The 110 Most Iconic Movie Dresses of All Time

  1. Jean Harlow – Dinner at Eight (1933)
  2. Judy Garland – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  3. Vivien Leigh – Gone With the Wind (1939)
  4. Rita Hayworth – Gilda (1946)
  5. Marilyn Monroe – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  6. Grace Kelly – Rear Window (1954)
  7. Marilyn Monroe – The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  8. Grace Kelly – High Society (1956)
  9. Natalie Wood – West Side Story (1961)
  10. Elizabeth Taylor – Cleopatra (1963)
  11. Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music (1965)
  12. Diana Ross – Mohogany (1975)
  13. Olivia Newton John – Grease (1978)
  14. Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing (1987)
  15. Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman (1990)
  16. Kate Winslet – Titanic (1997)
  17. Reese Witherspoon – Legally Blonde (2001)
  18. Jennifer Lopez – Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  19. Anne Hathaway – The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  20. Amy Adams – Enchanted (2007)
  21. Isla Fisher – Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  22. Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (2011)
  23. Emma Stone – La la Land (2016)
  24. Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  25. Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  26. Lily James – Cinderella (2015)
  27. Sarah Jessica Parker – Sex and the City 2 (2010)
  28. Keira Knightley – Atonement (2007)
  29. Anika Noni Rose, Beyonce Knowles, and Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls (2006)
  30. Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  31. Anne Hathaway – The Princess Diaries (2001)
  32. Audrey Hepburn – May Fair Lady (1964)
  33. Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  34. Leslie Caron – Gigi (1958)
  35. Grace Kelly – To Catch a Thief (1955)
  36. Dorothy Dandridge – Carmen Jones (1954)
  37. Audrey Hepburn – Sabrina (1954)
  38. Elizabeth Taylor – A Place in the Sun (1951)
  39. Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca (1942)
  40. Billie Burke – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  41. Katherine Hepburn – Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  42. Fay Wray – King Kong (1933)
  43. Julie Christie – Shampoo (1975)
  44. Audrey Hepburn – Two For the Road (1967)
  45. Mia Farrow – The Great Gatsby (1974)
  46. Sharon Stone – Casino (1995)
  47. Maggie Cheung – In the Mood for Love (2000)
  48. Julia Roberts – Mystic Pizza (1988)
  49. Sophia Loren – Arabesque (1966)
  50. Goldie Hawn – Death Becomes Her (1992)
  51. Marlene Dietritch – A Foreign Affair (1948)
  52. Ginger Rogers – Swing Time (1936)
  53. Ava Gardner – The Killers (1946)
  54. Lauren Bacall – To Have and Have Not (1944)
  55. Anita Ekberg – La Dolce Vita (1960)
  56. Molly Ringwald – Pretty in Pink (1986)
  57. Michelle Pfeiffer – Scarface (1983)
  58. Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins (1964)
  59. Jennifer Gardner – 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  60. Carrie Fisher – Star Wars (1977)
  61. Keira Knightley – Anna Karenina (2012)
  62. Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (2012)
  63. Deborah Kerr – The King and I (1956)
  64. Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  65. Nicole Kidman – Moulin Rouge (2001)
  66. Jennifer Connelly – Labyrinth (1986)
  67. Carey Mulligan – The Great Gatsby (2013)
  68. Kirsten Dunst – Marie Antionette (2006)
  69. Gleen Close – Dangerous Liasons (1988)
  70. Rachel McAdams – The Notebook (2004)
  71. Robin Wright – The Princess Bride (1987)
  72. Julie Christie – Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  73. Kate Hudson – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
  74. Rachel McAdams – The Vow (2012)
  75. Julia Roberts – Runaway Bride (1999)
  76. Jane Russell – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  77. Maya Rudolph – Bridesmaids (2011)
  78. Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face (1957)
  79. Moira Shearer – The Red Shoes (1948)
  80. Katherine Hepburn – The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  81. NIa Vardalos – My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  82. Drew Barrymore – Never Been Kissed (1999)
  83. Kim Basinger – LA Confidential (1997)
  84. Doris Day – Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  85. Elsa Lanchester – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  86. Toni Collette – Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
  87. Jessica Rabbit – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  88. Winona Ryder – Beetlejuice (1988)
  89. All the dresses in Sissi (1955)
  90. Catherine Deneuve – Belle du Jour (1967)
  91. Catherine Deneuve – Donkey Skin (1970)
  92. Claudette Colbert – It Happened One Night (1934)
  93. Ginger Rogers – Carefree (1938)
  94. Bette Davis – Dark Victory (1939)
  95. Gene Tierney – The Razor’s Edge (1946)
  96. Lucille Ball – The Long, Long Trailer (1953)
  97. Lauren Bacall – How To Marry a Millionaire (1953)
  98. Shirley Jones – Oklahoma! (1955)
  99. Brigitte Bardot – And God Created Woman (1956)
  100. Sophia Loren – Houseboat (1958)
  101. Ann-Margaret – Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  102. Katherine Ross – The Graduate (1967)
  103. Barbara Streisand – Funny Girl (1968)
  104. Candice Bergen – The Adventurers (1968)
  105. Simonetta Stanfanelli – The Godfather (1972)
  106. Talia Shire – The Godfather (1972)
  107. Meryl Streep – Out of Africa (1985)
  108. Shari Headley – Coming to America (1988)
  109. Julia Roberts – Steel Magnolias (1989)
  110. Alicia Silverstone – Clueless (1995)

