I walked with a zombie

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I Walked With A Zombie is a brilliant bit of film making based upon the book of Jane Eyre. It takes to Caribbean island mansion. Its Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton’s second horror/thriller collaboration as they craft out one fine poetic flim.   Its Undoubtedly the most atmospheric of the Lawton/Tourneur film collaborations  as its told in flashbacks by y nurse Betsy Connell, Frances Dee. The horror aspects of i walked with a zombie is very minor in regard to its overall story. I walked with a zombie takes a diffrent way of horror then most of the horror of universal horror of its day as it more what you dont see that scares you in this flim then what is seen by you. It does harken back to classic universal horror of the 1930’s its dreamlike approach to cinematic storytelling. Lyrical and atmospheric story-telling that this flim uses very heavy use of that classic trait of story-telling. Walked with a Zombie” recounts the story  of Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.

A rehash of the Charlotte Bronte classic Jean Eyre in a classic sense under the supernatural and unknown in the form of the Island’s natives belief in Voodoo was shown in a way as how one can be put under its spell as its the original sense of zombies. Eerie, poetic horror film with such rich black and white camera work that captures it in a richly psychological way as its more about what the eyes do not see but it’s so lovely and enchanting looking this lovely film. I would say its acting is really wonderful too as everyone does wonderful work in their roles.

Director Jacques Tourneur perfectly in tune with his producer to unhinge the audience by way of an approaching dread we can’t see as it’s so wonderful and haunting elegiac sequences linger long in the memory, rustling wind blows as characters are appearing to float thru sugar cane fields, the distant rumble of ceremonial drums luring them forward with mystical powers. A voodoo zombie shuffling on a mission to fetch poor Jessica from the plantation home is not horrifying; its damn near gorgeous, soft and near silent in its execution, the whole film is simply full of memorable moments. This film was written by Curt Siodmak, the concept for the piece came about by way of a number of newspaper articles that were telling of voodoo and witchcraft in Haiti as its truly a classic that may be one of the finest horror movies ever made for the screen.

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Selznick’s jewel

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So today I talk about Joan Fontaine for the Joan Fontaine CENTENARY  BLOGATHON as I review born to be bad n other movies starring this lovely legend of the screen for my friends event as two of them host this BLOGATHON as my friend Crystal from good old days in Hollywood and my other friend Virginie from the wonderful world of cinema both host this wonderful BLOGATHON as it’s in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. If you want to check out other posts from this BLOGATHON you can check them out at Virginie’s blog and Crystal’s blog as they both host it for her CENTENARY BLOGATHON. Let’s begin by kicking off her CENTENARY honors by paying tribute to Joan Fontaine with my movie reviews honoring her now.

Rebecca review

Rebecca is one of the finest psychological thrillers of its or any other time. Rebecca is an expertly crafted Gothic tale by Alfred Hitchcock that tells the story of a woman who’s constantly haunted by the presence & reputation of her husband’s first wife, Rebecca.  When she moves to his large country estate and finds herself constantly in clash with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who was extremely fond of Rebecca.

Alfred Hitchcock is a master crafting out thrillers as this Gothic thriller was Hitchcock’s frist foray into  Gothic horror with this movie really set the bars high for Hitchcock as he truly makes one hell of a thriller that is so captivating to watch form scene one to its ending.   Lawrence Olivier plays one amazing role as Maxim’ de Winter that is truly one amazing performance of an actor playing such a broken man in such a wonderful way. Joan Fontaine  plays an amazing role as the new wife of Maxim’ de Winter.  Joan Fontaine plays Mrs. de Winter. She plays one amazing performance that made her a legend for years to come. The acting of everyone else is outstanding as always.  Rebecca is not a typical Hitchcock film by any means as he crafts out a Gothic masterpiece.

