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Historical Circuit: Audrey Rose (★)

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With the passing of each generation it's fun watching classic films to take in (and lampoon) fashions, hairstyles, or narrative ideas. In the 1970s...

Historical Circuit: The Vanishing (★★)

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Director George Sluzier's 1988 Dutch-French film, Spoorloos, is considered a masterpiece with its bleak exploration of evil. When Sluzier was given the opportunity to...

Historical Halloween: Blood Feast (★)

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This review is part of my Video Nasties series exploring films banned in the UK during the 1980s for various reasons ranging from excessive gore...

Historical Halloween: Evilspeak (★★★)

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Evilspeak is a 1981 horror film directly inspired by Carrie, but takes a turn away from Stephen King's text by honoring the burgeoning world...

Historical Halloween: Possession (★★★½)

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A brief synopsis before we begin: This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK...

Historical Halloween: The Driller Killer (★)

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This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK during the 1980s for various reasons...

Historical Halloween: Night Warning (★★)

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A brief synopsis before we begin: This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK...

Halloween Historical Review: The Evil Dead (1981) – (★★★)

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HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN: When I started scouting for Halloween themes I was given the suggestion of doing “video nasties.” I had little concept of what...

Historical Review: Salvador (★★★½)

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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! (★★)

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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)

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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)

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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 (★★★)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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 (★★★)

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

Riff-Raff/Raining Stones (★★★)

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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 (★★)

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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)

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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)

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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 (★★★)

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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 (★★★)

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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 (★★★)

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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 (★★★)

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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 (★)

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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)

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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)

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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 (★★★)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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 (★★★)

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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

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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)

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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...

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