Can’t Beat the Classics

I’m not much of a movie person.  That is, I don’t particularly like shelling out cash to sit in a theater and watch a movie with noisy kids, sticky floors, etc.  That, and I’m lazy.  I can wait for the new movies to come out on DVD.  That being said, I’ve caught the “old movies” virus, and am currently trying to watch as many of these movies as I can.  The new movies coming out, eh, they can wait.  You can’t beat the classics!  Please note that by classic, I mean older movies (before the 2000s) that enough people recommend to me.  Of course, opinions will vary, and this is just a way to keep track of what I’ve seen and the viewing order, if I can remember it. (* means that the particular movie wasn’t my cup of tea.)

Before the “Old Movie” Virus

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Casablanca (1942)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

White Christmas (1954)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Oklahoma (1955)*

South Pacific (1958)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (In Viewing Order)

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Swing Time (1936)

Top Hat (1935)

Shall We Dance (1936)

Roberta (1934)

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Fred Astaire’s other movies (In order)

Holiday Inn (1942)

Easter Parade (1948)

Funny Face (1947)

The Royal Wedding (1951)

The Band Wagon (1953)

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Silk Stockings (1957)

Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

With Elvis Presley

I watched these movies when was much younger with my Mom because she was a big Presley fan.  I liked them back then, but none of them are appealing now.  I guess I prefer his music.


Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Blue Hawaii (1961)

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Clambake (1967)

Recommended by Family or Friends (In order)

I’ve only got two movies in this category so far.  They aren’t exactly old, but these movies may be considered “classics” depending on who you’re speaking to.  Both of these movies, while poignant and masterful in their own way, are movies I’d only watch once.  They were both a little long for my attention span, and I have a bit of trouble relating to them.  Please don’t kill me.  *Gets down on knees*

Titanic (1997)*

Joy Luck Club (1993)*

Alfred Hitchcock (In order)

To Catch A Thief (1956)

Psycho (1960)

The Birds (1963)

James Bond

I’m a Bond girl, (but I haven’t figured out my name yet 😀 ).  I’ve seen most of the Bond movies, and liked all of them.  Sure, the plots are formulaic, just like Fred Astaire movies.  But, come on, that’s not why I watch these movies.  For Freddie, I watch it for the dancing (duh).  For Bond, I watch it for the action, gadgets, and Mr. 007 himself.  As for my favorite Bond, it’s a tie between Sean Connery (the accent!) and Pierce Brosnan (just downright sexy!)  Sorry, Daniel Craig.  You’re an excellent actor, but you just don’t scream 007 to me.  (I’ve seen the more recent ones in, but this list really only includes movies before the 2000s.)

Dr. No (1962 w/ Sean Connery)

Live and Let Die (1973 w/ Roger Moore)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974 w/ Roger Moore)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 w/ Roger Moore)

Moonraker (1979 w/ Roger Moore)

For Your Eyes Only (1981 w/ Roger Moore)

Liscense to Kill (1989 w/ Timothy Dalton)

Goldeneye (1995 w/ Pierce Brosnan)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997 w/ Pierce Brosnan)

Akira Kurosawa (In order)

Rashomon (1950)

Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*

I’m a sci-fi girl, but this had to be one of the most visually painful movies I’ve sat through.  The artistry and story are great.  They’re just divided by very, very long montages!  I think the only montage I liked was the viewer’s introduction to space set to The Blue Danube.

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