Monday, April 22, 2019

Top Ten of 1961

One of the more difficult Top Tens I've ever had to make. When push came to shove, I thought about what's close to my heart: the films I think about randomly or bring up in conversation; that changed or helped me better articulate my views on something; whose images moved me beyond words.

Honorable Mentions: Bachelor in Paradise, The Ballad of Narayama, Immortal Love, The Innocents and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.


The Top Ten - in alphabetical order - after the jump....

Friday, April 19, 2019

1961: The Movies

Wrapping up 1961. These are the 75 movies I saw:

The Absent-Minded Professor
Angel Baby
L'Avventura
Babes in Toyland
Bachelor in Paradise
Back Street
Ballad of a Soldier
The Ballad of Narayama
Black Sunday
Blue Hawaii
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breathless
Cash On Demand
The Children's Hour
El Cid
Claudelle Inglish
The Curse of the Werewolf
La Dolce Vita
Fanny
Fear No More
Flower Drum Song
Francis of Assisi
General Della Rovere
Goodbye Again
The Great Impostor
The Guns of Navarone
Homicidal
The Human Condition: Road to Eternity
The Hustler
Immortal Love
The Innocents
Judgment at Nuremberg
King of Kings
The League of Gentlemen
Les liaisons dangereuses
Lover Come Back
A Majority of One
The Mark
Master of the World
The Millionairess
The Misfits
Mr. Sardonicus
Mysterious Island
No Love for Johnnie
Odd Obsession
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One, Two, Three
One-Eyed Jacks
The Parent Trap
Paris Blues
Pit and the Pendulum
Pocketful of Miracles
Purple Noon
Question 7
A Raisin in the Sun
Return to Peyton Place
Rocco and His Brothers
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Sanctuary
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
The Savage Innocents
The Seventh Commandment
Snow White and the Three Stooges
Splendor in the Grass
Stop Me Before I Kill!
Summer and Smoke
Throne of Blood
Town Without Pity
Two Women
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
West Side Story
Yojimbo
The Young Doctors
The Young Savages
Youth in Fury
On Monday - my Top Ten. On Tuesday, my nominees. And on Thursday and Friday, my awards.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day Eleven: The Rest of the Nominees, 1961

Over the past two weeks, we've discussed the 1961 Academy Award nominees in the eight major categories, plus score and song. All together, that's 23 films we've looked at, plus a mention of the difficult-to-find Khovanshchina.

Ah, but there were even more films up for Oscars that year! After the jump, nine more nominees, and my thoughts 'upon them.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Day Ten: Best Picture, 1961

Best Picture: the last award given at the Oscars, the last Oscar category we're covering for 1961. Doesn't mean we're done with the year as a whole, though! I've still my own personal picks for the Best of the Year.

But that's still to come. Let's focus on the Academy's picks today, shall we? After the jump...

Monday, April 15, 2019