Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Top 10 Favorite James Stewart Films of the 1940s

A few days after I posted my «Top 10 Favorite James Stewart Films of the 1930s» last year, I finished watching all the films that James Stewart made in the 1940s. At the time, I immediately thought of doing a «Top 10 Favorite James Stewart Films of the 1940s», but I never really got around to do it until now. I am still not very good at ranking things, but I think I am happy with my choices. 

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#10: On Our Merry Way (1948) 
Directed by King Vidor and Leslie Fenton | Co-starring Henry Fonda, Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith | United Artists

On Our Merry Way is an anthology film made up of several comedy vignettes linked by a single theme. Jimmy and his old pal Henry Fonda, in their first joint screen appearance, play a pair of jazz musicians called Slim and Lank. Can you think of two better names for them? The film as a whole is not spectacular, but it is still worth a watch because of Slim and Lank, I mean, Jimmy and Hank.


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#9: Call Northside 777 (1948) 
Directed by Henry Hathaway | Co-starring Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb and Helen Walker | 20th Century Fox

Call Northside 777 is a film noir inspired by the true story of Chicago reporter James McGuire, who proved that Joseph Majczek was wrongly convicted of the murder of a policeman in 1932, the height of Prohibition. Jimmy's character is based on the reporter, while Richard Conte plays the convict he helps exonerate. I am not a massive fan of noir films, but this one I actually really liked.


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#8: Malaya (1949) 
Directed by Richard Thorpe | Co-starring Spencer Tracy, Sydney Greenstreet and John Hodiak | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Malaya is set in Japanese-occupied Malaya during World War II. Jimmy plays a reporter (again) who sees himself involved in a rubber-smuggling affair, along with his old former convict friend, played by Spencer Tracy. Fun fact: Jimmy's first film, The Murder Man (1935), also starred Tracy. By the way, am I the only one who thinks Jimmy looks fabulous in a white suit and hat?


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#7: You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) 
Directed by H. C. Potter | Co-starring Joan Fontaine, Eddie Albert and Roland Young | Universal-International

In You Gotta Stay Happy, Jimmy appears as a World War II veteran (which he actually was) and aspiring air-freight businessman, who becomes enmeshed in the world of a wealthy and carefree socialite, played by Joan Fontaine. Throw a monkey into the mixture and you get a film almost as zany and kookie as one of those great screwball comedies of the 1930s.


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#6: Magic Town (1947) 
Directed by William A. Wellman | Co-starring Jane Wyman, Kent Smith and Ned Sparks | RKO

Magic Town has Jimmy play a war veteran (again) who runs a company that performs polls and consumer surveys. To find the «magic formula» to conduct the perfect survey, he travels to a small town in the middle of nowhere, where he ends up falling in love with a strongminded reporter, played by Jane Wyman. It does not sound like much, but it is a quite good film, I promise.


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#5: The Stratton Story (1949) 
Directed by Sam Wood | Co-starring June Allyson, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Stratton Story tells the true story of Monty Stratton (played by Jimmy), a Major League baseball player who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1934 until 1938. While hunting one day, he accidentally shot himself in his right leg, which then had to be amputated. Still, with a wooden leg, he was able to make a successful minor league comeback in 1946. The scene where he puts on his wooden leg for the first time and takes his young son out for a walk is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.


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#4: Come Live With Me (1941) 
Directed by Clarence Brown | Co-starring Hedy Lamarr, Ian Hunter and Verree Teasdale | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Come Live With Me is about a young Viennese refugee (portrayed by Hedy Lamarr) who convinces a struggling writer (played by Jimmy) to marry her so that she can get American citizenship. To be perfectly honest, there is nothing new or particularly spectacular about this film, but I love it so much.


