Movie 54- Romantic Comedy- My Favorite Wife

Directed by Garson Kanin
Starring Cary Grant
             Irene Dunne


"I came here with my wife... hum... my bride really. Now my wife, not my bride... my wife... Why should I bore you with details?"

After a man's wife has gone seven years missing at sea (and is long believed dead), she suddenly shows up on the very day he's about to marry again!

This movie is so funny and it's all because of Cary Grant, Irene Dunne is funny as well.  I love when Cary Grant starts having a conversation with himself, they almost don't seem scripted, he does it so well.  Michelle and I were laughing out loud throughout the movie.  If you are looking for a fun movie then check this out, it's Cary Grant at his best.

Movie 53- Romantic Comedy- Life As We Know It

Directed by Greg Berlanti
Starring Katherine Heigl
             Josh Duhamel

"Just because you accept help from someone, doesn't mean you have failed. It just means you're not in it alone."
Caterer Holly and network sports director Eric Messer discover a reciprocal hatred during an ill-fated first date -- but are forced to put their feelings aside when their mutual friends die and they become the guardians for orphaned Sophie. Now, Holly and Eric must learn to live with each other and juggle their promising careers while taking care of the little girl.

This was a really good movie, it was sad, funny, and heart-warming.  Everyone was good in the movie, the baby was so cute.  I thought everyone in it was good, and I like that while this is a romantic comedy it's got a good story.

Movie 52- Romantic Comedy- The Philadelphia Story

Directed by George Cukor
Starring Katharine Hepburn
             Cary Grant
             Jimmy Stewart

Macaulay Connor: Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven. Either I'm gonna sock you or you're gonna sock me.
C. K. Dexter Haven: Shall we toss a coin?
Socialite Tracy Lord prepares to remarry, but her ex and a tabloid reporter have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit.

This is a great movie, all the leads are on top of their game.  It's one of my favorite Cary Grant movie, I love the moments where it seems like he is really laughing about what is going on and that he's out of character.  Jimmy Stewart is so good in this too, my favorite part is when he is drunk at Cary Grant's house (this is the bit where I think Cary Grant is really laughing at what's going on.)  This is the perfect example of a screwball comedy.  If you've never seen this one, you really should check it out.

Movie 51- Romantic Drama- Manfield Park

Directed by Patricia Rozema
Starring Frances O'Connor
             Johnny Lee Miller
             Alessandro Nivola

"Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings."
In this period drama loosely based on Jane Austen's most autobiographical novel, penniless heroine Fanny Price s sent to live with wealthy relatives in 1800s England, where her wit and writing talent find the room -- and circumstance -- to grow. Her friendship with cousin Edmund evolves into a deep love, but Fanny is pursued by an eager suitor, whose sister is after Edmund.

I like this movie, while it's not my favorite Jane Austen story, I still think it a great movie and I recommend it. It is warm, romantic, funny, intelligent, and I like how it has all the wit that you expect from an Austen story.  I also like it because of it's a bit darker than some of the other stories, if you are in an Austen mood, check this one out.

Movie 50- Romantic Drama- Shakespeare in Love

Directed by John Madden
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow
             Joseph Fiennes

"You see? The comsumptives plot against me. "Will Shakespeare has a play, let us go and cough through it.""

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

I like this movie because I like Shakespeare, and I like how told this story about how he wrote Romeo and Juliet.  I like the references to that pop up throughout the movie, like how he wrote some of his famous lines, by hearing them on the street.  I don't think Joseph Fiennes has done anything better than this movie, and Gwyneth Paltrow does a great job too.  I don't think I've ever seen Colin Firth like he is in this movie.  While this is not a true story of Shakespeare's life it is a great story and fun to watch.

Movie 49- Romantic Comedy- Return to Me

Directed by Bonnie Hunt
Starring David Duchovny
            Minnie Driver
            Bonnie Hunt

"What do you expect most from a relationship? A: Companionship. B: Sex. C: Respect." I'd have to go with B: Sex. But let's mark "C" so we get a higher score..."
A building contractor donates his wife's heart after she's tragically killed in an accident. A year later, he falls in love with a plucky waitress, only to discover she had received a heart transplant at the same time and place.

This is such a good romantic comedy, it's funny, sad, but in the end it makes you feel good.  The cast is excellent, they are all so funny and perfect in their parts.  I can't name one person that isn't good in this movie.

