Friday 9 March 2012

Warner Bros invited us to the Oscars !

Well you can't have missed that it was the Oscars a couple of weeks ago and French Madhouse Daddy Mike was very pleased to see that French film "The Artist" won lots of awards. I was very pleased too because Warner Bros sent us through a fabulous package to help us rediscover - or in our case discover - the delights of past Oscar winners.

I was actually very chuffed because there were some classic films in there which have always been on my must-watch list. I have to admit, I haven't had a chance to watch them yet because the sun has come back out so we've been practically living at the park but I'm waiting for the next rainy Sunday afternoon - or maybe I'll get some peace and quiet on mother's day ? - to watch at least a couple of them.

The films in the pack were :

Gone With The Wind - Ahh who's never heard of Scarlett O' Hara and Rhett Butler and the famous line ""Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"? Set in the 19th century American South, the film stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the leading roles, and tells a story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a white Southern point of view. The film received 10 Oscars (8 competitive, 2 honorary), a record that stood for 20 years until Ben-Hur surpassed it in 1960. It lasts a whopping 4 hours !

Doctor Zhivago - Another absolute classic, this 1965 epic drama-romance-war film, directed by David Lean, takes place mostly during 1912–1923, against a backdrop of World War I, the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War, as the regime of Tsar Nicholas II is overthrown and the Soviet Union established. It's a mixture of political upheaval and heart-wrenching love story, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.

An American in Paris - Watch Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron strut their stuff to the tunes of Gershwin in this 1951 MGM musical film. The American in Paris of the title is Jerry Mulligan (played by Gene Kelly), an American World War II veteran turned painter, embroiled in a tricky love triangle. Don't forget your dancing shoes, and a box of tissues !

The Blindside - Coming bang up to date, this 2009 film stars Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, a role that gave her an Oscar, a wealthy woman who takes down-and-out teen Michael Oher into her home and heart. Against all odds, he becomes a famous football player. Sounds unbelievable and too good to be true ? Well, you're wrong - it's based on a true story so it's a real feel-good movie.

Well, a big part of the Oscars ceremony (aside seeing who's wearing what on the red carpet) is listening to the stars saying thank you to the world and his wife so, to follow the tradition, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Warner Bros, not just for the great selection of movies but also for the brilliant Oscar-shaped lollipops that they put in the pack. Genius !

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