If I were to choose the best decade for film, it would be tough to top film in the 1930s. Hollywood was in full stride, churning out a remarkable array of outstanding films in all sorts of genres: drama, westerns, musicals, comedies (oh my, the comedies!). And Europe, while darkening under the rising clouds of fascism, political and economic upheaval, and the start of the Holocaust, turned out some enduring classics from the UK, Germany, France, and Italy.Read More
By the 1930s, studios had figured out how to record sound. Along with a slew of decadent musicals (think Busby Berkeley or Fred and Ginger) came a slate of fast-talking, raucous comedies. Divorce-remarriage plots, fish out of water stories, and fierce, funny women all figure in the genre. These silly comedies of errors have heart, and they are still just as biting and edgy today.Read More
We'll watch the fashion, praise and lament the winners, tweet obvious observations in the hopes of accruing likes, and, ultimately, still get bored. Which is why the movies themselves should count more than ever. At its core, this truly is a show for movie lovers. Rather than harping on the legitimacy of certain nominations, or deserved wins, let’s all instead celebrate the classics.
These beloved films set standards, became traditions, and even feel like the inspiration, in a way, for some of the nominated films of this year's Academy Awards. Some classic movies to watch include:Read More
The 1930s marked the first full decade of Academy Awards, and there were many films, actors, and other film industry professionals to consider pulling out as notable Academy Award Winners of the 1930s. Here are a few that stand out the most….Read More
Shakespeare film adaptations such as Baz Luhrman's "Romeo and Juliet", the Shakespeare inspired "Shakespeare in Love," and “10 Things I Hate About You", prove that Shakespeare films adaptations and movies retain their enduring appeal. Shakespere adaptations are so numerous, in fact, they inspired me to pull out seven Shakespeare films that are well worth the watch.Read More