25 Days of Christmas: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Originally published December 3rd, 2014 A double post to catch me up, and another Christmas first-time viewing!  Tonight’s film is the Jim Henson 1977 movie Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  I’d heard people rave about how fantastic this television movie is, that it was one of Henson’s best, and how hard it was to find.  I…

Music for Millions (1944)

The studio era had a way of doing things with genres that weren’t unique but, in execution, make all the difference in the world. Director Henry Koster was adept at star-studded features that would commonly be referred to as “faith-based” today; 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife is his best example. But before Cary Grant and Loretta…

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The 1960s have come represent a decade in turmoil, and that’s true.  With Vietnam, political and racial unrest, it doesn’t appear too far removed from our current times; but in the heart of the sixties, Beatlemania took over and defined the decade.  A Hard Day’s Night was the Beatles’ first movie (they would come to do five),…

The Girl Most Likely (1958)

The liminal threshold between the 1950s and 1960s seems as distinct as to be a literal crevasse between the two decades, and the clearest divide comes through in the cinema separating the two eras. Narrative styles, definitions of romance, and gender weren’t just changing and reforming for the new era, but the old guard of…

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…