Classic of the Week: Duck Soup (1933)

Duck Soup is a 1933 American pre-Code black comedy film directed by Leo McCarey. It stars the Marx Brothers: Goucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo in final Marx Brothers’ movie. It also features Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, and Edgar Kennedy. Groucho plays the newlt elected president of the mythical country of Freedonia. Zeppo is his secretary, while Harpo and Chico are Sylvanian spies. Realtions between Groucho and the Sylvanian ambassador disintegrate and they go to war. 

The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists that Rufus T. Firefly be appointed leader of the small, financially struggling country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide financial aid. Meanwhile, the neighboring country of Sylvania is plotting to append Freedonia. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino tries to bring about a revolution and court Mrs. Teasdale as he tries to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini and Pinky. 

After failing to collect any useful information against Firefly, Chicolini and Pinky are able to pervade the government when Chicolini is appointed Secretary of War after Firefly notices him selling peanuts outside his window. A little while later, Firefly’s secretary, Bob Roland, tells Firefly he suspects Trentino’s incentives and advises him to get rid of the touchy Tretino by insulting him. Firefly agrees and to the plan, but after a series of personal insults exchanged between Firefly and Trentino, the plan backfires when Firefly hits him. As a result, the countries go to war. Adding to international strife is the fact that Firefly is also pursuing Mrs. Teasdale, and, like Trentino, hoping to get his hands on her late husband’s fortune. 

Trentino learns from the very attractive spy Vera Marcal that Freedomia’s plans of war in Mrs. Teasdale’s safe and he tells her to assist Chicolini and Pinky in stealing them. Chicolini is eventually caught by Firefly and put on trial, during which war is officially declared, and everyone is overcome by war frenzy, breaking into song and dance. Chicolini and Pinky join Firefly and Bob Roland in anarchic battle, resulting in general mayhem. 

This film was not a box office failure, but it recieve lukewarm reception, because it was released during the Great Depression. Audiences were stunned by such absurd polical negligence, foolishness and cynicism at a time of a political and economic crisis. Some didn’t like the comedic Mussolini types in the film and found that offensive. Benito Mussolini  found the film to a personal attack at him and banned it Italy, though the Marx Brothers were delighted about it. Despite the so-so response at the time, Duck Soup is now seen as a classic politcal comedy. Many critics today see it as one of the best war comedies along with Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. The only difference with Duck Soup, is that it doesn’t seem to realize it is nothing more than  innocent drivel. 

This a hilarious political comedy and very smartly written and acted. The brothers make this film laugh out loud funny, though Groucho is the comedic ringleader as he always was in their movies. With the political theme and many of the jokes, this film most likely couldn’t be filmed in the current era. Being this was made before the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines, it got away with a lot of things it wouldn’t have after it was really enforced. 

This film is filled with political, Jewish, flirty and random humor. The slapstick comedy and Groucho’s puns make it a really entertaining film for the most part, though this one is a tad more serious with the diplomatic theme. Though I don’t think this is the Marx Brothers’ best film, it is still a comedic masterpiece that goes down as one of the greatest films of all time. 

Groucho’s jokes will go over young childrens’ heads, but teens and adults will probably get them, so this one is better suited for older children and above. There is smoking as usual, Grouch and his signiture cigar, and others smoke cigars. There is no sex or nudity, only a woman a bra and man watching her undress. There is slapstick violence, though young kids will not understand it’s fake and for laughs. There is out of date derogatory nicknames for certain types of people used a few times, but no really foul language other than that. 

There is a very racist joke that references a hit 1931 song that satirizes racism and it is unexpected upon first watch, so you have to look out for things like that in this movie, but you also have to realize times were different then. There is sexual innuendo in the opening scene, so it starts out with adult humor, though some may find this a bit much, especially if this is their Marx Brothers movie and don’t realize this is common for the brothers. 

