Category Archives: Great Classic Movies

Movies that are considered “great” in the world of cinema. Includes black and white and silent films.

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night is a film directed by Frank Capra.  My initial interest for this film came by recommendation.  This film is adapted from the short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams.

Now, I recommend this film to you.  This film stars Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connelly, Ward Bond, Alan Hale Sr., Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Arthur Hoyt, Irving Bacon, Blanche Friderici, and William Bailey.  Now you know the cast!

As for the movie, this is what I want to tell you (it’ll arouse your intrigue).  Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) runs away from her father (Walter Connelly).  Why would she run away from her father?  Hmmm..  Ellie meets Peter (Clark Gable) while on a bus ride to New York.  Peter recognizes Ellie for the runaway daughter of Mr. Andrews (lots of money).  Well now, the plot thickens.

It Happened One Night falls under the romance genre of film.  Again, romance movies were unheard of in my previous movie watching days.  And now, I watch great films (because they’re great!).

That was a personal burn on myself.  Ohhh!

In all seriousness, this film is worth watching.  It’s an emotionally moving work of art: a film such as this one should not be overlooked.

highly recommend watching this film when time allows.

Peace out,

P

City Lights

City Lights.  Charles Chaplin film!

Let’s see.. This is just a great film.  Once again, the audience is able to feel through the expressions of the face and body what deep emotions are rendered.

This film is about a man (Charles Chaplin) who falls in love with a blind woman (Virginia Cherrill) whom sells flowers on the corner of a street.

This is an amazing film.  There’s not too much else to say.  The bottom line is that this is a silent b & w.  The audience can see and feel such a powerful expression of the core emotions from these actors/actresses.  It’s moving, and yes.. I cried during this film.

Peace

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I’m not too worried about saying this: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a well told story- honestly, its a great story.  “How is it great?”, you ask..  It’s a Truman Capote short adapted for the screen (same title.  However, there is a major change the main character, Paul Varjak.  In Truman Capote’s short, Paul Varjak is homosexual: in the movie, he’s heterosexual.  Pretty big difference). It’s a bittersweet sort of ending.  Overall, it ends on a positive note, but damn..  I really felt for Audrey Hepburn’s character.  It’s eerie how spot on Hepburn is as Holly Golightly.  George Peppard also does a phenomenal job as Paul Varjak.

Great movie.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Gentleman, if your woman hasn’t seen this film, watch it with her.  It can only do you solid with your lady.

Peace.

ps… Watching Reservoir Dogs today.  I’ll get at the Tarantino magical movie review once I finish reviewing the above (Reservoir Dogs– there, that should remove any confusion for all).

The Crucible

The Crucible.  Solid film- intense as a wild mountain cat (ninjas of the mountains folks- they’ll detach your spine clean off, but first.. They’ll collapse the base at your neck, so, you wont feel a thing!  Hey, it goes this way- forrealss).  Back to the movie.  Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder.  Good chance you may recognize a few other familiar actors doing a role in this film.

The Crucible takes place in Salem, MA.  It’s a cinematic re-telling of the famous “witch trials” held in Salem.  Damn pilgrims – nutty bastards.  Fascination holds me in the bay of curiosity.  I’m still reflecting on why and whom stood accused.  Wow.  Intense.  Provoker of your (and my) thinking.  Well done film.

Broken City.  Now I have a movie to juxtapose the different styles of screenwriting (more specifically, the screenwriters from different time palaces.  I want to examine the similarities of movies, while exposing how to pull out contrasting points, and focus in on these beauties).

Broken City is broken.  Wouldn’t recommend this film.  It was choppy; pieces were scattered wayyy too far for me to care.  Like, really- I pay money to relax, then, the director is all, “hey guys!  check out the badass actors!  yeah!  I cant write, so…  yeah!  Wahlberg! Crowe!  Zeta Jones!”  …and at the end of the movie, the audience was dissatisfied and unhappy, making a solemn vow to never see another movie by the guy who wrote this piece of brown smudge.

Stay tuned in lunar heads

P Zeeezy

Wizard

Im here.  Right here, right now.  What other variable is of concern? Really- what else is there to add?

I got my nerd magazine (proud of my nerd), and guess what?  THQ did a downward spiral with the past year of releases.  Nose Dive!  Anyways, don’t worry (if your worried at all), because it appears the company will be bought from people who know what their doing in the gaming industry.  In my opinion, you either have a natural knack for giving the people what they want- or, you don’t.  Yes, this is brutal.  Don’t sweat it.  Really.  Because the fact is, we the consumer want a product that meets our expectations.  In a perfect scenario, our expectations are blow away by a video game that just is, well, great.

For Greater Glory is about martyr’s for Jesus Christ.  Hey, if your into that, guarantee you’ll love it- if not, then don’t watch this movie.  That’s about it.

Just go see Life of Pi.  Whatever, you know what I mean.  Just watch the movie (by whatever means) at some point.  It’s difficult to give a review without spoiling the movie.  It’s one of those you just need to watch.  I’ll give this much away: the protagonist of the story begins by saying, “you conclude the moral of the story I’m about to tell for yourself”.  That’s not a direct quote.

Argo, hmm.. Here’s what I’ll say: the entire movie revolves around one decision (happens within the first ten minutes).  There it is.  It’s a fantastic movie.  It’s based on a historical event in American history, as it involves foreign affairs.  Also, this movie illustrates the life of a middle easterner.  Well, more specifically, Tehran, Iran.  Right?!  Now you have to see it!

Chinatown.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend watching this one before the other movies previously mentioned.  It reminds me of “The Sound and Fury”, by William Faulkner.  It’s a dark, twisted piece that makes us as the audience ask ourselves, “can we really be this neurotic and evil?”.  If that frightens you, I completely understand.  This movie WILL leave a permanent mark on the mind.  Chinatown is the type of movie that brings the phrase, “truth is stranger than fiction”, to life.  It’s a bone chilling movie, and you shouldn’t watch this movie unless your emotionally stable enough to handle it.  I mean this.  I’m not like, “ooga booga booga”!  This is an honest statement: don’t watch this unless your ready for some seriously dark shit to haunt you.

Philly Dee