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Suspicion review

Suspicion is a classic Hitchcock thriller from 1941 is another  thrilling mystery from the master of suspense. Hitchcock gave us some of the finest thrillers as this classic stands among them.  Cary Grant plays a dam fine role as he is truly delightful playing againist type in this role.  Joan Fontaine plays one wonderful role that is one of her finest performances but not as Rebecca yet she still is truly amazing in this role.

Suspicion contains a few Hitchcock motifs: crashing waves, a person teetering on the edge of a very great height, someone who happens to be desperately in love. Joan Fontaine is outfitted in excellent outfits that truly are outstanding as always that i really adore. Suspicion is one of the most watchable of his lesser known classics as its truly another wonderful thriller you should see.

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Jane Eyre review

Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre is by far one of the great classics of all time as this classic version may be one of the finest versions of this tale on the screen. German Expressionism meets old English Gothic which Under Robert Stevenson’s direction Fontaine/Welles seem to capture the essence of two abused outsiders resisting their attraction for one another, trying to adhere to convention of society. It’s probably one of the best classics in its score alone as Bernard Herrmann’s  haunting score may be one of the finest of the golden age.  Orson Welles plays a great role as Rochester.

Joan Fontaine as the adult Jane is very good as she gives another outstanding power house performance. This classic movie has very outstanding acting with many outstanding actors in its cast with some some excellent casting, including Agnes Moorehead as Jane’s mean-spirited aunt, the icy Henry Daniell as Brocklehurst, and a young Elizabeth Taylor as Jane’s school friend Helen. The entire cast of cast of actors all give out wonderful performances that all stand out among the classics of golden age.

The look of the film is perhaps the most memorable component of all. This seems to be an unusual production for Fox Studios, who at that time were producing mainly film noir and contemporary-themed subject matter. JANE EYRE invokes incredible atmosphere that may be simply some of best of the golden age. I wonder if David Lean was influenced by this film in his decision to make his famous Dickens production GREAT EXPECTATIONS, later followed by OLIVER TWIST as this truly is one outstanding classic that i simply say you should see today.

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Letter from an Unknown Woman review

Letter from an Unknown Woman truly is a very heartbreaking love story. Max Ophuls was an exceptionally good director, best recalled for “Le Ronde”, “The Earings of Madame D”, “Lola Montez and this wonderful film. He could capture the charm of the Europe of the 19th Century but he was realistic enough to admit two things: the social system was hardly fair with its layers of classes and their appointed rankings, and love was glorious, but ephemeral. It is hard to select his best movie.

Letter from an Unknown Woman may be my favorite among his movies as i truly adore love stories this one really sets the bar high for that type of tale. It is the intoxicatingly bittersweet tale of the obsessive love a young girl (Joan Fontaine) develops for a roguish pianist (Louis Jordan) that love goes through their life. Joan Fontaine plays this role with such range and depth to her craft and skill come through the role that this role may be her finest hour on the screen. Louis Jordan gives out such a great performance that is truly wonderful that may be his best hour on the screen. This movie is a wonderful melodrama about lost love and admitting that when the right love comes, we can only be so naive and captivated by the beauty of it as this movie is a true classic with such wonderful acting and direction that truly is one of best melodramas ever put to the screen.

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born to be bad review

Born to be Bad’is a great melodrama from 1950 directed by Nicholas Ray. It is Generally considered to be a lesser Nicholas Ray yet i found this one to be one outstanding  work by him. Joan Fontaine is lovably despicable Christabel as she plays a manipulative young lady who goes out of her way to make all things in life go her way disregarding the effects that has on anyone else’s well being in the process as what she wants she gets. Robert Ryan plays a wonderful role that share many one wonderful one liners. He is truly giving us an amazing performance. Zachary Scott is very good in this movie. Joan Leslie gives out a good performance.

What is truly Fascinating to watch Joan play against type as Christabel as the actresses natural sweetness here contextualized as pure ruthless artifice as she smarms her way to the top it really is one of the stand outs of this movie. 

