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.
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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.
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.
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.
Busy, busy day today, lots of blogathon goodness to share! The Stop Button lets us enter the nightmare world of Midnight Cowboy, where two men bond over an unlikely goal. Movies Silently gives us a glimpse into Mary Pickford and ZaSu … Continue reading You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon – Day 3 Recap
When I first chose Desperately Seeking Susan for this blogathon, I forgot to consider one important fact about the movie:
The two “friends” in the movie don’t actually meet until about five minutes before it ends.
Slower day today, but we still have some amazing posts for Day 2 of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon:
We’re off and running with a block of terrific posts on Day 1 of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon!
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This post is part of the 2nd Annual One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
Waltz with Bashir, the 2008 Israeli animated documentary written and directed by Ari Folman, certainly would never be called a “cartoon.” But it is an exceptional example of the mostly untapped potential of animation’s use beyond children’s films.
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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.
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—
Almost a decade before the release of Fierce Creatures, Monty Python alum John Cleese wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda. A critical and box office smash, there were many fans of the movie who were open to the idea of a sequel.
Even when it was made twenty-five years ago, the suspense thriller Dead Again was already a throwback to a kind of film they almost never make anymore.