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Sebastian and Violet, Violet and Sebastian

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on May 12, 2015

Psychodrama: Swimsuit Edition Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) I considered posting this review on Mother's Day, because nothing says "mom" like a Southern Gothic tale about an aging matron's massive Jocasta complex. But it seem read more

Blockbusters and Bobby-Soxers: Bugs Bunny Gets Annoyed

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on May 4, 2015

Bugs in Distress Bugs in a Dress This old picture of my son always reminds me of the title card for Little Red Riding Rabbit. Included, because he's cute. Oh, Mur-Der Fans of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melo read more

But Sister Ruth Is Ill...

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Apr 16, 2015

Winner of Two Academy Awards in 1948: Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction This will scare you after you see the movie. Black Narcissus (1947) In short, Black Narcissus is a film about a handful of Anglican n read more

Ear-Way Innay the UNNY-May

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Apr 3, 2015

It's the Depression: Let's put on a show! Featuring Ginger Rogers' Pig LatinAline MacMahon's deliveryNed Sparks' enthusiasmBusby Berkeley's bird's eye viewWarren William's drunken snobJoan Blondell's big, blue, righteously angry eyes So. Good. read more

Strictly on the Level, Like a Flight of Stairs

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Apr 1, 2015

Whaddya been doing, a little racketeering? Red-Headed Woman (1932) Any fan of early talkies knows that occasionally you're going to have to adjust your modern-day (post-1933) movie-watching metronome a bit to accommodate the some read more

We Are of One Blood, You and I

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Mar 13, 2015

Bagheera's a girl! Episode 1: "Raksha"Shere Khan (Scott McNeil) attacks an Indian village, causing toddler Mowgli to wander into a wolf den, where he is adopted by Raksha, a mother wolf who has just had cubs. The black leopard, Bagheera and Baloo ( read more

What, No Airplanes?

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Mar 10, 2015

Holding a Mir Up to Nature The entire Miss Mend series is available from Flicker Alley on a beautifully scored and rendered 2-disc DVD remastered from a 35 mm print.  Miss Mend (1926) The thing I did read more

Beat, Pray, Love: The Brothers Karamazov (1958)

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Mar 9, 2015

It ain't a party if there ain't no Gypsies In Which William Shatner Is the Least Emotional It had been a long time since I'd seen The Brothers Karamazov (1958), which I remember liking well enough and not giving much thou read more

Don't Try This at Home

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Feb 9, 2015

Good dog. The Cook (1918) There isn't much of a story to this little picture, and many of the bits are lifted whole cloth from the earlier short, The Waiter's Ball (1916), with at least three of the main actors: Rosc read more

What About the Fruit Peddlers in Canarsie?

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Feb 5, 2015

Where did Allen Jenkins go?! Brother Orchid (1940) What happens when a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) tries to quit the game, class himself up in Europe, then fails miserably after five years of gambling and overspending? read more

Buckle Down, Winsocki. Buckle Down.

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Jan 19, 2015

Yes, THAT Nancy Walker Best Foot Forward (1943) There's no reason on earth why I should like this picture. It has so many elements I normally can't stand: overlong Big Band numbers; skinny white girls singing the blues; boy-cr read more

Ninón Sevilla: Queen of the Rumberas

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Jan 5, 2015

Emilia Pérez Castellanos (Ninón Sevilla) November 10, 1929 – January 1, 2015 Cuban-Mexican Film Superstar, Dead at 93  Even though I said I was in hot pursuit of películas de cabareteraslast year after seeing  read more

Psychoanalysts and Elephants: They Never Forget

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Dec 22, 2014

Car-Hop Weds Controlling Industrialist Caught (1949) Caught is a rags-to-riches-to-Crazytown story about a struggling car-hop who marries a controlling millionaire. Working stiff, Leonora Ames (Barbara Bel Geddes), i read more

Can't You Look Where I'm Going?

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Dec 10, 2014

Fun with Dead People Topper  (1937) Just when I think I'm going to chuck it all in and blow up my cable subscription, Turner Classic Movies sucks me right back in. They have a mobile app, you see, that allows you not only to w read more

There's No Directory Here, I Swear to God

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Nov 20, 2014

Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky, November 9, 1931-November 19, 2014 A movie is like a person. Either you trust it or you don't. Goodbye, Mike Nichols, and Thank You There are artists whose work informs our sensibilities at critica read more

Trust, But Verify: "The Snow Queen" in Translation

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Nov 10, 2014

Soviet Snow and Ice and Good and Evil American Happy Happy Joy Joy (and a bunch of woodland creatures) Splinters away! Mowgli  (1967) The Snow Queen (Snezhnaya Koroleva, 1957) I read more

So Many Beasts to Choose From

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Oct 31, 2014

Eerie, slightly off-key lullaby singing Ruth Gordon's Oscar-winning role Good one, Patsy Kelly Heh Rosemary's Baby (1968) Happy Halloween, Everybody! Let's talk about scary stuff, like devil-worshipping o read more

I Remember Margaret Lindsay

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Oct 29, 2014

Born Margaret Kies, September 19, 1910 Died May 9, 1981 Prolific Contract Player Beautiful, competent, stylish, Margaret Lindsay originally started out as a stage actress and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before read more

I Creep Myself Out a Little Early This Year

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Oct 27, 2014

Now you see 'em... The Innocents (1961) The Innocents, along with The Haunting (1963), is one of those movies I worry about returning to for fear it will not inspire in me the same wonderful feeling of looming terror I got fro read more

Wednesday's Child: Dean Stockwell

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Oct 16, 2014

Born Robert Dean Stockwell, March 5, 1936 The handsome murderer in COMPULSION This Kid's Nearly 80 I realize it's Thursday, but this particular Wednesday's Child is not full of woe, but has come far and clearly has far to go. read more
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