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Paris Interlude (1934)

Paris is preparing to welcome Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, who is completing a historic transatlantic flight. Expats and journalists Pat Wells (Robert Young) and Sam Colt (Otto Kruger), rather than joining in on the fanfare, are drinking together at the Brass Monkey, a bar known as the place to be for Americans living in Paris.…

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The Lady Gambles (1949)

Joan (Barbara Stanwyck) and her husband, David (Robert Preston), are both reporters. On a trip to Nevada, he’s working on a story about the Hoover Dam, while she’s decided to sneak a hidden camera into a Las Vegas casino for a potential story of her own. Casino owner Horace Corrigan (Stephen McNally) quickly realizes what…

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Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

There was a gold rush, and in its wake the birth of a lucrative agricultural venture: wheat farming. When a gold rush hits again years later, this time with the advantage of new technologies and mass-mining techniques, the wheat farmers see their lands flooded, their crops ruined. Colonel Ferris (Claude Rains) is a farmer who…

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The Unfaithful (1947)

Chris Hunter (Ann Sheridan) lives in sunny southern California and is married to Bob (Zachary Scott), a war veteran and builder. One night, while Bob is away on business, Chris attends a party hosted by his cousin, Paula (Eve Arden). Arriving home from the party, Chris is stalked to her door by a man, who…

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Modern classics: Real Life (1979)

In the opening of 1979’s Real Life, text informs the viewer of a 1973 PBS documentary series called “An American Family,” which included twelve hours of footage of the daily lives of Bill Louds and his family in Santa Barbara, California. Famed anthropologist Margaret Mead called the series “as significant as the invention of drama…

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Colleen (1936)

Frank S. Nugent said it best in his New York Times review of Colleen, writing, “There isn’t much point in composing a critical analysis of these Warner musical films: you just accept or reject them for what they are. […] Equal parts of Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell for romance, Hugh Herbert and Joan Blondell…

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The Critical Eye: Primrose Path (1940)

Welcome to the first installment of The Critical Eye, TMP’s non-chronological continuation of the “One Year, One Film” project! These posts will follow the very same format as those bi-weekly “One Year” posts — a brief plot synopsis and review from me, followed by snippets from reviews published around the time of the film’s original…

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Films in 2016: Modern movies in August

Bad Moms (2016) A very formulaic and at times eye-roll-inducing film, but I did enjoy it a whole lot more than I expected to. (My expectations were in the far negatives, so that wouldn’t have been hard to do.) The Bell/Kunis/Hahn trio is fun to watch. Kathryn Hahn in particular steals the show. Side note:…

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Summer Under the Stars 2016: What I Watched

The cable-accessing, U.S.-dwelling section of the old movie corner of the internet was full of sad faces at this time last week, as our Most Wonderful Time of the Year — TCM’s August Summer Under the Stars programming — ended. No more movie marathons! No more beautiful Lora Stocker SUTS flash cards on Twitter! How will we cope?!…