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Pope Hats (2009) #6

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 30, 2019

I’ve read Young Frances, which collects Pope Hats, but haven’t actually read any Pope Hats issues. Based on this issue, it’s different to the point I can’t imagine what it’s like to read Young Frances serialized, not if Hartley Lin intersperses it with his one or two page lyrical comic strips. read more

This pic is 'Choice'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 30, 2019

Few would call "Lady By Choice" (1934), Carole Lombard's fifth and final film for Columbia, a classic. But it has its moments, particularly in the comic chemistry Carole has with May Robson as a struggling aging woman of the streets taken in by fan dancer Lombard, ostensibly for publicity purposes. read more

Musical Monday: Sweet Adeline (1934)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 30, 2019

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: Sweet Adeline (1934) – read more

The Twelve Shorts of Christmas #6: Sin by Silence (2009)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 30, 2019

US / 14 minutes / color / White Heat Productions Dir & Scr: Nick White (i.e., Nick Paul White) Pr: Joe Montoya-Orosco, Matthew Del Ruth, Nick White (i.e., Nick Paul White) Cine: Matthew Del Ruth Cast: Les Mahoney, Maria Olsen, Azmyth Kaminski, Lindsay Zillgitt, Myles Cranford, Sandra Herbert, Aa read more

book: The Abbess of Crewe (1974) by Muriel Spark

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 30, 2019

A short and often very funny satire of the Watergate affair, published a matter of months after Richard Nixon’s precipitate departure from the White House. Here the malefactors are transformed from middle-aged oathly US male politicians to become the similarly aged occupants of a fictional co read more

Silent Sunday – Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Dec 29, 2019

Since Sunday tends to be a day of quiet and reflection for many people, it seems an appropriate day to celebrate silent movies. But in keeping with the “day of rest” theme, I’m just going to post this without any commentary and just sit back and let you enjoy. read more

The Twelve Shorts of Christmas #5: The Bloody Fish (2011)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 29, 2019

Malaysia / 14 minutes / color with some bw / D1 Productions, Moving Pictures Dir & Scr & Cine: Dick Chua Pr: Aik Sern Ng, Stephen Chong Cast: Ke Feng Lum, Pei Xuan, Jia Yen Wong, Melvin Koh, Shan Fei Lim, Yoke Lan Lee An odd, enigmatic short made by an alumnus of The One Academy in Petaling read more

A sextet in sepia

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 29, 2019

This is Carole Lombard in Paramount p1202-1323, from late 1936 or early '37. It's one of six original pics of her now up for auction in sepia, looking something like this:Here are several close-ups:And here is the back:I don't know the size of any of these photos, by the way.This photo has an openin read more

Becket (1964, Peter Glenville)

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 29, 2019

Becket has some genre constraints. Significant ones. It’s a king-sized 70mm Panavision English history epic only it doesn’t feature any big battles. In fact, it goes out of its way not to show battles. It’s also an early sixties historical epic and it’s trying to be a little edgy in how it shows read more

Still More Hammer Blu-rays From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 29, 2019

Looking over my blog posts for 2019, I noticed that I wrote nine different reviews for Hammer movies on Blu-ray released by Shout Factory. That still doesn't even cover all of the Hammer Shout Factory releases I bought this year. I didn't buy every Hammer movie released by Shout Factory. I didn't g read more

Top Ten Posts of 2019

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 29, 2019

As the year draws to a close, the Classic Film & TV Cafe traditionally ends it with a countdown of our ten most viewed posts. We published a total of 95 in 2019. Naturally, the countdown is a little skewed, since those posts that came out at the start of the year will have more views. But that w read more

Beyond the flapper: Women's lot in the '20s

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 28, 2019

There are many Carole Lombard photographic "holy grails," and among them is visual proof of her carefree time in dance contests at the legendary Cocoanut Grove in 1925, while a starlet at Fox. She competed with, and occasionally beat, the likes of fellow flapper Joan Crawford until an auto read more

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Teresa Wright

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 28, 2019

We continue our series chronicling the career of classic Hollywood stars with 4 films. This week our subject is Teresa Wright a genial actress with a high degree of success throughout the 1940s at MGM. If memory serves, she remains the only performer to have received Oscar nominations for her first read more

1968

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 28, 2019

What a year 1968 was!  United States history was forever changed with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.  Vietnam War protests mounted as the fighting raged unabated.  Amid ghetto rioting, there was some progress on the Civil Rights front with President Johnson signing the read more

The Mandalorian (2019) s01e08 – Redemption

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 28, 2019

It’s a good thing series creator and episode writer Jon Favreau has seen Terminator 2, otherwise this episode wouldn’t have an ending. It’s not clear who decided they ought to straight rip off the flashback sequence from For a Few Dollars More, Favreau or episode director Taika Waititi (who’s read more

THE SECOND FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS BLOGATHON: Professional Sweetheart, 1933

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 28, 2019

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood and Crystal of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood are hosting The Second Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon on December 28-30th. Enjoy the tributes HERE. Ginger Rogers made her Broadway debut at the age of 19 in a featured role i read more

Western RoundUp: Noir-Tinged Westerns

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Dec 28, 2019

Noir-Tinged Westerns Around this time last year, in a column titled Christmas in the West, I took a look at a pair of Christmas-themed films starring Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Alas, there are very few Westerns with a Christmas theme, so this year I’m going to swing in a totally opp read more

The Twelve Shorts of Christmas #4: Concerning the Bodyguard (2016)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 28, 2019

US / 10 minutes / color / Kasra Farahani Dir: Kasra Farahani Pr: Jose Nunez, Zamin Mirza Story: “Concerning the Bodyguard” (1978, New Yorker) by Donald Barthelme Cine: Alexander Alexandrov Cast: Salman Rushdie (voice), Junes Zahdi, Simon Ebrahimi, Ayden Mayeri, Zaid Abro, Billy Khoury, Lisa Goodman. read more

book: Invisible City (2014) by Julia Dahl

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 27, 2019

Rebekah Roberts is a stringer for a downmarket NYC rag. When a woman’s naked body is discovered in the rubble of a building site, Rebekah happens to be the reporter given the story. It has particular resonance for her. The dead woman is from Brooklyn’s secretive Hasidim community. Rebek read more

book: The Flight Attendant (2018) by Chris Bohjalian

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 27, 2019

Cassie Bowden, fast approaching forty, is an alcoholic long-haul flight attendant with a bad habit of having one-night stands at the stopover points with male passengers. One morning she wakes in Dubai with a splitting hangover to discover that the man in bed beside her is dead, his throat slit whi read more
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