I’m actually posting my recap early for the first time this year! I didn’t watch too many memorable films this month, but I continued with my regular 20+ viewings. I watched four Van Johnson movies, including one of his earliest films in which he was a chorus boy. By the time this post is published,…… Continue reading Month in Movies: April
On the surface, Phil Karlson’s Kansas City Confidential appears to be a standard noir. Three criminals are blackmailed into a heist job by a burly and considerably aged Preston Foster. They’re each instructed to wear masks during the robbery. Without knowing each other’s identities, the police won’t either. It truly is the perfect crime, executed…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Toward the Unknown (1956) truly was made for me. It’s an aviation film directed by Mervyn Leroy and starring William Holden. The film is virtually unknown in Bill’s filmography. It’s not as memorable as Sunset Boulevard or Network, or The Bridge on the River Kwai. But it’s certainly worth any Holden fan’s time. It was also…… Continue reading William Holden boldly goes Toward the Unknown
There is no one dreamier than Audrey Hepburn, and nowhere is this more evident than in Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina. Based on the Samuel Taylor play Sabrina Fair (which I’ve finally borrowed from the library), the film is a Cinderella tale. A chauffeur’s daughter transforms from an awkward duckling into a graceful swan.…… Continue reading The moon’s very own Sabrina Fairchild.
Frank’s Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) is one of those movies that never gets old. I dissolve into uncontrollable laughter each time I watch it, and it actually gets funnier the more I see it. While I don’t have the film memorized, I can quote much of it. And it has one of the…… Continue reading The Brewster Family Curse
March got me back in the groove of movie watching, with 31 new to me films. I made it to the theater twice, and was even treated to a free screening of The Women (1939) at the arthouse movie theater. Seeing it like that on the big screen made me love it way more. This…… Continue reading Month in Movies: March
Sunshine. Pure, unfiltered sunshine. That’s what Doris Day reminds me of; that’s what she is. Even her name sounds like a glorious spring morning. And today, this icon of Classic Hollywood turns 93 95 years old. One of my favorite Doris Day movies is Move Over, Darling (1963), which paired her with James Garner. They also…… Continue reading Happy Doris Day!