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 #25: That Thing You Do (1996.) This charming fable about a 1965 one hit wonder band is written, directed, and stars Tom Hanks. All the things we cherish about him are manifested in this movie. The scene in which the band first hears their song on the radio is one of the best cinematic depictions of joy you’ll ever see. When life and the Pandemic feel overwhelming, watch this movie, and your spirits will be lifted.
Remember that you’re never too old or too anything (sick, busy, etc.), to have wonderful romantic experiences. I’ve had many great romances since my divorce, and I firmly believe there are more in my future. We can find love at any age under any circumstances. If you want romance in your life, don’t give up!
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.
Beware of people who can’t express their feelings and needs. If you choose to date them, you’ll probably become responsible for all of the emotional heavy lifting in the relationship. You deserve a partner who is emotionally at your level.
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.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #17: Babe (1995). What’s not to love about a film starring a talking pig? This movie is heart warming without being cloying. It’s a family film that even the most cerebral adult can enjoy. If you’re feeling blue, it will lift your spirits. Make some popcorn, relax, and you’ll feel better by the time the movie is over.