Wednesday, January 23, 2008

THURSDAY THIRTEEN #51 -- Recently viewed DVDs that I haven't put away


I have a hard time putting things away. I put something down and know – just know – I will pick it up again in a minute. And then a month or two goes by. That’s why I have such a vast and eclectic collection of movies and TV shows cluttering my living room. I enjoy and recommend them all.

Here they are in the order of their appearance in stacks around my TV:

1. Laura. (1944) A completely gorgeous black and white mystery about the murder of a glamorous Manhattan “party girl” (she’s my ideal because, like me, she works in an ad agency) and the three men who claimed to love her.

2. A Hard Day’s Night. (1964) The Beatles’ first, and best, movie.

3. HELP! (1965) The Beatles second movie, the sillier one that’s in color.

4. Valley of the Dolls. (1967) The hair, the clothes, the sex, the bad production numbers, the cheesy dialog … It’s hideous. It’s wretched. And I can’t watch it enough.

5.The Aviator. (2004) Leonardo DiCaprio breathes life into the legend of Howard Hughes, humanizing a man it would be easy to dismiss as a nut. Plus it’s got Cate Blanchette as The Great Kate Hepburn and Alan Alda playing against type as a very bad man.

6. Moonlighting, Seasons 1 and 2. (1985 and 1986) Dave and Maddie and comedy and sexual tension. Oh yeah, and some detective work, too. I adored this show. It’s when I fell deeply, profoundly and everlastingly in love with Bruce Willis. Now, watching it decades later, I have a new appreciation for Cybill Shepherd flair for physical comedy. I’d forgotten what a funny girl she could be.

7. Guys and Dolls. (1955) I love Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in this! Like Dave and Maddie, they’re the last to know they’re in love. My favorite moment is their duet of “I’ll Know.” Sigh.

8. Law and Order Crime Scenes. A compilation DVD of popular episodes. My favorite stars Julia Roberts – then involved in real life with Benjamin Bratt/Rey Curtis – playing a chillingly convincing evil manipulator.

9. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. (1969) The harmonic convergence of Robert Redford, screenwriter William Goldman, director George Roy Hill and the peerless Paul Newman. Redford looks glorious, but in recent viewings I have come to enjoy Newman’s timing more and more. (“Never hit your mother with a shovel, for it leaves a dull impression on her mind …”)

10. That Girl, Season 3 (1968). I was 10 when these shows first aired and I wanted to BE Ann Marie. I wanted her wardrobe, her bangs, her cool apartment, and her sweet but completely non-threatening boyfriend, Donald. Watching it now, I appreciate what a groundbreaking series it was.

11. The Dick Van Dyke Show. (1961) Six episodes from the first season. I love Rob and Laura together. And Laura and her next door neighbor/best friend, Millie.

12. This Old Cub. (2004)  A star-studded tribute to the Cubs All-Star third baseman, the legendary Ron Santo. It covers his playing days (highlighted by the famous, heartbreaking 1969 season) as well as his brave struggle with diabetes and his current, glorious stint as Cubs radio announcer. Joe Mantegna, Bill Murray, William Petersen and Gary Sinise all appear to express their admiration for Ronnie. So do Ronnie's fantabulous Cub teammates -- Beckert, Kessinger, Williams and, of course, Ernie. Seems the only ones who don't love him are affiliated with the Hall of Fame. (Bastards.)

13. Beach Party (1963) A birthday gift from a dear friend who understands my connoisseur’s appreciation of the finest in cinematic camp.

Include your link in the comments and I will list you here:
1) SJR invites thirteen great funny girls over
2) Monday through Sunday has a serious, moving TT about what not to say to grieving parents
3) Ellen b takes us on a photographic tour of the oldest operating McDonald's
4) Greatfullivin shares Hoosier wisdom with us
5) Sandee reminds us of songs of 1970
6) Nicholas' TT is almost like mine, except it's different (check it out and that statement will make sense)
7) Sandy Carlson rhapsodizes about the sound of silence
8) Cricket's Hearth explains the origins of 13 phrases you hear every day
9) Natalie has a movie-related TT, too
10) Open Grove Claudia shares 13 inspirational quotes
11) Adelle's TT is cuh-ra-zee!
12) Missy looks at this date in history
13) Pjazzypar shares her viewing habits
14) Journeywoman salutes the creative forces behind her favorite shows
15) Proud mom Courtney throws a spotlight on her most active daughter
16) Susan Helene Gottfried shares her photos of Yellowstone … and some pointed commentary from Trevor
17) Not Afraid to Use It lists Girl Power anthems
18) LibAnn answers the question, "Why Blog?"
19) Especially timely after what happened to Heath Ledger, Maribeth looks at those who left us too soon
20) Zenmomma looks at fonts
21) Nancy banishes regret and looks back on her goofier moments
22) Angelle takes us through her morning routine
23) Patti shares all about herself -- brought to you by the letter C
24) D Pop Tart takes a closer look at life on the homefront during WWII
25) Sarai goes on vacation (in her fantasies)
26) Nancy J. Bond's TT will give you the shivers!
27) Tasina's TT was called early due to illness
28) Lori gives us the low down about today in Cincy
29) Celticlibrarian takes us back in time to old, OLD Scotland

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