Whirlpool (1949)- Otto Preminger

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Maleficent- The Great Villain Blogathon

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Orphans of the Storm (1921)- D.W. Griffith

Orphans of the Storm (1921)- D.W. Griffith Orphans of the Storm (1921)- D.W. Griffith

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth

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Whirlpool (1949)- Otto Preminger

April 23, 2014

 ★★★   “Whirlpool” is a film noir, crime, suspense movie effectively written by Ben Hecht and Andrew Solt, based on the novel, “Methinks the Lady”, by Guy Endore. The story revolves around a well to do, attractive woman named Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), who also happens to be a kleptomaniac. Her husband, Dr. Sutton (Richard […]

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Maleficent- The Great Villain Blogathon

April 21, 2014

When I heard that Silver Screenings, Shadows & Satin, and Speakeasy were going to do a blogathon about villains, I was extremely excited. After all, I have a life long obsession with screen villains, and all of their nastiness. Although some find it hard to appreciate a good villain, I for one, find them to […]

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Orphans of the Storm (1921)- D.W. Griffith

April 19, 2014

 ★★★★★   Everything has a beginning, and film is no different. Yes, it is true that film was “invented” by many, over a course of a few years, but the invention of filmmaking (at least in the sense of the word today) can be attributed to D.W. Griffith and his innovative, pioneering ways. Any opportunity […]

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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth

April 17, 2014

 ★★★   The “Broadway Melody” films that MGM released between 1929 and 1940 are a series of four pictures that have nothing in common except for their name. They are, typically speaking, low on plot and high on musical talent. They also were extremely successful. The second of the four, “Broadway Melody of 1936″ (1936), […]

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Criterion Collection Titles for July!

April 15, 2014

It’s time again to examine the list of films the will be joining the Criterion Collection this coming July. This month’s selections offer a wide variety of films from some of the most underrated directors of their own (or all) times. This month is a little different as there are two new films joining the […]

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The Heavenly Body (1944)-Alexander Hall

April 14, 2014

 ★★   The Whitleys are a happily married couple. At least that’s what famed astronomer William Whitley (William Powell) thinks. His wife, Vicky (Hedy Lamarr), has grown increasingly tired of waiting for her husband to put the stars on the back burner, and promoting her to the major focus of his life. She’s become impatient, […]

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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)- Russell Rouse

April 12, 2014

 ★★★★★ & My Hall of Fame   Where is all the love for Glenn Ford westerns?! Seriously, if you were to research the best western actors, you will find many names worthy of being in the conversation, such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Will Rogers, Randolph Scott, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper,  and Gregory […]

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Born to Kill (1947)- Robert Wise

April 10, 2014

 ★★★   One of Robert Wise’s early directorial efforts was the film noir ”Born to Kill” (1947). It is without a doubt one of the darkest, most seedy crime stories to emerge from the 1940′s. What it lacks in identifiable ”hero” type personalities, it more than makes up for in loathsome, revolting people who can’t help but […]

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Fourteen Hours (1951)- Henry Hathaway

April 8, 2014

 ★★★★★   The idea of a film centered around one desperate man standing on the ledge of a New York building is a difficult one because there are so many unanswered questions that arise. How do you keep the audience entertained when, in all actuality, very little is happening? How do you deal with a […]

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He Ran All the Way (1951)- John Berry

April 6, 2014

 ★★★★   My, what a difference a decade can make. Ten years after the release of Anatole Litvak’s “Out of the Fog” (1941), John Garfield teamed with director John Berry to make a very similar film noir, “He Ran All the Way” (1951). Garfield again plays a small time hood named Nick, who at the […]

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A Brief History of Time (1991)- Errol Morris

April 4, 2014

 ★★★★   Stephen Hawking is more than a brilliant man. He is inspirational, determined, unparalleled, and then after all of that, he is also one of the most intelligent people of his (or any) generation. Errol Morris’s documentary “A Brief History of Time” (1991) is not really about “time” at all, at least not in […]

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It Happens Every Spring (1949)- Lloyd Bacon

April 2, 2014

 ★★★   The baseball season is here once again, and that means that not only is it time to get fired up for another season, but it also is time to start watching some baseball movies. And what better place to start than the light-hearted comedic romp “It Happens Every Spring” (1949)? This is a highly […]

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Rancho Notorious (1952)- Fritz Lang

March 31, 2014

 ★★★★   Fritz Lang films are so serious- even his westerns. His colorful, energetic tale, “Rancho Notorious,” (1952) illustrates just that, as what you might expect to be a light-hearted western with a couple of musical numbers, is actually more of a gritty, heartless tale of murder and revenge… with a couple of musical numbers. […]

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Rendezvous (1935)- William K. Howard

March 29, 2014

 ★★★   “Rendezvous” (1935) is an adventure film, that begins as more of a comedy. Set in 1917, former newspaperman and writer William Gordon (William Powell) has enlisted in the U.S. Army and is about to head overseas. He meets Joel Carter (Rosalind Russell), a somewhat feeble-minded socialite, and the two quickly fall in love. […]

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It Started with Eve (1941)- Henry Koster

March 27, 2014

 ★★★★   “It Started with Eve” (1941) is the last of six films that had the dynamic creative collaboration of director Henry Koster, producer Joe Pasternak, and acting/singing sensation Deanna Durbin. It also (quite possibly) is their funniest. Of course instead of giving them all the credit, I must point out that what makes this […]