Movie 48- Documentary- Rise

Directed by Nancy Stern
Featuring Peggy Fleming
               Dorothy Hamill
               Scott Hamilton
               Brian Boitano
               Michelle Kwan

Commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating, the film RISE celebrates American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in Prague. Produced and directed by 16-time Emmy Award winners Lookalike Productions, RISE will document the sports’ growth in popularity over the years and feature various luminaries of American figure skating. Proceeds from RISE will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating’s Memorial Fund, which was established on Feb. 23, 1961, as a living legacy of those who lost their lives. The film is scheduled to premiere February 17, 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

This was a live event so that makes this a pretty neat experience.  The movie was very interesting and I'm glad that we got to see it.  I like how they told the teams stories and got to know more about the event that is rarely talked about.  There is a encore presentation on the 7th of March so if you can make it to a theater that is showing this film you should check it out.

Movie 47- Romantic Comedy- Silver Skates

Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Starring Kenny Baker
             Patricia Morison
             Belita

Refusing to wed her fiancé, Danny, until the ice-skating revue she owns becomes profitable, Claire pins her hopes on the revenue-generating power of her new star skater, Belita -- only to find that the bella donna plans to quit. To convince her to stay until the show's in the black, Danny flirts with Belita, and before he knows it he's engaged to her, too.

I let Michelle pick the movie, and since tomorrow (Thursday) we will be going to the documentary Rise, I thought that this would be a good movie to see, however I was wrong.  The beginning felt like 10 minutes was all skating do dialogue to get the story going, and the skating wasn't very good either, just a bunch of ladies in huge dresses moving slowly along the ice.  Then when we got to the story it wasn't that great either, it was boring but at least it was short.

Movie 46- Romantic Comedy - Blithe Spirit

Directed by David Lean
Starring Rex Harrison
             Constance Cummings
             Kay Hammond

"If you're trying to compile an inventory of my sex life, I feel it only fair to warn you that you've omitted several episodes. I shall consult my diary and give you a complete list after lunch."

Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

I remember seeing a teaser for this movie on the Disney Channel, years ago when it used to play good stuff, and at night they showed some great old movies, I missed the movie then, and every time it was on too, but I finally got to see it now.  This is a fun movie, the story is great and the cast is outstanding.  Rex Harrison is great in this movie.  The actress who plays the medium is so funny, as are all the things she does to "exorcise" the ghost. 

Movie 45- Dark Romantic Comedy- Chaos Theory

Directed by Marcos Siega
Starring Ryan Reynolds
             Emily Mortimer
             Stuart Townsend

"Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to show up late to a lecture on the efficiency use of time?"
Thanks to a strict regimen of timetables, to-do lists and index cards, efficiency expert Frank Allen lives his life exactly how he wants it. That is, until his well-meaning wife decides to set their clock back a mere 10 minutes. Suddenly, Frank's once-safe and predictable life is spinning dangerously out of control … which is the one thing he never bothered to plan for.

This was a good movie I had bought a while ago and never got around to watching it until now.  It's not your typical romantic comedy, I would call it a dark romantic comedy.  Ryan Reynolds was really good in this, as were the other cast members.  It was funny and touching and was quite refreshing from the typical romantic comedies, they all follow the same formula, boy meets girl, they hate each other, they fall in love, she thinks he's done something to betray her, then she finds out it she was wrong, and they end up happily ever after.  My only complaint is that when I saw the trailer for this movie in the theaters I thought it would be something totally different from what it ended up being, which ended up being a good thing.

Movie 44- Romantic Drama- Rebecca

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Laurence Olivier    
            Joan Fontaine

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants.

What I like best about Rebecca is the gothic feel it has to it, the cast is perfect and I love the twist at the end.  Judith Anderson is amazing as Mrs. Danvers.  Nigel Bruce has a little part in the movie and it's fun to see him in another part other and Dr. Watson, though I think there is a bit of the character in this role.  I recently watched Gone with the Wind (before I started this challenge) and as I watched this I saw how much Joan Fontaine looked like her sister Olivia de Havilland.  If you haven't seen this movie check it out, it was Hitchcock's first Hollywood film and is a great movie.

Movie 43- Romantic Mystery- To Catch a Thief

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Cary Grant
             Grace Kelly

"Are you sure you were talking about water skis? From where I sat it looked as though you were conjugating some irregular verbs."

When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Now that I started this challenge I realized how many of Hitchcock's movies I haven't seen.  I thought that this was very funny and though a bit predictable, there were some surprises.  I liked the cast and the costumes, the music wasn't as good as in some of his other movies.  I liked Grace Kelly's mother in the movie the best, I thought she had some great lines and was very funny.

Movie 42- Romantic Comedy- Gnome and Juliet

Directed by Kelly Asbury
Starring James McAvoy
             Emily Blunt
             Maggie Smith
             Michael Caine

"Oh Gnomeo, oh Gnomeo, are we really doomed to never see each other again? Why must you wear a blue hat? Why couldn't it be red like my father's? Or green like a leprechaun? Or purple like, um... like, uh... like some weird guy? I mean, what's in a Gnome? Because you're blue my father sees red, and because I'm red, I'm feeling blue."
Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

This was a really cute movie.  I love the references to other Shakespeare plays, and the references to other movies, like American Beauty.  The music was all Elton John songs, and I thought they did a great job fitting them into the story.  If you are looking for a fun movie to go see check this one out, it's a lot of fun.

