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Time bandits

Time bandits

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So today I review Time Bandits which stands as one of my favorite movies all time.  Terry Gilliam is one of the more innovative, creative, and fantastical directors as his films easily bear his stamp of absurdist humour, witty dialogue, sheer fantasy, dream-like sequences, and always a generous dose of black comedy. Time Bandits is certainly no exception but to me i seen this movie many times out of all of terry’s flims i love it the most as this movie is so fun to watch.

Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.(plot off goggle)

In the world of sci-fi comedy this movie remains timeless.  Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is that rare thing a kids movie that is truly one of the most imaginative children’s movies. Time bandits is a fairy-tale that is truly one fun fairy tale classic. , Kevin as played by Craig Warnock truly shines in the role as he is the moral center of the flim.  The whole cast are great.  Warner and David Rappaport playing head bandit Randall are especially good, and there are a handful of fun cameos including Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, and Gilliam’s old pal John Cleese playing a hilarious Robin Hood. It’s not a new notion, but the love with which Gilliam depicts the past and the imagination beautifully highlights the relative mundanity of the kind of inventions that often seem like lifesavers. In fact, much of the film skates by on the pure love of making it, giving perfect expression to Truffaut’s notion that a film should express either the joy of film-making or the agony of it.

Gilliam has had his share of agony, but when he’s got joy in his heart, he’s unstoppable.  Time Bandits, illustrating the imaginings of children, represents the first film in what has become known as Gilliam’s “Dreams Trilogy.” Brazil, the middle chapter, depicts the dreams of a middle-aged individual. And The Adventures of Baron Munchausen does something similar for an old man as each flim is part of this dream series as i do think out of three i adore time bandits the most as its truly a time traveling comedy classic that remains timeless.

Time Bandits is a film about a child’s imagination being set free. The script (written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin) features plenty of Python-esque humor, and director Gilliam brings his usual visual flair and surrealism. For the most part, this is a very funny and charming fantasy adventure suitable for the whole family but also highly recommended for fans of Python and/or Gilliam. Its truly one classic gem that remains timeless.

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a sit down with noir classics

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The collective sigh of relief heaved on V-J Day ought to have inspired Hollywood to release a flood of “happily ever after” films. But some victors didn’t feel too good about their spoils. They’d seen too much by then. Too much warfare, too much poverty, too much greed, all in the service of rapacious progress. A bundle of unfinished business lingered from the Depression and nagging questions about ingrained venality, mean human nature, and the way unchecked urban growth threw society dangerously out of whack. Writers and directors responded by delivering gritty, bitter dramas that slapped our romantic illusions in the face and put the boot to the throat of the smug bourgeoisie. Still, plenty of us took it and liked it. Thus noir and those dangerous dame came into being. I am gonna talk about many great noir classics that remain timeless

Murder, My Sweet (1944) review

This 1944 adaptation Based on the novel Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler, Edward Dmytryk’s film adaptation Murder, My Sweet is one of the essential works in the genre of film noir. The film stars one of Chandler’s most famous characters: private detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) has been arrested and explains his story to the police in a flashback. Dick Powell plays Philip Marlowe in such a way that brings out all the raw charm of this hardboiled dick as he played it lightly but really charming making this role shine.

Anne Shirley plays an amazing role in farewell my lovely as she plays her last screen role we see her at her best as her acting is top notch. Murder, My Sweet is one of those very night owl noir classics. The flim  is atmospheric and looks great with wonderful direction and cinematography with very wonderful acting makes murder my sweet stand among classics as its truly one classic noir classic you should see today.

There was Siodmax’ “The Killers” in 1946! There was Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” in 1950 and in between was RKO’s OUT OF THE PAST in 1947. Together these three films represent the very best film noirs that ever was to come out of Hollywood or ever would again.

