2020 Film Year in Review

There is no need to reiterate what kind of a year 2020 was. Needless to say, it was one that had me searching for comfort, familiarity and security.  As usual, I often found escape in  entertainment which is why I watched over 300 titles this year. And that is also why I found myself re-watching over seventy old film favorites, which is much  more than the normal number.   These included old Disney features like That Darn Cat, Pollyanna, Snowball Express and The Apple Dumpling Gang,  I also decided to tackle a few Shakespeare adaptations  such as As You Like It, Henry V, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour Lost, before needing a break from the grandiose language of the Bard. Continue reading “2020 Film Year in Review”

September 2020 Quickie Reviews

September 2020 Breakdown
  • 25 films/series total
  • 9 foreign films/series
  • 6 new classic films
  • 3 TV series
  • 2 re-watches

Biggest Disappointment: Le Samourai and Marie Antoinette just didn’t live up to their hype, for me.

Favorite Discovery: This was a great month overall for me when it came to entertainment choices as it gave me lots of new favorites. However, if I have to narrow it down, I’ll go with It Happened in Flatbush and the Korean dramas Crash Landing on You and Masquerade. Continue reading “September 2020 Quickie Reviews”

Driving with Cary Grant – Nine Grant Films Featuring Memorable Auto Scenes

While the history of the automobile begins a couple of decades earlier, the rise of mass production in the early 1900’s led to them becoming part of our every day lives. Another popular “product” was produced around the same time in 1904, a man who would eventually come to be known as Cary Grant.

Both Grant and the automobile are ubiquitous parts of international history.  Autos are in-arguably a vital part of every day life, an industry which continues to grow and innovate.  While Grant may not be as essential by comparison to our world today, he is still a very important part of our cultural history. Comparisons are still made to his talent, his style and his contributions to the film industry.

As someone who has long been obsessed with Cary Grant, it recently dawned on me how many of his movies contain a memorable scene with him in a vehicle. Almost all non-historical films contain vehicles as they were a part of every day life. But Grant’s films elevated them as more than just part of a scene. Instead they became an actual setting for action and dialogue to advance the story. Even closer notice reveals that many of the movies utilizing vehicles in this way are directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I’m sure there is a deeper analysis to be drawn here about Hitchcock’s particular use of cars in his pictures starring Grant, but that’s another article for another day.

In celebration of two great “products” of the past century, here are nine films featuring Cary Grant in vehicles. Continue reading “Driving with Cary Grant – Nine Grant Films Featuring Memorable Auto Scenes”