Film Reviews

Dolly Month: Blue Valley Songbird (1999)

Starring: Dolly Parton, John Terry, Billy Dean Director: Richard A Colla A Nashville country singer (Parton) has been held back from stardom by a crappy manager and controlling boyfriend, but longs to break free and make it big. When she turns to her guitarist Bobby (Dean), she finally finds an ally who helps her face… Continue reading Dolly Month: Blue Valley Songbird (1999)

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Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

Steven Saunders has moved his podcast from Screenmayhem to The Film Connection, but you can still here his great podcast about screen greats and their films, from Billy Wilder to Bill Murray. I was lucky enough to join the podcast for this episode, part of a series on Robin Williams. It was a moving experience… Continue reading Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

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Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster, Helen Vinson Director: Mervyn LeRoy Adapted from the autobiography of Robert E Burns, this film is the story of James Allen (Muni), a man wrongly convicted  of a crime, who is sent to work in the chain gangs in the American South. The conditions and the cruel prison… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: St Elmo’s Fire (1985)

Starring: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Andrew McCarthy, Andie MacDowell Director: Joel Schumacher Just out of college, a group of close friends struggle to deal with adult life, from relationships and love, to career and money, as well as staying together.  The Brat Pack were huge in the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: St Elmo’s Fire (1985)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Love In The Afternoon (1957)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier Director: Billy Wilder Set in Paris, a private detective (Chevalier) is tasked with catching a middle aged playboy Frank (Cooper) with client's wife. When his daughter Ariane (Hepburn) overhears that the client plans on killing Frank, she heads to his hotel to rescue him, and ends up pretending… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Love In The Afternoon (1957)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Saratoga (1937)

Starring: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore Director: Jack Conway Duke Bradley (Gable) is a bookie who is given a stud farm by a man who owes him a large gambling debt. But when he goes to Saratoga to claim it, the gambler has died and he comes face to face with the man's beautiful… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Saratoga (1937)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: An Affair To Remember (1957)

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr,  Director: Leo McCarey Nickie (Grant) is a well known man about town, notorious for his love affairs, and he is all set to marry a fabulously wealthy heiress. Terry (Kerr) is a singer with a steady boyfriend. When they meet on an ocean liner, they are complete opposites who disapprove… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: An Affair To Remember (1957)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine Director: George Cukor An unusual film, The Women was adapted for the screen from the Clare Luce Boothe play, and has 130 speaking roles, all of whom are women. In fact, almost all of the portraits on the sets show women and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Korkarlen / The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Starring: Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg Director: Victor Sjostrom On New Years Eve,  a drunk is faced with his mortality and his selfishness when the driver of a phantom carriage takes him on the ride of his life.  This film is startlingly dark and beautiful, with imagery which is quite creepy. The use of… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Korkarlen / The Phantom Carriage (1921)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Brief Encounter (1946)

Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway Director: David Lean Laura (Johnson) is a housewife who is relatively happy until she meets Alec (Howard), a doctor, unexpectedly at a train station. They feel an immediate and strong connection, but since they are married they can't be together. The only time they have together are a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Brief Encounter (1946)