The Year of Judy (Goodbye 2010)
December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
2010 was the year of Judy Garland for me: I watched no less than six of her movies, which was rivaled only by Lauren Bacall (also six), Gene Kelly (four), and Elvis Presley (four). Clearly I was stuck on musicals this year. It felt like I watched a lot of Cary Grant movies this year, but when it came down to it, apparently there were only three. It seemed more like eight. A little Cary Grant goes a long way.
Of the 135 movies I saw for the first time this year (full list here), these were my top 15 favorites:
- Queen Christina
- Johnny Guitar
- To Have and Have Not
- The Pirate
- Gwoemul/The Host
- A Place in the Sun
- The Harvey Girls
- The Women
- The Searchers
- The Letter
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- North West Frontier/Flame over India
- Black Narcissus
- and an honorable mention for A Little Princess (1995), which I’d seen as a child but forgotten about.
Basically, Western influences, bright colors, exotic settings? Check, check, and check.
For 2011, my movie goals are:
- To watch more late ’60s/’70s films. I avoid them because I think I don’t like them, but whenever I’m actually roped into watching one, I always end up enjoying it.
- To watch more foreign films. I know there’s more out there than Almodovar and Kurosawa; why aren’t I watching it?
- To watch more Bette Davis movies. Self-explanatory.