Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with Gene Kelly. I, who had been courted by Fred Astaire, found my loyalties shifting. Yes, I can and do love both. Their different styles deserve to be celebrated, and both contributed to the Hollywood musical in innumerable, undisputed ways. But I’m a Gene Kelly girl now.…… Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Gene Kelly in Inherit the Wind (1960)
Dean Martin was nicknamed the King of Cool, and quite rightly too. Although the former Dino Paul Crocetti of Steubenville, Ohio (the late, incredibly great Don Rickles was not impressed!) is best known for his laid back, easy breezy style and Rat Pack membership, his talents as an actor are overlooked. There will be…… Continue reading Dean Martin at 100: Ada (1961)
John Frankenheimer’s political thriller based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel hinges on two things – solitaire and an international communist conspiracy. The Korean War has just ended. Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) has returned home to a hero’s welcome and been awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of bravery. But Shaw is not…… Continue reading 2017 blind spots: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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!
Virgil Tibbs was only waiting for a train to take him back home from Sparta, Mississippi when he found himself involved in a murder investigation. A homicide expert from Pennsylvania, he clashes with Sparta’s police chief Bill Gillespie. The two begrudgingly partner despite their animosity in order to find the person responsible for the murder of…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Killers” was published in Scribner’s Magazine in 1927. It’s written in his typical style; simple, blunt, direct, free of glossy words and phrases. Hollywood released two film adaptations based on it. Both turn this bare bones story into a fully formed narrative with distinct characters. Two men walk into a…… Continue reading The Killers vs. The Killers
John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is my favorite western. Westerns are my least favorite genre, so the film is pretty special to me. There’s plenty to love about it, from its gorgeous black and white cinematography to its characters and themes. But the primary reason I love it is because of…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: my love for a vicious and unrepentant criminal.