Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I'm Obsessed Thank You Very Much

Quick 80's movie nerds, (aka Neoclasicists), what movie is the headline a quote from? Hint: a booga, booga, ah, ah ah!

I've been obsessed with movies since I was a kid. Star Wars was probably my first true obsession, but my disorder didn't fully kick into high gear until I hit puberty. The year was 1985 and I found myself working in a video store checking out three movies a night and watching HBO and WTBS whenever I had the chance. I fell in love with Cary Grant. I became obsessed with Bill Murray. I went completely bonkers for Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights, so much so that I recorded dialog from the movie onto a cassette which I played in my Walkman. (That was sorta like a big clunky iPod, kids. Ask your folks.)

I began to kick old school in a big way in college, taking film classes and occasionally ditching out of work and real-life to watch movies in the library basement. I built the first iteration of my Shrine to Cary Grant. After college I started working a desk job and began to play around building web pages. In 1995, I launched the first ever web site devoted to Cary Grant and a few years later I was contracted to write a book about him called "Cary Grant: A Life in Pictures." Two more books followed on Grace Kelly and Bob Hope and I became a founding member of the E-mail Warbrides, the first mailing list devoted to Cary Grant. Since then, I have attended Caryventions and even hosted one in Minneapolis.

In 2002 I got married and began a new obsession shortly thereafter: Jane Austen and more importantly, film adaptations of her books. Sci Fi was not forgotten and the Star Wars pre-quels loomed large in this time in my life. My love of Old Hollywood of the Turner Classics variety has never waned and new obsessions have been added almost yearly to now include: Michael Redgrave, Gary Cooper, Powell and Loy, Irene Dunne, Gregory Peck, Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock and the list goes on. I'm always on the look-out for the obscure from those stars that I follow, so if anyone hears of a showing of early and out of print films with these stars, I'd be much obliged if you'd let me know in the comments section.

I plan to post regularly on the films I'm currently watching and especially provide goodies, like "The Eye Candy of the Day" with awesome photos of pretty people in the movies.

9 comments:

Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

at one with the Nipper.

Hey Jenny - Jane Austen, eh? so... Persuasion...( also mentioned in the Lake House) ... I really hope that there is a film version that truly does the book justice. I do adore the one that I've seen, the '95 version, but it didn't have the kick of taking my breath away like the book.

I look forward to hearing if you've seen any of the others.

(I'll be watching Bill & Elvis on TCM tonight, too)

Jennythenipper said...

OMG! Nancy you are a Jane fan?! Awesome! I agree that the 95 Persuasion just doesn't have the gripping power of the book, but what could?

I love that movie. I did a tribute to it a few years back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81g9DvuTctA

Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

I remember seeing the Beatrix Potter movie with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger (which I really enjoyed - on DVD) and it was right before the Becoming Jane movie came out.

I had such high hopes for Becoming Jane. Then I was so terribly disappointed in that, that I didn't bother with the Jane Austen Book Club movie.

thoughts?

kda0121 said...

It's so great to be among fellow movie buffs. Of course Cary is a favorite...along with most of the stars of the 30s and 40s. I'd love to know some of your favorites of Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Ronald Colman, Clark Gable, etc, etc.

I also saw the movie Persuasion and enjoyed it.

Jennythenipper said...

Beaky: Becoming Jane was not a good movie. It was a far-fetched intepretation of her life and the script was trite. The only upside was James McAvoy, who was also in Atonement (which has a lot of Jane Austen references in it. He is a hottie and one to watch as an actor.

Kda0121: It is great to be among classic movie fans, isn't it.

Five favorite Gary Cooper movies: Ball of Fire, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Westerner, Along Came Jones, Desire and The Cowboy and the Lady. Yeah, I know that's six. I can't choose five.

Five favorite Jimmy Stewart movies: The Philadelphia Story, Destry Rides Again, You Can't take it With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shop Around the Corner, Rear Window. Yup, that's six again.

Five Favorite Gable movies: Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Red Dust, Wife Versus Secretary, Mutiny on the Bounty. Yeah, that's only five. I don't love Gable as much.

Five Favorite Ronald Colman movies: Talk of the town and Tale of Two Cities. This "five favorite" device is becoming increasingly annoying.

Hope this answers your question.

Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

Glad I wasn't off base on the Becoming Jane thing.
And yes... McAvoy is quite a tasty fellow...

I'll put my two cents in on your favorites --

starting w/ Gable to get him out of the way. I'd trade Strange Interlude and Idiot's Delight for any two on your lists. (he yelled his lines too much to get more than 5 on a list)

Great choices with Stewart -- although I'd trade The Rare Breed and Bell Book and Candle for Rear Window - making mine a list of 7. :-)

Ronald Coleman -- your two are musts -- plus add Champagne for Caesar, Arrowsmith (oh! if only they hadn't lost the scene w/ Myrna Loy!), and Random Harvest.

Cooper -- I think we are in complete agreement on the top 6 5 movies. Can I have 7? Add Saratoga Trunk. unmph!!

Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

Glad I wasn't off base on the Becoming Jane thing.
And yes... McAvoy is quite a tasty fellow...

I'll put my two cents in on my favorites --

starting w/ Gable to get him out of the way. I'd trade Strange Interlude and Idiot's Delight for any two on your lists. (he yelled his lines too much to get more than 5 on a list)

Great choices with Stewart -- although I'd trade The Rare Breed and Bell Book and Candle for Rear Window - making mine a list of 7. :-)

Ronald Coleman -- your two are musts -- plus add Champagne for Caesar, Arrowsmith (oh! if only they hadn't lost the scene w/ Myrna Loy!), and Random Harvest.

Cooper -- I think we are in complete agreement on the top 6 5 movies. Can I have 7? Add Saratoga Trunk. unmph!!

kda0121 said...

This is a late addition to an old post, but for some reason I didn't see your response till now on some of your favorite movies, Jen.

You picked some really good ones. Many of them the same as I would choose. Here are some of my fave 5's; (and it is tough to keep it at 5!}

Gary Cooper: Meet John Doe, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Desire, Ball of Fire, Lives of a Bengal Lancer

James Stewart: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Mortal Storm, The Shop Around the Corner, Rear Window, Vertigo

Clark Gable: It Happened One Night, Red Dust, After Office Hours, Too Hot To Handle, China Seas

Ronald Colman: The Prisoner of Zenda, Lost Horizon, Random Harvest, The Talk of the Town, Champagne for Caesar.

Cary Grant: Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, His Girl Friday, North By Northwest, Charade

Spencer Tracy: Father of the Bride, Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Seventh Cross, State of the Union

Henry Fonda: Twelve Angry Men, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Lady Eve, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Grapes of Wrath

John Wayne: The Quiet Man, Hondo, Angel and the Badman, Reap the Wild Wind, Rio Grande

Joel McCrea: Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Foreign Correspondent, The More the Merrier, Ride the High Country

This is a start, anyway.

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