Topper (1937) -Norman Z. McLeod

Cary Grant headlines the first film I dive into as I hit the chapter on ghosts in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Played as a bit of a romantic comedy, the film is one I had never heard of, and I always enjoy settling in for a Grant picture. The suave leading man plays…

Charade (1963) – Stanley Donen

The next title on the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation of Casablanca from The Movie Book, released by DK Canada, is this delightful romp starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Also featuring turns by Walter Matthau and James Coburn, this romance mystery, with a healthy dose of comedy has a score by…

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) – Howard Hawks

The big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is Casablanca, and what kind of film reviewer if I hadn’t covered it before? So it was onto the What Else to Watch list which brings me a Howard Hawks film I hadn’t heard of, and stars Cary Grant. This is all win as far as…

His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, is the incredibly enjoyable Howard Hawks film, His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The film is based on the play The Front Page, with the key change of making one of the leads a woman. From there, history takes over, and the…

Blonde Venus (1932) – Josef von Sternberg

von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich team-up for another film from the list of titles to watch in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Blue Angel. This time around Dietrich plays Helen Faraday, a young woman, who wooed by a man, Ned (Herbert Marshall)¬†on a walking trip across…

Some Like It Hot (1959) – Billy Wilder

Marilyn Monroe stars alongside Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in this hilarious film that is the next title in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. Curtis and Lemmon are Joe and Jerry, respectively, a sax and bass player in a speakeasy in 1929. Unfortunately, they’re both rather broke, and have just witnessed a gangland…

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) – Carl Reiner

  Where Monsieur Hulot’s recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book suggested Blazing Saddles as a western send-up, the hilarious Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid starring Steve Martin skewers the noir genre lovingly by intercutting out hero Rigby Reardon (Martin) with actual footage from classic noir films. Reardon, a cynical gumshoe…

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – Charles Crichton

  The final recommendation from Kind Hearts and Coronets in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is a personal favorite of mine. This was Charles Crichton’s last film, but I’m so glad the recommendations allowed me to see two more of his films I had never even heard of, Hue and Cry (now…

Romantic Movies for Valentines Day

  So it’s Valentine’s Day. You and your sweetie have had a romantic dinner, or a nice walk (pleasant and warm even with the chill in the air), arm in arm, hand in hand, you decide to go back to the apartment and have a cuddle while watching a romantic movie that isn’t overly sappy……

The Philadelphia Story (1940) – George Cukor

  Cary Grant makes another welcome appearance in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, this time in the recommendations for his film Bringing Up Baby, alongside Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, who won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance. Katherine Hepburn is wealthy socialite Tracy Lord, and…

Bringing Up Baby (1938) – Howard Hawks

  Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn pair up in this hilarious comedy, the next title featured in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. Filled with Howard Hawk’s signature rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, there are witty remarks, cross-dressing, a goofy love story, a leopard names Baby, and a missing Brontosaurus bone. Grant is one of my…