Pitfall

Pitfall (1948)

There’s a formula to film noirs, and while not strictly enforced there are particular elements one looks for – the morally ambiguous hero, interplay between light and shadow, an evil femme fatale. It is both this adherence to and divergence from convention that makes director Andre de Toth’s Pitfall so special. Recently released on a…

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WomenHesUndressed

Women He’s Undressed (2015)

ZZ Top once sang “Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.” Costume designer Orry-Kelly was Hollywood’s most sharp-dressed man, whose techniques swathed several legendary leading ladies in their best finery. Women He’s Undressed, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, is a fascinating documentary by Gillian Armstrong, presenting Kelly as a tailor of many threads: renowned…

TabHunterConfidential

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

To many, Tab Hunter’s name doesn’t inspire any recognition. But for those who enjoy obscure and studio era cinema, Hunter’s both an intriguing outcast who made quite the career comeback through the work of John Waters, as well as the perfect representation of the 1950s leading man. Hot on the heels of the Orry-Kelly documentary, Women He’s…

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Ticklish Business – Top 3 Cary Grant Films

Special guest The Vern and I honor Cary Grant on his birthday by discussing our top 3 favorite Grant films. Want to support the show or pick episode content? Consider supporting me via Patreon. NEXT TIME: Grace Kelly gets the birthday treatment as my special guest and I look at her work in Dial M for…

DonkeySkin

Donkey Skin (1970)

As much as I hate to let my Americanism show, it crops up the worst when it comes to cinema. I don’t have a natural aversion to foreign cinema, but Britain is usually my go-to foreign country. The few times I do venture outside English it’s generally through the horror genre. Director Jacques Demy has…