Joan Fontaine really makes the show as she plays this ruthless dame that you believe no one else is born to be this bad like her.  Ray’s cinematic language to convey tones which the code forbids is again at play in this movie in many ways. Its truly a wonderful classic with such a wonderful cast and direction but its the performance of Joan Fontaine  that steals the show as she is truly born to be bad. Born to be bad truly may be one fine classic movie that stands among the best of golden age that you should see.

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Joan Fontaine: one of a kind legend(parts of info form tcm.com)

The younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine is known for her exceptionally poised performances in Hollywood films of the 1940s and 1950s as she managed to always make each performance better than last performance. “Born to Be Bad may be her finest hour as she plays a role against type that may make it truly stand out as no one is born to be bad like our Joan Fontaine. Fontaine excelled at numerous hobbies and pursuits in her private life. She studied cooking at the Cordon Bleu School, earned her pilot’s license, was an expert golfer and fisherman, and won a championship as a member of a hot air ballooning team. In 1978, she published her autobiography, titled No Bed of Roses which detailed the infamous de Havilland blood feud that had lasted their entire lives. She was truly an outstanding legend that excelled at many things in her life as she truly remains one of our finest legends ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to her today for The Joan Fontaine CENTENARY BLOGATHON.

Keeper of the Flame

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So today I talk about keeper of the flame for THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON.   I review this classic movie starring Spencer Tracy today for my friends crystal kalyana’s  BLOGATHON. today.   so check out others form  THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON  hosted by a dear friend.  so here is my review of this classic movie.

Keeper of the Flame review

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Keeper of the Flame”(1942)was the second film starring the team of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the frist movie starring the duo was  the delightful George Stevens comedy,”Woman of the Year”,which was a smash hit at the Box Office which many hail as one classic flim yet they overlook this very bold classic.  Keeper of the Flame is a proto-film noir, one of those gothic melodramas from the early 1940s that foreshadows the darkness that would consumed crime thrillers in the next decade also a prototype to the political paranoia genre as as Spencer Tracy’s reporter character gathers with other members of the press in a small rural inn, there to report on a vaguely described “American hero’s” funeral that has many dark seeds in its tale that unfolds.

Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy make this thriller so very interesting as its one of my favorites they did.  The wonderful acting of Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn really makes this movie stand out.  Tracy and Hepburn play their roles exceedingly well. The supporting cast is well-chosen with wonderful acting that makes this movie.

This is the quintessential Spencer Tracy in what I feel was one of his best roles. And what made Tracy so good here is that unlike some of his early films, by this point in his career he had learned to be subtle and understate his acting as this movie shows him at his charming best. He truly is the best among cast as he leads the show. George Cukor directs this classic that mixes noir elements with proto elements of political paranoia genre to a wonderful direction that crafts out a one of a kind classic movie that I feel you should check out today.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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So today I talk about Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! a classic MGM horror movie that remains timeless today.  I hope you check out other posts form the The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! hosted by my dear friend  frorm The Wonderful World of Cinema known as Virginie Pronovost. Thanks to the wonderful host of this event if you want to check out others form event please do so. So now to present my review.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review

Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932’s great The Mask of Fu  which is another classic movie by this classic studio. This version of the classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” story is more slow-moving and psychological than most of the versions of this classic tale on the screen. It relies on a good cast to bring out the ways that the characters and their relationships are affected by the doctor’s weird experiment as its not a version to watch if you want horror but you will love it if you dont mind  a psychological approach. 

Spencer Tracy plays the dual leading role giving it a good job of creating both personas. This movie is a perfect encapsulation of Stevenson’s original vision as Spencer Tracy gives us a more closer to the book version of this evil side unleashed. Tracy’s makeup is far less monstrous than that created for Fredric March ten years earlier. Director Victor Fleming goes for exaggerations of Tracy’s features and the playing up of the psychological differences between Jekyll and Hyde. The first couple of transformations are played as dream sequences involving good girl Lana Turner and bad girl Ingrid Bergman. We don’t see the actual transformation until well on into the movie. so have big actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner in supporting roles as both give us wonderful performances.

