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3:10 to Yuma (1957)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 2, 2019

The picture showcases a parched landscape of cactus and dusty trails — the arid terrain accentuated by purposely tinted photography. It’s aided by that bleak black & white palette courtesy of Charles Lawton Jr., just as Delmer Dave’s earlier western, Jubal (1956), was made by i read more

Dirty Computer (2018, Alan Ferguson, Emma Westenberg, Andrew Donoho, Lacey Duke, and Chuck Lightning)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 2, 2019

Dirty Computer is hard to explain. It’s fairly easy to describe—it’s a fifty-six minute short film (or “emotion picture” as creator Janelle Monáe describes it) compilation of Monáe’s music videos for her Dirty Computer album. There’s bridging footage to contextualize the videos. It’s read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on May 2, 2019

Happy 80th, Union Station!

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 2, 2019

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable (shown here in December 1940 boarding an eastbound train as they traveled to Washington and later Baltimore) were no stranger to rail travel; each regularly used it for transcontinental trips. But at the time of their marriage in late March 1939, if they or other Angel read more

Watching 1939: Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 2, 2019

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

book: These Are the Names (2012; trans 2015 Sam Garrett) by Tommy Wieringa

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 2, 2019

A dark, strangely put-together novel that it took me some while to decide whether or not I liked. The setting is some undefined Eastern European country that’s still affected by its memories of decades under the Soviet thrall. In the city of Michailopol the chief cop is Pontus Beg, a dyspepti read more

Final Rd Mr and Mrs. Tournament

All Good Things Posted by monty on May 2, 2019

Here we go with the final rd  Rd 6-1: Which film do you like better? Rd 6.2: Which film do you like more? Rd 6-3: Which film do you like more? Rd 6-4: Which film do you like better? Rd 6-5: Which film do you like more? Rd 6-6: Which film do you like more? Rd 6-7: Whi read more

The Projected Man (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 1, 2019

The Projected Man  Directed by Ian Curteis and John Croydon Written by John Croydon and Peter Bryan; story by Frank Quatrocce UK/1966 Compton Films First viewing/YouTube This movie has a many things in common with The Fly (1958).  Quality is not among them. Scientists are experimenting with transmit read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 1, 2019

Once I made my way to the Los Angeles area again, I spent my morning doing some sightseeing at Hillside Memorial Park, Holy Cross Cemetery, and Hollywood Boulevard until it was time to check in to my Airbnb and start enjoying some pre-festival events. Excited beyond measure at attending my first-ev read more

In Theaters--Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 1, 2019

I’ve been waiting years for the release of Be Natural:The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, a documentary about pioneering French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché directed by Pamela Green. As an early Kickstarter backer of the film, I’d frequently receive enticing updates about the production, read more

o/t: leisure reading for March/April 2019

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 1, 2019

A two-month listing for a change, because my mind was very much on other matters around the end of March/beginning of April. Since then I’ve learned the joys of living without my once-dominant right eye, and all in all things aren’t going too badly. I can’t say I’ve quite made it to read more

They All Come Out (1939)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 1, 2019

US / 69 minutes / bw / Loew’s, MGM Dir: Jacques Tourneur Pr: Jack Chertok Scr: John C. Higgins Cine: Clyde DeVinna, Paul C. Vogel Cast: Rita Johnson, Tom Neal, Bernard Nedell, Edward Gargan, John Gallaudet, Addison Richards, Frank M. Thomas, George Tobias, Ann Shoemaker, Charles Lane, Fay Helm, Paul read more

'Stand Tall!' for a 'Fugitive Sweetheart' -- and help me, too

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 1, 2019

As Maria Tura in "To Be Or Not To Be," Carole Lombard typed a message to save her acting troupe and her fellow Poles in the underground from the Nazis. Now, it's time to rescue Keswick Fletcher and Eloise Kellogg (aka Susan Birch)Who are they? First, Keswick is a scientist who's been kidnapped, and read more

Sword & Sorcery Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 1, 2019

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) This is the first of two films by director/co-writer Fritz Lang (with a script co-written by Thea von Harbou), based on an epic 11th century German poem. The story follows our protagonist Siegfried (Paul Richter), as he fights a dragon, secures a sword and magic helm read more


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 1, 2019

The mystery play, with its creaking doors, sliding panels and bodies falling out of unexpected places has  long been a staple of  stage thrillers.  THE CAT  AND THE CANARY (1927), THE BAT WHISPERS (1930) and others were made into films with the  fusion of the forties of horror/mystery to come. read more

Jubal (1956)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 30, 2019

There’s no doubt about it. Jubal boasts absolutely gorgeous imagery and how can you miss with a backdrop as majestic as the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Its looming grandeur is evident in just about every single exterior shot — a continuous hallmark of classical frontier visi read more

book: The Blind Man of Seville (2003) by Robert Wilson

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 30, 2019

The Blind Man of Seville is a crime novel in that it’s a novel about crime. However, the crimes at its focus aren’t those described on the wrapper — a series of brutal murders in modern-day Seville — but those depicted in what seems initially to be the novel’s backstor read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

Louise Randall Pierson wrote a memoir in her early 50s which was published as Roughly Speaking in 1944. A feisty go-getter and keen observer, the housewife was able to put into words the life of a family in those tumultuous first years of the 20th century. Warner Brothers made a film base read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 30, 2019

“Susan’s growing pains are rapidly becoming a major disease.” —Myrna Loy as Judge Margaret Turner While Shirley Temple charmed audiences as a little girl, she also grew up on screen and carried her fine acting skills with her well into her teen roles. Though she did not rema read more

One Hundred a Day (1973, Gillian Armstrong)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 30, 2019

One Hundred a Day is a terrifying eight minutes. Rosalie Fletcher is a factory girl in the thirties and she’s in trouble. Her more worldly friends, Jenee Welsh and Virginia Portingale, know where she can take care of it. Day’s this grainy, high contrast black and white. In the factory, where the read more