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
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!
Humphrey Bogart was born on Christmas Day in 1899. It’s slightly ironic, since he made such a career for himself playing gangsters and his filmography is comprised of anti-Christmas classics. He was named the greatest male star of all time, which I don’t dispute. Although he’s generally a hallowed figure, I think it’s easy to…… Continue reading Bogie & Junie: an unlikely romance
Judy’s husband and Liza’s father. For quite some time, I only thought about Vincente Minnelli in terms of the famous women in his life. Now he’s one of my favorite directors. He was versatile, proving his skill in a variety of genres. Arguably he’s best known for musicals, but even dramatic films bore his distinctive…… Continue reading Lena Horne and Judy Garland, by Vincente Minnelli
A Bug’s Life is commonly referred to as one of Pixar’s lesser efforts. I vehemently disagree. But don’t just take my word for it! The film is also notable for being Roddy Mcdowall’s last. He’s become one of my favorites this year, but thanks to Pixar, he’s always been part of my life. I love…… Continue reading At the circus: A Bug’s Life