Movies + TV

Dramas on Drama

Movies and shows about all the kinds of drama: the kinds between people and the kinds on stages. Plus, musicals!

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Our brains are funny things. When we’re children, we can read, play with, or watch a certain thing over and over and over again, and then, as we grow up, we sometimes forget all about it, as if it never existed. Even though it was once engraved on our frontal lobes, it simply vanishes. Death Becomes Her is one of those things. I watched this movie about a hundred times as a kid, and then abruptly abandoned and forgot it. Last year, however, someone was playing it at a Halloween party, and I stopped dead in front of the screen. I knew this movie; I knew it as well as I know my own hands. Everything suddenly came rushing back. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN DEATH BECOMES HER?? It stars Goldie Hawn, Meryl freaking Streep, Isabella Rossellini, and Bruce Willis, and it is so spectacularly dramatic, so hilariously gory, and so so so funny. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn play two aging, wealthy rivals (with great clothes) fighting over one man, plastic surgeon Bruce Willis. Obsessed with their fading looks, they separately find their way to a strange temptress, played by Isabella Rossellini, who gives them both the secret to eternal youth and life. I can’t tell you any more, but y’all, Goldie and Meryl start using spray paint as makeup, there are ridiculous special effects, disgusting and hilarious things happen, and you should watch this immediately and never, ever let your brain trick you into forgetting it. —Krista

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
To me, Singin’ in the Rain was always one of those movies. One of those movies you knew existed, and knew was technically a classic, and knew you should totally watch, promise. But when I thought of it— and its title song—for some reason all I could think of was an American version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang mixed with one of those movies starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. So I avoided it, and when I had to watch it in a film class, I was less than enthused…until the first scene, when I realized, Oh shit! I have made a huge mistake! This movie is so funny and so smart, and has the best “Hollywood sure is dumb” moments I’ve ever seen. Plus, Donald O’Connor’s performance of “Make ’Em Laugh” touches my heart in ways no comedian ever has. Also, Gene Kelly’s face. Always also Gene Kelly’s face. —Shelby

The Dreamers (2003)
If I had a bucket list, I would definitely want to include a run through the Louvre—time to beat: 9 minutes 28 seconds—thanks to The Dreamers. Strip away the heady history, politics, and sex in this movie and you’re left with the three main characters in 1968: Matthew, a young American visiting Paris, and twins Isabelle and Theo. Matthew falls in love with both of them, but they bond hardest over their shared obsession with the cinema. The scenes where they re-enact scenes from old movies are what I like most about this film. Who can blame them for their obsession, with the Cinémathèque Française so close? As Matthew says, “Only the French would house a cinema inside a palace” (a visit here would also go on the imaginary bucket list). The Dreamers is powerful and funny, and at times very odd—but itsays so much about ’60s Paris and the escapism in French cinema. All I need now is to find two others to run the Louvre with me, and I’m certainly not saying no to a Louis Garrel lookalike. —Caitlin

A Star Is Born (1954)
It is fitting that this story has been told by Hollywood filmmakers three times already (with a fourth installment, starring Beyoncé, rumored to be in the works, maybe possibly?), as it’s a classic Hollywood tale: gal has talent, gal gets famous, gal’s life falls apart, gal has to pull it all back together. The 1954 version, starring Judy Garland, is a beautiful and heartbreaking film, especially when you consider how Garland’s real life mirrors her character’s. Watching the star process happen is fascinating; Esther is sent through the studio system, subjected to hair and makeup horrors, given a new name (as Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, so Esther Blodgett became Vicki Lester), and rises to the top, though her personal life (particularly her marriage) suffers as her professional life blooms. Judy Garland is perfect beyond perfect in this movie. Perfect singing, perfect dancing, perfect acting, perfect everything. If you love old movies, you’ll love seeing the inner workings of the biz, and the dramatization of glamorous parties, movie star lives, and the gorgeous costumes and sets. I’m sure they’ll make this movie a dozen more times over the next hundred years, but I doubt they’ll make a version as good as this one. —Pixie

