Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

A Glowing Mist: Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Claw (1944)

A few months ago I undertook the task of watching all fourteen of the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies. I am very glad to say that I was successful in my little quest. Like most classic film fans, my feelings about the series are mixed. I feel that the majority of the… Continue reading A Glowing Mist: Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Claw (1944)

Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan

When my mother was a child, her mother took she and my mother’s younger brother to the movies whenever she was able. The mother of four, my grandmother had little time for leisure activities, but books and movies were very important to her, and she passed her love for both onto her two youngest children.… Continue reading A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Sailing Takes Me To Where The Evil Magician Wants To Be: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Like most people born before the 2000s, I came into contact with classic films through two avenues: a video tape that my parents or some other adult bought and which was rewatched until it gave a dying jolt in the video machine, or through TV. Where I live, there's an open access channel which does… Continue reading Sailing Takes Me To Where The Evil Magician Wants To Be: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

The Class of Cluny Brown (1946)

Ernest Lubitsch is one of the finest directors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. I've waxed lyrical about him before in my post on To Be Or Not To Be,  but every time I watch one of his movies, I am dazzled by his sensational satire and his incredible ability to construct complex but relatable films. Cluny… Continue reading The Class of Cluny Brown (1946)

Blogathons, The Look, Uncategorized

The Story of an Iconic Hair don’t that became a HairDo: Mia Farrow’s pixie cut

The first time I watched Rosemary's Baby I turned to my mom and said, "I want her haircut." And I got it. To be fair, I lacked the lithe elegance of Mia Farrow and still had some baby fat, so the result was not quite what I hoped. But when I was in my mid twenties I… Continue reading The Story of an Iconic Hair don’t that became a HairDo: Mia Farrow’s pixie cut

Blogathons, Uncategorized

The End of the Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Blogathon. I can't think of a better way to have celebrated this icon of the silver screen's birthday. Please do read everyone's wonderful contributions here. And because of internet issues and the fact that I'd probably be late for my own funeral, my post… Continue reading The End of the Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

In 1968, Mia Farrow showed that she could play a character that required both exhaustive physical and psychological realisation. In Rosemary's Baby, she played a young woman who has the unimaginable happen to her, and she was rightly nominated for a BAFTA and Academy Award for her efforts. A year before that, in 1967, Audrey Hepburn would… Continue reading A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

Blogathons, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon has arrived!

Today is the 75th birthday of Mia Farrow, our lady of the hour for this blogathon! What better way to celebrate such a wonderful artist's birthday than to write about her films and exploits! So without further ado, let's dive right in! First up is Maddy, with her thoughts on one of Mia's finest performances… Continue reading The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon has arrived!

Blogathons, Uncategorized

Announcing The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon

Basil Rathbone is one of the greatest film and stage actors of the Golden era. Although he's largely fallen into obscurity now, he created timeless roles and is probably the most famous screen Sherlock Holmes. Born in Johannesburg in 1892, he was only a baby when his parents immigrated to England due to the Jameson… Continue reading Announcing The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Shaking Up Shakespeare: Carole Lombard in “To Be or Not To Be” (1942)

Before my best friend suggested this film for our fortnightly movie night, I had never heard of it. I know, it's quite surprising, but like most people, I'd always associated Carole Lombard with My Man Godfrey and the other screwball comedies that she shone in. But the thing about To Be or Not To Be, is that it's like… Continue reading Shaking Up Shakespeare: Carole Lombard in “To Be or Not To Be” (1942)