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Where Film Noir and the “Woman’s Picture” Intersect: No Man of Her Own (1950)

True Classics Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

“Summer nights are pleasant in Caulfield. They smell of heliotrope and jasmine, honeysuckle and clover. The breeze that stirs the curtains is soft and gentle. There’s the hush, the stillness of perfect peace and security. Oh, yes, the summer nights are pleasant in Caulfield–but not read more

The Allan Fish Online Film Festival 2017: Allan ‘n’ Avery

True Classics Posted by on May 26, 2017

Earlier this month, our friends at Wonders in the Dark set out to honor one of their own–the dearly departed Allan Fish–with an online film festival, for which I was sincerely honored to be invited to participate. I did not know Allan, outside of his online presence, but I nonetheless wa read more

Enter to Win: EARLY WOMEN FILMMAKERS from Flicker Alley

True Classics Posted by on May 8, 2017

“Not only is a woman as well-fitted to stage a photo-drama as a man, but in many ways she has a distinct advantage over him because of her very nature and because much of the knowledge called for in the telling of the story and the creation of the stage setting is absolutely within her province as read more

Giveaway: BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) from Flicker Alley

True Classics Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

The good folks at Flicker Alley have put together some of our favorite compilations in recent years, including indispensable restored Blu-ray editions of Charlie Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies and Mack Sennett’s delightful early comedies. Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V read more

Farewell, Our Silver Fox

True Classics Posted by on Mar 12, 2017

When Robert Osborne passed away earlier this week, he took with him the collective hearts of the classic film-loving community. None of us here at True Classics ever had the pleasure of meeting Bob, but we were able to catch him in his element twice: once at the opening-night screening of Goldfinger read more

“Monsters! Monsters from the Id!”: Forbidden Planet (1956)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

The Wonders in the Dark sci-fi countdown rolls on, and here’s another contribution from yours truly: at #25, it’s the 1956 deep-space classic Forbidden Planet: MGM, the studio that produced Forbidden Planet, threw a couple million dollars into the production of the film, and it shows in read more

Daffy Duck Goes Cold War: Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century

True Classics Posted by on Aug 28, 2016

Over at Wonders in the Dark today, I’ve posted another entry in the sci-fi countdown, and this one was a particular joy to revisit. At #47, it’s Daffy Duck’s bravura turn as the daring do-er of the future skies in that masterful Chuck Jones joint, Duck Dodgers of the 24 1/2th Centu read more

The Humanity of The Iron Giant

True Classics Posted by on Aug 15, 2016

It is time yet again for another genre countdown hosted by our friends at Wonders in the Dark! This year, they are tackling sci-fi films, and I am honored to be contributing four essays for this year’s event. First up, at number 66, it’s Brad Bird’s fantastical directorial debut, t read more

Classic Movies with My Mother: A Remembrance

True Classics Posted by on May 8, 2016

My mother died on a Tuesday. March 22, 2016, to be exact. Less than two months ago. That day will always be etched in my memory due simply to its utter ordinariness. I had some free time that afternoon, and the weather was that rare perfect mix of brilliant sunshine and cool breezes (blessedly minus read more

Classic Movies with My Mother: A Remembrance

True Classics Posted by on May 8, 2016

My mother died on a Tuesday. March 22, 2016, to be exact. Less than two months ago. That day will always be etched in my memory due simply to its utter ordinariness. I had some free time that afternoon, and the weather was that rare perfect mix of brilliant sunshine and cool breezes (blessedly minus read more

Remembering Maureen O’Hara

True Classics Posted by on Oct 24, 2015

Photo via theredlist.com “How will you fill your empty pages? I pray that all you young people, middle-aged people, and old people like me live each day and enjoy each day, and when God calls you, that you answer Him and go willingly. But leave your mark on the world, on your children and on all the read more

The Complexities of Childhood: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 18, 2015

A belated link to my final contribution to the Childhood Films countdown at Wonders in the Dark–at number four, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time, adapted from one of my favorite books, 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird: I don’t think it’s too far off the mark to label To read more

The Wonders of E.T.

True Classics Posted by on Sep 22, 2015

As the Childhood Films countdown at Wonders in the Dark winds down to a close in the next couple of weeks, there are a number of beloved, brilliant films comprising the top twenty of the list. Among them is a longtime favorite of mine–at #17, it’s Steven Spielberg’s 1982 masterpiec read more

Visiting My Neighbor Totoro

True Classics Posted by on Aug 2, 2015

The childhood films countdown rolls along at Wonders in the Dark, and my contributions continue with a look at the movie voted into the #54 spot. From 1988, it’s legendary Japanese director/animator Hayao Miyazaki’s stunning, magical My Neighbor Totoro: What’s most fascinating about read more

Entering Pan’s Labyrinth

True Classics Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

  This year, for their annual extended film countdown, the inimitable folks at Wonders in the Dark have chosen to focus on films about childhood. I was, as always, quite honored to be extended an invitation to participate, and my first contribution is now live on the site. At #58, it’s on read more

Punishing Mildred Pierce

True Classics Posted by on May 1, 2015

Mildred: “I want you to have nice things. And you will have. Wait and see. I’ll get you everything. Anything you want. I promise.” Veda: “How?” Mildred: “I don’t know. But I will. I promise.” The title character of the 1945 classic Mildred Pierce, base read more

Stock Your Shelves IV

True Classics Posted by on Feb 3, 2015

Here’s yet another round-up of some great current deals out there. Let’s just call it our public service to anyone looking to add to their personal film collection (we totally don’t need a shopping intervention. Not at all). There’s no greater love than the one between a duck and read more

Five Years and Counting …

True Classics Posted by on Nov 30, 2014

It’s our birthday, and we just “gotta dance!” Today, November 30th, marks the fifth anniversary of True Classics! And though our posting has slowed down quite a bit this year (life, dahlings, life), we are still kicking–and still planning on hosting our annual anniversary con read more

The Lyrical Poetry of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

My third post for the ongoing romantic films countdown at Wonders in the Dark is live. At number five, it’s F.W. Murnau’s lovely and deceptively simple silent allegory Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927): Out of context, the idea of ranking a film in which a man is seduced into plotting read more

“We Seemed to Live by Night”: Out of the Past (1947)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 21, 2014

“I never told you I was anything but what I am. You just wanted to imagine I was.” That claim, uttered by Jane Greer as the devious Kathie Moffat in director Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, is not entirely true. The character is an exercise in self-construction, spending much read more
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