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Happy Birthday, Joan Blondell

Busby Berkeley’s The Gold Diggers of 1933 stands alone as an example of what a movie musical can do, and accomplish, and be. It breaks all the rules. Topical to the extreme (the actual year being in the actual title), … Continue reading

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November 2015 Viewing Diary

Spotlight (2015; d. Tom McCarthy) Excellent newspaper movie. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 4, “Baby” (2015; d. Thomas J. Wright) Perfection, both formally and structurally as well as emotionally and spiritually. Truth (2015; d. James Vanderbilt) Another … Continue reading

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July 2015 viewing diary

Faith of Our Fathers (2015; d. Carey Scott). A poorly done Christian movie. My review at Rogerebert.com. In Stereo (2015; d. Mel Rodriguez III). The second terrible movie I’ve had to see and review in June. My review at Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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Peter Labuza Interviews Me for The Cinephiliacs Podcast: We Discuss John Cassavetes’ Opening Night

I had a great time talking with Peter Labuza for his wonderful Cinephiliacs podcast. You can download the episode here. We get into it! We talk about actors, movies, movie stars, John Wayne, Elvis, Judy Garland, gesture – and then … Continue reading

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Remember My Forgotten Man

It’s Busby Berkeley’s birthday today. Here’s a re-post. Busby Berkeley’s The Gold Diggers of 1933 stands alone as an example of what a movie musical can do, and accomplish, and be. It breaks all the rules. It’s a high watermark. … Continue reading

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The Great Escape (1963), Possessed (1947), Three on a Match (1932)

The Great Escape Directed by John Sturges I saw this for the first time on the big screen, at a packed showing at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. It’s meant to be seen large. It’s meant to be seen … Continue reading

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Blondell Ambition

A wonderful essay by The Self-Styled Siren about the irreplaceable Joan Blondell. I went through a pretty big Blondell phase last year, although she has always been on my radar. My first encounter with Blondell, strangely enough, was not through … Continue reading

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The Colonel and Elvis: A Conversation Between Kent Adamson and Sheila O’Malley

Elvis and the Colonel, 1960s Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager for 20 years, is one of the most controversial figures in the Elvis Presley saga. In some circles, he is blamed for everything that didn’t happen in Presley’s career, … Continue reading

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Other Men’s Women (1931); Dir. William Wellman

The romantic-triangle set against an environment of machines and technology was territory William Wellman had covered before (in Wings, most notably), and here, in Other Men’s Women, instead of planes, like in Wings, we’ve got trains. Male friendship and work … Continue reading

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Trixie’s Note: Yeah. Keep Hopin’ There, Fella

In 1942, with the United States’ entry into WWII, Joan Blondell embarked on an exhausting 6 month USO tour, singing, doing skits, and dancing with as many soldiers as she possibly could. Married to Dick Powell at the time, the … Continue reading

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