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Chicago (2002)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chicago (2002) Best choice in a weak year? An Oscar winning Best Picture. The best thing I can say about this film is that in lieu of just filming a popular stage musical with more elaborate sets the (Oscar nominated) director Rob Marshall (his directorial debut) and editor (Martin Walsh won the Oscar too) for this film really used the medium well to tell the story with the action of its stars (in lieu of doubles) e.g. by utilizing “quick [...]

Icons of Screwball Comedy Volume Two

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Icons of Screwball Comedy Volume Two Purchase this DVD Collection now at Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review! Together Again (1944) – sure enough Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne are ‘together again’ for the third time actually (though even most cinephiles probably haven’t heard of When Tomorrow Comes (1939)); the first time was in the hit Best Picture nominee Love Affair (1939). Though the two are romantically linked yet [...]

D.O.A. (1950)

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D.O.A. (1950) Dead On Arrival. A terrific film I’m glad I saw thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Edmond O’Brien is a victim of a slow-acting poison who must track down his own killer! Directed by (five time Academy Award nominated cinematographer) Rudolph Maté and written by Russell Rouse & Clarence Greene. Added to the National Film Registry in 2004. Within the first few minutes of the film O’Brien’s [...]

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) A love story with Ingrid Bergman which is worth seeing even though Leslie Howard is in it;-) Also features Cecil Kellaway. Bergman a student of Kellaway’s is also the piano teacher for Howard’s daughter (Ann Todd). He becomes infatuated with her such that he invites her to go on tour with him (he’s a concert violinist). Of course they have an affair. He becomes estranged from his wife but the [...]

Letter The (1940)

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Letter The (1940) Bette Davis gives her typical powerhouse (and Best Actress Academy Award nominated) performance in this essential drama as a woman accused of killing a man she claims was in self-defense. Herbert Marshall plays her husband who engages his lawyer (James Stephenson his only Oscar nominated performance Supporting) to defend her. Howard Koch adapted W. Somerset Maugham’s play which takes place on a rubber plantation. The film [...]

Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse The (1938) – full review!

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Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse The (1938) – full review! Directed by Anatole Litvak with a screenplay co-written by future director John Huston (who would receive his first Oscar nomination for co-writing another Edward G. Robinson title role in Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)) this above average comedic crime drama featuring Robinson also stars Claire Trevor (who had just received the first of her three Supporting Actress nominations [...]

To Sir with Love (1967) – full review!

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To Sir with Love (1967) – full review! One of only a handful of films produced and directed by writer James Clavell who later won an Emmy for his 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. Clavell adapted an E.R. Braithwaite for this above average drama that enabled Sidney Poitier to come full circle: from being a disruptive student of Glenn Ford’s in Richard Brooks’s Blackboard Jungle (1955) to playing a British Guana-born engineer educated [...]

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

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Dr. Cyclops (1940) King Kong (1933) collaborators Ernest B. Schoedsack (who directed) and Merian C. Cooper (who co-produced with Dale Van Every) created this below average sci-fi horror movie with Academy Award nominated Special Effects; Tom Kilpatrick wrote the screenplay. Filmed in Technicolor the drama involves a mad scientist genius named Dr. Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) the renowned expert on organic molecular structure; he’s [...]

Judge Priest (1934) – full review!

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Judge Priest (1934) – full review! Not one of John Ford’s better films in fact it’s quite dull for most of the first hour which might explain why the director felt the need to remake this comedy drama as The Sun Shines Bright (1953) with Charles Winninger. This one features Will Rogers in the title role and a screenplay by Dudley Nichols and Lamar Trotti. The cast also includes Tom Brown Anita Louise Henry Walthall David Landau [...]

Madigan (1968)

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Madigan (1968) This average crime drama’s production values make it feel like a made-for-TV movie and with good reason: it was produced by Frank Rosenberg directed by Don Siegel and its screenplay was written by a couple of TV series writers. One exception besides (only) sometime TV director Siegel is its motion picture cast: Richard Widmark in the title role Henry Fonda in the original title role (when the film was to be called “The [...]
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