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Memorial Post: Grendel (1995-2015)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 17, 2015

We said goodbye to our 20 year old cat, Grendel Graymalkin Kagemusha Sparks, this morning. He had been with me since he was just a few weeks old; he was born to a feral cat who lived under my grandfather's potato shed, and during Hurricane Opal he was rescued from the storm by my parents, who fed hi read more

Classic Films in Focus: BLACK SABBATH (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 15, 2015

Mario Bava's 1963 Italian-French horror anthology, Black Sabbath, is both lurid and literary, much like Roger Corman's Poe films from the same era, but without the cheeky black humor that pervades the Corman canon. Even more so than in Corman's loosest adaptations, the literary pedigrees of Bava's t read more

Classic Films in Focus: BLACK SABBATH (1963)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 15, 2015

Mario Bava's 1963 Italian-French horror anthology, Black Sabbath, is both lurid and literary, much like Roger Corman's Poe films from the same era, but without the cheeky black humor that pervades the Corman canon. Even more so than in Corman's loosest adaptations, the literary pedigrees of Bava's t read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (1959)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2015

Like The Fly (1958), The Alligator People (1959) merges science fiction and horror with a premise about dangerous experimentation gone horribly wrong, although in the second movie's case the combination of animal and human traits is intentional rather than tragically coincidental. Thus we get Richar read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (1959)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2015

Like The Fly (1958), The Alligator People (1959) merges science fiction and horror with a premise about dangerous experimentation gone horribly wrong, although in the second movie's case the combination of animal and human traits is intentional rather than tragically coincidental. Thus we get Richar read more

Classic Films in Focus: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 18, 2015

Singin' in the Rain (1952) might be the most popular of Gene Kelly's musical films, but An American in Paris (1951) proved his biggest Oscar success. The Best Picture Winner, directed by Vincente Minnelli, took home six Academy Awards in all, including wins for Best Musical Score and Best Color Cine read more

Classic Films in Focus: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 18, 2015

Singin' in the Rain (1952) might be the most popular of Gene Kelly's musical films, but An American in Paris (1951) proved his biggest Oscar success. The Best Picture Winner, directed by Vincente Minnelli, took home six Academy Awards in all, including wins for Best Musical Score and Best Color Cine read more

Classic Films in Focus: BORN TO KILL (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 11, 2015

The illustrious Robert Wise directs Born to Kill (1947), a sharp, smart noir drama that showcases the considerable talents of Claire Trevor as its morally ambivalent protagonist. It's an early foray into the genre for Wise, who would go on to direct The Set-Up (1949) and The House on Telegraph Hill read more

Classic Films in Focus: BORN TO KILL (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 11, 2015

The illustrious Robert Wise directs Born to Kill (1947), a sharp, smart noir drama that showcases the considerable talents of Claire Trevor as its morally ambivalent protagonist. It's an early foray into the genre for Wise, who would go on to direct The Set-Up (1949) and The House on Telegraph Hill read more

Classic Films in Focus: BATHING BEAUTY (1944)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 28, 2015

Although she makes appearances in two earlier feature films, Bathing Beauty (1944) marks the debut of Esther Williams as a fully realized Hollywood star, with plenty of opportunities to show off her attractive figure and her signature swimming skills. This light, frothy comedy from director George S read more

Classic Films in Focus: BATHING BEAUTY (1944)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 28, 2015

Although she makes appearances in two earlier feature films, Bathing Beauty (1944) marks the debut of Esther Williams as a fully realized Hollywood star, with plenty of opportunities to show off her attractive figure and her signature swimming skills. This light, frothy comedy from director George S read more

An Ode to Film Noir

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 25, 2015

Where will you find the asphalt jungle? In a lonely place, Where danger lives - There they drive by night, gun crazy, Lured by brute force and the sweet smell of success. Between night and the city, Somewhere past Sunset Blvd. You'll find the lady from Shanghai. "Kiss me deadly," she moans. Sudden read more

An Ode to Film Noir

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 25, 2015

Where will you find the asphalt jungle? In a lonely place, Where danger lives - There they drive by night, gun crazy, Lured by brute force and the sweet smell of success. Between night and the city, Somewhere past Sunset Blvd. You'll find the lady from Shanghai. "Kiss me deadly," she moans. Sudden read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BLACK CASTLE (1952)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 11, 2015

Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., only have supporting roles in The Black Castle (1952), but their presence adds genre credibility to this minor period thriller directed by Nathan Juran, here making his directorial debut. Richard Greene, Stephen McNally, and Paula Corday are the real stars of the p read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BLACK CASTLE (1952)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 11, 2015

Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., only have supporting roles in The Black Castle (1952), but their presence adds genre credibility to this minor period thriller directed by Nathan Juran, here making his directorial debut. Richard Greene, Stephen McNally, and Paula Corday are the real stars of the p read more

Classic Films in Focus: FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 23, 2015

Atomic age hysteria fuels the British low-budget shocker, Fiend without a Face (1958), in which invisible vampire brain monsters rampage through a Canadian village near a U.S. Air Force base. The title of this picture seriously understates the glorious weirdness of its killer creatures, who lack lim read more

Classic Films in Focus: FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 23, 2015

Atomic age hysteria fuels the British low-budget shocker, Fiend without a Face (1958), in which invisible vampire brain monsters rampage through a Canadian village near a U.S. Air Force base. The title of this picture seriously understates the glorious weirdness of its killer creatures, who lack lim read more

Classic Films in Focus: WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2015

Robert Mitchum takes another dive into darkness in Where Danger Lives (1950), and once again he plays an easy mark for a dangerous dame, this time embodied by the sultry Faith Domergue. An icon of film noir, Mitchum made more celebrated forays into the genre both before and after this outing, but Wh read more

Classic Films in Focus: WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2015

Robert Mitchum takes another dive into darkness in Where Danger Lives (1950), and once again he plays an easy mark for a dangerous dame, this time embodied by the sultry Faith Domergue. An icon of film noir, Mitchum made more celebrated forays into the genre both before and after this outing, but Wh read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 17, 2015

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is a different kind of war story, but its focus on the domestic aftermath of World War II is still powerful today, nearly seventy years after its original release. It certainly spoke to the cultural moment in 1946, winning seven Academy Awards out of eight nominati read more
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