Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster

Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster

Criterion Collection Titles for August 2014

Criterion Collection Titles for August 2014 Criterion Collection Titles for August 2014

Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)- Don Siegel

Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)- Don Siegel Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)- Don Siegel

The Great Dictator (1940)- Charles Chaplin

The Great Dictator (1940)- Charles Chaplin The Great Dictator (1940)- Charles Chaplin
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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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Thumbnail image for George Washington (2000)- David Gordon Green

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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Thumbnail image for Knight Without Armour (1937)- Jacques Feyder

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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Thumbnail image for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)- Jean-Marc Vallee

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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Thumbnail image for Scarlet Street (1945)- Fritz Lang

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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Thumbnail image for Philomena (2013)- Stephen Frears

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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Thumbnail image for August: Osage County (2013)- John Wells

August: Osage County (2013)- John Wells

January 26, 2014

 ★★★   As the credits begin to roll after watching “August: Osage County” (2013) and you are left sitting in that slightly darkened, manufactured butter smelling theater, you will hear the inevitable murmur throughout of everybody saying their instantaneous thoughts on the emotional roller-coaster that has entertained them for the last two hours. The one […]

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Thumbnail image for American Hustle (2013)- David O. Russell

American Hustle (2013)- David O. Russell

January 22, 2014

 ★★★★★   “American Hustle” (2013) is a drama film very loosely based on the ABSCAM operation, headed by the F.B.I. in the late 1970′s. Medium level con-man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), and his partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), get caught by headstrong F.B.I. Agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), and forced to cooperate with the F.B.I. […]

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Thumbnail image for Above Suspicion (1943)-Richard Thorpe

Above Suspicion (1943)-Richard Thorpe

January 21, 2014

★★★   It has been said of “Above Suspicion” (1943) that it would have made a great Alfred Hitchcock film. The plotline does bear many similarities to some of Hitchcock’s most beloved films, but it’s hard to know if The Master of Suspense could have created anything better out of this film. It brings up […]

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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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Thumbnail image for One Foot in Heaven (1941)- Irving Rapper

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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Thumbnail image for The Mortal Storm (1940)- Frank Borzage

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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Thumbnail image for The Last Gangster (1937)- Edward Ludwig

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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Thumbnail image for Dishonored (1931)- Josef von Sternberg

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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Thumbnail image for All is Lost (2013)- J.C. Chandor

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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Thumbnail image for Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)- Jack Arnold

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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Thumbnail image for The Counselor (2013)- Ridley Scott

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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Thumbnail image for His Kind of Woman (1951)- John Farrow

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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