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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 21, 2020

When visiting the Los Angeles area, I especially enjoy immersing myself in film history. One of my favorite places that celebrates this legacy is the Hollywood Heritage Museum. In addition to offering permanent and rotating exhibits, this location also happens to host presentations and lectures tha read more

Rawhide (1951): Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 20, 2020

Though it’s easy for this film to be overshadowed by Clint Eastwood’s Rowdy Yates, in retrospect, Rawhide is a spare outpost western nevertheless loaded with tension and talent. It is set against the backdrop of a network of stagecoaches transporting mail across the continental United St read more

Evil (2019) s01e12 – Justice x 2

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

There’s a lot going on in this episode of “Evil” but the only important thing—the only truly important thing—is it guest stars Gbenga Akinnagbe. It utterly wastes him in a “let’s not examine this too hard” plot about him being a radio comic in nineties Rwanda who encouraged the genocide. read more

The Irishman

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 20, 2020

The Irishman is an epic mob drama by the master mob dramas, Martin Scorsese. Here, Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) narrates, elaborating on his various dealings and connections with the mob and the notorious Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).  The sprawling three and a half hour film takes us within the mob un read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (January 2020)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 20, 2020

A Robert Preston and Elton John connection. The rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and will be required to to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, etc. As always, don't a read more

Musical Monday: I Dream Too Much (1935)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

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: I Dream Too Much – Musical read more

o/t: Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts charity anthology

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 20, 2020

Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts is a charity anthology of original short (in fact, short-short) stories, from humorous to dark, of love that goes ‘orribly wrong; it’s being published on Valentine’s Day by the Australian press Things in the Well. All profits from the anthology wil read more

Troop Zero (2019, Bert & Bertie)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

Troop Zero is heartwarming but not too heartwarming. It doesn’t promise the stars as much as it promises a gradual slide to fairness; it promises redemption to some but not the ones who really need it. It avoids any seriousness to instead provide consistent, constant entertainment. Often in the for read more

Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon: Wrapping up the entries

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 20, 2020

The four-day Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon is complete, and I thank Crystal Kalyana Pacey of "In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood" for her help in running the event -- and coordinating things after my heart attack Wednesday night sidelined me for a few days.The blogathon had but 10 entries read more

Quote: David Lynch Screens Lost Highway for Marlon Brando

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 20, 2020

Image Source I showed Lost Highway to Brando after I finished it but before it was released. We rented this theater and told the owner Brando was going to come to see this film, and the theater owner was pretty pumped. So we get this thing all set up and Brando comes into the theater by himself a read more

Targets (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 20, 2020

Targets Directed by Peter Bogdonovich Written by Peter Bogdonovich; story by Bogdonovich and Polly Platt 1968/USA IMDb link One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die One of 1000 Best Horror Movies on They Shoot Zombies Don’t They? Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant Not too shabby for a feature read more

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Color Purple” (Giveaway runs now through Feb 1)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Jan 20, 2020

Win tickets to see “The Color Purple” on the Big Screen!In Select Cinemas NationwideSun Feb 23 CMH continues into our 5h year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 3rd of our 15 movie ticket giveaways for 2020, courtesy of Fathom Events! That said, we’ll be giving away FOUR read more

Genocide (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 19, 2020

Genocide (AKA “War of the Insects”) (Konchu daisenso) Directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu Written by Susumu Takaku; story by Kingen Amada 1968/Japan IMDb link First viewing/Criterion Channel   Japanese horror trades giant monsters for tiny ones in this amusingly dreadful movie. Swarms of i read more

Grantchester (2014) s05e02

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 19, 2020

I consider myself fairly capable with British Isles accents; it’s always been undubbed Trainspotting or Full Monty for me; I figured out Ulysses on my own; I could watch “Monty Python” and understand them; but “Sinjin” actually being “St. John?” Whatever. I mean, I knew it had to be weird read more

Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon: A sleeper car with an upright story

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 19, 2020

This entry is part of the Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon, co-hosted by this site and "In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood" (https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/the-carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon-is-here/). I apologize for its relative lateness, but my (thankfully minor) heart read more

THE HELLBENDERS On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 19, 2020

Kino Lorber has put out another series of Euro Westerns on Region A Blu-ray, including THE HELLBENDERS, released in 1967 and produced by Albert Band and directed by Sergio Corbucci. The film is also known as THE CRUEL ONES and I CRUDELI. Soon after the end of the Civil War, a Union convoy carrying read more

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
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