Casual sex on your mind, you might want to think it over … Before Fatal Attraction, Misery and Swimfan, there was 1971’s vastly underrated yet clearly memorable and well-crafted classic …it’s a gripping, psychological suspense-thriller Play Misty for Me. For every action there is a subsequent reaction …. Perhaps we all should consider showing this… Continue reading Casual Sex on Your Mind? … Watch Play Misty for Me.
This is not your ordinary family holiday with Director Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (Scene with Daniel Gélin, Christopher Olsen, Doris Day and James Stewart.) Alfred Hitchcock made two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much. The original film was made in 1934 and starred British and Continental actors… Continue reading The Man Who Knew Too Much is a Thriller for all Ages
We went shopping for some of these classic dvds recently, I was desperate to see a great film, and specifically one of my favourites … I recall vividly the first time I saw Casablanca on screen. I was 10 years old, there was nothing else that interested me on tv and no one to play… Continue reading We’ll always have Casablanca and La Marsellaise
Whenever I see this film, I’m reminded of the stories my parents tell me about their experiences as children during World War II. My grandfather on my father’s side was an intelligence officer for the United States Army who disappeared during the war, never to be seen again. My grandfather on my mother’s side was… Continue reading Sensitive Performances by Cast in 1950’s Three Came Home
You know the saying, they sure don’t make them like this anymore …. they could well have been referring to White Heat, the king of gangster films, and the last to come from Warner Brothers. What a film!! White Heat was made in 1949, nearly 70 years ago, and I can honestly say that as… Continue reading James Cagney Loves his Mommie!
Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden star in Crime of Passion, a noir crime film from 1957. Stanwyck plays Kathy, a strong, intelligent, independent career woman who has foregone romance and marriage for a job as an advice columnist for the lovelorn with a San Francisco newspaper. Stanwyck falls in love with Hayden who plays Lieutenant… Continue reading An Interesting Look at Gender Stereotypes in Film-Noir Crime of Passion
Requiem for a Heavyweight is a powerful film, a searing masterpiece that takes a heartbreaking look at the seamy, corrupt world of professional low level boxing. This is a feature film version superbly realized by master writer Rod Serling from his remarkable 1956 Playhouse 90 teleplay. Rod Serling is best known for the Twilight Zone… Continue reading The End of the Road for a Fighter – Requiem for a Heavyweight
Bachelor in Paradise is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer kooky comedy from the Swinging Sixties (1961) starring Bob Hope as A.J. Niles, a playboy and provocative best-selling author whose books explore the “lifestyles” of various European countries, focusing on how willing and receptive these wives are to his advances. Niles has tax troubles when he discovers a large… Continue reading Stunning Retro Swinging Sixties Comedy Bachelor in Paradise starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner is a Mid-Century Feast for the Eyes
This week is the anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite filmmakers. Yasujiro Ozu is one Japan’s greatest and most influential directors. His films examined the basic struggles that we all face in life: the cycles of birth and death, the passage from childhood to adulthood, and the rhythms and tensions of a… Continue reading Yasujiro Ozu, Saluting a Master of Japanese Cinema.