Kathie Moffat is the greatest of all femmes fatales, because she’s the least caricatured. She’s not a scheming black widow, just a totally selfish, cowardly woman who feels no remorse for anything she does, and who happens to be beautiful and alluring enough that we can believe any man, even a smart and tough one, would fall for her. Jeff and Kathie’s romance is genuinely rhapsodic, nothing like the usual mating of temptress and chump; they’re both so sexy and smart and wised-up, always getting the joke together. The disillusionment wouldn’t be so compelling if the illusion weren’t so lovely. When Kathie shoots Jeff’s partner, Mitchum—in a reaction shot lasting all of two seconds shows Jeff realizing, and instantaneously coming to terms with, the fact that the best thing that ever happened to him is also the worst thing that ever happened to him. He looks simultaneously shocked to the core, and as though he’d expected it all along. Performances are superb throughout. Here the dozy eyed Mitchum – in his first starring role – solidifies his playing of the private eye. But he also shows he could cut a wholly acceptable romantic lead helped along by his mellifluous and soft voiced atmospheric narration. One scene in particular is very effective where he is waiting for her on the beach at night and when she arrives Mitchum’s voice is heard gently on the soundtrack ….”Then she’d come along…..just like school was out and everything else was just a stone by the sea”. The wonderful Jane Greer is the quintessential femme fatale. Her gentle saintly beauty belying her treacherous, underhanded and calculating evil. And a young Kirk Douglas – here just feeling his way in movies – is fine as the courtly but odious villain. Adding greatly to the whole thing is the marvellous score by RKO resident composer Roy Webb which features a memorable and lingering main cue that becomes a tender love theme for the love scenes and is transformed into an exciting big band jazz number for the black nightclub sequence.OUT OF THE PAST is the archetypal film noir! An outstanding document of what Hollywood could achieve in their golden past as its cast is just wonderful,great story,wonderful direction,everything is top grade in every way,it’s a classic that you should watch anytime

The Maltese Falcon Review 

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In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.(goggle plot)

The Maltese Falcon’ is the granddaddy of the modern detective movie as its the debut of John Huston as a flim director along with it made Humphrey Bogart a star as its based upon a Dashiell Hammett’s novel as this movie is a groundbreaking crime drama.

Samuel Spade played by Humphrey Bogart is what we call the classic detective of noir as he truly crafts out a wonderful role as he brought to life on the screen a new type of hardboiled detective who was destined to become the template for a whole succession of others who would appear in numerous films noirs particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo was a resolute picture of classic villainy as truly nails home such a wonderfully crafted out role. He plays the role with such a cool charm and wit that brings to life a Dashiell Hammett character in a way that really does bring out such a collective charm as he does such a wonderful role. Mary Astor truly is wonderful in her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy is a striking picture of feminine deceit and betrayal. She is a confirmed liar whom can be just as deadly as she is beautiful as she can make love to Bogart’s character one mine then almost kill him the next. Her performance is surely one of the screens finest ever crafted as she really brings home this complex dame to the screen.

The screenplay by John Huston wonderfully crafts out a wonderful screenplay as its one of the finest noir classics all time. The plot of this movie takes the novel of the same name to screen with impressively written dialog and dark humor that is delivers wonderful acting of this sharp screenplay. The direction of this movie is wonderful for a debut of a director with wonderful cinematography. The The film’s high contrast B&W lighting renders an effective noir look and feel that would be copied for ages to come. This the prime directive classic that set the bar for noir to come.

The characters are complex. The acting is just wonderful. The screenplay brings novel to screen with perfection. The direction truly is outstanding. The cinematography is wonderful. The dialogue is wonderfully crafted out for each scene. This is a classic that takes a classic novel bringing it to screen with such charm that it makes it one of the finest book to movies ever crafted out on the screen. This is a classic movie that you should watch today.

I Wake Up Screaming review 

Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Carole Landis had all been in movies together in various combinations, but I WAKE UP SCREAMING (IWUS) was the first film noir all three of them starred in. Maybe that’s why This movie feels so fresh and different. The movie starts out more like my fair lady then most noirs it feels like a change for noirs.  Betty Grable in her frist dramatic role which is one great role for her to play as she really gives such an amazing performance as an actress in this movie. Carol Landis is truly amazing in this movie in her outstanding role. Victor Mature gives us one great performance as an actor. This noir classic is early in the noir cycle as it uses many ideas of shadow and light to great effect. This movie will keep surprising you with many twists and turns. The supporting cast which includes Allyn Joslyn and Alan Mowbray among many others all give us such wond

Fallen angel review

Otto Preminger directs this noir classic. Fallen angel is another gem form this wonderful noir director which ended up on cropping room floor by critics at the time. It’s quite sad as . Alice Faye gives us her finest role on the screen.  Dana Andrews, with all his unique ambiguity and minimalism, turns in one of his finest performances ever; just a hint of his outstanding performance. Charles Bickford is superb in his role. It’s such a joy as this movie has a excellent cast and cinematography as this movie is a treat to watch from start to finish. It’s simply a gem you should see today.

