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Where’s That Been? – The Breaking Point (1950)

The following review is one of several that I composed for the ClassicFlix site under the column title “Where’s That Been?”  Most of those columns made the transition to CF’s new site but some of them stayed behind for reason or another...and since my writer’s ego is just big enough to where I don’t like having what… Continue reading Where’s That Been? – The Breaking Point (1950)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Freshman (1925)

After stalling for what seems like an eternity (well, mayhaps “stalling” is a bit harsh—I’ve really had a lot of items to clear out of my inbox) I finally got an opportunity to unwrap my Criterion Blu-ray of the Harold Lloyd classic The Freshman (1925) Thursday evening and have a peek at its contents.  I did a lot… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Freshman (1925)

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM FXM #63 (Dick Shawn edition)

As you can see by the above photograph, I did quite well for myself in the recent Criterion Flash Sale…and by the oddest of coinky-dinks, this installment of “How I Occupy My Spare Time” features one of the stars in the Blu-Ray/DVD movie combo on the right, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).  Wake Me When It’s Over (1960)… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM FXM #63 (Dick Shawn edition)

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Buried Treasures: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

At the Academy Awards ceremony on March 10, 1938, director Leo McCarey graciously accepted the Best Director Oscar for his classic screwball comedy The Awful Truth (1937), thanking the Academy and his peers for bestowing upon him such an honor.  He also added: “But you gave it to me for the wrong picture.”  The film to which… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

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“I can handle big news and little news…and if there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog…”

This essay was originally published at Edward Copeland's Tangents. Cinephiles and classic movie fans alike marked off July 17, 2007 as the date when one of their Holy Grails was finally released to DVD: Ace in the Hole (1951), director Billy Wilder’s pungent portrayal of both the fourth estate and the public’s insatiable appetite for the sensationalism they… Continue reading “I can handle big news and little news…and if there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog…”

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A place for my stuff

This morning, as I was putting the finishing touches on my Hoosiers post, I thought briefly about mentioning how disappernted I was not to see the late Dennis Hopper feted with a major tribute (more than just the one film, I mean) courtesy of The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™. (Incidentally, if you’re wondering why you hear… Continue reading A place for my stuff

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No, not the East Side Kids vehicle from 1945…von Sternberg…

David at the ClassicFlix.com blog has a blurb up that confirms what was originally mused about on this blog a week or two back—that the upcoming Josef von Sternberg Criterion release due out on August 24th will indeed contain The Docks of New York (1928) in addition to Underworld (1927) and The Last Command (1928). (I said that I’d buy it for a dollar but according… Continue reading No, not the East Side Kids vehicle from 1945…von Sternberg…

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Coming to a DVD player near you

Turner Classic Movies’ airing of Stagecoach (1939) last night sort of jogged my recent memory bank that Criterion is planning to release a Cadillac version of the John Ford western classic this coming May 25th, in both Blu-Ray and DVD editions. I’m sorely tempted to plunk down the cash for this—Stagecoach being one of my all-time favorite oaters—but apart from the… Continue reading Coming to a DVD player near you

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DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

TCM is going to run what may very well be my favorite Charles Laughton film (although it’s not an easy task to pick just one, what with The Old Dark House [1932], Payment Deferred [1932], The Sign of the Cross [1932], Ruggles of Red Gap [1935], Les Misérables [1935], Tales of Manhattan [1942], The Big Clock [1948], Witness for the Prosecution [1957], and Advise & Consent [1962] all vying for attention), Hobson's… Continue reading DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #11

TCM’s Tuesday night schedule was devoted to movies adapted from the works of author Graham Greene, and I managed to catch the first two before retiring for the evening. There were also a few goodies mixed in with the Greene festival. Brighton Rock (1947) – To my knowledge, this adaptation of Greene’s 1938 crime novel isn’t… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #11