FANG MALE : A LOOK AT THE HORROR MEDIA

The following words are a shameless plug as they appear in my current ebook and soon to be print SCREEN AND SCREEN AGAIN.    Not much change in Halloween which has just passed us by except the people.  Who would have dreamed of a  24 hour channel for Classic film that would thrive and bring... Continue Reading →

HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN (2009)

The original UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Monster cycle of  films needs no introduction. They have become part of film folklore from images to  quotes such as 'He meddled with things Man was meant to leave alone.' or  "I never drink wine."  Tributes have been done to death or undeath from THE MUNSTERS  TV series that only ran... Continue Reading →

ONCE A THIEF (1965)

The little things you find when you walk into a shop - like Alain Delon's character did  in ONCE A THIEF (1965). This Ralph Nelson directed picture is a stylish thriller from the opening frame to the end titles.   The  opening sequence, shot  in a  San Francisco jazz club, features a drum solo inter-cut with... Continue Reading →

THE RIGHT TO LIVE (1935)

Warner Brothers takes a dip into the non-gangster market with director William Keighley. He may have seen this as an assignment to get over and done with.  Keightley would work with James Cagney many times and  be in the director's chair for  co direction credit  in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938). THE RIGHT TO... Continue Reading →

NO GREATER GLORY (1934)

Allegory themes tend to be a hit and miss proposition.  A lovely example is  STRANGE CARGO (1940) with one of Clark Gable's best on camera moments of life  and the hereafter. Clarence Brown's THE  HUMAN COMEDY (1943) with Mickey Rooney is another.  The  picture was  originally written by esteemed playwrite William Saroyan, based on his... Continue Reading →

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921)

Days accelerate today as never before.  You read a calendar and  wonder where a year has gone.  Lucky when you watch film you can slip into seasons quite well hence it was not out of of place the  see  the silent picture  THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921). The picture - while not a story concerning Christmas directly... Continue Reading →

THE GREEN EYED BLONDE (1957)

The grind house / exploitation film sub genre known as  the biker film or teenage juvenile delinquent picture are fondly looked at today through a different lens.   What seems to be cheap, simple and  visceral entertainment capitalizing  on trends or headlines has become a retro art form; often vaulting these films to cult status today. ... Continue Reading →

TILL THE END OF TIME (1946)

The after war picture most remember (with good reason), is, of course: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946).   R.K.O studios TILL THE  END OF TIME (1946) was released two months previous to MGM'S picture, both oddly enough in Mexico with the  USA premiere not happening till 1947. TILL THE END OF TIME (1946)  was directed... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