A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #26: Born Yesterday (1950.) Judy Holliday stars in this film and beat Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard to win the Academy Award. Her performance isn’t like any other you’ve seen on screen. The scene where Judy Holliday beats Broderick Crawford at gin is a classic. After you watch this movie, I hope you love it as much as I do.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #23: Amazing Grace (2018.) I saw this film because I needed to get out of the house, but left the theater with my mind blown. Aretha Franklin was making a live gospel album in 1972 at a church in Watts, and the service was filmed. Watch this movie and let her talent and artistry fill your soul.
You’ll save yourself heartache and self-doubt if you remember that not every rejection is personal. I’ve met men who prefer chubby women, and others who only like very slender women. Sometimes you’re just not their type, and it has nothing to do with you.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #22: Notting Hill (1999). This delightful film stands above the usual Rom-Com fare because of its wit and intelligence. The protagonist is a man suffering through all the emotions usually depicted by female leads in this genre. Hugh Grant is at his understated best, and the rest of the cast, including Julia Roberts, shines. It will warm you on a cold night
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #21: The Verdict (1982.) If you want to see old time movie star power, watch this film. Paul Newman gives a beautifully nuanced performance of a flawed, complex man. You’ll find yourself rooting for him every minute of this redemption tale. The movie was directed by the master story teller, Sidney Lumet.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the Pandemic #20: Shakespeare in Love (1998.) This film is total perfection, filled with wonderful performances and a superlative script by the great playwright, Tom Stoppard. If you’re experiencing the quarantining blues, rent this movie and for a couple of hours escape into its delights.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the Pandemic #19: Cabaret (1972). This film is social commentary in the guise of a musical. The performances by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are spectacular and the directing by Bob Fosse is genius. Ms. Minnelli had already won a Tony Award and been nominated for an Oscar by the time she made Cabaret, but this film turned her into a superstar. If you want to hear great music, be entertained, all while revisiting an important history lesson watch this movie.
Don’t date people who aren’t over their exes. The feelings about the exes suck away too much emotional energy to allow development of a new, healthy relationship.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic # 15: 4 Little Girls (1997.) This heartbreaking documentary about the 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four African Americans girls is especially relevant now. Directed by the cinematic genius, Spike Lee, the film provides an historical context for recent events. Give yourself time to recover and reflect after you watch it makes it a good choice for these challenging times.