Posts filed under "Talkies"

The Working Man (1932)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 30, 2013 1 Comment 5674 views

In The Working Man, directed by John G. Adolfi, successful shoe manufacturer John Reeves (George Arliss) takes a vacation leaving his business in the hands of his nephew Benjamin (Hardie Albright). While on vacation Reeves runs into his rivals heirs Jenny (Bette Davis) and Tommy (Theodore Newton), two jazz babies living it up on their dead […]

Overlooked Gems: Goodbye Columbus (1969)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 29, 2013 0 Comment 6386 views

Earlier this week, Jack Klugman’s name appeared in the news a great deal in relation to how the Emmy memorial was handled.  I won’t engage in that debate, however, the debate reminded me of a film I had been wanting to mention as an Overlooked Gem for some time because of the incredible performance given […]

Overlooked Gems: Lord Love a Duck (1966)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 27, 2013 1 Comment 5899 views

There have been many, many movies dealing with the myths, lore, and downfalls which come from fame, fortune, and celebrity.  But no star evokes the idea of celebrity more than Marilyn Monroe, and no film about Monroe is better than the little seen high school satire Lord Love a Duck.  Tuesday Weld stars as Barbara […]

Blu-ray Review: A Letter to Three Wives

Posted by Brandy Dean September 22, 2013 1 Comment 4887 views

All About Eve will forever be director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s master piece, and rightfully so. But his A Letter to Three Wives, made just one year prior to Eve, can be regarded as his “breakout” picture. While less acerbic than Eve, this movie offers some keen insights into male-female relations in post-war American suburbia and still feels […]

Blu-Ray Review: The Fly (1958)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 19, 2013 0 Comment 3783 views

Almost universally, film snobs will sniff at Kurt Neumann’s 1958 version of The Fly and note that David David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake is far superior. Okay, fine. That’s true. But really, it’s almost apples and oranges. Thanks to a new Blu-ray release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, maybe the first The Fly can get some […]

Movie Review: Meet Me In St. Louis

Posted by Laura Grande September 10, 2013 2 Comments 6174 views

Meet Me in St. Louis — one of those big, bold musicals from MGM that, to this day, remains a classic example of how to incorporate song and dance when weaving together a story. The picture itself is a slice of life — one year in the life, to be exact, of the Smith family (the […]

Review: Escape From New York (1981)

Posted by Wade Sheeler September 5, 2013 0 Comment 4945 views

Escape from New York airs Friday, September 6 on TCM. Check local listings for times. In 1981, the idea of retro-fitting New York as a prison unto itself seemed far out, but believable. In fact, thanks to director Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium, the logical sci-fi extension of our current future involves prison colonization of our entire planet. […]

Overlooked Gems: Annette (1958)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 1, 2013 0 Comment 4438 views

There are many, many stories in popular culture of “the new kid.”  After all, even if you never were that, it certainly did tap into our childhood insecurities of being different.  But one you probably haven’t seen or heard of is the second and final (for now) Disney serial I’ll be recommending, 1958’s Annette, which happened […]

The Netflix Queue: Batman: The Movie (1966)

Posted by Jennifer Reynolds August 31, 2013 0 Comment 9707 views

Batman: The Movie is now available for streaming on Netflix. With the announcement last week that Ben Affleck would be donning the cowl in 2015’s Batman Vs. Superman, the Internet reacted as the Internet is wont to do: doctored images, bad jokes about Boston accents, rants as far as the eye can see, and even […]

Overlooked Gems: The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955)

Posted by Lesley Coffin August 30, 2013 2 Comments 7065 views

In the transition from summer to fall, freedom to school, I wanted to take a closer look at some images of childhood and teenage life we don’t know of.  While the two I’ve picked aren’t “films” I thought for an example of an “overlooked gem,” the four hour Disney serials Spin and Marty and Annette […]

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