KING FOR A NIGHT (1933)

Stories about quick jabs and combinations get to me. Boxing has figured a lot in film.   It is a double edged blade as the fight game was depicted as a last resort for poor people or a dubious game of revenge controlled by nefarious folk that doesn’t end well.  It does not help that I... Continue Reading →

SIN YOU SINNERS (1963)

Rising out of this was the birth of the exploitation film of the fifties and sixties.  Exploitation became linked with the evils of drugs and alcohol, the pregnant out of wedlock pre code films and the cheap programmer designed to fill a bill.  Everyone has watched or seen bits of REEFER MADNESS (1936) or NARCOTIC... Continue Reading →

THE STORY IS A LONELY PLACE

  People tend to forget story comes from a printed page, be it a screenplay treatment, a novel or short story.   Hollywood of yesterday was a fountain head of searching for the story in the headlines or the best seller lists. Today, film still comes from various sources.  Concepts can be re imagined or remade;... Continue Reading →

A Reassessment of DRACULA (1979)

Bram Stoker’s character has become Shakespearean in scope.  Each characterization fits a mood or time in society when the work or the production is done.   I approached this picture with some doubt as I had initially poor memories of it in the cinema.  Viewing it again on DVD was a very pleasant surprise. The Dracula... Continue Reading →

THE GIRL HUNTERS (1964)

Hard boiled detective stories are lovely fodder for film. The dark streets full of grime, corruption and broken bottles and dreams coupled with spent cartridges.  This is the world of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer at its cliché best with all the trimmings of a blue plate special with poison gravy.   Bit over the top? Yes.... Continue Reading →

THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (1968)

Sixties film making has a particular niche and creators pressed  new subject matter and techniques.   The rise of the 'biker film,' thought to be low budget drive in fare for the  teenagers more interested in making sure  the 'wild oats' were well stowed away. Many of these films were training grounds for people like writer/... Continue Reading →

THE LEMON DROP KID (1951)

I remember the usual films, THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS with Boris Karloff; CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS with the sad tree that tips over when an ornament is put on it.   The skating sequences from THE BISHOPS’S WIFE with David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young are also part of holiday memories.  I still feel the... Continue Reading →

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