Cecilee Linke

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best picture project

Best Picture Winners #18 – The Lost Weekend (1945)

Almost two hours of watching an alcoholic going through a major bender. Hence the title.  You can probably tell from the way I started this review that I was not the most enthusiastic viewer of this movie.  In fact, I’m going to be keeping this review short.  I know this movie was probably harrowing at the […]

Best Picture Winners #17a – Gaslight (1944)

There are some years when it seems the Academy should’ve chosen a different Best Picture. I know some people like How Green Was My Valley but really, The Maltese Falcon was the better movie in 1941. Same with The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938. I know some people like You Can’t Take It With You, […]

Best Picture Winners #17 – Going My Way (1944)

I wondered how the awesomeness of Casablanca could ever be topped. Except for some awkward cuts (oops, forgot to mention that in my review….. eh, oh well!), that movie was great and I totally understand its classic status. You had engaging characters, an intriguing story and perfect chemistry between Bogart and Bergman (who, incidentally, never […]

Best Picture Winners #16 – Casablanca (1943)

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” “Play it again, Sam.” “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” More like, of all the “classic” movies we’ve seen so far, this has been the first one to truly deserve that status. OK so maybe I inserted my own quote […]

Best Picture Winners #15 – Mrs. Miniver (1942)

They say that dramas are the most common genre of Oscar Best Picture winners. I can believe it. For this project so far, we have seen far more dramas than comedies, and more dramas than other genre movies such as film noir (The Maltese Falcon, a BP nominee). We haven’t seen any horror yet (the only […]

Best Picture Winners #14 – How Green Was My Valley (1941)

So far in the 40s, our Best Picture winners have been adaptations of novels. Of the two of them, I’ve only read Rebecca. I had no idea that the 1941 winner, How Green Was My Valley, began as a novel until I watched the opening credits. Of course, I know this won’t be the last BP winner […]

Best Picture Winners #13a – The Great Dictator (1940)

You couldn’t have two more different movies if you tried. Even though ten (!) movies were nominated for Best Picture in 1940, Andrew and I chose only one “aside” movie for that year. That was the year that the excellent Rebecca won Best Picture. No one knew at the time, but that film would be the only Hitchcock […]

Best Picture Winners #13 – Rebecca (1940)

I can’t remember when I first heard of Daphne Du Maurier’s famous book Rebecca. However I heard of it, I ended up reading the novel for a book report in my senior year of high school. And I blew right through that story. It was right up my alley: dark, gothic and the story was set in […]

Best Picture Winners #12a – Wuthering Heights (1939)

One of the first “classic” books I ever read was a book from the late 1800s called Wuthering Heights. That wouldn’t be significant except that when I read it, I was in eighth grade. I finished the book on New Years Eve of my eighth grade year. I remember because it was my goal to finish […]

Best Picture Winners #12 – Gone With The Wind (1939)

So now we’ve come to the longest Best Picture winner (well over four hours) and also the first major movie that even if you’ve never seen before, you’ve probably heard of it. In other words, a true classic movie. To be honest, I feel strange trying to write a review of a movie like this. It’s such […]