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Brutally Realistic, The Set-Up is an Honest Look at a Boxer’s Life

  I’m a fan of the Rocky film franchise, so with the release of Rocky spinoff, Creed, I have decided to look at one of Hollywood’s best boxing contenders. Robert Wise was an incredibly versatile director and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished. He helmed a long list of films in a variety of genres that… Continue reading Brutally Realistic, The Set-Up is an Honest Look at a Boxer’s Life

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Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso

Take a wistful glimpse at the early postwar years with filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. This beautiful film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and Foreign Language Film At the Academy Awards in 1990. There was a time when the local movie house was “the” gathering place of small towns.… Continue reading Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso

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Stalag 17 is a Masterpiece

During his long and storied career, Wilder had an amazing knack for making films that were not only considered film classics but also model examples of their genre. Wilder defined the film noir genre with Double Indemnity. No one tackled the subject of Hollywood the way he did when he made Sunset Boulevard. With Stalag… Continue reading Stalag 17 is a Masterpiece

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North by Northwest is a Cinematic Masterpiece

These iconic images are from Alfred Hitchcock’s gripping spy thriller North by Northwest. Ever the master, the director mixed action and suspense, sexual tension and comedy to make what is easily one of his best works in a long list of cinematic masterpieces. Cary Grant stars alongside Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau.… Continue reading North by Northwest is a Cinematic Masterpiece

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The Clock is a Wartime Love Story That Tugs at the Heartstrings

The Clock is a quiet, tender, beautiful film set during wartime with genuine performances from the beautiful and talented Judy Garland and her equally talented leading man, Robert Walker.  The supporting cast adds to this film’s appeal. I first watched it when I was little more than 10 years old on a Saturday morning rerun… Continue reading The Clock is a Wartime Love Story That Tugs at the Heartstrings

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The Desperate Hours – Tightly Wound Film Par Excellence

Director William Wyler’s The Desperate Hours was based on actual events. This was the only time Hollywood veteran leads Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March appeared together. After seeing this film, you’re going to wish these actors they did more! The frequent stand-offs between the two characters is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of… Continue reading The Desperate Hours – Tightly Wound Film Par Excellence

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Sunset Boulevard. They just don’t make them like this anymore ….

Set among the decaying ruins of Hollywood’s splendour days gone by, Sunset Boulevard film is a great place to start if you are new to the film-noir genre. It’s still quite a popular film, not surprisingly it has withstood the test of time. It’s a very dark film with just the right touch of black… Continue reading Sunset Boulevard. They just don’t make them like this anymore ….

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Kiss Me Deadly is a Gem and an All-Time Favourite Among Film-Noirs

This one is often named one of the greatest cult films of all time, it’s tops with us! Director Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir gem and it is about as noir as they get. If you like science-fiction, this is a must-see! One of my favourite lead actors, Ralph Meeker who… Continue reading Kiss Me Deadly is a Gem and an All-Time Favourite Among Film-Noirs

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Brilliant Mirage is a Little-Known Masterpiece and Way Ahead of Its Time

This is one of my all-time favourites. Mirage stars Gregory Peck, he’s pictured here with co-star the beautiful Diane Baker… She’s the one Sean Connery should have fallen in love with in the Hitchcock’s film Marnie. … Sorry, back to this film … This is a gripping thriller which will have you at the edge… Continue reading Brilliant Mirage is a Little-Known Masterpiece and Way Ahead of Its Time