80s Horror, Blogathons, Uncategorized

The Madness of Miracles: Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly” (1986)

This post contains spoilers and graphic content. Please be advised that you may turn into a fly humanoid after reading this. You've been warned. Man's tendency to act like a god and try to control and obliterate nature's tenets has been explored many times, most famously in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. What Shelley explored and taught… Continue reading The Madness of Miracles: Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly” (1986)

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Lake and Ladd, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Lake and Ladd: The Perfect Pair

As Classic Film Fans we often talk about the stars of classic cinema being great in the singular, as in Joan Crawford was spectacular or Myrna Loy's capacity for shade was untouchable. But what we often don't talk about is how fantastic it was when two classic film stars came together and made the perfect… Continue reading Lake and Ladd: The Perfect Pair

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)

The Reckless Moment (1949) is a Christmas film as Batman Returns or Die Hard is. It takes place during the holidays, but this happy time is marred by strife and tragedy. A coal in one's stocking for sure. For Lucia Harper (played by Joan Bennett) the coal comes in the form of borderline child sexual… Continue reading Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)

Blogathons, Uncategorized

Announcing the All About Al Pacino Blogathon

Al Pacino, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest actors to ever live. He has given us so many iconic performances from his incredible turn as Michael Corleone to Tony in Scarface and the Colonel in Scent of A Woman. Pacino was born in East Harlem to Italian American parents. His childhood and… Continue reading Announcing the All About Al Pacino Blogathon

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

The Mental Kaleidoscope: Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit (1948)

The women's pictures of the 1940s seemed to have been defined by mental illness. Women who could not carry on as they were, and broke psychologically, terribly unmoored in a world which seemed to provide them with little support. Often the source of these women's mental illness was the cruelty of men, such as in… Continue reading The Mental Kaleidoscope: Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit (1948)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Films based on Daphne du Maurier's works, Noir Or Never, Period Dramas

Finn…or will she come back?

And so The Calls of Cornwall: Daphne du Maurier Blogathon has come to an end. I would like to thank all of the bloggers who contributed. I cannot WAIT to go through everyone's posts and read all about du Maurier and her works. I would also like to ask the bloggers who participated, or bloggers… Continue reading Finn…or will she come back?

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Joan Crawford, Uncategorized

Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)

Strange Cargo (1940) is not an easy film to describe. It has elements of drama, romance, adventure and tragedy. It is all these things, but it does not fit neatly into any of these genres. It could perhaps be compared to I Was A Fugitive of a Chain Gang, with its frank depiction of prison… Continue reading Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)