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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.

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modern times

modern times 

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So today I talk about modern times for the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! and a silents are golden as part of this month’s ongoing theme of reviews as today i review this classic movie by Charles Chaplin which happens to be one of those very classic gems that remains to be timeless even today. I hope you check out other posts form the the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! thank as now to the review of this classic movie.

Modern times review

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) is the last movie to feature the tramp as it’s the swan song to the tramp.  The Tramp a character that is so ingrained in the collective conscious of modern film audiences that many know him even if they never saw any of his movies. The Tramp is the most identifiable fictional image in history of film. Modern Times is a look upon the rise of technology in the world, and the American dream. modern time is a satire on capitalism and the drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution and how machines have burgeoned into a menace, dominating all aspects of human life.  Its a tale about the tramp struggling through our modern world as we see this iconic icon struggle with the world’s changes in its factories of our society until he finds love with a homeless woman  who referred to as The Gamin.

They are the only things seeming real in this world gone mad. Its truly a very look upon our modern society. Chaplin makes his most poignant and saddening statement about modern living which tells a story that shows us costs of this society. This movie is truly funny as ever with some of most iconic moments these include The Tramp’s bout with an assembly line and his resulting twitches, his unfortunate encounter with “nose-powder, the moment when he quite literally becomes a cog in the wheels of industry, and his epic struggle to bring roast duck to an angry customer as two other standout moments is the scene in a department store involving a blindfold and some roller-skates and the sequence where The Tramp is submitted to the mad whim of an out-of-control feeding machine.

The other moments are the very funny moment where he sings the non-sense song which truly is the stuff of comedy legend. These are just a handful of moments that make Modern Times the enduring masterpiece that it is. The aspect of the film that resonates strongest with me is its appeal to the idealistic misfit in all of us. In our hearts, many of us long for the simplicity and exuberance with which The Tramp and The Gamin live life which seems lacking in our society. This movie is a wonderful classic with very wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful story that is a funny comedy classic that you can watch anytime.

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Forbidden Fruit

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My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is Forbidden Fruit (1921) a movie that is Cinderella-of-the-Tenements tale, Forbidden Fruit is also a decadent slice of the twenties, as viewed through the extravagant lens of Cecil B. DeMille.  So another review of a classic movie today is presented of a classic movie as today’s review of when Forbidden Fruit (1921)r is presented now.

Forbidden Fruit review

Cecil B. DeMille is in good form in this drama centering on a poor seamstress (Agnes Ayres) who gets caught up in a web of deceit and murder when she accepts an invitation by a social climber (Kathlyn Williams) to fill out her dinner table by posing as Natalie Webb. The scheme is to fill the table with pretty young women to stall a potential business partner (Forrest Stanley) from leaving town before he can invest in the husband’s (Theodore Roberts) oil venture.

This movie has a good story with good acting that has such wonderful ideas by its director.  The DeMille/Macpherson team could not resist driving home their Cinderella point without a decadent fantasy sequence which happens to be a highlight of this movie as its truly one of those marvelous scenes.  I rather enjoyed the scenes and felt that they blended nicely into the narrative. Okay, so it’s obvious. Still, the scenes are imaginatively staged and fun to watch. Another notch in the film’s favor is the delightfully over-the-top set and costume design. Natacha Rambova took the usual Rococo look that Cinderella is often saddled with and made it transparent. We end up with a kind of science fiction French court that stands out among classic movies sets of this sort. A light-up skirt for the fairy godmother. The look is amplified by the glass sets and stylized performances. Forbidden Fruit could have benefited from better leads its acting is still good. The costumes are divine, the supporting performances are excellent and the script is surprisingly smart. With its nimble pacing and flip zaniness, it is never boring to watch this very fun classic that i hope comes out on DVD soon.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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So today I talk about et the extra terrestrial for THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON  as today i review E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for this event hosted by my dear friend’s event today. I am very happy talk about this classic movie for today’s event.  I hope you check out other posts form THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON too thank you now to review this classic movie.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial review

When I first saw ET as a boy i was very young as i recall being very much in love with this tale about this alien trying find his way back home. E.T. is one of my all time favorite movies as it really had a very strong impact upon me as a child as I really loved the sense of wonder the movie shows us about ET as he sees world with wonder and charm of a child.

This is Spielberg at his best as its wonderful score by John William to its very elements about family and friendship and loyalty and its most of all about love. Steven Spielberg pulls off some legendary shots and the acting from the children is excellent as it makes the movie click with us so much as Henry Thomas as Elliot is wonderful as give us one amazing performance as an actor.  Drew Barrymore is so cute throughout the whole film and she captures the audience every time she appears on screen as also gives us a very amazing performance too.

The relationship between E.T. and Elliot can be marked as one of the greatest friendships in Hollywood history as they are friends yet the boy really does suffer due to this friendship which can hurt your heart at times. I truly adore the elements about the idea he truly is alien to our world discovering it with such glee that makes the magic of the moments he finds out things in the movie even more magical. Its one of those very good classics with a heartfelt portrait of childhood exploring the friendship between Elliot that is what makes the movie truly magical.

