Comedy · War

Peter Sellers presents: The Cold War

In the early 1960s, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was wrestling with a screenplay about an accidental nuclear strike. He was resisting the urge to turn it into a comedy. His screenplay was an adaptation of the 1958 novel Red Alert by Peter George, a grim story about a mentally-unstable general who orders a nuclear strike on Russia. “I… Continue reading Peter Sellers presents: The Cold War

Excitement

The Dual Roles Blogathon Starts Friday!

Yahoo! The Dual Roles Blogathon starts this Friday, and we can hardly wait! Christina Wehner and yours truly are co-hosting this event from September 30 – October 2. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late to join in the fun! Click HERE for blogathon details. Rules Duplicate posts on the same film are most welcome. (It seems… Continue reading The Dual Roles Blogathon Starts Friday!

Drama · Thriller

Barbara Bel Geddes: Caught in an Unrealistic Worldview

One of the most satisfying experiences in film, in our opinion, is when a sympathetic character decides Enough Is Enough. A good actor lets you know the instant their character snaps, usually with a clenched jaw and don’t-mess-with-me expression. Barbara Bel Geddes has such a moment in the 1949 thriller Caught, a film loosely based… Continue reading Barbara Bel Geddes: Caught in an Unrealistic Worldview

Drama · War

To Sink a Battleship

They say it was the longest military campaign of World War II. The Battle of the Atlantic was a struggle to control shipping routes from Great Britain and North America to continental Europe. As you can imagine, protecting the transport of equipment and soldiers across the ocean was critical to the Allied war effort. The Germans… Continue reading To Sink a Battleship

Comedy

The Charming World of Monsieur Hulot

Did you travel to the French seaside for your vacation this year? No? Sadly, neither did we. However, there is a way to experience a holiday on the French coast without cramped flights and awkwardly-managed security lines. Voilà! Here is Mr Hulot’s Holiday (Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot), a 1953 French comedy about a bumbling man who goes to… Continue reading The Charming World of Monsieur Hulot

Book Reviews

Jane Hall Goes Hollywood

We can tell you’re dying to know about our recent classic Hollywood discovery. You’re going to be excited! We’ve gone all fangirl for Jane Hall, a young woman who thumbed her nose at tradition and became a scriptwriter at MGM Studios in the late 1930s. Not only did she write screenplays, she also wrote witty behind-the-scenes-in-Hollywood articles for Good Housekeeping. Just look… Continue reading Jane Hall Goes Hollywood

Drama

Ingrid Bergman as the Ignoble Hedda Gabler

Really, there is no reason to like the fictional character Hedda Gabler. She’s vain, contemptuous and competitive. She’s not someone with whom you could let down your guard or trust with confidences. Yet, she can be witty and charming. She’s knowledgeable and smart – and that is the problem. Hedda Gabler is too smart for her own good. Hedda Gabler,… Continue reading Ingrid Bergman as the Ignoble Hedda Gabler

Drama

Constance Cummings Saves an American Bank

Here’s a depressing activity: Do an online search of the term “bank run”. In doing so, you’ll likely come across this cheerful tidbit on Investopedia: A bank run occurs when a large number of customers of a bank or another financial institution withdraw their deposits simultaneously due to concerns about the bank’s solvency. As more people withdraw their… Continue reading Constance Cummings Saves an American Bank

Excitement

Announcing the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
You’re invited to get deep, personal or have some fun with the lessons films have taught you, for the THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MOVIES BLOGATHON. Your hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy, and this blogathon happens October 14-17, 2016. You can do anything: a list, essay,…

Drama · Film Noir

John Garfield: Film in a Dangerous Time

We’ve been musing about pathetic fallacy. Now, we don’t want you to miss all the fun, so here’s a quick definition: Pathetic Fallacy attributes human qualities and emotions to inanimate objects of nature. The word “pathetic” … is not used in the derogatory sense of being miserable; rather, here, it stands for “imparting emotions to something else”.… Continue reading John Garfield: Film in a Dangerous Time