Film Noir · Thriller

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a 100-foot plunge pool beneath the falls. Yet, for all the danger there’s a fierce beauty. It’s easy to see why this area became the Honeymoon… Continue reading The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara

Comedy

Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

The Princess Bride (1987) has, arguably, the most laugh-out-loud lines of any Hollywood film of the 1980s. One example is the scene where two men engage in left-handed swordplay. Suddenly one of them makes an admission: Man 1: “I know something you do not know.” Man 2: “What’s that?” Man 1: “I am not left-handed.”… Continue reading Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

Book Reviews

Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

You know you’re in for a treat when a book begins with a definition of the word heel: “A contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person.”¹ A “heel” is the type of character perfected by Hollywood actor Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977), for which he received critical acclaim. Example: “Mr Cortez is one of the screen’s best menaces”². Or: “Ricardo Cortez… Continue reading Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

Excitement · Uncategorized

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017-Day 3

Originally posted on Font and Frock:
Another Reel Infatuation Blogathon has come and gone! The sharing of fictional crushes was, as always, almost too much fun. Thanks to all of the readers and bloggers who joined us this year. See you next time! Before you go, please check out these awesome entries from Day 3!…

Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

It’s been a fabulous Day 2 here at the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! We’ve been swooning all day. Bloggers: Font and Frock will be hosting Day 3 tomorrow, so if you post after this tonight’s recap, we’ll be sure to include you on Sunday. Enjoy today’s entries! ♥ Font and Frock Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) in… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

What a beautiful day it’s been! It’s a pleasure to read bloggers’ secret (and not-so-secret) character crushes. In a world where it’s easy to get caught up deriding folks, it’s refreshing to spend the day extolling the wonderful qualities of others. Bloggers: If we missed your post today, fear not – we shall include you… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

Comedy · Musical

How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy

Naturally, we love Fred Astaire‘s dancing. He’s Fred Astaire, for pete sake. Yet, when we recently watched the musical comedy Shall We Dance (1937), we realized Astaire is also a gifted salesman. First, a little about the film, a madcap look at celebrity gossip and the media. Astaire plays an American ballet star saddled with… Continue reading How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy

Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

Whee! The Reel Infatuation Blogathon will be here in a few days! This is a blogathon where we dish about our secret (or not-so-secret) film or book character crushes – past or present. Click HERE for the original announcement and list of participants. If you, like us, are having trouble picking one fictional character, you… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

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Great Scott!! The “Movie Scientist Blogathon” is Back!

Originally posted on Christina Wehner:
The “Movie Scientist Blogathon: The Good, the Mad, the Lonely” is back for 2017! I am so excited to be co-hosting this event with Ruth at Silver Screenings. The blogathon is about movie scientists. The good scientists, the mad scientists, and the lonely scientists. The idea originated from a discussion between…

Excitement

Chasing Vintage Movie Moguls through Hollywood

Philip Mershon knows where the Bodies Are Buried. He’s a man with a seemingly endless supply of stories about early Hollywood moguls, such as the prickly Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures, or the infighting at Warner Bros. about merging film and sound in the 1920s. Philip’s descriptions are so vivid, you feel you’ve met these… Continue reading Chasing Vintage Movie Moguls through Hollywood