Some scenes are focused on too much like the scene where Chicolini is selling peanuts and tormenting another vender.  Despite the adult innuendos, it is still a great film with great musical numbers and choreography. The film is very pessimistic to the point of preachiness and that might turn viewers off, especially after seeing it many times. The film criticizes arbitrary, brutal policies that created disasters, Prohibition, World War I and The Great Depression. Some may think that this movie is making light of the issues at the time and it is, but it is also showing that it is better to sing, dance, laugh, fall in love and try to get along with your enemies, rather than fight, cause chaos, or make terrible laws that tear people apart. 

Overall, a comedy masterpiece that everyone should see at least once in their life. It has its flaws, just like any movie, but it will not cease to bore you or make you laugh. Its out of date farce can be overlooked if you see the film for what it really is. A genius musical comedy with both grit and hilarity.  10+ 4.5/5

Blonde (2022)

Blonde is a 2022 American fictionalized biographical drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The film is a fictionalized take on the life and career of American actress Marilyn Monroe, played by Ana de Armas. The cast also includes Adrien Bordy, Bobby Connavale, Xavier Samuel and Julianne Nicholson. 

As a young girl, Norma Jeane Mortenson grows up raised by her mentally deranged mother Gladys. On her seventh birthday in 1933, she is given a framed picture of a man Gladys claims is her father. Later that night, a fire breaks out in the Hollywood Hills, and Gladys drives Norma Jean back up there, claiming that her father lives there, but is forced to go back home at the demand of the police. A fuming Gladys tries to drown Norma Jean in the bathtub when she asks about her father, but lets her go. Norma escapes naked and runs to a neighbor’s house, Miss Flynn, who promises she will be fine. A few days later, Norma Jean is sent to an orphanage while Gladys is admitted to a mental hospital, having been declared unfit to be a mother. 

In the 1940’s, Norma Jeane becomes a pin-up girl under the stage name “Marilyn Monroe,” appearing on magazine covers and calendars. While trying to break into the acting industry, she is raped by film sutido president Mr. Z. In 1951, she auditions for the role of Nell in Don’t Bother to Knock. The audition goes badly after she breaks down and leaves in tears, but she impresses the casting director enough to give her the part. As her acting career starts to take off, she meets Charles “Cass” Chaplin Jr. and Edward G. “Eddy” Robinson Jr., with whom she begins a polyamorous relationship. She lands her breakout role in 1953 with Niagra, but after she is seen in public with Cass and Eddy, she is told by her agent to limit her public displays with them. 

Norma Jeane becomes pregant with Cass’ child, much to her delight, but eventually decides to have an abortion out of fear that the child might inherit Gladys’ mental issues. Cass supports her decision. On the day of the appointment, she changes her mind, but it is too late. Following the abortion, she breaks things off with Cass and Eddy and. She later meets Joe DiMaggio, a retired baseball player. As she films Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she recieves a letter from a man claiming to be her father. She feel disconnected to her onscreen performance at the film’s premiere, saying it wasn’t her. She goes back to her hotel room, having been told that someone is waiting for her. Expecting it to be her father, she insteads find Jow, who asks to marry her, which she accepts. 

Norma Jeane and Joe’s marriage gets bad when Cass and Eddy give Joe some nude pictures of her, which infuriates Joe so much, that he beats her demands that she refuse to do The Seven Year Itch out of principle. However, she still goes through with the filming, doing the famous scene with the white dress. When she gets home, a drunken Joe screams and gets physically violent with her. She divorces him soon after. 

In 1955, Norma Jeane auditions for the Broadway play Magda, written by renowned playwright Arthur Miller. During a read-through, her performance inpresses everyone but Arthur. He eventually warms up to her when she gives him inspirational character analysis. They marry and move to Maine, where she lives a happy life with him and become pregnant. However, ehen walking on the beach one day with a platter of food, she trips and miscarries. Devastated, she returns to acting soon after. 

While filming Some Like It Hot, Norma Jean becomes more uncontrollavle and mentally unstable. She is overwhelmed by the constant press attention, feels that she is becoming a joke, has frequent outbursts on set, especially toward director Billy Wilder, and grows more and more distant from Arthur. To cope with her stress she begins taking pills. 

By 1962, she has become dependant on drugs and alcohol. Secret Service agents pick up intoxicated Norma Jeane and take her to a hotel to meet the president, who forces her to fellate him, before raping her. 

Most of this story is fictionalized, so it should not be taken as all facts. Historical events seemed to be changed up for entertainment a lot from Quintin Taratino’s take on the Manson Murders in Once Upon Time in Hollywood, to the Tony award winning musical Hamilton, to this movie and the book it is based off of.  It is both a good and bad thing, good, for entertaimnet, bad, because you aren’t learning the real story. 

The real story of Marilyn Monroe does start with her growing up with her single mentally ill and abusive mother and Norma getting sent to an orphanage and her mother a mental hospital. But Marilyn never had such a relationship with Charlie Chaplin Jr. or Edward G. Robinson Jr. Joe DiMaggio was an alcoholic and abusive to Norma and she did have an abortion and miscarriages. Norma pursued Arthur Miller, not the other way. But there is no concrete evidence that Monroe and JFK had an affair like most think. 

