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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e05 – Dreams in a Witch House

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 25, 2020

This episode starts immediately after the previous one—Kiernan Shipka has just opened a demonic Rubik’s cube, designed by her dead father when he was in the same witch academy she now attends, and released a sleep demon (a make-up encased and excellent Megan Leitch). The episode is just the demon read more

Groundhog Day (1993)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 24, 2020

Groundhog Day Directed by Harold Ramis Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis 1993/US IMDb link Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant   This movie’s clever premise and strong screenplay have aged beautifully. Phil (Bill Murray) is a cynical, conceited TV weatherman who detests his job.  The wors read more

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020, Cathy Yan)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 24, 2020

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a Margot Robbie vehicle, which is excellent, because Robbie’s great and the filmmaking, particularly on Robbie’s scenes, is outstanding. Retitling it the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn would be the best move; the Bird read more

Fat City (1972): Boxing and The Human Experience

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 24, 2020

John Huston was one of the mavericks of Old Hollywood even surpassing his own father’s acclaim in the industry. Although his successes waxed and waned during the 1970s, he found new prominence as both an actor (Chinatown) and a reinvigorated director. Fat City is no question his hidden gem of read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: March Roundup

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 24, 2020

This month I was especially impressed by the quality of the interviews in my favorite episodes. These are all lively, though-provoking conversations. As always, please share in the comments if you know of a podcast I should be listening to, even your own! Episode titles link to the show: Th read more

In 2020, the TCMFF comes to you

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 24, 2020

Carole Lombard and her beloved gelding Pico grace Paramount p1202-1576, a photo I've never seen before. It's a comforting image in an uncomfortable time, one that hit home for many classic film fans earlier this month when Turner Classic Movies canceled its annual film festival slated for April, yet read more

Don Knotts and the Bullet (Exclusive Guest Post by Author Daniel de Vise)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Daniel de Visé on Mar 24, 2020

Did a Little Boy’s Toy Bullet Inspire the Most Famous Photograph of Barney Fife? Anyone familiar with the great Don Knotts and his best-known character, the over-caffeinated deputy to Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, will recognize the photo. It pictures Barney, head cocked, eyes read more

Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 23, 2020

Support Your Local Sheriff Directed by Burt Kennedy Written by William Bowers 1969/US IMDb link First viewing/Netflix rental The charisma of James Garner and the superb cast of supporting actors made me think I might be in for good Lockdown viewing.  I was right. In the Old West, a town springs up read more

Timeline (2003, Richard Donner)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

Timeline is really bad. The opening sequence starts Donner regular Steve Kahan in a terrible bit part but at least there’s the stunt casting; the rest of the poorly edited sequence has ER doctors and anonymous law enforcement looking into the mysterious death of a man who appeared in the middle of read more

Becker (1998) s01e19 – Truth and Consequences

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

Marsha Myers wrote this episode and Myers has been one of the only reliable writers this season. So high hopes for it. And strange disappointment because Truth and Consequences does succeed but it doesn’t have much to do with Myers’s script. It succeeds because it’s got Richard Schiff in a sitcom read more

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e03 – The Trial of Sabrina Spellman

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

No Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa script this episode, Ross Maxwell instead, which initially confirmed my idea about how the first two episodes were the extended pilot and now we’re getting into series proper. Actually, no, because this episode serves to set the series up to be, you know, a series. The epi read more

From the Archives: Krakatoa East of Java ( 1968 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 23, 2020

Diane Baker and John Leyton examine a map of Krakatoa to see where the greatest volcantic eruption on record is about to hit. The adventure film Krakatoa, East of Java ( 1968 ) boasted an all-star cast which included Brian Keith, Sal Mineo, Maximilian Schell, and Rossano Brazzi.  From the Ar read more

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #10: Juror 12 (Robert Webber)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Mar 23, 2020

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #10: Juror 12 (Robert Webber) On March 23, 2020March 23, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized Like Juror 7, Juror 12 is much more interested in his life outside of that room than in the case. He’s an adversiting executive and his cons read more

Musical Monday: Springtime in the Rockies (1942)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

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: Springtime in the Rockies read more

Kirk Douglas's Lonely Are the Brave

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 23, 2020

Of all the films he made, Kirk Douglas listed Lonely Are the Brave (1962) as his favorite. Yet, this unusual contemporary Western was not a box office hit and rarely gets mentioned among his best movies. It has its admirers, though, to include Steven Spielberg and Kirk's son Michael. It's read more

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e02 – The Dark Baptism

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

I started this episode very happy Lee Toland Krieger was directing and then immediately regretted it because Krieger uses these camera filters—the iMovie version of wiping Vaseline on the lens—to center viewer attention. So while “Sabrina” has that questionable streaming 2.1:1 aspect ratio… read more

Becker (1998) s01e18 – Saving Harvey Cohen

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2020

The episode plays like writer Eric Cohen really likes “Becker.” Everyone in the cast gets something to do; even if it’s a little subplot, it’s a complete one. The main plot has Becker (Ted Danson) reluctantly caring for a sick stray cat, including some really obvious stuff when he takes it to read more

The Apple of your i(Phone)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 23, 2020

How would a 2020 version of Carole Lombard, shown as Helen Bartlett talking on the phone in 1937's "True Confession," use today's technology? We'll never know, but if you own an Apple iPhone, you can put a Lombard spin on it.A Hong Kong company is selling three different iPhone cases with Carole the read more

Watch out -- it's 'time' for Carole

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 22, 2020

The 1929 version of Carole Lombard looks very stylish for the time in this Pathe photo, almost certainly taken by the studio's photographer, William E. Thomas. But she's apparently missing one notable accessory...and it has to do with that word "time." Where's her watch? Perhaps Lombard is hiding it read more

The 13th Warrior (1999, John McTiernan)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 22, 2020

No one in The 13th Warrior seems particularly thrilled to be participating in The 13th Warrior. Some people carry it better than others—Omar Sharif’s cameo is the only “good” acting in the film, as he translates and interprets events for lead Antonio Banderas, who can’t speak the common language read more