If you’re a fan of blonde bombshells, this is the month for you! Rather than having just one star of the month, TCM will be spotlighting two classic blondes every Monday and Wednesday this month. All the classic blondes like Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Jean Harlow, and Jayne Mansfield (just to name a few) will be getting their time to shine. And in preparation for the TCM Classic Film Cruise, they’ll be playing a night of movies set on ships every Thursday. Lots of fun stuff to look forward to, so let’s get to my picks for the month:
10. Rita Hayworth’s “Put the Blame on Mame” dress from Gilda
On a lot of other women, that gown would have been pretty unremarkable. But Rita Hayworth had so much charisma in that movie and had such an incredible screen presence that she turned what could have been a forgettable gown into the most iconic costume of her career.
9. Elizabeth Taylor’s white slip from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
This right here is proof that Elizabeth Taylor could take the simplest garment and turn it into a definitive screen costume. Nobody worked a white slip better than Elizabeth Taylor.
8. All of Norma Shearer’s gowns from Marie Antoinette
I’d be very hard pressed to pick just one favorite costume from Marie Antoinette. Adrian put an enormous amount of time and effort into designing all those exquisite gowns, no detail was overlooked. They are all works of art.
7. Debbie Reynolds’ “Good Morning” dress from Singin’ in the Rain.
Plain and simply, she looks absolutely adorable in it. She had a lot of wonderful costumes in Singin’ in the Rain, but whenever I think about her in that movie, this is the first costume that comes to mind.
6. Myrna Loy’s striped party dress from The Thin Man
I just think this dress is pure Nora Charles. It’s fun, but classy. She looks like the life of the party.
5. Grace Kelly’s black and white outfit from Rear Window
This just epitomizes Grace Kelly to me. It is so clean and simple, it’s not bogged down with a lot of accessories or jewelry, but it’s one of the most elegant dresses I’ve ever seen.
4. Jean Harlow’s party dress from Dinner at Eight
3. Marlene Dietrich’s tuxedo from Morocco
In an era when women rarely wore pants, Marlene Dietrich went all out and donned a tuxedo. Not shocking by today’s standards, but it’s no surprise that her tux caused a commotion when Morocco was released in 1930.
2. Gloria Swanson’s outfit from her first scene in Sunset Boulevard
This outfit tells us right off everything that we need to know about Norma Desmond. She looks rich, she looks like a movie star, and she’s definitely got some issues.
1. Charlie Chaplin as The Little Tramp
As far as I’m concerned, this is the most iconic movie costume of all time. It doesn’t just represent one movie, it represents Chaplin’s entire body of work and it’s a symbol for that whole era of film history. When you see that hat, the cane, those shoes, that mustache, there’s no mistaking him for anybody else. Even when people who don’t know silent films try to describe silent films, odds are they’re going to describe Charlie Chaplin and what he wore.
It’s not unusual for Liza Madden (Marlene Dietrich) to go out shopping and come back with fancy new dresses, hats, or jewelry. After all, she’s a glamorous actress and she’s got an image to maintain. Imagine her assistant Buddy’s (Aline MacMahon) surprise when Liza goes out shopping one day and comes back with a baby. She had found an abandoned baby while she was out and decided on a whim that she wanted to adopt it. The first thing she does is find out who the best pediatrician in town is and has him come over to check the baby over. Dr. Corey McBain (Fred MacMurray) comes right over and even though the baby is fine, the doctor corrects her belief that she’s got a baby girl. She names the baby Corey and is determined to be the best mother she can be. She buys silk pajamas for him and even has the bar removed from her apartment so it won’t be a bad influence on him.
But however much Liza wants to keep Corey, she has to face the fact that in 1942, nobody was going to let an unmarried woman with lots of debt adopt a baby. Since she figures it would be easier to find a husband than it would be to get her finances in order, she starts looking for someone willing to marry for platonic reasons. A solution comes one night when little Corey gets a rash from his silk pajamas and she calls Dr. McBain. At first, he’s unamused by Liza’s cluelessness about how to care for a baby, but can’t help but be touched by how much she clearly loves that baby. Liza starts talking to Dr. McBain and finds out that he’d rather be in the research side of medicine, but doesn’t have the money to do it. She talks him into marrying her so she can adopt Corey and she can let him use part of her apartment to do his research in.