It is a  literary-based horror/drama that has such good acting and direction that feels closer to the original book in many ways.  Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography with Cedric Gibbons’ Art Direction and Edwin B. Willis Set Direction  all recreate foggy Victorian London and Franz Waxman’s musical score all come together to create a gem.  Victor Fleming directed Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in this very marvelous classic that one should see today. It’s simply a classic Gothic based novel movie that you will simply enjoy anytime.

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women-in-peril golden age classics 

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damsel in distress or persecuted maiden is a classic theme in world literature,art,film and video games. The trope involves a beautiful or innocent woman placed in danger by a villain or monster that requires a knight or hero to rescue her. In movies it has become common trope in storytelling. The golden age of movies turned this trope into a different light by turning it into women-in-peril sub genre of movies that started out in 1940’s as they were a sub genre for horror and thrillers that follows a female protagonist who is subjected to prolonged physical and emotional torture. These tortures are aimed at womanhood or what it means to be a woman. Women portrayed as victims is fertile ground for movies today I talk about movies of this sub genre that are a classics of the golden age of cinema as I talk about these Gothic melodramas or thrillers of the golden age of movies So let’s begin this talk about it.

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So I begin with a review of gaslight(1944) which is a mystery thriller based upon a play that tells a story about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing she is insane.

Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street an American stage classic was turned into a classic Gothic melodrama on the screen in 1944 as gaslight. This Gothic melodrama about a woman being driven out of her mind was directed by George Cukor. This film is beloved by film fans all over the world because it holds the viewer interested in watching the psychological drama with echoes of Gothic overtone unfold on the screen. 

Ingrid Bergman plays a wonderful role as  Paula as she  born to play this troubled woman as she truly captures the raw depths of this person perfectly. The movie starts with her as a young girl at the begining of the flim to a blooming woman that is affaid of her own shadow. One look at Ingrid Bergman  you get sense what is in her mind each moment of the movie as she truly gives us one amazing performance. Charles Boyer also makes a great Gregory Anton as he plays the perfect villain as he truly is sly and  duplicitous with a hidden agenda to get whatever he can out of poor Paula. Gregory Anton is an evil man that will go to any lengths to get what he wants.  Its truly a wonderful role. The supporting cast all give out such amazing performances as young  Angela Lansbury stands out among them as a maid. Joseph Cotten gives a good performance.  Dame May Witty truly is a good actress giving us an amazing performance. Gaslight is an excellent Gothic melodrama that you should see today.

House of wax review

Wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) is horrified to learn that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans on torching their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry miraculously survives a fiery confrontation with Matthew and re-emerges some years hence with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry’s new wax sculptures occurs at the same time that a number of corpses vanish from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins suspecting wrongdoing.
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Vincent Price was a known caracter actor by time he played Wax sculptor Henry. House of wax. House of Wax was one of the few films made in 3D which was a huge success. It really is likely because of the movies strong acting by its cast.  Vincent Price plays one of his finest villain roles that he gives all his charm as as an actor to the role of  Henry Jarrod, a sweet and dedicated artist who creates lifelike mannequins for a wax museum. He crates wax figures of many people whom he loves like his kids. is partner sets the museum on fire, hoping to collect a tidy sum in insurance money. Henry supposedly perishes in the flames, trying in vain to rescue his beloved wax friends in a scene which is truly heartbreaking as you see him try to save them to be almost burned alive.
Henry reappears, wheelchair bound and just a tad bitter. He has opened a new wax museum which features realistic scenes of murder and horror, many of them taken from current headlines. Unfortunately, some of them are just a little TOO realistic: one looks like Henry’s ex-partner, who was found hanging in an elevator shaft. It really is a very great shift in his persona as this guy now is a wicked villain of charm. Vincent Price played up this role as he really gives out charm in this role.
This is a wonderful, creepy scare-fest with great sets, beautiful colors and strong performances. Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod really is lovable and and horrifying as the kind man driven mad. Charles Bronson, in a very early role, is super freaky as Henry’s mute and morbid assistant. Carolyn Jones. it is really price that steals the show as many scenes he plays up to the camera which was used the 3d effect such as him playing ping pong to the camera that scene you see price’s great charm as an actor come out. Phyllis Kirk is the sensible Sue a slightly uptight but genuinely believable victim that has such charm in her role too.  Vincent Price seems to enjoy playing the villain as he seems to just make it seem like such a joy as he plays it with glee like a school boy. He really loved to play villains he often said as he could have such fun in playing evil. I would love talk about how the wax figures he creates of horror really can creep you out. House of wax is a horror gem that you must see today.

