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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

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


Friday, November 20 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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