March 2019 in Film

Happy April and happy spring! Before we thaw out and begin to enjoy the sunshine (and hopefully, soon, warmer temperatures here in Michigan), let’s take a look back at what was watched in March. New-to-me viewings: 12 Re-watches: 7 Total for March: 19 Total for 2019, so far: 51 The new-to-me list: A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Blondie’s Lucky Day (1946) Fighting With My Family … Continue reading March 2019 in Film

Dead End (1937)

On New York’s East River sits the convergence of the “haves” and “have nots.” Luxury apartments with picturesque river views stretch several stories high, while just outside of that view sit the tenements. Drina (Sylvia Sidney) is a tenement-dwelling woman, raising her younger brother Tommy (Billy Halop) and hoping she’ll someday get them out of the tenement. She works hard to provide for Tommy and … Continue reading Dead End (1937)

Favorite things about… Foreign Correspondent (1940)

The favorite film: Foreign Correspondent, a 1940 thriller directed by none other than the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock The synopsis: When John Jones is chosen by his editor Mr. Powers to become a foreign correspondent, his first assignment is to cover an event held by Stephen Fisher to honor a Dutch diplomat, Van Meer. When Van Meer evades the event and is soon shot … Continue reading Favorite things about… Foreign Correspondent (1940)

February 2019 in Film

It’s alive! And by it, I mean “she.” And by “she,” I mean me. Hello again, movie buffs! I apologize for my unexpected disappearance from the blog for a couple of weeks. February was another wild one. Working like mad, coordinating my Oscar pool (I took second place), dealing with bomb cyclones and power outages, a serious decluttering/redecorating project. It all kept me occupied and … Continue reading February 2019 in Film

Dreams (1955)

Susanne (Eva Dahlbeck) owns a modeling agency in Stockholm, and Doris (Harriet Andersson) is one of her most successful models. They’re headed off to Gothenburg for a shoot when Doris gets in a terrible argument with her fiance. Romantic drama and internal strife follow the women to Gothenburg, as Doris is wooed by an older man and Susanne reunited with an ex-lover. Ingmar Bergman writes … Continue reading Dreams (1955)

Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

The favorite film: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 noir classic directed by Nicholas Ray The synopsis: Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele is more productive than ever after starting up a new romance with his neighbor, Laurel. As their relationship grows, though, Dixon’s volatile and self-destructive behavior causes trouble. The cast: Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele Gloria Grahame as Laurel Gray Carl Benton Reid as Captain … Continue reading Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

January 2019 in Film

January is always a month where I play catch-up on some of the previous year’s releases. I was particularly successful at playing catch-up this year (though there are still a few titles I need to see). I made several trips to the theater, which resulted in FandangoNOW vouchers, which I then used to rent movies like my now-favorite of 2018, Blindspotting. With all of that … Continue reading January 2019 in Film

Danger Stalks Near (1957)

In the Japanese countryside, three thieves wait outside of a house, plotting to break in. Unfortunately for them, the house is busier than expected. Along with the extended family, there are lodgers, and friends stopping by every other minute. There seems to be no perfect time to carry out their crime! As the criminals watch the house, the family’s own dramas carry on inside, oblivious … Continue reading Danger Stalks Near (1957)