Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hooray for Hollywood

Like my fellow "novel girls" I also LOVE movies. Since I was a little girl I've loved escaping into the drama of a movie. I can remember wondering what it would be like to be a part of a group of friends like the ones in Goonies and I can also recall thinking it would cool to be a vampire like Keifer Sutherland in The Lost Boys. But by far, my favorite movies are the oldies. My father introduced me to classic movies when I was a little girl, and although I have many current movies that I love, the classic ones are dearest to my heart. I think what I like the best about these movies is that many of them are entirely driven on dialogue. There were no special effects back then, so the stories had to be compelling enough to keep an audience riveted for two hours. And the actors...well there were so many good ones: Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Bettie Davis, just to name a few.

Here is just a short list of some of my all time favorites. I know I'll miss a few, but if you're ever in the mood for a really great movie, check these out.

The Searchers
Red River
Pat and Mike
His Girl Friday

Bringing Up Baby
Woman of the Year
The Philadelphia Story

12 Angry Men
The Odd Couple
The Apartment

The African Queen
Adam's Rib
To Kill A Mockingbird
Rear Window
North by Northwest
Mr. Roberts
It's A Wonderful Life

Happy movie watching!


Lisa Patton said...

Carolyn, You love so many of my favorites. I have seen most all of them - over and over again. I love the Alfred Hitchcock films. Don't you love trying to find him in each one? I saw Notorious the other night and we had to scroll through the film to find him even after we had watched it to the end. Turns out he was in the beginning - walking down the street all by himself!!

Tracy Madison said...

Wow, so many of my favorites are listed here! I have to say, though, that Sabrina remains at the top of my favorites. As dones Arsenic and Old Lace. Ah...I feel an "old movie" marathon coming up!

Carolyn McTighe said...

I love them too!

Lisa: I love looking for him too. Sometimes he is hidden so well and other times he is right there out in the open, like in the apartment across from Jimmy Stewart in "Rear Window."

Tracy: I'm with you. I think next weekend will be an oldies but goodies movie night. I forgot "Arsenic and Old Lace" that was a good one too. I knew I'd forget one.