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Lives Behind the Legends: Marilyn Monroe

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Arancha van der Veen on May 25, 2021

Marilyn Monroe – The Intellectual Over the years, Marilyn Monroe has become more icon than person. The Marilyn the world knows is mostly defined by two things: appearance and tragedy. She is seen as the ditzy, blonde bombshell who giggles as her skirt flies up or as the naïve orphan eaten read more

Van Cleef Seeks Revenge; Holden Steals Cattle!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 24, 2021

Lee Van Cleef as Ryan.Death Rides a Horse (1967).  As young Bill Meceita watches a vicious outlaw gang slaughter his family, he notes a distinguishing feature on each killer--a scar, an earring, a tattoo, a spur. Two decades later, a dead cowboy provides a key clue that reignites read more

Musical Monday: Melody Cruise (1933)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 24, 2021

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: Melody Cruise (1933) – read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Wrap Up

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 24, 2021

 We’ve reached the end of another spectacular blogathon, and once again, we’re impressed with the range of topics from our exceptionally talented participants. But as anyone familiar with ‘80s television can confirm, wait… There’s more! We have another batch of fab read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 23, 2021

 A Jess Franco movie starring Christopher Lee is one thing. But....a Jess Franco movie starring Christopher Lee--and Mark Hamill?? And one where Hamill plays a Wehrmacht officer during WWII?? The movie is NIGHT OF THE EAGLES, an extremely obscure (and extremely low budget) European production f read more

Midnight Special (2016): A Story of Parenthood

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 23, 2021

“These are words of the Lord…or the federal government.” Derek Webb has a song called “Spirit.” For anyone with a religious upbringing, it might conjure up the “Holy Ghost” — the Helper meant to fill up Christian faithful as they worship God in their read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 23, 2021

 Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I are back for the third day of the Christopher Lee Blogathon. We have another eclectic line-up of blog posts for your perusal. But wait! In the immortal words of sports great Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Due to some read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on May 22, 2021

Cinematic Catharsis and Realweegiemidget Reviews present The Christopher Lee Blogathon, May 21-23, 2021. Thank you, Barry and Gill.  Day 1   Day 2   Day 3When the auspicious 20-year run of Gunsmoke came to an end, executive producer Toronto-born John Mantley, his star James read more

WILD GEESE II On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 22, 2021

 Made in a decade known for outlandish, cheesy action flicks, WILD GEESE II (1985) is a rather straightforward adventure/espionage tale that might have been more entertaining if it had been cheesier. In 1982, a large news network hires mercenary John Haddad (Scott Glenn) to spring Rudolf H read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 22, 2021

Whew! I hope you’ve had time to catch your breath, dear reader, because it’s time for Day Two of the Christopher Lee Blogathon. Today, you’ll find seven spectacular posts spanning multiple genres, from historical drama, to sword and sandal, and westerns.   If you plan to part read more

The Pirates of Blood River

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 22, 2021

 (1962) Directed by John Gilling; Written by John Hunter and John Gilling; Story by Jimmy Sangster; Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Marla Landi, Oliver Reed, Michael Ripper and Peter Arne; Available on DVD. Rating: ***½ “Tarted up with palms read more

Watching 1939: Slightly Honorable (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 21, 2021

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

BlacKkKlansman (2018) and Historical Dissonance

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 21, 2021

Spike Lee is an incredibly intelligent and perceptive director so he probably knew what he was doing. However, when I see Alec Baldwin playing a virulent racist, spewing out slurs, there’s this odd contradiction. Somehow it loses its import if that is what it was meant to have. Because I know read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 21, 2021

 After months of planning, the big day has finally arrived. Yours Truly and my co-host with the most, Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews, proudly present Day 1 of the Christopher Lee Blogathon! It’s an honor to dedicate this three-day event to one of my all-time favorite actors, who w read more

Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, and Joan Blondell “Cry ‘Havoc’”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on May 21, 2021

Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, and Joan Blondell “Cry ‘Havoc’” Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943) is an American World War II drama directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, and Joan Blondell. The film features a strong supporting cast tha read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on May 21, 2021

Today I talk about Take a Giant Step for The American Experience on Film Blogathon! as it reflects upon the many things about america in this movie that stars many amazing stars. There is many diffrent parts to the American Experience which can be reflected upon in many movies so lets review this read more

I Know Where I'm Going! a Black & White Jewel from Powell & Pressburger

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 21, 2021

Rich, vivid Technicolor is one of the hallmarks of the most well known and celebrated of the gorgeous, masterful films from the production team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Archers. From the mid-1940s into the early '50s, almost all of their films were shot in striking 3-strip Techn read more


Backlots Posted by Lara on May 21, 2021

When I first saw The Devil and Miss Jones several years ago, I found myself wondering how I could have missed such a funny, smart, compelling film for so long. Though seeming to have all the hallmarks of an instant classic, The Devil and Miss Jones is one of those films that too often, undeservedly read more

Classic Conversations: Adam-Michael James Brings the Beloved ‘Bewitched’ Characters Back to Life in His New Book ‘Samantha’s Seventies’

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Danny Miller on May 21, 2021

There’s no one on the planet who knows more about the classic TV series Bewitched than talented writer Adam-Michael James. His deliciously comprehensive first book, The Bewitched Continuum, was an encyclopedic tome packed with everything you ever wanted to know about the ser read more

CMBA Hidden Classics Blogathon: Bad Sister (1931)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 20, 2021

Up until a few months ago, I’d never heard of the movie Bad Sister. Then I read a book called Hollywood’s Hard-Luck Ladies by Laura Wagner (which I highly recommend, by the way). The book centers on 23 actresses who “suffered early deaths, accidents, missteps, illnesses, and tragedies.” The read more