• Love in the Afternoon

    Love in the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    "It's a tiny bottle of perfume and very large bananas."

    Love in the Afternoon is a charming film. It's a May - December romance that's charming and humorous. It's produced in a more innocent time, when people dressed like civilized human beings and dreamed of happily ever after.

    This story, characters and cast could easily have fallen apart irretrievably in the first few minutes. That it holds together is due primarily to Audrey Hepburn's unsurpassed charm and Billy Wilder's resourceful…

  • Funny Face

    Funny Face

    ★★★★½

    "Take the picture, take the picture!"

    Funny Face is fashion in heaven. Filmed in part on location in Paris, "Funny Face" beautifully conveys its story of romance with elegance and charm. Smart fashion costumes, photography and choreography combine to make this film a hit.

    The film owes its appeal to Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), an actress not known for being a singer or a dancer, but who had enough charm to make the film her own. The pairing with the…

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina

    ★★★★★

    "Certain songs bring back sudden memories to me, too."

    Sabrina is a magical sophisticated film. It's a romantic comedy, it's funny, sophisticated and moving, with beautiful production values, a delightful script and sparkling performances. Billy Wilder's direction is great, while the story is clever and engaging.

    Billy Wilder, a genius when it came to adapting films from another medium, teamed up with Samuel Taylor, who wrote the play, "Sabrina's Fair" and Ernest Lehman, to create a a delightful comedy that…

  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    "Rome. By all means. Rome!"

    Roman Holiday is a very charming film. A charming and romantic love story between the beautiful Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) and a reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) during an unofficial visit to the Eternal City. It's well paced and never loses momentum, also has endearing action.

    Roman Holiday is a sweet take of the "royalty's day off" story, where lovely young Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) has a teenage meltdown when on royal tour and takes…

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am."

    On the Waterfront is a terrific film. Elia Kazan directs the excellent script by Budd Schulberg with conviction and great empathy for its characters.

    The film features a terrific cast, starring Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) in one of his greatest performances, Father Pete Barry (Karl Malden), Michael J. Skelly aka "Johnny Friendly" (Lee J. Cobb),…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★★★

    "Hey, Stella!"

    A Streetcar Named Desire is about sex, abuse, alcoholism, mental illness, death, class tension, wondrous music and unforgettable acting. The film is based on Tennessee Williams' play, which is phenomenal and one of my all time favorite films.

    Stanley (Marlon Brando), Blanche (Vivien Leigh), Stella (Kim Hunter) and Mitch (Karl Malden) are excellent in their roles. All won Oscars for their performances expect Marlon Brando, which is a shame because he basically changed the game and style of…

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★★

    "I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you."

    A Place in the Sun is such a beautiful love story and it's one of those revered, yet seemingly divisive classic films that I believe deserves every bit of praise heaped upon it.

    The story is about the young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago and arrives in California expecting…

  • Giant

    Giant

    ★★★★★

    "I'm rich, Bick."

    Giant is one of the greatest Westerns of all time. It's an excellent film by many aspects, great cast, great story and beautiful sweeping shots that allow us to measure the vastness of Texas, the generosity of its people and their flaws, too.

    Directed by George Stevens, the sprawling epic beautifully covers two generations of family and a variety of issues, including marriage, family, childraising, social snobbery and racism, the latter two being covered especially well. When…

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    ★★★★★

    "You're tearing me apart!"

    Rebel Without a Cause is the highly influential coming-of-age drama classic. It's a trending picture about maladjusted teenagers excellently directed by Nicholas Ray, being his most popular and influential film.

    A rebellious adolescent named Jim Stark (James Dean) with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. He is alienated from both his peers and parents (Anna Doran, Jim Backus). He finds underdog youth as John "Plato" Crawford (Sal Mineo) and Judy…

  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    ★★★★★

    "Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man."

    East of Eden is absolutely amazing. Elia Kazan directed with a great sense of trust in his actors, especially James Dean, allowing them to delve deeply into character.

    Adam Trask (Raymond Massey), a truly superb actor who has largely and undeservedly been forgotten, gives one of his best performance as the father with a secret, a man with the best intentions in the world, who has nonetheless…

  • The Misfits

    The Misfits

    ★★★★★

    "If I'm going to be alone, I want to be by myself."

    The Misfits is a masterpiece, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston and showcasing that he is one of the all time great directors.

    The Misfits is literally about four people who don't fit into society. A divorcée Roslyn Tabor (Marilyn Monroe) meets cowboy Gay Langland (Clark Gable), who is getting too old for his job. They decide to live together. A former rodeo star Perce Howland…

  • The Seven Year Itch

    The Seven Year Itch

    ★★★★½

    "It shakes me! It quakes me! It makes me feel goose-pimply all over!"

    The Seven Year Itch is a hilarious film. The film retains its freshness and bounce, a delightful testament both to the script by Billy Wilder and playwright George Axelrod, as well as the quality of the performances.

    The story is a simple one: left on his own during a hot New York summer, Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) tries his best to avoid the temptations of drink, tobacco…