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The Apartment (1960)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1960

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125 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 83 / Tomatometer 93%

Oscars: nominated for 10, won 5 (Best Picture, Director, Writing, Editing, Art)

Ranked #27 Greatest Movies Through 1960

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. IMDB 8.4 rating from over 54,641 users

Romance at its most anti-romantic–that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavory world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker’s trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon). Amazon 4.6 stars from over 158 users

Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 93% Audience 93%

MRQE 83% from over 82 reviews

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1959

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120 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Genres: Comedy

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 87 / BeliefNet Movie Mom A+

Oscars: 6 nominations, 1 win (Best Costume)

Ranked #12 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 28 of 41 lists of best movies, a Zagat Top Movie

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.  IMDB 8.4 rating from over 94,930 users

Maybe “nobody’s perfect,” as one character in this masterpiece suggests. But some movies are perfect, and Some Like It Hot is one of them. In Chicago, during the Prohibition era, two skirt-chasing musicians, Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), inadvertently witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In order to escape the wrath of gangland chief Spats Colombo (George Raft), the boys, in drag, join an all-woman band headed for Florida. Amazon  4.7 stars from over 310 users

This is one of the wildest farces ever filmed, but it has a lot of heart as well, with brilliant performances by all three stars. BeliefNet Movie Mom A+ with content warnings

MRQE 87% from over 91 reviews

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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1950

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110 min – view video trailer

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

Genres: Drama, Film-Noir

IMDB 8.7 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 94% / Zagat 28

Oscars: nominated for 11, won 3 (best art, music and writing)

Ranked #13 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie, included in 23 of the 37 lists of Greatest Movies

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. IMDB rating 8.7 from over 76,072 users

Zagat summary snippet: Some of the greatest dialogue ever (most famously, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille”) graces this hybrid of “Gothic” and “film noir”, a scabrous take on Hollywood from the standpoint of a struggling screenwriter trying to resurrect the career of a silent movie star who’s not exactly in touch with reality, with an inside joke laced script and pitch-perfect performances from a larger than life Swanson and hunky Holden. Zagat Ratings: Overall 28 / Acting 28 / Story 27 / Production 27 / Total 110

Joe Gillis (William Holden), a broke and cynical young screenwriter, is attempting to ditch a pair of repo men late one afternoon when he pulls off L.A.’s storied Sunset Boulevard and into the driveway of a seedy mansion belonging to Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a forgotten silent movie luminary whose brilliant acting career withered with the coming of talkies. The demented old movie queen lives in the past, assisted by her devoted (but intimidating) butler, Max. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 293 users.

SUNSET BOULEVARD is the sad recounting of the tale of silent movie queen Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson. Receiving several Academy Awards, this classic movie deserves a dramatic A+, even if the story is a bit melancholic. MovieGuide gave it 4 stars, A+ grade with content light violence, light sex, no nudity and no bad language

MRQE gave it 94% rating with links to more than 87 reviews

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Double Indemnity (1944)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1944

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107 min – view video trailer

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Robinson

Genres: Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 91% / Zagat 28

Oscars: nominated for 7, won 0 (Best Picture, Actress, Director, Cinematography, Music, Sound, Writing)

Ranked #29 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie, included in 19 of 37 greatest movie lists

An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions. IMDB 8.5 rating from over 52,595 users

Zagat summary snippet: The story of another dumb cluck done in by a woman, it features a fast-talking MacMurray, knockout Stanwyck (love the anklet) and fantastic Robinson, with plenty of plot twists. Best scene: shopping at the supermarket. Zagat Ratings: Overall 28 / Acting 27 / Story 28 / Production 25 / Total 108

As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband’s murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Edward G. Robinson). It’s a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this heart-racing Academy Award-nominated masterpiece. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 187 users

MRQE 91% rating with over 67 reviews linked

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