Monthly Archives: August 2015

My Review of ‘Detour’ (1945)

This is a boy (in a band) meets a girl (singer) love story. Except the girl singer, Sue (played by Claudia Drake), decides to head to Hollywood. As in three thousand miles away from the boy, piano player Al (portrayed … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Brute Force’ (1947)

Brute Force is a film as brutal as its name suggests. The movie features a star-studded cast, including Hume Cronyn, in the most unlikely of parts – as an enforcer for a prison warden. In many prison pictures, the warden … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Big Sleep’ (1946)

If you’re going to watch this movie, I suggest you start with the original 1945 version rather than this slightly different one that plays up the Bogey-Bacall romance. It’s not that the second one is so terrible. It’s just that … Continue reading

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SHAKE IT OFF (AND JUST BE HAPPY).

Originally posted on I'm Calming The F#ck Down:
“Mom, she sounds like you.” My daughter said to me on Saturday night, as we watched Taylor Swift in concert from the floor of a packed stadium in Santa Clara.…

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A Quick Blogging Break

I’ll be taking a quick blogging break, but stay tuned! There’s more movie reviews to come! That and film commentary, etc., etc. But, while I’m gone, enjoy a little Lee Van Cleef in Kansas City Confidential!

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My Review of ‘Out of the Past’ (1947)

Robert Mitchum plays the hapless Jeff Bailey (not to be confused with George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life), a man with a past whose attempts to fly under the radar as a small town gas station owner are queered … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ (1957)

Manhattan publicist Sidney Falco (played with sleazy aplomb by Tony Curtis) has been failing at his job. He can’t get his clients a single mention in J.J. Hunsucker’s column. (Hunsucker is played by Burt Lancaster in a manner as snidely … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Asphalt Jungle’ (1955)

John Huston and Ben Maddow co-wrote the screenplay of this convoluted heist film. As such, the movie is a treasure trove of quotable moments, splendid film noir photography, and plot twists in which various heist participants double-cross each other. Set … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ (1955)

Warning: this review contains major spoilers! Kiss Me Deadly opens with a scene that reaches out and grabs you by the neck. Tough-as-nails private eye Mike Hammer (played by Ralph Meeker) drives down a dark country road, where he picks … Continue reading

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