September 5th, 2020


Movie Critique – On the Town

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: New York is indeed a wonderful town, specially when shown through the musical moves and romantic eyes of three sailors who fall head over heels not only with the city but their women as well. There is romance, comedy, music, and color. What more one wants in a movie. 

On the Town is a 1949 American technicolor musical film with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller in the lead cast. This is directorial debut for Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, based on the 1944 Broadway stage musical of the same name.

Three sailors - Gabey (portrayed by Gene Kelly), Chip (portrayed by Frank Sinatra), Ozzie (portrayed by Jules Munshin) - begin their 24 hours of shore leave to New York City. As they have fun and adventure traveling through New York City, watching the sights, they find love, as they sing and dance along.

Music composed by Leonard Bernstein - who composed for the stage show as well - and Roger Edens to the Lyrics penned by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Kelly also choreographed the dance sequences. Roger Edens and Arthur Freed produced the film. It won an Oscar for Best Music—Scoring of a Musical Picture, a critical and commercial success for the debut directors too.

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53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #28

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

I posted about Onam festival and the saree I wore for it celebrating at my dear friend's home last week. Unexpectedly this time I got invited to Onam celebrations to another friend's home on Monday, Aug 31st, as well. So got in another one of my saree too. :)

Smitha, my dear friend and hiking buddy, invited me for Onam Sadya (= feast) and participate in the festivities with her family. However, I fast on Mondays and don’t eat a meal during the day, so I went for their Dinner Sadya instead.

I picked this Grey and Gold combo artificial silk woven with silk gold threads forming a huge knee-length border all along and a striped pallu (= part of saree that falls over the shoulder) at the end. The design of the saree, I felt would be closest to the traditional Onam sarees.

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Movie Critique - The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters (#34); Bowery to Baghdad (#36)

For review of all movies in The Bowery Boys Series, go here.

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Filled with humor and mystery, turn on to a Bowery Boys movie and I guarantee you that you will get into a better mood immediately.

I posted about two of the Bowery Boys movies earlier. Turns out TCM is airing them every Saturday. These are two more of the Bowery Boys movies I watched a few weeks ago.

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters was released in 1954 by Allied Artists, and is the thirty-fourth film in the series. In an effort to find a nice place for neighborhood kids to play baseball, Bowery Boys, Slip and Sachs, find themselves in a haunted house. This movie was inspired by "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and became a huge hit of the Bowery Boys movies, just like the Abbott and Costello's formed their huge hit. 

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