ET truly is a wonderful classic you should see today as you will adore this classic gem with its wonderful acting to direction to its wonderful score all make it one of the best classics all time ever made for the screen.. This is one of the best Steven Spielberg films ever made simply that you should see today.

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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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bewitched reflections

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So today I talk about bewitched as it remains one of my favorite TV shows all time as also one beloved TV show I adored ever since I was a child. I am ready talk some of my favorite bewitched moments and tales as reflection upon my memories of this classic series. So now to talk this series.

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This series had brilliant writing for the first and possibly the second season. The characters had depth and grew and changed like real people. Serious themes were explored. Endora was even moving toward acceptance of her son-in-law as the series grew along it did have somewhat lesser later seasons but the show was always fond in my heart even its later seasons as i adore this series.

A Is for Aardvark review

Here we see how power corrupts. We explore the meaning of life. When Samantha makes the house cooperate with Darrin, while he is bedridden, Darrin gradually reexamines all of his assumptions toward life. It’s truly a very good tale which we have very wonderful acting by its cast with a wonderful scripted tale that truly shows us what power if abused upon. I truly adore the tale that makes me smile to see tale has moral lesson thought to us and it helps Darrin grow as a character. This is one truly good tale to watch.

Eye of the Beholder review

Endora always like to have fun, particularly at Darrin’s expense and she seizes the perfect opportunity to send him into a blind panic when she comes across an old painting in an antique shop and artfully changes it to appear as though it is a portrait of Samantha, dated 1690. Darrin is positively alarmed when he comes across it and tries to hide it from Sam but when she finds it in a closet; she quickly puts two and two together and realizes what Endora is up to. It’s truly a very good tale where we see about the fears of age reflected upon as it’s learned in end that it’s not the age but love that matters. This is another very good story of bewitched.

Abner Kadabra review

Gladys Kravitz (Alice Pearce) is convinced that she has finally caught Samantha out doing something that can’t be explained, after all, it just isn’t possible for pictures to jump off a wall and hover about in mid-air before rearranging themselves. Or is it?

This is truly one of the funniest stories of the series as its truly funny to watch the cast act out such very funny and witty storytelling that matches closely to its roots form classic comedies. Its truly a wonderful classic tale that you can enjoy.

My memories of the show

I recall as a boy watching this show as i tuned it often in morning when i was waking up eating breakfast as a boy. I would laugh ass off at some of the funny moments as the charm of the series just made me smile so much. I truly adore this wonderful series with wonderful acting by Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead and dick York among many other wonderful wonderfully acted cast members and actors acting out in such wonderfully acted stories. I do really think this series always remains in my heart.

Dance, Girl, Dance

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So today I talk about Dance, Girl, Dance for the :En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon as today’s Dorothy Arzner’s classic Dance, Girl, Dance form 1940 which happens to be one of those very classic gems that many today can say tackles a very good issue later tackled by many other films as this issue is the serious dancer struggling for identity in a cheap, commercialized world as its truly a wonderful story crafted by two women beyond the camera that was rarity in the 1940’s. I hope you check out other posts form the: En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon thank as now to the review of this classic movie.

Dance, Girl, Dance review

Judy O’Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man.(http://www.imdb.com)

Dance, Girl, Dance is a classic tale of a struggling dancer dreaming of hitting it big.  I cannot speak objectively with movies about dance. There is no greater sense of joy than the intersection of music, plus cinema, plus movement as dance is normally one thing that makes many movies golden.  When this movie begins with eight lithe, graceful women in top hats, all moving symbiotically in frame to a jaunty tune I knew this offered so much more than just dance. It’s the drama of the dream the feelings of them as they struggle to find their place. It’s ironic that a movie “dance” in its title wouldn’t be a traditional musical, but instead a comedic drama that captures the drama beyond the dance just as much the dance. . Arzner’s blocking is incredible throughout and becomes especially significant whenever she is shooting the dancing sequences as defined by the shifting of legs, arms and hips when song begins. The action is completely linked to how they get around the room.  The shadows fill out the picture, and the windows, chairs and mirrors give layering to how the dance takes up space. It’s truly marvelous to see as its all it needs to show the dance in such a dramatic light.  The wonderful acting of Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara and Louis Hayward make this movie a classic. The acting of Maureen O’Hara truly shines as she takes the lead as you see her struggle is the core of the story. This movie is one of her finest performances on the screen. Lucille Ball plays a brash person that truly is giving us one of her finest hours as she is unlike the screwball we later see her become on TV. Lucille Ball truly gives us one fine dramatic role that is another highlight of this movie. Ms. Arzner has achieved a unique and decidedly pro-woman tour-de-force within this little forgotten RKO classic that remains one of her finest movies she crafted.  While closer in spirit of imagery to STAGE DOOR than any other film that I can think of, it creates its own small symbolic world full of not-quite-real characters telling a fable-like structure. It’s one classic that is forgotten by so many today  that stands among many other great dramas of dance that you should see today.

