Thursday, April 7, 2011

Here's looking at you, kid...

Monday night was date night. It was filled with pork chops that never seemed to be done (thanks to a faulty thermometer) and one of these:

Yes, that is a Sonic ice cream sundae. I ate the whole thing and I don't feel guilty about it. I may have felt a bit sick after scarfing down all the fudge at the bottom.

After the sundae we went to TJMaxx to get a movie. Did you know that they had movies? I didn't until last weekend while I was browsing around. I saw a shelf of movies and they had Casablanca. I made a mental note of the movie (and the price). So Tuesday night we drove by TJMaxx to pick it up.

You see, it was only a year or so ago that I first saw the iconic movie and Joseph had never seen it. Of course I had heard the usual lines, "Here's looking at you, kid",  "We'll always have Paris", "Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine" and of course "Play it again, Sam". (Actually that last line is never said in the movie but people always quote it as's that for Funday Wednesday Trivia?)

Watching this movie made me think: What other great, classic, maybe even less known films from this era am I missing out on? There are so many wonderful qualities about movies made before 1960: the classic beauty, the gorgeous costumes, the absence of nudity and most of all the love story. I mean, even Lily Munster was gorgeous!

Exhibit A:

Also, I wonder why we never talk like the characters in old movies. I may be wrong, but the female lead seems to always have this breathy, slightly English accent with a knack for fainting on a whim. When was the last time you had a good swoon?

So, this begs the question: What are some great films of the 20th century?