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Keeping Company (1940)

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Keeping Company (1940) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) this dated Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane (1941)) story whose screenplay was co-written by Adrian Scott (Crossfire (1947)) is a comedy-drama about married life as told through a family of two parents with daughters their eldest first getting engaged then marrying and having to deal with conflict for the first time in her relationship with her [...]

Inherit the Wind (1960)

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Inherit the Wind (1960) Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer (The Defiant Ones (1958)) this essential courtroom drama was based on the real events of (what’s come to be known as) the Scopes Monkey trial: John Scopes was a high school teacher in Tennessee that was arrested for teaching evolution in the classroom celebrated lawyer Clarence Darrow (and the ACLU) came to his defense whereas William Jennings Bryan a former Democratic [...]

The Jazz Singer 3-Disc Collector’s Edition and Blu-ray Digibook

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The Jazz Singer 3-Disc Collector’s Edition and Blu-ray Digibook The Jazz Singer (1927) (<— click to read my review) – first time on Blu-ray; this edition includes a book with nearly 90 pages of historical extras: reproductions photos the film’s history and more to mark 2013’s year-long 90th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Studios. Special features include a commentary from film historians Ron Hutchinson and Vince [...]

Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958) The title means dizziness or describes a confused state of mind this is a film about that and obsessive love which many critics say was director Alfred Hitchcock’s best though only in retrospect since it wasn’t initially very well received. It was the last of the four collaborations between "Hitch" and James Stewart. The blonde this time was played by Kim Novak (because Vera Miles was pregnant and [...]

Breaking Away (1979)

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Breaking Away (1979) Produced and directed by Peter Yates this essential comedy (sports) drama features an Academy Award winning story by Steve Tesich who won the Best Writing Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Oscar on his only nomination. Yates received his first two (of four unrewarded) nominations as well for Best Picture and Best Director. Patrick Williams who wrote the film’s Score also received his only nomination as did [...]

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937) A very interesting film – a somewhat fictionalized biography (per the opening credits) of Emile Zola whose story I was not familiar with until now. He was a French muckraking writer in the late 19th century. The movie is primarily focused on one particular case (perhaps the most prominent of his life?) in which he is taken to trial (libel) for exposing the Army’s conviction of an innocent man for treason [...]

Nun’s Story The (1959)

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Nun’s Story The (1959) Literally! About a woman (Audrey Hepburn) who sacrifices everything to become a nun hoping to receive an assignment working in Africa given her father‘s (Dean Jagger) background as a doctor. Strong willed she eventually learns to be meek enough to get what she wants. Once there however she meets and (later) falls in love with the only white man there also the doctor (Peter Finch) with whom she works. Nominated [...]

Awful Truth The (1937)

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Awful Truth The (1937) Leo McCarey won his first Oscar on his first Academy Award nomination for directing this essential screwball comedy (the best from this genre?) starring Irene Dunne Cary Grant and career third wheel Ralph Bellamy. Technically as the film’s co-producer with Everett Riskin he had simultaneously received a nomination for Best Picture (this film lost to the William Dieterle directed The Life of Emile Zola (1937) in an [...]

Gazebo The (1959) – full review!

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Gazebo The (1959) – full review! Directed by George Marshall based on a story by Alec Coppel (The Captain’s Paradise (1953)) with a screenplay by George Wells (Designing Woman (1957)) this slightly above average black comedy crime story is intricately written to cleverly tie everything together before its end making for a satisfying entertaining film. Leads Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are supported by Carl Reiner and John McGiver [...]

Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review!

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Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review! Directed by André De Toth (The Gunfighter (1950)) with a screenplay by Frank Davis (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)) and Charles Marquis Warren that was based on a story by Sloan Nibley this average yet colorful (in a cinema-graphic sense) Western stars Gary Cooper as Major Kearney who eventually gets to use a fast loading model of the titled gun to shift the balance of power against some horse [...]
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