The A to Z Challenge which I am combining with my other fun Challenge...
Thursday Movie Picks which you can see over at Wandering Through the Shelves. At the A to Z, one can discuss about any topic that begins with that letter for that day and today is the letter K. TMP is all about Rivalry and I think my first pick works for both...
1. KISS ME KATE-1953
STARS: Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn
OSCAR NOMS: Best Musical Score
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT: It's the Taming of the Shrew done to music. Talk about rivalry, one-upmanship and great dancing!
LOVE: The "From This Moment On" dance sequence especially the sexy dance between Bob Fosse and Carol Haney
TRIVIA: This movie was filmed in 3D so there are a lot of things hurled at the camera from cups, dishes, fabric from dresses to Kathryn Grayson's DD bazoomas.
HOWARD KEEL-April 12, 1919-November 7, 2004
OCCUPATION: Acot, Singer
ANECDOTE: He was actually a self taught singer who was once a singing bus boy. Since he was 6' 4" tall and quite robust most of his leading ladies, like 5' 2" Kathryn Grayson had to stand on boxes when doing a scene. Most people know this man from Dallas and here's a great point-He was well liked!
2. EAST OF EDEN-1955
This is one smack down powerful performance by James Dean as Cal, the black sheep brother to golden boy Aron who is the favourite of his Dad, Raymond Massey (of Massey Hall fame-related). Aron has a girlfriend who seems to have eyes for Cal because she can see so much more in Cal than either his father or brother give him credit for. When Cal goes into business to make his dad proud only to backfire, Cal decides to show Aron some truths that lay hidden in another town. It is beautifully acted and your heart goes out to Cal. Your heart aches for this young man but also wonder why the father is the way he is. Based on the great book by John Steinbeck, it is a a great film even though it only takes one part of the book.
3. BLADES OF GLORY-2007
Yes, this movie stars Will Ferrell whom many either like or hate (or can just stomach him in Elf)..yes, it is a very stupid movie but..I LOVE it! When I first saw this film, My hubby, my brother in law and myself were laughing til tears rolled down but my sister in law walked out-hahahaaaaa. It takes place in the world of figure skating (Hey, I could have used it for the sports theme a few weeks back) when manly-man figure skater (insert laugh), Will Farrell and flowery glove guy, Jon Hader duke it out on the ice and promptly get permanently expelled from male single figure skating. A few years later, they are reluctantly teamed up for the pairs figure skating by a coach who needs help himself. They are not happy at first but soon find out they work well together. The favourites going into the championship, a brother/sister team will do all they can to destroy the male team from winning. To see Will Farrell lift and then hold up Jon Hader had me laughing so hard I almost didn't make it to the loo. I even laughed at this movie trailer..I am depraved:)