Saturday Art: Essential Movies
I love movies. I wind up with the TV on Turner Classic Movies just about every day. A good day is one like a few weeks ago where TCM had in order The Quiet Man, A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon A Time In The West, and Cool Hand Luke.
John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda (in his only role as pure evil bad guy), Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Strother Martin, George Kennedy.
There are many movies that I find myself able to watch over and over again. The above list is just a fraction of those movies, across all genres. Many of the movies I can watch over and over are classics. The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon. Casablanca of course. To Have and Have Not and Key Largo. Why yes, I am a bit of a Bogart fan, why do you ask?
When I start going through the list of movies I watch over and over, I am a bit surprised at how many John Wayne movies show up. In Harm’s Way and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance are two of the favorites.
Over the next few weeks I will try to cover these films and others, trying to group them by genre as much as possible. Some of the films may wind up in more than one genre. Thinking Blazing Saddles for example. War movies, historical dramas, action adventures, comedies, westerns, mystery/detective, and dramas. I’m even going to write about the guilty pleasure movies, movies so bad they are good or campy or just plain fun with no artistic redemption to them at all. Hope folks will join me in the discussion. . . .
And because I can: