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5/22 – Little Women (dir. Mervyn  Leroy, 1949)

Like Jane Eyre or any Jane Austen novel, I will watch any version of Little Women. The 1949 adaptation with June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, and Margaret O’Brien as the March sisters is hardly my favorite (I am partial to 1933 George Cukor version with Katharine Hepburn) but if Little Women is on TV, then you bet I am watching.

5/24 – It’s a Gift (Norman McLeod, 1934)

My exposure to W.C. Fields is quite limited. I have only seen the occasional movie and I have been under the impression for quite some time that I don’t really enjoy his style of humor. Well, after one viewing of It’s a Gift and I am ready to give Fields a real chance.

Extras!

Given that I did not watch too many movies this week, here are some snippets of what I did dedicate my time to.

A collection of three W.C. Fields shorts on YouTube.

The shorts are wonderful. Make a point to watch them.

My So-Called Life (available on instant Netflix)

Jordan Catalano My So-Called Life consumed my life this week. You would think me, a very dedicated connoisseur of teen dramas (though I can’t compete with my friend Ally) would have seen this classic cult show ages ago. Where do I begin? How about right here.

Almost two decades after My So-Called Life first aired every characters and story lines are still wonderfully refreshing. I mean, there are rational adult figures on the show. That rarely happens nowadays. That is because few teen shows depend very little on a gimmick and actually exist in the realm of reality. Shows like Skins and Degrassi owe so much to My So-Called Life.

What did you check out this past week? Hopefully you made out better than I did. Let me know in the comments!

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