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The Romantic Noir Protagonist: High Sierra and After Dark, My Sweet

This post is part of the Film Noir Blogathon, hosted by Quiggy at The Midnight Drive-In. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

When I heard about Quiggy’s film noir blogathon, I knew right away I wanted to cover both a classic and a neo noir. I picked High Sierra (1941) and After Dark, My Sweet (1990). Quiggy asked me if I would write separate posts or link them together in one post, the way he does on his site, as a double feature.

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The Preventable Box Office Failure of The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

This post is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, hosted by Aurora of Once Upon a Screen, Fritzi of Movies Silently, and Ruth of Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Orson Welles’ follow-up to his acclaimed film Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, is also considered a great film. Yet it occupies a place in film history as one of its most famous box office failures.

This is not unusual, as many films have been reevaluated over time, regardless of their initial reception. In this case, however, there’s a strong possibility its box office failure could have been prevented.

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The Kubrick Masterpiece Missed by the Critics: Barry Lyndon (1975)

This post is part of the 3rd Annual British Invaders Blogathon, hosted by Terry at Shroud of Thoughts. Read the rest of the jolly good posts in this event HERE!

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After wowing film lovers and critics with revolutionary films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, many received Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with a collective yawn. (Due to technical awards, however, it became Kubrick’s most awarded film since Spartacus.) In a decade full of seminal films, it acquired a reputation as pretty to look at, but not remarkable otherwise.

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Game of Thrones, Season 6: The Great, the Good, the Meh & the Ugly

BIG SPOILERS FOR SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES.

How about that season of Game of Thrones? The first one to truly disembark from the books (with only a few sections from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons thrown in) it hit way more highs than lows. Winter is FINALLY here, and it’s awesome!

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The Sword & Sandal Blogathon: Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

This post is part of the Sword & Sandal Blogathon, hosted by Debbie (that’s me) at Moon in Gemini. Read the other posts in this event HERE!

Demetrius and the Gladiators is the sequel to The Robe (1953). It was planned even before The Robe was released, which is the only classic sword and sandal epic to have a sequel.

The reason I chose this for the blogathon is two-fold: it has all the elements I associate with sword and sandal epics: ancient history (which is surprisingly accurate at times), big action scenes in and out of the arena, and Biblical miracles. Not to mention a good amount of sensuality that somehow made it past the Hays Office.

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The Olivia De Havilland Centenary Blogathon: Melanie Wilkes, Deconstructed

This post is part of the Olivia De Havilland Centenary Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of The Good Old Classic Days of Hollywood and Phyllis at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE, HERE, and HERE!

The amazing Olivia De Havilland turned 100 years old two days before the writing of this post. She released photos of herself and she looks MAH-VE-LOUS! What a treasure! What an actress!

I’ve always felt she’s bit underrated as an actress. True, she has two well-deserved Academy Awards (for To Each His Own, and The Heiress) but it seems she never received the fan worship Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis enjoyed.

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The Mel Brooks Blogathon: The Producers (1967)

This post is part of the Mel Brooks Blogathon, hosted by The Cinematic Frontier. Read the rest of the posts in this tribute HERE!

My mother, who has had a very strong influence on my love of movies, hocked me mercilessly about watching Mel Brooks’ The Producers when I was a teen. At the time there were no Blockbusters or Netflix or VHS or DVDs, so it was not easily available.

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Nature’s Fury Blogathon: The Stand (1994)

This post is part of the Nature’s Fury Blogathon, hosted by Barry at Cinematic Catharsis. Read the rest of the posts in this furious event HERE!

Film and television have a long tradition of showing us how nature will one day turn against us, and most likely with help from human beings.

Stephen King’s epic apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic novel The Stand is a tale of how government manipulation of the flu bug for militaristic purposes accidentally escapes from a lab and wipes out most of the population.

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A Place in the Sun (1951): Sexual Chemistry Changes Everything

This post is part of the 2nd Annual SEX! (Now That I Have Your Attention) Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the sizzling posts HERE!

The 1951 movie A Place in the Sun, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and directed by George Stevens, is an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel An American Tragedy. The book was based on a famous early 20th century murder case about a man who was executed for drowning his inconveniently pregnant girlfriend.

It was previously made into a movie in 1931 (starring Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sydney, and Francis Dee) that is a fairly straightforward adaptation of the book. It was a flop at the box office, and consequently the studio was wary of remaking it. Stevens was given a far smaller budget than he wanted.

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However, the film went on to both critical and popular acclaim, winning many awards.

Today, it is not remotely as well-regarded as it once was. I would argue the reason for its acclaim in the 1950s is pretty much the same reason the film is now seen as a lesser film.

That is the extraordinary onscreen chemistry between Clift and Taylor.

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