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Classic Movie Haunted Houses for Halloween

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2016

Last week we spent a few days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where, at the insistence of my teenage daughter, we visited a commercial haunted house. It's called Mysterious Mansion, but there's nothing very mysterious about it. Visitors pay $16 a pop for 15 minutes of being jumped at and chased around by read more

Classic Movie Haunted Houses for Halloween

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2016

Last week we spent a few days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where, at the insistence of my teenage daughter, we visited a commercial haunted house. It's called Mysterious Mansion, but there's nothing very mysterious about it. Visitors pay $16 a pop for 15 minutes of being jumped at and chased around by read more

Drug Store Delilah: Audrey Totter in TENSION (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 5, 2016

Audrey Totter is one of many actresses we naturally associate with noir; her best remembered films include noir classics like Lady in the Lake (1947) and The Set-Up (1949), and she also appears in a supporting role in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Less well known than these other pictures i read more

Drug Store Delilah: Audrey Totter in TENSION (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 5, 2016

Audrey Totter is one of many actresses we naturally associate with noir; her best remembered films include noir classics like Lady in the Lake (1947) and The Set-Up (1949), and she also appears in a supporting role in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Less well known than these other pictures i read more

Classic Films in Focus: OBSESSION (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 21, 2016

Released in the United States as The Hidden Room, Edward Dmytryk's Obsession (1949) is an unusual little gem of a thriller, a strangely polite and very English story of murder, jealousy, and revenge. It makes the most of its cast and its setting to craft a thoughtful tale of suspense that never beco read more

Classic Films in Focus: OBSESSION (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 21, 2016

Released in the United States as The Hidden Room, Edward Dmytryk's Obsession (1949) is an unusual little gem of a thriller, a strangely polite and very English story of murder, jealousy, and revenge. It makes the most of its cast and its setting to craft a thoughtful tale of suspense that never beco read more

Classic Films in Focus: LIBELED LADY (1936)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 19, 2016

Hollywood has always loved newspaper stories, especially when there's scandal and salacious tabloid gossip involved, and Libeled Lady (1936) delivers all that and more. Directed by Jack Conway, Libeled Lady is a screwball comedy times two, with four big stars in its leading roles, although William P read more

Classic Films in Focus: LIBELED LADY (1936)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 19, 2016

Hollywood has always loved newspaper stories, especially when there's scandal and salacious tabloid gossip involved, and Libeled Lady (1936) delivers all that and more. Directed by Jack Conway, Libeled Lady is a screwball comedy times two, with four big stars in its leading roles, although William P read more

Classic Films in Focus: BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 15, 2016

Howard Hawks' quintessential screwball comedy fell flat at the box office when it first appeared in 1938, but today Bringing Up Baby is widely regarded as a masterpiece of the genre, with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in fine form as the unlikely couple thrown together by leopards, dinosaurs, and read more

Classic Films in Focus: BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 15, 2016

Howard Hawks' quintessential screwball comedy fell flat at the box office when it first appeared in 1938, but today Bringing Up Baby is widely regarded as a masterpiece of the genre, with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in fine form as the unlikely couple thrown together by leopards, dinosaurs, and read more

The Failure of Fathers in STRANGER THINGS

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 5, 2016

Warning: This essay contains spoilers! Read at your own risk. The Duffer Brothers' 2016 Netflix series, Stranger Things, takes its cues from a bevy of 80s movies, most notably the films of Steven Spielberg and screen adaptations of the works of Stephen King. The mix also includes iconic pictures fr read more

The Failure of Fathers in STRANGER THINGS

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 5, 2016

Warning: This essay contains spoilers! Read at your own risk. The Duffer Brothers' 2016 Netflix series, Stranger Things, takes its cues from a bevy of 80s movies, most notably the films of Steven Spielberg and screen adaptations of the works of Stephen King. The mix also includes iconic pictures fr read more

I Feel It in My Bones: My Favorite Star Trek Character

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 28, 2016

With Star Trek Beyond out in theaters just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original show, I find myself thinking back about my lifetime of Trek experiences. I first saw the show as a little girl, when it was on in re-runs during the 1970s. I have been a fan ever since, seeing every movie and read more

I Feel It in My Bones: My Favorite Star Trek Character

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 28, 2016

With Star Trek Beyond out in theaters just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original show, I find myself thinking back about my lifetime of Trek experiences. I first saw the show as a little girl, when it was on in re-runs during the 1970s. I have been a fan ever since, seeing every movie and read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE SPANISH MAIN (1945)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2016

The Spanish Main (1945) revisits many of the same elements as earlier swashbucklers, especially Captain Blood (1935) and The Black Swan (1942), but this time instead of Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power we get Paul Henreid as the heroic pirate, and the actor gives a perfectly winning performance in the ro read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE SPANISH MAIN (1945)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2016

The Spanish Main (1945) revisits many of the same elements as earlier swashbucklers, especially Captain Blood (1935) and The Black Swan (1942), but this time instead of Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power we get Paul Henreid as the heroic pirate, and the actor gives a perfectly winning performance in the ro read more

Classic Films in Focus: IVANHOE (1952)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 19, 2016

Adapted from the novel by Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1952) makes a perfect companion to The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Both are rousing Technicolor adventures set during the days of King Richard the Lionheart, and Robin even plays a critical part in the later story. Robert Taylor might lack th read more

Classic Films in Focus: IVANHOE (1952)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 19, 2016

Adapted from the novel by Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1952) makes a perfect companion to The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Both are rousing Technicolor adventures set during the days of King Richard the Lionheart, and Robin even plays a critical part in the later story. Robert Taylor might lack th read more

Classic Films in Focus: TOWER OF LONDON (1939)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 18, 2016

Tower of London (1939) lacks the poetic grandeur of Shakespeare's Richard III, but the story remains more or less the same, with an atmosphere of horror injected into the historical drama through the appearance of genre icons like Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. As history goes, this is bloody stuf read more

Classic Films in Focus: TOWER OF LONDON (1939)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 18, 2016

Tower of London (1939) lacks the poetic grandeur of Shakespeare's Richard III, but the story remains more or less the same, with an atmosphere of horror injected into the historical drama through the appearance of genre icons like Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. As history goes, this is bloody stuf read more
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