‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

Grease revels in the pure enjoyment of contrasting clean-cut and raunchy un-seriousness. It brings both into alignment and this is its enduring charm. Forty years after Grease debuted in movie theaters to major blockbuster success, the 1978 Allan Carr musical...
Revisiting Family-Themed ‘Sounder’ (1972)

Revisiting Family-Themed ‘Sounder’ (1972)

Last week, I attended the world premiere restoration of a 1972 movie directed by Martin Ritt about a dog and a boy and the parents who guide and watch over them in the uplifting, family-themed Sounder. Introduced at the TCM Classic Film Festival in the grand, historic...
‘A Star is Born’ (1937) Radiates

‘A Star is Born’ (1937) Radiates

Hollywood’s first Technicolor movie starts with words on a screen play and goes to a great American story of a self-made soul from there. Janet Gaynor stars as a waif from North Dakota named Esther Blodgett. Wispy Esther loves the movies, I mean she really...
Preview: TCM Classic Film Festival 2018

Preview: TCM Classic Film Festival 2018

“From Page to Screen” is the theme for this year’s annual Turner Classic Movies (TCM) festival. It’s the perfect theme for the early 21st century as the freedom of speech slips into serious peril under threat from the government. With a host of...