... and how Hollywood continues to feed my suit fetish. It's no secret that I love a man in a suit. Especially a three piece suit. Add a hat, and well... *sigh*
There's just something incredibly sexy, sophisticated, and just plain ROAWR! And let's face it, Hollywood does wonders in providing one with those little pleasures. When I'm not writing, I looove watching movies. Like books, they come in all flavors. Some are deep and gripping, some are just plain fun. I've got plenty of classic on DVDs, and then I've got some that are major cheese, but as they say, variety is the spice of life!
As with everything else Historical, movies can be hit or miss, but I try to find something enjoyable in each one, whether it's the costumes, the cinematography, the story, the actors-- I'm always happy to give the film a go.Here are some movies set around the 30s/40s/50s.
Ewan Mcgregor: Big Fish Bruce Willis: Last Man Standing
Chris Evans: Captain America *swoon* Johnny Depp: Public Enemies
Ryan Gosling: The Gangster Squad Armie Hammer: J. Edgar
Hugh Jackman: Australia Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones / Raiders
There are loads more, these are from some of the films I own on DVD. Except for The Gangster Squad. (That's out in cinemas some time later this year.) These films may not be to everyone's taste, but personally, I really enjoyed them.Big Fish
was wonderfully fantastical, the colors were beautiful, and it made me cry. It's been a while since I've seen it and it's probably about time for me to watch it again. I love films that have that magical feel to them, and Big Fish is just beautiful.Last Man Standing
, gun for hire in Jericho during the Prohibition Era. Expect questionable morals, shootouts, sex, and Bruce looking his most broody.Captain America
, I have a weakness for comic book films, even some of the not so great ones (Constantine) though I do have to draw the line somewhere (Daredevil, Elektra, Jonah Hex). Green Lantern wasn't anything to write home about, but Ryan Reynolds is another weakness of mine. I watched Blade Trinity for him. Only for you, Ryan! Anyway, Captain America was loads of fun and hit all the right buttons.Public Enemies
, somewhat glamorized movie about John Dillinger but still enjoyable. However, I found the book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and Birth of the FBI 1933-34 to be far more fascinating. They slapped Johnny Depp on the cover of the book as they tend to do, but actually the book isn't just about John Dillinger. It covers several other notorious figures, such as Machine Gun Kelly, The Barker Gang, Bonnie & Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, & Pretty Boy Floyd. J. Edgar
, I've actually got the DVD but have yet had a chance to watch it. My movie to be watched list is as big as my book to be read list. I'm particularly interested in seeing how Hoover's relationship to Clyde Tolson--Hoover's assistant director-- is handled. For those of you who may not know, it's said that Hoover and Clyde shared a romance. According to the book The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI
by Ronald Kessler, "The two were inseparable. They ate lunch together almost every day and dinner almost every night. They vacationed together, staying in adjoining rooms, and they took adoring photos of each other." I'm planning to do a post on Hoover and Clyde sometime next week. That up there is Armie Hammer, who plays Clyde Tolson.Australia
, it was like watching a romance novel, one of those old school ones. Loved it. It was rather long, and being a Baz Lurhmann film, heavy on the special effects, but I enjoyed it, and not just because of the scene where Hugh is half naked, pouring water over his rippling pectorals. Though it did make me giggle like a school girl. It also made me teary on more than one occasion. Expect lots of drama, tears, defiant chin lifting, banter, and pretty, shiny things. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
, well what is there to say about a hunky, young Harrison Ford yielding a whip and getting his clothes torn left, right, and center. He's arrogant, fearless (except for the snakes) and the ultimate adventure hero. Raiders and the Temple of Doom I can watch over and over, and never get tired of them. Last Crusade wasn't the best, but still enjoyable. Crystal Skull, well, up until the great reveal, it was fun.
So what kind of films do you enjoy? Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Westerns, Musicals, Bio pics? Do you have a guilty filmy secret on your shelf?
x Charlie x