Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Hollywood Fail / Old Hollywood Gems

Most weekends you may see ten or so new DVDs released and some weeks it is hard to find any you can watch without subjecting your brain to bent, twisted, and broken stories.

For example, this month, one of the new DVD releases is A Million Ways to Die in the West. Reviews warned that the movie is crude with little redeeming qualities, yet it was released by a major studio and earned more than $40 million. Another loser is Sex Tape, which made nearly $39 million. These are not good totals for movies with well know stars, but I am sure they will make millions more from DVD sales and rentals. Too bad some people have such bad taste.

While our modern day has many bad movies, it is also now easier than ever to watch some of the greatest movies ever made.

Here are six great movies that were first released in October that you should add to your movie bucket list if you have somehow missed them:

October 1939 - 75 years ago

Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Jimmy Stewart plays a neophyte senator fighting a corrupt Washington. Often rated as one of the best movies ever made.

October 1944 - 70 years ago

30 Seconds Over Tokyo
Spencer Tracy plays James Doolittle in the famous surprise Tokyo raid by B-25s launched from an aircraft carrier. Much better than the treatment it got in the more recent Pearl Harbor movie.

You will recognize the haunting Laura melody that became a Johnny Mercer hit. Film noir at its best. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.

To Have and Have Not
Bogie and Bacall in a Howard Hawks classic. This was their first movie together. Ms. Bacall passed away just last month. Her signature pose was due to the fact that she was so nervous, it was the only way she could stand without shaking.

October 1954 - 60 years ago

White Christmas
If you haven't seen this Bing Crosby / Danny Kaye musical, you are in the minority. It is hard to avoid, given how often you see it on TV during the Christmas season. If you like musicals, this is one of Irving Berlin's best.

A Star is Born
Judy Garland's signature movie. It received six Oscar nominations, including one for Garland and her co-star James Mason.

If you wish Hollywood made less disgusting movies, you are invited to read my screenplay Jihad on Hollywood, currently free on Ibooks or on Amazon for $0.99. The story addresses what would happen if the elite of Hollywood were captured and put on trial by Muslim terrorists. You will experience adventure, humor, and a condemnation of modern Hollywood's culture.

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