Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photo of the Day!



I haven't posted ANYTHING Alias Smith and Jones in FOREVER. So yeah. (aka It was the first thing (alphabetically) in my "Classic Photos" folder and I was too lazy to scroll down. ;-D)

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 07

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy


I can't even begin to tell you how much joy this photo brings me! It was taken this past November in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Last April, when I was in Sierra Leone, was the first time I met this (teen-age) mother and her baby. The baby was extremely sick. He had a fever; holding him, I could feel his entire body shaking as he searched for his next breath. It was at the point in his illness that there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING else we could do. There was no medicine that would help. There was no treatment that would stop the sickness. When we left the small village, the baby's condition was still the same. I was brokenhearted. I didn't expect to see him again this last November.

In Sierra Leone, 1 in 4 children die before the age of five. ONE IN FOUR. This ill child's death, would not have been shocking or out-of-the-ordinary there; so broken is their country. (A decade long Civil War has just ended a few years ago.)

But, after arriving home, we were able to work with an organization called The Bridge of Hope. A school has been now built, their well has been repaired (the rebels often went into remote villages...just to destroy the wells), and a sponsorship-driven feeding program has been set up in that village.

That is why when I came back in November, I saw this boy. This healthy, laughing boy. This boy that I did not expect to be alive. JUST BECAUSE of clean water and a guaranteed bowl of rice at the school every day.

Wow, sorry, about this long post! I just get so excited talking about the amazing things that are happening in Sierra Leone! :-D

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 06

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

First of all, "whatever tickles your fancy" is just creepy sounding. My older sisters started a list of banned words, "tickle" is on the list. Seriously.

But, I digress (I always say "But, I digress" to sound more intelligent. It's like watching Hitchcock or listening to Bob Dylan. It's a quick way to seem waaay cooler).

Sir Roger Moore. Spoofing James Bond. In 1964. STINKIN' GENIUS. I laugh waaay too hard every time I watch it!

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 05

Eeek! I forgot to post this yesterday!

Day 01 — Your favorite song

Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy


Ugh! But, I have SO many favorite quotes! ;-D

But, one quote that I love just so much is:

"The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again."
-Cry, the Beloved Country (written by Alan Paton)

-Millie!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Photo of the Day!

I think only Cary Grant could pull off trying to look serious in a leopard-print bathrobe!

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 04

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

So, I have several books tied for favorite (SURPRISE!). They are:

I LOVE this book so much! I can read it over and over. It's completely hilarious! Jane Austen's famous "biting wit" is never more apparent than in this book. She plays the part of narrator and dispenses sarcastic anecdotes about all the characters and their experiences. It's completely brilliant.

After I finish this book, I always want to read it ALL over again. The cover looks dorky (not as bad as the cover of MY copy! Which looks like one of those books always for sale for a quarter at Goodwill), but really the "blue castle" in this book is all in the mind of the lead character (it's not some fairy tale story or something)! It is both hilarious, and at times a bit sad. But of course it ends happily!

I'm not at all a fan of "science fiction". But, this book is just plain, brilliant! It's a book you remember long after you read it, but you still want to read it again. I love it!


Also, I'm not a huge fan of "fantasy", but this book. AMAZING. And fascinating. I mean, who knew that demons are so creepily witty! ;-D

I have more favorites OF COURSE, but I'm saving some for later on in the survey!

-Millie!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 03

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Okay, so I LOVE classic TV. I love it! I even have a blog for it (that I update once every two months! ;-D). But, IF I was absolutely FORCED to choose ONE favorite TV show....it would be The Dick Van Dyke Show. Everything about this show is beyond perfect! The cast, the writing, the hairstyles...;-D

But, I do have a lot of other shows battling it out for number two. You can check my blog to see those!

-Millie

P.S. Hopefully by tomorrow, I will be no longer dreadfully ill, so I can write complete posts! Haha!

It Took Me 7 Hours to Watch Thunderball: OR Why It's a Bad Idea to Watch Movies on My Computer

No joke. 7 HOURS.

I was sick all day today, so I thought I'd finally watch a movie that I've been meaning to watch for a while (actually I SHOULD have been watching Gunga Din...it's made it all the way to sitting on top of my TV, Casey! I'M ALMOST TO THE POINT OF WATCHING IT! ;-D). Thunderball. As in the James Bond that everyone apparently hates because of extensive under-water scenes or something like that. (Believe me, I know NOTHING about James Bond. I've only seen the first four! So, I really don't know what I'm talking about. I just read the extremely entertaining IMDb Message Boards on the subject; with everyone arguing what REALLY happened in that .000001 millisecond when James Bond was running through a doorway.)

Let me just repeat here that I am highly ill. And obviously delirious.

Anyway.

It literally took me seven hours to finish the 124 minute movie. Because I was watching it online. Here! (More than likely the site was sending viruses rushing through my laptop the entire seven hours.....) Here's what happens:

I watch the first ten minutes or so. See on my toolbar that I just got a new email. I pause the film, open a new tab, and check my email. Then of course that means I have to check Twitter, Tumblr, and possibly Facebook. On Twitter I'll start getting into a conversation with Kate about unnecessary mustaches (CHECK OUT HER BRILLIANTLY AMAZING NEW TUMBLR ON THE SUBJECT!) Someone will post a link to a new blog post they wrote, I'll have to go read it...and comment. Finally after there are no more random things to read/people to chat with I return to my movie...not really knowing what the heck is going on (but isn't that kind of the point of Bond films? ;-D). But then the whole horrible cycle starts over again.

Except much worse.

Because this time, I will remember I need to get my surveyish thing post out before the day is over, so I rush to finish putting in the YouTube links and post it. But, YouTube IS the death of me. Once there, there is no leaving.

