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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cat's Favorite Older Films Seen 1st in 2011!

Thanks to Cat(Cahcat on Twitter) for this list! She is a cool movie watchin' gal and a lover of DARKMAN! Enjoy her picks and also go check out her lovely blog:


In 2011 I saw 96 movies I’d never seen before that would be considered
old movies, all before the year 2000. The oldest film was from 1902,
Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A TRIP TO THE MOON). Many of the old movies I
saw fell between the years of the 1930’s to1980. Thanks to the New
Beverly and the Alamo Drafthouse 31 of those movies were on a big
screen, 39 of them via Netflix and 11 were on VHS.

Of those 96 movies I gave 10 of them a 5.0 on the 1-5 Horlick Scale
with 5 being the best.

Here are my top 10 Old Movies I saw for the first time:

1. My Man Godfrey (1936) – Godfrey comes to join the household of a rich family as their butler and teaches them all a lesson or two.

2. Went The Day Well? (1942) – Based on a Graham Green story an English village is invaded by Germans.

3. The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) – Peter Lorre wants to read his Astronomy books in an Italian mansion but the hand of a recently deceased Pianist roams around and on a killing spree.

4. Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902) – A silent film, a fantastic film, a vision of a trip to the moon.

5. The Third Man (1949) – Orson Wells and Joseph Cotten in one of the most classic noir films! Set in Vienna a pulp novelist hopes to join his friend with a new job, but gets involved in the mystery of his death. Who is the third man???

6. Gambit (1966) – Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine attempt the perfect heist, and the two are one hell of an onscreen pair.

7. Prime Cut (1972) – Directed by Michael Ritchie, Lee Marvin is the man from Chicago coming to Kansas City to make a collection for the mob. Gene Hackman is Mary Ann and he doesn’t want to pay up what’s due. Sissy Spacek is Poppy and she’s beautiful! A great surprise viewing of my year!

8. The Island of Lost Souls (1932) – A version of The Island of Doctor Moreau, it’s creepy and great! Bela Lugosi is the SAYER OF THE LAW. “No Spilled Blood.”

9. Throne of Blood (1957) – A classic from Akira Kurosawa, warring lords fight each other, doing what it takes to become the Emperor.

10. Born Wild – a.k.a. The Young Animals (1968) – New kid Tony comesto a border town school, he’s Chicano, and the white kids don’t likehim. Tony starts a movement for equal rights, and his radical ways start causing trouble.

A few runner-ups to add among my absolute favorites are:

1. Just Imagine (1930) – The 1930’s imagines what life would be like in the future of 1980’s while singing fun little ditties.

2. Hard Times (1975) – Walter Hill’s directorial debut. Charles Bronson street-fights during the depression.

3. The Big Heat (1953) – A Noir classic with Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame. Ford is a good cop trying to bring down gangsters. It’s also got Lee Marvin and was directed by Fritz Lang!

4. Framed (1947) – More Noir with Glenn Ford, he falls for the wrong gal and gets mixed up on the wrong side of the law. Beware the Femme Fatale!

5. Hickey & Boggs (1972) – Written by Walter Hill, two privatedetectives, Robert Culp and Bill Cosby get mixed up in a new case thatcauses them more trouble then they ever expected. It’s got a great tagline too: “They hold their forty-four magnums with two hands and keep firing until they hit something ... anything.”

I really do enjoy watching these old films; they’re fresh, fun and inspire my imagination. They take their times with story and characters and that’s something these movies all have in common. They took me to a place I’d never been, proved that a great story is universal and it can mean just as much now as it did then. Movie watching means a lot to me and with each movie I see I know I just have to keep watching! Gotta see ‘em all! YUP!



Kev D. said...

Wow... good list. HARD TIMES!!!!!!!

Bronson was the man.

Ned Merrill said...

Several longtime favorites on this list, none bigger than MY MAN GODFREY and PRIME CUT. I also finally saw ISLAND OF LOST SOULS this year, one of my new favorites as well.