Popular
1999-2001, The WB

A decade before creating Glee, Ryan Murphy was exploring the tragicomedy that is high school on Popular. The show, which I was hopelessly addicted to when I was 16 and still can’t get enough of, zeroes in on rival cliques led by Brooke, a prim, seemingly perfect cheerleader, and Sam, an outcast (with a spectacular collection of chunky ’90s platform boots) who rejects everything that Brooke stands for. The girls butt heads at school, and then at home, when Brooke’s dad and Sam’s mom get engaged. Popular’s 43 episodes manage to be super witty while tackling body image (from female and male perspectives), activism, sexuality, discrimination, unrequited crushes, and naturally, social status. What’s really cool about the show, though, is that it has hints of so many great teen movies and TV series (the snappy quips and pop culture references of Clueless and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; the soapiness of Beverly Hills, 90210) but also has these quirky, surreal elements (characters named Cherry Cherry and Poppy Fresh; a no-nonsense science teacher with a metal finger; the cheerleaders have a Prada allowance; the school’s glamorous girls’ bathroom is decorated in honor of Vertigo actress Kim Novak) that are totally unique and fun. —Amber

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1998)
I’m not sure when it’s going to happen, but one of these days, America is going to wake up and realize that Kirsten Dunst is one of the most underrated comic actresses of her time and that this film, a spoof about pageants small towns also starring Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, a pre-fame Amy Adams, and a supremely deranged Kirstie Alley, is one of the most underrated films of the d’90s. (Or perhaps ever? Perhaps ever.) Dark, twisted, and hilarious, the movie centers on the American Teen Princess Pageant being held in Mount Rose, Minnesota, where Alley’s Gladys Leeman reigns over all, even choosing the year’s theme: “Proud to Be an American.” (This, naturally, follows her pageant theme ideas for the previous three years: “Buy American,” “USA is A-OK” and “Amer-I-Can!”). One of my best friends growing up was from a town in Minnesota that apparently was a lot like Mount Rose, and this movie owned her heart in under three minutes–as soon as Kirstie Alley offered potential contestants “coffee and bars,” she lost her mind (“It’s so perfectly Minnesota!”) and didn’t stop laughing until the movie was over. Miss Congeniality is the “nice” pageant movie, I guess, but this one is the funnier (and darker) of the two–the dance numbers alone are comedy gold, and the costumes, escalating ridiculousness, and perfect line readings don’t hurt, either. People are jerks, dreams are ruined, and bars are served. It is perfection. —Pixie

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
If you are looking for a film that is incredibly eerie and features a whole lot of tension and drama between two ballsy women, WATCH THIS MOVIE. Bette Davis plays an older lady who was once a child star, who’s living with her sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford). The image that stays with me is of an old woman caked in childish doll-like makeup, unable to separate herself from the person she once was. If that sounds gloriously terrifying to you, this is the movie for you tonight. You will not be disappointed! —Tara

Titanic (1997)
You know how you have that one friend who always exaggerates everything, and says stuff like, “Oh, my god, I loved that movie, I saw it like 17 times in the theater,” even though the truth is that they saw it maybe twice, ever? In 1997, it was entirely possible to have several of these friends be actually telling the truth about the movie Titanic, which made approximately nine kerbillion dollars at the box office thanks to fans who went to see the doomed ship—and its doomed lovers, played by the excruciatingly beautiful Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet—fall apart, over and over again. It’s not hard to see why: James Cameron—not the director you look to for quiet, subtle pictures—blends history and epic tragic romance to create a movie that is staggering in scale and intensity, drawing you in first with a sense of peace and beauty (the detail given to the ship, the ocean setting, and the costumes is impeccable) and then hammering you with the bleak reality of things as all of that beauty, and the false sense of peace that had come along with it, violently breaks and slips into the sea. It’s one of those movie experiences you need to prepare yourself for, paced in a way that lets you breathe and giggle for a while (especially when Billy Zane, in perfect villain mode, turns up) until things go wrong and emotional overdrive kicks in. I don’t know many people who can take the sight of the elderly couple clutching each other as the waters rushed in—a nod to real-life passengers Isidor and Ida Straus—without losing it, and the fear, sadness, and hopelessness are almost too much to bear at times. It’s all a bit strange, really. For every easily mocked pop culture touchstone it created—the Celine Dion song, “I’m the king of the world!,” the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace that was dropped into the ocean but then apparently recovered for Britney Spears, the one-person-capacity floating door that Cameron, 15 years later, is still trying to convince people about—there is a genuine sense of human tragedy, a reminder of something horrible that happened in the midst of so much progress, a commentary on class and privilege and excess and how merciless the forces of nature–both human and otherwise–can be. —Pixie

