Monthly Archives: July 2014

Steamy Stuff in Carlota

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” “The Bribe” is one of those films that’s never been thought of as a great film noir, yet it’s so perfect in its iconography and so typical in its plotting that it can serve as a virtual … Continue reading

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A Litmus Tests for Fans of 1940s Romanticism

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” So you say you’re a¬†fan of 1940s movie romanticism because “Casablanca” makes you go all weak in the knees? Bah! Lewis Milestone’s “Arch of Triumph” is the real test of your fan proclivities. From the opening meeting … Continue reading

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The Runt of the Fox Costume-Noir Litter

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Gregory Ratoff’s “Moss Rose” has always dwelt in the shadows cast by the more celebrated films “The Lodger,” “Hangover Square” and “Dragonwyck.” Truthfully, it is a lesser film, but that’s not to say it’s a bad film. … Continue reading

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When will it be “The Hour of the Gun”?

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” The passing of James Garner this past week gave rise to a spat of mini-retrospectives on this beloved actor’s career. It was nice to learn that “The Americanization of Emily” was Garner’s favorite film. It was a … Continue reading

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Apologies to Pasadena!!

I t turns out that “The Magnificent Ambersons” was premiered in Pomona, not Pasadena–so the good people of Pasadena were only responsible for murdering John Huston’s “The Red Badge of Courage.” I still suspect that there was a bit Hollywood … Continue reading

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“It! The Terror from beyond Space”

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Well, not really BEYOND space–“It” as our humanoid lizard-like creature is known, is a resident of the planet Mars. In the halcyon days of 1958, we actually thought that there would be manned missions to Mars by … Continue reading

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Taking Another Look at “Dr. Zhivago.”

It’s not that I didn’t like “Dr. Zhivago” when it first appeared. I recognized its virtues, but I was indifferent to them. Fifteen-year olds are more in-tune with James Bond and “The Man With No Name” than some doctor-poet and … Continue reading

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