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Ella Cinders

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The theme for august is silents are golden as i begin to explore the many facets of what makes silent movies magical.  Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive as silent movies are often overlooked by movie lovers as they forget about these golden classics. Its a shame as many of these movies are wonderful tales that tell diffrent takes on the classic stories and many orginal ideas that shine brightly. Movie magic does not need to talk to be magical as silents are golden in this month’s theme.  So i begin with a delightful look upon a new twist on the classic  Cinderella story.

Ella Cinders review

Cinderella is one of those stories that often is retold on the screen to many different takes on the classic tale. Cinderella has been performed set in hundreds of times and places as this version takes us on the Hollywood dream of the tale. Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood to be a star.
ELLA CINDERS (First National, 1926) a John McCormick production, directed by Alfred E. Green is a star vehicle for Colleen Moore, a popular silent screen flapper of the 1920s in one of her more notable comedies of her career that has become forgotten through the passage of time. It’s a Hollywood story taken from both comic strip character and Cinderella fairy tale, and reminiscent to Mabel Normand performance in THE EXTRA GIRL (1923).  Ella Cinders is based on a comic strip (or, as the main title has it, “comedy strip”) of the same name that started appearing only the year before the film version was made.

Colleen Moore is brilliant as Ella, funny, warm, beautiful, vivacious. The scene when she finds she has won the contest will move you to tears. Colleen Moore’s performance as Ella Cinders is truly what makes this movie click as Coleen makes the movie a riot with her comedic talent that really seems to match with many other great comedy legends.  Colleen Moore was the real revelation of the picture for me as she carries the story with her delightful charm. This movie mocks Hollywood as its ironic it mocks as it’s basically the Hollywood dream tale it is spoofing.
This silent classic has Terrific trick photography with the delightful Colleen Moore’s performance and Harry Langdon, and even director Alfred E. Green making an appearance with the  comedic charms of Colleen Moore make this silent movie classic a delightful comedy classic you can enjoy anytime.

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Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise review

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Thelma and Louise review

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Thelma and Louise is a rarity. It is a buddy movie about two women, and it is one of the best road movies to ever grace the screen. Louise (Susan Sarandon) and Thelma (Gina Davis) are two friends who plan a road trip into the mountains for the weekend yet their trip takes many twists with an ending that remains timeless in film history. You get one of the best buddy movies all time. Thelma and Louise’ are exceptionally well written characters for the big screen by Callie Khouri whom wrote an amazing screenplay. The amazing duo of Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis give us such amazing acting as you see both give us a very rich chemistry together.

The bond that Davis and Sarandon share on screen is one of best ever by any duo on the screen. Thelma and Louise are great friends, but completely different characters in their own right that both as Davis plays a ditsy sort of character, who is naive but Sarandon is tougher and more able try figure new ways out of everything. The shameful part they did not win an Oscar for their roles but of course they were up against a great performer in another 1991 movie, that being Jodie Foster in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. If foster was not there, I am certain that one of these two would have walked away with an academy award. It is shameful yet this movie is under-valued by many today but this movie is one of those great movies with very wonderful acting by everyone in the cast.

‘Thelma and Louise’ is well directed by Oscar winning director, Ridley Scott. I feel that he brought out the road trip of the girls. He crafted out a wonderful gem that seems so unlike anything else he ever did. It works so well because of the wonderful idea it shows us about the idea we want to be free. Its wonderful locations of the southwest can bring you a sense of many past classic movies in some sense as the idea of a road trip in these wonderful locations that are so lovely on the screen.

The story of sympathetic criminals running free across the country as fate closes in can be seen in such classics as High Sierra (1941), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Really, the only major difference here is that the criminals are both women. Yet its very well crafted and done that you forget that is done. Thelma & Louise with its wide open spaces and atmospheric music is visually very strong and intelligently paced with marvelous acting by its cast and a wonderful script and direction make this movie a classic that is so well loved for many reasons many years after its release. It’s a classic that you should watch anytime.

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The Thirteenth Doctor revealed –

The Thirteenth Doctor revealed

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After 36 seasons and 12 doctors, the title character of “Doctor Who” has finally regenerated into a female body as this breaks the mold of doctor who. Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the Doctor, the BBC announced Sunday. She will inherit the role of the alien adventurer from Peter Capaldi, who announced he would step down in January. “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Ms. Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. dont fear me as the doctor. congrats to her for landing this role. live depends on change and renewal. I am over the moon as i am so happy to welcome this truly amazing actress that played so many good roles on TV and movies that deserves a chance to prove she is the doctor. If you want proof of her acting watch  Broadchurch you will be love insantly.   I am so happy for you. congrats to you. welcome to the family of doctor who.

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