Even though this was intended to be a marriage of convenience, deeper feelings quickly develop and Liza gets jealous when she and Dr. McBain run into his first wife Frances (Arline Judge) and Dr. McBain gets jealous of the leading man in Liza’s show. All seems to be going well in their marriage, though, and Dr. McBain comes to the rescue one night when two people and their lawyer show up claiming to be Corey’s parents. They either wanted the baby or $25,000, but they didn’t count on trying to extort money from someone who could easily do a blood test to disprove parentage on the spot. They go out the next night to celebrate their victory over scammers, but also to celebrate Dr. McBain being granted a $5,000 research grant. The two of them have a wonderful night and a lot of true feelings are revealed.
But by the next morning, word of Dr. McBain’s grant has hit the newspapers and his ex-wife Frances shows up wanting a piece of it. Liza is furious when she goes to bring him breakfast and finds Frances in their bedroom. She locks Dr. McBain in his part of the apartment while she cancels her show and gets ready to take it to Boston immediately. She won’t even let him come examine Corey when he isn’t feeling well. Liza has another doctor examine Corey and is told that he only has a cold, so she goes on ahead with her plan to go to Boston. But once she gets there, it becomes clear that Corey actually is very ill and needs surgery. The only person she trusts to do the operation is Dr. McBain, so she flies him out to Boston. When he arrives, she begs for forgiveness and even though he has reservations about operating on Corey, Liza promises to love him no matter what. Dr. McBain gets to work on Corey and Liza anxiously awaits the results. When it’s time for Liza to get to the theater for her show, Dr. McBain encourages her to go ahead and do her show. She can barely keep her mind on the show, but by the time the show is over, Dr. McBain is waiting for her with good news about Corey.
It seems like people either like The Lady is Willing or hate it and I happen to be in the camp that likes it. This is a rather unusual movie for Marlene Dietrich since she didn’t really do much comedy during her career. Marlene Dietrich was never going to be another Carole Lombard or Myrna Loy, but The Lady is Willing happens to be the right type of comedy for her style. I got a kick out of her clueless but well-intended character and it’s fun to see her play with the baby and poke a little fun at her glamorous image. Watching Fred MacMurray try to see around Dietrich’s extravagant hats definitely made me smile. Fred MacMurray was pretty charming as well, but I wasn’t feeling much chemistry between him and Dietrich. I thought the baby and Aline MacMahon had better chemistry with Dietrich than Fred did. As for the story, it’s pretty fluffy and nonsensical, but at least it’s fun nonsense. I got a lot of laughs out of it and it’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual Marlene Dietrich fare.
It’s that time of year again! Let Summer Under the Stars commence! I love this year’s line-up. Even though there are plenty of the usual SUTS suspects like Bette Davis, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, more than half of this year’s stars have never been part of SUTS before. And many of those who have been featured before, haven’t been featured in quite a few years. Let’s take a look at the full list of stars:
Even though I’m broke and can’t afford to actually bid on anything in today’s auction, there’s so much amazing stuff up for sale today that I can’t resist trying to follow the auction as best I can. So I figured I’d try my hand at live blogging and cover the auction the best I can as it happens. I’m not going to cover every single item up for sale, but I’ll try to keep you updated about some of the more noteworthy items. So stay tuned, sit back, relax, and live vicariously through other people who can afford to spend insane amounts of money on movie memorabilia. And I’m just putting it out there right now: I would not be even remotely surprised if Hugh Hefner buys Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch. A million dollar absentee bid has already been placed on it, so it will definitely be sold for at least that much today.
If you want to follow along with the auction live, just go here, click on “Live Bidding”, then click the option to just watch the auction. There is a live video stream, but no audio.
Note – The selling prices I list here don’t include the buyer’s premium. If you see articles about Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz test costume selling for more than a million, that source factored in the buyer’s premium.
3:12 PM – The first lot, a 1915 35mm Bell and Howell camera just sold for $32,500!