The Sound of Music (1965)
This movie is very near and dear to me—I know every single word of dialogue and song. It’s a three-hour musical about an adorable singing nun, Maria, who becomes a governess for the adorable, singing Von Trapp children in Austria. Their handsome, singing Naval captain father has forgotten how to love since his wife died. Also, there are Nazis who are trying to take over Austria and force the captain into defending the Third Reich. There are also snarky nuns, a (gay?) dandy of an uncle and a vixenish baroness intent on having the captain to herself. PERFECT FOR CHILDREN! Right? RIGHT. There are songs that you want to sing every word to, the supersaturated Easter-egg shades of ’60s Technicolor, and costumes that I have coveted since young young childhood (dirndls, so many dirndls). BONUS: Fraulein Maria makes clothes for the Von Trapp children out of her awesome old floral drapes, from head-kerchiefs to lederhosen. Ultimate DIY moment! —Elizabeth

The Fall (2006)
This is one of my favorite movies; I pull it out when I am feeling down, or want to bond with a new friend. It’s just so ridiculously beautiful it’s kind of impossible not to love it—the cinematography is like, obnoxiously gorgeous. When I first watched it on Netflix Instant it probably took twice as long as the its actual 117 minutes because I was screencapping it every five seconds. It’s the ultimate film for fashion inspiration and art direction to me, because every single shot is so meticulously beautiful and vibrant it revitalizes you. And Lee Pace is in it! In multiple roles! It’s one of my favorites to escape into because of the dramatic, sweeping landscapes and endearing characters. Also, Lee Pace. Lee Pace is definitely a supreme babe. —Arabelle

Funny Girl (1968)
I once read a biography of Fanny Brice that pretty much stated that Funny Girl, the Broadway-musical-turned-movie based on her life, was successful mostly because “Streisand turned it into a tour de force for her own talents,” pointing out that Brice’s theater career had been somewhat forgotten (as opposed to her successful radio career) in the days since she’d knocked ’em dead in the Ziegfeld Follies. I suppose this is what happens with any biopic: the performance, if it’s good enough, takes a real-life story and turns it into some sort of alternative legend, and Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice is now as legendary as the woman herself, thanks mostly to Streisand’s empathetic, funny portrayal and songs destined to be sung by anyone with a deep love for jazz hands and spirit fingers forevermore. —Pixie

Imitation of Life (1959)
Set in the late 1940s and ’50s, Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life is about two tumultuous and intertwined mother-daughter relationships. Lana Turner plays Lora Meredith, a widow and stage actress who is so ambitious and focused on her budding Broadway career that she ends up neglecting her daughter Susie (Sandra Dee). But the real heart of this story is Annie (Juanita Moore), the black woman who works for Lora (she’s a live-in nanny and maid). See, Annie’s light-skinned daughter Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) can pass for white, and she resents and rejects her dark-skinned mother. Based on the novel by Fannie Hurst, Imitation of Life is a masterful melodrama with several kind of campy, over-the-top moments (in the middle of a romantic chat with her paramour, Lora stares off into space and says in a breathy voice, “I want more…everything”) that also manages to be a stirring examination of race and identity. Maybe I’m weird, but what I love most about this movie is that the entire third act is filled with sobbing. Lora cries with Susie, Sarah Jane cries with Annie, and—oh my god—it’s all fantastic! —Amber

