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Inherit the Viper (2019, Anthony Jerjen)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 19, 2020

Inherit the Viper is an unfortunately titled but acceptably mediocre crime drama about rural siblings Margarita Levieva, Josh Hartnett, and Owen Teague running an opioid business. Levieva’s the merciless boss, Hartnett’s the reluctant muscle, Teague’s the enthusiastic but uninvolved teenager. read more

book: The Stranger (1942; trans 1988 Matthew Ward) by Albert Camus

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 18, 2020

Albert Camus’s L’Étranger/The Stranger/The Outsider is one of the most written-about books of the 20th century, so I doubt that any jejune thoughts of my own are going to add much to the sum of human understanding. It’s a book that somehow I didn’t read during my schooldays read more

Catch Me If You Can (2002, Steven Spielberg)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 18, 2020

Catch Me If You Can is a spectacular showcase for Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, the rest of the film doesn’t exactly rise up to meet him, not the filmmaking, not the writing, not his costars. With the exception of co-lead Tom Hanks, who’s a whole other thing, the direction, the writing, the read more

1917

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 18, 2020

1917 is a brilliantly crafted and very riveting film. If I had seen it in December, I would have named it my favorite movie of 2019. Director and co-writer Sam Mendes takes the relatively simple story of two British soldiers tasked to deliver an important message through enemy lines on the Western read more

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Gene Tierney

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 18, 2020

In our ongoing series of selecting 4 films to help newly-minted classic movie fans get their bearings, we’re going to look at one of my personal favorites when it comes to the 1940s, Gene Tierney. If you’re not familiar with her, she filled out a lot of film noir and romances throughout read more

If you're wondering what happened to me...

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 18, 2020

By now, I guess many of you know I suffered a minor heart attack Wednesday night, my second in 14 years (hence the Carole Lombard "heart" picture at the top of this entry). Thanks to the good people at McCormick Ambulance and St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif., I'm back home after two day read more

Affairs of a Gentleman (1934)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 18, 2020

US / 65 minutes / bw / Universal Dir: Edwin L. Marin Pr: Carl Laemmle Jr Scr: Cyril Hume, Peter Ruric, Milton Krims Story: Women (1928 play; vt The Women in His Life) by Edith & Edward Ellis Cine: John J. Mescall Cast: Paul Lukas, Leila Hyams, Patricia Ellis, Phillip Reed, Dorothy Burgess, Onslo read more

A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival — Part 6

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jan 18, 2020

Happy New Year, y’all! Now that we’re in a new year, the countdown to the 2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is on! And you know what that means – time for another installment in my ongoing, year-round coverage of the 2019 event! Today, I’m shining the spotlight on two of my favorite film-view read more

Silver Lode (1954): More Noir on The Range

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 17, 2020

“It looks like Ballard’s past has come to town!” A brood of leery guns lumbers into the town of Silver Lode. We have an instant clash of temperaments. Because this outside force is menacing and foreboding. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are getting everything together for their Fourth o read more

A Visit at the Exhibition ‘Intimate Audrey’ in Amsterdam!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jan 17, 2020

Three Enchanting Ladies I know, it’s January 17 already, but I first wanted to wish you a very happy new year 2020! Imagine; the 20s! That’s pretty cool, no? And this will be my first blog post of the year, a way to start it in beauty. For my discussion today, we have to go back in time a little, read more

Legends of Tomorrow (2016) s06e01 – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 17, 2020

Given how much work these Arrowverse crossover events make for the show’s creative teams—just imagine if they had to bother with good writing, better direction (though this episode isn’t too bad), and good guest stars—you’d think they wouldn’t have wasted twenty-percent of Crisis on Infinite read more

The Punisher (2004) #46, Widowmaker, Part 4 (of 7)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 17, 2020

Ennis brings all the threads together this issue. Frank, the widows, the mystery woman, the cop. The cliffhanger resolve has Frank taking one to the chest. The issue opens with Frank thinking about how unlikely the house where the damsel widow has brought him seems like a front for a trafficking op read more

DEMONS OF THE MIND

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 17, 2020

One of the latest Shout Factory Hammer Blu-ray releases is DEMONS OF THE MIND, a film produced in 1971. This was one of the few Hammer movies I had not yet seen, until I purchased the Blu-ray. It doesn't have the most sterling reputation, and it is a downbeat, puzzling, and at times disturbing affai read more

RD 1 Classic Movie Actress Tennis Tourney

All Good Things Posted by monty on Jan 17, 2020

Here we go with the first tourney of the year, spotlighting classic actresses who were pretty good in playing tennis. 12 players and their 12 chosen actresses will compete in 10 rounds. RD 1: Who would you choose to win in a tennis match? Rd 1: Who would you choose to win in a tennis m read more

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #12: Juror 2 (John Fiedler)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Jan 16, 2020

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #12: Juror 2 (John Fiedler) On January 16, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized The Old Hollywood Garden is proud to present a brand new series of posts: my top twelve favorite jurors from 12 Angry Men (1957, dir. Sidney Lumet)! Starting in read more

The Princess Comes Across (1936, William K. Howard)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

The Princess Comes Across is an uneven mix of comedy and mystery. Too much mystery, too little comedy, noticeable lack of romance. The romance is an awkward afterthought in Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Don Hartman, and Frank Butler’s script (four screenwriters is probably too much even in 1936; read more

Arrow (2012) s08e08 – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

So. Confession time. During the harder-than-normal sci-fi opening to part the fourth of Crisis on Infinite Earths, I thought the crossover might have a chance. I thought if they split the first three into the one arc, then the second two into another… I thought it might work. For a few seconds in read more

The Punisher (2004) #45, Widowmaker, Part 3 (of 7)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

Lots of action this issue. Frank’s taking out of a convoy of mob cars—the first page has Medina and Reinhold doing photo-reference on James Gandolfini but the character never figures in later so it’s not The Punisher vs. The Sopranos—but there’s a catch. The widows have put their decoy damsel read more

THE CAROLE LOMBARD MEMORIAL BLOGATHON: We're Not Dressing, 1934

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

The Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon is being hosted by Crystal of In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood and Vince, whose site Carole & Co. is the last word on the talented and timeless Carole Lombard.  Wealthy Doris Worthington (Carole Lombard) has the world at her feet as read more

Fahrenheit 451--Bradbury by Way of Truffaut

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 16, 2020

Montag prepares to burn. Guy Montag is a "fireman" in a futuristic society--except that he starts fires as opposed to putting them out. To be precise, Montag (Oskar Werner) burns books since reading is forbidden by the government. Montag lives in a nice house in the suburbs with his vacuous wife Li read more
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