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)
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)
Originally published January 18, 2018 My year-long Centennial Celebration kicks off with a two-episode look at composer Leonard Bernstein.
The Ticklish Trio says maybe this time they’ll win as they discuss Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Bob Fosse’s Cabaret. If you want to know what classic film DVDs, Blu-rays, and … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #82: Musical March – Cabaret (1972)
Originally posted: November 29, 2017 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 … Continue Reading Music for Millions (1944)
The Ticklish Trio have a song in their heart and kick off Musical March by discussing Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Swing Time! If you want to know what classic … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #81: Musical March – Swing Time (1936)
There’s a reason author Jeanine Basinger’s books are so thick: they’re filled with classic film knowledge and analysis you won’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s deconstructing star personas or the … Continue Reading The Movie Musical
Warner Archive has re-released The Pajama Game. How does this Doris Day vehicle hold up?
Up until this point I’ve only reviewed (and seen) two Bob Hope features, both of them straightforward comedies – The Ghost Breakers (1940) and the fantastic The Cat and the … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Son of Paleface (1952)
I missed seeing Those Redheads From Seattle when it screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival last year and, really, that might have been for the best. The year 1953 … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Those Redheads From Seattle (1953)
Throughout the next four weeks I’ll be reviewing various musicals in support of TCM’s newest interactive online course, Mad About Musicals. Any classic film lover will tell you mitigation is … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Gene Kelly is responsible for crafting two of the most enduring musicals of the 1950s, 1951’s An American in Paris and 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. But by 1957 Kelly … Continue Reading Les Girls (1957)
One of the many countless reasons we appreciate classic cinema is glorious Technicolor. Better yet, give me vibrant Technicolor that shows off magnificent costumes and beautiful faces and it won’t … Continue Reading A Date With Judy (1948)
Esther Williams always knew her career wasn’t permanent. So when the quality of her films hit a certain level she walked away, and it’s all Jupiter’s Darling’s fault. The film … Continue Reading Jupiter’s Darling (1955)
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 … Continue Reading A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
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 … Continue Reading The Girl Most Likely (1958)