A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #50: The Hustler (1961.) This film is a master class is great acting. Jackie Gleason, best known for starring on television in the Honeymooners, is sublime in his role as Minnesota Fats, and almost steals the movie from its star, Paul Newman. Grab a martini, sip it slowly, and for a brief while forget the Pandemic and pretend it’s 1961.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #49: Groundhog Day (1993.) Groundhog Day is a redemption story in the guise of a comedic puff pastry. The movie stars the always funny Bill Murray and eighties film queen Andie McDowell, as well as Chris Elliot, who continues to make us laugh is Shitt’s Creek. This movie never gets old.
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A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #48: Something’s Gotta Give (2003.) Diane Keaton performed in the original Broadway production of Hair (1968), and famously was the only cast member to remain clothed during a pivotal nude scene. You fully understand why she remains a movie star over five decades later when you watch Something’s Gotta Give. The rest of the cast is excellent, and the film has a smart script and crisp directing, but it’s her movie.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #47: The Last Picture Show (1971.) This movie is cinematic perfection. It’s fifty years old, but still feels fresh, and has many great performances, including an Oscar winning one by Cloris Leachman. (Yes, I saw it when I was eleven years old. Mom: What were you thinking? Thanks for all of the age inappropriate movies you took me to, and for fostering my passion for film. RIP.)
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #46: Klute (1971.) I usually don’t like suspense, but Klute is an exception. The film is riveting, and Jane Fonda is at her best. Once I started fifth grade, my parents discarded all concerns for adult content, so I saw this movie when it was first released when I was eleven. It’s stayed with me, and held up beautifully
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #47: Summer of Sam (1999.) A film about the 1976-1977 killing spree in New York may not seem like entertainment, but it’s enthralling. The killer, David Berkowitz, remains in prison in New York. If you feel like going out of your comfort zone this Spike Lee film will not disappoint.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the Pandemic #40: GoodFellas. I love many Scorsese films, but I chose this one for its sweeping view and for making me feel that I understood mafia culture for the first. It’s epic movie making by another master who emerged in the 1970s.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the Pandemic number 41: All About Eve (1950.) In the 1970s, when I fell in love with movies, the only way to see classic films was to catch them if they came to a local art house, (if you had one near you), or to watch them on network TV. One weekend my mother informed me that All About Eve would be on TV at midnight that Saturday, and encouraged me to see it. I stayed up until the middle of the night watching it. All About Eve is one of the most perfect movies ever made, with great performances, sophisticated writing, and strong themes that remain relevant seventy years after its release.