1950s · 1952 · classic film · film noir · Uncategorized

2017 Blind Spots: Kansas City Confidential (1952)

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)

1950s · 1956 · aviation · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · favorite actors · Golden Boy blogathon · Uncategorized

William Holden boldly goes Toward the Unknown

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

1950s · 1954 · blogathon · classic film · Uncategorized

The moon’s very own Sabrina Fairchild.

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.

animated films · animation · black filmmakers · classic film · Month in Movies · TCM · Uncategorized

Month in Movies: March

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

1960s · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · Uncategorized

Happy Doris Day!

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!

classic film · musicals · Old Hollywood · Uncategorized

Revisit: Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

I read a blog post about Two Girls and the Sailor, where the author was underwhelmed by the film and disappointed that he had nothing to write about. It was just two hours of filler that he couldn’t adequately review. But for me, writing about this film doesn’t pose any problems at all. I love…… Continue reading Revisit: Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)