And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.
So here is #38 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:
To Kill a Mockingbird(1962)
This is a great movie. Gregory Peck did a fantastic job of portraying Atticus Finch, a southern lawyer, who is raising his children and trying to live an honourable life. The movie begins sharing the idyllic life in the south of gentility and kindness. When Atticus must defend an innocent black man who has been accused of raping a white woman, the lawyer and his family begin to feel the ugliness and hate that lay beneath the veneer of southern gentility.
Based on a book by the same name, this movie does a decent job of representing the author's intent. As my grandson commented, after reluctantly reading the book for school and then watching the movie with me, the book is better than the movie. But that's pretty normal, isn't it?
Academy Awards, USA 1963
|Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White|
Alan J. Pakula
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Best Cinematography, Black-and-White|
|Best Music, Score - Substantially Original|