Comedy · Drama

Mary Pickford, Hollywood Tycoon

This is Mary Pickford. She’s 25 years old in the above photo, taken on the set of the comedy-drama Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917). She plays a poor teenage girl from the country, sent to the City to live with two sour aunts. Yes, we know – she doesn’t look like a teenager. She’s also… Continue reading Mary Pickford, Hollywood Tycoon

Comedy

The Plaza Suite Wedding War

Plaza Suite (1971) is a movie where you have to decide, early on, if you can accept its parameters. The film, based on the successful Neil Simon Broadway play, is an omnibus of sorts, comprised of three one-act plays about three successive couples who rent suite 719 in New York’s Plaza Hotel. The original Broadway… Continue reading The Plaza Suite Wedding War

Comedy · Drama

The Seditious Rules of the Game

The most uncomfortable films are those that denounce Society’s questionable choices. These films say I know what you’re doing, and they’re not intended to make audiences feel good about themselves. One such film is La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game), released in France in the summer of 1939. Director Jean Renoir shows us the world… Continue reading The Seditious Rules of the Game

Adventure · Don't Bother · War

Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton Battle Nazis in the Snow

Alas, Dear Reader, it turns out we (as in, yours truly) may be a philistine. We realized this when we screened the 1968 action thriller Where Eagles Dare, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Some regard this film as one of the greatest WWII movies ever made; look at the rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. We… Continue reading Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton Battle Nazis in the Snow

Drama · Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Movie-as-StagePlay

There are two things that fascinate us about the lesser-known Alfred Hitchcock film, Rope (1948). The film, based on a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, was inspired by the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case. (In 1923, two wealthy young men from Chicago kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy “solely for the thrill of the experience.”¹) So.… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Movie-as-StagePlay

Comedy

Why Early Silent Films are Meant for YouTube (or Vice Versa)

We (as in, yours truly) strive to be a Productive Member of Society. We volunteer and recycle, and we try not to block the aisle in the grocery store. But we do have some unproductive habits, such as being Greatly Distracted by short videos on YouTube. We’re powerless against these things! A bulldozer runs over… Continue reading Why Early Silent Films are Meant for YouTube (or Vice Versa)

With Thanks

Bloggers, Here’s Looking at You

We admire you, fellow bloggers. You know the ups and down of the Blogging Life. Sometimes the ideas come so quickly you can’t keep up. Other times, writer’s block is so wedged-in you want to scream. You write about film, food, travel, books, history, music, photography, fashion – to name a few – and you… Continue reading Bloggers, Here’s Looking at You

Excitement

#ReelInfatuation 2018 – Day 3

The Reel Infatuation Blogathon is terrific fun. Discovering people’s character crushes is an enjoyable experience, but it’s also uplifting. Essays that praise the good in others are refreshing. We could use a little more of that, wouldn’t you say? Thanks to Maedez of Font and Frock and A Small Press Life for her ideas and… Continue reading #ReelInfatuation 2018 – Day 3

Excitement

#ReelInfatuation 2018 – Day 2

It’s been another fabulous day here at the Real Infatuation blogathon. We’re feeling the character crush love! Bloggers: If we missed your post today, fear not – we’ll include you in tomorrow’s recap. Haven’t signed up, but still want to join the fun? You bet! Just leave a comment below. Meanwhile, please enjoy today’s Reel… Continue reading #ReelInfatuation 2018 – Day 2