Mystic River (2003)
This dark, dramatic movie (based on the phenomenal novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane) starts with a horrible event in a working-class neighborhood in Boston. The mystery is solid and addictive, full of twists and turns and red herrings, but what sets it apart—and what won it multiple Oscar nominations as well as wins for Sean Penn and Tim Robbins—is the characters. They are so flawed and so human; they raise a murder mystery to the level of a Shakespearean tragedy. Keep your eye on Annabeth in particular—she’s pure Lady Macbeth. —Stephanie

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Selma is a Czech immigrant, living in the U.S. with a boring, low-paying factory job. She has a degenerative eye disease, so she’s losing her sight—which she has to hide from her employers—and saves money to pay for a procedure that will prevent her son from suffering a similar fate. Sounds like the perfect premise for a musical, right? Well, it is when you have provocateur Lars Von Trier at the helm and Björk in the lead role. The song and dance numbers are Selma’s daydreams—she escapes from her dreary circumstances by imagining herself in the middle of elaborate, classic Hollywood-style musicals. The soundtrack here is obviously ridiculously cool and driven by Björk’s gorgeous, otherworldly voice. My favorite moment, though, is this brief but awesome tap-dance routine by Joel Grey, who was 68 years old at the time (and who is, I think, one of the most adorable human beings ever). This movie breaks my heart every time I see it—the story is tragic and Björk’s performance is visceral and beautiful—but the whole thing is just so fabulous and innovative that that hasn’t stopped me from watching it over and over. —Amber

The Red Shoes (1948)
In an early scene of this luscious Technicolor backstage musical by the awesome filmmaking team known as the Archers (A Matter of Life and Death), aspiring dancer Victoria Page (classically trained ballerina Moira Shearer, whose red mane seems to glow from within) meets the brooding ballet director Boris Lermontov. “Why do you want to dance?” asks the older man haughtily. “Why do you want to live?” Vicki shoots back. “Well, I don’t know exactly why, but…I must,” he sputters. “That’s my answer, too,” she responds. But when she rises through the ranks of Lermontov’s prestigious company, Vicki’s romantic conviction is tested; her love affair with the brilliant composer Julian Craster spurs the jealous Lermontov to force her to make an impossible choice between personal happiness and artistic transcendence. The film culminates in the uninterrupted 17-minute presentation of Craster’s ballet The Red Shoes, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story about a pair of cursed slippers that force a girl to dance herself to death, with Vicki in the starring role. The wordless sequence, in which the stage expands into a 3D universe of its own, is such a perfect fusion of filmmaking, visual art, dance, and music that it moves me to tears. A devastating love letter to the passionate, inspiring, and sometimes destructive drive of artists in pursuit of their dreams, this fairy-tale-within-a fairy-tale will make you want keep creating, no matter the cost. —Rose

The Godfather (1972)
I wanted to see The Godfather for years, because I knew it was like this staggeringly iconic movie. But I never realized how much I’d love it until I finally saw it. It’s about an Italian Mafia family, its empire, its violence, and everyone’s relationships with one another. It also has a gorgeous score by Nino Rota and is crazily suspenseful—one of the most riveting films I’ve ever seen. —Tara

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
This movie picks up where The Godfather left off, but it also goes into the past to show the life of the young Godfather, played by a dreamy Robert DeNiro. The scenes in the 1920s are just as powerful and darkly beautiful as the present-day ones. There is a whole lot of betrayal, lust, gunfire, and golden Hollywood drama. —Tara

Titus (1999)
Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare’s most violent and brutal tragedies. It’s a story of revenge, pitting Titus, a victorious Roman general, against Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Titus returns from war, bringing Tamora, her sons, and her secret lover as his captives. When he kills Tamora’s eldest son as a sacrifice in honor of his own sons who died in the war, she swears vengeance upon him. More drama ensues when the new emperor of Rome decides he will marry Titus’s daughter, Lavina, even though she was betrothed to his brother. From there all hell breaks loose and it is seriously ugly—there’s a brutal rape, parents killing their children, parents being served food made of their children. As dark and horrible as the events of the story are, though, the film itself is gorgeous. It opens with a little boy—Titus’s grandson—playing with toy soldiers, which then leads into the war and the world of Shakespeare’s play. The costumes and settings blend various eras of history so you almost feel like Rome never fell and that this could be taking place in the present day. It’s one of the most interesting and visually stunning cinematic explorations of Shakespeare’s work. —Stephanie ♦

49 Comments

  • Vesperstar233 September 14th, 2012 12:09 AM

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE THE FALL!!! No one seems to have heard of it, it’s always so depressing. Thank you Rookie, for sharing such a wonderful film!

