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Baghead (2017, Alberto Corredor)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 27, 2019

Baghead ends up feeling a little exploitation-y, even though it’s rather classy. Great production design from Marie Boon—it takes place in a dank pub and then a danker pub cellar—and great photography from John Wade. Hollie Buhagiar’s music is classy too. Corredor isn’t a sensational director read more

Put some English on that serve

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 27, 2019

Photographing Carole Lombard in the 1930s -- and getting paid for it -- must have been a wonderful job, even in casual shots such as this one, Paramount p1202-1355. Fortunately, we also have the back of the pic, which not only tells us more about it, but who took it as well: Don English (1901-1964) read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: June Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 27, 2019

June’s Podcast Roundup is another varied mix of familiar and new-to-me podcasts. If you’ve got a podcast to share (including your own), please tell me about it in the comments. I’m always up for fresh voices! All episode titles link to the show: Ticklish Business Stagecoach ( read more

Watching 1939: The Saint in London (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 27, 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

June Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 27, 2019

Seconds (1966) John Frankenheimer’s disturbing sci-fi thriller, based on a novel by John Ely, plays a bit like an extended Twilight Zone episode, with the central message that we must be careful of what we wish for. A jarring Saul Bass opening title sequence sets the stage for the tone of the read more

book: Black Widow (2008) by E.Duke Vincent

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 27, 2019

I’ve gotta be honest. In the midst of reading this book I underwent a relatively minor surgical operation (a follow-up from the more major one I had a few weeks ago), and so I wasn’t in the best of humors at the time. Y’know: effing hospitals. That said, if ever you have to go und read more

Review: Network (1976)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 26, 2019

“We’re not talking about eternal truth or absolute truth or ultimate truth! We’re talking about impermanent, transient, human truth! I don’t expect you people to be capable of truth! But, you’re at least capable of self-preservation! That’s good enough!” &# read more

An Atlanta advancement

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 26, 2019

Carole Lombard was a peripheral figure when "Gone With The Wind" made its world premiere in Atlanta in December 1939. But as wife of star Clark Gable and as someone with a keen sense of the film industry, she understood the importance of this epic.Nearly eight decades later, Atlanta is playing a key read more

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 26, 2019

US, Spain / 112 minutes / color / IM, Route One, Union Investment, Gran Via, Moot Point, SITE, Willies, Ingenious, STX Dir & Scr: Billy Ray Pr: Mark Johnson, Matt Jackson Story: La Pregunta de sus Ojos (2005; vt The Secret in Their Eyes) by Eduardo Sacheri and the screenplay for El Secreto de su read more

A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival — Part 3

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jun 26, 2019

The “So You Think You Know Movies” trivia contest is held each year in the historic Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. It’s (finally) pleasantly warm outside, putting me in mind of the glorious weather in L.A. . . . and reminding me that it’s a great time for the next installment of read more


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 26, 2019

Studios would launch an actor, attempting to build them up in the public’s eye.  It was this type of gamble or put an established  star in a role against type.   MGM tried  with Mady Christians in A WICKED WOMAN (1934), proclaiming her as a “brilliant new star:” only to find it read more

Review: Enchanted Island (1958)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 26, 2019

With bright blue eyes and a soprano singing voice, Jane Powell won over audiences with her first screen appearance in 1944. She became one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s top musical starts from 1946 to 1955 — every one of her movies was filmed in Technicolor. Her co-stars were other bright new stars from read more

Mesmerize Me (2009, Kate Hackett)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 25, 2019

Mesmerize Me is frustratingly middling. It keep seems like it has to be going somewhere, only for it to go nowhere. It’s not a short short—it’s twenty-four minutes—and there’s a disjointed act structure. The third act is way too short, leveraging the “twist” ending way too much. Only it’s read more

A haiku for Carole (and Colleen)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 25, 2019

What does the very real Carole Lombard have in common with the fictional Colleen Cossitt? Both are obliquely referenced in a recent haiku. It happened as part of the recent inaugural Rom Com Fest.Before explaining further, some reflections on the event -- it was well run and a good time was had by a read more

book: Fireside Gothic (2016) by Andrew Taylor

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 25, 2019

Three novellas that have in common that they’re ghost stories but, more important for this reader, that they’re superb pieces of storytelling. There’s a sense of M.R. James about them (indeed, I spotted a “visual quote” from James at one point, albeit involving a cat r read more

Book Review-- Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 25, 2019

Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant Victoria Amador University Press of Kentucky, 2019 It is comforting to know, that at this moment 102-year-old Olivia de Havilland is living in luxury in a Parisian hotel. With her bright white hair, pearls, and velvet caftans, she still entertains visitors, and read more

Western Roundup: McCrea Ranch

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Jun 25, 2019

Western Roundup: McCrea Ranch Joel McCrea has been one of my favorite actors since I was a teenaged classic film fan, and in the ensuing decades has changed my admiration for Joel, as both an actor and a person, has only deepened. Joel McCrea could do it all: Hitchcock, classic comedies, and o read more

Nayak (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 24, 2019

Nayak (The Hero) Directed by Satyajit Ray Written by Satyajit Ray 1966/India R.D. Banshal & Co. First viewing/Amazon Instant   Excellent film from my beloved Satyajit Ray, somehow channeling Fellini a bit. Arindan Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar) is a matinee idol.  On this particular day, he awakes read more

Review: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 24, 2019

Fifty years on and Bonnie and Clyde remains a cultural landmark as the harbinger proclaiming a new American movie had arrived on the scene. As a cinematic artifact, it is indebted as much to the 60s themselves as it is the Depression Era where its mythical crime story finds its roots. The spark of read more

Seven Things to Know About Andy Griffith

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 24, 2019

Andy in No Time for Sergeants. 1. Andy Griffith's first major success was a comic monologue called "What It Was, Was Football," in which a country preacher accidentally attends an American football game--having never seen one--and tries to describe it. It became a regional hit and was picked up for read more