“Remember Me”: The Marriage of Sci-Fi and Noir in Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

***This post is part of The End of the World Blogathon, hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog. *** ***Some spoilers.*** I will say right off that although I love classic films, I am not a huge fan of the sci-fi genre. There are a few films I like, mostly in the psychological horror/sci-fi category (like … Continue reading “Remember Me”: The Marriage of Sci-Fi and Noir in Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

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The Weight of Family Tradition

Photo Credit: The family of Carlos IV, former King of Spain. La Familia de Carlos IV, 1800-1801, Francisco de Goya, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado: Lomita/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100) I have always been intrigued by family traditions. Most families have them, most of them small but significant ones. I remember every Saturday … Continue reading The Weight of Family Tradition

The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

Photo Credit: The young writer, 1958, on aTriumph Perfekt typewriter, manufactured by Trimph-Werke in Nuremberg, German: pellethepoet/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 ***Some spoilers*** Like many of my blog post ideas, this one began as the germ from an article I read and evolved through research. As a writer, of course I am always interested in the way … Continue reading The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)

***This post is part of the Elizabeth Taylor Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. ***  ***Some spoilers.*** Mary Catherine Castelli (Carol Burnett): “It’s weird telling all this to a total stranger.” Deborah Shapiro (Elizabeth Taylor): “We’re not strangers anymore, kiddo.” When I saw Crystal put up … Continue reading Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)

Moya Sestra: The Cat-Like Career of Elizabeth Russell

***This post is part of the Sixth Annual What a Character! Blogathon, hosted by the Outspoken & Freckled, the Paula’s Cinema Club, and the Once Upon A Screen blogs.*** ***Some spoilers.*** “Russell often brought haughty imperviousness to mystical heights.” (biggayhorrorfan, par. 2) I love character actors, especially classic film character actors. These are the people … Continue reading Moya Sestra: The Cat-Like Career of Elizabeth Russell

“I’d Rather Be Dead”: Food Parody in Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?” (1978)

***This post is part of the Food in Film Blogathon, hosted by the Speakeasy blog and the Silver Screenings blog.*** ***Spoilers: My apologies for some of the heavy spoilers at the end here but they are necessary for my discussion of the way food takes part in the film.*** Max (Robert Morley): Cut down? I … Continue reading “I’d Rather Be Dead”: Food Parody in Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?” (1978)

Escaping Reality – Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotton in September Affair (1950)

***This post is part of the Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** Maria (Francoise Rosay): “What you’re doing is selfish, cowardly, and wrong — a poor foundation for happiness.” (September Affair, 1950) Joan Fontaine is probably best known for her … Continue reading Escaping Reality – Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotton in September Affair (1950)

Thinking of a Home: Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

***This post is part of the Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** James (Ralph Richardson): “I’m not you’re jailor. This isn’t a prison.” Mary (Katharine Hepburn): “No. I know you can’t help thinking it’s a home.” In my … Continue reading Thinking of a Home: Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)