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The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 17, 2019

The 1964 Italian production THE VAMPIRE OF THE OPERA forms a rough trilogy with THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA and THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE. All three films were made in Italy, all of them are black & white, and they all feature a group of young, beautiful women being preyed upon by an undea read more

Of Carole, Clark and Coke

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 17, 2019

For the second straight day we have an entry on Carole Lombard and liquids, this time of the non-alcoholic variety.While doing research for yesterday's entry on "The Profane Angel" beer created by a Fort Wayne microbrewery (, I came across a photo I read more

Gambit (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 17, 2019

Gambit Directed by Ronald Neame Written by Jack Davies and Alvin Sergent;story by Sidney Carroll 1966/US Universal Pictures First viewing/Amazon Instant   Light-weight heist rom com could be perfect for those lazy afternoons.  Especially for fans of Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The poste read more

Triangle (2009, Christopher Smith)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 17, 2019

Triangle suffers. It suffers from a bad script, it suffers from wanting performances, it suffers… bad hair continuity. There’s just something off about lead Melissa George’s bangs. Not just she doesn’t seem to acknowledge when they’re in the way, but when she turns around (in an obvious cut read more

The Funny Papers: Summer Drive-In Double Feature – Bachelor Flat (1962) and How Sweet It Is! (1968)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Kellee Pratt on Jun 17, 2019

The Funny Papers: Summer Drive-In Double Feature – Bachelor Flat (1962) & How Sweet It Is! (1968) Summertime brings back nostalgic reflections for all of us. Depending upon your generation, background, and interests, your particular memories will bring you back differently. For us cinephiles, read more

Musical Monday: Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

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 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: Three Sailors & A Girl  read more

Moon Zero Two

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 17, 2019

(1969) Directed by Roy Ward Baker; Written by Michael Carreras; Story by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman and Gavin Davison; Starring: James Olson, Catherina Von Schell, Warren Mitchell, Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy and Bernard Bresslaw; Available on DVD (Warner Archive) Rating **½  read more

The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – The End…Or is it?

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 17, 2019

After months of planning, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I have reached the end of The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon. Once again, I’m floored by the volume of outstanding contributions, ranging across a variety of films and subjects. As much as we love Hammer and Amicus horror, we read more

Torn Curtain (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 16, 2019

Torn Curtain Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Written by Brian Moore 1966/US Universal Pictures/Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions First viewing/Netflix rental   The Master disappoints in this, his 50th film.  Still quite watchable though if only to gaze at Paul Newman and Julie Andrews in their prime read more

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 16, 2019

The opening images of The Cincinnati Kid are nearly inexplicable but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. Steve McQueen brushes past a funeral procession of African-Americans complete with a groovin’ brass band. Then there’s a bit of a needless opening gambit where he’ read more

book: Hope Never Dies (2018) by Andrew Shaffer

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 16, 2019

It’s a year or two since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, and Joe is pissed off that the man he thought was his BFF hasn’t so much as texted him, preferring instead to go gadding around the globe with celebrities. It takes a suspicious death to bring them back together a read more

Book Interview: Hitchcock and the Censors

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Jun 16, 2019

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky Release Date: June 14, 2019 John Billheimer has written a book that seems long overdue. In Hitchcock and the Censors, he “traces the forces that led to the Production Code and describes Hitchcock’s interactions with code officials on a film-by-film basis read more

A Lombard-inspired beer? One actually exists (just not right now)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 16, 2019

Carole Lombard enjoys a drink at Agua Caliente in Mexico in early 1933 with then-husband William Powell, fellow actor Ernest Truex and his wife. (Prohibition still existed throughout the U.S., although repeal would come before year's end.) Somewhere, Lombard might be pleasantly surprised to learn th read more

Cooking with the Stars — Montgomery Clift’s Crabmeat Rarebit

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Samantha Ellis on Jun 16, 2019

Cooking with the Stars — Montgomery Clift’s Crabmeat Rarebit [Please insert photo titled ‘Montgomery Clift’ at the top of the article.] Montgomery Clift If you’ve read my Cooking with the Stars column in the past, you may know that I usually choose the actors and recipes that read more

The Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon Is Here – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 16, 2019

It’s Day Three of the 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, and this train isn’t showing any signs of stopping yet. My co-host with the most, Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I have returned with another splendid assortment of posts for your perusal, with vampires, zombies, Fran read more

book: Black Widow (1952; vt Fatal Woman) by Patrick Quentin

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 16, 2019

I first read many years ago, perhaps more than once, this classic novel of paranoia, gaslighting and what John Clute, when he and I were doing The Encyclopedia of Fantasytogether, christened godgaming — the process whereby a usually malicious person or group persuades another or others that a read more

Book Review: “Self-Portrait” by Gene Tierney (1979)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jun 16, 2019

I don’t remember when was the last time I read a book so quickly. Indeed, I read Gene Tierney’s autobiography Self-Portrait in about a week. It’s not very long, 300 pages but small pages. But most of all, I read it quickly due to its greatness. I read the French version, which is read more

Quatermass 2 (Enemy from Space)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 16, 2019

While returning to his observatory in rural England, physicist Bernard Quatermass narrowly avoids a car accident. The other vehicle stops and a delirious man emerges...with an unusual wound on his face. His wife claims he was burned by a falling piece of stone. After assisting the couple, Quatermass read more

The return of the (French) Illustrated 'Breakfast'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 15, 2019

"Love Before Breakfast," Carole Lombard's "other" film for Universal -- and actually her first at the studio -- solidified her ascent as a romantic comedy star. (She's shown above with Cesar Romero.) It led to a pictorial novelization of the movie in France, which we made an entry 6 1/2 months ago ( read more

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 15, 2019

Batman: The Movie Directed by Leslie H. Martinson Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. based on characters created by Bob Kane 1966/USA William Dozier Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant The Penguin: How was I to know they’d have a can of shark-repellent Batspray handy? I remember the TV series read more