Born to kill review

Born To Kill is truly a work of art in movies. Its simply one of those wonderful noir classics that one should watch today. There are so many elements that make this film memorable form  Lawrence Tierney as Sam, the amoral killer is one of the few truly scary villains as he truly is one of the worst villains ever on the screen.  Claire Trevor is a subtitle actress giving us another amazing performance as Helen a woman trapped in what she can’t have and a desire for Sam,its truly one amazing performance as another ruthless dame. Elisha Cook, Jr is truly wonderful in his role. Born to kill is a gem one should watch today.

The Postman Always Rings Twice review

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Lana Turner and John Garfield generate sparks in this excellent crime thriller that is one of my favorite classic noir gems all time. I did not expect any noir classic to be along the lines of any other noir classic all time. The original book published in 1934 by James M. Cain (author of “Double Indemnity”) was a gritty unsentimental story of a low-class drifter and bum, Frank, who is taken in by a German immigrant, Nick, who owns a roadside café and his beautiful wife, Cora, who turns out to be much darker on the inside than the facade of her pure white skin. Cora, we learn, is dissatisfied with her life married to this older immigrant and the drifter becomes her catalyst to change her situation. This book really lightly works the book into a noir classic.

 Lana Turner plays Cora Smith, a restless young waitress married to a much-older man who runs the roadside diner as she is restless and not in love in ages to him as she meets a younger man that sparks her interest. She plays quite a wonderful role in this movie as she truly shines as Cora Smith as she truly shines in the role.  She plays out this role to a level of craft that she delivers one of her truly finest roles all time. 

John Garfield plays out one of his finest roles on the screen. as Frank Chambers, a drifter who turns up at the diner and is captivated by Cora. This is his finest hour of acting on the screen.

Cecil Kellaway is great as Cora’s naive husband Nick, whose main concern is the diner. He truly nails home a fine home as this naive husband in The post always rings ring. It’s his level of craft and skill as an actor that he delivers one truly fine performance. Hume Cronyn nails home a fine performance as Arthur Keats. Leon Ames as Kyle Sackett giving out a fine performance. Everyone gives such fine performances in this movie even the supporting cast of talents delivering home some of the finest acting on the screen. 

The movie works very well under its own terms, particularly because of the outstanding chemistry between the leads John Garfield and Lana Turner. This plays up the unrealized sexuality. Lana Turner is quite the femme fatale. It’s her way of playing Cora which really lights up the screen. 

Tay Garnett’s Direction and craft really crafts out this noir classic that is really light noir compared to many other noirs but he crafts out such a wonderfully crafted gem of A movie. A screenplay by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch which really touches upon the  novel by James M. Cain which they craft out this movie. This movie is considered a big breakthrough for censorship.

Costume designer irene lentz was tasked with fulfilling the director’s vision, created a series of simple yet effective costumes as such she crafts out such great costumes. These outfits work perfectly to make Lana Turner turn heads and catch you by storm. Cinematography by Sidney Wagner is really wonderful as ever. It’s such effective tones in the movie that brings the screenplay and direction and acting to life on the screen. 

Adapted from a novel by James M. Cain (who also wrote Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce), Postman is often heralded as a breakthrough in the battle against screen censorship. MGM secured the rights to the novel in 1934. Lana Turner and John Garfield and Cecil Kellaway and others in the cast all shine together to bring to life this wonderful movie to the screen with such great direction and Cinematography and Costume design. The Postman Always Rings Twice ring is a noir gem that you can watch anytime and love greatly it is surely a treat to watch this gem of a movie. So watch this outstanding classic today.

Today i talked about many diffrent noir classics that remain timeless that you should see today. Noir is one of the best to watch as always. You should watch these noir classics and many others that are considered the best. I hope you enjoyed this talk today on noirs classics.

 

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Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

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So today I honor Judy Garland the woman that began my love for movies. When I was a boy I recall first seeing wizard of oz as she played Dorothy as she entered the world of oz.

