“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)
I spent July with TCM’s star of the month, Olivia de Havilland. She’s 100! And seeing her in the different stages of her career was so rewarding. I can’t wait to write an in depth post on my favorite films. Surprisingly, I watched only a handful of musicals in July. Unfortunately, none of them were…… Continue reading Month in Movies: July
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.
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.
This past month I was all about Robert Ryan, but I’m actually going to do a more in depth post about his films in the near future. (And I only wanted to focus on a select few films for this post). I watched three Fred Astaire musicals on one day and they were wonderful bad…… Continue reading Month in Movies: May
April was a month of musicals and Judy Garland (TCM’s star of the month). I want to live in a technicolor musical. With just three ventures into Netflix (one that I sincerely REGRET), TCM was once again my only go to for movie watching. I actually realized the other day that I’ve watched the channel…… Continue reading Month in Movies: April