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How To Ruin Everyone’s Reputation
2023-09-16 13:55
Against our better judgment, we watched the ultimate campy biopic: Mommie Dearest (1981). This movie explores the troubled relationship between Classic Hollywood actress, Joan Crawford, and… Read More
When Quiet People Lose It
2023-09-08 14:00
Once upon a time we worked with a soft-spoken fellow who was calm in demeanor and unflappable in a crisis. He took things In Stride, especially when it came to the boss who had a tendency to… Read More
How To Perpetrate A Fraud
2023-08-28 14:00
We recently saw Anastasia (1956), an engaging story loosely based on actual events. Ingrid Bergman plays Anna Anderson, a troubled woman who claims to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the you… Read More
Movies About Unfaithful Spouses
2023-08-19 13:00
“Adulterous passion…often had dark consequences. The adultery film is, in this way, a horror film.” So writes film historian Anthony Balducci in the introduction to his ne… Read More
2023-06-30 23:08
Four years after Jenny Dolly died, Twentieth Century-Fox released a musical based on her life with her sister, Rosie. The pair, identical twins born in 1892, emigrated to the United States f… Read More
2023-06-10 02:01
Well, we’d never thought we’d say this, but here we are all the same: There’s such a thing as too much Ina Claire. We saw this normally fab actress in the pre-code comedy… Read More
Mozambique: Movies From A Revolution
2023-05-06 18:47
A national cinema was established when Mozambique declared independence from Portugal in 1975. The goal of the National Institute of Cinema (NIC) was to record and promote everyday Mozambiqu… Read More
Rollerball And Dystopian Sports
2023-04-29 12:24
One of the grittiest films of the 1970s – a decade noted for gritty films – is the dystopian sports movie Rollerball (1975). This bleak sci-fi tale, directed by Norman Jewison an… Read More
The Coming Of Age Of Buster Keaton
2023-03-12 12:02
The 1920 comedy, One Week, stars Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely as a freshly-married couple who build a Do-It-Yourself prefabricated house. The couple receive the house as a wedding gift, and… Read More
2023-03-01 23:09
Danny Kaye, we owe you an apology. We never were a fan of your films. We thought you were Too Much, and you seemed, to us, cloying in your efforts to be silly. Your boundless energy wore us… Read More
Audrey Hepburn’s Day Off
2023-02-14 03:14
Spoiler Alert: This review of Roman Holiday (1953) is rife with spoilers and reveals the ending. Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn’s first starring role in a feature film. She plays a p… Read More
Why We Love Eve Arden
2023-01-07 00:44
This is classic Hollywood character actor Eve Arden. She’s a nice-looking dame, but notice the smirk tugging at her lips, and her gaze – beneath those oh-so-arched eyebrows &ndas&hell…Read More
How Casablanca Ruined Us For Other Movies
2022-12-28 22:53
Movies, especially modern movies, changed for us when we saw Casablanca (1942) the first time. That’s not to say we don’t like modern cinema; indeed, we were treated to some real… Read More
Christopher Plummer In 1970s Sweaters
2022-12-08 17:00
Just so you know, we watched the 1978 schmaltz-fest, International Velvet, so you won’t have to. You’re welcome. In case you’re wondering, the film is about a newly-orphane… Read More
2022-11-24 15:00
Sometimes you want to see movie characters with pure motive – no layers, psychology, or (shudder) backstory. Now, by “pure motive” we mean All Motive, as in, Good or Evil… Read More
Fake Teenagers Vs. The Blob
2022-11-18 03:21
One of the best things about 1950s sci-fi/horror flicks is their strangeness. Usually the monsters/aliens come from a strange world unlike our own, and they learn quickly that humans are a f… Read More
2022-11-08 20:44
The fascinating thing about historical police investigations, we think, is the way investigators were able to catch criminals without the use of modern surveillance technology. Old-timey inv… Read More
2022-09-23 11:57
Sometimes films succeed, despite an enormous “As If” factor. For example, As If there are people in spandex who fly around and fight crime, or a mysterious tropical island with a… Read More
The (Beguiling) Trouble With Marion Davies
2022-09-08 01:40
When Hollywood film star Marion Davies was a Very Big Deal in 1923, she made a period costume comedy for Cosmopolitan Productions that was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Now… Read More
5 Films On A DESSERT Island Tag
2022-08-17 12:09
A few months ago, the fabulous Tony at Movie Fan Man included us in “The Five Films on a Desert Island Tag”, and if you’ve ever tried to narrow down your favourite movies t… Read More
A Brief History Of The MGM Lion
2022-06-25 14:21
