My Personal “Summer Under the Stars” ChallengeJul 21, 2012 (Updated Aug 19, 2012) Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Personal CareThe Bottom Line My annual personal challenge of August movie viewing
I guess I could also call this my own personal exercise in vanity posting, but I decided to go ahead and write about this here for a few reasons.
As I’ve stated quite a few times since I joined Epinions, Turner Classic Movies is easily my favorite channel on the cable box. Every August, TCM presents its Summer Under the Stars feature, where every day for 31 days, a different actor or actress has their films shown uncut and commercial-free for 24 consecutive hours. For a classic film fan like me, it is the highlight of my movie viewing year.
I became so enthralled with the spectacle of the feature that two years ago I made myself a personal challenge; I was going to watch one movie a day that I had never seen before. This way, I figured that not only would I be opening myself up to performers I was unaccustomed with, but I would also be forcing myself to look past the more well-known works of the bigger stars and look for some of their lesser gems I’d never previously seen.
Alas, with work and a family I found myself unable to complete the challenge two years ago. Disappointed but unwavering, I decided to give it another try last year, this time giving myself an extra month to catch up on missed days by recording movies in advance (thank goodness for the invention of the DVR). I completed my challenge and introduced myself to a couple new artists I was previously unfamiliar with.
This year, I am once again going to try to complete my personal challenge. I was considering trying to make it into some sort of write-off, but I was unsure what kind of interest there might be, so I decided to make this all about me for one more year and see if there was any kind of response or interest. My hope is that by putting this here not only will I be able to track my own progress for the future, but I’ll also be able to force myself to write more movie reviews, which I have been woefully behind on as of late.
So, from today until September 15th (my own personally imposed timeframe), every time I watch a movie I’ve never seen before from one of TCM’s 31 Stars, I’ll put it here. Once I post a review for the movie, I’ll post a link for the film as well. Here are the stars of the month in August:
1. John Wayne - Allegheny Uprising
2. Myrna Loy - The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
3. Johnny Weissmuller - Tarzan, The Ape Man
4. Marilyn Monroe - Bus Stop
5. Claude Rains - The Invisible Man
6. Van Heflin - Act of Violence
7. Sidney Poitier - A Raisin in the Sun
8. Rita Hayworth - You Were Never Lovelier
9. Toshiro Mifune - The Drunken Angel
10. Lionel Barrymore
11. James Mason - The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
12. Ginger Rogers
13. Deborah Kerr
14. James Cagney - Each Dawn I Die
15. Lillian Gish
16. Elvis Presley
17. Katharine Hepburn - Morning Glory
18. Freddie Bartholomew
19. Eva Marie Saint
20. Anthony Quinn
21. Kay Francis
22. Jack Lemmon
23. Gene Kelly
24. Irene Dunne
25. Tyrone Power
26. Gary Cooper
27. Jeanette Macdonald
28. Ava Gardner
29. Ingrid Bergman
30. Warren William
31. James Caan
Personally, I’d love comments on if anyone would be interested in joining a month long movie write-off featuring a set list of film actors and actresses to choose from, only writing about films they are watching for the first time. I also would love to here if people think this entire challenge of mine is ridiculous…
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