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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 6, 2020

June Knight was a celebrated Broadway and film actress, talented in singing, dancing, and acting. On screen, her characters are energetic and vibrant—a far cry from her weak self as a child, struggling through a variety of serious health issues. Knight was born Margaret Rose Vallikett, sometimes al read more

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Apr 5, 2020

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Directed by Sydney Pollock Written by James Poe and Robert E. Thompson from a novel by Horace McCoy 1969/US IMDb link First viewing/Netflix rental   A grueling and inhumane dance marathon stands in for all the misery of the Great Depression.  Not ideal for read more

The Raid (2011, Gareth Evans), the international version

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 5, 2020

For the first forty-five minutes or so, The Raid is able to keep going on the idea lead Iko Uwais is going to be the most kick ass fighter in the movie. There a handful of short expository scenes throughout the film, plus a prologue, where Uwais prays, does some martial arts workouts (it’s all Indo read more

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e15 – Doctor Cerberus’ House of Horror

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 5, 2020

I was ready to love this episode. I wanted to love this episode. Ross Maxwell’s one of the names I like seeing on the writing credit. But this episode is a big whiff. Alex Garcia Lopez’s direction not being good is one of the problems. The other one is concept really not paying off. It plays like read more

Becker (1998) s01e21 – Lucky Day

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 5, 2020

Earl Pomerantz did not write any “Becker” episodes previous to this one, which surprised me. His name seemed familiar—he worked on sitcoms for forty years, so no doubt I’ve seen it before—and the way he wrote “Becker” felt, sadly, familiar too. He does the “Becker whines” approach. read more

TCM Pick of the Month: Pre-Code

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 5, 2020

Several years ago on this blog, I had a monthly feature where I selected my recommendations for film noir and pre-Code features airing on TCM. I’ve decided to resurrect this practice – and what a month to start! TCM is practically overflowing with first-rate noir and pre-Code offerings, including read more

FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 5, 2020

In June of 2017, I wrote a blog post on the 1973 film FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY, which was made by Universal Studios for American television. That post was inspired by Sam Irvin's encyclopedic article on the movie for issue #38 of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine. FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY i read more

The Carol(e)(s) remind you to stay safe

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 5, 2020

It's been slightly more than 24 hours since we first sent this image of Carole Lombard, as Irene Bullock of "My Man Godfrey" fame, wearing a mask for health reasons (and presumably to protect her beloved "protege" Godfrey, too). It's drawn a welcome response -- I like to think that somewhere, Lombar read more

“The Reckless Moment”—an overlooked film noir gem

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Apr 5, 2020

“The Reckless Moment”—an overlooked film noir gem Max Ophuls, a renowned German director who only made four films in the United States, directed The Reckless Moment (1949). It starred Joan Bennett and James Mason. It was only Mason’s third American film. The plot involv read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 5, 2020

Though the usual TCM Film Festival (TCMFF) as we know it is not being held in Hollywood this year, I am so delighted that TCM will be presenting a Special Home Edition of the festival for all of us to enjoy! If you have not attended a TCMFF before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so from the read more

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Apr 4, 2020

A Fish Called Wanda Directed by Charles Chrichton and John Cleese Written by Charles Chrichton and John Cleese 1988/UK IMDb link Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die   Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it. Now let me correct you o read more

Shipmates Forever ( 1935 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 4, 2020

Singing sensation Dick Powell and dancer Ruby Keeler were a match made in musical heaven and they had great success in the early 1930s as an on-screen duo. In 1934, Warner Brothers teamed them up in Flirtation Walk, a light-hearted musical set at the West Point Military Academy. The studio reeled in read more

Elite Squad (2007, José Padilha)

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 4, 2020

Elite Squad is about how hard it is to be a fascist stormtrooper in Rio de Janeiro, because not only do you have to deal with militarized criminals, corrupt cops, smooth-talking (and sexy) liberals, you also might have a wife who doesn’t like you being a fascist stormtrooper or some dead kid’s mom read more

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e14 – Lupercalia

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 4, 2020

I’m not sure if I’ve ever known the word “fecund,” but thanks to this episode of “Sabrina,” I do now and beware. I’m always looking for a good adjective. It comes up when Richard Coyle is sweet-talking Miranda Otto and, although Coyle is one of the least dynamic casting choices, he’s read more

Becker (1998) s01e20 – Drive, They Said

The Stop Button Posted by on Apr 4, 2020

There’s a disconnect during the opening titles; it says, “Written by David Isaacs and Ken Levine” (or however they do it), but it’s not a particularly good scene. Jonathan Nichols is a patient who stiffs Becker (Ted Danson) on his bills so Danson is mean to him. Beating up on the patient… read more

Let Irene and Hazel come to your coronavirus rescue

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 4, 2020

If Irene Bullock and Hazel Flagg had somehow crossed paths in a cinematic Manhattan of the mid-1930s, what might have they said to each other, aside from "You look like someone I know quite well"? It's open for conjecture, but what isn't is that both serve a public benefit more than 80 years later.T read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 4, 2020

Thanks so much for visiting this page! Whether you are familiar with Hometowns to Hollywood through my website, presentations, Twitter, Facebook, or are brand new to Hometowns to Hollywood, I appreciate the interest from all of my readers and program attendees. Hometowns to Hollywood is originally read more

Classic Literature on Film blogathon – Crimes at the Dark House (Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Apr 4, 2020

Classic Literature on Film blogathon – Crimes at the Dark House (Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White) On April 4, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized The stupendously hammy Crimes at the Dark House (1940, dir. George King) follows a plot not too d read more

Short Take: Lord of the Flies

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 4, 2020

(1963) Written and directed by Peter Brook; Based on the novel by William Golding; James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin and Tom Gaman; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½  “All I wanted was a small sum of money, no script; just kids, a camera, and a beach.& read more

Date with Disaster (1957)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 4, 2020

UK / 60 minutes / bw / Fortress, Eros Dir: Charles Saunders  Pr: Guido Coen Scr: Brock Williams Cine: Brendan Stafford Cast: Tom Drake, William Hartnell, Shirley Eaton, Maurice Kaufmann, Michael Golden, Richard Shaw, Deirdre Mayne, Charles Brodie, Peter Fontaine, Robert Robinson, John Drake, Robert read more
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