grand hotel & city lights


i’m hesitant to comment on grand hotel. the movie wasn’t made for me and i didn’t get it. i watched nearly all of it, bored to death, before giving up. a few days later my dad explained why i couldn’t get into it. the movie was meant to be all of the actors/actresses doing a parody of themselves. since i wasn’t familiar with the stars in the 30’s i didn’t get the joke. so i’ve seen it, i can mark it off the list. there must not have been that much else going on that year for it to win best picture which isn’t that surprising since it was only 1932.

city lights was much better, amazing to think it had been made only one year before grand hotel. it was standard chaplin, which means it was good. the story was okay but the real entertainment was chaplin of course. i hadn’t seen any of his movies since film school and it was nice to be reminded why every one knows his name. good, but standard.

What’s left:
1928 Wings
1929 Broadway Melody, The
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
1933 Cavalcade
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 Great Ziegfeld, The
1937 Life of Emile Zola, The
1938 You Can’t Take It With You
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1943 Casablanca
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Lost Weekend
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Gentleman’s Agreement
1949 All the King’s Men
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1953 From Here to Eternity
1955 Marty
1956 Around the World in 80 Days
1963 Tom Jones
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1967 In the Heat of the Night
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1978 The Deer Hunter
1980 Ordinary People
1981 Chariots of Fire
1982 Gandhi
1983 Terms of Endearment
1985 Out of Africa
1992 Unforgiven
1996 The English Patient
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2009 The Hurt Locker

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Jay Mendozareply
January 12, 2011 at 02:01 AM

A friend of mine had this list out on his table the other day. I’ve seen a grand total of 14 of these movies.

I fail at American pop culture.

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