The Undying Monster (1942)

Director John Brahms was best known for his sumptuously decorated murder mysteries, 1944’s The Lodger and 1945’s Hangover Square. Before he was getting A-list talent to go alongside his beautifully decorated costume dramas he crafted this mystery, itself a bizarre amalgamation of the dying Universal monsters franchise and the old dark house thriller. The Undying…

The TCM Top 10 for October 2017

Light up the cauldron and get a mug of witches’ brew because October is upon us. Can we really say September was anything else other than the month before Halloween? (Okay, September is my birthday month but even I was counting down to October.) TCM at Halloween time is a double-edged sword because there are…

Father of the Bride (1950)

A camera points to the ground, gliding along to show the chaos of a recent event, the ground littered in detritus. Has the house been looted? Is this the scene of a raucous party? The camera stops on a pair of shoes, panning up to introduce the audience to the exhausted Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy).…

Alfred Hitchcock

With a wealth of biographies out there it’s often difficult to differentiate yourself from the herd by finding someone new to say. A figure like Alfred Hitchcock, outside of being analyzed from a filmic standpoint, is an open book – pun intended – when it comes to research and information. None of this is meant…