 Black cat reviewca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

Gothic Melodrama is a very special brand of the ever popular Melodrama style that emerged in the late 30’s and that featured not only old Gothic mansions, dozens of burning candles, foggy streets illuminated by gaslight, mysteries and haunting family secrets, Victorian ladies walking through dark corridors, Byronic heroes like Orson Welles or James Mason, tall dark villains like Vincent Price and tragic ghost stories. I showed some of these stories today that present as many classics exist in this area you can enjoy many times over and over again i hope you enjoyed my look upon this area today.

baby driver:classic connections

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So today I talk about baby driver in a rare modern day review and look upon its many references to the past of movies.I adore so many classic movies as baby driver stands among classic heist movies all time as its truly a wonderful movie that is gonna be a lasting classic for the ages.  

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How The Umbrellas of Cherbourg connects to baby driver?the musical beats(beat one)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is truly a musical in every sense of the word as every frame of the movie is a musical as every line of dialogue is sung as that seems very novel its a very stylish movie invention for its time as filmed in lovely color of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The actors are not singers as they do seem more real and grounded as There is none of the showboating of the big Hollywood musicals of the era as they speak it like you would every day each lyric of the movie. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is fully of beautiful melodies and musical lines but there is no delineation between separate songs. Instead it is one continuous musical experience as Demy and composer Michel LeGrand sat at a piano writing the screenplay out page by page as each line has written notes added to the line. In an interview, LeGrand admitted to struggling through the process as a key a bit of inspiration when they translated the natural timbre of the spoken line for a scene, keeping the same rhythmic melody. It’s a classic tale about young love, loss, and the path that life leads you down which can take you off that love. It’s a classic tale as old as time itself. You loved baby driver you will adore this movie so much.

How Larceny, Inc connects to baby driver?Its a heist comedy classic with mobsters(Beat two)

A gangster comedy starring Edward G. Robinson’s as its playing on his image of a gangster as it’s a spoof of the 1930’s gangster comedies. The humor marries physical gags to some cute word play which makes it even more fun to watch it. It all sparkles due to the talents of an all-star cast of character actors that give us such wonderful acting as they all shine in their roles as they bring to life this collection of fast talking con-artists. This is a truly fun classic gem that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does gun crazy connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Three)

Peggy Cummins is The epitome of the bad dame as she truly gives us something truly special as she is perfectly cast in the role as this British legend really shines in gun crazy. John Dall truly is amazing in his role. It’s one interesting pairing as both truly embody a perfect pairing in acting. This movie has many great things such as its wonderful cinematography and its wonderful camera work as it feels just as wonderful and up there with many great noir classics. It’s truly a gem you should watch today if you loved baby driver.

How does  Criss cross connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Four)

This is a vividly emotional heist thriller that the betrayals of the heart rarely feel this raw and real as its scarring and the sexual tension is off the charts. We sympathize with Burt Lancaster falling hard for Yvonne DeCarlo as we can get why he loves her so much and unable move on without her as she is a conflicted femme fatale. Noir is at its best when making it painfully clear that there is no future for the doomed couples in these films as this classic shows us the best of noir you will enjoy it anytime even if you loved baby driver.