So, I spent TWO HOURS aimlessly watching random YouTube videos, including a bunch of new What's My Line. (WML = Pretty much the most addicting show ever!) About halfway through my second Robert Wagner (?!?!?!?!) WML appearance, I realize, watching James Bond zoom around in a his own little jet-propelledish thing is waaay cooler than watching Robert Wagner's (who is not exactly ever making it on my favorites list. ever. ever. ever. ever. ever. ever!) not-that-impressive James Cagney impersonations!

^Very few can compete with the coolness of James Bond's jet-propelledish thing. Even if he DID wear a helmet when he used it! Sheesh, cowardly stuntman! ;-D

Well, I finally got off of YouTube and I finally finished the movie! I liked it! (Dr. No will ALWAYS be my favorite, though.) It was pretty cool. Even though it's main purpose was to reiterate to me the fact that sharks are the freakiest things ever (I am so tired! I almost just added: to walk the face of this planet)! Seriously. Even if they turn out to be already dead and just being pulled around on wires. They still scare me 75% to death. Especially when the bad guy with the jauntily-placed eye patch keeps the "deadliest in the world" in a wading pool in his backyard, so he can throw henchman he is displeased with into it to feed the demonic sharks!

And about the whole "extensive under water debate". I actually rather liked it. The "major" battle that took place entirely underwater was oddly fascinating. What with the hilarious slow-motion of it all and Sean Connery running around ripping off all the bad guys' air masks (rendering them immediately dead) and the bad guy wearing his jauntily-placed eye patch under his goggles. Seriously. It was all pretty fun.....until the sharks showed up (all that blood).

Anyway, since I really have nothing else to say (it's debatable whether I even had anything to say in the first place!) I'm just gonna end this post here!

Hahaa! I am soo going to regret this post tomorrow when I'm not half asleep and delirious with illness!

-Millie!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 02

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy


I kinda just want to bypass today entirely. There is NO way. NO way. I could name a favorite film. I seriously mustache movies (See: Milliesaurus at top of blog). I mean, obviously.

I GUESSSSS I can post a few films, that I watch at least once or twice a month!

That Funny Feeling

I'm not ashamed to say I can quote this movie by heart. Bobby + Sandy = brilliant hilarity. It's pretty much a 60's Screwball Comedy. I LOVE IT!

Don't let the trailer color your opinion of the film though, as I've stated before, I've nominated it for worst trailer ever! ;-D



Actually, it's much better to watch Bobby performing the title song (which he also wrote, as usual)!



Gidget Goes Hawaiian

I am ashamed to say I can quote this movie by heart. ;-D No reason, why I love this movie so much! I don't AT ALL like Deborah Walley (NOT GIDGET.) or James Darren. I do however, adore Michael Callan, and Joby Baker. And they are both hilarious in this, but still there is no reason why I should love this movie so much! ...Except that I'm a dork! ;-D



Laura

I can watch this movie over and over and over...and I still love it as much as the first time I saw it. Plus Dana + Gene = AWWWWWW! This is the movie that single-handedly made Dana Andrews my favorite actor (tied with five others! I CAN'T PICK FAVORITES OKAY! ;-D).



The Road to Morocco/every Bob Hope movie ever made

I adore Bob Hope! Of all the films I own his is the person I own the most of (mainly because they are the films my mum would never buy for the family collection! ;-D). I watch them waaay too much! TRTM is one I watch especially often!



Um, I think I'm just gonna post this now! I started it earlier, but never finished. I am so sick right now, I don't really want to spend the time adding more! I'm just going to post it now, so I actually get it out today! :-D

Just know that I OF COURSE have approximately 11, 496 other films tied for first!

-Millie!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 01

A kinda stupendously amazingly cool surveyish thing (<-- So many rules of grammar were broken in that half sentence) has been circulating around the blogging community, and especially Tumblr. Kate has been blogging her little heart out about it (on her Wowzie Kazam new blog) for the past four days!

I decided it would be wunderbar to complete the survey as well!

Starting with:

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Favorite Song. Too hard. Waaay too hard. I listen to music constantly. I pretty much have a soundtrack for my life! (Is that not the cheesiest thing to say? It's totally Perry Como/Velveeta level of cheesiness!)

However.

I suppose I could list a song, I listen to semi-constantly:

More by Bobby Darin. Something about this song. I can listen to it constantly without stopping! It makes me so happy! But, at times it can make me sad. Bobby was so brilliant he could make a song happy/sad! {This is also a time for you to laugh hysterically at the first YouTube video I ever made! Someone dared me to put that Vauvani Production thing at the end! AHAHHAHA!}



Come back tomorrow to find out the 500 films tied for favorite! ;-D

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photo of the Day!



Being, that it IS the 80th Birthday of Steve McQueen, I couldn't possibly NOT post a Steve photo! (<--Does that make any sense?)

This is with his wife Neile in 1963!

80 Years of The King of Cool!

{Do you like my oh-so original title? ;-D}



I'm directly in the middle of four brothers.

I've seen a lot of Steve McQueen movies.

Also my oldest brother simply adores Steve; he knows EVERY thing about him and owns practically every film available. And watches them often. At 3am. LOUDLY. (He has the room next to mine.) So I've also listened to quite a few Steve films.

For his "special" birthday post, I thought I'd list a few of my MOST favorite McQueen films and favorite moments from said films!


The Magnificent Seven (*cough cough* better than Samurai *cough cough*)

Favorite Moment: When Vin (Steve) finally gets so annoyed that he calmly picks up his gun and shoots down Horst Buchholz.

Oh, wait. JUNK IT! That doesn't happen. Sheesh! ;-D

ACTUALLY, my favorite moment is when Vin starts getting so utterly confused about why there are no women in the village!

