Favorite films

  • Since You Went Away
  • Battleground
  • Gidget
  • So Proudly We Hail

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  • The Balloon Goes Up

    ★★

  • One Christmas

    ★★★

  • A Very Brady Christmas

    ★★½

  • A Christmas Without Snow

    ★★½

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  • Gidget

    Gidget

    ★★★★½

    It's really easy to dismiss GIDGET as fluff.
    But this film (and the book it is adapted from) is what spawned the surf culture of the 1960s, including
    - The Beach Boys music
    - American International Pictures beach films with Frankie and Annette
    - And overcrowded beaches at Malibu.

    Also, Gidget is a feminist figure.

    Sure, Sandra Dee plays her as sweet and demure. But this is a girl bucking against convention and turning her back on all her boy…

  • That Man from Rio

    That Man from Rio

    ★★★★★

    I'm in love.
    I'm in love with this film, Jean-Paul Belmondo and the idea of traveling to Rio de Janeiro.
    After staying up too late to finish this movie, I'm still in a glittering haze over L'homme de Rio.
    There's adventure, romance and lots of humor. I love Belmondo with the little boy Sir Winston, played by Ubiracy De Oliveira and I was laughing out loud at some of the fighting attempts.
    I'm thoroughly charmed, and this is certainly one of my favorite new-to-me films of 2021.