Wondering what Mary thinks about a movie? Search this blog by title or genre. Genres included in blog are romantic comedy, independent, foreign, action adventure (very few), Jane Austen (suprisingly numerous), documentary, movies based on books, period pieces ...etc.
Great Newsroom Movies
All the Presidents Men, Of Course! Broadcast News, Who's the devil? His Girl Friday, Oldie but a goodie Zodiac, spooky but good Shattered Glass, answers the question What if I made it up?
REALLY GOOD Middlemarch, 1994, the best! With a steamy performance by Rufus Sewell Lonesome Dove, 1989, books is great too if you haven’t read it Forsyte Saga, 2002, I read the big long two part book in preparation and was really impressed with the TV adaptation. The Jewel in the Crown, 1984, long ago, I remember loving it. Prime Suspect, Probably should be classified as a TV series but on Masterpiece Theater, but so great if you haven’t seen it. Helen Mirren rocks as beleaguered police captain in London. Brideshead Revisted, 1981, I just re-saw and was re- entranced!
PRETTY GOOD North and South, 2004, about a mill town in the north of England Cranford, 2007 Judi Dench, starts slow but gets better Bleak House, 2005 with Gillian Anderson, at times bleak, but good Into the West, 2005 A&E Western Saga Our Mutual Friend, 1998, one of the better Dickens adaptations Horatio Hornblower, 1998, ooh that cute Ioan Gruffud The Buccaneers, 1995 based the Edith Wharton novel The Woman in White, 1997, a cheesy but good adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ novel Daniel Deronda, 2002, George Eliot saga, with a very cute Deronda played by Hugh Dancy The Mill in the Floss, 1997 Emily Watson as Maggie in this George Eliot novel made movie
GREAT! Six Feet Under – despite some self-indulgent characters fascinating from beginning to end The Wire – some say it’s hard to get into but once you do you become entranced The Sopranos – Violent in parts but so smart with fascinating characters Deadwood – I wish it would have lasted and lasted TheGilmore Girls – I guess it could be diminished by calling it a chick show but I loved it until the end though some thought it got lame at the end Felicity -- adorable Keri Russell plays a New York college student wooed by some gorgeous men. My So Called Life -- Claire Danes only got one season of this teenage angst classic.
LIKED WonderFalls- cute, only one season and cancelled Big Love – regular-old plural marriage family ---wha?The West Wing—probably all have seen it but if you haven’t . . . Veronica Mars – some silly storylines but VM is great!Lost – a blit silly at times but hard to stop watchingDexter – the first season was appallingly good Battlestar Galactica – hard to believe I liked this sci-fi series as much as I did but love the tough women in it esp.
Mary's Favorite Movies
Gigi 1958 (I don't know why)
Ordinary People 1980
The Princess Bride 1987
Pride and Prejudice (A&E version) 1996
Broadcast News 1987
You Can Count on Me 2000
Edgy Teacher Movies (NOT feel good teacher movies!)
Bad Teacher (2011)
The Class (2008)
Half Nelson (2006)
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
School of Rock (2003)
Favorite Classic Romantic Comedies
His Girl Friday (1940) Rosalind Russel and Cary Grant
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Maragaret Sullavan and James Stewart
Philadelphia Story (1940) Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant
Adam's Rib (1949) Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
African Queen (1951) Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart
Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
Sabrina (1954) Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart
To Catch a Thief (1955) Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
High Society 1956 Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby (Philadelphia Story remake and not as good)
This blog is about movies. I am a movie lover who doesn't usually like horror, action-adventure, and violent movies. I love character-driven movies with intriguing plots. I called this blog Mary's List because I want to keep a list of movies I see. And a "list" is also a sailing term which means to heel or lean to one side.