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2017 Blind Spots: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of the same name, Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front proves to be as landmark as the book itself. A group of bright and idealistic college students eagerly enlist in the army to fight in World War I, only to find their romantic illusions shattered on the…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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Happy 80th birthday to Margaret O’Brien!

I just adore Margaret O’Brien, and I’m beyond thrilled to be celebrating her 80th birthday. Film critic James Agee once said she was “almost as hypnotizing as Garbo”, but I’d go further and say she really was just as hypnotic. Her performances were characterized by an intensity that’s so surprising for a small child. She was…… Continue reading Happy 80th birthday to Margaret O’Brien!

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My year with Van Johnson

“He’s good. It’s written all over him.” -The Big Hangover (1950) 2016 marked Van Johnson’s centennial on August 25th. Was it coincidence or fate that I fell in love with him this year? Seems like it was something I just had to do, and 100 years of his birth was the occasion for it. I watched…… Continue reading My year with Van Johnson