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Book Review--Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 20, 2018

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece Michael Benson Simon & Schuster, 2018 Upon its release, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) became a sensation as a sort of Disneyland ride for grown ups. With its innovative, and trippy special effects, it was the perfe read more

TCM Classic Film Festival 2018: My Tentative Schedule

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 16, 2018

I am delighted to have received my media credentials for TCM Classic Film Festival 2018! It is always an honor to attend this fun event and I am looking forward to sharing TCMFF with you all for a fifth year. This year's festival takes place from April 26-29 and the theme is Powerful Words: The Pag read more

On DVD: Faye Emerson and Zachary Scott in the Twisty Noir Danger Signal (1945)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 4, 2018

One of my suspense genre pet peeves is the plot that requires the protagonist to miss obvious red flags and continue to plunge into danger. It’s hard to root for someone who doesn’t have a lot of common sense. Danger Signal, which recently made its DVD debut from Warner Archive, manages read more

Happy 96th Birthday Doris Day!

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 3, 2018

Happy Birthday to Doris Day, who has always brought sunshine to the world and who has been spending her retirement making life better for animals. Had to share this lovely fashion show from THE DORIS DAY SHOW to celebrate her day. If you would like to give Ms. Day a gift, why not donate to The Dori read more

On Blu-ray: Paul Newman is Detective Lew Harper in Harper (1966) and The Drowning Pool (1975)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 28, 2018

Paul Newman took a crack at playing a gumshoe for the first time in Harper (1966), following that success years later with the sequel, The Drowning Pool (1975). This pair of films was inspired by Ross MacDonald’s novels about the detective Lew Archer, which was changed to Harper for the read more

Streaming Diary: Buster Keaton, Christopher Plummer and More Stream Free Via The National Film Board of Canada

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 21, 2018

The National Film Board of Canada is a wondrous organization, giving opportunities to innovative, talented filmmakers and preserving decades of fascinating work. Many of the films supported by the group are available to stream on its official website, several for free (some limited to residents read more

On DVD: Monica Vitti and Tony Curtis in The Chastity Belt (1967)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 16, 2018

Imagine Tony Curtis and Monica Vitti dressed in period garb, covered in leaves and wrestling with each other on the forest floor. If the thought amuses you, then The Chastity Belt (1967), also known as On the Way to the Crusades I Met a Girl Who…, is bound to do so as well. Curtis was always a read more

Classic Film Podcasts: 6 Great Episodes

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 9, 2018

I subscribe to an overwhelming number of podcasts, covering a wide range of subjects, and of course that includes classic movies. As much as I am always scrambling to keep up with new episodes, every once in a while a show will stick with me and maybe even inspire me to listen again. I want to start read more

Pre-code on DVD: Goodbye Again (1933), I Like Your Nerve (1931), and The Finger Points (1931)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 28, 2018

One of my favorite things about Warner Archive is the label’s commitment to releasing a steady stream of pre-code titles on DVD. As physical media appears to be firmly on the decline, I am increasingly glad to see rare films like these made available for purchase. The latest batch is a solidly read more

Catching a Pair of Double Features at Noir City 2018

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 23, 2018

Eddie Mueller speaks before a film at Noir City Seattle, Egyptian Theater After years of not quite making it to the Film Noir Foundation’s Noir City festival, I finally decided that 2018 was going to be my year. While I only saw four of the eighteen films programmed, I am now hooked. Sign me read more

On Blu-ray: Gary Cooper, Maria Schell and Karl Malden in The Hanging Tree (1959)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 15, 2018

As Gary Cooper neared the end of his career he appeared tired, ill, and not quite himself due to a facelift that might not have turned out the way he’d hoped. While he no longer had the bashful, baby-giraffe-lashed sex appeal of his youth though, he was still magnetic. He aroused different emo read more

Streaming Movies for Free: Kanopy

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 7, 2018

There are so many streaming services available to movie fans that it took me a while to find my way to Kanopy, but once I did, it immediately became a part of my viewing rotation. That is because this fabulous company lets patrons of participating libraries stream great films for free on platforms l read more

On Blu-ray: Genre Throwbacks Night Moves (1975) and The Man With Two Brains (1983)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 2, 2018

It’s interesting the many ways a film can pay tribute to the classic age of Hollywood. As proof of this there is Night Moves (1975) and The Man with Two Brains (1983), two flicks which are completely different in tone and structure, but share affection for classic Hollywood genres. The former read more

Classic Film Tributes: My Favorite Google Doodles

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 26, 2018

Google has always made a practice of acknowledging classic film in its popular doodle art, but lately, it seems like there have been many more cinematic tributes. And I love it!  This week's Sergei Einstein sketch amusingly made the filmmaker into a dashing cutie. Here's the real deal: read more

On Blu-ray--Edward G. Robinson Spans Decades in The Sea Wolf and Hell on Frisco Bay

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 17, 2018

Has Edward G. Robinson ever performed badly in a film? I don’t think the possibility was in his DNA. He is one of the most reliable stars of the studio age, making classics sing and elevating lesser films with an inborn understanding for character and performance. In a pair of films now availa read more

Book Review: Francis Ford Coppola Talks Film and Innovation

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 10, 2018

Live Cinema and Its Techniques Francis Ford Coppola Liveright Publishing Corporation/W.W. Norton & Company, 2017 When Live Cinema and Its Techniques landed on my doorstep, I approached it with personal interest, though skeptical that it would be of interest to the readers of A Classic Movie Blo read more

On DVD: Guy Kibbee and Glenda Farrell Triple Features

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 3, 2018

I’ve appreciated Warner Archive’s strategy of packaging lesser known flicks in thematically arranged sets. It’s a great way to rediscover forgotten titles and get exposure to movies that, while worth a look, might not be of enough interest to justify individual release. With the re read more

Favorite Film Books of 2017

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Dec 31, 2017

This was an especially inspiring year of reviewing film books at A Classic Movie Blog. I learned a lot and found so many new areas I wanted to explore, thanks to a truly marvelous selection of new releases. It wasn't easy to pick favorites, but this batch stood out because I was reluctant to finish read more

Book Review--Backwards and in Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Dec 27, 2017

Backwards and In Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film Alicia Malone Mango Publishing, 2017 I’ve been an admirer of film reporter and critic Alicia Malone ever since she came across my radar as a presenter for the FilmStruck streaming service. If you want to cover clas read more

Deanna Durbin Sings Silent Night

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Dec 24, 2017

The Christmas spirit always truly envelopes me when I hear Deanna Durbin sing Silent Night. I watch this scene from Lady on a Train (1945) every year, because it gives me a feeling of peace that I feel should be a part of the season, but because of the chaos of celebration and preparation often isn read more