Hollywood is a town that’s thrived on death, sex and sin. So it’s unsurprising that there are tours that delve into Hollywood’s seedy past. In the land of TMZ and … Continue Reading Kristen Takes the Dearly Departed Tragical History Tour
Hollywood is at its best when it’s writing about itself. Or, at least in the moment, more often they’re excoriated for how “inside” they play to mass audiences. In 1979 … Continue Reading S.O.B. (1981)
During last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival I was supposed to take the TCM On Locations Tour of Los Angeles. Unfortunately a flat tire left the rest of the group … Continue Reading Kristen Takes the TCM On-Locations Tour of Los Angeles
Ryan Murphy might have spent an entire season talking about the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, but the story that’s always enthralled me is about a different feud: … Continue Reading The Old Maid (1939)
Lauren Humphries-Brooks joins me once again as we honor February’s Centennial Celebrant, Ida Lupino. This episode we look at Lupino as director with her 1950 drama Outrage.
Recently played as the February entry in TCM and Fathom Events’ Big Screen Series, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Katharine Hepburn needed to prove herself. … Continue Reading The Philadelphia Story (1940)
It’s remarkable to believe that it wasn’t until the 1940s that an actress could also moonlight as a director. But Ida Lupino did, becoming the first female to direct a … Continue Reading Top 10 Ida Lupino Movies
February’s Centennial star is actress/director Ida Lupino. Lauren Humphries-Brooks returns this month as we look at Ida Lupino, actress, with the 1946 costume drama Devotion.
Next month’s centennial celebration star for my TCM Backlot series is Robert Preston, a man I only know for his later work with director Blake Edwards. Preston started out in … Continue Reading The Lady From Cheyenne (1941)
Friday marks the 22nd anniversary of the death of Gene Kelly and in honor of the talented song and dance man I wanted to share the five movies of his … Continue Reading Top 5 Gene Kelly Movies
With my new full-time writer status, part of my transition with the site is to write about movie I get truly excited over, whether it makes me so mad I … Continue Reading Out of the Fog (1941)
My Leonard Bernstein tribute comes to a close as Kaci Kielmar and I discuss Bernstein’s only original film composition, 1954’s On the Waterfront.
I’ve seen nine of director Henry Koster’s films and it’s safe to say he’s one of my favorite directors. There’s something about his features, whose plots walk on a tightrope … Continue Reading It Started With Eve (1941)
Back in 2011 and still navigating the waters of having the highest grossing picture of all time with Avatar, Titanic director James Cameron announced he was actively involved in a … Continue Reading Kristen Recasts the Classics: Forbidden Planet
My year-long Centennial Celebration kicks off with a two-episode look at composer Leonard Bernstein.
The year before we found out “Gidget is the one for me,” Sandra Dee was playing in this rom-com with quite the polished pedigree. Vincente Minnelli’s The Reluctant Debutante may … Continue Reading The Reluctant Debutante (1958)