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Directed by Ernst Lubitsch | Co-starring Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Shop Around the Corner is the story of two employees (played by Jimmy and his old friend Margaret Sullavan) at a leathergoods shop in Budapest who cannot stand each other, not realizing that they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. This is, without a doubt, one of the loveliest films I have ever seen. Jimmy and Margaret are perfect together.


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#2: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 
Directed by Frank Capra | Co-starring Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers | Liberty Films/RKO

It's a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy as George Bailey, a man who has given up on his dreams to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel (played by Henry Travers). He shows George all the lives he has touched and different life in his town would be if he had never been born. In the end, George realizes how important he is to his family and his friends. This is the absolute perfect film to watch on Christmas or any other day of the year, really.


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Directed by George Cukor | Co-starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Ruth Hussey | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Philadelphia Story tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband (played by Cary Grant) and a tabloid magazine reporter (played by Jimmy). The drunk scene between Jimmy and Cary Grant is another one of my favorite movie scenes of all time, and the scene that made me fall madly in love with Jimmy. Fun fact: This was the first James Stewart film I ever saw and it remais my personal favorite of his.


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And there you have it. These are my top 10 favorite James Stewart films of the 1940s. How many of these films have you seen? Did I mentioned any of your favorites?

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Films Seen in 2017

In 2016, I kept a list of all the films I saw throughout the year, so I thought I would do it again for 2017. It includes both classic and «modern» films, which make up a total of 81 titles. It is not nearly as many films as I have seen in previous years, but I think it is still a fairly decent amount. Let me know how many of the pictures listed you have seen. Films marked with «❤» are my favorites.

