Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth

Criterion Collection Titles for July!

Criterion Collection Titles for July! Criterion Collection Titles for July!

The Heavenly Body (1944)-Alexander Hall

The Heavenly Body (1944)-Alexander Hall The Heavenly Body (1944)-Alexander Hall

The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)- Russell Rouse

The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)- Russell Rouse The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)- Russell Rouse
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Nebraska (2013)-Alexander Payne

January 18, 2014

 ★★★★★   Alexander Payne’s new movie, “Nebraska” is about an aging Montana man named Woody (Bruce Dern) who believes he has won a million dollar sweepstakes in Nebraska. He convinces his son David (Will Forte) to drive him out to collect his prize, under protest of his wife, Kate (June Squibb). Actually that’s not at […]

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Her (2013)- Spike Jonze

January 17, 2014

 ★★★★★   Throughout my conversations with fellow film enthusiasts over the years, I have often come across those who will scoff at the idea of King Kong and Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) being one of the greatest film romances. If you find that you fall into this category of scoffers, perhaps Spike Jonze’s latest cinematic […]

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The Academy Award Nominations Are Here! 2013

January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year again, and the Academy Award nominations have been announced. There were a few surprises, but for the most part everything played out just the way you might expect. 2013 seems to be a year with a handful of great movies, and too many great performances. Of the eight major categories […]

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The Power of Hindsight – 1936: Classic Movie History Project Blogathon

January 13, 2014

This post is a contribution to the Classic Movie History Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently, Silver Screenings, and Once Upon a Screen. Be sure to read all the posts from the different years and catch up on the history that you may have missed. 1936   The year that was 1936 was a year where […]

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One Foot in Heaven (1941)- Irving Rapper

January 4, 2014

 ★★★   The nominees for the 1941 Best Picture, or “Outstanding Motion Picture” as it was called back then, are often still films that are highly regarded today. Everybody always seems to remember that “Citizen Kane” lost the race to John Ford’s “How Green was My Valley”. Among the other nominees that year were John […]

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The Mortal Storm (1940)- Frank Borzage

December 17, 2013

 ★★★★★   The films being made in Hollywood during 1940 fell into a great number of genres. If there was one specific type of movie that was a rarity, however, it would be the ones that dealt directly with the uprising of Nazism. “The Mortal Storm”, directed by the pioneering Frank Borzage, was not afraid to […]

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The Last Gangster (1937)- Edward Ludwig

December 6, 2013

 ★★★   There is no point in denying the truth here, I only watched “The Last Gangster” because of my constant goal to see every film in which James Stewart appeared. I knew going into this one that it was before Stewart became the actor that everybody loves, and therefore I wasn’t expecting too much […]

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Dishonored (1931)- Josef von Sternberg

November 20, 2013

 ★★★   Not all of director Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich’s seven collaborations are great films. They had their ups and downs like anyone, but the one thing you can always count on from their films is a high quality in their individual crafts. “Dishonored” (1931) isn’t one of their best films, but neither […]

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The Criterion Collection Announces Their Titles for February 2014!

November 16, 2013

As we reach the halfway point to our current month, The Criterion Collection has announced the latest group of films to enter the illustrious collection. We have seven titles being released in February, two of which are already in the collection and are just receiving an upgrade. The other five, however, are truly diverse films […]

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Thumbnail image for 12 Years a Slave (2013)- Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave (2013)- Steve McQueen

November 15, 2013

 ★★★★★   Movies are made for several different reasons: entertainment, financial gain, a learning process for the filmmakers or actors, and then occasionally a movie is made simply because the story needs to be told, and needs to be seen. That is the case with Steve McQueen’s latest opus (and a film that has found […]

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Thumbnail image for Too Many Husbands (1940)- Wesley Ruggles

Too Many Husbands (1940)- Wesley Ruggles

November 12, 2013

 ★★★★   The ultimate screwball comedy dilemma… “Too Many Husbands”. That is the problem that dear, sweet Vicky (Jean Arthur) must face in this witty, highly entertaining screwball comedy from 1940. Vicky was happily married to Bill (Fred MacMurray), who went away on a month-long boating trip, and after some kind of incident, was assumed […]

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All is Lost (2013)- J.C. Chandor

November 8, 2013

 ★★★★★   “All is Lost” (2013) is a film about a man (Robert Redford) alone on the Indian Ocean. Why is he here? Why is he alone? Where is he going, or does he even have a destination? These are all unknowns to us. He wakes one morning to discover that a cargo container floating […]

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Thumbnail image for The Mad Miss Manton (1938)- Leigh Jason

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)- Leigh Jason

November 6, 2013

 ★★★★   The lovely Miss Melsa Manton (Barbara Stanwyck) isn’t really mad, although she does tend to make some crazy and ill-advised decisions. For example,  just as the film opens and she arrives home from a costume party, she decides to take her dogs for a walk… alone… at night… in New York… in a […]

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)- Jack Arnold

October 29, 2013

 ★★★★   Deep beneath the surface, hidden from the world for who knows how long, lurks the Gil-man. He sits, waiting for the human race to come close enough to exact his revenge for… wait a minute, why is the Gil-man killing everyone? Oh, well. Whatever the reason may be, the humans have come at […]

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The Counselor (2013)- Ridley Scott

October 25, 2013

 ★★   “The Counselor” (2013) is a brutal drama film about the inner demons of man, and the extremes to which he (or any of his cohorts) will journey in search of happiness, even if it’s just superficial happiness. Michael Fassbender plays a man known simply as Counselor. He has the love of a woman, […]

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His Kind of Woman (1951)- John Farrow

October 22, 2013

 ★★★   When it comes to Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, she really is “His Kind of Woman”. The two play off each other so well and have such amazing chemistry that their films, no matter the flaws in script or production, are still enjoyable to watch simply because of how they fit together on […]

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The Criterion Collection Announces New Titles for January 2014!

