BC: It was really hard to pick three films to discuss, though it was harder to think of some of them. I think I've only seen one full movie musical so, my choices were limited in that regard, and with some of the other movies, they fit into more than one genre so it was hard choosing which genre would be the main focus for this assignment. I enjoyed looking through and remembering these movies and highly suggest them.
FC: 11 Notable Films Samantha Sabol
1: 1.) Die Hard 2.) It Happened One Night 3.) Antonia/Antonia's Line 4.) Frankenstein 5.) Hairspray 6.) What Dreams May Come 7.) Labryinth 8.) Bowling For Columbine 9.) Apocalypse Now 10.) The Searchers 11.) Bambi
2: It Happened One Night For my Intro to Film class, we watched "It Happened One Night." I was prepared for it to be a dated comedy, something that I would laugh at in the way I laughed at b-horror movies from the 60's, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found the humor still carried through the generations. It's smartly acted, well written and has nice composition, it's a good film for fans of the era and for those starting to watch these movies. It has humor that will appeal to anyone, even though it's a bit dated, it's still funny.
3: The movie stars Clark Gable (from Gone with the Wind) and Claudette Colbert, who movie buffs/investigators can watch carefully, as Ms. Colbert did not allow one side of her face to be filmed/photographed because it was not her "good side." Gable plays a reporter who stumbles across the story of the year, a wealthy heiress played by Colbert, has run off. Gable runs into her on a train and sticks to her through cunning and a bit of conniving and luck. Of course, this being a romantic comedy, a romance develops between Gable's bachelor and Colbert's somewhat unhappily engaged heiress.
4: Antonia's Line This is a Dutch film that I discovered in my school's DVD collection. It won numerous awards, and once you watch it, you understand why. The writing is excellent, though it is a bit hard to tell if you don't speak Dutch. Fear not though, because there are only two instances where my mother and I disagreed on the translation
5: Antonia's Line is a movie about Antonia and her mother after World War II. The Netherlands had been hard hit by the war and took years to recover. The film explores this and the family that is built around an unsually strong, tough and determined woman, who does fine without a man and forges a great life for herself, and the family she creates. The movie is in many ways uplifting, mainly because of how Antonia and those around her persevere through various trials. Sometimes, the only reason those around her prevail is because of her. The film is beautifully shot and is a great character study.
7: Frankenstein is a 1932 film by director James Whale. The movie is an adaption of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" I know that gore and shock are more considered horror now, but this film in its day was horrifying in many ways. Beautifully shot and acted, it managed to scare many in the theatre. I was increasingly impressed with Boris Karloff as The Monster (who, contrary to popular though, is never named in the movies). He manages to convey beautifully the agony of "The Monster" and under very heavy prosthetics and with only being able to use his jaw, eyes and hands, he managed to convey a vulnerability to his character.