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From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

You may recall that on Sunday (though it seems so long ago—doesn't it?) I did a post here on the blog that briefly described my happy dance over our free Epix movie channel weekend.  Meanwhile, at the paying gig, I wrote up an anniversary essay on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which made its radio debut on June 17, 1947. … Continue reading From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), an NYU student preparing for her doctorate in philosophy, is attacked one night by a mysterious woman (Annabelle Sciorra as "Casanova"), who insists that Kathleen forcefully tell her to go away and leave her alone.  Kathleen is unable to do this, and so Casanova does a number on her neck, calling… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Another Man’s Poison (1951)

One late night in the village of Tarnmoor (in England, you know), mystery novelist Janet Frobisher (Bette Davis) places a call in a phone booth outside the railway station.  The veterinarian (Emlyn Williams) who’s been treating her horse Fury thinks it odd that Janet went so far out of her way to make that call… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Another Man’s Poison (1951)

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Adventures in Blu-Ray: Miss Annie Rooney (1942)

Since confession is good for the soul (or so they tell me), I’ll admit that when ClassicFlix announced that it was starting up its own distribution of classic movies to DVD and Blu-ray...I was a bit skeptical.  (You may have noticed from time to time that this is my nature.)  I posited that CF would… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Miss Annie Rooney (1942)

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My Gun is Restless

What I initially believed to be the permanent acquisition of getTV to the House of Yesteryear beginning in December of last year turned out to be premature; we apparently were receiving a “freeview” month courtesy of the holiday season…and so, the morning of January 2 brought much disappointment.  (I never received a memo about this,… Continue reading My Gun is Restless

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Book Review: Slapstick Divas

Film historian/author Steve Massa released one of the most essential books on silent movie comedy back in 2013—Lame Brains & Lunatics—and in my review of this wonderful reference in August of 2016, I mentioned that his next project was going to expand on the female comediennes touched upon in Lunatics, titled Slapstick Divas.  Divas hit… Continue reading Book Review: Slapstick Divas

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Book Review: Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

It was fellow film noir devotee and Down the Hatch author Vince Keenan who used his incredible cocktail powers to induce me into buying a copy of Facebook compadre John DiLeo’s Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery back in November of 2008...and since that initial purchase, I have filled the bookshelves here at Rancho… Continue reading Book Review: Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970