The film is really slow at times and some scenes like the one where Norma has a threesome with Chaplin Jr. and Robinson Jr. are far too drawn out. That scene in particular, with it being drawn out makes it seem like a 1950’s pornography film. The acting, costumes and scenery is superb. 

The casting of Ana de Armas was both good and bad. Good, beging that she got accent and mannersims down, but bad, because she is Cuban and more olive skinned than really fair like Marilyn, also bad, because her bra size is smaller than Monroe’s was and you see de Aramas topless a lot in this movie, so that isn’t true to the real icon. 

Adrien Brody is fantastic as Arthur Miller, looking, sounding and acting nearly Identical to him. Bobby Connavale is great as Joe DiMaggio. Xavier Samuel is good as Cass Chaplin. Evan Williams is also good as Eddy Robinson Jr. and Julianne Nicholson is outstanding as Gladys. 

Had this been an actual biographical film, they hadn’t cast someone controversial to play Monroe and it hadn’t been so long and drawn out, it would have been more enjoyable. But overall, I found myself rather bored at times and fairly surprised at other moments. The acting and costumes and makeup were really the best thing about this film. –  Adults only. 2.5/5

See How They Run (2022)

See How They Run is a 2022 mystery comedy film directed by Tom George. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson and David Oyelowo. 

In 1953 London, Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap celebrates its 100th performance, and the sleazy American director Leo Kopernick tries to convince the producer John Woolf to allow him to direct the film adaptation. After Kopernick’s drunken behavior toward’s the female lead Shelia Slim leads to a fight with her husband and co-star Richard Attenborough, Kopernick is killed backstage by an unknown assailant. 

Inspector Stoppard investigates the murder with inexperienced Constable Stalker. Everyone at the theater is declared a suspect and a potential victim, including the play’s producer Petula Spencer and Woolf’s wife Edana Romney. Stoppard tries to close the theater until the murder is solved, but the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Harold Scott, steps in, assigning Stalker to assist in the investigation. 

This film is pretty slow for much of its runtime, but the acting is really good and there are several laugh out loud moments. The plot is clever. There is murder, humor, tragedy and a tiny bit of romance in this movie. Three of the characters break the fourth wall, making the film more humorous, but only making it a little more entertaining. 

Sam Rockwell is outstanding as alcoholic Inspector Soppard, Saoirse Ronan is great as Constable Stalker. Adrien Brody, though his role is cut short is very good as Leo Kopernick. Ruth Wilson is great as well as Petula Spencer. Reece Shearsmith does a fine job as John Woolf. Harris Dickinson is good, not great as Richard Attenborough and David Oyelowo is excellent as Mervyn Cocker-Norris. 

Some may find the storyline of this film offsensive, as it a comedic murder mystery. It has the feel of a typical Agatha Christie story, but with added humor and clever bits. Though the acting is superb, the film lacks in entertainment value. The trailer makes the film look wildly entertaining and funny and it is only a tad engaging and only few times did actually laugh out loud. With a great cast and plotline, I was expecting so much more, instead I found myself very much bored for a good portion of this movie. I love a good murder mystery and comedy, so I thought this was going to be a winner, but I was let down. 

Several of the charaters are fictionalized versions of real people, like Richard Attenborough was a real actor, John Woolf was a real film producer who really did produce The African Queen, and Agatha Christie we all know is was the queen (still is) of murder mystery books. 

Of course this film is filled with violence, as well as adult humor, foul language, drinking and smoking. So this is not a family film. If you’re looking for a an entertaining whodunit, this isn’t it.  Though you’ll get a few gasps and laughs out of it, for the most part, you’ll probably be rather bored. 

The film is mostly slow, but comedic at times, then ends abruptly. The best things about this one are the acting, costumes, scenery and plot. Overall, it is a pretty much an  unhurried, yet comical at times, mediocre movie. If you want a better, funny murder mystery type film, try Clue from 1985 or Arsenic and Old Lace from 1944. I can’t imagine this as a stage production, it would be probably be even more less amusing. 13+ 3/5 

Disney+ Debuts Trailer For Disney Original Documentary’s ‘Mickey: The Story of A Mouse’ —

Today, Disney+ released the teaser trailer for Mickey: The Story of A Mouse from Disney Original Documentary. The announcement comes out of D23 Expo in Anaheim, which launched the official kick-off to the 100th anniversary celebration of The Walt Disney Company. The feature documentary will premiere globally on Disney+ on November 18 – Mickey Mouse’s…

Disney+ Debuts Trailer For Disney Original Documentary’s ‘Mickey: The Story of A Mouse’ —

