New Lists: Best Golden Age Movie Musicals and Best TV since 2000

Posted on August 5, 2018 at 8:00 am

Lists are designed to start arguments, not resolve them, but it is always fun to see what other people think as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Vulture has a list of the best Golden Age movie musicals.  Without making any comment on whether this list is definitive, I’ll just say that every one of them is well worth seeing.

The Ringer has a list of the best 100 television episodes of the century (so far).  As you might predict, “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “The Americans,” and other high prestige dramas, but it was fun to see great choices from “Project Runway,” “Barefoot Contessa,” “The Bachelor,” and the one that would probably top my list, the one with the twist in “The Good Place.”

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25 Great Musicals

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:08 am

I love movie musicals and I especially love the movie musicals of the studio era, with stars like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Debbie Reynolds, and Bob Fosse.

 has put together a terrific list of 25 of the all-time best movie musicals, all highly recommended.  I’d also add: “Bells are Ringing,” “The Music Man,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Let’s Make Love,” “The King and I,” and so many more.

Some of my favorites include:

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Book: Gotta Dance! The Art of the Dance Movie Poster

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

Fans of classic movie musicals will love Gotta Dance! The Art of the Movie Poster, a gorgeous new book from Lagoon Press. It is available both in spiral bound and spine and coil formats. The book is based on the exhibit of classic movie musical posters from the collection of Mike Kaplan. It features 102 lavishly colored images of dance movie posters from twelve countries — the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Poland and Japan, representing represent the most vivid, enticing, and dynamic images for films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Band Wagon,” and “Poor Little Rich Girl.” These posters are works of art in themselves, paying tribute to works of art featuring Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Shirley Temple.

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