Historical Review: Salvador (★★★½)

Much like Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg it's hard believing there was a time where Oliver Stone wasn't a well-regarded director. Regardless of the...

Historical Film Review: Che! (★★)

The first person to cross the finish line wins, a rule that Hollywood endorses no matter what. When revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara died in...

Historical Film Review: La Bamba (★★½)

Musical biopics are a dime a dozen as evidenced by Clint Eastwood's look at the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys and the recent Jimi...

Historical Film Review: The Killer Elite (★★½)

Director Sam Peckinpah was well-known for his violently graphic and introspective films, as well as his incredibly difficult nature that ended up dooming his...

Historical Review: Klute (★★★)

Excitement for Klute ran high for me, as I'm a fan of anything with Roy Scheider and this was the film that garnered Jane...

Historical Review: Man Hunt (★★½)

Before Twilight Time's recent release I'd never heard of Man Hunt, odd considering it's directed by acclaimed director Fritz Lang, and starring 1940s heavy-hitters...

The TCM Top Ten for September 2014

School's back in session and that means we're officially nearing the end of the year! September is the last gasp before the onslaught of...

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (★★★½)

The secret in Santa Vittoria is where a million bottles of wine are stashed, a mundane plot for a WWII comedy, right? Director Stanley...

Historical Circuit: Gaslight (★★★)

A family connection brought me into "Gaslight," but two great performances were the big takeaway

Riff-Raff/Raining Stones (★★★)

Director Ken Loach revolutionized British cinema with his highly naturalistic performances, a technique so realistic people assumed his films were improvised. A vocal proponent for...

Brannigan (★★)

What does a fading cowboy do when the West is won? By the 1970s John Wayne's days riding the range were coming to an...

Violent Saturday (★★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: If you think people get rowdy on Fridays, then you haven't seen people on a Violent Saturday. The joke may be poor, but...

Radio Days (★★★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: For everything that’s been written about Woody Allen, good or bad, you can’t ignore his fond embrace of nostalgia. And for audiences who’ve...

Born Yesterday (★★★)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: The most dangerous thing to give a person is a book.  Or in this case the movie Born Yesterday.  A surface level analysis of...

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (★★★)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is the culmination of every Capra ideal, extrapolated on three years later with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Watching this for...

Historical Circuit: Bright Eyes (★★★)

When I spoke to Jane Withers last May she talked quite a bit about filming Bright Eyes and her struggles working with Shirley Temple. I hated to admit...

Another Thin Man (★★★)

The July Five is my yearly tribute of five days, five movies, five actors (actually one couple, three actors, and a director if you...

Star Dust (★)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: Anything defined as "loosely adapted" implies so much poetic license in the story it might as well be original. This week's biopic, Star...

Valley of the Dolls (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: "Was it real?  Was I there?"  Dionne Warwick and I appear to be asking the same question watching  viewing Valley of the Dolls.  Based on...

Forever Amber (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the decade or so after the release of Gone With the Wind, we saw...

The Birdcage (★★★)

You could say The Birdcage isn’t a classic, and for an Americanized remake of 1978’s La cage aux folles, it probably fails to live...

Historical Circuit: The TCM Top Ten for June 2014

Thank goodness there's a Watch TCM app because it was hard narrowing down the list to just ten movies.  As the summer kicks off...

Historical Circuit: Sleeping Beauty (★★½)

Disney is in a groove with their adaptations of fairy-tale origins, so in honor of their recent revision, Maleficent, I figured it was time to...

Historical Circuit: Oklahoma! (★★★½)

One of several highlights for me at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival was standing on the red carpet interviewing celebrities invited to the...

Historical Circuit: Gojira (★★★)

Does a sixty-year-old movie about a giant monster attacking Japan still possess the longevity and originality to 2014 audiences obsessed with CGI and 3D?...

TCM Top Ten for May 2014

If you’re like me the summer time is the best season for movie watching.  Of course, the majority of movie patrons trot out to...

Broadway Danny Rose (★★½)

Historical Circuit: I’m a novice where Woody Allen is concerned, more in tune with his later films than his earlier work, of which there’s...

TCM Classic Film Festival: Day 3

The penultimate day of the festival was near-constant movement with a bump that caused me to leave the screening for How Green Was My Valley....

TCM Classic Film Festival: Day Two

Day two of the festival was certainly busier than day one, but there was still time to take in a few detours off the...

TCM Classic Film Festival: Day One

The TCM Classic Film Festival is in full swing on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard and to admit the first day was unlike anything...

Historical Circuit: Velvet Goldmine (★★★)

My knowledge of director Todd Haynes was nil in 2004 when I sat down to watch Velvet Goldmine for the first time, and my...

TCM Top Ten Films to Watch for March 2014

TCM is on morning, noon, and night for most classic film fans.  But sometimes it's hard to figure out which movies to devote your...

Historical Circuit: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) (★★)

The 1950s saw an uptick in movies located in China; I’m unsure as to the historical context behind this trend, so feel free to...

Rocky (1976) (★★★)

Boxing movies are a film staple with several movies focused on the bloody sport becoming icons throughout the decade; one of the more legendary...

Historical Circuit: In the Heat of the Night

The 1968 Academy Awards was probably the most important year for film production, rivaled by the heralded “best year in cinema” works of 1939. ...

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