WHY POPCORN FRIDAYS
I believe that at times like the present, where the pandemic related pains haunt us, there may be nothing better to do on a Friday evening than making a bit of popcorn and watching an old movie.
It can be in black and white or color, although, I love black and white and mono sound movies. They bring your brain down to a level of simplicity in terms of “processing power”, that is hard to beat.
For a start, the monochrome picture is asking a lot less to decipher from your brain. A full blast color 7 channel surround movie will exacerbate your brain functions so as to deal with all that complex, multi-layered information. A B&W mono sound movie just floats in, and relaxes you, while still being entertaining. On top of that, the stories are from a reality that is not our own in this day and age, so as we watch, it will feel a lot more like one of those stories mom or dad used to read to us before we went to bed.
The end result, is utter satisfaction, relaxation, and the discovery that these stories turn out to have a lot more in common with our lives that we expected, albeit far from the technological wizardry, and imbued in certain innocence that seems so distant from of our contemporary daily lives.
So, I hope you enjoy these popcorn Fridays.
This time we are going to watch the very entertaining ADVENTURE IN MANHATTAN (1936), an funny odd ball crime comedy starring the wonderful Jean Arthur and the future western star Joel McCrea.
With his knowledge of psychology and criminal behavior, reporter George Melville (Joel McCrea) is able to accurately anticipate specific crimes, incurring the jealousy of his fellow journalists. After meeting actress Claire Peyton (Jean Arthur), George grows suspicious of Blackton Gregory (Reginald Owen), the producer of her new play. Realizing that Blackton is actually a presumed-dead thief named Belaire, George stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.
Director: Edward Ludwig. The movie stars Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen
Until next time!
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