Hamish Downie’s January Playlist

Hamish has a playlist for us this First Friday of January. His Christmas / Holiday playlists were popular so, he decided to continue on with a playlist.

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I hope everyone had a great New Year’s this year. I’ve gotten some good reactions from my movie recommendations lately, so let me share with you my January playlist.

This month, I’m focusing on entertainment, to celebrate the new year. We have four weeks, and four films to watch.

NINOTCHKA

Garbo laughs. At least that’s how it was marketed. Greta Garbo was mostly known for her tragedies (in film), and her privacy (in real life). Here, as she so often did, played a Russian woman, who was sent to Paris from behind the Iron Curtain to ensure the sale of some jewelry from the Russian Royal family. The only snag is that she falls in love with Paris, and learns that capitalism isn’t so bad. It was written by Billy Wilder, and features Bela Lugosi in a small role (a rare non-Dracula appearance). It is a joy to watch. And Garbo is so captivating.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

Gable and Colbert in the classic Oscar Winning comedy that they say was the mother of all romantic comedies. Also, Gable chewing on a carrot is said to be the inspiration for Bugs Bunny and his famous line “What’s up Doc?” For those of you who watched Colbert as the perfect WW2 mother in “Since you went away”, it might make you wonder if you are looking at the same person in this film, she is so different. Both stars are at their most charming. Basically, the plot is that a out of work (remember this was the Great Depression) tabloid reporter and a wealthy young socialite, who is running away from her father so she can elope with a man who claims to be a King (there were a lot of them back in those days). They take a night bus to New York, and that’s where the high jinks begin. It’s a lot of fun.

THE SAPPHIRES

This is an Australian musical film (which as this is the third week of January should give you a nice recommendation for Australia Day). This is about a group of Aboriginal sisters who perform for the troops in Vietnam. It’s based on a true story, and was adapted from the play of the same name. Deborah Mailman features in both, and Chris O’Dowd plays their manager. It’ll have you applauding the screen by the end of the film.

BRINGING UP BABY

If “It happened one night” started the screwball romantic comedy, then this was its apex. At the time, Hepburn was considered box office poison, and was accused of trying to imitate Colbert. But, this takes the screwball genre so far over the top, they reach the moon and beyond. Basically, Hepburn keeps getting tangled up in Grant’s affairs, who is trying to raise funds for his museum and get married the next day. There are so many twists and turns, and it really is laugh out loud funny. And, they have to deal with a wild cat long before “The Hangover” did.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy this month’s selection. Remember that my own film, “Matcha & Vanilla” is available to watch now on GAGAOOLALA.


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