The TCM Top 10 for April 2017

My TCM consumption will be on overdrive this month as I wing my way down to L.A. for the TCM Classic Film Festival. However, that’s no reason not to watch TCM before and after my return. Or, if you can’t attend, you can get a small slice of the festival through the programming. Let me…

The TCM Top 10 For March

The sun is shining depending on what part of the country you’re living in, and springtime is in arriving. If you’re like me March is simply known as “the month I need to get through before TCMFF arrives.” There were several great films worth spotlighting this month, but these are the ten I’m the most…

All This, And Heaven Too (1940)

Often imitated, never duplicated,¬†Gone with the Wind‘s¬†massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and box office dollars). Warner Bros., known for its conservatism went full-steam ahead with their take on Rachel Field’s popular novel, All This, and Heaven Too…

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…

The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

The Phantom of Crestwood is the equivalent of watching a radio serial play out on-screen. Maybe that’s because it was! As the film’s introduction states, the series was broadcast via radio with the final episode, solving the murder, revealed in the film. Call it deceptive or ingenious, The Phantom of Crestwood would attract just as…

The TCM Top Ten for February 2017

I’m afraid to say it but 31 Days of Oscar isn’t my favorite TCM theme, mainly because I’ve watched so many of the films they screen so there’s little room for new discoveries. But, no matter, because I still found ten films I’m eager to give a looksee in this short month. The theme of…