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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Big Clock (1948)

How did it come to this?  Within 36 hours, George Stroud (Ray Milland), editor of the popular Crimeways magazine, finds himself trapped in the tower of an enormous clock located in a prominent part of the Janoth Publications building.  In flashback, Stroud explains how a disagreement with his autocratic boss, Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), was the catalyst for the series of events… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Big Clock (1948)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954

In Jacobellis vs. Ohio (1964), a U.S. Supreme Court case addressing the First Amendment (an Ohio movie theatre banned the 1958 Louis Malle film Les Amants because they believed it to be “obscene”), Justice Potter Stewart made a famous observation about obscenity that has become a colloquial expression today.  “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954

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From the DVR: The Candidate (1972)

Political strategist Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) has been handed an assignment that would surely make a saner man run fast, run far.  The Democratic Party is anxious to field a candidate in the California race for U.S. Senator—but that means taking on a powerful Republican incumbent, three-time Capitol Hill veteran Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter).  The… Continue reading From the DVR: The Candidate (1972)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Phantom Lady (1944)

After a spat with the wife, civil engineer Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) decides to have a little gin with his misery and bellies up to the bar in a dive called Anselmo’s.  He makes the acquaintance of a mysterious woman wearing a rather distinctive hat...and seeing that she’s just as despondent as he is, asks… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Phantom Lady (1944)

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From the DVR: Coma (1978)

Dr. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) is a surgical resident at Boston Memorial Hospital and though this sort of thing should be discouraged because office romances are always complicated (if Chicago Med is any indication), she's dating the chief resident in surgery, Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas).  A longtime friend and college chum of Wheeler’s, Nancy… Continue reading From the DVR: Coma (1978)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Merrily We Live (1938)

In cinematic screwball comedies of the 1930s/1940s, wealthy people were always given a hefty transfusion of eccentricity in order to make them more accessible to non-wealthy folks.  (Rich people!  They’re just like us!)  That is most definitely the case with the Kilbourne family, a clan whose matriarch Emily (Billie Burke) has an interesting hobby:  hiring… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Merrily We Live (1938)