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A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Apr 26, 2019

A Report on the Party and the Guests (O slavnosti a hostech) Directed by Jan Nemec Written by Esther Krumbachova and Jan Nemec 1966/Czechoslovakia Filmove studio Barradonov First viewing/Criterion Channel I liked this scathing allegory on enforced conformity in a Communist State. A group of friends read more

Avengers: Endgame (2019, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 26, 2019

Avengers: Endgame had the ending I was hoping for, but maybe not necessarily the right ending for the movie. And it’s only got one. If Endgame has any singular successes, it might be in its lack of false endings. It does a lot of establishing work, sometimes new to the film, sometimes refreshing it read more

Encore podcast: A Short History of Ridiculous Sponsor Interference

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Apr 26, 2019

For almost as long as there has been broadcasting, there has been commercial sponsorship. But from the 1930s through the 1960s, sponsors had an unusual amount of power because, through advertising agencies, they owned entire blocks of time on the program schedule and produced their own shows. In thi read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 26, 2019

The "Monogram Nine" is a phrase used to describe a series of films that starred Bela Lugosi and were produced by one of Hollywood's most notorious poverty row studios. The films were made under the Monogram banner between 1941 and 1944, and they are usually used as an example of how Bela Lugosi's ac read more

Right about the co-stars, wrong about the film

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

On a weekend where I understand some sort of all-star movie is opening, I came across this eBay item, headlined "1937 FREDRIC MARCH & CAROLE LOMBARD IN NOTHING SACRED Photo." I'm guessing this must be from a super-rare William Wellman "director's cut," because I never recall seeing Carole's Vermont read more

Searching (2018)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 25, 2019

Searching is a film promoting a certain plotting device in this social media age of ours. An Up-like introduction played through old computer memories and hard drive data is surprisingly poignant. It provides the backstory for a parent-child relationship to play out, albeit with the mechanisms of a read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

The Five Best Shirley MacLaine Performances

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 25, 2019

1. The Apartment (1960) - While Shirley MacLaine often played strong, independent women later in her career, her finest performance was as the vulnerable, lonely, and borderline-desperate Fran Kubelik in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy-drama. Fran is smart enough to guess that the slimy bus read more

Conan the Destroyer

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 25, 2019

(1984) Directed by Richard Fleischer; Written by Stanley Mann; Story by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway; Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain, Mako, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas; Available on: Blu-ray, DVD read more

Carole + Capra, lobbying (twice) for a princess

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

I'm guessing this shot of Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and director Frank Capra was taken on the Columbia lot in late 1933 or early '34, when Lombard was making "Twentieth Century" and the other three the future multiple Oscar-winner "It Happened One Night."Carole worked with many read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 25, 2019

Hot Diggity! Onion soup on Friday! My favorite! And you can be sure that this fellow will give you a generous portion. Don't mind the flies in the soup, they only add to the flavor.  If you can guess which film this screenshot is from, you have a prize coming your way. If you have no idea wh read more

Ipcress: Arquivo Confidencial (1965) / The Ipcress File (1965)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Apr 25, 2019

Ipcress: Arquivo Confidencial (1965) / The Ipcress File (1965) O investigador Harry Palmer foi criado para ser o oposto de James Bond. Ele deveria ser um homem comum que não usa engenhocas em suas missões e que nem sempre se ocupa de seduzir mulheres bonitas. Até seu nome deveria ser bobo: read more

Watching 1939: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Apr 25, 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: Stone’s Fall (2009) by Iain Pears

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

This is the fourth of Pears’s five (to date) standalone novels. I haven’t read the fifth, Arcadia; of the first four I’ve thoroughly enjoyed three (An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and now Stone’s Fall) while being far less entranced by the other ( The Port read more

book: The Good Son (2016; trans 2018 Chi-Young Kim) by You-Jeong Jeong

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

The setup’s like something out of Cornell Woolrich: A young man, Yu-jin, wakes up one morning to find his mother has been savagely murdered downstairs. He has little memory of what happened last night — he suffers occasional seizures when he goes off his meds — but all the evidenc read more

A Shock to the System (1990, Jan Egleson)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 24, 2019

A Shock to the System is almost a success. It’s real close. It has all the right pieces, it just doesn’t have enough time at the end to put them away in their new arrangement. Everything’s in disarray because the film changes into a thriller—with a different protagonist—for a while in the read more

TCM Classic Film Festival 2019: The Community

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 24, 2019

Bloggers and film historians looking all over the place in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I'm the Elizabeth Taylor stan in the front. As much of a thrill as it is to spend four days gorging on classic films, ask anyone what they like most about TCM Classic Film Festival and they will read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on Apr 24, 2019

Erle Stanley Gardner July 17, 1889 - March 11, 1970 Erle Stanley Gardner was a successful lawyer, author of mystery fiction, as well as books on travel and conservation. Along with other legal professionals, he began the Court of Last Resort to assist the wrongly convicted. I highly recommend Do read more

Des Gens Sans Importance (1956)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

vt People of No Importance France / 99 minutes / bw / Cocinor, Chaillot, Ardennes-Films de René Lafuite Dir: Henri Verneuil Pr: René Lafuite Scr: Henri Verneuil, François Boyer Story: Des Gens Sans Importance (1949) by Serge Groussard Cine: Louis Page Cast: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Pierre Mondy read more

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Steel Magnolias” (Giveaway runs now through May 4)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Apr 24, 2019

Win tickets to see “Steel Magnolias” on the Big Screen!In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun May 19, Tues May 21 & Wed May 22 “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood 40 years!“ CMH continues with our 4th year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 6th of read more