I don’t do New Year’s Eve parties. My wife likes to stay at home and me, well, ever since I had a job years ago where I had to work as late as 10PM on New Year’s Eve I came to dislike the New Year’s revelry. Fortunately, I am no longer in that job. What has become an annual tradition is coming up with some favorite movies to watch on New Year’s Eve. I have four marathon sets that I usually choose from, though I’m open to trying something new. Which will it be this year; well the final decision isn’t made until the last minute because it all depends on the mood I’m in. The films on my list are all light and fun. I don’t want to be watching Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” on New Year’s Eve. Anyway, I am going to list the four marathons in the order that I have spent the most New Year’s Eve’s watching.
1-Marx Brothers marathon consisting of “Duck Soup”, “Horse Feathers” and “Monkey Business.” For a while, it seemed like almost every other year I played the Marx Brothers films, though it has been two years now so they are a strong contender for this year.
2- Woody Allen marathon consisting of “Annie Hall”, “Manhattan” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery.” If there is anyone I love more than the Marx Brothers, it’s Woody Allen, so ending the year and bringing in the year with Woody could be the way to go. If fact, that’s how I started 2008 with Woody Allen.
3- Gene Kelly marathon consisting of “Anchors Aweigh”, “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Joyous, fun and some of the greatest dancing ever!
4- Billy Wilder marathon consisting of “Some Like it Hot” and “The Apartment.” I have recently watched these films so they are long shots for this year’s marathon. Then again, I never get tired of them.
So which will it be? I don’t know, though right now, I am leaning toward the Marx Brothers however, today is only December 28th and I am currently reading a new book called “Sinatra in Hollywood.” I have just finished reading chapters on the three Sinatra-Kelly musicals, which certainly has whetted my appetite to watch my Kelly marathon. Of course, like I said earlier, the Marx Brothers films I have not watched on New Year’s Eve for a couple of years so……..then again there’s Woody. What to do?
I would love to hear if anyone out there watches movies on New Year’s Eve. What do you watch? Maybe I ‘m ready for something completely different. Hmmm, maybe a Monty Python marathon.
Happy New Year to all!!!