TCM “Must-See Musicals” Update for January 2021

This year, I am watching all 50 movies listed in the great 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, on the Shop TCM website, and, hopefully, from your favorite bookseller). More information about the book and my viewing project this year is here.

Here’s the rundown of the movies I watched in January (courtesy of the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed).

The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Love Parade (1929)

Sunny Side Up (1929)

King of Jazz (1930)

Le Million (1931)

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, 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

Our Mega Marvel Cinematic Universe Re-watch!

With the rescheduling of Marvel Studios’ Black Window from November 8, 2020 to May 7, 2021 (thanks, COVID-19…), I’m embarking on a new movie watching project to ease the disappointment. I’m watching all 23 films of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU) starting this weekend.

To mix it up, I’m going to watch the films in story chronological order rather than by release date, which really should be fun.

Here’s the watch order (with the year of original release in parenthesis):

  1. Captain America : The First Avenger (2011)
  2. Captain Marvel (2019)
  3. Iron Man (2008)
  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  6. Thor (2011)
  7. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  14. Ant-Man (2015)
  15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming  (2017)
  17. Black Panther (2018)
  18. Doctor Strange (2016)
  19. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  21. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

The goal is to watch one of these films a week. I’ll update the blog periodically, but will be tracking most of the action on the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed (@moviespap). Please follow or watch along if you’re into this sort of thing!

Speaking of Marvel Studios, I love this Avengers poster art by Matt Ferguson (@mattfergusonartist on Instagram).

©️ Marvel Studios, Matt Ferguson