Tearjerkers

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tearjerkers What makes you cry? O.K. I know if you pull out a nose hair with tweezers you will probably shed a tear. But what kind of movie brings tears to your eyes? Unless you tend to view movies from a strictly controlled and objective viewpoint chances are you experience a variety of emotions when watching a film. Of course Hollywood knows this and has therefore learned how to manipulate you: they use visuals words a soaring soundtrack and [...]

One Way Passage (1932)

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One Way Passage (1932) A delightful romantic comedy-drama starring William Powell and Kay Francis about two “doomed” people who meet and then fall in love on a cruise ship traveling from Hong Kong to San Francisco. Powell is being returned to San Quentin by a police officer (played by Warren Hymer) for a murder charge; Francis who is being attended to by a doctor (played by Frederick Burton) is terminally ill and not expected to live [...]

Getting Naked or Crying for an Academy Award or nomination

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Getting Naked or Crying for an Academy Award or nomination When it comes to getting an Academy Award nomination – and even winning the Oscar – actresses who take off their clothes can enhance their chances and actors that cry on screen can improve their odds. Both of these ‘acts’ demonstrate an actor’s “commitment to the role” and they can get rewarded for taking such a risk. Think I’m being cynical read on: Obviously nudity [...]

I Remember Mama (1948)

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I Remember Mama (1948) “Is good!” Actually it’s great! Based on a true story about a family of immigrants from Norway who settled in San Francisco at the turn-of-the-20th century this heartwarming comedy-drama features an unforgettable Academy Award nominated performance from (five-time Best Actress nominee) Irene Dunne as the titled Mama the center of this extended family and the film. It’s narrated by the [...]

Firecreek (1968) – full review!

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Firecreek (1968) – full review! Directed by Vincent McEveety with a screenplay by Calvin Clements (Sr.) this relatively unknown Western is an unheralded gem a High Noon (1952) type story appropriately featuring James Stewart in the everyman role that won Gary Cooper his second Best Actor Oscar on his last Academy Award nomination. Henry Fonda plays the leader of the gang that disrupts the titled town where farmer Stewart is the part time [...]

It’s Love I’m After (1937)

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It’s Love I’m After (1937) Directed by Archie Mayo Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)) adapted this silly Maurice Hanlin story about two stage stars who are romantically involved yet never seem to get married; they’ve failed to make it almost a dozen times! The couple is played by Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. Things get complicated when a young woman’s (Olivia de Havilland) infatuation with Howard threatens her [...]

Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection

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Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection Angel Face (1952) – full review! Macao (1952) Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! The Sundowners (1960) The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) – full review! The Yakuza (1974) Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Chariots of Fire (1981) – a rarity

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Chariots of Fire (1981) – a rarity With the exception of boxing (and to a lesser degree golf) individual sports stories are under served by Hollywood. If you take a minute to think I’ll bet that you can name several team sports movies – from baseball football basketball or even hockey and soccer. But given twice as much time you’d probably struggle to remember a single movie about a track (or field) athlete except this [...]

Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review!

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Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review! Directed by Bud Yorkin who co-produced this slightly above average light comedy with Norman Lear who wrote the screenplay adapting a play by Neil Simon who earned his first motion picture screen credit it stars 47 year old Frank Sinatra playing a 39 year old older brother to a 21 year old character played by Tony Bill and the son of Lee J. Cobb’s (though Cobb himself was only 51 at the time) [...]

Little Women (1949) – full review!

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Little Women (1949) – full review! I’d heard this was the weakest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. However after 90 minutes of wonderfully sentimental tear-jerking moments to say nothing of the Academy Award winning Art Direction-Set Decoration and Oscar nominated Color Cinematography I thought those assessments must be wrong. Unfortunately the last fourth of the film which focuses primarily on the Jo March [...]
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