“They can’t take that away from me”

“They can’t take that away from me”

I had the urge recently to make a top 100 films list so I went to my spreadsheet and found some good news and some bad news. The good news was that I had reached 1400 total films recorded in my spreadsheet, the bad news was that only 200 of them were from before 1980 and almost half of those were from the 70s. I’m unabashedly a fan of new Hollywood, but I feel some responsibility to educated myself on films from before my beloved Hollywood Renaissance.

This week I decided to go with the on screen pairings of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They appeared in 9 films together from 1933 to 1939 with an additional film in 1949 (their only film in colour). So similarly to the Nightmare on Elm Street series, here I will rank the Astaire & Rogers pairings with a few thoughts on each. Here are all the films in order and below the fold they will appear in order of quality.

Flying Down to Rio (1933) dir. Thornton Freeland

The Gay Divorcee (1934) dir. Mark Sandrich

Roberta (1935) dir. William A. Seiter

Top Hat (1935) dir. Mark Sandrich

Follow the Fleet (1936) dir. Mark Sandrich

Swing Time (1936) dir. George Stevens

Shall We Dance (1937) dir. Mark Sandrich

Carefree (1938) dir. Mark Sandrich

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) dir. H.C. Potter

The Barkleys of Broadway  (1949) dir.  Charles Walters

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Weekly Roundup – July 20-26

Weekly Roundup – July 20-26

This may scare some people, but I watch a lot of movies each week. I generally average around 10 per week when I have a life, so in a week like this where I don’t, the number expands significantly. Because this trend of mine to watch more films each week than I can review causes me some grief, I’m going to negotiate with myself to post a weekly roundup where I chronicle the films I’ve seen each week, what their ratings are and a small thought about each one. I’ll do this on Sundays so this week will cover the 20th to the 26th of July.

If you are wondering what the ratings mean, my post here outlines what each of the 10 star ratings means. 

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The Never-ending Nightmare

The Never-ending Nightmare

In 1984 horror auteur Wes Craven launched one of the most iconic horror franchises with A Nightmare on Elm Street. With excessive amounts of blood and an unconventional killer, the first Nightmare became an icon of the slasher sub-genre with Freddy Kruger being held up as one of the most celebrated villains of the style. The franchise has lasted almost 30 years and given the state of Hollywood, will continue in some form eventually. Not all of the films are good; I would be hesitant to label any of them as truly great. But unlike the Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw, and Child’s Play franchises, Nightmare has a level of consistency to its films that makes marathoning an enjoyable experience (for the most part).

Below are the nine installments of this franchise from worst to best. Only two of them would I recommend avoiding completely because the rest are examples of the enjoyable side of slasher franchise films.
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Mynt Live blogs Classic Films – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Mynt Live blogs Classic Films – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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So its been over a month since a post has come up here. Work commitments killed the June Movie Project (kind of, if you see my letterbox diary I MORE than made up for the lack of posts through the number of films I watched) and I’ve been catching up on a lot of television that I missed this year and last (Masters of Sex, The Americans, Fargo, Orange is the New Black, and rewatching the good seasons of 24 [1-5]). I also wrote a few posts for Sound on Sight which you should check out (here, here, and here). Right now I’m working on adapting my Sideways review into a video review to flex my Adobe Premier skills, but until that is ready, I want to get back into writing here.

However I want to introduce a new type of post here where I live blog a film. It has to be a classic film that I just haven’t gotten around to watching and the live blogging will not be done though twitter, only in the article here. Obviously this will be a work in progress but I hope you enjoy it.

Tonight’s feature: Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I’m a big fan of horror films and have always admired the classics of the slasher genre, but this is one that has totally escaped me. So here we go.

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