Bombshell (2019) is a Dud

The problem with Bombshell is that it doesn’t take women — or men — in any industry seriously.

Revisiting Love Story

How love feels to the lover who is swept into wisdom after suffering great loss.

‘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...

‘Ocean’s 8’ Bobs

‘Ocean’s 8’ Bobs

Beginning with a visual blur, as several current movies do, the all-female Ocean’s 8 takes a while to take shape, settling into a generic caper movie groove which is ultimately as satisfying as its advertising. Sandra Bullock leads but doesn’t carry the picture. Part...

‘Cavalcade’ (1933) Proceeds with Gallantry

‘Cavalcade’ (1933) Proceeds with Gallantry

The title of this movie, which won 1933's Best Picture at the Academy Awards, tells you how to regard this movie. The epic motion picture, based upon a play by Noel Coward, plays as a pictorial procession. It's a tale of one couple and the ravages of war. Cavalcade,...

Elia Kazan’s ‘Boomerang!’ Comes Back

Elia Kazan’s ‘Boomerang!’ Comes Back

Reader's Digest published Fulton Oursler's article in its December 1945 edition which, in turn, became the basis for director Elia Kazan's second of 19 feature-length motion pictures, Boomerang! (1947). An especially relevant and taut film it is, too. Steeped as it is...

Considering 2008’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Considering 2008’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written by Eric Roth (Munich, which was morally repugnant) and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac, which was miserable) is breathtaking and, on purely cinematic grounds, it is a grand three hours, as the tagline says, of life...

Roundup: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

Roundup: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

With a festival theme of classic movies originating with literature, Turner Classic Movies' 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood satiated, enticed and, on occasion, stirred in audiences the power and wonder that the original filmmakers intended decades ago....

‘Spellbound’ (1945) Entertains

‘Spellbound’ (1945) Entertains

Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) co-starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck is a light psychological mystery. Seen by this writer for the first time in nitrate at a screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, this...

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 worships...

‘I Take This Woman’ (1931)

‘I Take This Woman’ (1931)

This rarely seen pre-Production Code gem has its charms. Don't expect a marvelous, grand or lush motion picture. If the abundance of riches presented by the prospect of watching Carole Lombard and Gary Cooper together in a love story entices you and the opportunity...

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