Dark Passage is Bogie and Bacall's penultimate film together, coming after To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. It's a film that seems to divide their fans and those who enjoy film noir, due to its subjective camera perspective for the first half of the movie, as well as Bogie's more subdued performance.… Continue reading A tangled web: Agnes Moorehead in “Dark Passage” (1947)
The Boys Next Door follows in the footsteps of Rebel Without A Cause in its exploration of a disillusioned youth that are raging against the system, but it cranks the violence and cynicism up to a level that endeavours to show the crumbling facade of the American Dream. It has fallen into relative obscurity since… Continue reading Disillusioned Youth: “The Boys Next Door” (1985)
Grease is one of the most famous movie musicals ever made, with just about everyone knowing the lyrics to "Beauty School Drop Out" and waffling them in "We Go Together". On the other hand, its sequel Grease 2, is not so beloved. But I am here to talk about why I love it, and why… Continue reading C-O-O-L R-I-D-E-R: Maxwell Caulfield in “Grease 2”.
The day has finally arrived where we celebrate one of my favourite actors, the multitalented Maxwell Caulfield, who will be turning sixty one tomorrow! First up is Vinnieh, with his thoughts on the cult classic, Empire Records. Then Gill shares her review of Maxwell's performance in the pilot episode of Beverly Hills 90210. I talk… Continue reading The Cool Rider: Maxwell Caulfield Blogathon has arrived!
The Dr Kildare movies only came on my radar fairly recently, as I was more familiar with the Richard Chamberlain series than with the nine films that starred Lew Ayres as the titular Dr Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as his cynical, but secretly caring, mentor, Dr Gillespie. Dr Kildare is a young doctor who wants… Continue reading A Grump With A Heart of Gold: Lionel Barrymore as Dr Gillespie
Flamingo Road (1949) begins with Joan Crawford's narration about the town in which her character, Lane Bellamy, will try and carve out a life for herself. About the places and people that make it what it is, but especially Flamingo Road, the street reserved for the wealthy and successful. The place that she tells a… Continue reading The Crooked Road to Success: Flamingo Road (1949)
The year that Mannequin had its nationwide release, Joan Crawford was featured on the list of actresses termed as "Box Office Poison". It was a list that featured Katherine Hepburn, Kay Francis, Norma Shearer and John Barrymore, to name but a few. It was a list that is now largely seen as being inaccurate, or… Continue reading The Working Man: Spencer Tracy in “Mannequin” (1937)
The Sound of Music is one of the most successful and famous films of all time. It's unlikely that you do not know the film, unless perhaps, unlike me, you did not watch it on video until the title song became a bit wonky from overuse. Whenever one thinks of the film, Julie Andrews and… Continue reading A Beautiful Baroness: Eleanor Parker in “The Sound of Music”
The story of Anastasia, the supposed last living member of the Russian royal family, is famous the world over. The hope that one last symbol of pre-Communist Russia exists/existed, is one that has lived on in the collective imagination for a long time. Twentieth Century Fox made the film twice, once in 1956 and again… Continue reading The Last Romanov: Anastasia (1956)
This review contains major plot point spoilers. Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the film. Frenzy is, in my humble opinion, Hitchcock’s most intense and disturbing film. Because it was made long after the production code had folded, it has all the graphic imagery that the 1970s, with its lack of overarching censorship,… Continue reading The intensity of “Frenzy” (1972)