Tuesday, January 13, 2015

10 Classic Films for 2015

At the beginning of each year, Laura at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings puts together a list of ten films she plans to see during the new year. I thought this was a grand idea--what a wonderful way to ensure you are exposed to some new movies while checking off others that you have long been wanting to see! 

I searched my new DVD collection sets (my Christmas gifts were Classic Hollywood themed--yay!), the books I am reading/plan to read, AFI lists, and other classic film fans' opinions to help compile my list. After going back and forth a few times, here is the final list I resolve to see by the end of 2015:
1) American Madness (1932) - I received a Frank Capra set a few years ago, and this is the only movie I have yet to see. I typically enjoy "Capra-corn." Bonus: The movie is pre-code. Seems like a winning combo.
2) My Man Godfrey (1936) - I saw the very beginning of this film but got busy and was not able to finish it before it was removed from TCM On Demand. It looked promising. Plus it stars Carole Lombard and William Powell, two favorites.

The next four are inspired by the books I am either currently reading or plan to read before the year is up.
3) The Impatient Years (1944) - Jeanine Basinger wrote about this movie in I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies. It stars Jean Arthur and looks at what happens when a GI returns home to a wife he hardly knows. In a way, the film picks up where many early WWII movies (such as The More the Merrier, also starring Arthur) leave off. Intriguing. I just hope I can find a copy of this on DVD! Any leads would be welcome.

 
4) Sorrowful Jones (1949) - In Hope, Richard Zoglin writes that this is "the first film in which [Bob Hope] plays someting close to a dramatic role" (256). This I've got to see.
5) Presenting Lily Mars (1943) - I have been wanting to see this Judy Garland pic for a long time. Since I plan on reading Charles Walters' biography this summer (he choreographed the finale), I figure there is no time like the present.
6) Torch Song (1953) - Charles Walters directs this one. Joan Crawford stars.
AFI Picks:
7) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Number 7 on top 100 list.
8) City Lights (1931) - Number 11 on top 100 and number 10 on top 100 greatest love stories. Plus I need to expose myself to more silents.

Inspired by fellow classic film fans:
9) Random Harvest (1942) - I have read wonderful write-ups about this film on several blogs (Backlots and Cary Grant Won't Eat You). I don't know how this one got past me. (Also number 36 on top 100 greatest love stories.)
10) Out of the Past (1947) - In addition to being the namesake of one of the blogs I follow, the last time this movie was on TCM my Twitter Feed was afire with positive tweets from fans of this film.  It would also add another film noir under my belt. My biggest hurtle: Kirk Douglas. After reading a Natalie Wood biography, I can barely stomach watching him...

Well, there it is. Wish me luck! I would love to hear any comments you may have about the films. 

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful list! I'm delighted you have made a list and will add the link to my blog.

    I just picked up my own copy of PRESENTING LILY MARS, which I haven't seen for years, and I'm hoping to see TORCH SONG for the first time this year as well. Love Charles Walters movies!

    THE IMPATIENT YEARS is available on DVD in the TCM Jean Arthur Comedy Collection:

    http://shop.tcm.com/detail.php?p=360735#Jean%20Arthur&SESSID=8d5b8ba6bc72447ab4269fcc63b0c008

    If you don't wish to purchase the set it can also be rented with a ClassicFlix membership.

    RANDOM HARVEST is one of the great romantic movies. Enjoy your list!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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  2. Thank you for the lead--I am thrilled that THE IMPATIENT YEARS is available on DVD! =) I enjoy reading your blog; it is a real honor that you stopped by. (And bummer about those Ducks...we were rooting for them.)

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  3. This is a fun list! You'll have a great experience with many of these titles, I'll bet. Random Harvest is one of my all time faves.

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