1960s · 1964 · classic film · favorite films · film · Uncategorized

The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower

  I reviewed Paris When It Sizzles (1964) over on Fairy Hepburn but I have more to say. The movie has such a bad reputation for no reason at all. This is not going to be a nuanced take. Maybe some people find the film enjoyable and flawed, but I’m not one of those people.…… Continue reading The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower

1950s · 1952 · blogathon · classic film · favorite actresses · favorite films · Summer Under the Stars · SUTS blogathon · TCM · Uncategorized

First time at the rodeo: The Lusty Men (1952)

Nicholas Ray’s The Lusty Men shares traits with some of his finest films; it’s tough, bleak, tender, and unexpectedly poetic. The devastation of this one film is swift and total. It’s one of the films being shown as part of Susan Hayward’s 24 hour marathon for Summer Under the Stars. Indisputably one of the greatest…… Continue reading First time at the rodeo: The Lusty Men (1952)

1940s · 1947 · blogathon · classic film · Summer Under the Stars · SUTS blogathon · TCM · Uncategorized

High Barbaree (1947): No beginning and no end

June Allyson is TCM’s star of the day, one of the last as August draws to a close. A perpetually sunny screen personality, most of the movies in today’s lineup reflect that. The one exception is my recommendation, High Barbaree, her second film with best friend and frequent co-star Van Johnson. It is my favorite…… Continue reading High Barbaree (1947): No beginning and no end

1940s · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · Uncategorized

Egads! Van the Cad in The Bride Goes Wild (1948)

A misleading title, preposterous storyline, improbable romance, seriously questionable if not outright morally reprehensible behavior, and ants – The Bride Goes Wild has all that and more! While it’s probably my least favorite Van Johnson and June Allyson pairing, it’s still highly enjoyable to watch. This of course is due to Van and June’s chemistry,…… Continue reading Egads! Van the Cad in The Bride Goes Wild (1948)

1950s · 1970s · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · Uncategorized

Audrey Hepburn’s Habits

  Audrey Hepburn. The name conjures up so much. Elegance, glamour, grace. She’s become a symbol of all that is refined and stylish. But to watch her onscreen is to watch a real woman, glittering magic, all warmth and brightness. It’s easy to forget that, among the little black dresses, sunglasses, and diamonds dripping from…… Continue reading Audrey Hepburn’s Habits

birthday tribute · centennial · classic film · Uncategorized

Robert Walker: a 100th birthday tribute

  It’s hard to believe that today is the 100th anniversary of Robert Walker’s birth. I was up precisely on the stroke of midnight and wished him a happy birthday, quietly. This day is important to me because Bobby is so important to me, for reasons almost too personal to share. There’s an overwhelming sadness…… Continue reading Robert Walker: a 100th birthday tribute

1940s · 1950s · blogathon · classic film · film noir · Uncategorized

Van’s two sides: Scene of the Crime (1949) and The Big Hangover (1950)

A very happy Van Johnson Day to you all! Today would’ve been the sunny hunk’s 102nd birthday. Today I’m looking at two of his films which feature two versions of Van, one familiar and the other unfamiliar. Join me, and see them for yourself if you haven’t. Scene of the Crime (1949) The boy next…… Continue reading Van’s two sides: Scene of the Crime (1949) and The Big Hangover (1950)

1950s · 1953 · blogathon · classic film · favorite actors · favorite actresses · favorite films · Uncategorized

Today’s gonna be a holiday.

Nothing reminds me of my joy quite like Roman Holiday. That’s why, even with its moments of melancholy, it’s one of my comfort movies. It’s actually the number one comfort movie for me, as well as my all time favorite. Each time I watch is like the very first time – and that was ten…… Continue reading Today’s gonna be a holiday.