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The Decalogue: Ten (1989, Krzysztof Kieslowski)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 29, 2015

Part of me desperately wants Ten to be intentionally over the top. The episode opens with a song about breaking the Ten Commandments. The Decalogue. And then the rest of it is just more of wondering if director Kieslowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz are serious. The episode is about two brot read more

Sometimes It’s Hard To Tell The Good Guys From the Bad – Bandolero! (1968)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jul 29, 2015

***SPOILER WARNING! Yeah, the movie is almost 50 years old, but as I’ve often noted, if you haven’t seen it before, then it might as well have come out yesterday. Plus, it’s not one of those that’s well enough known that the plot twists (and there are a few) would be popularl read more

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

Originally published September 11th, 2013 The Barkleys of Broadway, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ last film together as well as their only one in color, probably wasn’t the one I should have started with; that or I’m not going to enjoy their earlier work.  The Barkleys of Broadwa read more

‘Five Easy Pieces’

Studies in Cinema Posted by Jeremy Carr on Jul 28, 2015

Five Easy Pieces follows along an existential strain of American cinema that began with films like The Graduate (1967) and Easy Rider (1969), where, in the latter example, two men went looking for America and, as its tagline states, couldn’t find it anywhere, and con read more

‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’

Studies in Cinema Posted by Jeremy Carr on Jul 28, 2015

Beginning with Jaroslava Schallerová’s glance directly into the camera,Valerie and Her Week of Wonders instantly and insistently unravels in playful nods of incongruous and intentionally self-conscious stylization. Directed by Jaromil Jireš, this 1970 feature, in classic art film tradi read more

‘The Killers’ (1946/1964)

Studies in Cinema Posted by Jeremy Carr on Jul 28, 2015

Ernest Hemingway’s 1927 short story, “The Killers,” inspired to varying degrees the 1946 and the 1964 screen versions of the same name. To varying degrees because the story is less than 3,000 words and essentially only covers the opening of the two films. A man—Ole “ read more

‘Hiroshima mon amour’

Studies in Cinema Posted by Jeremy Carr on Jul 28, 2015

The first thing we see is a textured image of ash covered bodies. Indistinctly illuminated limbs are entwined in what appears to be a passionate embrace. Glistening particles of dust sprinkle down like snowfall. Then comes the dialogue. A woman recalls the devastating effects of the atomic bomb read more

The Old Order Changeth – Avengers: Age Of Ultron And Avengers Vol 1 #16

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jul 28, 2015

***Spoiler Warning!!! This article deals with the very end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, So if you haven’t seen it yet and plan to, I advise you to turn back now. Seriously, I’m literally dealing with the last shot in the movie (no, not the mid-credit Easter egg, but the last shot of the m read more

Plenty to 'Confess' about

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 28, 2015

That's a charming photo of Carole Lombard on the phone from "True Confession" (1937), her final film at Paramount. Even better, it's an original, and here's the snipe on the back:Six other images from that film also are up for auction, and here they are:That's Una Merkel -- every 1930s film heroine' read more

Shall We Dance (1937)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

Shall We Dance, the seventh out of ten films starring Fred and Ginger, certainly proves the dancing duo had tweaked their formula since the all dancing, no plot film that was The Gay Divorcee. Featuring several legendary songs composed by the Gershwins (most famously, “Let’s Call the Who read more

Once Upon a Screen Posted by Aurora on Jul 28, 2015

As much as I love Coppola‘s Godfather films and Lumet‘s Serpico (1973) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975), films that star Al Pacino and that helped distinguish him among the best actors of his generation, it is without fail that the first film that comes to mind when Pacino is mentioned is read more

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

The final week of The July Five is upon us. But don’t be too sad…we’re gonna end  the month dancing with the illustrious duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I’ve included several of their films on previous TCM Top Ten lists, but have only seen one, The Barkleys of Broadway read more

Awaara (1951)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jul 27, 2015

Awaara Directed by Raj Kapoor Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas; story by V.P. Sathe 1951/India All India Film Corporation/R.K. Films Ltd. First viewing/Netflix rental   This early Bollywood musical is three hours of pure entertainment. Justice Raghunath believes there is no room for emotion in read more

Shame (1968, Ingmar Bergman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 27, 2015

Shame has three or four sections. Director Bergman doesn’t draw a lot of attention to the transition between the first parts, he hides it in the narrative. Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow are a married couple living on an island following a war. Not much information about the war, but they̵ read more

Entering Pan’s Labyrinth

True Classics Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

  This year, for their annual extended film countdown, the inimitable folks at Wonders in the Dark have chosen to focus on films about childhood. I was, as always, quite honored to be extended an invitation to participate, and my first contribution is now live on the site. At #58, it’s on read more

Once Upon a Screen Posted by Aurora on Jul 27, 2015

Rip Murdock is ready for a fight when he walks into the Sanctuary Club in Gulf City. He couldn’t have done better if he’d thrown the first punch.   She catches him right between the eyes, the “Cinderella with the husky voice” who sits on a bar stool near him and asks for a Ramos Gin Fizz. read more

The Greatest Stars of the 1950s Poll Revealed! (Part 2)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 27, 2015

James Stewart made the Top 5. Last week, we counted down from #25 to #11, so today we will reveal the Top 10. I wasn't surprised to see any of these actors chosen by classic movie fans as the decade's "greatest." As always, polls like this are--to a certain extent-- a popularity contest. But I read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 27, 2015

The star and director of GODS AND MONSTERS, Ian McKellen and Bill Condon, re-unite for a look at an elderly Sherlock Holmes in MR. HOLMES. This movie, based on a novel by Mitch Cullin, is set in 1947 England, where a 93-year old Sherlock Holmes keeps bees on a farm in Sussex. The great detective ha read more

For the next two days, plenty of Mr. Powell

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 27, 2015

Carole Lombard is shown with new husband William Powell in June 1931, as they set sail for a Hawaii honeymoon only hours after they had tied the knot in Los Angeles. While the marriage ended little more than two years later, the friendship didn't, and Bill and Carole remained close for the rest of h read more

Musical Monday: Pagan Love Song (1950)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: “Pagan Love Song” read more