My Week in Film: May 22 to May 28

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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5 thoughts on “My Week in Film: May 22 to May 28

  1. Ah, I’ve been meaning to watch My So Called Life ever since I finished Freaks and Geeks. I need to get on that. Maybe my Claire Danes crush will motivate me.

    Speaking of teenage television, have you ever seen Friday Night Lights?

  2. LITTLE WOMEN was the first “grown up” book I read so I have a deep love for it (gah, I’m such a girl) and like you I’ll watch it at any time. I think there should be a version of it for every generation, which means we’re due for one right about now. Who do you have for Jo? (No I’m not joking.)

    I too love Cukor’s version best, but it stars Kate so of course I’ll acquiesce to it.

    • We are due! Is it bad that I can’t think of anyone for Jo other than someone who is a current Disney/Degrassi star? Clearly this means that Little Women is due for an Easy A-style treatment. Thoughts on that? Haha.

      • I was thinking Keira Knightley, but I know she’s getting old now (because I was thinking Keira Knightley five years ago). For some reason, I can’t think of an AMERICAN actress to play any of the March sisters – except possibly Scarlet for older Amy. Obviously we need more (good) young actresses.

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