Archive for January, 2010

Saturday January 30, 2010 17:46

Movie #0010 – An Affair to Remember (1957)

Directed by: Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt
First Viewing
Synopsis: A notorious playboy, engaged to be married, meets a woman (also engaged) on a European cruise. They fall in love, and make a plan to reunite six months later at the top of the Empire State Building.
Well, this is movie number ten, which [...]

Sunday January 24, 2010 21:18

Movie #0009 – Akira (1988)

Directed by: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Second Viewing
Synopsis: Neo-Tokyo, 2019 — a government agency experiments with giving children psionic powers, with potentially deadly results.
I’ve actually been meaning to revisit this movie for a while. I originally watched Akira a few years back — it was one of the first animated films [...]

Tuesday January 19, 2010 23:29

Movie #0008 – All That Jazz (1979)

Directed by: Bob Fosse
Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer
First Viewing
Synopsis: A semi-autobiographical film by Bob Fosse about a hard-living, womanizing dance choreographer.
Like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, this is another film that wasn’t particularly on my radar. If it weren’t for the list, there’s a good chance that I never would have watched [...]

Directed by: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
First Viewing
Synopsis: Three cross-dressing performers go on a road trip when a job takes them into the middle of the Australian desert.
I’m not sure when I would have watched this film, if it weren’t for the list — maybe in a year, maybe in ten [...]

Tuesday January 12, 2010 00:01

Movie #0006 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Seventh or Eighth Viewing
Synopsis: A strange, ominous black structure is found on the moon; months later, an interstellar expedition is sent to Jupiter to investigate.
I love this movie. Absolutely, positively love it. Stanley Kubrick is without a doubt my favourite director of all time, [...]

Monday January 11, 2010 00:08

Movie #0005 – Adam’s Rib (1949)

Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday
First Viewing
Synopsis: A husband and wife find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom when the wife decides to defend the woman that the husband is prosecuting.
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are probably one of Hollywood’s most enduring on-screen couples; in fact, “Hepburn and Tracy” has [...]

Thursday January 7, 2010 23:46

Movie #0004 – The 39 Steps (1935)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Godfrey Tearle
Second Viewing
Synopsis: After getting mixed up with a spy one night, an innocent man finds himself tangled up in international intrigue, and on the run for a crime he did not commit.
Well, the plan was to watch Adam’s Rib today (which I took out from the [...]

Thursday January 7, 2010 00:15

Movie #0003 – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden
First Viewing
Synopsis: Twelve men enter a jury room to decide the fate of a man accused of murder. Eleven of them think he’s guilty; one thinks it’s not so clear-cut. It’s up to him to convince the others that the evidence isn’t as [...]

Tuesday January 5, 2010 23:13

Movie #0002 – An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

Directed by: Kon Ichikawa
Starring: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
First Viewing
Synopsis: After waiting for most of his life, a famed Kabuki actor finally sees his opportunity to exact revenge on the three men responsible for the death of his parents.
Yeah, so I was hoping to watch 12 Angry Men next — I went to the [...]

Tuesday January 5, 2010 00:44

Movie #0001 – All About My Mother (1999)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penélope Cruz
First Viewing
Synopsis: After the tragic, unexpected death of her only son, a single mother travels to Barcelona in an attempt to find the boy’s father.

The first thing I should point out is that, although I am attempting to watch the 1001 movies in alphabetical order, this [...]