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Superman (1948, Spencer Gordon Bennet and Thomas Carr), Chapter 13: Hurled to Destruction

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 23, 2018

Hurled to Destruction once again has the Spider Lady’s goons outsmarting the Daily Planet reporters. In the latter category is also Superman, who delivers a dangerous criminal to the Planet for questioning instead of the police. Said criminal attacks Pierre Watkin, leading to a pretty good fist fig read more

The Servant (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 23, 2018

The Servant Directed by Joseph Losey Written by Harold Pinter from a novel by Robin Maugham 1963/UK Elstree Distributors/Springbok Productions First viewing/My DVD collection One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I loved Losey and Pinter’s savage Darwinian study of corruption and c read more

She's focused on you

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 23, 2018

Interesting pic of Carole Lombard, especially when you look at what she's holding. It's a pair of binoculars. What's she got them for? Bird-watching? The opera? (She occasionally attended with William Powell.) Frankly, she appears a bit bored here, surprising for someone with Lombard's fabled energy read more

reblog: Le Jour se Lève and Film Noir

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 23, 2018

***Jean Gabin is a favorite of this site, as is French noir in general, and the same could be said for the blog B Noir Detour. Many thanks to the latter’s Salome Wilde for permission to reblog her splendid evaluation of 1939’s Le Jour se Lève. B Noir Detour Every time I see a film starr read more

Sight and Sound Top 250 #135 – L’Argent (1984)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 23, 2018

As we finally get back to our trip through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Movies of All Time list, we come to #135, Rober Bresson’s L.Argent. And as always I’ll note that for those just joining us, you can find a full introduction to what the Sight and Sound Top 250 list is, and a look at t read more

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 23, 2018

It’s my prerogative to respect films that dare to leave me questioning their ambitions and their outcomes. Clouds of Sils Maria is such a film. At times it gets so caught up in its own meta-narrative perhaps too much so. Still, this is a story about a middle-aged actress (Juliette Binoche) cal read more

Superman (1948, Spencer Gordon Bennet and Thomas Carr), Chapter 12: Blast in the Depths

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 22, 2018

Blast in the Depths resolves the previous chapter’s cliffhanger with a reveal–something happened the viewer didn’t get to see, changing the outcome. It’s a cheat, but Superman hasn’t had a decent cliffhanger so it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the serial’s structured not to have them. read more


Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 22, 2018

“X” (AKA X: The Man with the Xray Eyes) Directed by Roger Corman Written by Robert Dillon and Ray Russell 1963/USA Alta Vista Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Dr. Sam Brant: My dear friend, only the gods see everything. Dr. James Xavier: My dear doctor, I’m closing in on th read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 22, 2018

“Tell you what—I’ll toss a coin. Heads: you stay; tails: you go.” –Geoff Carter, portrayed by Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) In 1903, two brothers proved that a mere rickety contraption could propel them towards realizing one of the deepest dreams of mankind. As the North Carolina read more

Musical Monday: Madam Satan (1930)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 22, 2018

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: Madam Satan (1930) – Musica read more

Sometimes You Wish You Really Were The Last – The Omega Man (1971)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 22, 2018

The first time I watched the 1971 Charlton Heston-starring The Omega Man I actually didn’t. Okay, in order for me to explain that statement, I’m going to have to take you back in time a bit, to when I was much younger, when we only had a few television channels, no VCRs or DVRs or even D read more

Year Eight

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 22, 2018

It’s been nearly eight years since I started The Best Picture Project. Eight years since I decided to watch and review every film nominated for Best Picture. A lot has happened over those eight years. I’ve lived in three different states. Had jobs, quit jobs. Made friends, lost loved ones. My husban read more

5 Things You May Not Know about Conrad Veidt

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by minooallen on Jan 22, 2018

  5 Things You May Not Know about Conrad Veidt  Like today is his birthday. Happy 125th Birthday to the legend Conrad Veidt! ..… 1. Conscription: The Alt-Theater Camp And who says war is good for absolutely nothing Due to a little thing called World War I, simply know as The Great War back read more

From Charlie to Kermit: 100 years of magic on La Brea

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 22, 2018

In the spring of 1924, Jane Alice Peters (aka the future Carole Lombard), 15 and a student at the newly-opened Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, was named its Queen of the May. A scout representing comedy king Charlie Chaplin attended the pageant, was impressed by her beauty, and invited Jane/Caro read more

Classic Movie Puzzle Grid #1

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 22, 2018

My husband, who knows how much I like puzzles, recently sent me a link to the Puzz Grid site, where puzzle enthusiasts submit puzzle grids for others to solve. Of course I immediately thought about making my own versions with classic movie themes! Here's how the puzzle grid works. Each puzzle conta read more

The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 21, 2018

It’s happened in some well-documented cases that the same actor has played two characters that feel nominally similar and based on this cursory level of comparison the general public has been forever befuddled. You could cite some notable examples being Bogart playing Sam Spade and Phillip Mar read more

Much ado about Mrs. Smith

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 21, 2018

I've long maintained that in all of Carole Lombard's films, nowhere was she photographed more lovingly than in her next-to-last movie, the 1941 romantic comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Director and close friend Alfred Hitchcock, on holiday from his usual suspense fare, makes Carole look iconic (to be sur read more

Winter Light (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 21, 2018

Winter Light (Nattvardsgästerna) Directed by Ingmar Bergman Written by Ingmar Bergman 1963/Sweden Svensk Filmindustri First viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This is almost too hopeless to bear despite its beauty. Pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Bjornstrand) is read more

Superman (1948, Spencer Gordon Bennet and Thomas Carr), Chapter 11: Superman’s Dilemma

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 21, 2018

Superman’s Dilemma has a scene where Kirk Alyn, as Superman, talks to a conscious Noel Neill. She’s telling him how Tommy Bond stupidly has gotten himself in trouble with the goons again. Bond’s apparently trouble-proof to some degree, however; at the end of the previous chapter, he was being read more

Silent Sunday – Cinderella (1911)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 21, 2018

Since Sunday tends to be a day of quiet and reflection for many people, it seems an appropriate day to celebrate silent movies. But in keeping with the “day of rest” theme, I’m just going to post this without any commentary and just sit back and let you enjoy. read more