Dorothy entering oz began my love for movies as that sparked my love for movies. She was the first icon of stardom that I loved truly as i admired this wonderful woman that managed to take me a new world of magic as she sparked forever my love of movies. So today i am honoring her for her grand tribute to give her due as I feel to honor this wonderful woman that sparked my love for movies. The tribute to Judy garland i is done today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. check out other posts form the event for days of the event. So lets begin to honor Judy garland.

So Judy garland began preforming as a little girl with her sisters at a very young age as she was always able stand out among them all. She was quite the little charmer as i will show you a clip of her early gum sisters singing now.

You can see the sisters of Judy garland and her preforming together as Judy stands out as she is the little charmer among them all.

Judy garland preformed in Pigskin Parade as she is able to convey such longing and emotion at age 14 is simply amazing. What a powerhouse! and it was just a sample of things to come for her talent. These early samples give you a small taste of the magical charm of this wonderful lady. Babes in Arms begins her larger impact as her charm and wit was starting to be mined.

Babes in Arms review

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.(plot form IMDb)

This charming classic is a very fun movie because it’s simply start of a duo that really clicked together. It was made after she shot wizard of oz which would bring her to stardom. She was a bit player and supporting actress to the bigger star of Mickey Rooney at the time. Mickey Rooney was even nominated for Best Actor which was just to put a name on ballot.  A babe in arms is a charming little gem that is fun little musical comedy that really makes both of the stars stand out as their performances are magical together. This classic gem has very good acting and direction with very fun musical numbers very much reflection of the times. It’s a fun movie that you will enjoy to watch anytime.
everybody Sing review
When boisterous Judy Bellaire (Judy Garland) encourages her fellow school chorus members to sing a classical piece with a modern swing beat, her scandalized teacher uses the musical mutiny as an excuse to expel her from the Colvin School for Girls. With the encouragement of Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones), her family’s cook, Judy decides to follow her dream and audition for a stage musical. Meanwhile, Ricky struggles to gain the affections of Judy’s sister, the lovely Sylvia (Lynne Carver).
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Everybody Sing” is a delightful 1938 film filled with music but frankly not Judy’s best with a cast of good stars such as Judy garland and Billie Burke and Fanny Brice and Lynne Carver and Allan Jones as each do a good job with what they are given here. its frankly not their best work by a long shot honestly. Its an okay movie you may enjoy.
wizard of oz introduction 

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I recall fondly when she frist enters oz it was a strike like a match to me. I instantly found a new love in my life as my love for movies.

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This scene still makes me feel a smile as i just feel its truly one of the most magical scenes in movie history.  I fondly remember as boy running TV each time it came on TV on CBS. I was so happy it was about to air on TV as it was an event to see wizard of oz. I had the tape too which watched so often as that tape had a feature that i never found ever again about making of wizard of oz which talked about this classic movie. I fondly remember Judy garland being the frist icon i ever loved as a child as an she stood as my favorite actress. The wizard of oz is the most beloved classic all time as billions of people saw this movie. a flim historian said that the magic of wizard of oz touches the child in all of us. I frist saw wizard of oz as boy later I realized this movie is a very special picture.

Wizard of oz review

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I really adore this classic so fondly the cast of legends really stands out. Judy garland gives out a wonderful performance in a star making role as Dorthy as she made the movie magical as her charm is what made it click. She sings somewhere over rainbow which may be one of my favorite songs ever as its a song that feels so magical. Frank Morgan played five roles as he played Professor Marvel / The Wizard / Doorman / Cabbie / Guard. one of few actors to play such wonderful range on a movie as he could make each role feel like their own roles as he truly makes each role stand out as he gives out such ranged acting in his wonderful acting in the wizard of oz. Ray Bolger as Hunk/Scarecrow. I would say ray’s main role as scarecrow truly shines as you see such a wonderful performance as he plays a second role as hunk in which he gives same level of wonderful charm.  Bert Lahr as Zeke/Cowardly Lion. Bart lahr as the Cowardly Lion really stands out among the cast as he was a very wonderful character actor. Jack Haley as Hickory Twicker/Tin Man. Jack Haley gives out a very wonderful performance in his acting of his role.

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch/The wicked Witch of West. Margaret Hamilton plays two roles as she plays miss gulch in the intro in which she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role.The main role she plays is the wicked witch role in which she became famous for for many years as she would often come back to this role. Margaret Hamilton plays the wicked witch in such a wonderful way that she makes the wicked witch a very fun villain role that does make you far her.