3:16 PM – Rudolph Valentino’s matador suit from Blood and Sand just went for $210,000.
3:19 PM – Mary Pickford’s headpiece from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall went for $3,250.
3: 21 PM- Francis X. Bushman’s charioteer helmet from 1925’s Ben Hur sold for $30,000!
3:26 PM – Harold Lloyd’s suit and hat went for $4,000!
3:34 PM – Mary Pickford’s gown from The Taming of the Shrew sold for $17,000.
3:36 PM – Lots 17 and 18, both Douglas Fairbanks costumes from The Taming of the Shrew sold for $20,000 and lot 18 didn’t sell.
3:38 PM – One of Charlie Chaplin’s infamous hats went for $110,000!
3:40 PM – A Model T used by Laurel and Hardy sold for $32,500 and a pair of their suits went for $16,000.
3:42 PM – Carole Lombard’s gown from No Man of Her Own sold for $11,000.
3:47 PM – Claudette Colbert’s Cleopatra gown went for $40,000.
3:52 PM – Greta Garbo’s gown from Anna Karenina also sold for $40,000!
3:53 PM – Harpo Marx’s hat and wig went for $45,000!
4:10 PM – Lots 42, 43, and 44 are the paintings commissioned by Marion Davies and respectively went for $10,000, $11,000, and $17,000. These really got the bidders going.
4:17 PM – W.C. Fields’ joke box sold for $35,000.
4:39 PM – Norma Shearer’s purple gown from Romeo and Juliet went for $20,000.
5:04 PM – Now we’re into stuff from The Good Earth and people went nuts for some of the furniture! The pair of chairs went for $20,000, the opium bed for $20,000, two Paul Muni robes for $4,000 each, Luise Rainer’s shirt for $2,000, the lot of stands and other furniture for $3,500, and Luise Rainer’s jacket for $3,000.
5:13 PM – A gown worn by Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette and Lucille Ball in Du Barry was a Lady sold for $11,000.
5:44 PM – Oh, now we’re into a busy bunch of lots! First up was Marlene Dietrich’s outfit from “The Boys in the Backroom” number in Destry Rides Again, which went for $8,000, one of Judy Garland’s test costumes from The Wizard of Oz went for $910,000, a test pair of the ruby slippers sold for $510,000, an extra’s jacket from the Emerald City scenes of the Wizard of Oz sold for $22,500, Clark Gable’s dressing robe from the production of Gone With the Wind went for $10,000, and Basil Rathbone’s famous Sherlock Holmes caped overcoat sold for $50,000!
5:54 PM – Vivien Leigh’s suit from Waterloo Bridge sold for $16,000.
6:09 PM – Gary Cooper’s military uniform from Sergeant York went for $55,000.
6:16 PM – A couple of costumes worn by James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, the satin jockey shirt went for $27,500 and the clown outfit sold for $15,000.
6:19 PM – Not so fast, Louis! A suit worn by Claude Rains in Casablanca sold for $55,000!
6:53 PM – Took a dinner break and missed another busy bunch of lots! Elizabeth Taylor’s riding outfit from National Velvet went for $60,000, Judy Garland’s “Under the Bamboo Tree” dress from Meet Me in St. Louis sold for $16,000, Judy’s dress from the snowman building scene in Meet Me in St. Louis went for $10,000, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s sailor suits from Anchors Aweigh went for $27,500 and $15,000 respectively.
7:00 PM – $22,500 for Joan Crawford’s waitress uniform from Mildred Pierce and $5,000 for Ann Blyth’s Mildred Pierce suit.
7:05 PM – Edmund Gwenn’s Santa suit from Miracle on 34th Street just sold for $22,500.
8:12 PM – The gold lame dress worn by Ginger Rogers in The Barkleys of Broadway went for $8,000.
8:51 PM – The chiffon robe worn by Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire sold for $18,000. Then it went into a bunch of items from An American in Paris with Leslie Caron’s peacock dress from the fantasy ballet number for $15,000, Nina Foch’s white halter gown from a party scene for $3,000, and a showgirl costume from the Stairway to Paradise number for $1,100.
