Period television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s no secret ’round these parts that I love films and television set in the midcentury almost as much as I love the films made in the midcentury. Mad Men, plus cancelled-too-soon series like Manhattan, Bomb Girls, Pan Am, and Good Girls Revolt have been among my favorite TV creations in recent years. Speaking of Good Girls Revolt, I’ve been pretty mad at Amazon for … Continue reading Period television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Classic movie morsels from LOOK magazine (January 21, 1958)

Note: This post is a part of the sporadic Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage magazines, from fan mags to LIFE to mod fashion fare. For more in this series, visit the archive. LOOK isn’t exactly a magazine known for its movie content, but in most of the magazines in my collection of oldies, there’s at least a … Continue reading Classic movie morsels from LOOK magazine (January 21, 1958)

Picturegoer magazine, 1938: “We are facing a film famine”

Today on TMP, all of the hot gossip from Picturegoer magazine, 1938! “WE ARE FACING A FILM FAMINE” There was apparently a film famine in 1938, but if you were to ask Picturegoer mag’s staff about the tragedy, they’d probably respond with a simple shrug. “Film famine? Eh, just another year in the life.” The March 5, 1938 edition of Picturegoer offered a commentary all … Continue reading Picturegoer magazine, 1938: “We are facing a film famine”

Remaking the Classics: Out of the Past (1947) and Against All Odds (1984)

I never hear anyone talk about the remake of Out of the Past, probably because Out of the Past is practically sacred territory among classic film buffs. The 1947 noir is a film that I, personally, adore. Everything about it is great: the photography, the dialogue, the performances, the drama, the chemistry! It’s a well-made film in every facet. For those unfamiliar, Out of the Past … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Out of the Past (1947) and Against All Odds (1984)

What I’d Be Watching: #TCMFF 2017

Another year, another TCM Film Festival I’m sadly missing. As a recent graduate in the middle of a horrendous job hunt, I couldn’t justify digging into my savings for flight, hotel, and all that jazz. Cross-country trips are pricey, especially with a huge event like a film festival included! But, as a TCM devotee with plenty of blogger friends attending the festival, I can still … Continue reading What I’d Be Watching: #TCMFF 2017

Early Women Filmmakers: The Career of Muriel Box

While some of film’s strongest and most interesting roles for women came to the screen in the early to mid-20th century, behind-the-camera opportunities for women in the era of classic film were few and far between. The names of many of Hollywood’s pioneering women are now well-known by film buffs: Mary Pickford, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino. These women busted through glass ceilings and broke new … Continue reading Early Women Filmmakers: The Career of Muriel Box

Movies with dad: His Nicholas Sparks ranking

Dad would, predictably, name action as his favorite movie genre, but he’s willing to admit that corny, sappy movies can be incredibly entertaining even though they’re not technically great. As a result, like me, he’s seen all of the Nicholas Sparks films, and also like me, isn’t ashamed of it! So today, continuing the “Movies with Dad” series, he’s offered to share his best-to-worst ranking, … Continue reading Movies with dad: His Nicholas Sparks ranking

The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

Random Harvest, dir. Mervyn LeRoy Starring Greer Garson and Ronald Colman Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Charles “Smithy” Rainier is a veteran of the first World War, inflicted with a bout of amnesia. He doesn’t remember his pre-war life at all, so he breaks free from the hospital where he’s being observed and starts anew, eventually marrying music hall actress Paula. They build a life together, even having … Continue reading The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

It’s Love I’m After, dir. Archie Mayo Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s Love I’m After instantly became one of my favorite films when I watched it for the first time four years ago. The film tells the story of an actor (Leslie Howard) who is in love with his leading lady (Bette Davis), but at … Continue reading The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)