You know - I've been in some towns where the girls weren't all that pretty. In fact I've been in some towns where they're downright ugly. But it's the first time I've been in a town where there are no girls at all, 'cept little ones. You know if we're not careful we could have quite a social life here

The expression on his face as he says it, makes me burst out laughing every time!

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Love With The Proper Stranger

It's a tragedy this film isn't more well known! Steve gives a brilliant performance (one of his best in my opinion), and perfectly balances the drama, the even crazier drama, and then the comedy. Seriously.

Favorite Moment:

No question. Last scene. It's like the ultimate "AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!" moment. And Natalie wears a stinkin' cool coat. But, THAT has no basis on my decision. Really. ;-D

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Hell is For Heroes

This is the film where The King of Cool meets The Divine god of Cool (aka Bobby Darin). We had a poll about who was cooler on Twitter, but Bobby was losing greatly (Raquelle and I were the only ones on his side. Haha!) It's frankly an incredibly strange...and depressing movie. The cast die off one by one according to billing (lowest billed dying first and working it's way on up) and the ending would be super-sad, but it's so abrupt you don't know what exactly happened. AND Nick Adams attempts some strange accent, that I STILL cannot figure out-- but I digress. Because I still love this movie. ;-D

Favorite Moment: I don't have a particular moment exactly. He's just very Steve McQueen throughout. He takes his famous understated acting to just a whole new level of understatement. And of course, the ending is pretty much just craziness. But, yeah.

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The Honeymoon Machine

Poor Steve. When this film is even ever acknowledged, it is universally declared as "a horrible mess!" WHAT?! SERIOUSLY J'ADORE THIS MOVIE. (Casey lent it to me two months ago, and I haven't returned it yet. Eeek! I kinda need to stop watching it over and over I think. ;-D)

I think I know where the problem lies. Often the people who are Steve's biggest fans are not exactly those who also thoroughly enjoy mind-smushing 60's farce. And those who thoroughly enjoy mind-smushing 60's farce are not exactly those who watch a lot of westerns/crazy-war-action-gun movies! As an objective bystander, being a 15 year-old girl who completely adores stupid 60's movies and crazy-war-action-western-gun movies, my opinion will be the final one. This movie is hilarious. And Steve gives a completely hilarious performance. A large departure from his normal understatedness, but the over-the-topness works perfectly in this film.

Favorite Moment: Gosh, there are seriously too many too choose from! Perhaps the scene in the casino when he "gets found out". The annoying girl starts implying and exaggerating things to her father and Steve says nothing, but his face becomes more and more distraught until....I'm laughing hysterically. Seriously.

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But, of course my most favorite Steve role, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever is:

Josh Randall.



Wanted: Dead or Alive is one of my favorite shows ever. And Steve is brilliant throughout the series as always. He gets to be cool, tough (HE STINKIN' REFUSES TO HELP SOME NUNS RECOVER ANOTHER NUN BEING HELD HOSTAGE! Because they have nothing to offer him but their prayers and (I paraphrase) "Prayers can't help him too much at the poker table!") and occasionally funny (Not gonna lie, I actually love the episode where he tries to find the lost sheep and almost gets hung by "cattlemen" in the process!).

My family owns all three seasons of the show, and I have seen each episode many times. It's just such a great show. OF COURSE, because of Steve being just brilliant as the loner Josh Randall with the sawed-off shotgun as his weapon of choice!

I can't possibly decide a favorite moment from this series, but randomly a scene from one episode just came to mind.

It's one of the episodes with his pseudo partner Jason who LITERALLY tagged along (annoying Josh Randall all the way) for a few episodes in the second season before disappearing forever (YAAAAY!).

He of course is convinced he is somehow NOT a complete idiot and can actually figure out how to get to the outlaw they seek. He keeps telling Josh that the ONLY way they will be able to figure it out is if they commit to a strict: "No poker, no women, no Tequila!"

After a long day with no progress (because he is an idiot) Jason comes back to the hotel to find Josh drinking, while playing poker with a saloon girl. It's just hilarity. Of course, after this LONG description it doesn't sound funny. OH WELL! ;-D


^Steve doesn't find my description funny either! ;-D

THIS POST IS DRAGGING ON WAAAY TOO LONG.

I need to wrap it up! Hahaa!

A few last photos:


With his wife Neile Adams, who I utterly adore!





Well, that's about it! Be sure an celebrate 80 years of Wowzie Kazam Coolness by watching, reading, writing, listening to SOMETHING remotely Steve (preferably that W:DOA episode, I just attempted to explain. Just so I don't look like a complete idiot! ;-D)

Happy 80th Mr. McQueen!

-Millie (who is going to post this without even proofreading it! YIPPIE! Hahah!)

Other Cool Posts:

Silents and Talkies: Happy Birthday Steve McQueen! {With crazy-cool artwork!}

Cinema Styles: Non-Expressionism: The Gift of Steve McQueen

The Cooler: The Steve McQueen Blog-a-thon


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photo of the Day!



I have decided this must be the "Three Cool Brits...and an American" club.

Totally kidding! Gregory Peck is cool too (tied for favorite actor)...just not with that scary mustache. ;-D

(Ahem, this is actually on the set of a film apparently called The Sea Wolves.)

BTW, you MAY have noticed I got bored tonight, and decided to change my entire blog around. COMPLETELY. Everything was changed. Even the music. Let me know what you think, whether you like it or think it's completely atrocious! One rule: If you hate it, please tell me so ONLY in a British accent. It's the preferable method of receiving insults. ;-D

Sheesh, I need to got off the internet and go to bed!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ross Martin's 90th Birthday!



