This week was less treadmill watching, due to an annoying sinus cold, but I still started one movie on the treadmill and later finished it in bed, and did the same with the second- my two runs yet this week. I don't think I really realized that I was picking two movies focused on WWII/Post WWII. The first movie won the Best Picture in 1946. It really looks at what happened after WWII, when the "troops" came home. The story follows three servicemen- in different stages of their lives, but all three struggle with coming home. It was a good movie, but not a real "feel good" kind of movie. The black n white picture did this movie good- wouldn't want to watch it in color. I highly recommend this one.
The other movie won the Best Picture in 1953. This movie takes place in Hawaii and the Pearl Harbor attack is just a minor part of the movie. I love Deborah Kerr (King and I star), but struggled with her character in this movie. I'm not a Montgomery Cliff fan so his character also did not a lot for me- which he was pretty much the lead story as Robert E. Lee Pruitt. Frank Sinatra did a good job and wasn't heard singing too much in this film. I also struggled with Donna Reed's character (known probably best for her being Jimmy Stewart's wife in "It's a Wonderful Life")- she played a hardened woman trying to make it rich in Hawaii as a "call-girl" type figure. Don't get me wrong it was good story, again not a real "feel good" movie, but I guess movies about war shouldn't be "feel good" movies. It is just hard when you have a certain view of an actress/actor and then they go and "act" and change your perception of the kind of actor/actress they are.