Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Thankfully this delightful little film has nothing to do with the Brangelina vehicle that came out a few years ago. Instead, this Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a silly romp about a husband and wife that find out their marriage is not valid and the antics that ensue when it turns into a battle of wits. This was the only screwball comedy from Mr. Hitchcock and boy is it a funny (and underrated) one. Of course, I can’t help myself when it comes to these ‘battle of the sexes’ type films, they’re just so fun!
Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are just about perfect together as Ann and David, but I can’t help but wonder what the film would have been like had Cary Grant been able to do it. Regardless, the chemistry is there and it’s a joy to watch these two go at each other. I’ve been a fan of Lombard since I first watched My Man Godfrey and each time I see her she proves herself as the “Screwball Queen of the Screen”; she’s bright, intelligent, and she rattles off dialogue with such ease. I don’t know that she necessarily steals the show in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but she certainly makes Robert Montgomery’s job a lot easier.
The only real problem I have with this film is the awkward, abrupt ending. It feels like no one knew what the heck to do, so they just ended it. Although, the rest of the film is enjoyable enough to make up for the weak ending. If you like classic comedies, this is definitely worth a watch, just don’t go in expecting a typical Hitchcock film because that is most definitely not the case.
Working Girl (1988)
Directed by Mike Nichols
For breakfast: Blueberry Muffins
Working Girl is one of those films I can watch time and time again. It’s a classic underdog story as only the ’80s can tell it — with big hair, bigger eyeshadow, and Carly Simon rockin’ one of the best movie themes of the decade with “Let the River Run”. You know that song is awesome, admit it.
Made during Hollywood’s obsession with Wall Street and corporate culture the film sets itself apart from the rest because of its female perspective and its lovely sense of humor. This may be my favorite non-Alien performance from Sigourney Weaver. She is deliciously bitchy and has some of the best lines in the film. Harrison Ford is hot as ever and Melanie Griffith, well, just kind of does her thing. Oh sure, it might be just a tad candy-coated, but it’s got heart. It’s one of those feel-good films that just puts a smile on my face start to finish, and that’s why I keep coming back to it.
A Hard Days Night (1964)
Directed by Richard Lester
For breakfast: Orange Danish with slightly overcooked extra crispy bacon
This fun-loving ’60s romp never fails to put a smile on my face. Easily one of the greatest musical films ever made, this comes in second only to The Last Waltz as one of my favorites. It’s hard to beat 90 minutes of Beatles music, zany antics, and satire, all with tongue placed firmly in cheek while giving a big wink to the audience. It’s also hard not to just eat up Richard Lester’s energetic style that is obviously influenced by the French New Wave. If you don’t have fun watching this film, then there’s no helping you.
Even though Tom Cruise drops a big deuce whenever he’s on screen and Matthew McConaughey is a total douchebag, Tropic Thunder was absolutely hilarious. Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant and he saves this from being another one of Ben Stiller’s craptastic comedies. I think this is going to be a good “play in the background” type of film.