Jack Lemmon Rages Against The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome (1979) was, for a time, more famous for issues surrounding it than the movie itself. When this thriller was first released, it received mixed reviews. Newsweek called the film “emotional manipulation”, while the New York Times said it was “less about the laws of physics than about public and private ethics”. The film, about a malfunction… Continue reading Jack Lemmon Rages Against The China Syndrome


Director Leni Riefenstahl: Artistry and Propaganda

At the start of the documentary, Triumph of the Will (1935), we watch German Chancellor Adolph Hitler from the back of his open-air car. He is being driven through the streets of Nuremberg while spectators cheer like he’s a rock star. He stands in the front passenger side of the car, surveying the throngs while the camera… Continue reading Director Leni Riefenstahl: Artistry and Propaganda


How Bette Davis Turned 18 Minutes into a Whole Movie

*Spoiler Alert* We found a Bette Davis film that made us cry. Now, as much as we adore Ms Davis, we never cry at her films, not even if she’s dying of cancer or preparing to live in a leper colony. These things make us sad, but not tearful. However, we just watched the drama Phone Call from… Continue reading How Bette Davis Turned 18 Minutes into a Whole Movie


Announcing the 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

Originally posted on Reel Infatuation:
Sometimes an experience is so much fun that you cannot wait to do it again. This impulse is one of the reasons why people keep revisiting amusement parks and beaches, museums and restaurants. The comfort of the familiar, when hitched to the promise of a fresh, unpredictable variation, is pretty…


Rolling Out our Red Carpet

Hey! We’ve been nominated for blogging awards. Now, before we get a big head about all this, we need to thank the bloggers who nominated us. And we mean really thank these folks, all of whom curate thoughtful, interesting and entertaining blogs. If you’re not familiar with these sites, you should pay ’em a visit! ♠ The… Continue reading Rolling Out our Red Carpet


Why We Need John Garfield in a Cary Grant Movie

Here’s a movie from World War II: Destination Tokyo (1943). It stars Cary Grant as an American submarine captain tasked with sneaking his vessel in and out of the enemy waters of Tokyo Bay – without getting blown up. Destination Tokyo is the supposed story of American weather “intelligence” gathering in preparation for the Doolittle Raid. According to… Continue reading Why We Need John Garfield in a Cary Grant Movie


Announcing The Great Villain Blogathon 2017!

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Time once again to face the evil with the annual Big Bad Blogathon celebrating cinema’s worst villains. Just pick a favourite movie villain, whether outlaw, thug, crazed fan, dictator, mistress, monster, slasher, gangster, alien, animated or artificial intelligence; pick any scoundrel to scrutinize, rascal to respect, or evildoer to evaluate, from…

Science Fiction · Thriller

All’s Fair in The Love War

Although we (as in, yours truly) are not the most enthusiastic supporters of television, we do feel an odd nostalgia for televised events we never witnessed, such as Elvis Presley’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, or the Apollo 11 moon landing. Another bit of TV business for which we recently developed a fondness is ABC’s… Continue reading All’s Fair in The Love War


Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life

There is a scene in the 1928 comedy, Steamboat Bill, Jr., that beautifully showcases the genius of its star, Buster Keaton. It’s not the scene where he clings to a flying tree, or the scene where he piggybacks a girl while dangling from a rope over a ferocious river. Nay, we feel the genius of Buster Keaton is… Continue reading Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life

Drama · Thriller

The Sidney-Poitier-as-Social-Barometer Film Theory

We’re working on a Sidney Poitier film theory. We started developing this theory while watching the 1950 thriller No Way Out, in which Poitier portrays a young doctor at a busy city hospital. As the film opens, Poitier is asked to fill a shift in the hospital prison ward, where he examines two white prisoners. The two are brothers, and are sporting gunshot wounds… Continue reading The Sidney-Poitier-as-Social-Barometer Film Theory