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Preston Sturges’s “Christmas in July”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on May 1, 2022

Preston Sturges’s “Christmas in July” Christmas in July (1940) is a comedy written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. Jimmy MacDonald (Powell) was one of the millions of people to enter the Maxford House Coffee contest. He submit read more

Return to Paradise – The 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival: Part 1

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 1, 2022

After waiting for two years for the in-person Turner Classic Movies film festival to return, I was primed and ready for four days of friends, fun, and film at this year’s event, held in Hollywood April 21-24, 2022!! And that’s just what I got – and more! It was so awesome to be back – there’s read more

Way Down Cellar ( 1968 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 30, 2022

Three boys discover a secret tunnel under the vacant lot where they practice football and find that it leads to the old Burden house, where a gang of crooks is printing counterfeit money. Butch Patrick stars in Way Down Cellar, a made-for-tv movie that first aired on Walt Disney's The Wonderful read more

IT!

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 30, 2022

 The generically named IT! is a 1967 horror film I caught up with on TCM yesterday. The movie was written, produced, and directed by Herbert J. Leder, who was responsible for the underwhelming THE FROZEN DEAD. What makes IT! notable is the fact that IT is the Golem, the fabled creature fro read more

April Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 30, 2022

The Last Wave (1977) Peter Weir’s enigmatic follow-up to Picnic at Hanging Rock is almost a spiritual sequel to its cryptic predecessor, raising many questions but providing few answers. David Burton (Richard Chamberlin), a Sydney lawyer, defends a group of aboriginal men accused of murder. Wh read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks: What to Watch on TCM for May 2022

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 30, 2022

Now that I’m starting to come down off the high that was the TCM film festival, I’m excited to recommend my Shadowy and Satiny TCM picks for May. They are a pair of don’t-miss gems! SATINY PICK: She Had to Say Yes (1933) I’m going to admit, up front, that my initial Satiny pick was Shanghai read more

You're Invited! HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1920s-1980s: THE JAZZ AGE Online Event 6/12

GlamAmor Posted by on Apr 30, 2022

 On June 12, I'll be launching my 7-part online series on the HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM. It features what I consider The Style Essentials - films with iconic costume design from the 1920s to the 1980s that immediately impacted fashion and continue to influence fashion today. There will be one read more

Western RoundUp: Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Apr 29, 2022

Western RoundUp: Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) movie poster A frequently seen theme in the Western film genre is a disparate band of travelers banding together against a common foe, most often Indians. One of the most famous Westerns featuring this theme is J read more

The Stranger’s Return (1933): Lionel Barrymore and His Granddaughter

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 28, 2022

Establishing shots often get a bad name for their bland or token quality, but it’s true when done well, they can set the tone and create an instant impression on the audience. King Vidor’s The Stranger’s Return instantly accentuates this rural milieu. It feels like a stable and eq read more

Film Noir Review: I, the Jury (1953)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Danilo Castro on Apr 28, 2022

“I never wanted the world. Just room enough for the two of us.” Mike Hammer has a strange cinematic history, especially when compared to other classic detectives. He toiled in B-movie adaptations while P.I. ‘s like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe were given the A-list treatment. Ki read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 28, 2022

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to pres read more

The What-If Alternate Timeline of CRUELLA (2021)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 28, 2022

When it first arrived, Disney's 2021 reboot of the various films based on 101 Dalmatians was widely discussed as yet another "prequel" to a well-known Disney property, but in order to appreciate Cruella fully you have to stop thinking about it as a prequel and instead consider it as an alternate tim read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 28, 2022

Is this screenshot impossibly difficult or is this super-simple to identify? It depends on if the film this scene is from is one of your favorites - in our house it certainly is!As always, if you are not familiar with the rules to the Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie game or the prize, click her read more

TCMFF highlights and genuine happiness

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

The last few months I’ve been restless. Nothing made me happy, and the things that generally lifted my spirits didn’t. I’m not unique. For all of us, the last few years have been tough. For some reason, the start of 2022 felt harder than the rest. I needed a change; some respite. Enter 10 read more

Street Scene (1931): King Vidor and Sylvia Sidney

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 26, 2022

Film at its finest is able to use images to leave an indelible impression on an audience. King Vidor’s Street Scene opens with a telling montage. Kids being sprayed by a hose in a street. A slab of ice being carried off by a worker. A man swatting gnats away from his horse. A dog sprawled out read more

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 26, 2022

 This is a film that has gotten a lot of buzz online, and, since it also stars the legendary Michelle Yeoh, I decided to go out to the theater and see it. It's a production that almost defies description, a wild and oftentimes wacky action/fantasy combination of Hong Kong kung fu cinema, "The M read more

TCM Classic Film Festival Day 3

Backlots Posted by Lara on Apr 26, 2022

Day 3 of the festival was predominantly a pre-Code day for me. Pre-Codes are famously popular at the TCM Festival, but they’re almost always screened in the smallest theaters. The question of why is a point of contention among attendees–some think the organizers simply haven’t lea read more

Film-related books I own (and recommend)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Apr 25, 2022

Film-related books I own (and recommend) On April 25, 2022April 25, 2022 By CarolIn Uncategorized Image from Litstack As a lifelong film nerd, I’ve collected some great books on film, screenwriting and Hollywood over the years. Not as many as I’d lik read more

The Movie Quote Game (Bette Davis Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 25, 2022

This month, we're focusing on quotes from Bette Davis films. We will list a quote from a famous Bette Davis movie and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no more than three questions per day so others can p read more

TCMFF Musical Monday: It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Apr 25, 2022

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: It’s Always Fair Weather read more
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