2021 Movie Watching Project: TCM Must-See Musicals

Happy 2021! Grateful that it’s a new year.

For my 2021 movie watching project, I am going to watch the 50 movies listed in the book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can’t Forget by Richard Barrios (Running Press, 2017; available on Amazon.com, on the Shop TCM website, and, hopefully, from your favorite bookseller).

Heaven knows that we could use some happiness, so what better way than to watch a bunch of escapist musicals?! Over the course of 2021, I’ll plan to watch one of these films per week. I will be documenting my progress on my Instagram account (@moviespap), so please join me there. I’ll keep the blog updated with my progress, too (mostly with just copies of my Instagram posts).

Here’s the list of films. Excited to get started. Hope you’ll want to follow along, too!

*=Haven’t Seen

  1. The Broadway Melody (MGM, 1929)
  2. The Love Parade (Paramount, 1929)*
  3. Sunny Side Up (Fox, 1929)*
  4. King of Jazz (Universal, 1930)*
  5. Le Million (Films Sonores Tobis-France, 1931)*
  6. Love Me Tonight (Paramount, 1932)*
  7. 42nd Street (Warner Bros., 1933)
  8. Top Hat (RKO, 1935)
  9. Show Boat (Universal, 1936)*
  10. Swing Time (RKO, 1936)
  11. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Walt Disney, 1937)
  12. The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939)
  13. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Warner Bros., 1942)
  14. Holiday Inn (Paramount, 1942)
  15. Cabin in the Sky (MGM, 1943)
  16. Cover Girl (Columbia, 1944)
  17. Meet Me in St. Louis (MGM, 1944)
  18. On the Town (MGM, 1949)
  19. Annie Get Your Gun (MGM, 1950)
  20. An American in Paris (MGM, 1951)
  21. Singin’ in the Rain (MGM, 1952)
  22. Million Dollar Mermaid (MGM, 1952)
  23. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox, 1953)
  24. The Band Wagon (MGM, 1953)
  25. Calamity Jane (Warner Bros., 1953)
  26. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MGM, 1954)
  27. A Star Is Born (Warner Bros., 1954)
  28. Oklahoma! (Magna/RKO, 1955)
  29. The King and I (20th Century Fox, 1956)
  30. The Girl Can’t Help It (20th Century Fox, 1956)*
  31. Funny Face (Paramount, 1957)
  32. The Pajama Game (Warner Bros., 1957)
  33. Jailhouse Rock (MGM, 1957)
  34. Gigi (MGM, 1958)
  35. West Side Story (Mirisch Corporation/United Artists, 1961)
  36. The Music Man (Warner Bros., 1962)
  37. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Parc Film/20th Century Fox, 1964)
  38. A Hard Day’s Night (Shenson, United Artists, 1964)
  39. Mary Poppins (Walt Disney, 1964)
  40. My Fair Lady (Warner Bros., 1964)
  41. The Sound of Music (20th Century Fox, 1965)
  42. Funny Girl (Columbia, 1968)
  43. Oliver! (Romulus/Columbia, 1968)
  44. Fiddler on the Roof (Mirisch Corporation/United Artists, 1971)
  45. Cabaret (ABC/Allied Artists, 1972)
  46. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (20th Century Fox, 1975)
  47. Grease (Paramount, 1978)
  48. Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney, 1991)
  49. Chicago (Miramax, 2002)
  50. La La Land (Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate, 2016)
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in SWING TIME (1936); ©️RKO

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for November 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of the November movies courtesy of the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed.

The Matrix (1999)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Only three more movies left in this project, which is kind of a bummer. I’ve really had fun with this one. Still, some exciting movie watching projects await for 2021. Stay tuned…

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for October 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of the October movies courtesy of the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed.

Brazil (1985)

Robocop (1987)

Jurassic Park (1993)

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for September 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies (courtesy of my Instagram feed).

Blade Runner (1982)

The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

Back to the Future (1985)

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for August 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies (courtesy of my Instagram feed).

August Is TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” Month

August 2020 on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) again means “Summer Under the Stars.” Every day during the month, a different Hollywood actor will be highlighted with 24 hours worth of films. So, get excited for some deep cuts, new discoveries, and old favorites from some great movie stars.

For a full schedule, visit the TCM “Summer Under the Stars” website. The day resets at 6:00 a.m. ET.

Here’s the full rundown for the month:

  • August 1 – Barbara Stanwyck
  • August 2 – Rock Hudson
  • August 3 – Rita Hayworth
  • August 4 – S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall
  • August 5 – Ann Miller
  • August 6 – Burt Lancaster
  • August 7 – Sylvia Sidney
  • August 8 – Charlie Chaplin
  • August 9 – Goldie Hawn
  • August 10 – Norma Shearer
  • August 11 – Sammy Davis Jr.
  • August 12 – Lana Turner
  • August 13 – John Barrymore
  • August 14 – Steve McQueen
  • August 15 – Nina Foch
  • August 16 – Cary Grant
  • August 17 – Maureen O’Hara
  • August 18 – Warren Beatty
  • August 19 – Delores del Rio
  • August 20 – William Powell
  • August 21 – Diana Dors
  • August 22 – Natalie Wood
  • August 23 – Olivia de Havilland
  • August 24 – George Raft
  • August 25 – Anne Shirley
  • August 26 – Laurence Olivier
  • August 27 – Claudette Colbert
  • August 28 – Paul Henreid
  • August 29 – Eva Marie Saint
  • August 30 – Charlton Heston
  • August 31 – Alain Delon

Image ©️ Turner Classic Movies

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for July 2020

The 2020 sci-fi movie project continues! I’m watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies (with two of the four sections courtesy of my Instagram feed).

Sleeper (1973)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Pure torture.

©️ British Lion Films

Logan’s Run (1976)

Star Wars (1977)

One of my all time favorites (although I consider it more of a “space opera” than science fiction).

©️ Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for June 2020

My 2020 movie project continues of watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

June’s films were as follows (content mostly from my Instagram feed).

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Barbarella (1968)

I thought that this weird sci-fi sex comedy was mostly just excessive and stupid. I can understand its cult status, but it did nothing for me.

©️ Paramount Pictures

THX 1138 (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This film is a difficult one. I know that’s the point, but I don’t think there was anything redeeming in it and I don’t believe I gained anything from submitting myself from the torture of watching it.

©️ Warner Bros. Pictures

Silent Running (1972)

And as an added bonus, I recently saw this cool poster for Silent Running created by artist Matt Ferguson.

©️ Universal Pictures, Matt Ferguson

Solaris (1972)

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for May 2020

The COVID-19 “social distancing” recommendations were still in place for most of month of May which led to some excellent movie watching at home. I’m still going strong with my 2020 movie project of watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Now that we’ve entered the 1960s, the films have been much more experimental and esoteric. Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies courtesy of my Instagram feed.

La Jetée (1962)

These Are the Damned (1962)

Alphaville (1965)

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for April 2020

I am still having fun with and learning a lot with my 2020 movie project of watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the current rundown on the films I watched in April (courtesy of my Instagram feed; and sorry to be slow in posting this).

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Fly (1958)

The Blob (1958)

The Time Machine (1960)