Movie 41- Romantic Comedy- Music and Lyrics

Directed by Marc Lawrence
Starring Hugh Grant
             Drew Barrymore

"People wait their whole lives to see an ex when things are going really good. it NEVER happens. You could make relationship history!"
A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

The thing I love the most about this movie is the opening music video, it's so cheesy and fun, a total 80's song.  The music is great and Hugh Grant is a pretty good singer.  The story is good and everyone is great in the movie.  This is my favorite Hugh Grant movie, if you haven't seen this movie I suggest you check it out.

Movie 40- Romantic Comedy- It Could Happen to You

Directed by Anderw Bergman
Starring Nicolas Cage
            Bridget Fonda

"I told yhou I'd share my ticket. I never planned on sharing my heart. Maybe I could get lucky twice today."
A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

I'm sure that the few who know that I don't like Nicolas Cage would be surprised that I picked this movie, but as it happens there are 3 of his movies that I actually like, and this is one of them (National Treasure 1 and 2 are the other 2 movies).  This is a cute movie, the cast is good, except for Rosie Perez, who's acting is fine, it's her annoying voice that is like nails on a chalkboard.

Movie 39- Romantic Comedy- Big Brown Eyes

Directed by Raoul Walsh
Starring Cary Grant
             Joan Bennett

Danny Barr: [stopping Eve from telephoning] Wait a minute, will you, honey?
[Eve smacks his hand from the phone]
Danny Barr: Oh, how I wish you were a man!
Eve Fallon: Same to you.

Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

This was a fun little movie, Cary Grant is just great in these kinds of movies and Joan Bennett was good too.  There were some really funny lines and the story was interesting.  Check it out if your a fan of Cary Grant's.

Movie 38- Romantic Comedy- Bridget Jones's Diary

Directed by Sharon Maguire
Starring Renee Zellwegger
            Colin Firth
            Hugh Grant

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces."

Bridget Jones is in her early thirties, still single, and worried about her weight. She works in publicity at a book publishing company where her main focus is fantasising about her boss, Daniel Cleaver. At a Christmas party hosted by her parents, she meets Mark Darcy. After their initial meeting, Mark thinks that Bridget is a fool, and Bridget thinks that he is arrogant and rude. On New Year's Day, she finally decides to turn it all around and starts her own diary, which covers all her attempts to stop smoking, lose weight, and catch her Mr. Right.

This modern version of Pride and Prejudice is just as good as the book.  The cast is perfect and so funny, especially the fight between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.  I think this is a great adaptation of a book, there are some great things they left out, but over all they did a great job translating the story to the screen.

Movie 37- Period Romance- Tristan + Isolde

Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Starring James Franco
             Sophia Myles
             Rufus Sewell

"I live in torture thinking of these moments. Every look he gives you I get sicker and sicker. There's a burning in me, I feel on fire and a guilt I can't comidify. Does it make you happy to know that?"
When gallant English knight Tristan wins the love of beautiful Isolde -- the daughter of the Irish king -- soon after the fall of the Roman Empire, their liaison threatens to destroy the uneasy truce between their respective nations.

I was really confused when I watched this movie, because the trailer made it seem like a completely different movie.  Both Michelle and I were confused, and I think that it's probably because they made the English king likable which was the right thing since the Irish king was a jerk, but from what I remember from the trailer it doesn't look that way there, but the movie was pretty good.  It reminded me of First Knight,  which I didn't like.  The acting was good, but this isn't a movie I would watch again.

Movie 36- Romantic Drama- Four Daughters

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring Claude Rains
             Priscilla Lane
             John Garfield

The Lemp sisters, Ann, Kay, Thea and Emma, are prodigies in a musical family headed by their father, Adam. The Lemps also run a boarding house, and among the tenants is Felix Deitz, a young composer whom the four daughters aim to attract. Emma, the oldest daughter, is the object of affection for a nervous neighbor, Ernest, but she rebuffs his attentions. Thea, a pianist and the second oldest, is courted by a local wealthy man, Ben Crowley, but is not sure she loves him. Kay, the next oldest, is a talented singer and has a chance at a music school scholarship, but doesn't want to leave home. The youngest daughter is Ann, a violinist. A new tenant to the house is an angry young man named Mickey, an orchestral arranger and friend of Felix. Mickey immediately falls in love with Ann, but Felix also has had his eyes on her and proposes marriage.