9:05 PM – We have reached the Singin’ in the Rain part of the auction. First were the green and white checked suits worn by Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly, $8,000 and $14,000 respectively. Jean Hagen’s Marie Antoinette-esque dress sold for $5,500 and Gene Kelly’s period costume went for $9,000. Debbie’s green and white leaf print dress went for $15,000, Gene Kelly’s jacket from the Broadway Melody Ballet number went for $6,500, Jean Hagen’s black and white fur coat went for $6,000, Donald O’Connor’s “Good Morning” suit didn’t sell, Cyd Charisse’s white Broadway Melody Ballet outfit for $7,000, and Debbie’s “Good Morning” dress went for $27,500. A pink dress worn by Gwen Carter sold for $3,750, and a bunch of costumes from the “Beautiful Girl” montage brought $5,500.
9:22 PM – Now we’re getting into some of the Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn-related items. First up is Marilyn’s red “Two Little Girls from Little Rock” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which brought $1.2 million! Then came the feathered hat worn by Jane Russell when she impersonates Loreli Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, that sold for $4,250. Lauren Bacall’s wedding dress from How to Marry a Millionaire went for $8,000 and the car used by Marilyn and Cary Grant in Monkey Business sold for $210,000.
9:48 PM – A lot of two safari outfits worn by Grace Kelly in Mogambo sold for $47,500. A Winchester rifle used by Clark Gable in Mogambo brought in $15,000.
10:00 PM – A couple more from Marilyn Monroe. The gold dress from River of No Return went for $510,000 and her costume from the “Heat Wave” number in There’s No Business Like Show Business brought in $500,000!
10:52 PM – After a little break, we’re back with the dress everyone’s been waiting for — the infamous Marilyn Monroe white subway dress from The Seven Year Itch. I fully expected bidding to be out of control for this one and I wasn’t disappointed. It brought in an astonishing $4.6 million!
11:03 PM – Now we’ve got a couple from To Catch a Thief. A coat worn by Cary Grant brought in $15,000 and an outfit worn by Grace Kelly earned a jaw dropping $450,000!
11:41 PM – A couple of dresses worn by Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember brought in $6,000 and $11,000.
12:17 AM – One of Lana Turner’s dresses from Peyton Place sold for $4,250.
12:22 AM – Lot number 407 is rather unique because it includes things worn by both Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth in Pal Joey. It went for $6,500.
12:29 AM – Leslie Caron’s iconic plaid schoolgirl outfit from Gigi went for $65,000.
12:40 AM – Charlton Heston’s tunic and cape from Ben Hur could have been yours for the low, low price of $320,000!
1:32 AM – Marlon Brando’s naval outfit from Mutiny on the Bounty just brought in $90,000!
2:12 AM – Elizabeth Taylor’s famous headdress from Cleopatra went for $100,000 and Richard Burton’s tunic, cape, and sword brought in $85,000.
Oh, who cares what time it is anymore? Yes, I’m still going! Aren’t these people tired and broke yet?! Janet Leigh’s yellow fringed dress from Bye Bye Birdie fetched $3,750 and Bette Davis’ blood stained dress from Hush, Hush…Sweet Charlotte sold for $11,000.
Another big item to watch tonight was Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady. I fully expected it to exceed the $200,000-$300,000 and it sure did. It went up to $3.7 million!
I would say that the hills are alive with the sound of music, but at this time of night, I’m pretty sure that’s a noise ordinance violation. Julie Andrews’ guitar went for $140,000, her jumper from the “Do Re Mi” number for $550,000, her turquoise and green dress for $45,000, the peasant dress went for $42,500, and a pair of the Trapp children’s outfits sold for $35,000.
And at long last we have reached the Barbara Streisand part of the auction. First from Funny Girl is her costume from “I’d Rather Be Blue” for $65,000, a lot of the other roller skating costumes for $2,500, the black velvet dress from “My Man” for $16,000, a bunch of stuff worn by the Ziegfeld girls in the “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” number for $7,500, Anne Francis’ silk dress for $1,800, and Kay Medford’s beaded shawl for $1,400.
A jacket worn by Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid brought $8,500 and a dress worn by Katharine Ross went for $16,000.