  • Pocket Cow September 14th, 2012 12:16 AM

    I LOVE The Fall!!!! It’s one of my alltime favorite movies. It’s just… perfect. The acting, the story, the humour, the ending. I cry and laugh and fall into awed silence every time.

    My boyfriend and I have this thing where sometimes in public he’ll ask me something and I’ll go “Can’t understand it? Understan- under- understand it- it’s NOT FOR YOU!” Like the little girl does.

  • Jayme September 14th, 2012 12:34 AM

    Popular!
    That show, to me, is *one of those things*. I used to watch it all the time when I was ten! I named my degus Brooke and Sam!
    I was just thinking about it the other day but I couldn’t think of the name of it for the life of me.

  • jenaimarley September 14th, 2012 12:34 AM

    The Fall! I love the fact that Rookies share my love of things that other people stare blankly back at me when I mention them.

  • Sarah September 14th, 2012 12:35 AM

    Mildred Pierce!!

  • angusyoung4eva September 14th, 2012 12:42 AM

    So many good suggestions! For some reason when I think of a dramatic movie, I immediately think of “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer. It’s hilariously dark, witty and dramatic. It’s definitely my recommendation! :)

    • Tyknos93 September 14th, 2012 11:48 PM

      I remember that movie, I caught it on late night TV, but I was too tired to look up the entire film. It was a VERY COOL movie.

  • attackacat September 14th, 2012 12:44 AM

    OmG.
    my cousin dies in drop dead gorgeous

  • coralgirl September 14th, 2012 12:46 AM

    Ah this list is lush! I loove The Red Shoes, I just want to live in that world— as twisted and dark as it is that movie opened up a love for ballet for me, soo soo stunning! And I can’t go on enough about What Ever Happened to Baby Jane … THE LAST SCENE! SO PERFECT. I just about die from dehydration from all the crying when I watch Dancer in the Dark. Drop Dead Gorgeous has the best cast ever. Kirsten Dunst was perfect as usual. (MELANCHOLIA ANYONE??) Its one of my all time favorite dark comedies, another really good dark, dramatic comedy is Junebug— with Amy Adams being perfect. And oh my god The Fall, I am always so distracted whenever genetics are discussed in school because I always imagine Darwin in an amazing Meadham-esc fur coat.

    I feel like Auntie Mame would be a great fit for this list, such a fabulous diva movie. She is my spirit animal.

    I love this list and the fact that I have watched all of them …

  • jenaimarley September 14th, 2012 12:52 AM

    Also Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!
    Because what’s more dramatic than Mr. Smith from The Matrix as a drag queen trekking across the Australian outback!

  • cherrycola27 September 14th, 2012 1:00 AM

    The Fall! That is such a great movie! And Lee Pace! He is such a great, and great-looking man. Supreme babe, indeed.

  • LuxOrBust September 14th, 2012 1:10 AM

    I CANT BELIEVE MY EYES! i had the same exact experience with death becomes her!

  • Emily September 14th, 2012 1:10 AM

    I think I first watched Drop Dead Gorgeous somewhere in that period where you can talk but you can’t remember because me and my mom and my sister watched this on VHS SO MANY TIMES before I was in kindergarten (Because I remember suggesting it to my mom but not being able to read the name on the tape). That is my total desert island pick that I totally forgot about for years also and then watched again with my mom and we were both like “OMG THIS.”
    And I was going to say in an equal place in my heart is The Sound Of Music, but then I just found out my roommate is The Greatest Person On Earth because without knowing I was reading this used psychic wavelengths and sang “Adieu, Adieu, to you and you and you” as she was leaving the room.

