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Watching 1939: Midnight Shadow (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 6, 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

Twelve Shorts for the Shortest Month #6: The Lie (1955 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 6, 2020

US / 25 minutes / bw / Four Star, First Run Syndication Dir: Alvin Ganzer Pr: Warren Lewis Scr: Frederic Brady Story: Kathleen Norris Cine: George E. Diskant Cast: Dan Duryea, Beverly Garland, Jo Gilbert, Mack Williams, Ted Bliss, Salvador Baguez, Nancy Matthews Beverly Garland as Laura This was sho read more

Always touched by their presence, dear: Carole, Debbie, Mamie

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 6, 2020

Above is Carole Lombard "singing" in the 1933 Columbia film "Brief Moment"; I put quotation marks around the word because she was dubbed on screen. But Lombard was among several blonde icons whose images influenced a flaxen-haired musical goddess of several decades later.It's Debbie Harry of Blondie read more

In Memoriam: RememberingKirk Douglas (1916-2020)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 6, 2020

One of the greats is gone. At 103 years of age, Issur Danielovitch, known to movie lovers over as Kirk Douglas has finally left us. In full transparency, if he was up against Robert Mitchum I would have probably sided with Bob. If he was facing off with Burt Lancaster I might have gravitated to Bur read more

Arabesque (1966) with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 5, 2020

I was trying to recall if the actual word “arabesque” was ever uttered in the movie. Granted, in a narrative like this, it’s just as easy for something to fly over your head. There’s comparable lingo bandied about pertaining to ciphers and hieroglyphs, mentioned in the conte read more

Grumpier Old Men (1995, Howard Deutch)

The Stop Button Posted by on Feb 5, 2020

The first half of Grumpier Old Men is such an improvement over the original, it could be a paragon of sequels. Director Deutch knows how to showcase the actors amid all the physical comedy. There’s a lot of physical comedy and sight gags in Grumpier. There’s Walter Matthau doing the Saturday Night read more

Cooking with the Stars: Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Samantha Ellis on Feb 5, 2020

Cooking with the Stars: Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms Elizabeth Taylor It may be freezing outside, but here I am with the perfect dish this month to warm you back up again! February is all about Elizabeth Taylor, the darling of the silver screen who I’ve admired read more

On Blu-ray: Action and Suspense in Operation Crossbow (1965) and The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 5, 2020

Operation Crossbow (1965) This fast-paced, intense action thriller makes better use of its big cast than your typical all-star production. It plugs its characters into the story with smooth logic and always with an eye on moving the narrative forward with satisfying efficiency. The film is loosely read more

Twelve Shorts for the Shortest Month #5: No Chaser (2010)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 5, 2020

US / 22 minutes / color plus some sepia / Raw Canvas, True Films, Creative Words & Pictures Dir & Pr & Scr: Mark H. Howard Cine: Robert McEwen Cast: B.D. Mason, Darren Jones, Giovanni Pauletti, Aiesha Dukes, Dwayne Branch, Bill Merker, Vince Sartini, Rhonda Marie Bynum, Mark H. Howard, A read more

Top 3 Kirk Douglas Performances

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 5, 2020

Kirk Douglas lived a very long life, but it’s still shocking to learn of his death. He was so incredibly alive onscreen. There are few performers in Hollywood history as charismatic as Douglas. Since his effect on his viewers was physical in its impact, I want to focus on the three performance read more

Rest in Peace, Kirk Douglas

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 5, 2020

When I arrived at my mother’s house tonight, I was greeted by the sobering news that film legend Kirk Douglas had died at the age of 103. It was always such a pleasure in recent years to know that this cinematic giant was still with us. But now, knowing that he’s passed on, I can smile with the read more

The Gender Gap in Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 5, 2020

Check out these two articles, both of which show the gap between awards for women and men in the Oscars over time in visual format. “The Oscars’ 92-year gender gap, visualised” “Maybe Those Are Just the Best Movies This Year”: #WhiteMan’s Oscar in Context.” read more

Looking back, with a smile

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 5, 2020

Discovering new publicity stills of Carole Lombard -- particularly of her Paramount p1202 series from 1930 to 1938 -- is always a thrill for me, and today I added another to my online family.It's p1202-748 (above), from late 1933 or early 1934, showing Carole looking over her shoulder, wearing a flo read more

“They Drive By Night” to screen at PianoForte February 24

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Feb 5, 2020

“They Drive By Night” to screen at PianoForte February 24 They Drive By Night (1940) starring George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Humphrey Bogart will screen February 24 at PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave. 2nd Floor. Admission is $5. Alan Hale, Ida Lupino, and George read more

Stolen Kisses (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Feb 4, 2020

Stolen Kisses (Baisers voles) Directed by Francois Truffaut Written by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, and Bernard Revon 1968/France IMDb link Repeat viewing/Criterion Channel   Fabienne Tabard: Like Hitler. Georges Tabard: Don’t ever say Hitler was a housepainter. That’s sland read more

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019, Richard Phelan and Will Becher)

The Stop Button Posted by on Feb 4, 2020

Farmageddon has so many sci-fi TV and movie references it’s hard to keep track. The whole thing feels like an homage to E.T. as far as the story—an alien (“voiced” by Amalia Vitale; voicing means making noises in Farmageddon, there’s no dialogue) gets stranded on Earth and makes friends with read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Feb 4, 2020

I finally watched JOKER last night. Boy, that was a film that I needed after a hard day at work (sarcasm). As I'm sure everybody knows now, JOKER tells the story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a mentally unstable, put-upon individual who lives a grim, bleak existence in what appears to be an ea read more

Reasons to Keep a Movie Log

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 4, 2020

A page from my movie log Do you keep a record of the movies you watch? Should you? A movie log is a great way to keep track of your viewing over time, and it can be a helpful memory jogger when you're trying to think about which Oscar contenders you saw as soon as they came out and what year you fi read more


The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 4, 2020

I went to see Joker opening weekend in a full IMAX theater. I was unmoved most of the film, but the gasps from the audience made it an enjoyable experience. I left feeling sour, angry and didn’t think Joker deserved a review from me. When the Oscar nominations were announced I was confused and astou read more

All those Loretta's some more about them

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 4, 2020

We've come across yet another thing Carole Lombard and Loretta Young had in common -- both were spokeswomen for 1847 Rogers Bros. silverware (they also hucked Lux soap, but didn't nearly every Golden Age actress?). And that "Adoration" set Young is advertising is among the items available in the upc read more