It’s another all-nighter for Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Zack Stewart (Kenneth Tobey), who’s got a full slate of cases in his inbox. His primary investigation is tracking down the whereabouts of fugitive Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett)—a law-breaking miscreant already wanted for gunning down a gas station attendant (William Schallert!) a few days earlier. Stewart’s… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
The blog has been fallow for a few days, so I regret the lack of activity...but as we were welcoming in July I received a notice in the mail that Oglethorpe County requested my presence as a Superior Court “traverse juror” the week of August 7. Yes, it’s the time-honored practice of drawing jury duty;… Continue reading A little housecleaning
In the fifth season of NBC’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, the comedy/variety program commemorated its 100th telecast by inviting to mingle with its regulars several of the show’s “alumni”: Judy Carne, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, and Jo Anne Worley. (Goldie Hawn had also been asked, but she declined.) The special also made good… Continue reading “I could show you scars that would tear your heart out…”
By any measure of the yardstick, Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) should not be a member of the legal profession. He’s far too principled. Which is not to disparage lawyers, you understand—it's just that Kirkland has difficulty functioning in a world where integrity and ethics take a backseat to winning at all costs. Asked by his… Continue reading From the DVR: …and justice for all. (1979)
With the end of The Great War (WWI), Baltimore housewife Elizabeth MacDonald (Claudette Colbert) hopes to welcome home her husband of one year, John Andrew MacDonald (Orson Welles). This reunion will not take place: Elizabeth receives a telegram informing her that John was killed in battle. Returning to her job at the Hamilton Chemical Works—where… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
A documentary or two (or three, even!) courtesy of downloads from Epix Vault on Demand: Under the Gun (2016) - On December 14, 2012, with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 20 children and six adults dead, I convinced myself that this would be the time when this… Continue reading What’s up, docs?
Upon his death in 1955, author and film critic James Agee did not leave his wife Mia with much money to keep their family going, and so editor David McDowell decided to publish an unfinished work of Agee's (which Jim had been working on since 1948) entitled A Death in the Family. An autobiographical novel… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)