Greatest Summertime Movies of All Time

  1. The Seven Year itch – 1955
  2. Vicky Christina Barcelona – 2008
  3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – 2005
  4. Mamma Mia! – 2008
  5. Stand by Me – 1986
  6. Little Miss Sunshine – 2006
  7. The Notebook – 2004
  8. Crooklyn – 1994
  9. Real Women Have Curves – 2002
  10. Caddyshack – 1980
  11. National Lampoon’s Vacation – 1983
  12. Grease – 1978
  13. The Graduate – 1967
  14. Jaws – 1975
  15. Beaches – 1988
  16. Do the Right Thing – 1989
  17. The River Wild – 1994
  18. The Parent Trap – 1961
  19. The Parent Trap – 1998
  20. The Bridges of Madison County – 1995
  21. Summertime – 1955
  22. Summer Stock – 1950
  23. 500 Days of Summer – 2009
  24. Speed – 1994
  25. Thelma & Louise – 1991
  26. E.T. – 1982
  27. Clueless – 1995
  28. Dirty Dancing – 1987
  29. Point Break – 1991
  30. American Graffiti – 1973
  31. The Goonies – 1985
  32. What About Bob? – 1991
  33. Dazed and Confused – 1993
  34. The Endless Summer – 1966
  35. The Sandlot – 1993
  36. In the Heights – 2021
  37. Palm Springs – 2020
  38. King Richard – 2021
  39. The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999
  40. Dope – 2015
  41. Lilo & Stitch – 2002
  42. Adventureland – 2009
  43. Sylvie’s Love – 2020
  44. Tomboy – 2011
  45. Moonrise Kingdom – 2012
  46. Everybody Wants Some! – 2016
  47. Luca – 2021
  48. Crazy Rich Asians – 2018
  49. Something’s Gotta Give – 2003
  50. Mystic Pizza – 1988
  51. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar – 2021
  52. The Way Way Back – 2013
  53. Summer of ’42 – 1971
  54. Pauline at the Beach – 1983
  55. Breaking Away – 1979
  56. Moana – 2016
  57. Soul Surfer – 2011
  58. Muppet Treasure Island – 1996
  59. Finding Nemo – 2003
  60. Charlotte’s Web – 1973
  61. Say Anything… – 1989
  62. The Kings of Summer – 2013
  63. Miss Juneteenth – 2020
  64. From Here to Eternity – 1953
  65. Shirkers – 2019
  66. Before Sunrise – 1995
  67. Weekend at Bernie’s – 1989
  68. Monsoon Wedding – 2001
  69. My Summer of Love – 2004
  70. In the Good Old Summertime – 1949
  71. Porgy and Bess – 1959
  72. Beach Rats – 2017
  73. The Florida Project – 2017
  74. Kiss Me Kate – 1953
  75. The Little Mermaid – 1989
  76. Anything Goes – 1956
  77. Damn Yankees – 1958
  78. The Music Man – 1962
  79. Carousel – 1956
  80. An Affair to Remember – 1957
  81. King Creole – 1958
  82. The Long Hot Summer – 1958
  83. Suddenly Last Summer – 1959
  84. A Summer Place – 1959
  85. Gidget – 1959
  86. The Whales of August – 1987
  87. A League of Their Own – 1992
  88. Howard’s End – 1992
  89. Cha Cha Real Smooth – 2022
  90. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975
  91. Roman Holiday – 1953
  92. Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte – 1964
  93. On Golden Pond – 1981
  94. Summer With Monika – 1953
  95. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – 1953
  96. Smiles of a Summer Night – 1955
  97. The Talk of the Town – 1942
  98. Early Summer – 1951
  99. Almost Famous – 2000
  100. Summer Interlude – 1951

Classic of the Week: Summer Stock (1950)

Summer Stock is a 1950 American Technicolor musical film directed by Charles Walters and stars Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main and Phil Silvers. Judy struggled with many personal problems during filming and Summer Stock proved to be her final film with MGM, as well as her last onscreen paring with Kelly. By mutual agreement MGM terminated her contract by September 1950, something the head of studio, L.B. Mayer said he later regretted doing. 

Jane Falbury (Garland) is a farm owner whose actress sister, Abigail (DeHaven), arrives at the family farm with her theater troupe. They need a place to rehearse, and Jane and her housekeeper Esme (Main), hesitantly agree to let them use their barn. The actors and actresses, including the director, Joe Ross (Kelly), pay back her hospitality by doing chores around the farm. Although Joe is engaged to Abigail, he begins to fall in love with Jane after Abigail leaves him in a rage. Likewise, even though Jane is enaged to Orville (Bracken), she falls in love with Joe. 