  • OceanStarLove September 14th, 2012 1:12 AM

    These are my Summer to Fall viewing picks. A Summer Place(1959), Gidget (1959), Peyton Place(1957), Blood and Sand (1941),Gilda (1946),The World of Suzie Wong(1960) To Sir With Love(1967) Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) Sweet Charity (1969) Marnie(1964)…after an evening of these I forget i even have a cell phone or laptop… ;D

    • Teez September 14th, 2012 2:13 PM

      sidney poitier is perfect in both to sir with love and guess who’s coming to dinner.
      also sweet charity is just AMAZING. i love the sammy davis jr cameo, the dance to there’s gotta be something better than this that beyonce so perfectly paid tribute to in single ladies, not to mention the big spender number that i could just watch a million times! great choices!!

  • Adrienne September 14th, 2012 1:20 AM

    Titus Andronicus is so amazing!! Random, but I’m so pumped for the movie Les Miserables movie this winter!

    http://theaverageasiangirl.blogspot.com

  • llamalina September 14th, 2012 1:31 AM

    GAH SINGING IN THE RAIN. honestly anybody who enjoys musical theatre needs to watch it because it’s fabulous.

    can you guys do something like this but suggest plays and musicals? i am trying to teach my friends who are completely illiterate in drama how to appreciate theatre but i need to have some more ideas of shows to take them to than just the lion king and wicked. i don’t want their first show to be something like spring awakening or les miserables because i know they won’t like it as much.

  • Emily September 14th, 2012 1:46 AM

    Drop Dead Gorgeous is one of my favourite films! Totally underrated!

  • extemporally September 14th, 2012 3:35 AM

    Imitation of Life is a good movie in parts but should also come with a massive trigger warning for containing reflexive racism in MASSIVE DOSES – there’s a part where the black lady’s stupidity gets played for laughs, and when the white lady & black lady go into business together the white lady basically exploits the other woman. Not to mention that one of the main reasons we ~~feel~~ for the daughter, and take her seriously as a character, is that she’s black but looks white. Just thinking about it is making me really angry. Folks, for good movies containing DRAMA and actually non-racist racial commentary, try The Color Purple.

  • sneakybacon September 14th, 2012 4:25 AM

    stardust! claire danes in gorgeous dresses and robert de niro as a the secret drag queen captain of a steam punk pirate air ship called captain shakespeare?!
    too much drama in this film, literally screaming at the tv

  • TessAnnesley September 14th, 2012 4:42 AM

    OMG I LOVE SO MANY OF THESE FILMS AND HEAPS OF THEN ARE UNDERRATED TOO OMG VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE ROOKIE

  • Lea September 14th, 2012 5:12 AM

    Oh my The Dreamers looks AMAZING. I MUST watch it. Thank you for this movie list, it’s awesome !!!

  • Lillypod September 14th, 2012 5:42 AM

    the red shoes!! what a divine film…I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
    And Singin in the rain, OF COURSE…

  • MissKnowItAll September 14th, 2012 6:34 AM

    The titanic is the reason Ill never be able to go on an actual cruise without losing my shit

  • Sue Denim September 14th, 2012 6:52 AM

    Titus! I have never meet anybody else who has seen this film. I love that bit when Lavina turns round to face the camera with that bitgdribble of blood coming down from her mouth and it’s all in slow-mo. Makes me shiver everytime.

    I also love Drop Dead Gorgeous so much. Kirstie Alley’s character is my favourite.

  • Abby September 14th, 2012 9:29 AM

    It makes me sad when people hate on Titanic… I’m such a sucker for romances, and also, I cry at the old people in their bed EVERY SINGLE TIME. LIKE A BABY.