Of course you’re wondering about the MGM lion, because who isn’t? Today, we’re going to take a quick look at that famous ferocious lion, but, before we do, let’s quic… Read More
2022-06-17 13:42
There are many theories about why countries go to war. Some are pretty twisted (leaders go to war when there’s a surplus of unemployed young men), while some are horribly misguided (we… Read More
A Water Apocalypse, 1933-Style
2022-06-11 14:11
We (yours truly) cannot resist Disaster Movies. No matter how implausible, and never mind any gaping plot holes, we must see how the Disaster will play out, and how survivors will Overcome… Read More
A Western With 7 Women
2022-06-02 22:07
We’ve all done it: We have a brilliant idea, but we fumble the execution of our own ingenuity. We were ruminating on Squandered Opportunities when we recently watched the Western-theme… Read More
Leapfrogging A Russian Blockade
2022-05-19 00:06
Here’s one of the crazy things that happened in 1948. Shortly after WWII, the German capital of Berlin was divided into four sections, controlled by foreign countries, namely, the Unit… Read More
Loss, And Hope, In A Secret Garden
2022-05-04 15:36
You may know the story of The Secret Garden by British-American novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story takes place before WWI, when a newly-orphaned girl is shipped from her home in Ind… Read More
How To Have A Miserable Vacation
2022-04-29 01:52
What is the worst vacation you’ve ever had? And: What made it miserable? Was it substandard accommodation? Too much time with annoying relatives? Sometimes horrible vacations can make… Read More
2022-04-21 03:17
Are you a fan of classic Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson? Maybe you’ve seen her in the 1950 drama, Sunset Boulevard, as an aging silent film star living a reclusive life in a creepy G… Read More
Buster Keaton And The Haunted House
2022-03-11 22:03
We all know how it goes in a Haunted House movie. We, the audience, can clearly see the house will be Trouble at the beginning of the film, but all signs of it are lost on the characters. &l&hell…Read More
Giant Ants And The Wilhelm Scream
2022-03-03 18:42
Of course you know the Wilhelm Scream, arguably one of the most famous stock sound effects in Hollywood. The scream has been used in at least 400 movies and television series, usually when a… Read More
The Crooked Cop Playbook
2022-02-17 23:19
We’re fascinated by movies about corrupt policemen. However, we like these films Only If the officer in question gets What’s Coming, because a corrupt cop, as you know, represent… Read More
When Protagonists Almost Become Villains
2022-02-11 02:43
What are we to make of the 1950 melodrama, September Affair? Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotten star as two Americans vacationing in Italy who meet on a return flight from Rome to New York. The… Read More
The Sounds Of A Tiny Alien’s Invasion
2022-02-03 02:22
The highest-grossing film in 1982 was a sci-fi flick about a tiny alien stranded on earth, and the three children who help him return home. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Stephen Sp… Read More
The Big Sounds Of A Tiny Alien’s Invasion
2022-02-03 02:22
The highest-grossing film in 1982 was a sci-fi flick about a tiny alien stranded on earth, and the three children who help him return home. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Stephen Sp… Read More
Running Late To The Awards Party
2022-01-13 02:45
Well, this is a bit embarrassing. A few lovely bloggers have nominated us for blogging awards in the past two years, and we’re only just now thanking them. With the hope that this real… Read More
When Two Endings Are Better Than One
2022-01-06 02:46
We (yours truly) are pretty vocal when we dislike a movie’s ending. We have endless ideas about how filmmakers could have brought the film to a better conclusion – and just never… Read More
Changing Our Mind About Jerry Lewis
2021-12-18 22:43
There’s an odd ending to the 1956 western satire, Pardners, starring the comedy duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. As the words “THE END” appear on screen, Martin and Lewis p… Read More
Time Slip To 1974 Hollywood
2021-12-10 01:57
True story: Years ago we were invited to perform stand-up at a club for the filming of a local television special. But we Chickened Out because we were too scared and inexperienced. We wonde… Read More
A Brief Discourse On Short Writing
2021-12-09 04:21
So we were invited to contribute to this anthology: Our pal Sarah of Lemon Shark just released this second volume of The Shadows We Breathe anthology series, and we gleefully jumped aboard w… Read More
2021-12-03 02:33
OK, first: Who was Charles Lane? He was a classic Hollywood character actor, with ever-present glasses and suits, and his characters often looked like run-of-the-mill office workers. But the… Read More
Celebrating Ten Years Of Blogging
2021-11-25 02:42