And back to Streisand. The purple Hello, Dolly dress went for $55,000 and the gold dress for $100,000. Surprised the gold dress went for that little, that’s how much it cost to make that dress back in the day.
You’ll be fascinated to know that a shirt worn in the cinematic masterpiece known as Grease 2 sold for $475.
We have finally made it to the final segment of posters/portraits! The title cards for Blind Husbands fetched $2,000, the lot of three Gloria Swanson title/lobby cards sold for $1,200, the portrait of Gloria Swanson went for $8,500, the lot of two Mabel Normand lobby cards for $800, the pair of silent title/lobby cards for $1,600, the lobby card for Lon Chaney’s The Penalty for $1,700, and the lobby card for Chaplin’s The Idle Class for $1,600. The portrait of Jean Harlow went for $11,000!
Now it’s high time I called it a night! Good night everybody!
Earlier today I decided I was sick of the ringtone I had on my phone so I started looking through the Verizon website to see if I could find anything more interesting. I started by looking through ones from some of my favorite bands, but then I started searching for classic movie songs. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I ended up finding more than I expected to. So if you want your phone to reflect your classic film fan status, here are some of the best ones I found:
Back in the day, the town of Bottleneck was ran by Sheriff Destry and his deputy Washington Dimsdale (Charles Winninger). But years after Sheriff Destry’s death, Bottleneck has become a pretty rough and tumble town run by saloon owner Kent and his barmaid Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich) and Washington has become the town drunk, always reminiscing about the good old days when he was the deputy. Kent has been running a fixed poker game that he uses to bilk ranch owners out of their land so he can charge cattle owners a hefty fee to let their cattle pass through. When Kent tries this trick on Lern Claggett, Lern tells Sheriff Keogh and Keogh starts investigating. Kent kills Sheriff Keogh and the mayor, who has been conspiring with Kent, tells the town that Keogh had to leave town suddenly and gives his job to Washington. They assume that Washington will be too drunk to do the job properly, but little do they know that a little responsibility is a good thing for Washington. He gives up alcohol on the spot and calls for Sheriff Destry’s son, Tom Destry, Jr. (James Stewart) to come to Bottleneck and be his deputy.
When Destry comes to town, it seems like he’s all wrong for Bottleneck. Surprisingly for someone who’s supposed to be in charge of keeping such a wild town in line, he refuses to carry a gun. He sure knows how to use one, but he just doesn’t believe in using them. Destry becomes something of a town joke, but he actually manages to win Frenchy over after he breaks up a fight she’s in and she gets into a fight with him instead. But then he gets to work at investigating Sheriff Keogh’s murder and arrests Gyp, one of Kent’s cohorts. Kent thinks he’s outsmarted Destry by appointing another one of his cohorts as judge, but it turns out Destry is way ahead of him and has sent for a real judge to come to town for the case. When Kent finds out, he’s furious and gets a gang of his friends ready to shoot Destry. Frenchy knows what’s going on and tries to save Destry by having him come visit her at her house and the gang shoots Washington instead. Now Destry is really mad! He goes home, gets his father’s guns, and rallies all the gypped ranchers to take down all the outlaws. An epic shootout takes place that results in Frenchy sacrificing herself for Destry.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m not terribly fond of Westerns. There are a few that I like, but generally, I’d rather watch one of my cats sleep than watch a Western. For me to say that I really liked a Western is one of the highest compliments I can give a movie and Destry Rides Again is certainly deserving of that honor. I probably wouldn’t have sought this movie out at all if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a big Marlene Dietrich fan, but in the end, I’m really glad I gave it a chance because it’s a lot of fun. It’s much more lighthearted than your typical Western, but it’s also got some very exciting action scenes that are so classically Western.
This was the first Western for both Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. Of course, Jimmy proved to be a natural fit for the genre, and went on to make many more. He was definitely perfect for that non-threatening, mild mannered character. Dietrich actually wasn’t particularly keen on making a Western, but at the time, she was deeply concerned about the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany. Her friend Erich Maria Remarque told her that being in a Western would make her seem more all American and maybe American audiences would be more receptive to what she had to say about Nazis if they thought of her as one of their own. So she agreed and I’m glad she went ahead with it, because she seemed to be having such a good time with her role. At first, I was afraid that Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich would be kind of an odd couple, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them together. Destry Rides Again is just a good time from beginning to end.
