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Day 18 of Noirvember: Inside Out of the Past

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 18, 2019

Ask any noir fan to name their top 10 movies from the film noir era, and chances are very good that Out of the Past (1947) would be among them. Some would even call it the quintessential noir, with its flashback structure, exquisite use of lights and shadow, one of the era’s most dangerous femme fat read more

Human Desire (1954): Fritz Lang vs. Jean Renoir

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 17, 2019

Edgar Buchanan always annoyed me endlessly on Green Acres reruns, and it’s affected me for a long time. Because only recently have I begun to realize just how broad and robust his body of film work is. He can be categorized with a breed of movie actor that is generally lost in today’s i read more

Joyce Compton, What a Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 17, 2019

  This is my entry for the fabulous What a Character! blogathon hosted annually by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club...check these blogs for links to entries from all participating blogs.  ~ In perhaps her best remembered scene in a classic film, Leo read more

Quote: Robert Bresson on Cinema

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 17, 2019

Image Source Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen. -Robert Bresson Source read more

Silent Sunday – Do Detectives Think? (1927)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Nov 17, 2019

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

Evil (2019) s01e07 – Vatican III

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 17, 2019

This week’s “Evil” is a sixty-forty split between “why Catholics don’t get the mental health care they need” and “how to make an incel.” There’s more to both, obviously. The main plot is about possessed Annaleigh Ashford (who should sue her agent for malpractice) confessing to a triple read more

Columbia marches on across the pond

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 17, 2019

As 1934 began, Columbia crossed its fingers that its two upcoming comedies, "Twentieth Century" and "It Happened One Night," might connect with audiences. Neither were surefire bets despite its star power (John Barrymore and the unproven Carole Lombard in the former, Clark Gable and Claudette Colber read more

Day 17 of Noirvember: Five Noirs on a Island

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 17, 2019

Three years ago, in celebration of National Classic Movie Day, I participated in a blogathon hosted by Rick over at the Classic TV and Movie Café. The theme of the event was Five Movies On An Island. For today’s Noirvember post, I thought I’d revisit this theme, focusing only on noir features, read more

book: Van Gogh’s Bad Café (1997) by Frederic Tuten

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 16, 2019

An odd little book that somehow I found myself liking while at the same time not enjoying it very much at all. One day at the end of the twentieth century, while rambling in Alphabet City, NYC, our narrator meets a mysterious young Frenchwoman, dressed in archaic garb, who steps out of a crevice in read more

Carry On #21: Carry On Henry

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Nov 16, 2019

After taking a two-week break from writing about Carry On films, I’m back with Carry On #21: Carry On Henry (Gerald Thomas, 1971), which parodies the life of the notorious king of England, Henry VIII. Well, a “break” is not a good expression since, so far, I loved reviewing the va read more

Booksmart (2019, Olivia Wilde)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 16, 2019

Booksmart opens with high school senior Beanie Feldstein getting up on her last day of school; graduation is in the morning. She listens to self-affirmations about—politely—crushing your adversaries as you excel past them. Now, Feldstein lives in an apartment building. Not a terrible one, but not read more

'What A Character' blogathon: Hedda Hopper acted, too

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 16, 2019

"The Racketeer," released in autumn 1929, was the last of three talking features the up-and-coming Carole Lombard made at Pathe. Among her castmates was an actress well into her forties whose tall (5-foot-7) frame made her ideal playing dowagers and society types.Her name was Hedda Hopper, born Elda read more

The Blue Gardenia (1953): Anne Baxter a Victim of Noir

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 16, 2019

The Blue Gardenia chooses to establish its characters and allow ample time for the audience to get acquainted with all the players. It’s genuinely a pleasure as we have a number of affable people to grow accustomed to over the course of the story. There’s local journalist Casey Mayo (Ri read more

Saturday Double Feature – Ford v Ferrari (2019) and…

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Nov 16, 2019

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, bu read more

Booksmart (2019, Olivia Wilde)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 16, 2019

Booksmart opens with high school senior Beanie Feldstein getting up on her last day of school; graduation is in the morning. She listens to self-affirmations about—politely—crushing your adversaries as you excel past them. Now, Feldstein lives in an apartment building. Not a terrible one, but not read more

Encore Podcast: Orson Welles's Radio Days

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Nov 16, 2019

In 1934, Orson Welles came to Broadway in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" and within a year he was putting his mellifluous voice to use by doing a lot of radio work, including as part of the stock company, imitating famous newsmakers, on "The March of Time." While producing and directing shows on read more

SCREENPLAY BY: John Paxton

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Nov 16, 2019

SCREENPLAY BY: John Paxton On November 16, 2019November 16, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized One of the bravest screenwriters of the 1940s, John Paxton’s run as RKO’s top story-crafter between 1944 and 1947 culminated in one of the era’s read more

Booksmart (2019, Olivia Wilde)

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 16, 2019

Booksmart opens with high school senior Beanie Feldstein getting up on her last day of school; graduation is in the morning. She listens to self-affirmations about—politely—crushing your adversaries as you excel past them. Now, Feldstein lives in an apartment building. Not a terrible one, but not read more

The Mandalorian (2019) s02e02 – The Child

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 16, 2019

Maybe even more than the first episode, this one’s a commercial for Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. The adorable sight of Boba Fett playing Lone Wolf and Cub with a baby Yoda, what could be more PG+ Disney. Sure, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) isn’t actually Boba Fett—though it’s unclear if read more

Eddie’s Place (1955 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 16, 2019

US / 25 minutes / bw / Four Star Productions, CBS Dir & Pr: Roy Kellino Scr: Willard Wiener, Herbert A. Spiro Story: A.E. Houghton Jr (i.e., Buck Houghton) Cine: George E. Diskant Cast: Ida Lupino, William Talman, Kathryn Card, Louis Jean Heydt, Glen Gordon. This was episode #24 of the third se read more
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