Brilliant German silent film by a master at the top of his game: F.W. Murnau.

 

BLACK ANGEL (1946)

08/09/2013

 
Film Noir, adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel, 81 minutes tight, great drunken flashback montage: yes!
 

FRANKENWEENIE

10/08/2012

 
Yes, you should see it: it's great!
 
 
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THE GREAT McGINTY (1940)
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SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941)
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THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942)
One hundred and fourteen years ago Preston Sturges was born, and film makers of today should study his films cause they're so damn good! Here's three to get you started, or remind you of how sweet it is to have a simple, well-crafted story, interesting characters, humor, and not too much editing, in 90 minutes: thank you!
 

THE CRUISE (1998)

06/03/2012

 
Finally out on DVD, tour bus guide and poet Timothy Levitch shares his fascinating view of New York City (pre-09/11).
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Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her portrayal of good time girl turned death row inmate Barbara Graham. Late film noir directed by Robert Wise. Great Johnny Mandel jazz score. Yes.
 
 
A young woman survives a death camp, assumes the identity of a fallen woman, and finds herself in a struggle for her life on Telegraph Hill. Cool early fifties style and San Francisco locations.
 

RUBY GENTRY (1952)

03/31/2012

 
Prolific director King Vidor was a master of the melodrama, and this dark romance set in the bayou features the versatile and dynamic Jennifer Jones as a girl from the wrong wide of the swamp who refuses to be tamed, or compromise her love for young Charlton Heston. With Karl Malden. Tight at 82 minutes.
 
 
Susan Hayward is stunning in this drama about a promising singer who discards her talent to support her husband and his singing career. She loses it to booze. Hayward is gorgeous and vulnerable, rewarded with an Oscar nomination: love her! Cool nightclub scenes, and glimpse into the world of radio before television. Dorothy Parker and Frank Cavett nominated for best original screenplay.
 
 
Great boxing film noir staring John Garfield. Innovative fight photography. Must see!