, he ends up being buried alive when he's given a potion that puts him into a deep sleep and comes back to seek revenge wearing a red mask.
Here they play slightly estranged grandparents who fly 3,000 miles to babysit their three grandkids. They clash at first, their down to earth, loving and fun ways conflicting with the modern kids who have their own odd behaviors.
But of course they bond and things are turned upside down.....mostly in good ways, lol.
In this one, a sweet young, disfigured girl finally finds love with a good but hot tempered young man. When he and his love are persecuted by some local no good boys, he fights back and ends up accused and convicted of murder when one ends up dead.
He's put on the gullitine and his young love sees him killed and commits suicide.
In comes baron Frankenstien, using the lovers to try out his latest discovery. What is it?
Watch and see!!!!
Baron Frankenstien blackmails a young couple into helping him so that he can set up a lab in their home, break an insane man out of the asylum and put his brain in another body.....all so he can learn what the man knows (he's a former assistant to the doctor) and continue his work!
On a side note, without giving anything away I have to say that the Baron sinks to an all new low in this particular film.
The most recent month will always be at the top of the list, so it's easy to view for anyone interested in following my progress.
This list will continue at least through 2016, month by month.
Hopefully some from my actual agenda list will end up here too, lol.