As one comment on the Facebook page read when I alluded to my less-than-positive review of this film, it may be time to get out your pitchforks, readers. It’s not that I didn’t like The Shop Around the Corner; it’s just not my favorite Ernst Lubitsch film. One issue is I’m not a Jimmy Stewart fan. I’m sorry, but this is a well-known fact about me since this blog started. Jimmy Stewart and I don’t see eye to eye, despite me seeing quite a few of his films. Maybe I haven’t stumbled upon the film which will make me see his genius, but as it stands now this is just another okay movie in his filmography.
Originally published April 17th, 2013
Easter’s come and gone, and I generally don’t celebrate the holiday by watching movies; that’s going to change today! Twilight Time’s latest release is The Song of Bernadette, the 1943 Oscar nominated film which gave Jennifer Jones her first (and only) Oscar for Best Actress. The win is well-deserved for Jones, presenting her in a light which I’ve never seen before, or since. A story of faith, religion, and ignorance, The Song of Bernadette is a powerful movie, regardless of religious affiliation. The core reason it works is Jones’ devout faith to something the rest of the cast can’t see. With outstanding supporting performances from Anne Revere and Vincent Price, go out and add this to your collection.
It’s been awhile since I’ve recast any classics, the last one being about the Guys and Dolls remake. Interestingly, I’ve gotten quite a few comments about my Rebecca recast, and figured it might be time to dust off this feature! Veronica Lake’s birthday recently passed which gave me the perfect inspiration for our next bit of recasting. So, let’s explore who I believe could take on the mantle of my beloved Ronnie’s peekaboo hairstyle, and recast I Married a Witch!
It was always decided that I’d include I Married a Witch during my Halloween festivities. After all, it was the film that brought Veronica Lake into my life. To give some context, Sullivan’s Travels cemented my love for Veronica, but I Married a Witch was the first film I ever saw her in. I adore this movie and I adore Criterion for releasing a beautiful Blu-ray transfer of it. The film loosely inspired Bewitched and is one of the best witch films out there (sorry, Hocus Pocus). You can watch this on HuluPlus if you have it and I especially recommend buying it on DVD or Blu-ray because it’s sweet, funny, and possesses just a dose of magic.
The Uninvited is Gothic horror done at its utmost best; where atmosphere plagues every corner, inundating the audience with unrepentant chills and spooks. Director Lewis Allen treats his tale with reverence, and the characters of Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald are, for better or worse, the audience themselves. With a dash of Hitchcock’s Rebecca by way of a wistful romance and desire for family, The Uninvited certainly makes itself welcome and is lovingly restored via the wonders of the Criterion Collection.