Ross Martin {March 22, 1920 - July 3, 1981}

It's crazy! I had no idea that it was Ross' birthday today, when I wrote the post about Experiment in Terror on Saturday; or when I chose him to be the next voice in my favorite voices series. In fact, I planned on posting that voice post today! Now, I think I'll wait a couple of days...to keep the mini-Ross Martin blogathon going! ;-D

Ross was literally and simply-- just brilliant.

Every role he played, whether on television or film was amazing. He couldn't NOT be amazing and original.

Ross was:

A concert-trained violinist.

Multilingual (he spoke Polish, Russian, and Yiddish, before learning English, Spanish, Italian, and French).

Nominated for both an Emmy (The Wild Wild West) and a Golden Globe (Experiment in Terror).

THE coolest Columbo villain ever. Yes. I am stating a definite answer.

The best ever Hollywood Squares guest. (Paul Lynde?! Who CARES ABOUT PAUL LYNDE?)

Peter Falk's acting teacher. Oh, yes!

So amazing in The Great Race that he stole the scenes he was in, away from Peter Falk AND a gloriously over-the-top Jack Lemmon (a difficult task)!

The Phantom Asthmatic.

THE coolest Secret Service agent. EVER. Do not try to debate me on this fact.

--Which magically brings me to what Ross was just the coolest ever as:

Secret Agent Artemus Gordon.

As Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West, Ross got to use all of his skills. Because Artemus is both a genius AND the greatest person for disguises...ever!

Almost every episode sees him in some disguise or another. And with Ross, he didn't just put on a costume, wig, and beard (ahem, which he also designed himself from his own sketches). He put on an entire new voice, and an entire new way of walking, and an entire new set of facial expressions. Even though, you are waiting for him, sometimes, it can be difficult just to pick out exactly WHO is Ross!

That's brilliance.

In fact, once Ross had a little trouble, because he forgot to take off one of his costumes:

I went home one afternoon to pick up a script without bothering to change, and a half an hour later the Beverly Hills Police were at my door because a neighbor had reported a suspicious stranger lurking around Ross Martin's house. I had to peel off my beard to prove who I was.

Did I also mention that Ross was simply hilarious?

Unfortunately, Ross had a heart trouble. He suffered a heart attack during the fourth season of WWW and had to leave the show. It struggled out it last few episodes, and never came back for a fifth season. (CBS was pressured into canceling it, because it was "too violent". SERIOUSLY!?!?)

After recovering, he worked often, mainly character parts (that he did so well) in many different TV series. He also managed to come back for two WWW made-for-TV movies that were very popular.

Ross elevated anything he was in. There never was and never will be anyone like him. He was so completely original.....and brilliant.

So, Happy 90th Birthday to Mr. Martin! The world would have been A LOT less cool without him!





Watch a video someone compiled of many Ross "disguises":

Photo of the Day!



Jean Simmons.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Photo of the Day!



Cary Grant on the set of Father Goose.

I love this photo so much! He was just waaay too cool!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Great Gina VS. Sophia Debate.





So, I don't know if any one of you remember that "great" debate (well, really it was was just me pretending there was a great debate! ;-D) going on last summer, which resulted in me creating a poll. Well, that poll has been sitting on the sidebar for I don't even want to remember how many months.

It's FINALLY time for me to write a post with the results.

The reason, I hadn't done that yet, was because I had another poll from before this poll that I still needed to post the results for, but now, I'm officially just going to forget that former poll ever existed.

Okay.

The results:

Gina Lollobrigida -- 8 Votes (26%)

Sophia Loren -- 22 Votes (73%)

WHAT?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?

That's not even funny. Gina OBVIOUSLY deserved to win. She's cooler, funnier, and even more gorgeous!

That's not to say that Sophia isn't extremely cool, funny, and gorgeous.

But, Gina is just, so, I don't know, she just so Gina.


^Playing with a deer is an excellent way to exhibit your Lollobrigidaness!

And plus, she's crazily underrated. Maybe, one the reasons why is because she didn't star in a huge amount of dramatic films (in America) - unlike the Oscar-winning Sophia, but one just needs to see Come September, to see a hugely talented comedic actress.

And Gina is not just a beautiful, witty, and talented actress. She is also a super-talented photojournalist and sculptress!

Anyway, I still love Sophia! Just not quite as much as Gina! [Insert dorky Alias Smith and Jones reference about Sophia being the Heyes to Gina's Kid....two of you will probably get that. ;-D]

I'm curious! Who did you vote for? Why?

And REALLY, I want to know who those 7 dear souls for voted for Gina are! Haha!





-Millie!

Photo of the Day!



Because the world can NEVER have too many "Carole Lombard wearing a cool hat" Photo of the Day's!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wheezing My Way Through Experiment in Terror


Experiment in Terror is the EXACT reason why you should NOT mess around with us asthmatics.

I mean, not to scare you or anything! ;-D

I was pretty stinkin' excited to see this movie (thanks ever so, Auntie Casey for sending me a copy!), for two reasons. One, it's about a wheezing killer, who at one point in the film is dubbed The Phantom Asthmatic (I kind of want to steal that.). Two, the aforementioned Phantom Asthmatic is none other then the genius-personified Ross Martin.

I get literally freaked out by even Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Night Gallery, so I made quite sure to have my 14 year-old brother watch it with me. (Haha, we watched The Uninvited last week and I spent most of the movie hiding behind a pillow.) Although, I think I started to freak him out about half way through. Because, I do have asthma, and lately it's been rather bad, so I've been wheezing a lot. So here it is, 11:30, pitch-black in the house, and we're watching a movie about Ross terrorizing Lee Remick, with literally just his voice. And I'm sitting over on the couch quietly wheezing away...hahaha! It was kind of hysterical. There were parts where I'd be like, "Oh my gosh, I can hear him wheezing! THAT MUST BE HIM IN THE SHADOWS!" ......But then it would just turn out it was myself I was hearing.

