Favorite things about… The Purple Rose of Cairo

The favorite film: The Purple Rose of Cairo, a 1985 comedy/fantasy written and directed by Woody Allen The synopsis: Cecilia, a New Jersey waitress trying to stay afloat during the Depression, turns to film for an escape from the monotony of her daily life. Her favorite film becomes The Purple Rose of Cairo (an RKO Radio Picture!), which she goes to see multiple times to … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Purple Rose of Cairo

Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife

The favorite film: My Favorite Wife, a 1940 screwball/romantic comedy directed by Garson Kanin for RKO. The synopsis: After being presumed dead in a horrible accident seven years ago and spending all of those years stranded on an island, Ellen Arden has finally returned to the United States, where she hopes to reunite with her family. But she’ll soon find out that the reunion isn’t … Continue reading Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife

Favorite things about… Laura (1944)

This post contains spoilers for Laura in the “Favorite things/quotes” section. Tread with caution if you’ve never seen this wonderful film! The favorite film: Laura, a 1944 noir/drama directed by Otto Preminger The synopsis: Detective Mark McPherson is investigating the death of Laura Hunt, a woman who has been found dead in her apartment. Interviewing plenty of suspicious people who knew her, McPherson begins to … Continue reading Favorite things about… Laura (1944)

Favorite things about… Charade

This post does contain some spoilers for the film… but I haven’t spoiled everything! ALSO a very special thanks to my wonderful mom for getting me a copy of Charade on DVD! So happy to finally have this one in my collection! The favorite film: Charade, a 1963 mystery-comedy directed by the great Stanley Donen The synopsis: Regina Lampert has just discovered that her husband, … Continue reading Favorite things about… Charade

Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

A note from Lindsey: Exactly a year ago today I published a post about 1939’s The Women, which I had discovered two days earlier. (I posted a very tiny review of it.) Here’s another look at the film, which became an instant favorite and was viewed multiple times last year. The favorite film: The Women, a 1939 comedy with an all-female cast, directed by the … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

The favorite film: In the Good Old Summertime, a 1949 musical/romance directed by Robert Z. Leonard for MGM. The synopsis: Andrew and Veronica are instant enemies from the day they meet. When Veronica is hired as a saleswoman at Oberkugen’s, a music store where Andrew also works, their dislike for each other continues to grow. But while they may hate each other in their in-person … Continue reading Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Favorite things about… Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The favorite film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a 1977 sci-fi/drama directed and written by Stephen Spielberg The synopsis: Roy is on the job investigating a power outage in small-town Indiana when he suddenly has an odd encounter with what he believes is a UFO. After the incident, he begins hearing strange noises and having visions. Much to his wife’s dismay, Roy becomes obsessed … Continue reading Favorite things about… Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Favorite things about… Niagara (1953)

The favorite film: Niagara, 1953’s “raging torrent of emotion that even nature can’t control!” This noir-thriller was directed by Henry Hathaway for Fox. The synopsis: Polly and Ray Cutler are taking a belated honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls. When they arrive at the Falls, they find that the cabin they were supposed to be staying in is still occupied by Rose and George Loomis, who … Continue reading Favorite things about… Niagara (1953)

Favorite things about… Gilda

The favorite film: Gilda, a spectacular 1946 noir-drama directed by Charles Vidor The synopsis: Casino owner Ballin Mundson gets a surprise when he returns to the business with a beautiful new wife, Gilda, only to discover that she has a past with his right-hand man, Johnny. Meanwhile, Mundson is also wrapped up in a secret business deal with a few nasty men. The cast: Rita … Continue reading Favorite things about… Gilda