Dear Friend, Today is the 10th Anniversary of our blog. We can hardly believe it. Ten years ago, we published our first post…and several weeks after that we received our first “… Read More
2021-11-04 01:23
On the face of it, the 1946 holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life doesn’t seem like a Food Movie. The film is, on the whole, an examination of a man’s thwarted attempts to… Read More
Music For Clever Spies
2021-10-28 01:56
Well, this was kind of a mind-blower. One of our favourite films is 5 Fingers (1952), starring James Mason. It’s a spy thriller loosely based on a true story, as recounted by L.C. Moyz… Read More
Those Crazy, Intrepid “Our Gang” Kids
2021-10-20 14:47
Today we had a conversation with a 10 year-old boy hawking a product for his school fundraiser. He opened with: “This is the product we’re selling, and here are the Facts about i… Read More
Leading Britain In War And Fashion
2021-09-22 23:31
We love movies that celebrate bigness, as in: Big hats, big clothes, big hair. The bigger the better, in our opinion. So we were thrilled to see the British historical adventure, Fire Over E… Read More
The Anti-Nazi Theatre Company Of Warsaw
2021-09-14 13:00
It was playwright Oscar Wilde, of course, who said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” You may agree with Mr Wilde, or not, but it’s fun to see this idea… Read More
2021-08-26 15:32
If you didn’t know The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) was loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, you would’ve guessed it anyway. The film, a dissection of a doomed ma… Read More
2021-08-19 12:49
What are we to make of the 1937 screwball comedy Topper? This crazy flick stars ultra glam thespians Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as a wealthy, fun-loving couple who are so free-spirited… Read More
Silly Rich People In The Afterlife
2021-08-19 12:49
What are we to make of the 1937 screwball comedy Topper? This crazy flick stars ultra glam thespians Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as a wealthy, fun-loving couple who are so free-spirited… Read More
2021-08-06 12:20
We humans have an abounding admiration for Science. We insist Scientists work in our best interests, and, happily, they’ve provided us with some marvellous discoveries, such as electri… Read More
2021-07-14 11:24
The guts it would take to marry a real-life European Prince. It would mean leaving all you know – your home, your family, your country. In 1956, when she was 26 years old, actress Grac… Read More
2021-04-30 01:33
Some Marilyn Monroe Fast Facts: • Height: 5’6″• Date of Birth: June 1, 1926• Number of (successive) Husbands: 3• Executive Producer (uncredited): The Prince a… Read More
Hollywood Women Of A Certain Age
2021-04-21 21:08
If you think of the women of a Certain Age in your life, there are probably many who refuse to let Getting Older destroy their self-worth. These women may be mothers and grandmothers, but th… Read More
Being Pollyanna: Rejecting Victimhood
2021-04-03 17:17
In a way, it’s too bad the word Pollyanna is used pejoratively. Google defines it this way: We suppose too much cheer and optimism can be too much, especially when that person refuses… Read More
Moving House
2021-02-04 22:17
Dear Reader, Yours truly + our fabulous husband are moving to a new home several hours away. There is Much To Do, as you know. We’ve been packing, and how did we end up with so much st… Read More
2021-01-15 22:01
This is our new hero. She is Louise Fazenda, silent film comedienne, whose film career began in 1913 when she was a high school student. Her Big Break arrived when she was hired by Mack Senn… Read More
The Women Who Preceded Google
2021-01-06 22:16
If the movies are to be believed, there was a time when (A) television networks had Reference Departments, and (B) you could call said department with a question and someone there would find… Read More
2020-12-10 23:47
You have to hand it to John Wayne. He was Made for the Movies, a figure of towering heroism even when his characters weren’t. Watch him in 3 Godfathers (1948), a film about three outla… Read More
The Enduring Appeal Of The Character Actor
2020-12-03 18:49
Have you ever done this: Have you ever watched a movie just for the supporting characters? It would mean disregarding the main characters and, to an extent, the plot itself, but what a tripp… Read More
Hollywood Vs. Fascism
2020-11-25 20:09
Stories about fighting fascists always make for fascinating movies. Look at the legendary Casablanca (1942), for instance, or the low-key but surprisingly tense The Mortal Storm (1940). Like… Read More
The Bully At Thanksgiving Dinner
2020-11-18 17:41
When we were in middle school, we had, it seemed, a big red target stamped on our back. There were a few girls who couldn’t resist this target, and they were unfailing in their efforts… Read More

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