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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

SON OF A SAILOR

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 21, 2020

This month Turner Classic Movies is showcasing classic film comedian Joe E. Brown. One of his films the channel showed was SON OF A SAILOR, a 1933 title made by Warner Bros. The major reason I watched it was for the fact that Thelma Todd is in it...but honestly, I could have just skipped it. Joe E. read more

Classics for Coronavirus: Robinson Crusoe

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 21, 2020

The world is staying home this spring as a pandemic spreads through our countries, leaving many people to cope with the unfamiliar experience of social isolation. Literature and film are suddenly lifelines to adventure, community, and knowledge, and some of them can really teach us a few things abou read more

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971): Monte Hellman’s Road Movie

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 21, 2020

There’s always a certain relish in seeing non-actors given a stake in a film, but whether it’s mere fallacy or not, there’s this sense that they are more like us — there aren’t as many techniques to get in the way of our joint experience. In other words, what they are read more

The Directors’ Chair: Psycho

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Theresa Brown on Mar 21, 2020

The Directors’ Chair: Psycho (1960) Some directors specialize in comedy, others in suspense. Still others delve in horror, romance or westerns. There are directors known for many films and some known only for one. Directors can put their stamp all over their films, while others get the read more

Fear and Desire (1953)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Mar 21, 2020

US / 61 minutes / bw / Kubrick Family, Joseph Burstyn Dir & Pr & Cine: Stanley Kubrick Scr: Howard Sackler Cast: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Steve Coit, Virginia Leith, David Allen The first feature movie of Stanley Kubrick, the one that so embarrassed him in later life that read more

'Supernatural' on Blu-ray: That's scary, kiddies (or is it?)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 21, 2020

It's no secret that "Supernatural," released in spring 1933, is a film Carole Lombard really didn't want to make. Her lone foray into horror, Carole probably feared if the film was a hit, Paramount might relegate her to that genre. And while Fay Wray was able to escape typecasting after several outi read more

Molnar’s play “The Swan”

The Baz Posted by Neve on Mar 21, 2020

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 21, 2020

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Directed by George Roy Hill Written by William Goldman 1969/US IMDb link Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Launching “Flickers in Time: The Lockdown Edition” with this beloved classic.  It’s a blen read more

Introducing Westgate Gallery – Plus Vincent Price Blogathon Contest!

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 21, 2020

I don’t typically do endorsements here at Cinematic Catharsis, but I couldn’t keep a lid on something that truly represents my sensibilities (Or is that senselessness? I get these two confused.). Westgate Gallery is an online store by a movie fan for movie fans, stocked with thousands of read more

Becker (1998) s01e17 – Partial Law

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 21, 2020

Even though I know I don’t remember this episode—the first in the series directed by Ken Levine, whose blog convinced me to give “Becker” another shot back in the day and was seemingly correct since I watched the whole show even though it’s a slog to get to through the opening fumbles—it read more

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955, Robert Gordon)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 21, 2020

I finished watching It Came from Beneath the Sea, which I regret, particularly because the whole reason I didn’t shut it down was for the big special effects finale, when the giant radioactive octopus finally attacks a city. Incidentally, it’s San Francisco, which doesn’t turn out to be anywhere read more

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e01 – October Country

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 21, 2020

The opening titles of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” are, for the most part (if memory serves), Robert Hack art from the source comic book. Now, not only is the comic super-gory, it’s also a period(ish) piece; the show is set modern but none of the teenagers has a smartphone, so it’s a bit read more

Six-String Samurai (1998, Lance Mungia)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 20, 2020

Released in 1998, Six-String Samurai makes the big move of using a very familiar piece of music from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack (Misirlou, which is also the music on the Pulp Fiction trailer) during a big action sequence. It’s not a bold move, because Samurai hasn’t got any boldness. It even walks read more

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: ‘See the Monkey Dance’ (Joseph Newman, 1964)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Mar 20, 2020

Not a long time ago I shared with you my thoughts on two great Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes starring Claire Trevor. I felt like discussing Hitchcock TV stuff again but, this time, with its anthology series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. The principle is pretty much the same as Alfred Hitchcock Pre read more

THE 6TH ANNUAL FAVOURITE TV SHOW EPISODE BLOGATHON: Magnum, P.I., Holmes is Where the Heart Is, 1984

Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 20, 2020

Terence Towles Canote is hosting The 6th Annual Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon. This is one of my top favourites of the annual blogathons and I am looking forward to all of the contributions to be found HERE. Holmes Is Where the Heart Is Written by Judy Burns and Jay Huguely Directed by read more
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