My Reputation (1946)

My Reputation is a film that showcases the North’s catty side. Stories of gossip and rumor mills are typically set in high-class Southern societies, but this one is set somewhere very different: the metropolitan Chicago area. Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is a widow whose husband has recently passed away after a long battle with illness. She’s adjusting to raising their two sons on her own … Continue reading My Reputation (1946)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

From director Mervyn LeRoy comes this all-at-once serious and hilarious Depression-era film. Gold Diggers of 1933 is based on the play by Avery Hopwood and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, featuring a fantastic cast and extravagant musical numbers. The cast and crew of a new Broadway show suddenly find themselves unemployed when the set and costumes of their show are all confiscated due to unpaid bills. … Continue reading Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Daisy Kenyon (1947): 5/5! – Contains mild spoilers Daisy Kenyon opens with an awesome, fun-fact-spewing cabbie (who is never seen again, but is a great way to start the film) and a romantic, airy song. This opening may set a viewer who has never seen or read about the film before to think that it’s going to be a comedy, but don’t be fooled! This … Continue reading Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Nothing Sacred (1937)

Nothing Sacred (1937): 5/5 Nothing Sacred is a late 1930s comedy starring Carole Lombard and Fredric March. Carole is Hazel Flagg, a woman who thought she was dying of radium poisoning when suddenly she finds out that it was a misdiagnosis. Her plans for travel and adventure in her ‘last days’ are shattered, until New York newspaper man Wally Cook (Fredric March) enters the picture. … Continue reading Nothing Sacred (1937)

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Watched February 3, 2012 Sorry, Wrong Number (1948): 5/5 Sorry, Wrong Number is the 1948 thriller/noir that earned star Barbara Stanwyck her fourth Oscar nomination. Stanwyck portrays the bed-ridden Leona Stevenson, wife of Henry Stevenson (Burt Lancaster). Henry has left his wife alone at home, and she becomes paranoid after accidentally intercepting a phone call about a murder. The film is structured through a series … Continue reading Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Watched January 27, 2010 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950): 5/5 I selected this film largely because of Gene Tierney. I’ve loved every film that I’ve seen her in, but I’ve barely dipped my movie-watching toes into her filmography. I was even more impressed by this film than those I’d seen previously. It follows a detective who’s in hot water for beating up on the neighborhood … Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

Watched January 21, 2012 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): 3.7/5 This review contains a few spoilers of minor elements of the film. Also, keep in mind that I have not read the book! Let’s start with the positives: Newcomer Thomas Horn as Oskar, Max von Sydow as The Renter and John Goodman in the very small role of Stan the Doorman give stellar performances. … Continue reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 13, 2012 Watched January 8, 2012 A Summer Place (1959): 5/5; When I see the name “Sandra Dee” attached to a film, I expect something pretty fluffy. As much as I love her, most of her roles were very light entertainment – cute, fun films that are highly enjoyable to watch but wouldn’t hold up under harsh scrutiny. This film … Continue reading Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)

Mixed bag: Cain and Mabel (1936), Tempest (1982), Send Me No Flowers (1964), Pillow Talk (1959), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Love Story (1970), Lover Come Back (1961)

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 7, 2012 Watched January 5, 2012 Cain and Mabel (1936): 3/5; This movie as a whole didn’t grab me. Clark Gable and Marion Davies are captivating as usual, but I could tell how the film was going to play out the minute I started watching (despite my DVR clipping the first few minutes). That’s not to say it isn’t an … Continue reading Mixed bag: Cain and Mabel (1936), Tempest (1982), Send Me No Flowers (1964), Pillow Talk (1959), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Love Story (1970), Lover Come Back (1961)