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Ticklish Business Episode #23: Marilyn Monroe Tribute

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

Ticklish Business returns with guest Nina Boski of the Goodnight Marilyn radio show. I talk to her about Marilyn’s life and career, as well as her enduring legacy. Want to support the podcast? Consider leaving an iTunes rating and review, or becoming a Patron via Patreon. https://www.podbean. read more

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

Whether you’ve watched it once or countless times there’s no getting Casablanca out of your blood. “As Time Goes By,” the La Marseillaise sequence, Bogie and Bergman, Casablanca is the film that cemented the Hollywood style, creating a wealth of imitators for decades to come. read more

5 Things I Noticed (and Loved) About Some Like It Hot

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

I was fortunate to see Some Like It Hot (1959) on the big screen Sunday, courtesy of Park Circus, as part of TCM and Fathom Events’ series. I took along my best friend who, I believe, lacked a soul because he’d previously thought Singing In the Rain (1952) was boring. Yes, and we’r read more

The Alligator People (1959)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

As the ’50s came to a close the creature feature slammed into the wall with all the force of a wet washrag. Studio bosses tended to assume blending a person with some type of animal would equal buckets of money, or at least enough drive-in dollars to justify its existence. I doubt those associ read more

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 7, 2017

Peter Bogdanovich is a director in love with cinema itself, and that’s encapsulated best in his ode to the Golden Era, 1971’s The Last Picture Show. Outside of its reminiscences towards a way of life that may never have existed outside of an Andy Hardy movie, Bogdanovich deconstructs the read more

The Lake Update for June 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Summer is here and things are chugging along here at Journeys in Classic Film. If you voted in the poll, either on the site or on Twitter, thank you so much! It sounds like most of you want Kristen Recasts the Classics and Fridays With… to return. Hopefully you all looked at the first Kristen read more

The TCM Top 10 for June 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 31, 2017

Summertime has arrived and though the weather might be too beautiful to waste indoors who can pass up what TCM’s offering in June? Between the spotlight on Gay Hollywood, Star of the Month Audrey Hepburn and the always watchable Noir Alley, you might have to time your trips into the sunshine a read more

Kristen Recasts the Classics: Elmer Gantry

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 29, 2017

One of two features you fans wanted to see was the return of Kristen Recasts the Classics. Ask and ye shall receive! Before you get into a lather, Hollywood doesn’t have any plans to remake Elmer Gantry….currently. So then why did I single this out for a recast? Well, because I’d a read more

The China Syndrome (1979)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 26, 2017

Being on the brink of nuclear war is a niche our country has occupied as long as I’ve been alive. In the late ’70s though the concept felt all too real as nuclear warheads proliferated other countries and the Cold War lumbered to life. But with our eyes trained firmly across the ocean, a read more

Tippi: A Memoir

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 22, 2017

Tippi Hedren says in the introduction to her autobiography that so much has been written about her that it’s high time she set the record straight. Tippi is as succinct a title and encapsulation of the writer behind it as the name implies, for good and ill. It’s unclear whether Hedren ke read more

Red Headed Woman (1932)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 19, 2017

When I first started Journeys in Classic Film I was immediately drawn to the work of pre-Code star Jean Harlow. (It helped that I’d received a box set of her films for Christmas, too.) But, just five years ago, access to classic cinema was more limited than it is now, and I ended up having to read more

Ticklish Business – Episode #22: Top 3 Robert Mitchum Films

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 17, 2017

This episode sees guest Raquel Stecher and I discuss our three favorite Robert Mitchum films in honor of Mitchum’s centennial. Want to support Ticklish Business? Consider leaving a review on iTunes or become a Patron. NEXT TIME: Special guest Lou Lumenick talks to me about golden era films on read more

Five Favorite Classic Film Stars

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 15, 2017

In honor of National Classic Movie Day I’m participating in the Five Stars Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film and TV Cafe. Be sure to check out the other fine contributors here. Ask any two classic film fans to name the film stars that opened their mind to cinema of the Golden Era and neithe read more

Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 12, 2017

They don’t make romantic comedies like they used. Or maybe Hollywood just realized there’s no way to top the work of the great Neil Simon. Playwright Simon took the adage “opposites attract” and ran with it to create the fun and sexy rom-com Barefoot in the Park. From the Gre read more

Ticklish Business Bonus Episode #5: TCMFF Audio, Vol. 3

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 10, 2017

My final episode devoted to the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival includes soundbites from Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Bogdanovich, and more. NEXT TIME: Raquel Stetcher and I honor actor Robert Mitchum with our top 3 favorite Mitchum films. Want to support Ticklish Business? Consider visiting my Patreon pa read more

Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 8, 2017

When I started reading Stephen Michael Shearer’s biography, Beautiful, on actress Hedy Lamarr I had no idea a documentary about the raven-haired starlet was being produced. Bombshell: The Life of Hedy Lamarr recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to great reviews and I can’t wai read more

CONTEST: Win Early Women Filmmakers on Blu-ray!

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 8, 2017

Did you know that more women worked in the film industry during its first two decades than at any time since? Or that a woman created some of the first narrative films ever made? Or that in 1916, the highest-paid director in Hollywood was a woman? Despite their incredible achievements, many early w read more

The Lake Update for May 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 3, 2017

It’s a been a crazy month. What am I saying? It’s been a crazy year and we’re only in May! With the TCM Film Festival over you’re going to see an influx of reviews as I work through looking at all the films I saw. Once I get through those I’ll finally start chipping awa read more

The TCM Top 12 for May 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Apr 30, 2017

Summer is arriving guys, and with the spike in the temperature comes a desire to beat the heat and watch movies. TCM isn’t slacking in the month of May, with star of the month Clark Gable, a birthday tribute to Margaret O’Brien and more being presented for our viewing pleasure. In fact, read more

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Apr 28, 2017

In a world of CGI and franchise starters, we’ve lost sight of the hard work that used to go into filmmaking, like when a poster image was hand-drawn by an artist. The story of Harold and Lillian Michaelson in Daniel Raim’s documentary is to look at the parts of cinema we take for granted read more
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