Although this is not Garland’s or Kelly’s best work, it is still a really fun film, filled with laughter, fun songs, dancing and romance, their best is perhaps 1942’s For Me and My Gal. But Summer Stock is still worth seeing for the songs, choreography and romance. Some of the songs are a bit cheesy like so many classic musicals and Gene Kelly is a typecast again as the romantic song and dance man, but he does a great job regardless. Judy Garland is fantastic in her role, and though she was a tiny 4’11,” she seems much taller with her wide voice range and her excellent dancing skills. 

This film will have you singing and dancing and it will warm your heart. Warning, there is a scene that might make you tear up. There are many great songs throughout this musical such as “Wonderful You,” “If You Feel Like Singing, Sing” and “Get Happy” (One of Judy’s signature songs). The choreography by Nicholas Castle Sr. is so much fun, it’ll have you either tapping your foot, or dancing right along. 

There is no foul language, drinking or smoking shown and there is only one scene where Jane is shown showering and putting on clothes, but she is shown from shoulders up, so this is a very family friendly film. This is a feel good movie, one that can brighten you right up if you’re feeling sad or angry. Just the “Get Happy” scene alone will have you smiling ear to ear. Yes, this musical is a bit cheesy, but not as cheesy as Oklahoma! or Easter Parade, and many others from back in the day. That still does not make this one bad.

This is definitely not as a good as Singin’ in Rain or An American in Paris, but it’s not terrible. It is wildly entertaining from begining to end, though the plot is very simple. Would I have paid to see this on the big screen or on stage? Probably not, but if I found it on TV or streaming, I may or may not watch it. Having seen this film already, I can say, this is not one I could watch over and over again like Singin’ in the Rain. It’s a cute movie, very enjoyable, but the over the top cheesiness could have been dialed back a lot. Overall, this a very good, not great movie, though it is a joyous watch. 9+ 3.5/5

Classic of the Week: Arthur (1981)

Arthur is a 1981 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. It stars Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is close to an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, but ends up falling in love with a common working-class girl from queens, played by Liza Minelli. 

Arthur Bach is a spolied alcoholic from New York City, who likes to be chauffeured around in his Rolls Royce Silver Wraith limousine through Central Park. Arthur is heir to a portion of his family’s fortune, but only marries upper class Susan Johnson, the business aquaintance of his father. He does not love Susan, but his family feels that she will finally make him grow up. On a shopping trip with his valet Hobson, he sees a young lady, Linda Marolla, shoplifting a necktie. He negotiates with the security guard on her behalf and later asks her out. Despite his feelings for Linda, Arthur remains burdened by his family to marry Susan. 

While visiting his grandmother, Martha, Arthur shares his feelings for Linda, but is warned that he will be disowned if he doesn’t marry Susan. Hobson, who has been more like a father to Arthur than his real father, realizes that he is starting grow up and secretly invites Linda to Arthur’s engagement party. Hobson tells her that he can sense Arthur’s love for her. Linda crashes the party, held at the estate of Arthur’s father, and she and Arthur get to spend time alone, which is traced by both families. Hobson is later hospitalized and Arthur runs to be by his side. Hobson dies and Arthur, who has been sober, goes on a drinking binge. At the diner where Linda works, Arthur proposes to her. 

This film is equal parts funny, sweet and romantic. Dudley Moore is fantastic as the rich, spoiled Arthur Bach, who eventually learns wealth status is really not important in order to be happy. Liza Minelli, who we are so used to as a musical star, is great as Linda Marolla, the working-class girl that doesn’t need a lavish lifestyle to be content. 

Arthur, although rich, realizes money and expensive things don’t make a person happy, as he is still lonely and has never been married. His family thinks that forcing him to marry a wealthy lady will help him grow up and be happy, but it does the complete opposite after he meets Linda. This movie shows how lavishness does not equal satisfaction,and  that oftentimes, less is more. 

Much of the humor and lines in this movie are cheesy, but not over the top. The plot of this film is very simple, but it is still entertaining and at times, laugh out loud funny and heartwarming. There is a good amount of time spent on Arthur’s booze binge after Hobson’s death, which doe make this movie a lttle less enjoyable, but at the same time, you can understand it. 

Anyone who has never experienced love, or love in a long time can sympathize Arthur, also anyone with deep depression can too. Without the character of Linda Marolla, this would have been a dud a film. She is the breath of fresh air it needed to be really good, because I would have turned this movie off after about 20 or so minutes as it would have been nothing more than a story about a lonely, depressed, spoiled man wanting love. Although this film starts out that way, it does get a lot better when she is introduced. 

Overall, this a good, not great movie. The acting is outstanding and the story is cute, but perhaps this is too simple of a motion picture, not enough action and drama, so it lacks in entertainment value. But it’s still not terrible, just not something I can watch all the time. It is rather slow and little on the cheesy side, but that may just be because of Dudley Moore, who was known for his campy characters and humor, but at the same time, I can’t imagine anyone else in the main role. This is one of the more serious, yet, still humorous roles that Liza has played and she is not campy or annoying like Dudley’s character, although they are perfect together. 

