Category Archives: Blogathan

Walter Huston in ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ for the ‘O Canada! Blogathon’

How to describe this movie. It’s an adventure film. It’s a drama. It’s a Western (or neo-Western). It is also a classic film and, as it happens, one of the first Hollywood movies to be shot on location outside the … Continue reading

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The Coffee Film Tag Challenge

Hi! Is it too late for me to do this? I hope not. And I also hope you like the coffee image I pulled off Unsplash (an awesome stock photo site). So … it all started with this comment I … Continue reading

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Reel Infatuation with De Niro and Grodin in ‘Midnight Run’

Not long ago, someone asked me to recommend a good comedy. This movie was one that came right to mind. When I told this person that Robert De Niro was hilarious in it, the response was one of complete disbelief. … Continue reading

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The Day I Realized the ‘Perry Mason Guy’ Started as a Bad Guy

My first exposure to Raymond Burr was in his role as the Symbol of Justice that was Perry Mason. As a child, I was awed at his ability to dig the truth out of people by careful questioning and put … Continue reading

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Bette Davis in ‘The Letter’ (1940)

This film was the perfect vehicle for an actress like Bette Davis. It opens on a moonlit night in the tropics of Malaya. We are on a rubber plantation where the native workers play music or sleep in their outdoor … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The King’s Speech’ (2010)

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this movie before seeing it. I don’t watch a lot of historical drama, and I’m not into the whole Merchant Ivory oeuvre. But this film isn’t just any historical, nor … Continue reading

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Joseph Cotten in ‘Citizen Kane’

For the Joseph Cotten blogathon (hosted by Crystal at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood, I chose to write about him in Citizen Kane. Not just because the movie is (or was) considered the greatest film of all … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Key Largo’ (1948)

It would be easy to dismiss this film as a mash-up of To Have and Have Not and Casablanca. But it’s more than that. The war is over and our protagonist ex-Major Frank McCloud (played by Humphrey Bogart) decides to … Continue reading

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Bette Davis for the Defense

As a long-time Perry Mason fan, I know that Raymond Burr had taken time off from playing the eponymous defense attorney for various health reasons. However, until recently, I had no idea that Bette Davis (of all people) had played … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland’

This book is no hagiography. It reveals in great detail all that was amazing, inspiring, and outright maddening about its subject. And it starts before the woman who would become Judy Garland was born. Her parents, Frank and Ethel Gumm, … Continue reading

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