The Wizard of Oz (1939)

A true classic. Everything about it is iconic and cinematic. For all the many merits and joyous aspects of the film, it’s one of those films I have trouble divorcing the real-world context from, which affects my enjoyment of it. Judy Garland’s life, particularly during the production of the film, was such a terrible tragedy…

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

A fantastic musical. There’s so much that’s great here – the songs themselves are fantastic, the performances captivating, the story is clever and engaging…everything just works so well. Everyone was firing on all cylinders, and the film explodes with charm for it. The biggest surprise of the film to me was the actual story. I…