The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
The Shop Around the Corner
Quiet, Unassuming, Perfect
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
I met my wife, Lise, through correspondence. Over 100 pages of e.mails through the entire month of August, 1999, before we finally met up on August 31st.
After our first perfunctory exchanges about who we were and what we liked, .. me: bands, biking, mixtapes and movies … Lise: bookcases, throw pillows, dogs and cats, and, amongst a list much longer than mine … ‘talking about movies’. Bingo.
Our next set of letters was all about the movies.
My top 10:
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Deer Hunter
The Great Santini
One From the Heart
Bonus pick – Joe Versus the Volcano
Lise’s Top 10:
I went into screenwriter mode about 30 minutes into the film. I could predict where it was going and how it was going to get there. I was enjoying it, but I knew where it was headed.
HA! I said.
I've never been so happy to be so wrong, and JHC was I proved wrong. Every friggin' 10 minutes Lubitsch and the screenwriter and the playwright were giving me the middle finger salute and I was loving it. The writing would come at me sideways, I would adjust my expectations and then get hit from the other side 10 minutes later. On and on it went, and I was lapping it up laughing out loud with a smile wider…
So perfectly constructed it can be easy to initially overlook its feeling of spontaneity and human interaction. Even a suicide attempt, framed indirectly by the pop of a light bulb, plays less as black comedy than an impossibly optimistic show of human empathy and interdependence. That its revelation of lovers' identities to each other occurs after all the bright lights have been turned off around them seems so fitting for a film that subtly inverts everything you expect while producing a paragon of generic entertainment.
Decades Project: 3/4 of the 40's
"Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work."
Growing up in the 90's, there were a lot of bad rom-coms in my house, and while they all became increasingly grating over time, there was always something effective about You've Got Mail. Don't get me wrong, it's not a great movie, but there are these moments where Tom Hanks knows that his business rival Meg Ryan is also his secret romantic pen pal which build tension in an almost Hitchcockian way (show…
Jimmy Stewart is perfect.
Film #5 of Project 40
”Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work.”
A sweet and light-hearted romantic comedy from Ernst Lubitsch set in the pre-war Budapest. Lubitsch’s films are never complicated, the premise is simple, the milestones are quite predictable and after watching 10 minutes of the film it’s not hard to guess what’s going to happen in the end. Jaw-dropping surprises and twists are not part of Lubitsch’s universe, he only wants to use the magic of cinema to narrate a cheerful and riveting little…
The original You've Got Mail and it's totally better.
"We're in the same room, but completely different planets."
I'm not sure how I feel about this but I'm going to try linking to my website since I spent the afternoon knee deep in HTML and demand at least some ounce of recognition...
For the Eric Maala completist in you I've posted a few other things on there and added a link to the RSS feed if you do that sort of thing.
catching this two minutes late on tcm and choosing to watch it anyway may be one of the best decisions made this week.
this may sound cliched and over the top but by god, they definitely don't make em' like the used to.
This is just the perfect feel-good film. I find it really hard to enjoy light-hearted films, so, when I find one, I really do love it, and this was definitely the case. James Stewart plays a rather unsual role -being the serious, annoying guy for once- and the plot is surprising and heart-warming. I've found my new Christmas classic :)
A warm, sweet and remarkably charming film about two antagonistic workers in the same shop (James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) who are carrying on a romance via mailbox without either of them knowing it. The key to this film's success is that Ernst Lubitsch keeps any syrupy sentimentality absent and calls on his actors to give low-key, unfussy performances. As a result, you fall in love with virtually all of them.
There's a strong undercurrent of melancholy running through this film which I appreciated. Loneliness is a major theme, most obviously represented in the character of the shop's owner and manager, played wonderfully by Frank Morgan. He discovers that he's being cuckolded by his wife, and realizes that the successful…
first time seeing this beauty of a film and i can literally speak along with it because You've Got Mail weren't even REMOTELY SUBTLE WHEN THEY RIPPED THIS OFF I AM DYING
this film taught me you should always check out a man's legs before committing to marry him
Far from the proto-You've Got Mail I was (perhaps foolishly) expecting; there's about a dozen different stories going on here and only one of them is about two people playing bickering coworkers by day and letter lovers by night. While this makes for a sometimes scattered work, it also enhances and expands what might be an otherwise straightforward romance story. Definitely deserving of a rewatch somewhere down the road; one viewing simply isn't enough to take in all of the nuances of this deceptively simple tale.
To celebrate the second anniversary of Super Champion Film Zone, we conducted a poll to discover SCFZ members' favourite films…