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Anna Christie (1930) | Starring Greta Garbo, George F. Marion, Charles Bickford and Marie Dressler
It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) | Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mary Brian, Emma Dunn, Walter Catlett and David Landau
The Whole Town's Talking (1935) | Starring Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl and James Donlan
His Brother's Wife (1936) | Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Jean Hersholt and Joseph Calleia 
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) | Starring Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Lyn Harding, Paul Henreid and John Mills
Jesse James (1939) | Starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull and Brian Donlevy
Rebecca (1940) | Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders and Reginald Denny
Went the Day Well? (1942) | Starring Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan, Frank Lawton, Mervys Johns and Valerie Taylor
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945) | Starring Robert Walker, Keenan Wynn, Jean Porter, Chill Wills and Hugo Haas
The Bride Wore Boots (1946) | Starring Barbara Stanwcyck, Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, Patric Knowles and Robert Benchley
  Johnny Belinda (1948) | Starring Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead and Stephen McNally
That Wonderful Urge (1948) | Starring Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Reginald Gardiner and Arleen Whelan
Tell It to the Judge (1949) | Starring Rosalind Russell, Robert Cummings, Gig Young and Marie McDonald 
Please Believe Me (1950) | Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Peter Lawford, Mark Stevens and James Whitmore
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) | Starring Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak and Jesse White
The Night of the Hunter (1955) | Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) | Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa
The Matchmaker (1958) | Starring Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Ford and Robert Morse
 In the Heat of the Night (1967) | Starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates and Lee Grant
The Battle of Britain (1969) | Starring Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer and Michael Caine
About Last Night... (1986) | Starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins
Made in Heaven (1987) | Starring Timothy Hutton, Kelly McGillis, Mare Winningham and Debra Winger
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) | Starring Peter Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie and Angela Walsh
28 Days Later (2002) | Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston
Breakfast on Pluto (2005) | Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Ruth Negga and Liam Cunningham
In Her Shoes (2005) | Starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Ken Howard and Mark Feuerstein
Black Book [Zwartboek] (2006) | Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman
The Lives of Others [Das Leben der Anderen] (2006) | Starring Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) | Starring Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney and Liam Cunningham
Brideshead Revisited (2008) | Starring Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Wishaw and Emma Thompson
Krabat (2008) | Starring David Kross, Daniel Brühl, Christian Redl, Hanno Koffler and Anna Talbach
The Edge of Love (2008) | Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller
The Boys Are Back (2009) | Starring Clive Owen, Nicholas McAnulty, George MacKay and Laura Fraser
In Darkness [W ciemności] (2011) | Starring Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann and Agnieszka Grochowska
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) | Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale and Harry Hadden-Paton
Winning Streak [The Pelayos] (2012) | Starring Daniel Brühl, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Lluís Homar
Belle (2013) | Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton and Tom Felton
Locke (2013) | Starring Tom Hardy with the voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson and Tom Holland
Who Am I (2014) | Starring Tom Schilling, Elyas M'Barek, Hannah Herzsprung and Trine Dyrholm
Colonia (2015) | Starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey and Vicky Krieps
Crimsom Peak (2015) | Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam
In the Heart of the Sea (2015) | Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland and Brendan Gleeson 
Land of Mine [Under sandet] (2015) | Starring Roland Møller, Mikkel Følsgaard and Louis Hofmann 
 Sanctuary [Freistatt] (2015) | Starring Louis Hofmann, Alexander Held, Stephen Grossman and Max Riemelt
Seashore [Beira-Mar] (2015) | Starring Mateus Almada and Maurício Barcellos
 A United Kingdom (2016) | Starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Lowden, Jack Davenport and Tom Felton 
Alone in Berlin (2016) | Starring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl, Louis Hofmann and Katharina Schüttler 
Allied (2016) | Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan and August Diehl
Anthropoid (2016) | Starring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Harry Lloyd and Toby Jones
Arrival (2016) | Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Mark O'Brien
Captain Fantastic (2016) | Starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn
Denial (2016) | Starring Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Tom Wilkinson, Caren Pistorious and Alex Jennings
Elle (2016) | Starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling, Jonas Bloquet and Anna Consigny
Fences (2016) | Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Hendersonand Russell Hornsby
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) | Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg and Rebecca Ferguson 
Frantz (2016) | Starring Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Maria Gruber, Johann von Bülow and Anton von Lucke 
Free Fire (2016) | Starring Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor and Sam Riley
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) | Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving and Teresa Palmer
Hell or High Water (2016) | Starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham
Hidden Figures (2016) | Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons
Jackie (2016) | Starring Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Great Gerwig and John Hurt
La La Land (2016) | Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt and J. K. Simmons
Lion (2016) | Starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham
Manchester by the Sea (2016) | Starring Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler
Miss Stevens (2016) | Starring Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhardt and Anthony Quintal
Moonlight (2016) | Starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Naomi Harris, Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monáe
Rules Don't Apply (2016) | Starring Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick
Their Finest (2016) | Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Helen McCrory
Tommy's Honour (2016) | Starring Jack Lowden, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond and Sam Neill
Baby Driver (2017) | Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González and Jon Bernthal
Beauty and the Beast (2017) | Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson 
Call Me By Your Name (2017) | Starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg
Dunkirk (2017) | Ensemble cast including Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy 
Get Out (2017) | Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Kenner, Bradley Whitford and Caleb Landry Jones
I, Tonya (2017) | Starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan and Bobby Cannavale
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) | Starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou
Lady Bird (2017) | Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet
Logan Lucky (2017) | Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth McFarland and Hilary Swank
Mudbound (2017) | Starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) | Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl nd Michael McElhatton 
Wonder Woman (2017) | Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Robin Wright

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STATISTICS:

1920s: 0 films | 1930s: 6 films | 1940s: 7 films | 1950s: 5 films | 1960s: 2 films | 1970s: 0 films | 1980s: 3 films | 1990s: 0 films | 2000s: 10 films | 2010s: 48 films

Black & White: 16 films | Tinted: 0 films | Color: 63 films

Actors I saw the most films with: Cillian Murphy (8), Daniel Brühl (5), Jack Lowden (4), Brendan Gleeson (4), Louis Hofmann (3), Matthew Goode (3), Timothée Chalamet (3)

Actresses I saw the most films with: Emma Thompson (3)