  • decemberbaby September 14th, 2012 9:37 AM

    Saw Gene Kelly, freaked out, knew it’d be a great list. :D

  • whatnaomiloves September 14th, 2012 9:38 AM

    Death Becomes Her & Funny Girl & The Sound of Music = LOVE

  • aud85220 September 14th, 2012 9:42 AM

    Funny Girl is my LIFE. I play the soundtrack everyday without fail. Oh Babs, how you never fail to amaze me. <3

  • darksideoftherainbow September 14th, 2012 10:20 AM

    i always love the movie/tv lists here on rookie but this one blows all of them out of the water. i’ve seen a lot of the movies on this list and now i’m dying to see the rest. i also love the short synopsis everyone gives of the movies. you get a real feel about the story without any spoilers. perfect, as always. thanks, rookie!

  • Izzy September 14th, 2012 2:11 PM

    Not to mention, the excellent Kate Bush song inspired by The Red Shoes. And the Sound of Music IS my childhood!

  • Teez September 14th, 2012 2:21 PM

    drop dead gorgeous is hilarious! definitely underrated

  • coolcatmew September 14th, 2012 2:41 PM

    Oh my goodness i looove Singing in the Rain!!!! and no one else ever knows about because musicals are “lame” apparently! iv always loooved musicals and thats one of my favorite movies!

  • violetfairydust September 14th, 2012 3:39 PM

    Love love ‘death becomes her’. Will check out some of the other movies/shows listed

  • leavesofyggdrasil September 14th, 2012 7:41 PM

    Okay. So a lot of people have celebrity crushes. But I have dead movie star boyfriends. And one of them is Gene Kelly. I seriously think I’m in love with him.

  • oh...hi cindy September 14th, 2012 7:52 PM

    Drop Dead Gorgeous is literally one of the most underrated movies of ALL TIME, along with Slums Of Beverly Hills

  • Wren September 14th, 2012 8:01 PM

    Googly googly googly, go away! ♥

  • Tyknos93 September 14th, 2012 11:51 PM

    Lee Pace (and Lee Pace’s eyebrows) have been featured in some capacity on Rookie. Not to mention The Fall is my #1 favorite film, that I hate mentioning to others, because it’s so damn special to me.

    http://blazoningpens.blogspot.com/

  • hazeleyedgirl September 15th, 2012 10:36 AM

    THE DREAMERS IS THE BEST THING IN THE OKAY ROOKIE I DIDN’T THINK I COULD LOVE YOU MORE BUT I WAS WRONG

  • Lynvine September 15th, 2012 11:11 AM

    THERE WAS ROOM FOR TWO

  • Summer September 15th, 2012 6:13 PM

    DEATH BECOMES HER is one of my favorite movies EVER wow i just can’t believe how much i love that movie

  • Rushmore September 15th, 2012 8:47 PM

    Hedwig and the Angry Itch needs to be on one of these lists. And it also has Michael Pitt who is so pretty I find it hard to look at him.

  • Spotty September 15th, 2012 8:56 PM

    oh my glob! the godfather is the best. AL PACINO AND DIANE KEATON AND MARLON BRANDO

  • Microbyte1 September 15th, 2012 11:51 PM

    the Godfather is seriously amazing ! watch it nooow !

  • Tasya September 17th, 2012 8:07 AM

    yessssss the sound of music is my fav!!

  • shibbolith September 17th, 2012 11:16 PM

    OMG Death Becomes Her! YES!!!

  • smilingrottenflesh September 17th, 2012 11:40 PM

    Nobody get’s me excited for movies like you guys do. These all sound amazing! Must watch right. now.

    !!!

  • airplanes.books September 18th, 2012 9:53 PM

    i was totally baby jane for halloween last year!

  • NotReallyChristian September 20th, 2012 9:22 AM

    The Dreamers sounds like it’s heavily inspired by Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants Terribles, which is based on the real life of the Bourgoint family. Real life drama: Jean & Jeanne Bourgoint were the possibly incestuous brother and sister and were befriended by Christopher Wood, a young British painter. By the time they were all 30, Wood and Jeanne had killed themselves and Jean was a monk. Crazy times!

    Also: I lived in Florence for 3 months and the Odeon cinema there is in a beautiful Palazzo – so the Italians do it too!