Movies

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Movies Worth Watching


Here's an ongoing list of movies that I've recommended on the blog.

The 400 Blows (1959)

About Schmidt (2002)
The African Queen (1951)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
As Seen Through These Eyes (2008)
Autumn Sonata (1978)

Ball of Fire (1941)
The Bling Ring (2013)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Dancing Lady (1933)
Debt of Honor (2014/2015)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Design for Living (1933)
Desk Set (1957)
Le Dîner de Cons (1998)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Double Indemnity (1944)

Educating Rita (1983)

Footnote (2011)
For Me and My Gal (1942)

Gaslight (1944)
Groundhog Day (1993)

Harvey (1950)
Hobson's Choice (1954)

'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
I'm No Angel (1933)
In Her Shoes (2005)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The King's Speech (2010)
Kiss of Death (1947)

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Love Affair (1939)

M (1931)
Midnight (1939)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Miss Potter (2006)
Modern Times (1936)
Morocco (1930)

The Old Dark House (1932)

Passion Fish (1992)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Please Give (2010)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Seconds (1966)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Spotlight (2015)
Stage Door (1937)
The Station Agent (2003)
Still Walking (2008)
Swing Time (1936)

Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
The Thin Man (1934)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Victor Victoria (1982)

Whip It (2009)

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)


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Disappointing Movies

A movie can have an interesting premise that isn't developed well. It might not live up to its promise, or there might be something really cheap and mean about it. Sometimes it starts strong but then stagnates or collapses. Its flaws outweigh the good qualities, which may include some wonderful performances and memorable scenes.

Maybe you'll find more in these movies than I did. I'll be keeping an ongoing list of them here.

The (*) means I didn't watch the whole movie.

42nd Street (1933)*

The Addams Family (1991)
Addams Family Values (1993)
After the Thin Man (1936)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Algiers (1938)*
All That Heaven Allows (1955)*
Anna Christie (1930)*
Another Thin Man (1939)
Another Woman (1988)
The Awful Truth (1937)

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)*
Bee Movie (2007)*
Bottle Shock (2008)*
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)*

Cabin in the Sky (1941)
Call Me Madam (1953)*
Certified Copy (2010)*
Charade (1963)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)*
City Lights (1931)
Clue (1985)*
Comme Une Image (2004)
Cover Girl (1944)*
Crossfire (1947)

Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)*
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)*
Dark Passage (1947)*
The Divorcee (1930)
D.O.A. (1950)
Dodsworth (1936)*
Double Wedding (1937)*

Easy Living (1937)*
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Executive Suite (1954)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)*

Five Star Final (1931)
Follow the Fleet (1936)*
Four Daughters (1938)*
The Fugitive Kind (1959)*

The General (1926)*
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)*
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Good Fairy (1935)*
Grand Hotel (1932)
Green for Danger (1946)*

Hands Across the Table (1935)
The Harvey Girls (1946)*
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)*
High Sierra (1941)*
His Kind of Woman! (1951)*
Holiday (1938)
Hopscotch (1980)*
House of Strangers (1949)*
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)*
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Ida (2013)
Idiots & Angels (2008)*
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
In a World… (2013)
Indiscreet (1958)
It Happened One Night (1934)

Jet Lag (2002)
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Jezebel (1938)*
Jigsaw (1949)*
The Joy of Life (2005)*

The Killer Is Loose (1956)
Kitchen Stories (2003)*
Kitty Foyle (1940)*

Labyrinth (1986)*
The Lady Eve (1941)*
Lady in the Death House (1944)*
Lady of Burlesque (1943)*
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
The Letter (1940)*
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Libeled Lady (1936)
Life with Father (1947)*
Linda, Linda, Linda (2005)*
The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Love & Basketball (2000)
Lovely, Still (2008)*
Lured (1947)*

Made for Each Other (1939)*
Magnificent Obsession (1954)*
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Man Hunt (1941)*
Man of the World (1931)*
Man Push Cart (2005)*
Mary and Max (2009)
Monkey Business (1952)*
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)*
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)*
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)*
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
Murder by Death (1976)*
My Blueberry Nights (2007)*
My Dinner with Andre (1981)*
My Favorite Wife (1940)
My Little Chickadee (1940)*
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Mystery Street (1950)*

The Narrow Margin (1952)
A Night at the Opera (1935)*
Night Nurse (1931)
No Man of Her Own (1932)
Nothing Sacred (1937)*

The Odd Couple (1968)*
Okuribito (2008)*
The Old Maid (1939)*
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Once (2006)*
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)*
Our Family Wedding (2010)*
Our Man in Havana (1959)

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)*
People Like Us (2012)*
The Petrified Forest (1936)*
Picnic (1955)*
Platinum Blonde (1931)*
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)*
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Private Lives (1931)*

Quiz Show (1994)*

Remember the Night (1940)*
Roberta (1935)*

Separate Tables (1958)
Shall We Dance (1937)
Show Boat (1936)*
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Sisters (2015)*
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Spitfire (1934)*
Spy (2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
A Stolen Life (1946)*
The Stranger (1946)*
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)*
Summer Stock (1950)*
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)*

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)*
The Talk of the Town (1942)*
Tammy (2014)*
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
To Sir, with Love (1967)*
Topsy-Turvy (1999)*
Touch of Evil (1958)*
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Twentieth Century (1934)
Two for the Road (1967)*

The Ugly Truth (2009)*
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)*
Up in the Air (2009)

Walking and Talking (1996)*
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)*
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Without Love (1945)
The Woman in Green (1945)
A Woman's Face (1941)*
The Women (1939)*

Zhao Le (1993)*
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)