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Navigating the TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule: My Choices

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 24, 2017

It is almost time for TCM Classic Film Festival 2017. As always, it will take place at several venues along Hollywood Boulevard. This year the event will take place from April 6-9. The theme: Comedy in the Movies, which I love. We could all use some laughs. Perusing the TCM Classic Film Festival s read more

Elizabeth Taylor in Night Watch (1973) and Her Career in the 60s and 70s

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 23, 2017

As of today, it has been seven years since Elizabeth Taylor left us. In remembrance of this unique actress and humanitarian, I am spotlighting one of her lesser known films, Night Watch (1973). This single horror entry in Taylor's resume was long unavailable until its release on DVD from Warner Arch read more

A Flicker Alley Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway! Win a Copy of the Newly Restored Behind the Door (1919)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 22, 2017

I am a huge fan of Flicker Alley, as can be seen from my past reviews of their titles. So many amazing films are available to a wide audience, and in amazing packages, due to their diligent efforts. Now, along with Flicker Alley and several fellow classic movie site owners, I am excited to give y read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Stop-Motion and Skin in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 21, 2017

While fantasy movies with stop-motion creatures have a reputation as being for kids, that has not always been the case. The Hammer Films production When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth (1970) is an example of a more adult take on the genre, at least in the original version, before US studios made a few ed read more

Book Review: Edith Head and Classic Hollywood Featured in Dangerous to Know

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 20, 2017

Dangerous to Know Renee Patrick Forge, 2017 This is a mystery for those who think that cocktails, and conversation, should sparkle. Set in late 1930s Hollywood, when the word Hitler sent a chill down many a spine, and David O. Selznick was about to set his version of Atlanta aflame, it is set in a read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: A Cast of Sympathetic Characters in Battleground (1949)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 17, 2017

We must be smart enough and tough enough in the beginning. To put out the fire before it starts spreading. Battleground (1949) performs a balancing act of great precision. It plunges you into the devastation of war, but it also shows flickers of light. Though it can often be difficult to watch, thi read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Twiggy Literally Kicks Up Her Heels in The Boyfriend (1971)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 13, 2017

Director Ken Russell's take on Sandy Wilson's stage musical, The Boyfriend (1971), is cheerful and bright to the point of insanity. It's full of colorful sets and vigorous toe tapping, while mod British supermodel Twiggy shines as the effortlessly sparkling center of it all. This unusual film is now read more

Enter The TCM Classic Film Festival Button Pack Giveaway!

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 10, 2017

From April 6-9, I will be attending the TCM Classic Film Festival for the fourth year as a member of the media. As some of you may remember, last year artist, classic movie fanatic and festivalgoer Kate Gabrielle created a great set of buttons to help film fans celebrate the highlights of the festiv read more

Book Review--Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 8, 2017

Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane Patrick McGilligan Harper, 2015 The universally acclaimed Citizen Kane (1941) alone would have assured Orson Welles a solid place in entertainment history. That the 25 years leading up to that unique cinematic achievement were fi read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Judy Holliday and Dean Martin Charm in Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 2, 2017

Director Vincent Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing (1960) has its fans, but I've never felt this musical gets the love it deserves. Perhaps stars Judy Holliday and Dean Martin don't offer vocal or dancing pyrotechnics, but they are nevertheless perfectly suited to the genre, giving performances that are read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Late Career Robert Mitchum in The Yakuza (1974)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 28, 2017

Robert Mitchum is extremely moving in The Yakuza (1974), a modern noir directed by Sydney Pollack, and one of the star's late career triumphs. This elegantly melancholy film is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive. Mitchum is Harry Kilmer, a former private eye who is summoned to Tokyo by fo read more

Book Review--The Art of Selling Movies

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 23, 2017

The Art of Selling Movies John McElwee GoodKnight Books, 2017 In the early years of cinema, movie theater owners in cities and towns across the USA found that drawing crowds was just as much an art as the film itself. Before radio ads and TV commercials, pen and ink advertisements in print media we read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Hepburn and Cooper Share Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 21, 2017

Director Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon (1957) is an odd little romance. It’s a shade too long, and even though the thought of Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper together has its appeal, the gap in their ages is always a bit unsettling. Still, the film, which is now available on Blu-ray fro read more

Book Review--High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 17, 2017

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Glenn Frankel Bloomsbury USA, 2017 It's hard to believe, but during its production the classic Academy Award-winning western High Noon (1952) was not expected to attract much more attention and acclaim than a standard 'B' pict read more

Warner Archive Blu-ray: Spencer Tracy Fights a Whole Town in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 15, 2017

Bad Day at Black Rock opens with a startling long shot of a train shooting through the desert like an angry centipede. There is a feeling of recklessness to the image, as if the hurtling Streamliner could go off the rails from the aggression of its momentum. From that first jarring moment, there is read more

Book Review--Hollywood at Play: The Lives of Stars Between Takes

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 9, 2017

Hollywood at Play: The Lives of Stars Between Takes Stephen X. Sylvester, Mary Mallory and Donovan Brandt Globe Pequot, 2017 Hollywood at Play is a cheerful book of beautiful photos featuring gorgeous stars from the classic age of film, here defined as the years 1925-60. In the introduction, the au read more

Book Review--Need More Road: A Movie Obsessive in a Noir Situation

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 7, 2017

Need More Road Stephen Jared Solstice Publishing, 2016 I went into Need More Road feeling sure of the path it would take, almost anticipating the climax of what seemed like a familiar film noir plot of crime, a femme fatale and deception. While it begins with all the familiar traits of the genre, t read more

Review--Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 13, 2017

I first heard of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds when a local theater invited me to a free screening of the documentary in mid-December. Though I was not able to attend, the film is now showing on HBO and available on the channel's streaming service. Now that I have seen it read more

In Theaters: La La Land (2016)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 11, 2017

La La Land deserves awards, perhaps not all the awards, but it is worthy of praise. As a classic movie fan, it's amazing to be able to see a nicely-executed new musical with a passion for the productions of the past, filmed on 35mm, splashed across the screen in a theater. With a score reminiscent o read more

Deanna Durbin Sings Silent Night

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Dec 24, 2016

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't. Now in an increasingly chaotic world, I find it even more comforting and inspiring. read more
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