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Guns of the Old Western in Wyoming

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 6, 2016

We spent last week in Montana and Wyoming, mostly touring Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks, but I'm happy to say that I still found some balm for my classic movie loving soul. One of the best spots for indulging a cinema obsession was Cody, Wyoming, where we spent a full day exploring the read more

Classic Films in Focus: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 17, 2016

Strangers on a Train (1951) brought Alfred Hitchcock back to box office success after the lull that followed Notorious (1946), and today it remains a favorite with the auteur's fans. Hitchcock presents a deliciously twisted thriller in this tale of murder and blackmail, with Farley Granger returning read more

Classic Films in Focus: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 17, 2016

Strangers on a Train (1951) brought Alfred Hitchcock back to box office success after the lull that followed Notorious (1946), and today it remains a favorite with the auteur's fans. Hitchcock presents a deliciously twisted thriller in this tale of murder and blackmail, with Farley Granger returning read more

Top 10 List: My Favorite Westerns

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 16, 2016

My Westerns lifetime learning class is wrapping up this week, and my students have asked me about a top ten list of classic Westerns. I imagine there are plenty of such lists naming the "best" Westerns, but I'd rather make mine a list of personal favorites. I do aim for some diversity in terms of de read more

Top 10 List: My Favorite Westerns

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 16, 2016

My Westerns lifetime learning class is wrapping up this week, and my students have asked me about a top ten list of classic Westerns. I imagine there are plenty of such lists naming the "best" Westerns, but I'd rather make mine a list of personal favorites. I do aim for some diversity in terms of de read more

Five Movies on an Island Blogathon: My Five Picks

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 15, 2016

This week the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Five Movies on an Island Blogathon, in which different bloggers pick five movies they'd want to take with them to a castaway life. Of course, we're assuming that our islands are hooked up for movie viewing! For me, the five chosen films are one read more

Five Movies on an Island Blogathon: My Five Picks

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 15, 2016

This week the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Five Movies on an Island Blogathon, in which different bloggers pick five movies they'd want to take with them to a castaway life. Of course, we're assuming that our islands are hooked up for movie viewing! For me, the five chosen films are one read more

10 Great Westerns of the 1950s

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 9, 2016

The 1950s produced a bumper crop of A-level Westerns with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in the leading roles, including some we don't necessarily associate with the genre. Over the course of the decade, darker and more complex psychological Westerns appealed to adult viewers, even as the matinee read more

10 Great Westerns of the 1950s

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 9, 2016

The 1950s produced a bumper crop of A-level Westerns with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in the leading roles, including some we don't necessarily associate with the genre. Over the course of the decade, darker and more complex psychological Westerns appealed to adult viewers, even as the matinee read more

Classic Movies for Cat Lovers

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 14, 2016

Cats have been on my mind a lot this month. In March, our family adopted two kittens, Ginger Peach and Earl Greyer, having mourned the deaths of our senior dog, Tess, in January, and our 20 year old cat, Grendel, back in October. Ginger has indeed been a peach, but little Earl quickly succumbed to a read more

Classic Movies for Cat Lovers

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 14, 2016

Cats have been on my mind a lot this month. In March, our family adopted two kittens, Ginger Peach and Earl Greyer, having mourned the deaths of our senior dog, Tess, in January, and our 20 year old cat, Grendel, back in October. Ginger has indeed been a peach, but little Earl quickly succumbed to a read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 11, 2016

The Little Foxes (1941) reunites stars Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall with director William Wyler after their collaboration the previous year in The Letter (1940), in which Davis had also played a morally bankrupt wife who wrecks Marshall's life. The original stage version of the play by Lillian H read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 11, 2016

The Little Foxes (1941) reunites stars Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall with director William Wyler after their collaboration the previous year in The Letter (1940), in which Davis had also played a morally bankrupt wife who wrecks Marshall's life. The original stage version of the play by Lillian H read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 6, 2016

The Beast Must Die (1974) is not a good horror movie, but it's an entertaining one, assuming that its odd collection of elements appeals to a certain kind of classic horror enthusiast. This Amicus production throws together plot threads from The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Agatha Christie's And T read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 6, 2016

The Beast Must Die (1974) is not a good horror movie, but it's an entertaining one, assuming that its odd collection of elements appeals to a certain kind of classic horror enthusiast. This Amicus production throws together plot threads from The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Agatha Christie's And T read more

Classic Films in Focus: BARBARY COAST (1935)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 30, 2016

Howard Hawks made far better and more memorable films than the 1935 period drama, Barbary Coast, but the movie is worth watching for a number of reasons, not least of which is Edward G. Robinson with an earring. The title identifies the setting of this rather gritty picture as the wildest section of read more

Classic Films in Focus: BARBARY COAST (1935)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 30, 2016

Howard Hawks made far better and more memorable films than the 1935 period drama, Barbary Coast, but the movie is worth watching for a number of reasons, not least of which is Edward G. Robinson with an earring. The title identifies the setting of this rather gritty picture as the wildest section of read more

Southern Voices on the Silver Screen

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 29, 2016

Hollywood has always had a complicated relationship with the American South and its inhabitants. In so much of the classic movie era, the South seems to exist only in the context of the Civil War; almost nobody appears as a resident of the region as it actually existed in the 1930s and 40s. Sure, th read more

Southern Voices on the Silver Screen

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 29, 2016

Hollywood has always had a complicated relationship with the American South and its inhabitants. In so much of the classic movie era, the South seems to exist only in the context of the Civil War; almost nobody appears as a resident of the region as it actually existed in the 1930s and 40s. Sure, th read more

War Stories: The National World War II Museum

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 17, 2016

For many classic movie fans, the films of the World War II era hold special significance. These were the movies made during and immediately after the war, and the conflict impacted every aspect of American life, including film. Favorite stars like James Stewart and Clark Gable left the safety of Hol read more
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