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Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Fred Astaire

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 29, 2020

In our ongoing series of Classic Movie Beginner’s Guides, we focus on a single person from Classic Hollywood for those who want an overview. This week let’s look at one of the preeminent film dancers of all-time: Fred Astaire! After starting out on the stage with his sister Adele, during read more

New Mae West Documentary!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 29, 2020

PBS produced a new documentary on my favorite movie wordsmith and feminist rebel, Mae West. Dirty Blonde is coming. Check out the preview to see the subjects talking about her (some welcome surprises), and to hear some of your favorite Mae West quips. I can’t wait! Check it out on June 16 at 8 read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 29, 2020

My last blog post covered the release of the new Blu-ray of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN from Shout Factory. Among the many extras on the disc is the TV version of the film, prepared by Universal Studios for American network broadcast. (Internet sources claim this TV version was first shown in 1968.) F read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 29, 2020

“Acting, the very thing I had been fighting and ridiculing for seven years, had brought me success, riches, and renown. I was a great motion picture artist. Well, I’ll be damned!” –John Gilbert When Hollywood ushered in its transition to sound, many careers flourished as the oppor read more

A comedy writer reflects on Carole's greatness

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 29, 2020

I know I'm largely preaching to the converted here ("Carole Lombard one of the greatest comediennes ever in film"?, some of you are probably thinking), but I didn't write the following piece; it's from a TV writer who knows his comedy, and learning his backstory gives me an affinity with him.His nam read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on May 29, 2020

There is an argument to be made that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is this generation’s Star Wars (even though, you could also argue that Star Wars is this generation’s Star Wars, given that series recent trilogy) as even  you can say that these movies even the hobbit saga read more

The Man with Two Brains (1983, Carl Reiner)

The Stop Button Posted by on May 29, 2020

The Man with Two Brains does not age well. It’s a case study in not aging well, even more so because when the three writers—director Reiner, star Steve Martin, and George Gipe—can’t figure out how to do an ending so they just do an extended fat joke… well, it’s hard to continuing giving read more

Doctor Who (2005) s01e05 – World War Three

The Stop Button Posted by on May 29, 2020

Digital video in the mid-aughts was still very rough. Around the time World War Three came out, some of the best DV cinematography wasn’t being done in film or television but in art and technical schools, as creatives were figuring out how to best light for the medium. In other words, I understand read more

What We Do in the Shadows (2019) s02e08 – Collaboration

The Stop Button Posted by on May 29, 2020

Traditional sitcom writer team—seriously, IMDb them (“Frasier” and “Newsradio”—Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil contribute this episode’s script and… well, maybe things make more sense now. Also they don’t seem up on the show because they don’t know how to use Natasia Demetriou at all. read more

Nugget Reviews - 26

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 28, 2020

It is has been long, long time since we have shared some nugget reviews, so we are starting up that series once again with a motley assortment of American and British classics.  Chasing Yesterday ( 1935 ) 14k Sylvestre Bonnard, a Parisian bibliophile, is in search of an old and rare bo read more

Watching 1939: Navy Secrets (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 28, 2020

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

Seven Things to Know About Connie Stevens

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 28, 2020

1. Connie Stevens was married and divorced twice by the age of 31. Her first marriage was to actor James Stacy (from the TV series Lancer) from 1963-66. They met while he was filming the Disney movie Summer Magic in Palm Springs. Following their divorce, Connie wed Eddie Fisher in 1967. His mar read more

Dr. Cyclops

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2020

(1940) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack; Written by Tom Kilpatrick; Starring: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian and Frank Yaconelli; Available on Blue-ray and DVD Rating: *** “Are we then country doctors? You do not realize what we have here. In our read more

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020, Tony Tilse)

The Stop Button Posted by on May 28, 2020

At no point does Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears introduce viewer unfamiliar with star Essie Davis’s television show, to which this film’s a sequel, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” The movie opens with an action sequence setting up Davis as an exquisitely dressed combination of Indiana read more

Doctor Who (2005) s01e04 – Aliens of London

The Stop Button Posted by on May 28, 2020

Director Keith Boak is back and it’s obvious from go some of the problem with Boak-directed episodes is Boak’s a bad director. Some of the problems are budgetary, but Boak and cinematographer Ernest Vincze even make the non-effects stuff look like bad digital video. There’s an anti-suspense suspens read more

A little bit of Lombard flies in on Blu-ray this August

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 28, 2020

It's a Carole Lombard film, if only partly so. Nevertheless, fans of World War I aviation epics have a lot to look forward to on Aug. 18, when "The Eagle And The Hawk" appears on Blu-ray.Why do I refer to it as a quasi-Carole movie? While she's third-billed, she frankly doesn't do very much. (It was read more

Doctor Who (2005) s01e03 – The Unquiet Dead

The Stop Button Posted by on May 27, 2020

So the time and space machine is imprecise? Is that a “Doctor Who” thing? They bumble through the time? Because this episode is supposed to be Billie Piper getting to see nineteenth century Christmas in Naples or someplace but instead they end up in Cardiff (Cardiff gets a lot of deriding this epis read more

Legends of Tomorrow (2016) s05e14 – The One Where We’re Trapped on TV

The Stop Button Posted by on May 27, 2020

I’m not going back to count, but I feel like at least half this season of “Legends” is them getting knocked off track for an episode then getting back on track by the end. It’s fine, there have been some great episodes, but there’s no momentum on the main plot. So while this episode is amusing—the read more

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012) s03e08 – Death Do Us Part

The Stop Button Posted by on May 27, 2020

I didn’t realize until five episodes into Season Three there were only eight episodes this season. I knew it was the final season, but I didn’t realize it was a short final season. Director Daina Reid handles the series finale with aplomb; there’s a list of things the show seems like it’s going read more

Easter Parade (1948): Judy & Fred Together At Last

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 27, 2020

There’s a slight disclaimer that must go with Easter Parade. It has very little to do with Resurrection Sunday. More so, it’s a premium excuse for a lavish musical. At least in this regard, it thoroughly accommodates its audience. The show starts off gloriously, not with dialogue, but w read more