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REVIEW: Some Like It Hot, But Most Just Like Marilyn

Posted by Zach Davis on Friday, January 24, 2014, In : 0.00% Water 
Some Like It Hot
Zach Davis

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E. Brown, and Pat O'Brien

Some Like It Hot really shows the cultural leaps and open-mindedness towards which America was heading by the end of the late fifties.  A movie about two men in drag hiding out from the mob all while Marilyn Monroe shows off, well, Marilyn.  The humor, the sexuality, and the writing were all phenomenal leaps toward what I would consider a modern movi...

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REVIEW: Jeff and Lisa, Two of the Most Frightening Ghouls, Do Anything But Love Thy Neighbor in Rear Window

Posted by James Brown on Sunday, September 22, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 
Rear Window

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr

"Why would a man leave his apartment three times on a rainy night with a suitcase and come back three times?"
-L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart)

Alfred Hitchcock was a director known for his inquisitive use of the camera.  There was a certain curiosity about anything and everything he ever depicted on screen, perhaps none more so than his 1954 suspense thriller Rear Window.  ...

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REVIEW: If Wishes Were Horses...A Look Back at One of the Best Horseracing Movies of All Time

Posted by Guest on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 
National Velvet

Directed By: Clarence Brown

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Reginald Owen, and Terry Kilburn

When you hear the word "racing" these days, you're more likely to think of the thrilling car chases in the enormous Fast and Furious franchise rather than the thoroughbred racing films which dominated the genre for the first half of the twentieth century.  Some of those films focused on the politics behind racing, such as the 1939 Lon...

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REVIEW: The Truth About Rashomon

Posted by Zach Davis on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 
Zach Davis

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, and Noriko Honma

Rashomon achieves the ultimate standard for cinema and art in general.  The movie is certainly entertaining.  At the same time, however, it's one truly thought-provoking film.  Director Akira Kurosawa's cinematic work marks a major step in bridging the silent film era and the modern age of filmmaking (I.e. talkies).  His minimalist...

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REVIEW: In Vertigo, Carlotta Valdes Wandering About is Dangerous Business for Scottie Ferguson and Madeleine Elster

Posted by James Brown on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 


Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Henry Jones, and Lee Patrick

"Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."
-Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak)

I hate it when film experts try to list the greatest films of all time.  Filmmaking is too diverse an art form for such subjective labelling, and it reflects the tastes of just a few.  Often, experts put too much emphasis on older mov...

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REVIEW: Follow the Yellow Brick Road & You'll Find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Posted by James Brown on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 

The Wizard of Oz

Directed By: Victor Fleming

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charlie Grapewin, Clara Blandick, Pat Walshe, and Terry as Toto

"I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too."
-The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)

This might just be the most famous line in all of movie history.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you've got a serious problem.  For the last 74 years, the Wicked Witch o...

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REVIEW: Mother's "Illness" Is a Boy's Best Friend in Psycho

Posted by James Brown on Thursday, November 22, 2012, In : 0.00% Water 


Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, and Janet Leigh

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most influential and pioneering directors in all of cinematic history.  In countless films, he brought terror and suspense to life in a way that no one had before him and arguably no one has since.  Among his many works, no movie may be more famous or beloved than the great Psycho.  The 1960 film is considered one of the greates...

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REVIEW: Sherlock Jr. Delivers Silent Laughter

Posted by Zach Davis on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : 0.00% Water 

Sherlock Jr.
Zach Davis

Directed by: Buster Keaton

Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane, Erwin Connelly, and Joe Keaton

Buster Keaton is definitely known for his amazing vaudeville routine, but his real calling card should be his innovation as a director.  In his film Sherlock Jr., Keaton employs many techniques that were new at the time.  For example, Keaton’s character appears to walk down the aisle in the movie house and climb right into the movie being played.  Beyond th...

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REVIEW: The Informer Doesn’t Keep It a Secret. This is a Great Movie

Posted by Zach Davis on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : 0.00% Water 

The Informer
Zach Davis

Directed By: John Ford

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, and Una O’Connor

The Informer marked the first of four Oscars for John Ford, the most won by any director.  There is a very interesting flow to the movie.  As talkies had only been around for a little less than a decade, sound techniques had not quite been standardized when this movie came out in 1935.  When the film starts, it actually resembles a silent fi...

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REVIEW: It Happened One Night Sparked the Dawn of the Screwball Comedy

Posted by Zach Davis on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : 0.00% Water 
It Happened One Night
Zach Davis

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, and Jameson Thomas

In 1935, It Happened One Night became the first film to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Picture.  This film has long been regarded as one of the best romantic comedies of all time, earning the number three spot on the American Film Institute’s top ten list for the genre.

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