The Accursed (1958)

Each year since the end of World War II, the surviving members of a resistance group have met on the anniversary of their leader’s execution by the Nazis, to commemorate his life and their time fighting together. At the latest of these meetings, Colonel Price (Donald Wolfit) – who is hosting the meeting at his home – announces that a secret has been discovered: their leader’s death … Continue reading The Accursed (1958)

Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

After her husband passes away, 70-year-old Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) decides that it’s time to find some hobbies to keep herself occupied. Ever the eccentric, when a friend tells her to “buy things,” she buys an old theater instead of jewelery or clothes. Needing someone to oversee the productions at the theater, Laura hires Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins), an out-of-work man who has a … Continue reading Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Gunfighter (1950)

A note from Lindsey: I watched bits and pieces of this film for a tribute post I made for Skip Homeier, but this is the first time I’ve viewed the film in its entirety, so I’m counting it as “new to me.” Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) was once a notorious gunfighter, but he’s changed his ways. He’s traveling to a small town to rekindle a … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Gunfighter (1950)

Reviews in a line or two: “Huge Collection of Films I Never Posted About in 2012” edition, part 1

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) Dir: Luis Mandoki Starring: Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia This was a blind purchase from Goodwill. (You know I love that $2 DVD section!) It’s Meg Ryan in the ’90s, and since I didn’t know anything about the film I expected it to be a romantic comedy. Instead I got a movie about alcoholism and a film that … Continue reading Reviews in a line or two: “Huge Collection of Films I Never Posted About in 2012” edition, part 1

Possessed (1947)

Louise Howell (Joan Crawford) has landed herself in a psych ward under the care of Dr. Harvey Willard (Stanley Ridges). She seems frantic and constantly repeats the name “David,” but no one understands what sent her into such a breakdown… …that is, until Dr. Willard convinces her to start talking. In flashback land, the viewer learns that Louise was once in love with an engineer … Continue reading Possessed (1947)

Films to watch in winter: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. It was also viewed specifically for TMP’s holiday/winter film series, appearing every Friday in December. Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) is the writer of a successful lifestyle column in which she shares recipes and tips, painting herself as the perfect housewife. The trouble is, Elizabeth is no housewife at all. … Continue reading Films to watch in winter: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) is headed to Shanghai to wed her childhood sweetheart, Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon), who is living there and working as a missionary. However, civil war is raging in the area. When the Chapei (Zhabei) district of the city goes up in flames on the night of Megan’s arrival (and the night of the wedding), Bob postpones the wedding in order to … Continue reading The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Ah, vacation. A time to relax, to enjoy the outdoors, to catch a fish or two… but what do you do when the fish that you catch is half-human? Such is the case for Arthur Peabody, who is on vacation at an island resort with his wife Polly when he hooks a beautiful young mermaid. Arthur and Polly left snowy Boston for the Caribbean after … Continue reading Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Blithe Spirit (1945)

Charles (Rex Harrison) is an author who is conducting odd research for his next book. In order to get background on psychic mediums, Charles and his second wife Ruth (Constance Cummings) make an appointment for a seance in his home with Madame Arcati (Margaret Rutherford), a local mystic who claims to be able to contact the dead. Charles doesn’t expect anything to come of the … Continue reading Blithe Spirit (1945)

Doctor X (1932)

Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) is a snoopy, snarky New York reporter investigating a strain of serial murders by a man only known as the “Moon Killer.” There have been six victims – all strangled, disfigured by surgical instruments and cannibalized in the middle of full moon nights. Police suspect one of the doctors at the Academy of Surgical Research, where instruments matching those used in … Continue reading Doctor X (1932)