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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Classic Film Lovers

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 23, 2018

'Tis the season for printing out pics of things you like and leaving them around the house as not-so-subtle hints for your less classic film literate family members. Let me give you a hand with some of my favorite picks for movie fanatics: Kate Gabrielle Full disclosure: Kate is a longtime fr read more

On Blu-ray: Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 20, 2018

It must have been shocking for the period piece-adoring Hammer crowd to behold the hairy, groovy hippies dancing on pianos and making love under the dining room table in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972). While there is the presence of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing to provide a reassuring bridge to the p read more

On Blu-ray/DVD--Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra's World War II Documentaries

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 15, 2018

At the peak of his career, director Frank Capra set aside his Hollywood work to make films in support of the US World War II effort. As a unit producer, director and advisor, he helped to craft a series of propaganda films to boost soldier moral and educate about the meaning of war. Olive Films has read more

Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind Finally Sees the Light of Day

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 13, 2018

What would Orson Welles have thought of his meticulously crafted final flick The Other Side of the Wind making its debut on Netflix? That’s been on my mind ever since the streaming service announced that the long anticipated film would finally be making its debut on the platform, over forty ye read more

Quote: Orson Welles on Being a Filmmaker

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 11, 2018

My definition of a filmmaker is a man who presides over accidents. -Orson Welles Quote Source read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: 6 Great Episodes

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 9, 2018

Just when I think I’ve found every podcast worthy of a classic film fan’s attention, another batch of interesting choices comes across my radar. I’ve got some great finds this time around, in addition to some old favorites. The biggest heartbreak: the wonderful episode of FilmStruc read more

On DVD: Eleanor Parker in The Last Ride (1944)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 7, 2018

Briskly-paced and clocking in at just under an hour The Last Ride (1944) is a moderately entertaining wartime crime programmer. While chiefly of historical interest, it has a little more zing than other flicks of its kind. The film recently made its DVD debut from Warner Archive. Though Eleanor Par read more

Quote of the Week: Frank Capra on Drama

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 4, 2018

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. – Frank Capra read more

On Blu-ray: TV Horror Classic Bad Ronald (1974)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 1, 2018

For years, being a fan of television movies has meant squinting at faded VHS prints or watching whatever somewhat viewable titles I could find streaming online. I’ve just come to expect that as part of the experience. That’s why one of the most mind-blowing aspects of watching the new Wa read more

Farewell to FilmStruck: My Viewing Suggestions (A Work in Progress)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 30, 2018

Speaking in stages of grief, the denial phase lasted a long time for me when I heard that the film streaming service FilmStruck would be no more after 11/29. This beautifully curated site has become invaluable to me as a way to find amazing new movies and learn more about them via a rich array of sp read more

On Blu-ray: The Swarm (1978), The Cyclops (1956), The Queen of Outer Space (1958)--Oh My!

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 25, 2018

I love films that entertain in ways their creators haven't planned. It’s such a happy accident when a story approached with sober intent becomes a little off-kilter, and as a result much more interesting. These kinds of flicks are my bread and butter, because they serve as a constant reminder read more

Classic Film on Podcasts: 6 Great Episodes

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 23, 2018

In my latest podcast round-up there's a couple of interesting shows that were new to me (both featuring Amy Nicholson) and great episodes from some of my favorites. Episode titles link to the podcast: Unspooled Double Indemnity August 16, 2018 It took me a while to get to it, but I am glad I fina read more

Guest Post: Underrated '78 at Rupert Pupkin Speaks

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 18, 2018

Click on over to Rupert Pupkin Speaks to see my list of underrated flicks from 1978. It's always a blast to make these lists for Brian Sauer's excellent recommendation site. Be sure to check out the other lists! read more

On Blu-ray: Underseen Surfing Classic Big Wednesday (1978)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 18, 2018

The bittersweet nostalgia of Big Wednesday (1978) feels authentic, because it was made by men who lived it. A story of friendship and loss of innocence set against the backdrop of the 1960s California surfing scene, the film flopped upon its release, though it has developed a cult following over the read more

On Blu-ray: An Invasion of the Body Snatchers Disc Rich in Special Features

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 16, 2018

I just finished binging the new Olive Signature Blu-ray edition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Every pore of my body now seems to be packed with some sort of fact about this sci-fi classic. The disc's got special features lengthier than the film itself, and they’re just as fasc read more

On Blu-ray: Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger in The Last Hunt (1956)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 11, 2018

Based on a novel by Milton Lott, but featuring real buffalo herd thinning, the Richard Brooks-directed The Last Hunt (1956) is an unusual mix of fact and fiction. It comes from a period where westerns took on more moral complexity. Heroes are less certain, violence isn't as superficial, and a feelin read more

Book Review--The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 9, 2018

The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements Kristen Hoerl University Press of Mississippi, 2018 It’s been a turbulent few years in the world and while movies can be a great escape from the chaos, they can also provide a revealing window into t read more

On Blu-ray: Village of the Damned (1960)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 5, 2018

The greatest thing about the sci-fi horror classic Village of the Damned (1960) is that it makes a big impact with simple means. A half dozen blonde wigs, the collective blank stare of a group of children, the mere idea that thoughts could mean the end of your existence. I recently revisited th read more

Streaming Diary: Spooky Films to Stream for Free at Kanopy

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 3, 2018

Judging from the vibe I’m getting on social media, Halloween season started early for a lot of us in 2018. I usually start binging on horror flicks when October rolls around, but this year, I’ve been at it for weeks already. This is the first Halloween season I've had access to Kanopy read more

On Blu-ray: Billy Budd (1962) and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Sep 28, 2018

While Billy Budd (1962) and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) take widely different approaches to a period milieu, they are both at their best when they spotlight their charismatic performers. The literary-sourced Budd and life-based Bean were recently released on Blu-ray from Warner Archi read more