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Tarnished Angels (1957)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 20, 2018

With the name Douglas Sirk, Technicolor opulence no doubt springs to mind but his black and white pictures are no less diverting and still extremely attractive to look at with photography once more courtesy of longtime collaborator Russell Metty. The cinematography is crisp monochrome filmed in vol read more

book: The Passage (2010) by Justin Cronin

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 20, 2018

Work pressure means I have to be (relatively) brief here, which is probably just as well since this is a very long book (not far shy of 1,000 pages in the edition I read) and my notes here might have been proportionately verbose. The US military, hoping to develop a new superweapon, recovers from t read more

Io la conoscevo bene (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Aug 20, 2018

Io la conoscevo bene (I Knew Her Well) Directed by Antonio Petrangeli Written by Antonio Petrangeli, Ruggero Maccari, and Ettore Scola 1965/Italy/France/West Germany Ultra Film/Les films du siecle/Roxy Film First viewing/FilmStruck Adriana Astarelli: I’m Milena, right? Is that what I’m l read more

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

The Blonde At The Film Posted by Cameron on Aug 20, 2018

via:  Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) is the fourth in the six-film Thin Man series. Like the previous three movies, it was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and stars read more

Middle of the Night (1959, Delbert Mann)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 20, 2018

Paddy Chayefsky adapted his own play for Middle of the Night and there are some clear alterations with original intent. Fifty-six year-old widower Fredric March is in garment manufacturing. His first scene has him hanging out with the other old guys in the factory, kvetching about how there’s nothi read more

THE LOVELY LEE GRANT BLOGATHON: Ironside - Eat, Drink and Be Buried (1967)

Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 20, 2018

Reel Widgie Midget Reviews and Angelman's Place aka Gill and Chris are co-hosting a blogathon tribute to Lee Grant. Now, that's an idea whose time has come! Click HERE for the contributions to the blogathon running from August 20th to 23rd. The pilot for Ironside was aired as an NBC Tu read more

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Author Paula Finn Discusses Her Interviews with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Others

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Aug 20, 2018

In her new book, Sitcom Writers Talk Shop, Paula Finn provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of a beloved American TV genre: the situation comedy or sitcom. Her in-depth interviews feature fifteen sitcom writers, who discuss classic comedies from the 1950s to today. Her subjects include many read more

To Kill a Mockingbird: The Casting of Atticus Finch

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Aug 20, 2018

  The Filming of To Kill a Mockingbird: The Casting of Atticus Finch Exclusive Excerpt from “Why to Kill a Mockingbird Matters” A Big Thank You to author Tom Santopietro for hand-picking this excerpt about the casting of Atticus, from his book “Why to Kill a Mockingbird Matter read more

Musical Monday: The West Point Story (1950)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 20, 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: The West Point Story (1950) read more

Review: Written on the Wind (1956)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 19, 2018

Douglas Sirk’s films are always lovely to look at, almost to the point of making you sick. The panoramas swell with color. They’re too perfect. The sets are gaudy — the cars the same — to the point of almost being unsightly in their over the top artificiality. Try to find read more

The Naked Prey (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Aug 19, 2018

The Naked Prey Directed by Cornel Wilde Written by Clint Johnston and Don Peters 1965/USA Sven Persson Films/Theorora Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Almost dialogue-free movie is completely absorbing with gorgeous views of Africa and its wildlife. Director Wilde plays a character credited read more

Retro TV Rumblings

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Aug 19, 2018

A couple weeks ago I received an upgrade to my Xfinity account. This upgrade included new cable boxes which now give me access to all sorts of new TV shows and movies. And what did I do after being granted this modern entertainment bounty? Did I delve into the social media acclaimed presentations of read more

Cinematic Sundays: 'Safety In Numbers'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 19, 2018

It's my birthday today, but Carole Lombard's helping me give you the present -- "Safety In Numbers," the latest installment in our series "Cinematic Sundays."Today, we settle into Paramount mode, where we should be for the next eight Sundays or so. This was Carole's first film at the legendary Melro read more

Review of “The Blue Dahlia” at #NoirCityChicago

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 19, 2018

Review of “The Blue Dahlia” at #NoirCityChicago I went to see The Blue Dahlia, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, last night. The 1946 Paramount release, directed by George Marshall was presented in a clean 35mm print. The original screenplay from detective st read more

Dick Tracy (1937, Ray Taylor and Alan James), Chapter 13: Fire Trap

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 19, 2018

So, unfortunately, Ralph Byrd (you know, Dick Tracy), doesn’t get shot in the cliffhanger resolution. He dodges. Because they all heard the Spider approach because the Spider has a club foot. Except they also all think the Spider is wearing a disguise, implying the club foot is a part of that disgu read more

The Haunting Spiral Staircase

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 18, 2018

The Barrymores were to Hollywood what the Redgraves were to England: A “royal” family of talented actors, expended on more than one generation. My friend Crystal is one of the Barrymore’s great admirers and she reminds it to us every year with her always expected Barrymore Trilogy read more

There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 18, 2018

The film begins with that old storytelling standard, Once upon a time in sunny California…and it’s raining outside. Not a minute has gone by and the tone of the picture has already been set with this opening taste of irony. It unravels on a smaller, less grandiose scale than other Sirk read more

The Hill (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Aug 18, 2018

The Hill Directed by Sidney Lumet Written by Ray Rigby from a play by Rigby and R.S. Allen 1965/UK Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Seventh Art Productions First viewing/Netflix rental A POW film with a difference – both the prisoners and guards are British soldiers.  Strong cast makes for a powerful pictu read more

Carole's on the cover. Isn't that Swede?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 18, 2018

In the fall of 1934, Carole Lombard's "Twentieth Century" -- a well-received film just about everywhere, if not quite the popular and cultural success of its Columbia screwball stablemate, "It Happened One Night" -- was doing good business far beyond American shores. One of those places was Sweden, read more

Rd 9: Favorite Disney Animated Films Tourney (Characters) now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on Aug 18, 2018

Here we go with rd 9: rd 9: Which Disney character do you like more? Rd 9: Which Disney character do you like more? Rd 9: Which Disney character do you like more? Rd 9: Which Disney character do you like more? Rd 9: Which Disney character do you like more? Rd 9: W read more