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Benjamin Braddock: Moving Against the Current

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on May 9, 2014

The most prominent theme in The Graduate is not wanting to wind up trapped in a world that isn’t right for you.  Benjamin Braddock is one of those people who was raised with the expectation he would follow in his parents’ footsteps rather than be his own person.  His father is a successf read more

Ten Little Things I Love About The Graduate

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on May 2, 2014

The first moment we see Mrs. Robinson at the party. She looks so utterly lost and alone even though she’s surrounded by friends, just like Benjamin. The Robinsons’ bar area. Mrs. Braddock’s poolside outfit. Although I’m sure that jacket would cause some really unfortunate read more

What’s on TCM: May 2014

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 29, 2014

Happy May, everyone! April was a rather unusual month for TCM, but it’s back to the usual schedule for May.  June Allyson is May’s Star of the Month and will be featured every Wednesday night.  Friday Night Spotlight returns with a look at Australian cinema hosted by Jacki Weaver. Since read more

A Tribute to “The Shadow Waltz” from Gold Diggers of 1933

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 25, 2014

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Busby Berkeley musical numbers.  “42nd Street,” “We’re in the Money,” “By a Waterfall,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” I just can’t tear myself away from the TV if one of his numbers is playing.  P read more

Aline MacMahon: The Underrated Gold Digger of 1933

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 24, 2014

Gold Diggers of 1933 has a wonderful ensemble cast, but if anyone doesn’t get enough love, it’s Aline MacMahon.  Busby Berkeley tends to get a lot of the credit for Gold Diggers of 1933 thanks to his unforgettable musical numbers. After Busby, people tend to think of Ginger Rogers, Ruby read more

A Few Final Thoughts on TCMFF 2014

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 23, 2014

TCMFF is more physically demanding than I expected. As I was leaving the airport to come home, there were some employees standing near the entrance to the baggage claim area saying things like, “Have a nice day!” and “Enjoy your visit!” to people as they left. Not me, though. read more

Remembering Mickey Rooney at TCMFF 2014

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 22, 2014

Photo courtesy Getty Images. That’s me in the second row with a flower in my hair. Jessica of Comet Over Hollywood is to my left, Carley of The Kitty Packard Pictorial is on my right. Just a few days before the Turner Classic Movie Classic Film Festival kicked off, the film world lost one of i read more

TCMFF 2014, Day 4 — Another Good Thing Comes to an End

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 21, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014: I went into the final day of the festival with very few plans in mind.  A large part of Sunday’s schedule wasn’t announced until Saturday afternoon, so I didn’t want to get make a bunch of plans, only to end up having to make even more hard decisions once th read more

TCMFF 2014, Day 3 — From “Father of the Bride” to “Freaks”

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 20, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014: After having ended the previous day’s movies with Eraserhead, I woke up this morning in need of a little levity.  Originally, I had been planning to see Stella Dallas, but decided to go with Father of the Bride instead.  Not only is it a very funny movie, I had never read more

TCMFF 2014, Day 2 — 70s Cinema, Silents, and Pre-Codes

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 19, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014: For the first full day of movies, my friends Jessica (Comet Over Hollywood) and Carley (The Kitty Packard Pictorial/The Black Maria) decided to kick things off with 1944′s On Approval.  Knowing that On Approval was playing in the smallest of the theaters, we tried to read more

TCMFF 2014, Day 1 — Let the Festivities Begin!

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 18, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014: Festival activities started getting underway Thursday afternoon with a “Meet TCM” panel at the Egyptian Theater and a discussion at the Hollywood Museum called “Sons of Gods and Monsters” with director Joe Dante and Academy Award winning make-up art read more

TCMFF 2014, Day 1– Press Day

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 17, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014: The 2014 Turner Classic Movie Classic Film Festival officially got underway on Thursday, April 10.  For those of us attending with media credentials, the day started with the chance to attend press conferences with TCM’s Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz, Senior Vice Pr read more

Ten Little Things I Love About Gold Diggers of 1933

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 11, 2014

1.  This dress worn by Ginger Rogers. GIF found at Schatzepage Tumblr. 2.  This door. 3.  “We’re the Kentucky Hillbillies!” 4.  The way Ginger Rogers says, “The Depression, dearie.” GIF found on Gingerrogerss Tumblr. 5.  Dancing with the snowman. 6.  Adjusted read more

Gold Diggers of 1933: The Ultimate Early 1930s Film

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 4, 2014

When a movie is described as being a product its time, it’s often meant in a sort of apologetic way.  It’s the sort of thing I say about creaky early talkies like The Broadway Melody or The Hollywood Revue of 1929.  It’s basically a nicer way of saying, “Look, I know this read more

Gearing Up for TCMFF 2014

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 3, 2014

The 5th annual Turner Classic Movie Classic Film Festival kicks off one week from today, and like many fellow attendees, I’ve been poring over the festival schedule, trying to make my plans.  Trying to decide between some of these events has been an absolutely wonderful problem to have.  The read more

What’s on TCM: April 2014

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Mar 31, 2014

Happy April, everyone!  For Turner Classic Movies, April 2014 isn’t just any ordinary month — it marks the channel’s 20th anniversary.  This entire month can only be described as a celebration of everything that makes TCM wonderful.  TCM will be celebrating their 20th year by handi read more

A Few Thoughts on Some Like it Hot

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Mar 28, 2014

Even though Some Like it Hot is now regarded as one of the all-time great comedies, I think one of the most remarkable things about Some Like it Hot is how easily it could have been just another run-of-the-mill movie instead of the classic it is today. There have been times when I’ve tried ex read more

Some Like it Hot: A Supporting Actor’s Delight

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Mar 21, 2014

I love movies where the entire cast is so strong that virtually every speaking character is extremely memorable. It doesn’t matter if it’s a larger supporting role or one with only a few lines, just as long as it’s enough to leave a lasting impression.   Some Like it Hot is definit read more

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Mar 19, 2014

If you’ve ever had any questions about the life of Barbara Stanwyck, Victoria Wilson’s “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940″ is bound to have the answers. At over 800 pages long, “Steel True” is the very definition of an extensive biography.  (Keep in read more

Ten Little Things I Love in Some Like it Hot

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Mar 14, 2014

Joan Shawlee’s facial expressions. When Jerry/Daphne accidentally tries playing the bullet-ridden bass backwards. Millionaires in rocking chairs, rocking in unison. Osgood’s jacket with the sparkly monogram. The face Daphne/Jerry makes when Josephine/Joe tells him to give Osgood “t read more
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