Hamish Downie has a new type of column that started backing December as his Holiday playlist. It was so popular hat he decided to make it a monthly recurring column with a movie playlist for each month. Thanks, Hamish for creating a new concept for TG Geeks.
If you have seen any of these films, let us know your thoughts.
You know what? This is the year I get into Billy Wilder. “Some Like it Hot” is my favourtie comedy of all time, and I love “Sunset Blvd”. I’ve seen “Seven Year Itch” and I think I’ve seen one of the Jack Lemon/Shirley Temple films. “Double Indemnity” is great fun, and “Ace in the Hole” has lost none of its terrible punch, and is probably more relevant today than it ever has been. “Ninotchka” was a lovely film as well. Maybe it’s about time I come out and say that he’s my favourite Writer and Director, and I need to watch more of his films.
I haven’t watched these as of writing, but I plan to this month.
STALAG 17 (1953)
The Comedy set in German POW Camp, no doubt inspiring “Hogan’s Heroes” many years later. This one stars William Holden from Sunset Blvd.
THE LOST WEEKEND (1945)
Don, an alcoholic writer, misses his train for a weekend getaway with his brother and decides to go on a four-day binge drinking spree which could prove to be his last. Stars Jane Wyman of “All that Heaven Allows” fame. The likely inspiration for one of the early Simpsons’ episodes. This classic film is considered a tough watch. One YouTube commenter called it the most accurate depiction of addiction ever brought to the screen.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Often imitated, but never topped. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and Billy Wilder. A Masterpiece.
But, we can’t just watch Wilder all month. Here’s another film I’ve been intending to watch.
THE SEARCH (1948)
“Even in England they understand English”
An American soldier, played by Montgomery Clift in his screen debut, in post-war Europe becomes attached to a homeless nine-year-old Czech boy and helps him to find his mother.
Hope you enjoy this month’s selection (and I hope I do too!)