An interesting way to watch the movie, to say the least! ;-D

But, really this movie was just completely brilliant. Just another layer of Ross Martin's highly accomplished acting ability. And the support (well, I guess "technically" Ross is the support, but WHATEVER!) is great as well. Lee gives one of the best performances I've ever seen from her. Glenn Ford is actually kind of cool. And Stephanie Powers makes me not hate her! (I'm sorry, but too many viewings of If a Man Answers ruined her forever for me! HOW DARE SHE DO THAT TO SANDY AND BOBBY?!! Hahaha.)

Although, my complete adoration for/crazy amounts of time spent watching The Wild Wild West, made it difficult for me to ever completely be scared of or dislike Ross. I would start to freak out and my mind would automatically go, "No, that's just Artie! No need to worry!" And seriously...

SPOILER ALERT! ...When he dresses up in those disguises, particularly as the old lady, it was REALLY hard for me to pretend it wasn't Artie somehow trying to save the world from a crazy super-villain. END SPOILER ALERT!

But, Ross was still utterly brilliant, and although amazingly enough he was NOT nominated for an Oscar (in a year in which Ed Begley won for Sweet Bird of Youth), he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe (although he lost to Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia....sheesh, like anybody even cares about that movie anymore! I mean really. ;-D).

This post is seriously going nowhere. I don't even know what I'm trying to say for half of this! (<-- That sentence does not even make sense! ;-D)

Besides the performances there are other aspects of this film, that make it a MUST-SEE.

It was directed by Blake Edwards, the same year he did Days of Wine and Roses, and it has a similar darkish vibe (if that makes sense?). He directs it extremely well, with a really wunderbar use of shadows. The scene I found the most frightening (and the one I really didn't watch much of, ahem, the aforementioned pillow-hiding tactic) was the one in a mannequin making studio. YOU KNOW there's something not right there. YOU KNOW there's evil there. But, you just don't know when, where, or how it's going to appear. The suspense is craziness.

Also, there is a great, famous, and freaky theme by Henry Mancini:




In conclusion, I LOVED this film. And really loved that the underlying "truth" was that you really just don't mess around with people with asthma. Because nine times out of ten, we are brilliant, evil, and insane.

I'm not joking with you guys.

-Millie.

Photo of the Day!



Awwwwwwww.......

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fess Parker.



August 16, 1924 - March 18, 2010

Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier was one of my most favorite movies EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER when I was little. I'm pretty sure I saw it at least 100 times before I was five. I adored Davy Crockett and the River Pirates as well. He was just the coolest.

Rest in Peace.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy {almost two days late} Birthday, SARAH! AND take the "Ultimate" Sarah Video Quiz!

It's really no secret. Sarah is one of the coolest people to ever exist. And now, she's turning (cough cough turned cough cough) 17.

Sarah and I go WAAAAAAY back. I just realized the other day, that when I first met her I was thirteen....THIRTEEN. That was back in good old '08. Place: TCM Message Boards. Occupation: talking incessantly about Audrey Hepburn with her and Harley! Gosh. It seems like yesterday when we were arguing about her hats or fighting off attacks from non-Audrey adorers! ;-D

Anyway, I truly think that Sarah is one of the coolest and most amazing people I have ever "met". She's hilarious, crazy-smart, AND THINKS UP THE COOLEST PHRASES EVER!

Seriously.

"Holy Corn Maze!"; "Peanut Butter and Jealous". These are just a couple of the amazing things the queen of quips creates!

I WANT TO BE SARAH. I am not even joking.

Except that she lives in NY, and I could NEVER, EVER leave glorious Washington. But, hey, otherwise - I WANT TO BE SARAH.

The only depressing thing about Sarah, is that when I first met her she was younger than I am now (we are a year apart), yet she was already 50 zillion times cooler. That's depressing. ;-D

Sarah as a blog-writer is something brilliant to behold! So, methinks you should go follow her blog. Now. You will live with no regrets, then.

Wow, this post is starting to sound so strange (I'm tired, okay! ;-D)

That's right, I should mention that I was going to post this YESTERDAY, but the horrible realization that I had not finished my homework for co-op dawned on me just as I was going to undertake the construction of this post. (I mustache run-on sentences!) Instead of writing this, I got to read about people getting their heads chopped off by the guillotine. Four words: Tale of Two Cities.

And, I sorta started to get freaked out that people were actually excited (maybe excitement is a strong word! ;-D) for this post. Because seriously, I am not that exciting, except in the "watching a pot of oil explode on the stove and then having your mom throw it outside where it bursts into flames and send fireballs on to the lawn" kind of exciting. (true story.)

But, I really just want to wish Sarah a happy birthday (even though it was actually yesterday)! And hope that she has an even better one next year. WHEN SHE TURNS STINKIN' 18! eeek!

I mustache you!

Now, on to the Supercalifragilisticlly dorky part of this Birthday post:

The "Ultimate" Sarah Quiz.

Which is actually not as cool as it sounds. Sadly.

A} I have a strange voice
B} After every answer my words get cut off...hilariously and unintentionally.
C} Who knows where I'm getting this info from.
D} I act SO dorky in it!
E} You must forgive me, because it was very late when it was created. I OBVIOUSLY did not have hold of 83% of my senses. (The 17% prevented my from starting a sing-a-long to PBS Kids theme songs, "Everyday when you're walking down the street, everybody that you meet, has an original point of view, and I say HEY! (HEY!) what a wonderful kind of day.")
F} I had WAAAAY too much fun creating this. And it's sooo stupid.



