Here’s a movie I love even though it’s somewhat boring, with its visuals far outweighing the story. This is MGM’s lavish star powered biopic of composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker), who penned some of the most famous musicals of all time – Show Boat being the most well known. If you consider yourself a fan…… Continue reading Favorite films: Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
“The office is filled with wolves, waiting to rip each other into pieces.” Horror movies usually aren’t comfort movies. My threshold for horror is pretty low. I just can’t stomach gore. So it’s a little ironic that I love the South Korean thriller/horror movie Opiseu (Office) as much as I do. I watched it repeatedly…… Continue reading Opiseu (2015)
For those who don’t know, Ricardo Montalban is one of my movie husbands. Handsome, suave, distinct voice, devout Catholic, a faithful husband who adored his wife Georgie unto death. He’s just the ideal. I know that for many, he’s Khan from Star Trek. Having never watched the series, he’s forever the dreamy Old Hollywood star…… Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Ricardo Montalban double feature
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
“He’s good. It’s written all over him.” -The Big Hangover (1950) 2016 marked Van Johnson’s centennial on August 25th. Was it coincidence or fate that I fell in love with him this year? Seems like it was something I just had to do, and 100 years of his birth was the occasion for it. I watched…… Continue reading My year with Van Johnson
Miracle in the Rain is a rare film. Directed by Rudolph Mate, it has all the hallmarks of a tearjerker, but it’s so much more than just a doomed romance. It’s almost too pure. It also helps that screenwriter Ben Hecht, who was primarily known for cynical stories, wrote the novel. I felt like I stumbled…… Continue reading Favorite films: Miracle in the Rain (1956)
Despite a promising debut in the 1939 drama Golden Boy, William Holden’s career was fairly inauspicious until he teamed up with Billy Wilder in the 1950s. It’s a collaboration that produced the highly regarded Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the slightly less iconic but wonderful Stalag 17 (1953). There’s also Sabrina in 1954, where he’s arguably at…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: unwavering love for J.J. Sefton.