I’m attempting to emerge from my cocoon. So it is once again time for me to tie up some lose ends and to start blogging again. (We’ll see how long I last before I hibernate again.)
Although I have been a retired podcaster for nearly a year (snaps for The Ally and Joanna Show), I recently appeared on a few podcasts.
Back in May, I appeared on the Movies You Love podcast with Andrew from GMan Reviews. We discussed my all-time favorite movie Bringing Up Baby because, like duh. Listen here.
Almost two weeks ago, I appeared on Episode 88 of the Matineecast. This is my second appearance on the Matineecast and this time around, Ryan and I discussed the Before Trilogy. After revisiting all three films, Before Midnight might be my favorite installment of the exceptional Before Trilogy. Listen here.
Here is what I watched in March.
Bringing Up Baby (dir. Howard Hawkes, 1938)
I wonder… How many times will I watch Bringing Up Baby this year? Continue reading
Here is what I watched last week. Continue reading
Last month, my friend Diana and I caught a screening of Bringing Up Baby at Film Forum. This was easily the umpteenth time I have seen Bringing Up Baby. I’m about to totally surprise you all but Bringing Up Baby is my favorite movie. (What? You never saw that coming? You must have just accidentally found this post on Google.)
Often with your favorite anything, some aspects get lumped together and are quickly forgotten. When it comes to Bringing Up Baby, I’ve never quite focused on the supporting cast, the character actors who make this screwball comedy so effective. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are the stars but it is the actors like Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Charles Ruggles, and Walter Catlett who add a level of comedic genius to the film that is unmatched. For the most part these actors are seasoned performers who had long careers on the stage, film and television. You probably saw them time and time again in bit parts in some of your favorite movies. They are the type of actors who seemingly appear everywhere and make the whole product come together.
Their characters slowly trickle into the film’s story, fitting around Susan and David’s completely frantic search for the leopard Baby as needed. At first these characters – the local sherrif, the rich aunt, the psychiatrist – seem to be the straightlaced foils to Susan’s peculiar brand of zaniness. But as the movie continues, everyone becomes unhinged and in the final moments. When they all wind up in the local jail for one reason or another (a perfect metaphor for the ensemble) in the most manically hilarious scene imaginable, the ensemble cast almost outshines the two major stars.
Here they are:
I just remembered at the last minute that I wanted to start this month long blogging project today. The 30 Day Film Challenge is relatively straight forward. For 30 days, you post pictures and clips that best represent 30 different characters: favorite movie, favorite director, favorite documentary, etc. (This is technically supposed to be something you share on Facebook. But I’ve never been one to follow the suggested guidelines.)
So here it begins with a few minutes to spare before the end of the day.
Day 1 – Your Favorite Movie
If you have read my blog for some time or follow me on Twitter or have randomly bumped into me in a deserted alley way, then you know that my absolute favorite movie is Bringing Up Baby.
The screwball comedy never fails to put a smile on my face. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are at their best. (Although the supporting cast of characters gives them are run for their money.) It is the kind of sharp and witty movie I wish I could have written. It is the kind of movie that I wish were still made today. It is one of the few movies I have seen receive an overwhelmingly raucous response with people pointing at the screen and bursting out laughing during the wild final sequence unfolds. That is probably my favorite thing about Bringing Up Baby; it always makes the audience’s ride memorable.
Today would be Katharine Hepburn’s birthday 104th. In honor of my favorite actress, here are clips from some of her performances I love and consistently watch.
Susan Vance – Bringing Up Baby (1939)
Rose Sayer – The African Queen (1951)
Terry Randall – Stage Door (1937)
Jane Hudson – Summertime (1955)
Tracy Lord – The Philadelphia Story (1940)