I feel like I should now apologize for the overwhelming dorkiness of the video. But, somewhere, deep down in it, I was TRYING to express my best wishes for Sarah! Haha, I hope it slightly came across!

Happy Birthday, Sarah! I hope I get to wish you MANY, MANY more! :-D

-Millie

Check out when Sarah was just turning 16!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Sarah!



Happy 17th to Sarah! I hope some day, I'll be half as cool as she is!

-Millie

Full birthday post coming later!

Friday, March 12, 2010

What I learned from Panic in Year Zero!


So, last night I was so depressed, for many reasons, PLUS LILLY SCOTT GOT VOTED OFF OF AMERICAN IDOL!?!? WHAT!? Um, anyway. ;-D

I was gonna watch some I Love Lucy, my typical antidepressant, but instead decided, randomly, to watch Panic in Year Zero! for the first time! (Thanks for the copy, Kate!)

Yeah, I know, slightly faulty thinking. I'm depressed... so I decide to watch a b-movie from 1962 about the world ending.

I mean, actually, that makes perfect sense to me! ;-D

But, seriously, I LOVED it. Well, of course, I mean it's The Magnificent Mr. Milland, starring AND directing...and being head hairstylist. (I jest! However, more on the hairstyles in the film in a bit!)

Sure, there were parts that are today considered unintentionally hilarious. {Of course *I* think it was intentionally hilarious. AIP was in fact a brilliant studio, that simply does not get enough credit!}

Anyway, this film was quite fascinating and and brilliant tutorial on how to survive as the world ends. I will now list the top ten ten things I learned from viewing it: (There will probably be a bit of Spoilers! But, really, this movie is one of those MUST be seen to be believed, so Spoilers don't matter THAT much.)

{10} Cookie (aka Richard Bakalyan) from the Dexter Riley movies was not always the lovable bad guy. He used to actually be a bad, bad guy. <-- This was painful for me to discover.

{9} Bridges that can hold the weight of a a huge trailer FULL of supplies hooked up to a car with four people...are remarkably easy to tear down.

{8} When teenage thugs try to hold you up on the side of the road, YOU SHOULD KILL THEM IMMEDIATELY. Showing mercy is strongly not recommended.

{7} One should not be surprised that when calling home (where three atomic bombs just hit) Grandmother does not answer the phone.

{6} Whenever one shows a "punk" in a leather jacket, jaunty jazz music is the must-have soundtrack.

{5} Doctor's are naturally pessimistic. Especially after atomic wars.

{4} All gas station attendants are naturally shifty, sly people - who just jump at the chance to take advantage of the world coming to an end.

{3} Atomic bombs may destroy a good part of the universe and ALMOST every major city, but nothing will touch Washington...or Seattle. SCORE!

{2} When I say The Magnificent Mr. Milland has a "killer Welsh accent"....I literally mean he has a KILLER Welsh accent.

And for the most important thing learned from PIYZ:

{1} Amidst atomic bombs, Frankie Avalon will still ALWAYS have perfectly styled hair. In the craziness of the world ending, that is one constant we can count on.


Yep, that's it.

But, seriously, this was a pretty interesting film (of course I say the same for Gidget Goes Hawaiian, soooo...) I would definitely recommend it! The Magnificent Mr. Milland gives a great performance and does remarkably well at directing it! Check it out!

-The Millie!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

They Could Read the Phonebook to Me: Ingrid Bergman

The next in my series of favorite voices...and the first female voice so far, is my most favorite actress ever. Ingy!




Ingy was a brilliant actress. And my favorite part of her brilliance are her wonderfully expressive eyes. But. There is another part of her brilliance that is just as, well, um, brilliant! Haha! That gorgeous Swedish accent!

I know I've been saying this for every post, but I seriously could listen to her for hours. HOURS.

Her voice is just as expressive as her eyes, and helps to convey some pretty powerful emotions. Although, I love her voice best when it is exploding with joy; when she conveys pain and heartache with her voice...the results are craziness!

And when she portrays her voice as literally crazy, well....yeah.

Check out this scene from Gaslight. (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!) Definitely, one of my favorite last scenes. EVER.



The way she talks. GOSH. The uncontainable hysteria. The way she leaps from emotion to emotion JUST through voice. GENIUS.


Another place she displays great emotion in her voice is in Notorious (don't watch this clip if you haven't seen the film!)



Speaking of Notorious, don't you just LOVE the way she says, "Sab-aaast-ian"? Hahaha!

Ingrid in Cactus Flower (at the age of 54!!). Now, this is just the coolest thing ever. Her voice is definitely just brilliant in it, and her dancing is beyond cool. I mean, SERIOUSLY, "The Dentist". She's waaay too amazing!



Watch Ingy GRACIOUSLY excepting Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Murder on the Orient Express.

Listen to Ingy SING As Times Goes By. Her talent is never-ending!



ONLY Ingy could get away with calling Hitchcock an "adorable genius".




Okay, sorry, Ingy-clip overload! Haha! She's just so amazing. I love her voice so much. It's FORCES you - without FORCING you (that makes NO sense! ahaha!) - to feel the emotions she's conveying. When Ingy is happy and her voice is bubbling over, it suddenly makes you feel rather happy and content. When she's deeply sad, it makes makes you feel her pain (to borrow a cliche!). This is just part of the reason WHY I love her voice. The other part, it that it's just a cool voice. I want her voice. I NEED her voice. She somehow makes the most inane and stupid phrases and dialogue seem one-of-a-kind and brilliant.

Okay, I really need to stop, this is starting to sound a like a creepy obsessive fan or something. Which OF COURSE, I am not. Really. ;-D

And finally, NO, post about Ingrid Bergman's wunderbar voice would be complete without her most famous line:




Hehehe, this post is like dorkiness to the millionth power. Sheesh!

