1950s · 1957 · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · favorite actors · favorite films · Golden Boy blogathon

I don’t care about your bridge, and I don’t care about your rules: William Holden the outsider in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

On April 17, 1918, William Franklin Beedle, Jr. was born in O’Fallon, Illinois. The son of a chemist with a daredevil streak, Bill Beedle caught the acting bug early. After being discovered by a Paramount scout, he moved to Hollywood where his surname was changed to the much more Hollywood friendly, Holden. His first major…… Continue reading I don’t care about your bridge, and I don’t care about your rules: William Holden the outsider in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

1940s · 1945 · classic film · favorite films · musicals

Favorite films: Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Thank God for escapist technicolor MGM musicals.   Anchors Aweigh is most famous for its animated sequence featuring the dazzling footwork of Gene Kelly alongside Jerry from Tom and Jerry. But, dear reader, that’s only one of this film’s many delights. From the moment the first scene opened, my one thought was: “Wow. Production value.”…… Continue reading Favorite films: Anchors Aweigh (1945)

classic film · favorite films · Month in Movies · TCM

Month in Movies: February

Ah, February. Ah, TCM! I mostly watched the films in their 31 Days of Oscar festival. I had informally pledged to watch more black themed films in honor of black history month, but that didn’t work out. Total for this month was 32. Lost Boundaries (1949) dir: Alfred L. Werker I actually watched this at…… Continue reading Month in Movies: February

52 films by women · black filmmakers · black history · favorite films · film · TCM · women filmmakers · women in film

An education: Losing Ground (1982)

I pledged to watch 52 films by women this year, and watched my first this past week. Directed by Kathleen Collins, Losing Ground was also a perfect chance to see a mostly unknown indie film about a black woman directed by a black woman. Kathleen Collins was only 46 when she died of breast cancer…… Continue reading An education: Losing Ground (1982)