Drama · War

Starring Joan Crawford, as France

You know those unpleasant times in life, such medical issues, the loss of a loved one, or a parade of rotten luck? Of course you do, and we’re guessing you went on with life anyway, determined to not let circumstances Break You. But when a minor setback occurs, such as misplacing keys or spilling a… Continue reading Starring Joan Crawford, as France

Drama · War

A Farewell to Arms and Quality Health Care

Sometimes movies are unfairly unsympathetic to people In Charge. If you’ve ever been In Charge of something, you know what we mean. You’re working on a big project with an impossible deadline, when a crucial team member announces they’ve Met Someone and are moving away. It really takes the air out of your tires. So when we watched the… Continue reading A Farewell to Arms and Quality Health Care

Drama · War

49th Parallel: Britain’s Love Letter to Canada

Perhaps we (as in, yours truly) read too much into the WWII-era drama 49th Parallel. This 1941 film serves propaganda straight up, courtesy of the British Ministry of Information. It was meant to sell a reluctant American public on joining the war in Europe. Like any good sales pitch, the film uses fear to close the sale. The plot… Continue reading 49th Parallel: Britain’s Love Letter to Canada

Drama · War

Fred MacMurray: Villain in Remission

*This post is one great big spoiler. There’s a neat villain bait-and-switch in the 1954 drama The Caine Mutiny. This film, based on the novel by Herman Wouk, is about a crew on an aging minesweeper during WWII. The script cleverly muddies the waters (ha ha) as it resets the parameters of villainy. When the tired, caustic captain… Continue reading Fred MacMurray: Villain in Remission

Adventure · War

Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army

This post is part of the Dueling Divas Blogathon. *SPOILER ALERT* We never tire of the WWII adventure The Guns of Navarone (1961), a grand spectacle of a film based on the Alistair MacLean novel that was gleaned from actual events in the Aegean Sea in 1943. The film is about a British-led team sent to the (fictional)… Continue reading Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army

Comedy · War

Winston Churchill vs. Colonel Blimp

When we (as in, yours truly) were young, we felt we were smarter than older generations because we could identify the celebrities du jour. We thought this somehow made us smarter, which is rather embarrassing to admit. Now that we’re a bit older, we realize we don’t know as much as the generation before or after us, which is also… Continue reading Winston Churchill vs. Colonel Blimp

Drama · War

Lady Smugglers in War-Time

Edna May Oliver is our new hero. We realized this when we screened Nurse Edith Cavell, a drama based on the true story of a courageous British nurse who helped over 200 Allied POWs flee Belgium during World War I. This unusual war movie is about four not-so-ordinary women whose friendship propel them to defend their country… Continue reading Lady Smugglers in War-Time

Drama · War

Proposal: Let’s Reappraise A Soldier’s Story

This post is part of the 1984-a-thon hosted by Forgotten Films. We want to know: What’s wrong with the 1984 drama A Soldier’s Story? The movie met with a cool reception when originally released. Film critic Roger Ebert, for one, was unimpressed. “A Soldier’s Story is one of those movies that’s about less than you might think,” he… Continue reading Proposal: Let’s Reappraise A Soldier’s Story

Drama · War

The Opportunistic Hume Cronyn

Some people are born to get ahead of everyone else. They can’t help it; it’s not their fault they seize opportunity faster than everyone else. This is the kind of person Hume Cronyn portrays in The Cross of Lorraine (1944), a WWII war drama about French prisoners in a German military prison camp. The film stars Jean-Pierre Aumont and Gene Kelly… Continue reading The Opportunistic Hume Cronyn


Leo G. Carroll: Prophet of Doom

Sometimes you discover a minor character who embodies the soul of a movie. The 1951 WWII bio-pic The Desert Fox has a perfect example of such a character, as portrayed by British actor Leo G. Carroll. The Desert Fox is the story of famed German General Erwin Rommel, who pummelled Allied forces in North Africa before… Continue reading Leo G. Carroll: Prophet of Doom