CMBA Spring Blogathon…

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Well, well, well…..it feels good to be back!

If you all recall, back in early 2020 I took a brief hiatus from writing here on AGAM to focus on other writing gigs I had at the time. But, due to my love of classic films (plus my bone to pick with Comcast for putting TCM with sports for some reason,) I’ve decided to brush off my boots and continue sharing my love and knowledge of classic films with you all!

What better way to kick start my return to writing than with another wonderful CMBA blogathon.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate shutdown of the large swaths of the country, many people are stuck inside their homes for extended periods of time.

A lot people will use TV and movies as a way to escape their woes, sort of like comfort food.

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In fact, at least in my head, there are certain classic films that you can equate to comfort food as well.

So, for this blogathon I’ll be counting down my top five favorite ‘Classics for Comfort,’ in no particular order.


Number 5: High Society 1956

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Ahhh, yes. What better way to comfort your soul then with a quintessential MGM movie musical.

High Society has always been one of my favorite films. It holds a special place in my heart because it was the last movie Grace Kelly filmed before she left Hollywood and moved to Monaco to take on a new role of mother and princess.

I also really enjoyed the smooth jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong and his band that permeated throughout the film. Another great thing about this movie are the performances from the leads: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and last but never least Frank Sinatra.

The chemistry between the three was splendid and provided an abundance of laughs as the movie progressed.

I never get tired of this film, and it is absolutely the perfect way to spend an afternoon.


Number 4: Sunday In New York 1963

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Sunday in New York is a cute movie. It stars a fairly young Jane Fonda and a very handsome Rod Taylor in what is essentially the battle of the sexes.

Fonda plays a young professional who broke up with her boyfriend after he pressured her to go all the way before she was ready. To keep it short, she runs into Rod Taylor’s character on a bus and by the end of the movie’s many, many, many twists and turns they end up falling in love.

One, we need to look at this withtin the context of the 1960s.

This era, wasn’t the best for women to say the least so it’s very possible that making light of a topic such a pressuring a woman to have relations before she’s ready wouldn’t sit well with a lot of people.

Quite frankly, even I did some soul searching before putting this film on the list because I wasn’t quite sure if it was appropriate. But, I came to the conclusion you have to view it through the lenses of history and take it for what it is: a romantic comedy with 1960s ideals and a trends that wouldn’t be right now in 2020.

That being said, the film does give us gorgeous shots of New York City in the 1960s and I might say Rod Taylor is very funny in the movie as well.

So all in all, I really enjoy the film and it’s, ironically, become one of my go-to’s on Sunday evenings – it’s fitting, haha.


Number 3: Ocean’s 11 1960

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Glitz! Glamour! Vegas!

1960s Oceans’s 11 is one of my favorite films of all time. I mean, what more can you ask for? Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack planning a major heist under the sparkling lights of Las Vegas.

The movie looks beautiful. The way director Lewis Milestone shot the film immediately immerses you into a time where Vegas was the number one entertainment spot in the country.

Couple that with the soundtrack the movie provides us with, including my favorite sung by Dean Martin, and Ocean’s 11 will leave you feeling with a great sense of nostlagia.


Number 2: Funny Face 1957

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“Bonjour, Paris!”

Funny Face made me want to travel to Paris, become an author, and find love while I’m there. It’s not just a movie musical, it’s an experience. From the music, to the dancing, the plot, the wonderful array of color schemes that we see in the film, it’s an absolute treat to watch.

Audrey Hepburn’s on screen chemistry with Fred Astaire is one for the history books. The way they went from strangers, to friends, to lovers all under the lights, sounds and smells of the City of Love, is enough to make anyone swoon.


Number 1: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954

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Last but not least, we have Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from 1954.

Where do I begin?

This is the first classic film I bought on DVD, if that tells you anything; I have a serious affinity for this movie. MGM movie musicals are basically chicken soup for the soul: the plot isn’t complicated, you know what’s going to happen and the songs are out of this world.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is no different.

Starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, the film tells the story of the Pontipee brothers in 1850s Oregon territory looking for, well, wives.

Stanley Donen, masterfully crafted this in a way where watching it is not only easy on the eyes, but you’re in awe of how the way the scenes were filmed.

Take this scene for example:

The choreography is extraordinarily difficult! The actors pulled it off seamlessly, but without the eye catching direction of Donen it wouldn’t have looked the same.

I really do love this film, I have it on DVD so whenever I’m feeling down or stressed I pop it into my DVD player and let my mind relax a bit.


All of these films hold a special place in my heart and they truly do make me feel warm when I’m going through a particularly rough time.

For all of you stuck inside due to COVID-19, I hope that my list could cheer you up a bit! I really mean it! ❤

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Classic Film Reviews: Funny Face 1957

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Paris has always been a city I’ve dying to visit for a long time; the art, the culture and the food would all make a trip to the French capitol worth while.