What this film lacks in entertainment, it does make up for in being inspirational, charming and funny. 10+ 3.5/5

Greatest Film Songs of All Time

  1. All That Jazz – Chicago (2002)
  2. Lose Yourself – 8 Mile (2002)
  3. Seems Like Old Times – Annie Hall (1977)
  4. (I’ve Had ) The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing (1987)
  5. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Arthur (1981)
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  7. Isn’t It Romantic? – Love Me Tonight (1932
  8. Summer Nights – Grease (1978)
  9. Streets of Philadelphia – Philadelphia (1993)
  10. My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music (1965)
  11. Tonight – West Side Story (1961)
  12. Suicide is Painless – M*A*S*H (1970)
  13. (I’m a) Yankee Doodle Dandy – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  14. Rainbow Connection – The Muppet Movie (1979)
  15. The Shadow of Your Smile – The Sandpiper (1965)
  16. I’m Easy – Nashville (1975)
  17. The Rose – The Rose (1979)
  18. Buttons and Bows – The Paleface (1948)
  19. Let the River Run – Working Girl (1988)
  20. Long Ago (and Far Away) – Cover Girl (1944)
  21. Do Ri Me – The Sound of Music (1965)
  22. Put the Blame on Mame – Gilda (1946)
  23. 9 to 5 – Nine to Five (1980)
  24. Up Where We Belong – An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  25. Good Morning – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  26. On the Good Ship Lollipop – Bright Eyes (1934)
  27. No Body Does It Better – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  28. Thanks for the Memories -The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
  29. Get Happy – Summer Stock (1950)
  30. Flashdance… What a Feeling – Flashdance (1983)
  31. Goldfinger – Goldfinger (1964)
  32. Fame – Fame (1980)
  33. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  34. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl (1968)
  35. Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches (1988)
  36. New York, New York – On the Town (1949)
  37. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins (1964)
  38. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – Shall We Dance (1937)
  39. Stormy Weather – Stormy Weather (1943)
  40. Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific (1958)
  41. ‘Ol Man River – Show Boat (1936)
  42. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  43. Caberet – Caberet (1972)
  44. Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star is Born’) – A Star is Born (1976)
  45. My Heart Will Go On – Titanic (1997)
  46. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  47. The Sound of Music – The Sound of Music (1965)
  48. When You Wish Upon a Star – Pinocchio (1940)
  49. Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  50. As TIme Goes By – Casablanca (1942)
  51. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’) – High Noon (1952)
  52. America – West Side Story (1961)
  53. Make ‘Em Laugh – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  54. Summertime – Porgy and Bess (1959)
  55. Get Happy – Summer Stock (1950)
  56. Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  57. The Windmills of Your Mind – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
  58. Shall We Dance? – The King and I (1956)
  59. Rock Around the Clock – Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  60. That’s Entertainment – The Bandwagon (1953)
  61. The Way You Look Tonight – Swing Time (1936)
  62. Fight the Power – Do the Right Thing (1989)
  63. Theme from Shaft – Shaft (1971)
  64. Aquarius – Hair (1979)
  65. Born to be Wild – Easy Rider (1969)
  66. The Trolley Song – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  67. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  68. Jailhouse Rock – Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  69. Someday My Prince Will Come – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  70. I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady (1964)
  71. Cheek to CHeek – Top Hat (1935)
  72. People – Funny Girl (1968)
  73. The Man That Got Away – A Star is Born (1954)
  74. Stayin’ Alive – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  75. Mrs. Robinson – The Graduate (1967)
  76. Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  77. Over the Rainbow – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  78. The Way We Were – The Way We Were (1973)
  79. Somewhere – West Side Story (1961)
  80. I Got Rhythm – An American in Paris (1951)
  81. Swinging on a Star – Going My Way (1944)
  82. Days of Wine and Roses – Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  83. Luck Be a Lady – Guys and Dolls (1955)
  84. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King (1994)
  85. To Sir, With Love – To Sir, With Love (1967)
  86. Purple Rain – Purple Rain (1984)
  87. In Your Eyes – Say Anything (1989)
  88. White Christmas – Holiday Inn (1942)
  89. A Whole New World – Aladdin (1992)
  90. Gangsta’s Paradise – Dangerous Minds (1995)
  91. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story (1995)
  92. Stuck in the Middle With You – Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  93. I Have Nothing – The Bodyguard (1992)
  94. Skyfall – Skyfall (2012)
  95. Against All Odds – Against All odds (1984)
  96. St. Elmo’s Fire – St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
  97. Gonna Fly Now – Rocky (1976)
  98. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – The Lion King (1994)
  99. Live and Let Die – Live and Let Die (1973)
