A Tartu By Any Other Name

Hello again, Mr. Donat... I was going to review The Magic Box for Maddy's 'thon, but Amazon un-Primed it, so it's getting saved for later. Plan B was 1943's The Adventures of Tartu, an intriguing though very rough-around-the-edges tale of espionage and near-romance. I had no idea what to expect going in, but I figured I'd give Tartu a … Continue reading A Tartu By Any Other Name

Announcing the Atticus and Boo Blogathon!

In 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird released, and movie audiences beheld something unique in film history, although they wouldn't have known it then: The last few minutes of the movie are the one and only time Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall would share a screen. It was Robert Duvall's first movie. As Boo Radley, he … Continue reading Announcing the Atticus and Boo Blogathon!

Proud Olivia

Ms. de Havilland is back... In the nineteen-fifties, Olivia de Havilland was married and living in Paris with her husband and two children, but she still made films now and then. In 1958 she starred in The Proud Rebel opposite Alan Ladd. A somewhat gentle story for a western, the film follows a Confederate veteran as … Continue reading Proud Olivia

Stage To Screen: Gigi

The 1958 film, Gigi, is commonly thought to herald the end of the Golden Age of Musicals. Before that, however, it was a Broadway hit. Before that, it was a French film. And even before that, it was a novella by Colette. The story of wandering eyes and changing impressions is as light and airy … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Gigi

Gettin’ Prehistoric, Bu-ddy

I was going to review The Mortal Storm this week, but it seems a wee bit too depressing and on the nose, so I decided to save it for later and go for something light. 1992's Encino Man was the winner. I got it a few weeks ago from the DVD rack at WinCo, and now seemed like … Continue reading Gettin’ Prehistoric, Bu-ddy

Live And Let Binge

Here we are again. The lockdown is pretty much over. Social distancing isn't really a thing unless someone's at a protest (or something more destructive, and in that case, all the shame on them). Worship services are finally starting to come back. Sorta. There's almost no point in going to meeting if there's no singing … Continue reading Live And Let Binge

Reading Rarities: Joan Of Arc In Her Own Words

No one is ever quite indifferent to Joan of Arc once they've found out about her. She's been called a witch, she's been called crazy, she's been called a mystic. Some people think her Voices were actual Saints and others don't. Either way, we all know Joan's a towering figure to many, and because of … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Joan Of Arc In Her Own Words

Shorter Basil

Mr. Rathbone, I presume... Basil Rathbone had the forceful act down pat. If he wanted to, he could take or throw a punch, hold his own with a sword, or bore a hole in his opponent with his eyes. In the 1935 film, Anna Karenina, where Rathbone played Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin, the rejected husband of the … Continue reading Shorter Basil

Five Reasons To See “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

When people talk about horror or silent movies, the 1920 German expressionist masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari inevitably comes up. There's been a lot said about it (Movies Silently and Silent-ology are two excellent examples), which I don't feel like I can add much to, but I will say this: Even people who don't normally … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

The Tower By the Bay

Are you prepared? The seventies were a weird time in Hollywood. Studios were operating on tighter budgets, so the high output of a couple of decades earlier was unheard of. Instead, studios opted for fewer films with big ensemble casts and higher octane production values, and one of these was 1974's The Towering Inferno. Like … Continue reading The Tower By the Bay

Broadway Bound 2020: Curtain Call

So. It's been quite a weekend, guys. Other than the current stuff we've all been going through and which I'm not going to elaborate on, the wind knocked out my wifi on Friday afternoon. Then we got the wifi back only to have the wind knock the power out on Saturday. Fortunately these were only … Continue reading Broadway Bound 2020: Curtain Call

Broadway Plays the Ponies

The Broadway Melody of 1936 made a star out of Eleanor Powell, and in 1937 she was at it again with The Broadway Melody of 1938, which, unfortunately, was a flaccid follow-up to its predecessor. This time Powell is the daughter of a horse rancher who wants to break into show business, and once again Robert … Continue reading Broadway Plays the Ponies

Broadway Bound 2020: Day Three

Day Three is upon us--can you believe it? Days One and Two can be found here if anyone has missed them. All right, time for today's entries... MovieRob kicks things off with a Broadway triple-header: Hair, The Browning Version, and Jesus Christ, Superstar. The Midnite Drive-In has a review of the Shoah drama, Bent. Vitaphone Dreamer gets that … Continue reading Broadway Bound 2020: Day Three