I like mysteries, suspense, and literary fiction with a historical setting. Realistic characters and a strong sense of time and place are more important to me than plot, so don’t expect any fast-paced thrillers from me! As leader of the library’s Crime Readers book group, I spend a lot of time reading suspense, crime novels, and mysteries with complex, discussable plots and set all around the world. I am also a sucker for a good, nostalgic coming of age story.
My first movie passion was musicals. My first crush was Gene Kelly, so any movie with him dancing is a must. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies are tops for their intricate, effortless dancing, the witty dialogue, screwball plots, and Ginger’s beautiful gowns. One of my favorite musicals is the delightful Love Me Tonight with Maurice Chavalier and Jeanette MacDonald. There probably isn’t a musical actor I am not familiar with and couldn’t recommend movies for.
1930s and early 40s screwball comedies are the best. Two of my all time favorites are The Awful Truth with Irene Dunne and The More the Merrier with Jean Arthur. I like the movies with some of the now lesser known actresses. I know these movies backwards and forwards. I actually love movies from the 1930s from gangsters, to Busby Berkley, to the Marx Brothers.
A richly photographed movie with good character development, clever dialogue, and interesting use of music and visuals can be watched again and again with something new to discover each time. Movies that fit the bill for me: Ride the High Country, L.A. Confidential, Vertigo, and Pleasantville.
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