Friday, October 28

Farley Granger

Celebrity was an unfortunate circumstance of his profession. He spent too much of his time trying to avoid the glare. He loved acting and there is no question that movie cameras loved him. He never thought very much of his abilities as an actor and eschewed playing the Hollywood game. One could have suspected that maybe a handsome, single man who kept out of the limelight as much as possible was hiding his gayness.  But Farley Granger wasn't hiding it at all.

Tuesday, October 25

Metro Goldwyn Mayer

It was an honor to have been on the MGM lot twice in the early 1960s. The first time I pleaded with a grandfatherly family friend to take me along on his business with the studio and the second time I had my own business to conduct when I went to a screening for a film I would be reviewing for my newspaper.  I'd been in a couple of other studios before but nothing like this.  It simply reeked of prestige.

Friday, October 21

No Sale: Girl Singers with Brief Movie Careers

As singers these four certainly hit the heights of fame with voices that soared on radio, with Big Bands, in supper clubs and concerts and certainly as popular recording artists.  It seemed a natural path to make a stab as actresses and yet when these four did just that, Hollywood's attention was brief. One captured an Oscar nomination and another appeared in one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time and yet... no sale.  

Tuesday, October 18

REVIEW: Denial

Directed by Mick Jackson
2016 Drama
1 hour 50 minutes
From Bleeker Street Media

Rachel Weisz
Tom Wilkinson
Timothy Spall
Andrew Scott
Jack Lowden
Caren Pistorius

Friday, October 14

Good 40s Films: I Wake Up Screaming

1941 Film Noir
From 20th Century Fox
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone

Betty Grable
Victor Mature
Carole Landis
Laird Cregar
Elisha Cook Jr.
Alan Mowbray
Allyn Joslyn

Tuesday, October 11

REVIEW: The Birth of a Nation

Directed by Nate Parker
2016 Biographical Drama
2 hours
From Fox Searchlight

Nate Parker
Armie Hammer
Mark Boone Jr.
Colman Domingo
Aunjanue Ellis
Aja Naomi King
Dwight Henry
Jackie Earle Haley
Penelope Ann Miller

Friday, October 7

REVIEW: The Girl on the Train

Directed by Tate Taylor
2016 Drama
1 hour 52 minutes
From Universal

Emily Blunt
Haley Bennett
Rebecca Ferguson
Justin Theroux
Luke Evans
Edgar Ramirez
Allison Janney
Laura Prepon

Tuesday, October 4

REVIEW: The Dressmaker

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
2016 Comedy Drama
2 hours 8 minutes
From Broad Green Pictures

Kate Winslet
Judy Davis
Liam Hemsworth
Hugo Weaving