Few eras of cinema exist which are quite as memorable or as transformative as the 1970s. Hollywood had been changing since the fall of the studio system and and in … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
I’m a classic movie fan as much as the next Old Hollywood blogger here; however, I’m more than that. I’m a classic entertainment fan. So TV, comedy, the nightclub circuit, … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: Nichols and May: Take Two (1996)
Originally Published January 25, 2018 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.
Being on the brink of nuclear war is a niche our country has occupied as long as I’ve been alive. In the late ’70s though the concept felt all too … Continue Reading The China Syndrome (1979)
In the grand tradition of TCM Film Festivals past I didn’t stick around for the opening night film. No offense to West Side Story (1961), but I’ve seen it plenty … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: The Getaway (1972)
The work of Mel Brooks is iconic. The man is largely responsible for crafting the Hollywood comedy as we know it today thanks to his work throughout the middle of … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: The Producers (1967)
I’m going to be honest here… I have a complicated relationship with Grease 2. Heck, I might as well say it, I have a complicated relationship with Grease (1978). The … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: Grease 2 (1982)
Plan 9 from Outer Space is one of the most iconic works to come out of Hollywood. Granted, due to its lingering reputation in pop culture as one of the … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: SF Sketchfest Presents: Plan 9 from Outer Space Table Read
With the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival just gearing up, I can already say that I’m firmly on-board with this year’s highly detailed, virtual approach. This is made delightfully more … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: In the Footsteps of Speedy
Regular readers of Ticklish Business know, there are a few hills which I’m prepared to die on. It seems, we’re finding these hills early on as the TCM Classic Film … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: Uncovering the Naked City
Originally published August 13, 2013 Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books, and I conveniently bought the 1939 adaptation with Sir Laurence Olivier recently (I totally didn’t come up … Continue Reading Wuthering Heights (1939)
I’m starting to think George Sidney might be one of my favorite directors. From The Harvey Girls (1946) or Viva Las Vegas (1964), Sidney was a director who knew how … Continue Reading Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
When most girls were giggling over boy bands, I was that weird on in the corner playing the specially made, Rat Pack compilation CD in my clunky, portable compact disc … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: Ocean’s 11 (1960)
Much has been written about legendary director Michael Curtiz. I mean, his filmography speaks for itself: Casablanca, White Christmas, Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Very few … Continue Reading TCMFF 2021: The Horror of Michael Curtiz
Originally published January 18, 2018 My year-long Centennial Celebration kicks off with a two-episode look at composer Leonard Bernstein.
We may not be gathering in-person this year for the TCM Classic Film Festival, but in its place we’ll be sharing the top 3 memories we have from festivals past. … Continue Reading Ticklish Business #109: Top 3 TCM Classic Film Festival Memories