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A Cheap Endorphin Rush, or: 2020’s off to a lousy start, isn’t it?

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 5, 2020

We’ve been marathoning “Superstore” and now “Schitt’s Creek” so I don’t have a ready backlog of Stop Button posts right now. I wrote that sugar-high post earlier this week, which was… something to do. And I’ve been fairly good with the comics posts. I’m going to do the next Ennis read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 5, 2020

One of the non-political things trending the most on the internet this week has been the new BBC TV adaptation of DRACULA. I haven't seen any of it yet--from what I've heard about it, I'd probably just be whining and moaning over it. I did happen to view another radical interpretation of Bram Stoke read more

SCREENPLAY BY: Frank S. Nugent

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Jan 5, 2020

SCREENPLAY BY: Frank S. Nugent On January 5, 2020January 5, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized Having the screenplay of the greatest Western of all time as your magnum opus is pretty grand as it is, but to claim a further ten scripts written for John Ford is read more

Jojo Rabbit

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 5, 2020

Satire is like a tightrope, it’s risky and the performer should know what they’re doing. Any missed step, or slack in the rope, and it will all come to ruin. In Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi keeps the rope taut, the story tight and balances himself in a very risky role, portraying a boys imag read more

The Twelve Shorts of Christmas #12: Night of the Slasher (2015)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 5, 2020

US / 11 minutes / color / We Make Movies Dir & Scr: Shant Hamassian Pr: Adam Lesar, Eve Constance, Shant Hamassian Cine: Eli Tahan Cast: Lily Berlina, Scott Javore, Adam Lesar, David Swann, Eve Constance. A teenager, Jenelle (Berlina), has a score to settle with a psycho. We read between the li read more

Silent Sunday: A Momentary Change of Pace

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 5, 2020

Okay, so usually “Silent Sunday” is a day where I just post a short introduction and then let the movie “speak” (even though there’s no actual speaking) for itself. It’s a nice bit, and a fitting theme, and honestly a nice way to get a day’s worth of content read more

Monday in Maryland, the matinee of the 'Century'

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

We had planned for today's Carole & Co. entry to be part 2 of "Lombard and livestock," but we're pushing that back to Monday in order to alert you to a special showing of one of her films at a theater restored to its 1930s charm. And best of all, it's free.The movie: The screwball comedy that vaulte read more

They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1968) – A Mini-Review

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 5, 2020

They Saved Hitler’s Brain (AKA The Madmen of Mandoras) Directed by David Bradley Written by Peter Miles; original story by Steve Bennett 1968/USA IMDb link First viewing/YouTube Not much to say about this one.  Mad Nazis on a remote tropical island keep Hitler’s head in a jar.  They plan read more

The Moon-Spinners ( 1964 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 5, 2020

In 1963, Hayley Mills, one of the most popular child stars of the decade, set off for Greece to star in Walt Disney's family-friendly adaptation of Mary Stewart's thrilling novel "The Moon-Spinners". Mills stars as Nikky Ferris, a young girl who is traveling throughout Europe with her Aunt Frances read more

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: John Wayne

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 4, 2020

Our next addition to our classic movie guide is one of the most beloved mainstays of American popular culture and the western mythos. That’s right. We’re talking about Marion Morrison better known to the viewing public as John “The Duke” Wayne. As is the case, we will provide read more

book: When It Grows Dark (2016; trans 2017 Anne Bruce) by Jorn Lier Horst

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 4, 2020

A prequel to a series of Norwegian police procedurals that I have not read. Thirty-three years ago, in 1983, series protagonist William Wisting is just a humble patrol cop with a young wife, infant twins and too many bills. Trying to catch a habitual car thief, he and his partner make a discovery t read more

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 4, 2020

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Directed by Jack Kaufman Written by Jack Kaufman, Alan Landsberg, etc. from a book by William L. Shirer 1968/USA IMDb link First viewing/YouTube Loved the book; liked the movie. Surely everybody is acquainted with the story of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power a read more


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

CRUCIBLE OF HORROR is the American title for this 1969 British production. In England it was released as THE CORPSE. The American title makes one expect a blood & thunder Gothic chiller--but it is actually a contemporary psychological suspense tale. CRUCIBLE OF HORROR centers around the Eastwoo read more

Lombard loves livestock, part 1 (bovines)

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

I dare you not to love, or at least like, this picture -- Carole Lombard, at the small farm she owned in the San Fernando Valley, posing with one of her cows. Facebook friend Brian Anderson found it, and here's the still in its entirety, Paramount p1202-1522, from 1937: Carole developed quite an att read more

The Twelve Shorts of Christmas #11: He Took His Skin Off for Me (2014)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 4, 2020

UK / 11 minutes / color / LFS, Fruit Tree Media, Cungkeel Dir: Ben Aston Pr: Fiona Lamptey Scr: Maria Hummer, Ben Aston Story: “He Took His Skin Off for Me” (2013 Devil’s Lake) by Maria Hummer Cine: Yiannis Manolopoulos Cast: Sebastian Armesto, Anna Maguire, Oli Fenton, Sarah Barker, Danyèle read more

Short Film Spotlight – Animal Behaviour (2018)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 4, 2020

Okay, I know I said I was going to be posting a follow-up to Thursday’s column on the Public Domain status of the John Wayne movie McLintock! today, but to be honest, it’s more complex than you might think, and since part of the reason for shifting things around here was to give myself t read more

Restoration (1995, Michael Hoffman)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 4, 2020

Restoration is two parts period drama, one part character study, one part comedy. It’s often tragic, both because of events occurring and because it takes place in 1665 England and 1665 wasn’t a great time to be alive given the state of medical knowledge versus, you know, disease. Or mental health. read more

Weekend Double Feature – Featuring Barenaked Ladies! And their Cats! (or, in other words, It’s All Been Done Before…)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 3, 2020

Yeah, I know I threw some of you yesterday when I said I was going to do a follow-up to that post on Saturday, which is usually when I post the Double Feature, but that’s because I knew (and y’all didn’t yet) that the DF was moving to Friday. So, the way the Double Feature usually read more

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 3, 2020

Night of the Living Dead Directed by George A. Romero Written by John A. Russo and George A. Romero 1968/USA IMDb link Repeat viewing/Criterion Channel One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die One of 1000 on They Shoot Zombies Don’t They Sheriff McClelland: Yeah, they’re dead. They read more

Watchmen (2019) s01e08 – A God Walks into Abar

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 3, 2020

This episode of “Watchmen” gets, quite nicely, to the heart of the matter. As the episode goes through its meme-ification of Dr. Manhattan (albeit prestige HBO series starring recent Academy Award-winner Regina King memes), where King and Dr. Manhattan—who’s always visibly obscured when he’s read more