tosir1

The 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon: To Sir, with Love (1967)

This post is part of the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon, hosted by Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema. Read the rest of the post in this event HERE!

The 1967 film To Sir, with Love was a popular British film of the 1960s, and it’s not hard to see why. It hit the screen at a moment of social upheaval, featured rebellious Baby Boomer teens, and had a strong British rock soundtrack (and top-40 theme song).

Continue reading “The 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon: To Sir, with Love (1967)”

treasure1

Bogart’s Great Anti-Hero Role: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

This post is part of the Humphrey Bogart 117th Birthday Blogathon, hosted by Sleepwalking in Hollywood and Musings of a Classic Film Addict. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Anti-heroes are a regular feature in film and television nowadays—but back in the 1940s, they were usually consigned to crime sub genres like film noir and gangster films. Outside of those genres, it was pretty rare to encounter a Hollywood star playing a blatantly unlikeable lead character.

Continue reading “Bogart’s Great Anti-Hero Role: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)”

Carnival Of Souls (1962) | Dir: Herk Harney | Ref: CAR120AH | Photo Credit: [ The Kobal Collection / Herts Lion ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

At the Circus Blogathon: Carnival of Souls (1962)

This post is part of the At the Circus Blogathon, hosted by Summer at Serendipitous Anachronisms and Le of Critica Retro. Please check out the hashtag #AttheCircus on Twitter to find more posts in this event!

The 1962 low-budget horror flick Carnival of Souls was consigned to obscurity, only appearing now and then on local TV stations after midnight, until 1989 when it was rescued by a film restorer and rereleased into theaters. Cited as an influence on filmmakers such as Wes Craven, George A. Romero, and David Lynch, it has achieved true cult status.

Continue reading “At the Circus Blogathon: Carnival of Souls (1962)”

hush1

The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon: Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte

This post is part of the Agnes Moorehead Blogathon, hosted by Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Hollywood. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

My first experience of Agnes Morehead’s talent was her role as Endora on the TV series Bewitched. In the show, she was always impeccably coiffed, made-up, and dressed. So it was a bit of a shock the first time I saw her as Velma in the 1964 movie Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte.

Continue reading “The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon: Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte”

arsenic1

The Cary Grant Blogathon: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

This post is part of the Cary Grant Blogathon, hosted by Phyllis at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

There’s an argument to be made that dark comedy is one of, if not the, hardest genre to pull off successfully. While many are lauded (i.e. Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, much of the Coen Bros. oeuvre, etc.) most have their detractors, as well.

Continue reading “The Cary Grant Blogathon: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)”

1776c

Hail to the Chief! Blogathon: 1776

This post is part of the Hail to the Chief! Blogathon, hosted by Robin as Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

If you think the hip-hop musical Hamilton is an odd duck as far as fictional treatments about the American Revolution period, you must not have seen 1776 yet.

Continue reading “Hail to the Chief! Blogathon: 1776”

wonka4

The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

When it comes to the actual text of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory, the lessons in the story are, well—

Continue reading “The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”

flesh1

Keep Watching the Skies Blogathon: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

This post is part of the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon, hosted by Louis at The Cinematic Frontier. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

SPOILERS: It’s rather difficult to discuss this film without revealing its ending, so there will be some major spoilers.

As the Cold War intensified throughout the 1950s, it’s no surprise that anxiety over a possible nuclear war was reflected in various Hollywood films. Some overtly explored the issue (i.e. Fail-Safe and On the Beach) and others put it in the subtext (i.e. Them! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers).

Continue reading “Keep Watching the Skies Blogathon: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)”