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The Also Rans Project — Gaslight (1944) – Best Picture Nominee

Gaslight-1944.jpgDirected by George Cukor

Screenplay by John Van Druten, Walter Resich and John L. Balderston, from the play Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton

Starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame Mae Witty and Angela Landsbury

It’s always best to start a discussion about a thing with maybe understanding that thing – since we’re talking about the movie, Gaslight, that means talking about the plot of Gaslight.  Except, you probably already know the plot of Gaslight because if you know the term ‘gaslighting’, you can guess exactly what a movie called Gaslight is about.  But if you haven’t, I’ll lay it out for you— Continue reading

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There’s More Where That Came From: The Best Severed Digit Movies

imagesCAEGVH5CI don’t know what gave me the idea to do a list of the best movies with severed digits – in this case, digits is not meant in a mathematical way, but in the fingers and toes way – but since all lists are inherently arbitrary constructed and a little stupid (AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs, anybody?), it seemed all right just to embrace these lists for all their stupidity and pick something outre.

So, here it is, the ten best movies that prominently feature a severed finger.  Or toe.

(Incidentally, I thought about calling this ‘pieces and parts’ but chose an equally silly title.)

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The Best Picture Project – Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Written by Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood, from Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan’s adaptation

Based upon the novel by Daphne DuMaurier

Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson and George Sanders

 I must say that I purposefully saved watching on Rebecca until I’d completed a good portion of this little project of mine for a good reason:  as I seen it before and really liked it I wanted to have it out there as a gift to myself, a good movie out there waiting for me after a whole lot of tedium.  I didn’t know how long I’d go before I’d give in and watch it and after putting in time watching Cavalcade, Broadway Melody, Rocky, Around the World in 80 Days and Ben-Hur, I guess I earned the respite, so I watched it.  And oh, what a breath of fresh air it was.  Quite simply, Rebecca might be the greatest Best Picture winner of them all, the big daddy to trump all big daddy’s, a heady statement to be sure, in a category that  includes Gone With The Wind and The Godfather and Bridge on the River Kwai, but one I’m confident to stand behind.

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9 Costume Parties To Remember

In honor of Halloween I thought it best to search out the best costume party scenes from movies, but because this is my list I didn’t adhere to any traditional thinking about what constituted a ‘party’ and just figured that, any time a person put on a costume, a party was happening.  So here are the nine best in chronological order.

Enjoy.

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