How does How to Steal a Million connect to baby driver?well its a romantic heist comedy(Beat Five)

Directed by William Wyler, How to Steal a Million presents a terrific opportunity to watch Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn spar in a romantic heist comedy that sparkles with their wit off each other as its truly fun movie with a very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. In the climactic heist sequence, Wyler has a lot of fun. How to Steal a Million truly may be one very funny movie that sparkles that you should see today if even loved baby driver.

How does the ladykillers connect to baby driver?well its a crime comedy classic. (Beat Six)

The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun as each truly has a wit and charm unlike anything else with such wonderful acting by everyone. You will adore this movie if you love baby driver.

How does The Asphalt Jungle (1950) connect to baby driver?its a crime drama. (Beat seven)

A John Huston film disguised as a heist film when its true strength is its character driven plot with such very good dramatic moments with good acting. It’s a very fun classic movie that instantly you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) connect to baby driver? It’s a crime caper(Beat eight)

An Ealing crime comedy that sparkles with such wonderful acting and charm that is Eighty minutes of cinematic perfection as it’s so very wonderfully acted with such good wit and charm it’s a classic you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does the driver connect to baby driver? Well it is a classic heist movie.(Beat nine)

This is a classic car chase movie with similarities between this and Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Drive shine through in the depiction of their central characters. Both place men of few words as the central figure it’s very low on talk yet very much a very fun car chase flim that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does Le Samourai (1967) connect to baby driver? It’s a classic Mystery/Crime film. (Beat Ten)

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai is the cinematic embodiment of cool. This film is unlike any Hollywood action treatment of a hitman in that it every single movement is treated like a precious gemstone. Alain Delon plays a double crossed assassin who stays one step ahead of the law in what becomes a very smart cat and mouse plot. Melville’s exact direction is a joy to behold, never wasting a line of dialogue nor a single frame. This is film-making at its leanest, trimming off any hint of excess with such fine acting makes this a gem you will simply adore if you love baby driver.

How does True romance connect to baby driver? It is a classic love story(Beat eleven)

True Romance is one of those few movies with everything you need in a movie: Action, romance, drama and brilliant acting that is a throwback to the old ‘lovers on the run’ formula yet it is so good and wonderful with such rich wit and charm that you will simply adore it if you loved baby driver.

How does The French connection connect to baby driver? It is a classic heist movie(Beat twelve)

The French Connection is an excellent movie in every way. Gene Hackman stars in this wonderful movie. The French Connection is an intense character-study that you if you adore baby driver you will love this wonderful movie.

How does baby driver connect to Rififi? It is a crime film. (Beat thirteen)

Rififi is a terrific heist movie, and one from which subsequent heist films have drawn ever since its debut upon the screen. The  famous 20-minute silent jewel heist sequence of this flim is simply marvelous to watch unfold on the screen. If you are serious about heist films or film noir this is an absolute must see as its truly a marvelous flim by Jules Dassin that you will love so much if you love baby driver.

Baby driver review(Beat fourteen:last note as  would be the ending of story)

Baby Driver is the best mix-tape ever assembled for a movie. It’s simply a marvelous movie that simply is one of best movies of the year. Edgar Wright would have never fit the 70s new wave: he belongs at Warner’s in the 30s. Baby Driver colors inside the lines. Baby driver is a stark contrast to many movies now from other recent Hollywood films praised being different enough. He wants the image on screen to matter more than the cultural conversation that occurs afterwards.

The film stars Ansel Elgort as the titular character whom truly shines in this marvelous role that shines with very emotion driven acting as he barely speaks as he feels like buster kreaton in a modern sense but so good here. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Eiza González did their parts well and portrayed convincing mentally unstable killers that have such wonderful wit to them all as the actors played well off of each other, especially in scenes involving comedy where they nailed the punch-lines each time.

Many of the heist films of recent years have been rather disappointing when it comes to both story and technical achievement this movie is simply marvelous as it comes. The casting in Baby Driver was absolutely divine.

