Posts tagged with "gems"

Overlooked Gems: Lord Love a Duck (1966)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 27, 2013 1 Comment 5811 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 […]

Overlooked Gems: The Paper Chase (1973)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 15, 2013 2 Comments 8500 views

We are back to school and some really smart people are entering the Ivy covered halls of Harvard Law School.  That location has been presented on screen several times, most notably today in the film Legally Blonde.  One of the best scenes in that film shows Reese Witherspoon’s El being asked to leave because she […]

Overlooked Gems: Annette (1958)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 1, 2013 0 Comment 4403 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 […]

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

Posted by Lesley Coffin August 30, 2013 2 Comments 6982 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 […]

Overlooked Gems: Take This Waltz (2011)

Posted by Lesley Coffin August 22, 2013 0 Comment 5975 views

There is something about Sarah Polley’s films.  They are precious without being pretentious, sweet but never saccharine, and profound but never preachy.  It might be that her films all seem to come from the heart, a special place of inspiration which is hard to find unless you have a strong sense of self.  She did […]

Overlooked Gems: Lili (1953)

Posted by Lesley Coffin August 13, 2013 1 Comment 5723 views

It is unfortunate that Audrey Hepburn’s massive popularity and iconic status came about at the same time as Leslie Caron’s rise to fame.  For while they have an obvious similarity in appearance and appealed to the same audiences, she has her own qualities as an actress and dancer which were her own and at times, […]

Overlooked Gems: Roadie (2011)

Posted by Lesley Coffin August 5, 2013 0 Comment 6259 views

It’s a little strange to me that actor Ron Eldard never made the leap to being a major star in Hollywood.  There were more than a few times in the 1990s that he seemed right on the edge.  He’s had leading roles in films like True Love and When Trumpets Fade, and appeared in huge […]

Overlooked Gems: Sightseers (2012)

Posted by Lesley Coffin July 29, 2013 1 Comment 5155 views

It should be offered as a warning that Sightseers (2012), is not going to be a movie to appeal to everyone. It’s dark (very, very dark), with an often cruel comic sensibility, and has the kind of deadpan humor which makes you question laughing out loud. But for those who like DARK comedies about killers, […]

Overlooked Gems: Quartet (2012)

Posted by Lesley Coffin July 20, 2013 1 Comment 2765 views

There was no film I found more delightful or surprising last year than the music-themed feature Quartet. Not A Late Quartet (although a film also worth seeking out) but the British dramedy about a retired quartet of classical singers, a film which also happened to be the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman. Yes, as amazing […]

Overlooked Gems: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

Posted by Lesley Coffin June 18, 2013 0 Comment 6698 views

Before The Great Outdoors, National Lampoons Vacation, or Summer Rental, there was the original summer vacation comedy, 1962’s Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation.

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