Anyway, join me next time for a post on an actor with not just one utterly amazing voice, but dozens. Can you guess who I'm talking about?

-Millie!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy 65 Birthday, Mr. Dolenz!



Today is the 65th birthday of Micky Dolenz...aka THE coolest member of The Monkees, and probably the most talented as well!

It's funny, because within the last few days I've been thinking a lot about The Monkees, and structuring in my mind a mini-series I am going to be writing about them, titled, ahem, "The Underrated Genius of The Monkees" (yes, genius! DON'T LAUGH!).

So, today, when I woke up (sick with bad asthma...and unable to do anything but sit around) and checked Twitter and saw that Sarah had tweeted me: "It's Micky Dolenz's birthday today! Party is in order!" I was rather excited!

I adore The Monkees, I love their music and I love their TV show. I also think they were and still are utterly and unfairly dismissed as "the pre-fab four". But, I'm not going to get into that right now, haha, you've got to wait for my genius series for that! ;-D

Instead, I'm going to talk about Micky.

Micky is probably the most talented member of The Monkees (closely followed by Peter). Mike was the songwriter, who played guitar (and sang), and also was involved in the producing on many Monkees songs. Peter was the crazy talented musician. He played, I'm convinced, every instrument ever known to man. He also sang, and wrote a few songs. Davy was, um, the "actor". He had history in musical theater and Broadway. He also played the tambourine. AHHAHA! (Okay, and a little bit drums and VERY little bit of guitar).

But, Micky was also a songwriter (my favorite of his being Randy Scouse Git), and a musician (he played the drums, guitar, and a few other instruments), and a hilarious actor.

And on top of all this, he was THE lead vocals for The Monkees. According to Mike, it was Micky's singing that gave the Monkees a distinctive sound. Mike and Peter often, willingly, handed over songs that they had written for Micky to sing. He was just that amazing.

The Monkees most famous song:



You simply HAVE to watch the epic-amazingness that is this video. (AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE USING THE WORD "EPIC"!) The Monkees singing Words, except everything is backwards, because Davy is playing the drums (and, um, wind chimes?!?) and Micky is playing the tambourine (and singing the lead). While Peter is looking really intense and upset. And Mike's off in the corner looking bored and disinterested. IT'S UTTER BRILLIANCE!


^You KNOW you are peanut butter and jealous (a Sarahism) that Micky has those cool glasses! ;-D


Pleasant Valley Sunday is one of The Monkees' most critically "respected" songs. This video is memorable for many reasons. One, being that Micky is NOT wearing his favorite fashion piece...EVER.....the ugly upholstery fabric poncho. Hahaha! Although, I for one, am having trouble believing that Davy is REALLY playing that guitar.




A rather funny clip from an episode of The Monkees, with Micky playing a not-funny comedian and horrible impressionist (James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson have the exact same voice). Also watch for Mike playing a awkward, shy folk singer, SINGING DIFFERENT DRUM (one of Mike's compositions before The Monkees).





An utterly strange, but VERY fascinating song, sung by Micky. And, if you are feeling the need to make fun of his dancing.......just watch Davy "dance". Micky looks like Fred Astaire comparatively! ;-D






Footage of Micky in concert singing, "I Gotta Woman".







My favorite of all Micky's compositions. Listen for his mention of The Beatles: "The four kings of E.M.I. are sitting stately on the floor"





And speaking of Beatles sitting on the floor:



Well, I GUEEEEESSS that's enough clips! Hahaha!

The only problem is, that there are hardly any Monkees songs on YouTube (I tried to put one up Saturday and it IMMEDIATELY was blocked!) I would load some other, lesser-known Monkees songs here, but, tragically, I had not finished transferring all my music from my family's computer to this laptop, when my family's computer crashed. Leaving me with just ONE Monkees album (a greatest hits) instead of all the songs I had been slowly purchasing and downloading since I was ten. EERRRRGGGGHHHH!

Anyway, be sure to check back soon for, ahem, "The Underrated Genius of The Monkees". ;-D

Happy Birthday, Micky! I hope you enjoy many more years!



^Micky's beloved poncho.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Top Twenty Favorite Hitchcock's: Or how I almost had a heart attack one day while writing a blog post.

That title is no joke.

Seriously.

I take my Sir Alfred adoration VERY seriously. Heck, I have birthday parties for him EVERY YEAR. You can't even begin to understand HOW difficult this was for me to narrow down my favorites. IT WAS BEYOND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.

I don't even know WHY I subject myself to such heinous torture!

Anyway, the super-cool Kate did a post {with cool artwork! Check it out!} on her top twenty favorite Hitchcock's. And because I follow Kate around everyone, doing whatever she does, saying whatever she says...I too HAD to "write" a post on my favorite Hitchcock's!

Well, I guess, I can just start now!

Oh, by the way, besides the first, I had trouble numbering my favorites, so this isn't really a "numbered" list. Just know that the top few are a little more favorite than the bottom few!

{1} Shadow Of A Doubt



This was declared my favorite Hitchcock at the age of nine {I don't know, is it odd to have a favorite Hitchcock at the age of nine?}...and that favorite status has never changed! It's just all-around brilliance! AND UNCLE CHARLIE IS STINKIN' COOL!

{2} Mr. and Mrs. Smith



I know, you're saying that out of Hitchcock's myriad's of brilliant films, I pick THIS?!? Well, let me tell you, it was so difficult giving an actual NUMBER to my favorites, I decided to list them by how many times I watch them over and over. And, I have seen this WAAAAAY too many times!