I absolutely love this movie.  It's funny and sad and I could watch it over and over again.  I think Claude Rains is great in this I've never seen him in anything fun like this before.  This was John Garfield's first movie and he is also great in this movie.  I like Priscilla Lane in this movie more than I like her in Arsenic and Old Lace.  This movie isn't available on DVD, but you might be able to catch it on TCM, when they have a John Garfield week (which was how I first saw this movie).  There are two sequels and I'll be watching those sometime soon.

Movie 35- Romantic Drama- Firelight

Directed by William Nicholson
Staring Sophie Marceau
           Stephen Dillane

"It's a kind of magic. Firelight makes time stand still. When you put out the lamps and sit in the firelight's glow there aren't any rules any more. You can do what you want, say what you want, be what you want, and when the lamps are lit again, time starts again, and everything you said or did is forgotten. More than forgotten it never happened."

To pay off her father's overwhelming debt, Elisabeth Laurier agrees to conceive a child with British aristocrat Charles Godwin -- whose paralyzed wife can't bear children -- and give him the baby once it's born. Seven years later, when Godwin's sister-in-law, Constance, hires Elisabeth as a governess, she's reunited with her daughter, Louisa.

This is a beautiful movie, not just the story, but way it was shot, it's almost like a painting.  The actors are perfect.  This isn't just typical love story between a man and a woman, it's about love and family.  It's a bit like Jane Eyre and other stories like that, so if you like those stories then you'll like this movie too.

Movie 34- Romantic Drama- Stage Beauty

Directed by Richard Eyre
Starring Claire Danes
             Billy Crudup

"A woman playing a woman? Where's the trick in that?"
A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desedmona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

I was disappointed with this movie, there were some good parts but overall I didn't like the movie.  I didn't think Billy Crudup was very likeable.  I like Claire Danes and the rest of the supporting cast, especially Rupert Everett, who was very funny as King Charles.  It was obivously trying to be like Shakespeare in Love, but it wasn't something was missing from this movie that made that movie work.  I wanted to turn it off somewhere in the middle, but it was too late to start another movie.

Movie 33- Romantic Drama- The Red Shoes

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring  Moira Shearer
             Anton Walbrook 
             Marius Goring

"You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never."
A rising star is torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection.

This was a beautifully shot movie, the color was amazing.  It didn't seem to me like it was filmed in 1948 at all.  I liked the make up for the dancers and all of the costumes were beautiful too.  We recently saw Black Swan so I think that I had that in the back of my mind as I watched this, I thought that some of the characters were a bit similar.  I really liked the story and enjoyed the ballet within the movie.  When I was younger I always got a bit bored when movies went into a long dance sequence.  The movie was a bit long, but it didn't help that it kept pausing for like 2-3 minutes (I was watching on the PS3 streaming from Netflix).  One of my favorite parts was the beginning when all the students rushed into the theater.  It reminded me of the free screenings and how people act when we are let into the theater. 

New Month - Movie 32- New Genre- Romances

So it's now February and time for a new genre.  I am going to watch Romantic Comedies and Romantic Dramas.  Tonight I am going to an advanced screening of a Action/Thriller.  I know, that's not the theme this month, but this is my freebie movie.  I probably will watch two movies and write about them both another time, since I won't be able to tell you anything about this movie.  We've done this 2 times now and it's a lot of fun.  The first movie we saw like this was G.I. Joe, and the other was Sherlock Holmes.  So when this movie comes out I'll let you know that it was the movie we got to see.

Movie 31- Film Noir- Shadow of a Doubt

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Joseph Cotten
            Teresa Wright

"What's the use of looking backward? What's the use of looking ahead? Today's the thing - that's my philosophy. Today."
Charlie, a small-town girl consumed with finding out whether her unhinged Uncle is a serial killer or not. The arrival of detectives and a suspicious neighbor only increase Charlie's paranoia. But tension builds as she draws closer to the truth, culminating in a nail-biting scene aboard a speeding train.

When I first saw this movie it soon became one of my favorite Hitchcock films.  It's a great movie, Joseph Cotten is really good in it.  What I like about Hitchcock is they way he throws humor, it makes you forget the tension then pulls you right back in, in the next scene.  The funniest part of this movie is the girls father played by Henry Travers, who played Clarence in It's A Wonderful Life, and Hume Cronyn, who keep trying to come up with ways to kill each other, without getting caught (they are big mystery fans and share mystery magazines with each other, they aren't serious about killing each other).  The only thing that I got to thinking about this time around was that if Uncle Charlie hadn't mad such a big deal about hiding the article in the newspaper then his niece would not have grown suspicious and he would have been fine, but then that wouldn't have made a very good movie.