I've been really busy with work lately, and had less time for movies. Therefore, my movies to close out April list is relatively short. I'll make up for this next week as I sort cards in front of the television.

103. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Typically, I find I don't enjoy Woody Allen movies, but I've been recommending this film to everyone I know. This film about a writer searching for art in life qualifies itself as art. I loved it.

104. Pigskin Parade (1936)
Seeing that this was coming on Turner Classic Moves, I chose to watch it because it was about college football in 1936, not because it is the film debut of Judy Garland. In the film, Yale is the powerhouse club looking to pick on a weak southern school for an exhibition game. Their choice of weak team? Texas. Heh.

105. The Illusionist (2010)
A beautifully animated, largely silent movie about the end of a stage magician's career with a distinctly bittersweet final act. I was initially disturbed by its lack of resolution. As the days have passed, I find I appreciate its honesty more and more.

106. Fearless Fagan (1952)
Plot in a nutshell: a circus clown is drafted into the army and takes his pet lion into the service with him. It's hard to believe that when the U.S. Army finds a lion roaming one of their bases, they don't immediately shoot it, but I guess that would have been a much shorter movie.

107. My Dear Secretary (1948)
Another variation on the A Star is Born format, this time played for laughs. Kirk Douglas plays a washed-up author who is an absolute cad that the up-and-coming writer inexplicably falls for anyway. If not for Keenan Wynn ending practically every scene with a Bruce Vilanch-style punchline, this movie would be nearly unwatchable.

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