Historical Circuit: Bunny Lake is Missing (★★★)

Director Otto Preminger created some legendary dramas and mysteries such as Laura, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Anatomy of a Murder. But...

Historical Circuit: Judgment at Nuremberg (★★★★)

There are certain real-world events Hollywood is quick to capitalize on (Che!) and others they take their time with (the Vietnam War wasn't depicted...

Historical Circuit: Under Fire (★★)

Communism and governmental coups dominated Latin America in the 1970s-1980s with US involvement remaining shadowy and ill-defined. Hollywood, despite not always calling on our...

Historical Circuit: The Believers (★★½)

I'm unsure what was  going on the 1980s sparking the impetus for African voodoo films, what with this and films like Angel Heart and...

Historical Circuit: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (★★★)

My admission that I've never watched any episodes in the Star Wars franchise couldn't have come at a worse time.  I'm not sure if...

Historical Circuit: Audrey Rose (★)

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 (★★)

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 (★)

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 (★★★)

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)

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 (★)

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 (★★)

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) – (★★★)

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)

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...