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On Blu-Ray: The Luscious, Vicious Hollywood of The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 8, 2020

In telling the story of a charismatic cad, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) encapsulates all the glory, glamour, despair, and depravity of Hollywood. Director Vincente Minnelli’s portrait of the manipulative filmmaker Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) feels so real that you can’t help wond read more

Summer Wars

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 8, 2020

(2009) Directed by Mamoru Hosoda; Written by Satoko Okudera: Original story by Mamoru Hosoda; Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, and Sumiko Fuji; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “This particular film revolves around one family, and the issues I thin read more

Nightmare in the Sun (1965)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 8, 2020

US / 79 minutes / color / Afilmco, Zodiac Dir & Pr: Marc Lawrence Scr: Ted Thomas, Fanya Lawrence Story: Marc Lawrence, George Fass Cine: Stanley Cortez Cast: John Derek, Aldo Ray, Arthur O’Connell, Ursula Andress, Sammy Davis Jr., Allyn Joslyn, Keenan Wynn, George Tobias, John Marley, Lurene read more

A pair of pics and a puckish panel

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 8, 2020

Today's entry touches a few bases, opening with this Carole Lombard item on eBay. It's two 8" x 10" portraits of her (set up to look like one because both are vertical poses, Neither are original vintage shots, but both show Carole looking stylish. The pair goes for $6.99, and you can get all the in read more

Archie’s Parables (1973)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 8, 2020

Archie’s Parables is Christian comics propaganda from the 1970s and is a great example of why it never would’ve occurred to me to read an Archie comic before, what, 2010 or something. But Parables, courtesy Spire Christian Comics and creator Al Hartley. Though using the word “creator” for Hartley read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Jan 7, 2020

Today I talk about the Escape to Witch Mountain being huge Disney fan been watching like crazy many things on Disney plus getting new movies to review even modern to tackle as new modern classics as I decided take a long break form blogging to find stuff of interest to review. Disney live action mov read more

Falling into the Gap

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 7, 2020

We've been "on the farm" with Carole Lombard in 1937 the past few days (the predecessor to the Encino ranch she and Clark Gable settled down in after their marriage a few years later), and here she is looking over the several-acre site, the Paramount still p1202-1533.More than half a century later, read more

Cooking with the Stars: Loretta Young’s Chicken Curry

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Samantha Ellis on Jan 7, 2020

Cooking with the Stars: Loretta Young’s Chicken Curry Loretta Young It’s a new year, which means it’s time for more stars and more delectable recipes! I feel like Loretta Young has been on my ever-growing list of stars that I’ve wanted to cover for ages, but this month seemed read more

book: Once on a Moonless Night (2007; trans 2009 Adriana Hunter) by Dai Sijie

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 7, 2020

In the aftermath of China’s Cultural Revolution a young French student (our anonymous narrator) is studying in Peking/Beijing when she falls in love with a local greengrocer, Tumchooq. But this isn’t any old greengrocer: he’s the estranged son of the French linguist Paul d’A read more

Out of Sequence: Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 7, 2020

Muriel’s Wedding Directed by P.J. Hogan Written by P.J. Hogan 1994/Australia IMDb link Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die   The anti-Cinderella story with a happy ending. Muriel (Toni Collette) lives in the beach town of Porpoise Spit, Australia. read more

Echoes of You (2018, Henry Quilici)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

About halfway through, Echoes of You gets after-school special cringy, which seems like it’s too bad because at least before—despite being this Dickensian tale of classical pianist employed as a theatre custodian (Laurence Fuller) who befriends the street urchin living out back (Zakary Risinger) read more

Doctor Gorpon (1991) #3

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

So last issue was a surprise as far as creator Marc Hansen’s plotting for Doctor Gorpon goes and this issue is no different. The issue opens having to resolve three cliffhangers—all of the monsters Gorpon has captured over the years has gelled into sentient ooze bent on destroying him, his former read more

APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 7, 2020

During my teenage years I went through an Agatha Christie phase, where I started reading most of her novels. I also started watching the various movie and TV adaptations of her work. I haven't watched all the adaptations--especially the television ones, because there's been so many of them. The all read more

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Love Story (50th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs now through Jan 18)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Jan 7, 2020

Win tickets to see “Love Story” on the Big Screen!In Select Cinemas NationwideSun Feb 9 and Wed Feb 12 “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” CMH continues into our 5h year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 2nd of our 15 movie ticket giveaways for 2020, read more

Friendly Persuasion (1956): Gary Cooper’s Quaker Clan

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

The when is 1862. The where is Southern Indiana. We find ourselves in the throes of Quaker country as envisioned by novelist Jessamyn West and brought to the screen by his eminence, William Wyler. What follows is a lovely opening gambit with a goose about as anthropomorphic as they come without comp read more

book: The Potter’s Field (2008; trans 2011 Stephen Sartarelli) by Andrea Camilleri

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 6, 2020

I’ve read perhaps half a dozen of Camilleri’s Montalbano novels before and generally enjoyed them, but for much of the time while reading this one I felt as if the author was rather doing things by numbers. Yes, Montalbano’s dimwit junior Catarella mangles the language and makes a read more

Walt Disney's The Swamp Fox

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 6, 2020

Leslie Nielsen as Swamp Fox. During its first decade, Walt Disney's television series featured several action-packed episodes about historic American heroes. The most famous example is Davy Crockett, who was played by Fess Parker in five episodes that aired between 1954 and 1955. Its immense popula read more

Musical Monday: So Long Letty (1929)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 6, 2020

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: So Long Letty (1929) – read more

Doctor Gorpon (1991) #2

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 6, 2020

I was expecting Doctor Gorpon #2 to be gross and funny—and it is both gross and funny—but not have much of a story. Instead, creator Marc Hansen has a bunch of it. In fact, the story even overshadows the gross and some of the funny. Everyone who survived the first issue is back. Gorpon’s strugglin read more

Lombard loves livestock, part 2 (equines, etc.)

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

Are the pictures in this entry the happiest ever taken of Carole Lombard? My Facebook friend Brian Lee Anderson believes so, and he has a good argument. They were taken on her small San Fernando Valley ranch in 1937, and the pics (such as Paramount p1202-1686, above) show Carole with her beloved Pal read more
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