The Last Emperor (1987) Good movie. Recounting the last years of China's Ching Dynasty through flashbacks and flash-forwards, this Oscar-winning epic charts the life of Pu Yi -- who ascended the throne at age 3 -- from coddled aristocrat to enlightened insurgent to ordinary citizen. The lavish drama collected nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole...2a
I Was a Male War Bride (1949) such a fun movie! Cary Grant's sarcastic humour keeps you laughing. Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany gender-confusing antics follow. Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall...TS Classic
Lifeboat Hitchcock (1944) Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock stages a gripping World War II drama by cramming eight survivors of a German torpedo attack into the hull of a tiny lifeboat. Among them are a journalist, a radio operator and a woman clutching the corpse of her dead baby. But the real trouble starts when one of the survivors reveals he's a Nazi. Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak...TS classic
The Birth of a Nation (1915) The Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the South after the war. Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall...TS classic
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Hard-as-nails World War II Gen. Frank Savage must turn a discouraged group of American bomber pilots into heroes. Along the way, the once-alienated general comes to view the men as family. No longer a heartless commander, Savage -- with the aid of his loyal adjutant Maj. Harvey Stovall -- learns how difficult true leadership really is. Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill...TS classic
12 Years a Slave (2013) I'd been putting this one off because I knew it would be extremely uncomfortable to watch and quite brutal. After it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards I couldn't put it off any longer. And I wanted to see the great acting performances,
The Great Dictator (1940) Shows the cruelty of Hitler in both a serious and a comical way. It was released in 1940. Hitler watched it twice. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie...TS classic
Mrs. Miniver (1942) - The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Miniver's son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is named after Mrs. Miniver and entered in the competition against Lady Beldon's rose.