In 1957’s Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, Hepburn’s character Jo Stockton goes through a similar love affair with Paris as well.

Being plucked out of obscurity by fashion magazine editor Maggie Prescott, played by Kay Francis, in order to usher in a new era of “intelligent and beautiful,” Jo goes on a whirlwind makeover that see her go from mousy librarian, to high fashion cover model.

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While undergoing her transformation she meets and slowly but surely falls in love with photographer Dick Avery, played by Fred Astaire.

Initially she treats him like any other woman would a man who made unwanted advances, but when Dick subverts her expectations she gradually lets her heart get carried away.

Luckily for Jo, Dick appeases her every whim and desire, even going as far as going to underground clubs to discuss the inner workings of the human psyche with philosophers.

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Slowly but surely, Dick and Jo start to fall in love, and this coincides with Jo’s professional modeling career taking off.

Hell, there’s even a huge musical number celebrating their love for Paris in “Bonjour Paris!”

But, as always in typical Hollywood fashion….something goes a’muck. Jo and Dick get into an argument over something pretty trivial ( another man, what else is new) which causes the budding new relationship to strain.

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As Jo and Dick continue to fight, Dick makes plans to leave the country due to Jo’s extracurricular escapades. Eventually Jo makes a complete 180 but not until Dick takes a taxi to the airport.

At his terminal, he runs into the man that Jo was with and he learns that Jo attacked him refused his advances and that’s when the light bulb goes of in Dick’s head.

Dick makes his way back to the year end fashion show where Jo is supposed to be wearing her statement piece. But according to Maggie, it’s revealed that Jo ran back to the place where they shared their first romantic moment: a church where Dick first photographed her in a wedding dress.

They inevitably make up while serenading each other with “S’Wonderful” thus erasing any bad blood between them.

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Funny Face is absolutely an incredible movie. It’s visuals, acting and on location shooting makes for a wickedly entertaining ride.

Stanley Donen most definitely had the magic touch when it came to movie making. The film is every pre convieved notion you had about Paris and more.

The Bohemian intellectuals, the fashion, the art, and the food, all the while you fall in love with the person of your dreams.

What’s not to like?

If you get a chance be sure to give this flick another spin, you’ll probably catch some things you missed the first time!

*****Author’s note*****

I apologize for being MIA for a month and a half. School has been quite stressful and my job at the school’s newspaper has given me extra ‘food’ on my plate.

Since my time is starting to free up, I’ll be able to post a lot more regularly. This means more intriguting behind the scenes stores I can bring you all!

Thanks again!

  • Alex

Summer Under The Stars Blogathon…

Ava and Lena were surprisingly very good friends.

In Hollywood, it isn’t uncommon to find friendships that pleasantly surprise you.

One of these close duos happen to be the unlikely paring of Ava Gardner and Lena Horne.

Much has been heard about these two, and we all know about that infamous “battle” for a coveted role in Showboat. But, if you were to go behind the scenes and take a deep dive into these two women, you’ll see that they were quite possible the closest pair of friends you’d ever meet.

Showboat 1951

As part of the Summer Under the Stars lineup, TCM has dedicated two separate days for both Lena Horne and Ava Gardner. Airing on the 6th and 8th respectively, Gardner and Horne have much more in common that most people would be led to believe.

After movie shoots, Ava and Lena would go to each other’s apartments, drink, laugh, and tell stories of sleazy co-stars that tried to hit on them.

Ava would tell Lena how difficult it was up-holding the status of being a sex symbol and Lena would open up about the struggles of being a light skin black actress in a notoriously prejudiced Hollywood.

There were even times where Lena, being the brilliant singer that she was, would help Ava sing her way through her own recordings in order to help her prepare for the role of Julie LaVerne in Showboat.

Ava Gardner, Stevie Wonder and Lena Horne

Both of these women have incredible bodies of work and I urge you all to check out at least a couple of their films. They both persevered and fought through the crazy system that was the Hollywood golden age.

It’s only fitting that they were best friends.

Merry Christmas, from AGaM!

Christmas with Audrey sounds wondeful..

Hello all! This is Alex from Anybody Got a Match!

It’s been a very, very, very long year.

There have been ups, there have been downs, there have even been periods where I didn’t write on this blog for long stretches of time, and for that, I apologize. I have been extremely busy with school work, my new newspaper job, and life in general.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been attending to this blog like I would have liked to, I miss watching classic films and writing about them, and I hate to say it but, this year I was not able to do it as much as I liked.

Lucklily, this upcoming year, my schedule will clear up signifcantly and I have the opportunity to get to doing what I love – exploring the world of vintage films.

So, I’d like to thank everyone who read my work this year, and I hope you look forward to a big 2019.

Thank you all! I love you!

~ Alex