The red, white and blue: 4th Of July Movies!

Hello everyone! I get in certain movie movie moods around holidays. So I decided to share some movies I watch during the 4th of July holiday.

Tootsie (1982) directed by Sydney Pollack. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Teri Garr. This is one of my favorite movies. It is so funny and entertaining from beginning to end. The first time I watched this movie was a Netflix recommendation over a decade ago. I was on a Fellini movie binge back then and didn’t want to break the movie pattern however I decide to give the movie a chance. I have no regrets in doing that!

Fun Movie Fact: Most of Billy Murray dialogue mostly made up on the spot by him!

Available to stream on Netflix

Nashville:

(1975) directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Shelly Duvall and many more! I am not a huge fan of Robert Altman however Nashville is one of my favorite movies of his. It follows the country and gospel music scene in the mid 1970’s and has a big cast in it. You would think it would be hard to follow the plot in the movie considering that there is over 20 plus main characters. However it seems to flow pretty well!

Fun fact about the movie:

Lily Tomlin and Ronee Blakley were both nominated for an Oscar for their performances in this movie.

Available to buy from the Criterion Collection:

https://www.criterion.com/films/28427-nashville

Do The Right Thing:

(1989) directed by Spike Lee. Starring Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis. I remember watching this during a summer in elementary when my family just got cable. I think this was the first round of movies I watched on HBO. I was really impress with the whole vibe of the movie and only at a much later time did I realize Spike Lee’s reference in the movie to another favorite move of mine mention in the next selection.

Fun Movie fact: It only took Spike Lee two weeks to write the script.

Available to purchase from the Criterion Collection:

https://www.criterion.com/films/286-do-the-right-thing

The Night of the Hunter (1955) directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum and Shelly Winters. Robert Mitchum’s performance in this movie is amazing. He portrays a crazed religious person who kills for money. Which is kind of personality contradiction when you think about it. This movie was first a book by Davis Grubb. Grubb originally wanted to be a painter but he was colorblind which made him give up his dream of becoming a painter. So he picked writing instead and am eternally grateful that he did!

Fun Movie fact: The director Charles Laughton describe his movie as “a nighmarish sort of Mother Goose tale.” (source: IMBD.com)

You can rent this movie from Vudu: https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/The-Night-of-the-Hunter/140508

Married to the Mob (1988):

Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine. This is such a cute comedy! And it is one of the most 80’s movies in terms of the fashion and hair!

Fun Movie Fact: Dean Stockwell was nominated for an Oscar for this performance in the movie.

You can rent this from Amazon.

Until next time!!

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