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Must-Watch On Blu-ray/ DVD: The Vibrant, Independent Vision of Spring Night, Summer Night (1967)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Aug 5, 2020

In 1968, J.L. Anderson was invited to show his debut feature, an Appalachian-set drama about an illicit love affair, Spring Night Summer Night (1967) at the New York Film Festival. His film was later bumped for John Cassavetes’ Faces (1968). Cassavetes would go on to a prolific career as an in read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: July Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 30, 2020

One of the things that I've loved about the latest crop of new podcasts is that creators have been coming up with original and compelling ideas for shows. I hope this inspires aspiring podcasters out there to think big and go for it with unusual ideas. Here's what I loved this month: The Amer read more

On Blu-ray: Jane Fonda and Rod Taylor Sizzle in Sunday in New York (1963)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 28, 2020

Sunday in New York (1963) is full of men deeply and ridiculously occupied with preserving the virtue of one woman. You could say it’s of its time, though that’s not entirely true. The elements of the film that haven’t aged well are much less cringe worthy because of a well-matched read more

On Blu-ray: Kay Kendall and Sandra Dee in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 22, 2020

The Reluctant Debutante (1958) is one of those rare raved-about films that I couldn’t access for years, but found it lived up to my expectations when I could finally watch it. Based on a play by British writer William Davis-Home (also co-scriptwriter here with Julius Epstein) and directed by V read more

On Blu-ray: Robert Mitchum in a Film-Noir on the Range Blood on the Moon (1948)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 15, 2020

The moody, fatalistic feel of Blood on the Moon (1948) is unusual for a western, if not unheard of in the genre. Its noirish story of double-crosses and turf battles could be transported to rain-slicked city streets with little change, the plot points as well-suited to urban organized crime as cattl read more

On Blu-ray: Milos Forman's Giddy, Energetic Hair (1979)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 8, 2020

When I was a kid, I used to love listening to my dad’s records. While he favored jazz, there were other things in the mix, like 60s rock, soundtracks and a few other pop culture touchstones, and that included the original Broadway cast recording of Gerome Ragni and James Rado's Hair. I donR read more

On Blu-ray: Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint in The Stalking Moon (1969)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 1, 2020

I went into the western thriller The Stalking Moon (1969) knowing nothing about it and came out the other side feeling unsettled. It is of its time in the deep certainty it shows in its morals, which can make it a difficult watch. The film recently made its Blu-ray debut on Warner Archive. The Stal read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: June Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 24, 2020

While I am in the habit of celebrating black excellence in my podcast round-ups, we are living in a difficult, but remarkable moment, one which I hope leads to positive change and justice, and in response I wanted to send a little more love out there this month by focusing entirely on black hosts an read more

Rewind: Good Books About the Black Cinematic Experience

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 19, 2020

A dapper group at a 1900 Juneteenth celebration in Texas (Source) I thought it would be fun to celebrate Emancipation Day/Juneteenth by remembering some of the books about the black cinematic experience that I have reviewed. I'm also going to share a few other titles that I have enjoyed over the ye read more

On Blu-ray: A Magnificent Restoration of the Two-Strip Horror Flick The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 17, 2020

My introduction to the pre-code horror flick Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) came from the book that provided most of my early film education, 500 Great Films, by Daniel and Susan Cohen. The brief passage dedicated to the movie revealed that it was lost for twenty-five years and over that time,  read more

Book Review: An Mexican Immigrant Becomes a Movie Star in The Five Acts of Diego León

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 10, 2020

The Five Acts of Diego León Alex Espinoza LARB Libros, 2019 (originally published 2013) I’m a fan of fiction set in the classic age of Hollywood, and The Five Acts of Diego León, a 2013 novel which was recently re-released in paperback somewhat scratches that itch. This story of a Mexican imm read more

On Blu-ray: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter Ustinov in Beau Brummell (1954)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 3, 2020

Of all the screen adaptations of Beau Brummell, the 1954 MGM production is the most lavish. With grand settings, gorgeous costumes, and attractive stars, it is drawn directly from the studio’s basic blueprint for glossy historical dramas. Now available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive, the film read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: May Roundup

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 27, 2020

The more time I spend at home, the more meaningful podcasts have been for me as a way to connect to the outside world. This is the first time in a while that every podcast in my roundup has been new to me. I'm expecting to find many more in the months to come. The episode titles link to the shows: read more

On Blu-ray--Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 1

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 20, 2020

There’s no better balm for tense times than the rowdy, absurd slapstick of Tex Avery. Made for a general audience, these 'toons aren’t always appropriate for the kids, though they aren’t likely to destroy their innocence either. Newly released on Blu-ray from Warner Archive, read more

Book Review--Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us About African Americans

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 13, 2020

Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us About African Americans Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. Rowman & Littlefield, 2020 The story of black victory at the Oscars is complicated: a saga of small steps forward, but often uneasy circumstances surrounding those gains. Winning read more

On Blu-ray: Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton in William Wyler's Dodsworth (1936)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 6, 2020

I have revisited director William Wyler’s Dodsworth (1936), a film based on a Sinclair Lewis novel, many times over the years and the older I get, the richer it becomes. While any movie can change meaning with repeat viewings, this is a production that particularly reveals new facets with time read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: April Roundup

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 29, 2020

Since I've been at home for over a month, I've had a lot more time to listen to podcasts. As a result, I have more episodes than usual to share this month. I've already seen some eyerolling on social media over the prospect of there being even more podcasts sprouting due to social distancing, but I read more

On Blu-ray: Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford in It Started with a Kiss (1959)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 22, 2020

While it has its charms, It Started with a Kiss (1959) is best remembered as the film that introduced the bizarre vehicle that would one day be the Batmobile. Stars Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford are charming, but they are often adrift in this unfocused romance. I recently watched this mixed bag of read more

TCM Classic Film Festival Home Edition: Memories and Plans

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 14, 2020

Nothing can match the feeling of community and excitement about classic films you find at the TCM Classic Film Festival. When I first attended in 2014, I decided almost right away that I had to return the next year. The glow you get from this event stays with you throughout the rest of the year. Wh read more

Book Review--The Short Story of Film: A Pocket Guide to Key Genres, Films, Movements & Techniques

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 8, 2020

The Short Story of Film: A Pocket Guide to Key Genres, Films, Techniques and Movements Ian Haydn Smith Laurence King Publishing, 2020 I’m a fan of Ian Haydn Smith’s concise film guide Cult Filmmakers: 50 Movie Mavericks You Need to Know. With his new book The Short Story of Film: A Pock read more
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