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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 [...]

To Catch a Thief (1955)

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To Catch a Thief (1955) Though not as critically acclaimed as his others this one is among my top 10 favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies. Why? Because Grace Kelly is irresistibly beautiful in it and Cary Grant is as smooth as ever playing a retired cat-burglar who must use his considerable skills to catch "his" impostor. It’s solid entertainment with several memorable scenes including the prophetically dangerous drive along the [...]

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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Foreign Correspondent (1940) I think this is the best of the two Alfred Hitchcock directed films released in 1940 which is saying something given the fact that the other won the Oscar. Not only does it have terrific set pieces (an old Dutch windmill a transatlantic clipper etc.) but it contains standout performances by Joel McCrea (Hitch had wanted Gary Cooper who turned down the role) Herbert Marshall (his best acting?) and George Sanders (one [...]

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946)

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Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946) Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role in this drama also starring Van Heflin and Kirk Douglas. As a child Heflin left his small town on a train when it was suspected that he was responsible for a crime. He returns years later to find that the real culprit of the crime Stanwyck is married to the just elected district attorney Douglas though she wears the pants in the marriage given the fact that she [...]

Secret Agent (1936) – full review!

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Secret Agent (1936) – full review! One of director Alfred Hitchcock’s weaker early films loosely based on two of W. Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden stories and a play by Campbell Dixon based on a third; Charles Bennett adapted them for the screen Ian Hay and Jesse Lasky Jr. provided additional dialogue and the director’s wife Alma Reville also contributed. It’s a mystery thriller with a romance drama angle between John [...]

Never on Sunday (1960) – full review!

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Never on Sunday (1960) – full review! aka Pote tin Kyriaki (1960) Written directed and produced by Jules Dassin (who received his only recognition from the Academy with Oscar nominations for his direction and writing) this partially foreign language comedy drama which also earned Melina Mercouri her only Oscar nomination (Best Actress) won an Academy Award for its (now very famous and recognizable) title song Manos Hadjidakis’s only [...]

Lonelyhearts (1958) – full review!

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Lonelyhearts (1958) – full review! Directed by Vincent J. Donehue (his first and one of his only) and based on the Howard Teichmann play & Nathanael West novel with a screenplay by its producer Dore Schary (Boys Town (1938)) this slightly above average drama is notable for providing character actress and eventual 4 time Academy Award nominee Maureen Stapleton (who’d win on her last nomination for her performance in Reds (1981)) [...]

Pawnbroker The (1964)

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Pawnbroker The (1964) A gloomy depressing film starring Rod Steiger as a Jewish pawnbroker and former Holocaust survivor who goes through life in a haze of terror and guilt. Jaime Sánchez plays an ambitious young Mexican in his employ; Geraldine Fitzgerald plays a lonely woman who tries to befriend him; Brock Peters plays a businessman who uses the title character’s shop as a front for his illegal activities; Juano Hernandez plays a lonely [...]

Four Daughters (1938)

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Four Daughters (1938) This terrific drama about a man with many daughters received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture Best Director (Michael Curtiz) Screenplay Writing (Lenore Coffee & Julius Epstein adapted the Fannie Hurst novel Sister Act) and Sound Recording. The standout performance was not given by the always great Claude Rains as the father Adam Lemp but by John Garfield as Mickey Borden which earned him a Supporting Actor [...]

Marnie (1964)

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Marnie (1964) Director Alfred Hitchcock had to use Tippi Hedren again when he couldn’t coax Princess Grace Kelly out of retirement in this psychological thriller much like Spellbound (1945). This one involves a woman’s repressed memory that caused her to be frigid which was pretty funny since Sean Connery (after two "James Bond" films) was cast as her husband and he almost rapes her on their wedding night. Oh yeah and [...]
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