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The TCM Top Ten for July 2015

  This isn’t a slap against TCM, but some months yield a higher slate of choice movies to watch than others. Last month, I struggled to find ten films that really intrigued me (short of filling all ten slots with noirs). That’s all rectified with July because I had to cut down my list from…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none best remembered as well as Albert Lewin’s 1945 take. Warner Archive’s recent Blu-ray release allows audiences the opportunity to indulge in Dorian’s adventures, even if the whole affair plays a bit…

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Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Reading film studies books is a hobby usually reserved for the hardcore film fanatic. Once upon a time these tomes were usually formal, academically centered slogs through jargon and film examples. But that’s not the book I’m recommending today. Better known as the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle creates a book…

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Biopic Theatre: The Scarlett O’Hara War (1980)

Stories regarding the grand search for Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlett O’Hara have passed into┬álegend. With stories of practically every actress in Hollywood during the 1930s testing for the role, it’s hard fathoming anyone else wearing Vivien Leigh’s corset. The 1980s saw its fair share of biopics regarding Leigh and Gone With the Wind, from the Leigh/Laurence…