Posts tagged with "TCMFF 2013"

TCM Classic Film Festival 2013: “Safe In Hell” (1931)

Posted by Wade Sheeler May 3, 2013 7 Comments 18224 views

Safe in Hell is a trip. I don’t want to oversell it, because at the TCM Film Fest the initial sold-out show had such great word-of-mouth that the additional screening filled up as well. As happens at festivals, the film was gaining momentum like a snowball, so that just prior to the second screening, words […]

TCM Classic Film Fest: The Big Parade (1925)

Posted by Wade Sheeler May 2, 2013 0 Comment 6129 views

Kevin Brownlow was on hand to introduce the newly restored version of this astounding World War I film, one of the first to deal realistically with the horror and tragedy of war on a very personal level. Brownlow is probably the greatest living expert on The Big Parade, not only based on his vast knowledge […]

TCM Classic Film Fest 2013: The Donovan Affair (1929)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 29, 2013 1 Comment 7908 views

You can’t really review The Donovan Affair without discussing the unique way it’s presented.  Frank Capra’s first talkie is a creaky parlor-room mystery with some tongue-in-cheekiness to it that still works today. But the big headline, as you’ve probably heard ad infinitum, is the film’s missing soundtrack, and the unique “work around” that’s brilliantly been […]

TCM Classic Film Festival 2013: The Twelve Chairs (1970)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 28, 2013 2 Comments 8585 views

You know you’re in the right place when Robert Osborne strides out – so I am overjoyed when he personally introduces Mel Brooks.  And Brooks, at 87, still has it.  After the TCM representative reminds the audience that one of the sponsors is Porsche, Brooks quips,  “we should support Porsche cause they did so much […]

TCM Film Festival 2013: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 28, 2013 6 Comments 27546 views

Writer/director Robert Benton spoke before the Festival’s screening of Bonnie & Clyde in the big, bad Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (I refuse to call it the TCL Chinese Theatre) and he really painted a surprising picture of the process to get the film made.  A dyslexic art department slave for Esquire Magazine , he knew he […]

TCM Classic Film Festival 2013: The Swimmer (1968)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 27, 2013 3 Comments 13187 views

The Swimmer as aptly introduced by indie filmmaker Alison Anders, is a perfect movie for our times, just as Mad Men is a series about the past, but prescient as part of our current collective consciousness.  In fact, it’s Anders herself who draws the analogy between The Swimmer and Mad Men.  Burt Lancaster could be […]

TCM Classic Film Fest 2013: From Russia with Love (1963)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 27, 2013 0 Comment 9228 views

Screened from a newly resorted and digital print, the images were sharp, with deeply saturated colors and tones. The sound, crisp and bright. And Sean Connery, as always, the strongest of Bonds.  However, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.  Now that the images are so resolute and vivid, we can discern […]

TCM Classic Film Fest: Road to Utopia (1946)

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 26, 2013 1 Comment 8148 views

My first screening of the festival, and I quickly learned it’s sometimes great to see something that may not be on everybody’s hit list. The theatre was half full as festival-goers jammed in to see “Funny Girl” and “The Killing” and “Ninotchka.” The vibe was relaxed and anticipatory. The guest host, comedian Greg Proops, was […]

TCM Classic Film Fest 2013

Posted by Wade Sheeler April 23, 2013 8 Comments 9798 views

*Editor’s note – I am delighted and NOT AT ALL envious that Wade Sheeler will be running around the TCM Classic Film Fest in sunny L.A. while I’m wading through Hot Docs in Toronto. Wade will not only be watching movies and posting on the website, he’ll be Facbooking and Tweeting on the PCF feeds, too! Look […]

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