  100. Shallow – A Star is Born (2018)
  101. Hopelessly Devoted – Grease (1978)
  102. Unhained Melody – Ghost (1990)
  103. The Power of Love – Back to the Future (1985)
  104. Footloose – Footloose (1984)
  105. Circle of Life – The Lion King (1994)
  106. Don’t You Forget Abour Me – The Breakfast Club (1985)
  107. Maniac – Flashdance (1983)
  108. They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Shall We Dance (1937)
  109. Jeepers Creepers – Going Places (1938)
  110. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Buck Privates (1941)
  111. Baby Mine – Dumbo (1941)
  112. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
  113. I Fall In Love Too Easily – Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  114. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
  115. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening – Here Comes the Groom (1951)
  116. Secret Love – Calamity Jane (1953)
  117. Three Coins in the Fountain – Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
  118. Love is a Many Splendored Thing – Love is a Many Splebdored Thing (1955)
  119. High Hopes – A Hole in the Head (1959)
  120. Alfie – Alfie (1966)
  121. The Look of Love – Casino Royale (1967)
  122. The Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book (1967)
  123. I Just Called to Say I Love You – The Woman in Red (1984)
  124. Let’s Hear it for the Boy – Footloose (1984)
  125. Take My Breath Away – Top Gun (1986)
  126. Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  127. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  128. A Wink and a Smile – Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  129. Colors of the Wind – Pochahontas (1995)
  130. Part of Your World – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  131. You’ll Be in My Heart – Tarzan (1999)
  132. Strangers Like Me – Tarzan (1999)
  133. Save Me – Magnolia (1999)
  134. If I Didn’t Have You – Monsters Inc. (2001)
  135. The Hands That Built America – Gangs of New York (2001)
  136. Scarlet Tide – Cold Mountain (2003)
  137. Falling Slowly – Once (2007)
  138. Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  139. The Weary Kind – Crazy Heart (2009)
  140. Down in New Orleans – The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  141. We Belong Together – Toy Story 3 (2010)
  142. Let It Go – Frozen (2013)
  143. Glory – Selma (2014)
  144. Writing’s on the Wall – Spectre (2015)
  145. City of Stars – La La Land (2016)
  146. How Far I’ll Go – Moana (2016)
  147. Remember Me – Coco (2017)
  148. When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  149. Stand Up – Harriet (2019)
  150. I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4 (2019)
  151. Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
  152. No Time to Die – No Time to DIe (2021)
  153. Down to Joy – Belfast (2021)
  154. Be Alive – King Richard (2021)
  155. When She Loved Me – Toy Story 2 (1999)
  156. Wise Up – Magnolia (1999)
  157. Eye of the Tiger – Rocky III (1982)
  158. It Might Be You – Tootsie (1982)
  159. I’ll Wait For You – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  160. Charade – Charade (1963)
  161. A Kiss to Build a Dream on – The Strip (1951)
  162. Pennies from Heaven – Pennies from Heaven (1936)
  163. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Born to Dance (1936)
  164. It Might as Well be Spring – State Fair (1945)
  165. That Old Black Magic – Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  166. Whatever Lola Wants – Damn Yankees (1958)
  167. Steam Heat – The Pajama Game (1957)
  168. Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) – Pal Joey (1957)
  169. Oh What a Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma! (1955)
  170. Getting to Know You – The King and I (1956)
  171. If I Were a Rich Man – Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  172. And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Dreamgirls (2006)
  173. I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning – Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  174. I Enjoy Being a Girl – Flower Drum Song (1961)
  175. Put on Your Sunday Clothes – Hello, Dolly! (1969)
  176. Le Jazz Hot – Victor/Victoria (1982)
  177. Mein Herr – Cabaret (1972)
  178. People Will Say We’re in Love – Oklahoma! (1955)
  179. A Hard Day’s Night – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  180. Pure Imagination – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  181. Where the Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
  182. The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  183. 76 Trombones – The Music Man (1962)
  184. Matchmaker, Matchmaker – Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  185. Easter Parade – Easter Parade (1948)
  186. Put on a Happy Face – Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  187. Help! – Help! (1965)
  188. Too Darn Hot – Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  189. Pinball Wizard – Tommy (1975)
  190. Love, Rein O’re Me – Quadrophenia (1979)
  191. (You Gotta) Have Heart – Damn Yankees (1958)
  192. The Real Me – Quadrophenia (1979)
  193. You Only Live Twice – You Only Live Twice (1967)
  194. Diamonds Are Forever – Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  195. Nobody Does it Better – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  196. Rich Man’s Frug – Sweet Charity (1969)
  197. Big Spender – Sweet Charity (1969)
  198. Earned It – 50 Shades of Grey (2015)
  199. The Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)
  200. See You Again – Furious 7 (2015)