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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 29, 2020

“I used to go to Grauman’s Chinese or Pantages and sit there waiting to see my faceless body on the screen. Texas began to look awfully near and awfully good, and ‘Clara Lou’ had a sweet sound to my ears.” –Ann Sheridan From an “It Girl” or even a “Girl with read more

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) s01e02 – The Cold Open

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 29, 2020

The Cold Open is about Matthew Perry trying to write the cold open (the pre-credits sketch) for the first episode of ‘Studio 60’ he and pal Bradley Whitford are producing. The episode’s cold open is Amanda Peet giving a press conference about Perry and Whitford taking over the show. It’s a quick read more

Back, 'Flirt'-atious, and with a 'Tall' trailer

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 29, 2020

"Carole & Co." is back, after an unexpected 10-day absence not of my own making. What happened? My laptop went kaput -- and unlike pre-coronavirus days, when I could go to a public library or senior center only blocks away, none of us have that option. So I ordered a new model which arrived today; s read more

Book Review: Martin Turnbull's "The Heart of the Lion": The Room Where it (Really) Happened

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jun 28, 2020

Hey movie lover - haven't you often heard behind the scenes conversations in your head? You know, the ones between Clark Gable and Carole Lombard? Or Garbo and Gilbert? Or maybe, just maybe, Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer? Or better  yet, all those mop up men at the Harlow home discussing ho read more

Doctor Who (2005) s02e08 – The Impossible Planet

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 28, 2020

The Impossible Planet has just what “Who” needs… right now anyway. There’s a new director to the series (James Strong) and a new writer (Matt Jones), and they give the series a push in a better (arguably best so far) direction. Is there going to be any momentum… probably not. “Who,” read more

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Beach Party Movies

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 27, 2020

In our ongoing series, we’ve turned our focus to a specific person or genre we want to try and shine a light on. Today our topic is summer-themed. While it’s not exactly a venerated subgenre, the beach party movies are enjoyable nonetheless for evoking the surf craze and the teen beach c read more

Doctor Who (2005) s02e07 – The Idiot’s Lantern

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 27, 2020

I had high hopes for this episode. Higher hopes. Between writer Mark Gatiss, who wrote something last season and I didn’t hate it because I don’t remember his name, and director Euros Lyn, I figured it would be fine. I just didn’t predict it’d be such a middling fine. Once again the Doctor (David read more

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #7: Juror 6 (Edward Binns)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Jun 27, 2020

FAVORITE ANGRY MAN #7: Juror 6 (Edward Binns) On June 27, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized Though he is perhaps, along with Juror 2, the most unassuming member of the panel, his emotional intelligence sets him apart. His quiet, unremarkable nature is a we read more

Frasier (1993) s02e12 – Roz in the Doghouse

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 27, 2020

It’s writers Chuck Ranberg and Anne Flett-Giordano’s second episode this season. They sort of established the show in the first season, so it’s nice to see them back. Even if this episode doesn’t age well. Some of the jokes are great and the performances are fantastic, but the situations associated read more

Doctor Who (2005) s02e06 – The Age of Steel

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 26, 2020

I had low expectations for this episode, given the first installment was so unimpressed; writer Tom MacRae and director Graeme Harper do not improve at all this episode. The perfunctory cliffhanger resolution does nothing to ratchet up any enthusiasm. The stakes are simple—the Cybermen are taking read more

Sea Monster Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 26, 2020

The Monster that Challenged the World (1957) Technically, this isn’t a sea monster movie, since it’s set in the Salton Sea (a saltwater lake located in the Southern California desert), but I’m not going to split hairs with this one. An earthquake creates a rift on the lake floor, u read more

Funny Face (1957) Shows Audrey Hepburn’s Enduring Beauty

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 25, 2020

I’m not an expert on fashion photographers, but with only a passing interest in the industry, two of the most luminous names I know are probably Richard Avedon and Bob Willougby. Their names seem to crop up more than almost anyone when you consider film stills. It’s no coincidence that t read more

Doctor Who (2005) s02e05 – Rise of the Cybermen

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 25, 2020

The cold open of this episode looks pretty bad and the direction on the actors is terrible so I was just waiting to see it was Keith Boak. Then the opening titles rolled and I got a little hopeful upon seeing the writing credit—Tom MacRae, new guy (all the “Who” writers are guys so far), and the read more

My Favorite Live-Action Performances In The Films Of Ray Harryhausen

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 25, 2020

June 29 of this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Harryhausen. I've spent some time thinking about putting together a tribute post for the occasion....but what sort of tribute post? A list of my favorite Harryhausen films? Or a list of my favorite Harryhausen stop-motion creat read more

The Five Best Greer Garson Performances

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick on Jun 25, 2020

As Paula in Random Harvest. 1. Random Harvest - At the end of World War I, an entertainer named Paula (Greer Gardson) falls in love with a amnesiac known only as Smithy (Ronald Colman). They marry, have a child, and live blissfully in the English countryside. Then one day, Smithy journeys read more

Watching 1939: The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 25, 2020

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 25, 2020

As one of the top stars of his day, Cary Grant appeared in a broad range of film roles, easily transitioning between many genres. In particular, Grant excelled in the roles he played in romantic comedies fairly early in his career. His time in the genre would continue for many years to come, with M read more

Frasier (1993) s02e11 – Seat of Power

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 25, 2020

Steven Levitan wrote this episode. Levitan’s one of the few sitcom people whose names I recognize. I didn’t realize he’d done “Frasier.” Turns out this is his first of four episodes. Recognizing the writer (though not remembering he hadn’t contributed a script to credit level before Seat), read more

Doctor Who (2005) s02e04 – The Girl in the Fireplace

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 24, 2020

The Girl in the Fireplace is an exceptionally affecting star-crossed lovers story, with the Doctor (David Tennant) happening across a portal to 18th century Versailles and—initially reluctantly—becoming involved Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Myles) as he tries to save her from time-traveling automato read more

Western RoundUp: Review – The Cariboo Trail (1950)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Jun 24, 2020

Western RoundUp: Review – The Cariboo Trail (1950) It’s hard to believe, but this month’s column marks two years since the Western Roundup debuted here at Classic Movie Hub. My introductory post covered Five of My Favorite Westerns, and since then it’s been a great hono read more
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