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Classic movie recs for those more comfortable with Better off Dead than Citizen Kane.

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What I’ll Cover: My favorites are 30s and 40s films, especially comedies, and most of my recommendations will cover that terrain. I will also discuss 50s and 60s films that are not heavy on dimwits or pretension.

What I Won’t Cover: I won’t address films I think are an acquired taste (i.e., such as Citizen Kane and some silent movies), leaving that ground to classic film enthusiasts, such as the brilliant Self-Styled Siren. The 70s I find rough going. The long silences, music, and clothing all try my nerves, so my knowledge of 70s films is patchy. I’ve therefore opted to go with a strict definition of classic film, which excludes the 70s and sometimes much/all of the 60s.

About Me (Leah Williams)

My favorite modern films vary, but they range widely, from The Big Lebowski and Brain Smasher: A Love Story to Wonder Boys and Big Fish. I consider Airplane a masterpiece. I tend to enjoy sports movies, especially Hoosiers and Rocky, and often get snotty about what film deserves the Oscar. My favorite classic film is Ball of Fire.

In my regular life, I teach writing, but rarely show my students more than a three-minute classic movie clip each semester. I typically only inflict my movie taste on those who read my blog, share my blood, or occupy my residence. My husband prefers action flicks, so I am quite familiar with Vin Diesel. My cat likes me to spend time on the couch, so he’ll watch anything.

My two sisters, both movie enthusiasts, have yet to give classic films a chance in spite of years of pleading. They consider classic movie stars inadmissible in the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game and resent when I win Scene It? at Christmas. My failure to convert them is a main reason I wanted to blog. Surely some of the rest of you are less stubborn.

To contact me, email leah [at] carygrantwonteatyou [dot] com.

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