Billie Burke plays Glinda the Good Witch. Billie Burke gives out such a wonderful perfomance that really is so sweet and charming as she helps make us feel happy. She always adored the role as it felt closest to her roles on the stage. Pat Walshe as Nikko may be one of the other stand out roles as he has look like a wicked monkey for movie as he truly makes us fear him but also plays the sidekick to our villain. Charley Grapewin plays Uncle Henry and Clara Blandick plays Aunt Em both of them give such good performances.

The whole cast of oz all give out such good acting. Its charm does mainly come from its musical numbers as a few were cut from the film which are all famous little songs that stood out like the jitterbug and scarecrow’s song that was cut. The movies story connects to us via a dream is how Dorothy connects to us as she faces a crisis in her life that ends her up dreaming about oz. The movie has a magical charm that always touched my heart. The ending has always seemed very wonderful to me as its ending does have a feeling that you fell like oz is what we wish upon as the farm or home may not feel as magical at times yet as it says there is no place like home in the end.

The wizard of wizard offers the cinema lover looking for magic everything they want, it’s all here, in about two hours of pure entertainment in every way from its wonderful casting to wonderful score it’s lovely sets and makeup design that’s rich and detailed and its costumes that are so amazing too. It’s wonderful in every way. Its a wonderful classic that is timeless classic you can watch anytime

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This was Judy Garland’s first young adult movie role after starring role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. It is among one of her best roles. I can say her as Nellie Kelly as a feisty whom feels very modern. It is Judy’s charm that gives out one of her finest roles.The cast all give out very good acting. Its a very good classic you should see today.

THE HARVEY GIRLS is one of my favorite Judy Garland movies all time. Judy Garland stars as Susan Bradley, an impressionable and very naive young woman on her way west by train, as a mail order bride. On board the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe she meets a bunch of other equally young and naive young women heading west to work as Harvey Girls. Judy plays the role with such a charm and power. She shines in this role. The cast all do a good job here. This movie is a fun little musical gem you will enjoy anytime.

Don’t you just love those old 40’s musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best musicals all time. It is a classic gem that has Fred Astaire and Judy garland both together giving out their finest acting and charm to boot. It is just a charming magical duo that shines. This is one of my favorite Judy garland movies.

Fred Astaire Judy Garland Vaudeville Medley really has to be among one of my favorite musical numbers it is just pure magic and charm to watch them do this number together.

This charming beat is just a fun little beat that i just adore. I can say it is truly one of those wonderful charming song beats.

The year 1954 proved to be one of the professional best for Judy Garland as she gave out one of her finest hours on the screen. She truly shines in this role. The quintessential story of a couple, one who’s career is on the rise, the other on the decline is made extraordinary by the performances by its talents. It is just a gem to watch.

Two tragic wonderful performers, Robert Walker and Judy Garland, star as a soldier and the girl he meets in The Clock. I would say that Judy Garland shines in her finest dramatic performance as she truly gives out one of her finest hours on the screen. Robert Walker shines in his wonderful role on the screen too. This movie truly is one classic that i do love truly so much with its wonderful acting that makes it stand out. It’s a timeless classic love story you will enjoy anytime.

Vincent Minnelli makes sumptuous use of color, costumes and settings in this lush MGM musical teaming Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in their prime in this wonderful classic with wonderful songs by Cole porter produced by the Arthur freed of the MGM unit. Its cast all give out such good acting. It’s very good musical numbers all stand out. It’s truly a classic you should watch today.

A star is born was a comeback picture for Judy garland as she truly managed to give out a role that almost earned her an Oscar as she truly is one wonderful actress in this role. James mason stands out by giving a wonderful performance. The whole cast all stand out by giving out such wonderful performances. Its songs in this classic all feel natural to each part of the movie as it’s very much a reflection into a star’s life. This classic is one wonderful classic that shines among movies that you will enjoy anytime.

Judy garland will always remain in my fond heart as since a boy to now i just adore and love her truly. I can say that she had that magical charm to her that many talents today cannot match ever. She was an amazing and talented lady that could really give out such great and charming performances. She is a magical legend for all time. I am highly in love with this legend as she will forever remain in my heart as one of a kind in legends as no legend seems compare to her. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. Check out other posts form the event for days of the event. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today.

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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.

p3069_p_v8_aaDeception review

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.