The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)

In the wake of World War II and continuing well into and beyond the Vietnam War, the question of drug use among men was a hot-button topic that Hollywood hadn’t really dealt with any sense of gravity. With the horrors of the war coming into focus and being dealt with, Hollywood saw a wave of…


Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

My adoration of child star Margaret O’Brien is well-documented on this blog, some would call it creepy. Yet there’s something about her precociousness and wide-eyed wonder that seems angelic without being flawless (à la St. Shirley). This film, with a script by future blacklist victim Dalton Trumbo, was one of several films O’Brien made in the…


The TCM Top Ten for January 2015

  A new year is upon us and that means less than two months till the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Okay, maybe that’s my own personal countdown, but the slate of TCM films is enough to get anyone through the doldrums of winter and the post-holiday malaise, whether you’re waiting for a particular date…

The TCM Top Ten for December 2014

  We’re rapidly approaching the end of another year with TCM and the amount of quality entertainment I’ve documented in that time represents some true gems! What does the network have in store for the conclusion of 2014? Check out the ten movies I’ll be concluding the year with!