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Sunday, July 1 2012

Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved

Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.


Sunday, November 14 2010

Tearjerkers, Weepies, Three-hanky Pictures, Sudsers & Other Such 'Balloon Juice'

Men's movies show us a fantasy of the man we'd like to be (Tarzan or James Bond or Sam Spade), while women's movies are transmogrified dreams of women's real lives.


Reviews

Wednesday, June 1 2011

The Comancheros

A Texas Ranger and a smooth-talking gambler go undercover to take down a notorious gang of gunrunners.


Monday, November 9 2009

White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life

While they might be right out of the Saturday Evening Post with their Norman Rockwell-esque moralizing and message, one cannot deny how thoroughly entertaining and iconic they both are.


Sunday, March 30 2008

Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2

Hooray for 'Hollywood': Second volume of '30s 'Forbidden' films is a fascinating collection.


Thursday, August 2 2007

The Errol Flynn Signature Collection, Volume 2 (1948)

This second volume of the Errol Flynn Signature Collection spans the first decade of Flynn's career, offering considerable variety and a reasonable glimpse at the fabled lothario's on-screen range.


Monday, May 28 2007

Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (1949)

Some favorite DVD box sets that will round out any classics collection.


Blogs

Tuesday, November 18 2014

'Gold Is Where You Find It' Mines for Technicolor

This film is, above all, a technical accomplishment, but it has languished since its 1938 release.


Friday, August 2 2013

'Front Page Woman' (1935) /'Winter Meeting' (1948)

Bette, early and not so much


Friday, January 11 2013

'God's Gift to Women' (1931)

But not to cinema


Thursday, November 19 2009

White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life

White Christmas: Anniversary Edition - Paramount [$24.99] / It's a Wonderful Life: 2 Disc Collector's Set - Paramount [$29.98]


Sunday, November 8 2009

Seasoned Greetings: White Christmas (1954) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Holiday films earn their place as categorical 'classics' in a couple of significant ways. The first is in the standard language of film itself. They're


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