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Out of the Fog (1941)- Anatole Litvak

March 25, 2014

 ★★   A few words come to mind when watching Anatole Litvak’s film noir, “Out of the Fog” (1941), or more appropriately, a few words come to mind once it’s over. The most common one is awkward. Perhaps this film seems to misfire because, due to the Hays Code, it wasn’t allowed to be honest and true […]

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Master of the House (1925)-Carl Theodor Dreyer

March 23, 2014

★★★★   “Master of the House” (1925), also known as “Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife” or “Du skal aere din husru,” is a silent, satirical family comedy written and directed by the great Carl Theodor Dreyer. It is a unique film partially because it is unlike the films for which Dreyer is famous for creating, but […]

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The Big Clock (1948)- John Farrow

March 21, 2014

★★★★★   Based on the novel of the same name by Kenneth Fearing, “The Big Clock” (1948) is a suspense thriller revolving around a magazine editor and investigator named George (Ray Milland), who has been hired by his less than compassionate boss, Janoth (Charles Laughton), to investigate a man, whom Janoth believes is having an […]

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Berlin Express (1948)- Jacques Tourneur

March 19, 2014

 ★★★   After the end of WWII, a train is traveling from Paris to Berlin with an assortment of people deemed “important”, to the reconstruction of Germany. Included on this journey are an American, Robert Lindley (Robert Ryan), a Frenchman (Charles Korvin), an Englishman (Robert Coote), a Russian Lieutenant (Roman Toporow), a German woman, Lucienne […]

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Criterion Collection Releases for June 2014!

March 17, 2014

June seems so far away, but here we are talking about the films that are going to join the Criterion Collection that month. And what a group of films we have. There are only two “new” titles being added, with four additional titles receiving an upgrade to blu-ray. Of course, for many, the real excitement […]

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The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)-Richard Thorpe

March 15, 2014

 ★★   When a story has been filmed several times it’s interesting to examine the different versions to see how similar or different they ended up appearing. In the case of Richard Thorpe’s “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1952), it’s definitely a matter of comparing the similarities to the 1937 version of Anthony Hope’s novel, as […]

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The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)-John Cromwell

March 13, 2014

 ★★★★   Some films just seem to have everything going for them. Start off with a great title, add a leading man who can do it all, fill the film with a supporting cast that wows and amazes, and then just for good measure, cast your leading man in not one, but two roles to […]

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George Washington (2000)- David Gordon Green

March 11, 2014

 ★★★★   “George Washington” (2000) is a film unlike most others. It’s not a movie that is reliant on the general consensus that a narrative needs to follow a direct line, always heading toward a predictable conclusion. In fact there is little in this film that is predictable. “George Washington” can more easily be related to […]

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Knight Without Armour (1937)- Jacques Feyder

February 26, 2014

 ★★★★★   Novelist and Academy Award winning screenwriter James Hilton is best remembered for his touching, often romantic, epic-feeling stories that to some are slightly melodramatic. Many of these novels were made into successful films, with some of the day’s top directors at the helm, such as “Lost Horizon” (1938) by Frank Capra, “Goodbye Mr. […]

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Blue Jasmine (2013)- Woody Allen

February 23, 2014

 ★★★★   “Blue Jasmine” (2013) is exactly the kind of picture that we have come to expect (and love) from Woody Allen. Smooth, slightly laid-back, with enough pain, despair, jazz music, and laughter to keep anyone more than entertained. The plot revolves around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) as she moves from her posh, upper-class life in […]

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Criterion Collection Releases for May 2014

February 18, 2014

Well, it’s that time again. Time for the Criterion Collection to announce the latest grouping of films to be honored with an induction to their illustrious vaults this coming May. Some of these titles are already part of the Collection, just obtaining a new (and much appreciated) blu-ray upgrade, with a couple of other films […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)-Martin Scorsese

February 8, 2014

 ★★★   One thing that you can always expect from a Martin Scorsese movie is quality in the filmmaking. His latest undertaking (and his longest running picture to date) is “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), based on the memoirs by the movie’s crooked Wall Street con-man, Jordan Belfort, enthusiastically played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The […]

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)- Jean-Marc Vallee

February 6, 2014

 ★★★★   In director Jean-Marc Vallee’s Best Picture nominated film “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013), Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is portrayed as a hell-raising, hard-drinking, cocaine-using, homophobic living in Dallas in the mid 1980′s. That is until he discovers that he has become diagnosed with HIV (which quickly becomes a diagnoses of AIDS), and his doctors […]

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Scarlet Street (1945)- Fritz Lang

February 1, 2014

 ★★★★★   Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a man who lacks perspective. Not only in his paintings that are the sole source of joy that life has to offer, but also in his hum-drum, monotonous everyday life. After the opening credits for Fritz Lang’s film noir “Scarlet Street” (1945) have ended, we see Chris […]

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Philomena (2013)- Stephen Frears

January 29, 2014

★★★★   In the early scenes of “Philomena” (2013) we learn that recently fired former BBC journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), isn’t interested in doing “human interest” stories. Fortunately (both in real life and in the movie), he changes his mind and teams with Philomena (Judi Dench), an Irish woman who was forced to give up her son fifty […]

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