classic movie reviews

My favorite actresses

  1. Bette Davis my favorite actress all time:
  2. Katharine Hepburn my second favorite actress all time. 
  3. Audrey Hepburn my third favorite actress all time. 
  4. Vivien Leigh my fourth favorite actress all time.
  5. Ingrid Bergman My Fifth favorite actress all time
  6. Meryl Streep my sixth favorite actress all time
  7. barbara Stanwyck,my seventh favorite actress
  8. Carole Lombard,my eighth favorite actress all time
  9. Judy Garland,my ninth favorite actress(used be my favorite as child)
  10. jean arthur,my tenth favorite actress all time

 

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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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Deception

Deception Review

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bette-blogathon-5Today I talk about Bette Davis my favorite legend of all time and favorite actress all time as she remains the queen of acting in my eyes.I review Deception in honor of her upcoming birthday and the THE SECOND ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey whom hosts this wonderful event and also runs the site in the good days of classic Hollywood.  I thank her kindly for hosting this wonderful event giving me a chance to review this wonderful classic gem in honor of the greatest legend of all time in my eyes.

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Irving Rapper’s Deception reunited the three stars of Now Voyager together in this noir classic gem as they all shine together equally in this movie.  Deception”was based on a play which opens up this classic story in an unexpected way.  Bette Davis  plays Christine Radcliffe  whom believes that her fiance was killed on the battlefield when he returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love.(.imdb plot bits mixed into it)  Bette davis really shines in this role as she plays  Christine Radcliffe like a tight glove as she is fast talking with the passion in her heart for the man she loves. She gives us one of her fine performances that truly shows how amazing this woman can be to melt into a caracter as you feel each mood is truly raw and real. Its a truly amazing performance by her.  Claude Rains plays the egotistical composer who is afraid to lose his own creation in a very remarkable performance. Paul Henried gives an amazing performance as karel the European cellist madly in love with Christine who thought he lost his love forever as he plays it so very well. Its a well acted classic with very great performance by its cast. Irving Rapper’s direction is very good and gives us a very good classic. Ernest Haller’s cinematography enhances all we see on the screen as each performance and shot is captured so greatly by one of the greatest of the era. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s music is probably the film’s chief asset and it probably sounded superb over the monophonic sound systems when this film was released as this soundtrack is one of the finest of its time. Deception is end of an era for Bette Davis of her Warner Brothers films as she would later return in all about eve. Deception is a classic that everyone should see today as its truly a classic gem that shows Bette Davis at her finest hour whom would later return in all about eve to give one of her finest hours on the screen. You simply should watch this classic gem 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

Kurosawa noir

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2014-10-08

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.