I struggled to figure out the best way to convey my disdain for this film. A Summer Place desperately wants to be a Douglas Sirk film (and for a while … Continue Reading A Summer Place (1959)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon You know the type of films Hollywood holds up as examples of the cheesy filmmaking of the classic … Continue Reading A Cry in the Night (1956)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. If this is your first time taking in Elmer Gantry, expect the … Continue Reading Elmer Gantry (1960)
You always notice the fingerprints of a Tennessee Williams production: An exotic locale within the US, unrepentant sexual longing bound up within questions of femininity and masculinity. The Rose Tattoo … Continue Reading The Rose Tattoo (1955)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. There are certain real-world events Hollywood is quick to capitalize on and … Continue Reading Judgment at Nuremberg (1963)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon Elia Kazan’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire is an important film in my life. I first saw … Continue Reading A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. Trapeze is a film that comes with some cache in my house. … Continue Reading Trapeze (1956)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon So back story into why I sought out Young Man With a Horn to today’s review: I reviewed a … Continue Reading Young Man With a Horn (1950)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. My mother’s listened to Agnes Moorehead’s original radio production – a role … Continue Reading Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
I review the Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas noir, I Walk Alone.
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth pair up for the first of five features with The Lady in Question.
The gangster genre is traditionally male-dominated, so imagine my surprise at seeing the arrival of Lady Scarface from Warner Archive. A gangster who’s a woman?! What’s next, mixing French fries … Continue Reading Lady Scarface (1941)
I sound like a broken record, but I don’t like the majority of films Jean Negulesco directed. I can count the number of films of his I’ve liked on one … Continue Reading Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
Director Jean Negulesco and I have a contentious cinematic relationship. His patented blend of noirish melodrama doesn’t always sit right with me, yet I’ve seen so many of his features … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Road House (1948)
In 1947 the feature Crossfire took a harsh look at the rise of antisemitism in America, taking an story that examination homosexuality initially and presenting it to post-war audiences as … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Open Secret (1948)
Victorian literature is recognized for its emphasis on repression, social hierarchy, and gender politics. When William Thackery published Vanity Fair in 1848 he couldn’t have assumed that its heroine, Becky … Continue Reading Becky Sharp (1935)