I cannot think of one character or actor who was misplaced or a weak link within the film as they give such wonderful performances. Writer-Director Edgar Wright delivers the sharpest dialogue and story of his illustrious career as he simply brings home his best film ever here which is a tall order coming from this amazing talented director crafting out such amazing and clever heist scenes with wonderful acting and a wonderful screenplay with wonderful direction and acting makes this movie a must see for anyone that loves classic movies.

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happy birthday Charles Laughton

happy birthday Charles Laughton

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Charles Laughton was born July 1, 1899. The Oscar-winning star of “Witness for the Prosecution and Mutiny on the Bounty among many other classic flims.   A talented and diverse actor  Charles Laughton was a character actor who portrayed a wide variety of roles throughout his career. He also worked as a director, producer and screenwriter. He turns 101 today so  i am honoring this wonderful legend whom was one of best actors ever to grace the screen. 

The Night of the Hunter review
It is a shame that  Charle Laughton, the distinguished actor, didn’t direct more films. As he clearly indicates with The Night of the Hunter”, he had a rare gift for guiding a production into achieving greatness as this flim didnt get the love it deserved when it came out now has turned out to be a classic. Its a children’s fairy-tale story with the horrors of a good fairy-tale with its light touches too of a fairy-tale.
Lillian Gish plays the saintly Ms. Cooper, guardian of unwanted children whom are now in dreamlike place compared to the nightmare of their home before. Charles Laughton’s small town America is a stylized and dreamlike as it would exist in a fairy-tale. Robert Mitchum is the evil Harry Powell. It’s without a doubt, one of Mr. Mitchum’s best screen work ever as he plays one wicked role. This classic is one truly amazing classic with wonderful acting and a wonderful story and direction and wonderful music makes it a very wonderful classic you should see anytime.

The Paradine Case review

It is often considered one of Hitchcock’s lesser movies. Many people dislike it and many people love it and praise it. Its acting is good that is not issue. It has such layers to this movie that it works for some and others it does not work right. The talents of Gregory Peck and Ann Todd and Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore and Louis Jourdan and other great talents all make up the cast of this movie. Its moody love story that centers on many of the leads of this movie really does bring some of its layer. One thing this movie misses is the Hitchcock humor does not seem to be in this movie. The acting of everyone is very good. Its Hitchcock’s noir classic in a way. It captures the soul of noir as you have a moody love story mixed with poisoning. It really is a fun noir gem to watch that really is such a fun case of it being a classic that is a mixed bag for many. Watch it today if you want a very good classic gem to delight you.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame review

This version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the finest film version that I’ve ever seen and the critics normally agree that it’s the best screen adaptation of the classic novel. Charles Laughton is simply amazing in his role as Quasimodo as he plays it to the finest level i seen this character played as he truly gives us one wonderful performance. Maureen O’Hara’s  as Esmerelda truly also gives one of her most charming roles as it made her also an icon too as this is one great role for this wonderful legend. Every one of the actors gives us such wonderful performances. It’s a wonderful classic for the ages you should see today.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among many other classics as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

The black cat review

Today’s review of The black cat is done for this year’s great villain Great Villain blogathon. This post is part of the Great Villain blogathon, hosted by Speakeasy, Silver Screenings and Shadows and Satin. Be sure to check out other entries form this event. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for this wonderful event. so to review this classic gem now.

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ca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

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The Damned Don’t Cry!

Today I talk about Joan Crawford in a review of the damned don’t cry whom went  Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. so to review this classic movie today that may be one of her best movies all time.

The Damned Don’t Cry! review

Joan Crawford scores again in the role of weary housewife living at the edge of the Texas oil fields. When her young son is killed in a bicycle accident, she leaves her laborer husband Roy (Richard Egan) for the big city. In this Warner bros noir classic Joan Crawford shines in her role that is one of her movies under their banner.

