The Thrill of It All (1963)

Originally published January 28th, 2015 Second-wave feminism (you’ve already stopped reading, haven’t you?) wouldn’t crop up for another couple of years, but that’s not to say Hollywood wasn’t doing its part showing women were sick, tired, and unwilling to take it anymore! Okay, maybe things weren’t that militant, but director Norman Jewison (who went on to…


Brigadoon (1954)

This week is devoted to actor Van Johnson! Originally published March 16th, 2015. The addition of a wide-screen format can provide a grander sense of scope for particular films. The best example I always use is the phenomenal Todd-AO transfer of Oklahoma! But, as much as a wider screen allowed for, what was presumed to be,…


Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Happy 4th of July and welcome to week one of the July Four (formerly five). For the next four weeks I’ll cover four performers and honor four of their films. Though the temperature on the thermometer may be high that’s no reason we can’t be a a little dark, so this week we’re honoring director Alfred…


The TCM Top Ten for July 2016

As if July isn’t crazy enough for myself, there’s a whole world of fantastic content on TCM this month. The calm before Summer Under the Stars sees TCM celebrating both America in the 1970s and Olivia de Havilland’s centennial. Here are ten films I’ll be sitting down for this month.