October 16, 2013

2014 is here! Alright, not really, but we do go a glimpse into what The Criterion Collection has in store for us with their January releases. If these selections are any indication, this is going to be a great year. Two classic films already in the collection are getting the much deserved blu-ray treatment, four […]

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Captain Phillips (2013)- Paul Greengrass

October 11, 2013

★★★★   Everybody seems to love a good pirate adventure, but when it’s a modern-day story based on the memoirs of the Captain who was hijacked, the fun disappears and only the horrific terror remains. That is what you will get with British director Paul Greengrass’s latest film, “Captain Phillips” (2013). The film is based on […]

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Gravity (2013)- Alfonso Cuaron

October 4, 2013

 ★★★★★   The vastness of space and the plight of one woman; that is what captivates the screen for the almost 90 minutes of filmmaker extraordinaire Alfonso Cuaron’s latest revelation, “Gravity” (2013). There is no way to say it more bluntly than to just throw it out there, this is one of the best films you […]

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Colorado Territory (1949)- Raoul Walsh

October 3, 2013

 ★★★★★   Wes McQueen (Joel McCrea) is quite plainly, just no good. He’s a dirty thief, with a history of violence that follows him no matter where he travels. He lives his life in the shadows, avoiding the law who always seem to be bearing down upon him, waiting to punish him for his past […]

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Thumbnail image for The Jackpot (1950)- Walter Lang

The Jackpot (1950)- Walter Lang

September 25, 2013

 ★★★★   Everybody likes the idea of winning prizes, right? The thrill of being important, the excitement when the prize arrives; and that says nothing about the notoriety of being a genuine winner to everyone in your community. But what happens when your winnings turn into a curse? That is exactly what happens to the […]

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Fear ‘aka’ La Paura (1954)- Roberto Rossellini

September 24, 2013

 ★★★★   When you hear the names Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini your mind can instantly be transported to any one of their famous collaborating efforts that took place between 1950 and 1954. Each film has something to offer the cinematic world, but because a few of them are considered so extraordinary- such monumental achievements, one […]

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Second Chorus (1940)- H.C. Potter

September 19, 2013

 ★★★   Sometimes it’s important to remember that Fred Astaire couldn’t do everything. When watching his 1940 comedic musical “Second Chorus”, this fact becomes obvious for two reasons: first off, he is not an accomplish trumpeter; second, even his dancing, charm, charisma, and smile can’t save every film in which he appeared. The plot of […]

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New Criterion Collection Titles Announced for December 2013

September 17, 2013

It seems impossible to already be closing in on the end of the year, but when The Criterion Collection announces their last releases of 2013, that’s when you know we are nearing the end of the calendar. Of course closing the year off with a great selection of new inductees to Criterion’s illustrious vault certainly […]

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The Power of Hindsight: 1954 at the Movies

September 6, 2013

Time changes things; there’s no denying that it’s true. Movies are no different, and with each passing year, an individual film’s legacy is altered by how it is remembered and revered. Sometimes a film that is extremely popular upon its initial release tends to lose some of its glory. On the other hand there are […]

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Thumbnail image for Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)- Alfred Hitchcock

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)- Alfred Hitchcock

September 4, 2013

 ★★★★   Has there ever been a film that so blatantly stuck out like a sore thumb in a director’s career as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 screwball comedy, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”? I certainly can’t think of any. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that there is anything wrong with the film, it’s just an extremely […]

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Thumbnail image for The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)- Stephen Roberts

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)- Stephen Roberts

August 30, 2013

 ★★★★   In the years following the success of Warner Brother’s “The Thin Man” (1934), a whole slew of imitations and copycat films were produced (as well as the five sequels, of course). Some of these films were good… and some not so good. None, however, seemed to duplicate that perfect blend of light-hearted ease, and […]

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Thumbnail image for Cleopatra (1963)- Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cleopatra (1963)- Joseph L. Mankiewicz

August 22, 2013

 ★★★★★   “Cleopatra” (1963) is a very good movie- in fact it’s basically two very good movies. When director Joseph L. Mankiewicz tried to convince the big-wigs at Twentieth Century Fox to split this into two separate films, he was probably on the right track. Epic doesn’t even begin to describe the overall production; in […]

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Remembering Elmore Leonard (1925-2013)

August 20, 2013

Famed author Elmore Leonard died this morning from complication of a stroke he suffered on July 29th. He was 87. I was twenty-years-old the first time I picked up an Elmore Leonard novel on the recommendation of a friend, but was never sorry that I did. His writing seemed simple, but the stories were so […]

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Thumbnail image for The Man with a Cloak (1951)- Fletcher Markle

The Man with a Cloak (1951)- Fletcher Markle

August 20, 2013

★★★★   “The Man with a Cloak”. Doesn’t it sound mysterious, intriguing and exciting? With a title as great as that, one can’t help but have some seriously high expectations for what follows. The good news is that on most levels this 1951 drama exceeds, or at least meets those expectations. The film takes place […]

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