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O CANADA! BLOGATHON: Songbirds Dorothy Collins and Gisele MacKenzie

Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 7, 2020

"A weekend in Canada a change of scene..." - Canadian Sunset Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy are once again hosting their O Canada! Blogathon. The event runs from March 6th to the 8th. Blogathon contributions: HERE.  Dorothy Collins and Gisele MacKenzie read more

Irreversi (2010)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Mar 7, 2020

Hong Kong / 87 minutes / color / Bigfoot Entertainment Dir: Michael Gleissner Pr: Kacy Andrews, Lisa Schahet Scr: Michael Gleissner, Scott Kurtilla, Mark Jacyszyn, Andrew Lacrosse Cine: Jack Messitt Cast: Ian Bohen, Mei Melançon, Kenny Doughty, Estella Warren, Ken Arden (i.e., Michael Gleissner), Ca read more

The subtext of 'White Woman'

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

Every now and then, I read something about Carole Lombard that forces me to re-evaluate one particular facet of her career. So it was when I came across an entry about "White Woman," her 1933 Paramount potboiler that I've long considered the campiest movie Carole ever made (although the very concept read more

The Peanut Butter Solution

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 7, 2020

(1985) Directed by Michael Rubbo; Written by Michael Rubbo, Vojtech Jasný, Andrée Pelletier and Louise Pelletier; Starring: Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy, Michael Hogan and Michel Maillot; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “I wanted to say something: Life is read more

Hunters (2020) s01e01 – In the Belly of the Whale

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 7, 2020

“Hunters” fully realizes the potential of a popular entertainment revenge action-drama. There’s the Marathon Man-esque scene—not a Nazi dentist scene but a Nazi toy shop owner (a perfect Kenneth Tigar; “Hunters” seems like it’s going to be way too good at casting its Nazis)—but it ends read more

Star Trek: Picard (2020) s01e07 – Nepenthe

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 6, 2020

This episode of “Picard” has a Vulcan in cool sunglasses, who non-consensually mind melds, which used to be a thing, and talks about 300 gigabytes of data (hashtag details), a Romulan in a Battlefield Earth fighter jet, discount Han Solo sucking on a cigar, a 23rd century Alexa, the Black woman read more

Sphere (1998, Barry Levinson)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 6, 2020

Sphere is not a justifiable use of eighty million dollars. I don’t think you could justify spending a dollar to rent a copy to watch, much less eighty million of them to make the thing. The big problem is the script. Whatever Kurt Wimmer (ominously credited with “adaptation”), Stephen Hauser, read more

No need to be a Christian to appreciate Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand, 1989)!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Mar 6, 2020

It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve written anything for a blogathon! Luckily, March is a month that has a lot of them in reserve, the perfect way for me to get back in business. And one of these blogathons is one of my very favourites; the O Canada Blogathon hosted by two amazing l read more

A new jolt from 'High Voltage'

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

"High Voltage," Carole Lombard's first all-talking picture, is if nothing else a curio of the motion picture industry in the first few months of 1929, when sound stopped filmdom dead in its tracks and most of the movies released were for all intents and purposes photographed stage plays. It was true read more

The Sixth Side of the Pentagon (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 5, 2020

The Sixth Side of the Pentagon Directed by Chris Marker and Francois Reichenbach Written by Chris Marker 1968/France IMDb link First viewing/Criterion Channel   French directors capture the carnival atmosphere and brutality of the March for Peace on Washington. On October 21, 1967, thousands of read more

We’re With the Army Now (1943, Jean Negulesco)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

We’re With the Army Now is somewhat inexplicably a rarity. It’s a Warner Bros. “training short” for the Army (during World War II) but in the public domain. It’s got no IMDb entry, no Google results outside a citation from Doug McClelland’s Eleanor Parker: Woman of a Thousand Faces book… read more

THE OUT TO SEA BLOGATHON: Wake of the Red Witch, 1948

Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

Debbie Vega of Moon in Gemini is hosting The Out to Sea Blogathon on March 6 - 8. Check out the incredible lineup. "From the Marquesas to the Celebes, from Sumatra to the Hawaiis, the idyllic peace and beauty of the South Pacific lay undisturbed for centuries, but the white man came even read more

A goddess in Griffith Park

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

That stunning Carole Lombard portrait, from Hollywood magazine, is a magazine cover photo, in genuine color, from 1931. Its pioneering photographer -- and another icon he pictured to stunning effect -- is the subject of today's entry.Edwin Bower Hesser was famed in the 1920s and '30s for his work in read more

Classic Movie Travels: June Knight

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 5, 2020

Classic Movie Travels: June Knight June Knight June Knight was a celebrated Broadway and film actress, talented in singing, dancing, and acting. On-screen, her characters are energetic and vibrant—a far cry from her weak self as a child, struggling through a variety of serious health issues. read more

Klute (1971): Starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland

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

There was arguably no man more well-versed in 70s paranoia thrillers than director Alan J. Pakula and if we want to consider the genesis of his “paranoia trilogy,” we must begin with Klute. Aside from the thematic elements and Pakula’s evolving pedigree, it is the partnership with read more

L’enfance nue (1968)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 4, 2020

L’enfance nue (Naked Childhood) Directed by Maurice Pialat Written by Arlette Langmann and Maurice Pialat 1968/France IMDb link First viewing/Criterion Channel   Maurice Pialat’s feature film debut is a sensitive study of childhood rebellion. Ten-year-old Francois is abandoned by hi read more

Card Party (1896, Georges Méliès)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 4, 2020

Card Party runs a minute. Three guys sitting outside at a table, drinking wine, playing cards. It’s a family affair for director Méliès (who’s one of the card players), with his brother playing another of them. There aren’t any credits and apparently the third player’s identity is lost to read more

On Blu-ray: Jane Russell, Richard Egan, and Gilbert Roland in Underwater! (1954)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 4, 2020

When a film title ends in an exclamation point as Underwater! (1954) does, it communicates the expectation of spectacle over substance. This is the best way to approach this Howard Hughes production with marketing featuring Jane Russell in a revealing bikini she never wears onscreen. The newly-remas read more

Let's hear it for the homegirl

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

While Carole Lombard never saw the plaque honoring her at her birthplace at 704 Rockhill Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., she posed with it in Los Angeles before it was sent east. There it remains, some 82 years after its installation.We bring this up because the plaque is referred to in a Lombard profil read more

The Counterfeit League (1963 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Mar 4, 2020

US / 52 minutes / bw / Talent Associates, Paramount, CBS Dir: William Corrigan Pr: Robert Costello Scr: Harold Gast Cine: uncredited Cast: Bruce Gordon, Diane Ladd, John Balzac, Robert Readick, Joseph Warren, Jess Osuna, Joseph Dellasorte, Frank Ferrer, Alan Rich (i.e., Allan Rich), Charles Durning, read more