{3} Notorious



Ingy + Cary + Hitchcock = Wowzie Kazam! It's a proven fact. This film is just brilliant. And it makes me so happy, I don't know if that's just because I have seriously twisted and messed up mind? or what? Also, this film is so engaging I inevitably get caught up in the story and at some point start screaming at the TV: "DEV, HOW COULD YOU!?!?! HOW COULD YOU!?!?! I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!" But, yeah. Great film.

{4} The 39 Steps



Love it. Love everything about it. Its story, its filming, its actors....heck, I even love Robert Donat's mustache. Although, I feel like I'm probably the only one who gets really stressed out about Donat being forced to run for his life over hills and in streams and such. I get so stressed because I know Donat had Asthma...as I also have. I freak out thinking about running around and not being able to breathe. Yeaaaah, anyway....

{5} Dial M For Murder



I adore Ray Milland, he's a horribly underrated actor, with no good reason for being so! He was an Oscar-winner, incredibly talented, and had the ability to play ANY kind of character convincingly. The same is true with his Hitchcock villain. He goes down in Hitchcock history as being one of the most charming villains, while attempting to kill off GRACE KELLY OF ALL PEOPLE. I mean seriously?!? That's talent. Anyway, this movie is just genius!

{6} The Lady Vanishes



The first Hitchcock I ever saw, MANY, MANY, MANY years ago (well, I mean I guess less than ten years, but that's a lot when you're not yet 16!). It's so perfect. It's fast-paced, a great story, and incredibly witty. And in, Michael Redgrave, we have one of the coolest of all Hitchcock heroes (who were often far less interesting then their nemesis!). And, his mustache is definitely a highlight in the film. Seriously, I start laughing hysterically the moment I see him!

{7} Strangers On A Train



This film (besides being highly entertaining) is fascinating in the way it causes (at least for me) to root for both the "bad guy" AND the "good guy" at the same time! That's unheard of! I can't recall any other films like that. It's just another part of Sir Alfred's genius!

{8} Stage Fright



I absolutely HATE it when people call this a "inferior Hitchcock"! REALLY!?!? I didn't know there was such a thing! And seriously, this film is brilliance personified. I love every minute of it! I mean, how could anyone not? It's so utterly British. And Michael Wilding's going to have to fight it out with Redgrave and Donat for coolest Hitchcock accent! And, the most important part of this film is pictured. Mr. Alistair Sim himself. Now, HE is brilliance personified. Practically every highlight of this film has something to do with him. My favorite scene is also the one pictured. He desperately needs a little blood for something...

{8} To Catch A Thief



NOTHING annoys me more than when people dismiss this as "Hitchcock fluff". WHAT THE HECK KIND OF FLUFF DO YOU WANT!? This movie is great. And besides, the directing, acting, story, and the cinematography...the best part is definitely the costume design. Not only does Grace Kelly get to wear one amazing outfit after another...but Cary Grant get's to wear stripes with polka dots. That's a once in a lifetime moment.

{1o} Jamaica Inn



I'm one of four people who love this film. Matthew's one of the other four. The rest of you just don't understand it's genius. SERIOUS GENIUS. I really can't explain it, but it's brilliant. Check out Matthew's post on the subject! He explains it excellently!

{11} Foreign Correspondent



This is coolness. I don't know what else to say? Joel McCrea is cool. Sir Alfred is cool. Random supporting actors are cool. The use of rain is cool. The coolness adds up. <--I have NO idea what I'm trying to say. I'm tired okay! {12} Young and Innocent



The twitching eyes.

{13} Rear Window



Two words. Thelma. Ritter. She's so amazing in this. I utterly adore her. Best part: her talking about the blood "splattering everywhere".

{15} Rebecca



Continuing on with my love for mustached, British Hitchcock heroes...

{16} Secret Agent



To tell you the truth, if anything has the name Peter Lorre attached to it, I automatically LOVE it! It's a fault of mine. And plus, this film is just plain intriguing.....with Peter Lorre!

{17} Spellbound



Oddly enough, today the title of this film is more associated with a documentary about a spelling bee than for a brilliant Hitchcock starring my favorite actor and favorite actress. (Although to be fair the documentary is actually kinda cool.) This film is fascinating and surreal every step of the way. From the "death" scene to the Wowzie Kazam personified dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali!

{18} The Trouble With Harry



This is going to sound strange, but I've always thought that if they made a music video to the Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme...it would be this movie. Frankly, I don't think anyone but Sir Alfred could have made the movie. It's like a fairy tale. And it is crazy hysterical.

{19} Suspicion



This movie is just waaay too cool and British. And even though the ending may not be what everyone wants (SPOILER ALERT: My ten year-old brother was decidedly disappointed that Joan didn't get killed. END SPOILER!) it's still an excellent film. And Cary gets to play one of his amazing "charming jerks". So, yeah, all's cool!

{20} North By Northwest



Although, I will forever think that casting Ingy in this film instead of Eva Marie Saint would have made it 1,000,000 times even MORE amazing, there's still not a lot to complain about. It's just a fun, engaging, fascinating "thriller" from start to finish. And seriously, I recently saw From Russia With Love for the first time, and the last few scenes on the train just made me think SO much of NXNW! And Cary is always amazingly cool. And, I utterly adore Jessie Royce Landis (I muddled through the ultra-depressing Gidget Goes to Rome just for her!).

Well, my list is done! It was hard to cut some out. VERY HARD. But, this is pretty much my top twenty favorites.

Of course, you must recall, that I forget SO many favorites when I make lists, and then I get list-makers regret, so, this shouldn't be taken as the Definitive Millie!

Okay, never mind! I'm done! Haha!

I need to get some sleep!

-Millie!

BTW, what are your top twenty Hitchcocks? Let me know in the comments or make a post of your own! I'd LOVE to hear from you!

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