Tuesday, April 5, 2011
2011 in Film: March
Hmmm. We've skipped over February. I forgot (until like March 27th). Terribly sorry. ;-D
Anyway. MARCH 2011. This was an interesting month. I had finals AND spring break AND the start of a spring quarter at college.
And I watched a remarkable amount of oddly cool films. PERFECTION.
March: 31 films overall/18 new
My Favorite New Film:
TIE! You Must Be Joking! and The Blob. Both utter brilliance. I also adored Bright Star.
I want to absolutely thank Kate for getting me a copy of YMBJ! It is a very difficult film to find and I never thought I would ever get to see it! Kate is so awesome! :')
You can also check out a tribute I made to Michael Callan's performance:
My Least Favorite New Film:
Palm Springs Weekend. For five reasons: 1) Troy Donahue. 2) Troy Donahue. 3) Troy Donahue. 4) Troy Donahue. 5) The rest of the cast (excluding Robert Conrad and Stephanie Powers). This was the last film I watched this month, AND IT WAS PATHETIC. I was particularly amused by the scene of Troy Donahue/Ty Hardin (I don't remember which annoying, bland, boring actor it was at that moment) threatening and beating up Robert Conrad's evil, spoiled rich kid. AS IF. In real life, Robert Conrad could have easily beat both of them up [probably at the same time ;-D].
I did however enjoy the super-creepy trailer. I even had to make a gif. Haha!
Runner-up: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. This one is in the category of: The Things I Watch For Sidney Poitier
Best Movie Title:
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. No words necessary.
EXCEPT, LET ME TAKE THIS MOMENT TO SAY THAT THE LAST 30 SECONDS OF THIS FILM ARE UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.
That is all.
Woman of Straw. Lollobrigida, Connery, and Sir Ralph?! What?! YES.
Runners up: The Stranger with Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, and Loretta Young.
Sergeants 3 for general Rat Pack awesomeness.
Marriage On the Rocks for Frank, Nancy, Deborah, and Dean.
See: My Least Favorite New Film
Best Title Song:
The Blob's title song is beyond brilliance; beyond mere humanness.
MOST HORRIBLE DEATH THAT OCCURRED IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF A FILM:
I'm gonna go with Hell to Eternity and David Janssen. I watched the movie just for him and they killed him off just minutes from victory. -_-
Also, for those of you keeping track: this marks the second film I've watched this year solely for David Janssen-- which also happens to star Jeffrey Hunter as his war buddy. (January saw Man Trap where they played Korean War friends. HtE sees them as WWII buddies.) This also marks two quite unnecessary Jeffrey Hunter performances. THE THINGS I DO FOR MY BELOVED DR. RICHARD KIMBLE!
Runners up: Hombre.
Of course I found Paul Newman's death quite saddening, BUT, I was even MORE depressed by the death of Frank Silvera's awesome Mexican bandit! UNFAIR!
***END SPOILER ALERT!***
And even though I knew it was coming: Bright Star. Tears.
Most Viewed Actors:
Frank Sinatra: 4
Dean Martin: 3
Orson Welles: 2 (also both directed by him)
James Garner: 2
Suzanne Pleshette: 2
Troy Donahue: 2 (I am going to start reading the cast lists of films in my Netflix queue. Two films starring Blandness-Personified is a grievous error! ;-D)
Bobby Darin: 2
Sandra Dee: 2
Frankie Avalon: 2
Stephanie Powers: 2
Films By Decades:
1930's: 1 - 1 new
1940's: 3 - 2 new
1950's: 4 - 2 new
1960's: 18 - 11 new
2000's: 5 - 2 new
Quite the interesting month.