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Marilyn Monroe and Emilio Pucci Designs

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Apr 30, 2014

It’s not known exactly when Marilyn Monroe discovered and fell in love with Emilio Pucci’s fashion designs. What we do know is that, in the last couple of years of her life, Pucci’s fashions became her personal clothes of choice. From about 1960 to the last images of her in 1962, Monroe can almost read more

Broadway Bill (1934) (2)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 30, 2014

Though not exactly “lost” or even “forgotten,” Frank Capra’s Broadway Bill (1934) is a delightful movie, that has never gotten the attention of other Capra offerings like It Happened One Night (1934), You Can’t Take it With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washin read more

Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival Combines Film and Community

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 29, 2014

Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival returns to Toronto on Friday May 2, 2014 for its fifth consecutive year. The festival, presented in association with Lakeshore Arts showcases the passion of independent, short filmmakers while also fostering and highlighting the film community of South E read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on Apr 28, 2014

The Most Dangerous Game is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here. It is sometimes easy to forget how important competent acting is to the quality of a film. Performers like Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Winslet make it look easy. They transform, not just physically but also emotion read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Circus (1928)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on Apr 24, 2014

Okay, so The Circus isn’t actually playing on Mubi. It was, and I watched it, and it’s now been replaced with a different Chaplin film, The Idle Class. This may be a result of the musical accompaniment being nonexistent (I found an alternate stream online with a soundtrack) because watc read more

Swingin’ Sixties: Casino Royale (1967)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Apr 23, 2014

Let’s get one thing clear straight at the start, Casino Royale is a disjointed over-inflated mess of a James Bond spoof film. That said, there are a quite a few things, taken individually, which are remarkable and pleasurable to watch. The Oscar nominated Burt Bacharach song “The Look of Love” read more

Book Review: Room 1219

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 22, 2014

You know Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, that impossibly agile fat man who, at one time, was almost as popular as Sir Charles Chaplin. You also know the scandal that shattered his reputation and destroyed his film comedy career. Hell, you may even know about that famous bottle. But as Room 121 read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Blue Angel (1930)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on Apr 17, 2014

The Blue Angel is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here.  Rarely will a mainstream Hollywood release touch the edge of somber. Oh, they’ll go for swooping sadness and the occasional emotionally devastating finish, but it’s usually tinged with optimism. That or there read more

Valles: Men’s Costumes (1938-1960)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Apr 16, 2014

Fred Valles was an English designer who is mostly know for designing men’s costumes at MGM from 1938-1950, and as one of the Oscar winning designers for “Spartacus” (1960). He was credited professionally as “Valles” (pronounced Va-YEZ), and for reasons unknown, sometimes as Arlington Valles. read more

Her Cardboard Lover (1942)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 14, 2014

Her Cardboard Lover (1942), though not noted as such at the time, turned out to be Norma Shearer’s final film before disappearing into retirement. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it is an amusing one. It does have all the makings of a fine film film, repairing Shearer with Esc read more

TCM Classic Film Fest: Cruising Hollywood Boulevard with American Graffiti (1973)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Apr 14, 2014

For those not currently in L.A., and not hanging out on Hollywood Blvd at the Roosevelt Hotel swimming pool, you really are missing out. It’s one of those quintessentially enviable SoCal evenings, where even though it’s the middle of April and the rest of the country is still in a chill, the temper read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: House by the River (1950)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on Apr 10, 2014

House by the River is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here. Fritz Lang made some of the greatest films that survived the silent era. His movies M and Metropolis are picked apart, studied, and slobbered over by film nuts even now. With good reason. His films seemed to evoke read more

The Merry Widow Hat (1907-1914)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Apr 9, 2014

“Who would think he’d be killed, by a little shock like that? Why ‘twas nothing but the bill for my Merry Widow Hat”. During the Edwardian Era, the craze over the Merry Widow hat became an extraordinary cultural event. The highlighted “S” curve silhouette of the female figure, together with read more

Book Review: Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 9, 2014

It’s definitely a cliche and almost a joke at this point – 1939 was the greatest year of American movie production – period. While some may scoff at this preposterous statement, classic filmophiles know that it is true. By some strange confluence of art, commerce and culture more read more

Overlooked Gems: Robert Benchley’s Miniatures Collection

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Lesley Coffin on Apr 7, 2014

Growing up, I used to love to watch the classic Mickey Mouse shorts, with Donald, Pluto, Mickey and Minnie.  But of all the shorts I looked forward to, it was Goofy’s shorts I found funniest, and his comic instructional films about the state of modern living were my favorite…even as a child.  read more

Top 5 Film Goths

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on Apr 4, 2014

The Gothic has played a heavy part in culture for hundreds of years. From classic novels from the likes of Emily Bronte and Bram Stoker, to the adaptations they’ve spawned in films and the countless horrors they’ve inspired, goth has been a key movement in cinematic history. I’ve read more

A Richard Dix Three Pack

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 3, 2014

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Springtime Fashions: The Marriage Playground (1929)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Apr 2, 2014

As winter slowly melts away into spring, I thought it might be nice to look at some light springtime fashions from The Marriage Playground to help us shake off our winter blues. The film is based on Edith Wharton’s 1928 novel “The Children” and is set in the Italian seaside resort of Cortina. read more

Who Goes There?: A Tale of Two Things

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on Apr 2, 2014

“Nobody trusts anybody now, and we’re all very tired.” MacReady (Kurt Russell) records his thoughts into a tape recorder as life at his research camp has crumbled into terror and paranoia. From the very beginning of John Carpenter’s The Thing there reverberates a sense of do read more

Top 5 Worst Films Ever Made – A Subjective List

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Apr 1, 2014

A list of the best films ever made is a completely subjective creation. Basically, there’s no such thing. The list is only yours. Many may agree with it, but there’s just as many who would disagree, and for completely valid reasons. Alternatively, to create a list of the worst films ever made is read more
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