Helen Faraday (Marlene Dietrich) is a former showgirl married to chemist Ned (Herbert Marshall) and mother to Johnny (Dickie Moore). She gave up her stage career to become a wife and mother, but when Ned gets Radium poisoning and needs to go to Germany for treatment, Helen goes back to performing to get the money. After her first performance, she meets the young and wealthy Nick Townsend (Cary Grant). He’s quite smitten with her and she uses him to get all the money she needs to pay for her husband’s treatment. While Ned is in Germany, Helen carries on her affair with Nick. The two of them have a swell time living in luxury, but since Helen wasn’t living in her apartment during this time, she misses a telegram from Ned saying he’d be returning two weeks earlier than expected. Of course, Ned is absolutely livid and Helen takes Johnny and leaves before Ned can take Johnny from her. Ned reports them as missing and the two of them travel from town to town, Helen taking any job she can get. Sometimes she can get a job in a nightclub, sometimes she works on a farm, but eventually, she has to turn to prostitution.
When the law finally catches up with her, she hands Johnny over to Ned. Without Johnny around, Helen hits rock bottom and is stuck living in a flophouse. But eventually, she manages to pull herself up and go over to Paris. Under the name Helen Jones, she becomes a nightclub sensation and even runs into Nick again. They become engaged, but Nick realizes the only thing that truly makes Helen happy is Johnny. Nick arranges for Helen to see Johnny one more time. But when Ned sees Helen with Johnny again, it makes him question whether or not he wants her to stay.
Blonde Venus is one of my favorite Marlene Dietrich movies, I rank it right up there with The Blue Angel and Witness for the Prosecution. The story might not be perfect, but I like it anyway. For example, I don’t really understand why she carries on an affair with Nick. Does she not want to be alone? Does she want the lifestyle he can offer? I’m not really sure. This is one of her famous collaborations with director Josef von Sternberg, but I think this one is rather different from his other collaborations with her. Usually, von Sternberg bent over backwards to make Dietrich’s character into the most outrageously glamorous person you’ll ever see. Think of the lavish costumes and sets of The Scarlett Empress and Shanghai Lily’s extravagant wardrobe in Shanghai Express. But here, we don’t see that quite as much. Oh sure, Helen has some glamorous stage costumes and some scenes where she wears some nice things Nick has clearly paid for. But we also see her giving Johnny a bath and wearing tattered dresses, things Shanghai Lily wouldn’t be caught dead wearing.
I’m quite fond of Dietrich’s performance here because even though we get to see the glamorous side of Dietrich that we know quite well, but I also liked getting to see Dietrich the mother. Dickie Moore was just adorable and I really enjoyed his scenes with Marlene. Blonde Venus came very early in Cary Grant’s career, and even though there are hints at just how suave and charming he could be, he hadn’t quite found his niche yet. And it didn’t help that, according to Cary, von Sternberg didn’t really direct him all that much. I would have really liked to see Cary and Marlene do another movie together after Cary had become a more developed actor. There was definitely some chemistry there, I think they could have done something great.
Welcome to the next installment of my top hundred movies! This week is another rather diverse bunch of movies. Silents, modern stuff, foreign, musicals, suspense, it’s just all over the board. So let’s get to number 60…
Happy Halloween! Before we get to the TCM schedule for October, it’s time for a little site news. To celebrate Halloween, I’ll be reviewing a different horror film every Wednesday this month. I promise it will be a mix between some typical Halloween favorites and some more unusual choices, so be sure to check that out.
Now, back to the TCM schedule. Since it’s October, I’m sure it’s not at all surprising that there will be tons of horror movies this month. Every Friday night is a night of horror classics from Hammer Film Productions. Fredric March is the star of the month, which I’m pretty geeked up for. Every Monday and Wednesday night is Critic’s Choice night, where two notable film critics pick two of their favorite movies to play. Some of the critics include Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert and Mick LaSalle and they’ve made some pretty great choices.