The Damned Don’t Cry” is directed by Vincent Sherman whom crafts out a noir that is a tale of ambition, murder and betrayal in which Joan Crawford plays the the role of an ambitious woman from the working class that finds social ascension in the men’s world using her glamour and different lovers. The dammed dont cry is  based upon the story of  the mysterious Virginia Hill that belonged to the upper-class and her lover Bugsy Segall whom was one of the most infamous gangsters of the 1940’s.

This noir classic was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir classics with Vincent Sherman directing and crafting out a very amazing noir classic that tells such a very layered story of life’s twists and turns with such rich and sappy  dialog and betrayals instantly turn this noir classic into a must see for any lover of noir.

Joan Crawford gives us a very amazing character that truly is a rich and complex woman that feels layered and deep with many scars and personal goals of her own. Joan Crawford delivers one of her best roles on the screen in my eyes as you see her not play this role sappy but very raw and deep with many sharp lines of dialog in her performance as one of her finest on the screen. David Brian and Kent Smith both give us such fine acting that makes them feel right at home with the tough Joan. Morris Ankrum truly gives us one amazing performance as the father of her. It’s really such wonderful acting by everyone.

This is a slick, fast-moving noir with a strong cast that gives out remarkable acting and a very wonderful direction by  Vincent Sherman and will keep the viewer involved and thrill you throughout this classic noir gem.

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Kurosawa noir

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Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my third follow up article to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. In the third part of this collective series of tributes about Akira Kurosawa I talk about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. so to end my tribute series to this master by talking these wonderful classics.

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The chaotic worlds of the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza) and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster’s world.(goggle plot)

Drunken Angel is one of the most important of Kurosawa’s films for several reasons. It was the first film that Kurosawa had complete control over the movie form start to finish. Toshiro Mifune starts his work with Kurosawa here as he gives us such a powerful performance as Doctor Takashi Shimura whom has do work for the Yakuza whom he hates. Drunken Angel is essentially a lament for the state of post-war Japanese society It’s a very wonderful noir classic that does really deal with the darker end of Japanese society its mob world along with such powerful acting by the cast and a wonderful direction by Kurosawa it is a really a moving and gripping noir classic you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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High and Low was adapted from the American novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. Kurosawa takes this classic tale reworks to Japan. It is an outstanding detective film. The film is a fascinating portrait of ’60’s Japan. Kurosawa makes it into a meditation on honor and decency how one’s traits can take you to heaven or hell. Toshirô Mifune plays one of his most outstanding performances all time. The wonderful acting by everyone in the cast really makes this movie something truly that works on so many levels. High And Low particularly stands out from the others of his many works as its truly a wonderful drama with such wonderfully shot camera work. High And Low is truly an outstanding classic.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The bad sleep well review

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In this loose adaptation of “Hamlet,” illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter (Kyôko Kagawa) of company vice president Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori). At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi’s father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father’s death.(goggle plot)

Seven Sumarai and Rashomon are wonderful Kurasawa flicks too few people know of his other outstanding works. One of the best examples of this is this movie. The Bad Sleep Well is extremely well-written and acted by everyone in the cast. The bad sleep well is the forgotten gem of the master as its truly a gem with wonderful rich acting and direction and camera work. It’s a masterpiece that you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stray Dog review

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Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police procedural and buddy cop film genres. (goggle info)

STRAY DOG stands as one of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Noteworthy for two reasons the rich American noir style with such rich b&w atmosphere that really feels at home in American noir enhanced with a touch of Italian neo-realism. It also stars a young Toshiro Mifune whom gives out such a fine performance. The acting of everyone is outstanding with wonderful direction and a wonderful story makes this a true classic noir gem. The meeting of American noir with Japan culture really does work great in this classic. Stray Dog is a masterpiece of noir that truly stands among the classics of the genre that one should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 I hope you enjoyed my three tribute articles honoring Akira Kurosawa. He remains one of the finest directors that ever graced the screen. So thanks for joining again for another article honoring this master. He truly remains one of my favorite directors of movies. I truly adore the works of Akira Kurosawa. Thanks for joining in honoring this master.