Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Movie Review: "Romance on the High Seas"

A little intro:

I have always loved Doris Day...ever since I first watched "Calamity Jane". I love her voice and just think she is too cute and adorable! Wish I could sing and act just like her! Anyway, during high school I discovered a fun little song by her from a movie I had never seen. The song was called "Put 'em in a Box, Tie it With a Ribbon". I loved it. It had attitude and although an "anti" romance song (obviously she got broken hearted or something) I loved it! It had awesome lyrics!
Below you will find the lyrics and a video with the song. I still to this day want to sing it for something.

You can take the moon
Gather up the stars
And the robins that sing merrily
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea

You can take the flowers
Down in lovers lane
And that sentimental poetry
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea

Not for me, all that stuff
The dreams that ruin your sleep
Not for me, had enough
Love is one thing you can keep

You can take the plans
And the wedding bells
And whoever sings "Oh Promise Me"
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea
'Cause love and I we don't agree

(Bridge)

Hansoms through the park
Kisses in the dark
All the promises made faithfully
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea

And you won't go wrong
If you take a song
Sung by Frankie Boy or Mr. C
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea

Not for me, all that stuff
Not for me, had enough

You know what to do
With good old "Tea for Two"
And the girl for you, the boy for me
Put 'em in a box
Tie it with a ribbon
Throw 'em in the deep blue sea
'Cause love and I we don't agree


Now onto the review.

File:Doris Day - Romance on the High Seas.jpg

So finally the other day I spotted that the movie that this song was from was going to play on TMC. Do I DVRed it and it took me about a month to watch it, but while recovering from my surgery I did. So as always here is a brief synopsis from wikipedia:

"Elvira Kent (Janis Paige) and her husband Michael (Don DeFore) suspect each other of cheating. For a wedding anniversary, Elvira books an ocean cruise to Rio de Janeiro. When her husband claims that unexpected business will prevent him from going, Elvira pretends to take the trip alone, sending in her place singer Georgia Garrett (Doris Day), a woman she had met at the travel agency. This will give her the opportunity to find out if Michael is indeed sneaking around behind her back. Meanwhile, Michael hires private detective Peter Virgil (Jack Carson) to check up on her.
As part of his job, Peter becomes acquainted with Georgia (believing her to be Elvira). They gradually fall in love, which makes reporting to Michael very uncomfortable for Peter. By chance, Georgia's boyfriend, Oscar Farrar (Oscar Levant), is also aboard. When Peter spots them together, he thinks he has discovered the identity of Elvira's lover."

And it only gets more dramatic! For a movie that only got 2.5 stars from Dish Network's rating system, I totally thought it deserved more! The songs were fantastic and I thought it was so cute and hilarious! There was some fantastic one liners and moments! I really do recommend this one! It is super enjoyable! Doris Day really cracked me! She has to pretend to be a social elite, but she really is just an average girl so she is just stinking hilarious! She does a fantastic job! Her former boy friend Oscar also his hilarious! I loved almost every line out of the guy's mouth! And then the new man, Peter Virgil was also funny and played the part fantastically! I seriously am not the best movie reviewer, cause all I can ever say is I loved them or something--but it's true!

One more note...I also just read this was her first big part in a movie! Wow! She did great!

A favorite line:
Georgia Garrett: Oscar! Aren't you going to kiss me?
Oscar Farrar: I don't know how. Will you show me?
[she kisses his cheek]
Oscar Farrar: You don't know how either!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Movie Review: "Gaslight"

1944's "Gaslight"
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton (and Angela Lansbury)

"The film opens just after world-famous opera singer Alice Alquist has been murdered. The perpetrator bolted, without the jewels he sought, after being interrupted by Paula, Alice's niece, who was raised by her aunt following her mother's death.
"Paula is sent to Italy so that she can train to be an opera star, with the same teacher who once trained Alice. She studies with him for years, all the while trying to forget that terrible night at Number 9 on Thornton Square in London.
"Paula meets Gregory Anton and soon falls in love with him. She eventually ends her long tutelage to marry him. He persuades her they should live in the long-vacant London townhouse her aunt bequeathed her and, to help calm her anxieties, suggests they store all of Alice's furnishings away in the attic. Before they do, Paula discovers a letter addressed to her aunt by a man named Sergius Bauer, dated only two days before the murder, tucked away in a music book. Gregory's reaction is swift and violent, but he quickly composes himself, explaining his outburst as one of frustration at the bad memories his bride is experiencing.
"After Alice's things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. At theTower of London, Paula loses a brooch that Gregory had given her, despite its having been stored safely in her handbag. Pictures disappear from the walls of the house, footsteps are heard in the sealed attic, and the gaslights dim and brighten for no apparent reason. Gregory insinuates that Paula is responsible, but she professes no recollection of doing such things.
"Gregory does everything in his power to isolate his wife from other people, allowing her neither to go out nor have visitors. On the one occasion when he does take her out to a musical gathering at a friend's house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared. When he finds it in her handbag, she becomes hysterical, and Gregory takes her home." (Wikipedia)
Eventually we realized that Gregory is making Paula think she is losing her mind...and a young detective eventually finds out why.
Now for my review...I LOVED this movie! (Just a note...those who know and love Angela Lansbury, should know this is her first big screen debut. Neat!) Super creepy and a it's funny...I actually started it one night and had to finish it another day. That night I had insane dreams about it and why Gregory was doing what he was doing to Paula and what not! Super crazy! But anyway, it was an awesome movie! I loved it and I definitely recommend it! It was a definite thriller and the acting is superb. That Gregory dude is creepy! It also had fabulous cinematography! Anyway, if you like old thrillers this is definitely one you should see!

 
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