Tag Archives: Jimmy Stewart

July 2021 Viewing Diary

Sally, Mary and Irene (1925; d. Edmund Goulding) For some reason, I forgot to include this gem in my June viewing diary. Considered lost forever, it is one of Joan Crawford’s earliest films – and one where she is actually … Continue reading

Posted in Monthly Viewing Diary, Movies, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

March 2020 Viewing Diary: A Before and After List

I began this viewing diary in a time of innocence (and naivete) before social distancing became compulsory (or at least strongly suggested). We here were months behind schedule, due to the disgraceful anti-science buffoonery of the current administration, who do … Continue reading

Posted in Monthly Viewing Diary, Movies, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

September 2016 Viewing Diary

Kicks (2016; d. Justin Tipping) Absolutely loved it. There have been so many excellent first-time directors making features this year. My review for Rogerebert.com. Kiss Me Deadly (1955; d. Robert Aldrich) I love this bizarre paranoid insanely phantasmagorical … film … Continue reading

Posted in Monthly Viewing Diary, Movies, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

June 2016 Viewing Diary

Homeland Season 3, Episode 4 “Game On” (2013; d. David Nutter) Hey, Nutter, what’s up? Thanks for the Supernatural pilot. Going on 12 seasons now, you set it up real good. I have now watched up until Season 5 of … Continue reading

Posted in Actors, Monthly Viewing Diary, Movies, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 96 Comments

Jimmy Stewart: “That’s what I mean by the moment.”

Jimmy Stewart to a British Film Institute interviewer in 1972: I’m beginning to believe that, in films, what everyone is striving for is to produce moments–not a performance, not a characterization, not something where you get into the part–you produce … Continue reading

Posted in Actors | Tagged | 4 Comments

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), dir. Frank Capra

Frank Capra on Jean Arthur (quoted in Richard Schickel’s The Men Who Made the Movies): Jean Arthur was an enigmatic figure because she doesn’t do very well in crowds, and she doesn’t do very well with people, and she doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Scary Moments: A List

25 scariest moments in non-horror movies. A compiled list by a bunch of different writers. Some really interesting and startling entries. The infamous eye-slice from Un Chien Andalou, that I can’t even think about without shivering. Alison Willmore writes: Classics … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | 17 Comments

2008 Books Read

… in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time. I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Personal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

The Books: “Jimmy Stewart: A Biography” (Marc Elliot)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Jimmy Stewart: A Biography, by Marc Elliot I had misplaced this book and forgot about it – so even though we are now at “T” in the alphabet, I have to swoop back and include … Continue reading

Posted in Actors, Books | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

The Spirit of St. Louis: The Movie Billy Wilder Wanted To Make

In line with what happened Today In History, here’s something else. I love this story. Billy Wilder and Charles Lindbergh were good friends despite many political, social differences – and here is one of Wilder’s stories of filming (who directed … Continue reading

Posted in Directors | Tagged , , | 1 Comment