Saturday, October 08, 2005


Movie of the Month Club

Since this year is moving so quickly, I thought it would be fun to research if there has been at least one movie title for each month of the year. I came up with some pretty interesting finds:
January Man (1989): What a cast! Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel , Danny Aiello , Rod Steiger , and Alan Rickman. The film was written by Oscar-winner John Patrick Shanley who was still riding the high of the successful Moonstruck. Unfortunately this uneven comedy/crime drama didn't make it until February.
February (2003): From Thailand, this film tells the story of Kaewta a dying woman who wants to escape a painful past and spend her last four months in New York. When she arrives, she has an accident erasing her memory. And, when she meets a mysterious man while in NY, Kaewta embraces the chance for a new and beautiful life. But she doesn't realize her happiness can last only for four months.
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002): Directed by Guddu Dhanoa, this epic from India recounts the tale of freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who died at the age of 23 opposing the British occupied rule of his country. Shades of Gandhi.
Enchanted April (1992): Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Screenplay, this enchanting film, directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) answers the question: What affect can a trip to sunny Italy have on four women who rent a chateau on a remote island off the coast?
Seven Days in May (1964): This John Frankenheimer film was tailor made for the dark days of the Cold War, but it still rings true today. An unpopular President (Frederick March) faces a coup from within the government, even though he's just managed to pass a Nuclear Disarmament treaty through the Senate. Kirk Douglas is the Marine Colonel who warns him, and Burt Lancaster is the popular head of the Joint Chiefs who may be behind it. But who can be trusted? Who indeed.
June Bride (1948): Sparks fly in this Bette Davis comedy when a foreign correspondent is offered a job at Home Life, a women's magazine, only to find that the editor is his old flame (Davis). To top it off, they both go on assignment to Indiana to cover the Brinker family's "typical American wedding." But things aren't quite as perfect as they seem!
Christmas in July (1940): In this classic Preston Sturges comedy, an office clerk (Dick Powell) -- who loves entering contests, and hopes of one day winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves -- goes on a shopping spree (buying presents for all his family and friends) after his co-workers cruelly fool him into believing he's just won a $25,000 grand prize.
August (1996): Directorial debut and starring vehicle for Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) in an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, set in Wales. Hopkins also wrote the score.
September (1987): Set in Vermont (but shot completely on a sound stage in NY), this lesser Woody Allen feature attempts to recapture the intellectual, angst ridden flavor of his earlier film Interiors.
October (1928): Sergei Eisenstein's reconstruction of the Russian Revolution, based on John Reed's "Ten Days That Shook the World." Warren Beatty would later explore this same story in Reds.
Sweet November (1968): A woman (Sandy Dennis) takes a new lover every month in an attempt to give him greater confidence and help him repair his life. But November's guy decides he wants to marry her. Remade in 2001 with Charlize Theron in the lead.
December (1991): In 1941, in the wake of the bombing of Peal Harbor, five college students discuss what to do with their lives.

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