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Classic Films in Focus: THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (1964)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 4, 2016

No genre lends itself to glorious badness like classic sci-fi horror, and director Del Tenney's The Horror of Party Beach (1964) makes for an excellent example of sublimely entertaining schlock. No, it isn't scary, thanks to stilted dialogue, flat acting, and some seriously DIY monster costumes, but read more

Stars of the Stands: Classic Hollywood at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 23, 2015

We jaunted off to Louisville, Kentucky, last week for a few days' respite from the holiday blues, hoping to recapture our enchantment with the city from a previous visit years before. While this year's trip had its hits and misses, one unexpected treat was an exhibit about classic Hollywood and the read more

Stars of the Stands: Classic Hollywood at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 23, 2015

We jaunted off to Louisville, Kentucky, last week for a few days' respite from the holiday blues, hoping to recapture our enchantment with the city from a previous visit years before. While this year's trip had its hits and misses, one unexpected treat was an exhibit about classic Hollywood and the read more

Scenes from a LEGO Western

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 6, 2015

If you have been reading this blog much over the years, you know that I love classic Westerns. I grew up watching them with my father and grandfather, and I've always had a nostalgic love for the Old West. You also know that I love LEGO and am an active member of a large LEGO hobby club for adults. read more

Scenes from a LEGO Western

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 6, 2015

If you have been reading this blog much over the years, you know that I love classic Westerns. I grew up watching them with my father and grandfather, and I've always had a nostalgic love for the Old West. You also know that I love LEGO and am an active member of a large LEGO hobby club for adults. read more

Classic Films in Focus: ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU (1948)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 3, 2015

The buoyant charm of Esther Williams drives all of her musical comedies, but some work better than others, and On an Island with You (1948) mostly sinks rather than swims. Its plot, in which an obsessed fan demonstrates his passion for a movie star by kidnapping her, disturbs and confounds, especial read more

Classic Films in Focus: ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU (1948)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 3, 2015

The buoyant charm of Esther Williams drives all of her musical comedies, but some work better than others, and On an Island with You (1948) mostly sinks rather than swims. Its plot, in which an obsessed fan demonstrates his passion for a movie star by kidnapping her, disturbs and confounds, especial read more

Classic Films in Focus: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 18, 2015

The Gill Man returns for a second shot at interspecies romance in Revenge of the Creature (1955), a direct sequel to the 1954 Universal horror, Creature from the Black Lagoon. Jack Arnold also comes back to the fish man out of water story as the director, but this time the action moves from the Amaz read more

My Favorite Bond

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 17, 2015

Roger Moore was my first Bond, and, decades later, he remains my favorite version of the iconic British spy. The first 007 movie I ever saw was a cable television edit of Live and Let Die (1973); I remember being delightfully terrified by Geoffrey Holder's Baron Samedi, and I was young enough that t read more

My Favorite Bond

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 17, 2015

Roger Moore was my first Bond, and, decades later, he remains my favorite version of the iconic British spy. The first 007 movie I ever saw was a cable television edit of Live and Let Die (1973); I remember being delightfully terrified by Geoffrey Holder's Baron Samedi, and I was young enough that t read more

Classic Films in Focus: TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 3, 2015

Borrowing both the star and the literary atmosphere of Roger Corman's Poe adaptations, Twice-Told Tales (1963) offers a trilogy of stories from Nathaniel Hawthorne, with Vincent Price taking the lead in all three segments of the film. Like the Corman pictures, this anthology of horror drips with Got read more

Classic Films in Focus: TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 3, 2015

Borrowing both the star and the literary atmosphere of Roger Corman's Poe adaptations, Twice-Told Tales (1963) offers a trilogy of stories from Nathaniel Hawthorne, with Vincent Price taking the lead in all three segments of the film. Like the Corman pictures, this anthology of horror drips with Got read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 2, 2015

A low-budget cult classic, The Brain that Wouldn't Die (1962) offers all the twisted delights one could ask for in a science fiction horror movie of this type. It's sleazy, gruesome, and short, with a parade of scantily clad women and a mad surgeon hellbent on attaching his girlfriend's severed head read more

Classic Films in Focus: DEMENTIA 13 (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 28, 2015

Whatever the outcome, there's something fascinating about the combination of Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola, the producer and director, respectively, of the low-budget shocker, Dementia 13 (1963). While the movie leaves a lot to be desired, thanks in part to disagreements between the two and read more

Classic Films in Focus: DEMENTIA 13 (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 28, 2015

Whatever the outcome, there's something fascinating about the combination of Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola, the producer and director, respectively, of the low-budget shocker, Dementia 13 (1963). While the movie leaves a lot to be desired, thanks in part to disagreements between the two and read more

Classic Films in Focus: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 26, 2015

Long a staple of high school and community drama programs, Agatha Christie's stage version of And Then There Were None is a little less murderous than the original novel but still packed with good parts. The 1945 film adaptation, directed by Rene Clair, stocks those parts with truly memorable charac read more

Classic Films in Focus: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 26, 2015

Long a staple of high school and community drama programs, Agatha Christie's stage version of And Then There Were None is a little less murderous than the original novel but still packed with good parts. The 1945 film adaptation, directed by Rene Clair, stocks those parts with truly memorable charac read more

CMBA Blogathon: THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2015

The theme for this year's CMBA Blogathon is "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," which makes the 1946 musical, The Harvey Girls, an obvious choice. The movie won an Oscar for its train themed song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and it depicts, in a fictionalized and colorful way, the impor read more

CMBA Blogathon: THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2015

The theme for this year's CMBA Blogathon is "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," which makes the 1946 musical, The Harvey Girls, an obvious choice. The movie won an Oscar for its train themed song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and it depicts, in a fictionalized and colorful way, the impor read more

Classic Films in Focus: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 19, 2015

Along with A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) is one of the most popular Hollywood treatments of a Tennessee Williams play, although the author himself was not a fan of the changes that had to be made to get his story onto film. In spite of Williams' understandable frustra read more
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