Top 40 Films 61-66 Reviewed in 2012

04 Mar

Top 40 Films 56-60 Reviewed in 2012

61.- Two Lovers – 2008. A man is drawn between two women, one of whom everyone wants him to marry and the other of whom no one wants him to marry. He wants to marry both. Gwyneth Paltrow is one of them. Joaquin Phoenix in another extraordinary characterization.

62.- Waterloo Bridge – 1931. A streetwalker finds true love in the devotion of a Yank soldier in WW I. Mae Clark is just extraordinary in the role. I’d never heard of her, but don’t miss her. Bette Davis emerges.

63.- Wife vs. Secretary – 1936. Snappy Dialogue: “Have you been faithful while I was away?” he asks. “Yes,” she says. “Twice.” Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart command the screen in this nifty comedy.

64.- Wings In The Dark – 1935. What made Myrna Loy so great? Here she plays a stunt pilot opposite Cary Grant as a blind ex-pilot. Melodrama but watchable and Loy is lovely.

65.- Woman Of The Year – 1942. The first of the Hepburn/Tracy duos and by a long shot the best. Don’t miss it. It is the establishing movie for women’s lib, and Hepburn is fun and masterful and sexy in it. They were very funny together. George Stevens directed.

66.- Won’t Back Down – 2012. Backed by the great Rosie Perez and the great Holly Hunter, Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal effort womanfully for school reform. Gyllenhaal is one of our great ones. Don’t miss her. Never miss her. She’s better than a weekend at the spa.

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