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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge Wrap-Up

Back in May, I decided to participate in the Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by the fabulous blog Out of the Past. The goal was to read six books in some way related to classic film — biographies, film criticism, or even classic film-related novels — between June 1 and September 15.  Though…