Friday, February 22

Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee

Thanks to the Grease song, Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee, she may stay in the public consciousness or at least cause some young person to ask who is Sandra Dee?  They would then be told that for a time in the late fifties and the first part of the sixties, she was a teenage movie phenomenon.  While no one would ever confuse her with a young Kate Hepburn, she made some very popular movies, was on every movie magazine cover for years and married a popular singer which escalated her fame even more.

Thursday, February 21

REVIEW: Quartet






Directed by Dustin Hoffman
2012 Comedy Drama
1 hour 38 minutes
From The Weinstein Company
and BBC Films

Starring
Maggie Smith
Tom Courtenay
Billy Connolly
Pauline Collins
Michael Gambon


Tuesday, February 19

To Catch a Thief: Favorite Movie #15

1955 Romance Comedy Drama
From Paramount Pictures
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring
Cary Grant
Grace Kelly
Jessie Royce Landis
John Williams
Brigitte Auber

Friday, February 15

Burt Lancaster

It is not difficult to believe that in the 1950s Burt Lancaster developed his own production company.  It was the first time an actor had successfully done such a thing, to my knowledge.  Others would follow suit.  He would do it because he wanted more creative control over his career.  No one ever wanted more control than Burt Lancaster, which fell into two categories:  his career and everything else in life.  This was a control freak before that term was ever coined.  It's not a stretch believing this, is it?  Doesn't he remind you of a control freak?

Tuesday, February 12

Say Goodbye to Lt. Cable

Who knows just by the title who I am talking about?  If you do, then you are either a die hard movie fan or know your musicals or you're old.  I am all three.  LOL.  John Kerr passed away last week at the age of 81 after a short illness.  He made my heart race back in the 1950s.  There was some effort on the parts of the studios he worked for to get all hearts racing and while in the big picture it didn't really take, it worked with me.

Friday, February 8

REVIEW: Side Effects





Directed by Steven Soderbergh
2013 Drama
1 hour 46 minutes
From Open Road

Starring
Jude Law
Rooney Mara
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Channing Tatum
Vinessa Shaw



Tuesday, February 5

Dancing Girls I

We're launching a brief little series we're gonna call Dancing Girls.  It will be a short visit with a pair of them per posting until we run out of them.  Well, not really.  We wouldn't run out if I included such dancers as Joanne Gilbert and Bambi Lynn but we'll stick with bigger names.  And in the bigger name arena, there aren't all that many.  Part of my love of musicals is actually about dancing.  It's a talent I have always admired and these women were dazzling.  See if you remember... 

Friday, February 1

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing: Favorite Movie #16

1955 Romance Drama
From 20th Century Fox
Directed by Henry King

Starring
William Holden
Jennifer Jones
Torin Thatcher
Isobel Elsom
Murray Mathieson
Virginia Gregg
Soo Yong
Jorja Curtwright