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Love & Friendship (2016, Whit Stillman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2017

Love & Friendship opens with some non-traditional portrait cards for its cast of characters. The actors all appear in the opening titles, but then director Stillman breaks out introductions to the characters. Along with some narration. There’s some narration early on, which goes away almost imm read more

Kristen Recasts the Classics: Elmer Gantry

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 29, 2017

One of two features you fans wanted to see was the return of Kristen Recasts the Classics. Ask and ye shall receive! Before you get into a lather, Hollywood doesn’t have any plans to remake Elmer Gantry….currently. So then why did I single this out for a recast? Well, because I’d a read more

Round Six in Leading Ladies Tourney now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on May 28, 2017

Here we are at the last set of matches in the first part of the Leading Ladies Tourney. After this round is over, things will shift to focus on the films of the actresses competing. But first things first, this round matches will run through Tuesday afternoon. Good luck everyone! Which read more

The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 28, 2017

The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi Written by Zenzu Matsuyama, Koichi Inagaki, and Masaki Kobayashi from a novel by Junpei Gomikawa 1961/Japan Ningin Club/Shochiku Eiga First viewing/Netflix rental A reluctant soldier’s war gets read more

A Connecticut Yankee (1931, David Butler)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 28, 2017

A Connecticut Yankee fumbles on pretty much every level, including wasting lead Will Rogers. The big problem is the script, from William M. Conselman. It doesn’t help any director Butler can’t mount an action or comedy sequences, because there’s nothing else in the picture. It doesn’t even work read more

Uma ode a Orson Welles / An ode to Orson Welles

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on May 28, 2017

Uma ode a Orson Welles / An ode to Orson Welles Algumas coisas são fáceis de aprender. Tipo álgebra. E gramática. E a fotossíntese. E uma segunda língua. Estas coisas foram fáceis de aprender se você foi uma criança prodígio, como eu fui. Porque há uma única coisa realmente difícil read more

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of May 29, 2017

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on May 28, 2017

TCM is airing a day of movies from director Howard Hawks, including the noir The Big Sleep (1945), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in May, TCM is airing films from iconic leading man Clark Gable. This week features some of his best later roles, including Mo read more

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on May 28, 2017

She Done Him Wrong (1933) On May 28, 2017 By CarolIn Comedy Ah, Mae West. Where does one begin with Mae West *cue Mae West-style double entendre*? If you know anything about her, you know she was an original, a trailblazer and a pioneer in many, many w read more

o/t: it’s back! – Todd Mason’s Overlooked A/V: links to reviews, etc. of films, tv, radio, podcasts, stage drama, museum shows, videogames and more . . .

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 28, 2017

After a short hiatus, here’s the welcome return of Todd’s ever-rewarding roundup, Click HERE to be taken to Todd’s Sweet Freedom blog and all the individual links. A. J. Wright: Whispering City; Marilyn McCoo Alice Chang: Dark Souls; PlayStation 4; Persona 5; Ori and the Blind Fore read more

May Quick Picks and Pans – Exploitation Month

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2017

Black Belt Jones (1974) Director Robert Clouse’s follow-up to Enter the Dragon is a real hoot, starring Jim Kelly (who also appeared in Enter the Dragon) as the kick-ass, take-no- prisoners title character. He’s a one-man wrecking crew, working with the cops to take down a powerful mafia read more

Gorgo (1961)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 27, 2017

Gorgo Directed by Eugene Lourie Written by Robert L. Richards and Daniel James 1961/UK King Brothers Production First viewing/Amazon Instant If you are in the mood to smile at a ridiculous monster and some bad special effects, this British Godzilla/King Kong rip-off could be just the ticket. A co read more

The Wind in the Willows (1983, Mark Hall and Chris Taylor)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 27, 2017

The Wind in the Willows has an undeniable charm about it. Directors Hall and Taylor send the first act of the film focusing on lovely details. Wind is stop motion, with a lot of intricate “set” decoration. And they do occasionally utilize their control over performers and location to get some excel read more

A totalitarian look at 'To Be or Not To Be'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 27, 2017

Carole Lombard's final film, the Ernst Lubitsch dark comedy "To Be or Not To Be," long has been a subject for serious criticism -- even soon after its initial release in the spring of 1942, when New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote some less-than-complimentary comments about it (http://www.ny read more

She Devil (1957)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 27, 2017

US / 78 minutes / bw / Regal, TCF Dir & Pr: Kurt Neumann Scr: Carroll Young, Kurt Neumann Story: “The Adaptive Ultimate” (1935 Astounding) by John Jessel (i.e., Stanley G. Weinbaum) Cine: Karl Struss Cast: Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Albert Dekker, John Archer, Fay Baker, Blossom Rock (i.e., read more

From the Archives : Dolores Hart and Carl Boehm

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 27, 2017

Carl Boehm and Dolores Hart take a break from filming Come Fly With Me ( 1963 ) to have some lovely publicity photos taken....one of which is this shot. They are posing in front of a beautiful schloss in Vienna, Austria.  From the Archives is our latest series of posts where we share photos fr read more

T2 Trainspotting (2017, Danny Boyle)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 27, 2017

T2 Trainspotting is a victory lap. John Hodge’s screenplay is thorough, thoughtful, cheap, and effective. It goes so far as to integrate unused portions of the original Trainspotting novel to try to get build up some character relationships. Because T2 is an expansive sequel. It’s got a contrived read more

Meet the press (sheets)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 26, 2017

A glance today at Carole Lombard memorabilia available at eBay led to the discovery of press sheets from four of her early 1930s Paramount films -- "Up Pops the Devil," (above, with Norman Foster), "Fast and Loose," "No One Man" and "Sinners in the Sun."We'll start with 1930's "Fast and Loose," Lomb read more

Voodoo Black Exorcist (1974, Manuel Caño)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 26, 2017

Voodoo Black Exorcist is exasperatingly dull. In the first scene, which is before the opening titles, after a few seconds it becomes clear seventh century Haitian lovers Aldo Sambrell and Eva León aren’t just star-crossed, they’re also in blackface. Voodoo Exorcist Black is not a Blaxploitation read more

1001 Classic Movies: The Magnificent Ambersons

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on May 26, 2017

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This Orson-Welles directed drama about a turn-of-the-century Indiana family stars from left: Richard Bennett; Joseph Cotten; Dolores Costello; Don Dillaway; Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins. This series will now ap read more

Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 26, 2017

Invasion of the Neptune Men (Uchu Kaisoku-sen) Directed by Kohi Ohta Written by Shin Morita; story by Akihiro Watanabe 1961/Japan Toei Company First viewing/Netflix rental Coneheads are defeated by a martial artist and a bunch of little kids. My intro sentence can actually also serve as the plot read more
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