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Torture Garden (1967)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 1, 2019

Torture Garden Directed by Freddie Francis Written by Robert Bloch 1967/UK Amicus Pictures IMDb link First viewing/Netflix rental They Shoot Zombies Don’t They Solid little Amicus horror anthology flick.  Burgess Meredith has way too little screen time though! The framework is built around Dr. read more

A little time left to pick up a 'New Movie'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 1, 2019

The exuberance Carole Lombard and William Powell had felt on their honeymoon in mid-1931 had largely dissipated two years later. Not replaced by discord, mind you, just a sense that this couple were better friends than lovers. (They would remain that way until Carole's death.) In June 1933, Lombard read more

November 2019 in Films

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 1, 2019

Hello film friends! You may have noticed things are a little slow here on The Best Picture Project. That’s because life with two little kids keeps me very busy and I don’t have time to write about every good movie I see. While I may be up to my elbows in diapers, story time and cutting grapes into read more

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR DECEMBER ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 1, 2019

The newspaper game has long been grist for the play and movie mill. The inebriated newshound became a cliche with his first entrance on the stage, along with the overeager "cub" and the noble journalist. All are on display in The Famous Ferguson Case released by Warner Brothers in 1932. An intern read more

Silent Sunday – The Toll of the Sea (1922)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Dec 1, 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

Superstore (2015) s01e01 – Pilot

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 1, 2019

I’ve been wanting to watch “Superstore” on a recommendation and, starting it, I realized it’s very much my bag. It takes place in a very confined setting—a big box store, which is also very much my bag as I’ve always been intrigued at the idea of the department store and its descendants. read more

November Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2019

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) The wealthy and powerful Martha Ivers (now O’Neil) (Barbara Stanwyck) is married to meek district attorney hopeful Walter O’Neil (Kirk Douglas in his film debut). Both individuals harbor a dark secret about her past, which is brought to light when read more

Frozen II

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Nov 30, 2019

It has been six years since Frozen blasted into theaters and blew audiences away with a new look at Disney princesses and fairy tales. Since then, fans have been eagerly waiting and forming their own theories on what might come next for Elsa, Anna and their friends. While the filmmakers can’t fulfil read more

The Guest (2014, Adam Wingard)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 30, 2019

For most of The Guest, the script doesn’t matter. Either the acting or the filmmaking carry the scene. The first act is this fairly standard, fairly obvious—albeit beautifully produced—drama about an all American family in crisis after the death of the oldest son, a soldier, killed in action in read more

The Guest (2014, Adam Wingard)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 30, 2019

For most of The Guest, the script doesn’t matter. Either the acting or the filmmaking carry the scene. The first act is this fairly standard, fairly obvious—albeit beautifully produced—drama about an all American family in crisis after the death of the oldest son, a soldier, killed in action in read more

Her Hollywood house and its intoxicating aura

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 30, 2019

Carole Lombard resided at 7953 Hollywood Boulevard for less than three years (roughly late 1933 to mid-1936), but it became an integral part of the Lombard legend. And why not? Think about her timeline. When the 1930s began, Carole was living with her family, then in 1931 would soon marry, and move read more

The Guest (2014, Adam Wingard)

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 30, 2019

For most of The Guest, the script doesn’t matter. Either the acting or the filmmaking carry the scene. The first act is this fairly standard, fairly obvious—albeit beautifully produced—drama about an all American family in crisis after the death of the oldest son, a soldier, killed in action in read more

Saturday Double Feature: Knives Out (2019) and…

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Nov 30, 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

Blue Ruin (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 30, 2019

US, France / 90 minutes / color / filmscience, Neighborhood Watch, Lab of Madness, Paradise City, memento, RADiUS-TWC Dir & Scr & Cine: Jeremy Saulnier Pr: Anish Savjani, Richard Peete, Vincent Savino Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson read more

Short Take: D.O.A.

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 30, 2019

(1949) Directed by Rudolph Maté; Written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene; Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett and William Ching; Available on DVD, Kanopy and Amazon Prime  Rating: ****  “You knew who I was when I came in here read more

Legality and Morality Surrounding CGI James Dean

Backlots Posted by Lara on Nov 30, 2019

Since my coverage of the Olivia de Havilland case against FX, I’ve become quite interested in Hollywood intellectual property law and its modern and historical applications. So I found it fascinating when, a few weeks ago, the Hollywood trade papers announced that a newly-formed movie studio read more

Day 30 of Noirvember: Parting Gifs

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2019

Well, noir lovers, we’ve come now to the end of another Noirvember – it seems like this one passed more rapidly than any other. But you know what they say – the older you get, the faster time flies. (They don’t say that? Well, they should.) I want to take this opportunity to extend my read more

Tension (1949): Richard Basehart Caught Between The Good and The Bad Girl

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 30, 2019

Barry Sullivan has an absolute field day as a homicide cop, Lt. Collier Bonnabel, with very calculated methods of getting to the root of every crime. Whether it comes by pushing, cajoling, romancing, tricking, flattering — he’ll do whatever is necessary. What matters to him is to keep st read more

book: Patrick Butler for the Defence (1956) by John Dickson Carr

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 30, 2019

I was reading one of Curtis Evans’s excellently illuminating essays at The Passing Tramp the other day and noticed that he dismissed Patrick Butler for the Defence as among Carr’s relatively few stinkers: Carr returned to the present with regrettable results. He brings back the odious P read more

The Reckless Moment (1949): Max Ophul’s Balboa Island Noir

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 29, 2019

The scene is set. It’s a week before Christmas. We find ourselves in the charming community called Balboa, 50 miles from Los Angeles, and Joan Bennett drives off into the city for very urgent business. She meets an undesirable in a bar, but this is by no means a tryst. She is facing a sleazy read more
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