Barbara's Quarantine Picks

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HAROLD & MAUDE

dir. Hal Ashby

PG | 1971 | USA | 91 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

Coming-of-age dark comedy starring the incomparable Ruth Gordon. A unique friendship between a young Harold, consumed with death and Maude.

TO CATCH A THIEF

dir. Alfred Hitchcock

PG | 1955 | USA | 106 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

A light Hitchcock  mystery-romance between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Playful escape. What can I say, Cary Grant is wonderful and a favorite!

SUNSET BOULEVARD

dir. Billy Wilder

NR | 1950 | USA | 110 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

Billy Wilder classic film about fading movie star played by the great Gloria Swanson. I enjoy the over-the-top iconic performance by Swanson and her line that you will never forget.

BIG NIGHT

dir. Scott Campbell & Stanley Tucci

R | 1996 | USA | 109 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

Fun foodie movie with the brothers played by the glorious Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub in a rival of Italian restaurants. I love the play between the characters and the cast. 

THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED)

dir. Noah Baumbach

TV-MA | 2017 | USA | 112 MIN

(Available to stream now on Netflix)

Noah Baumbach directed film of the Meyerowitz family reunion  with Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman as the father. Moving performances by these three. A real tear jerker.

MOONSTRUCK

dir. Norman Jewison

PG | 1987 | USA | 102 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

Quirky story about an Italian American woman rediscovering her passion. Great performances by Olivia Dukakis. While I am not usually a fan of Cher, she pulls this off well in this interpretation. Look for a fun scene with John Mahoney.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

dir. Howard Hawks

NR | 1940 | USA | 92 MIN

(Available to stream now on Amazon Prime)

Howard Hawks directed this madcap film adapted from s play with snappy dialogue between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. I suspect this writing has influenced other director/writers such as Aaron Sorkin ( West Wing) and Amy Sherman-Pallidino ( Marvelous Mrs Maisel) in the quick banter of their characters.