Classic Movie 2019

Classic Movie Of The Week: Paleface (1948)

Starring: Jane Russell, Bob Hope, Robert Armstrong Director: Norman Z McLeod In exchange for a pardon, Calamity Jane (Russell) agrees to find out who is selling arms to the Indians and stop them. But Jane has enemies, and while travelling undercover her partner is killed. She recruits Painless Peter Potter (Hope) a dentist and total… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Paleface (1948)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowall Director: John Ford It's the turn of the Century, and in a small village in Wales, mining is a way of life. It's hard and dangerous job, thoug it's honest work, but they hope that youngest son Huw will break the mold and do… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

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Australian Movie Month: Storm Boy (1976)

Starring: Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Greg Rowe Director: Henri Safran Mike (Rowe) lives with his recluse father, Hideaway Tom (Cummins) in a remote coastal area of Australia. Lonely and uneducated, he helps his father and adventures by the ocean until one day he stumbles across Fingerbone (Gulpilil), an Indigenous Australian who has been outcast by… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Storm Boy (1976)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Starring: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks Director: Atom Egoyan A bus crash in a small town takes the lives of many of the community's school children, while the driver and one girl survive. A lawyer (Holm) descends on the town to try and make money off a class action suit but finds things are… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth Director: Rob Marshall Several long years have passed since Mary Poppins was nanny to the Banks children, and now they are all grown up. But when Michael (Wishaw) is struggling with money and the loss of his… Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

Starring: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott Director: Herbert Ross A beautiful ensemble film, with an absolutely incredible cast, Steel Magnolias opens with an awkward and lost looking Annelle (Hannah) shuffling into a small Louisiana town and getting a job at Truvy's (Parton) beauty shop.… Continue reading Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

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Dolly Month: A Smokey Mountain Christmas (1986)

Starring: Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins Director: Henry Winkler Lorna (Parton) is a country singer who has lost touch with her roots and the things that inspire her, so, since it's Christmas, she sneaks away from Hollywood and heads to the Smokey Mountains and the place she grew up. On the way, she falls… Continue reading Dolly Month: A Smokey Mountain Christmas (1986)

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Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

Starring: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton Director: Stephen Herek Based on Dolly's life, this TV movie shows what it was like growing up in the Smokey Mountains as a family of 12 children. Based on Parton's song Coat Of Many Colors, in which her mother makes her a coat from rags… Continue reading Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

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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: 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)