A Visit (or Three) to the Vogue Theatre Manistee

Every time I travel, I look for two things: the local library, and whether there are any old movie houses in the area. Last August, I had the pleasure of spending about a week and a half camping near Manistee, Michigan — home of the Vogue Theatre. My luck was doubled on that trip because not only was there an old movie house in town, … Continue reading A Visit (or Three) to the Vogue Theatre Manistee

2019 in Film: Most Memorable Discoveries

Over the past month or two, we’ve seen a flood of “best of the year/decade” lists. I won’t be compiling a “best of the decade” (I’m saving that brainpower for the blog’s tenth anniversary in 2022!) or a formal list of what I considered to be the “best” new-release films in 2019. But, as is tradition on TMP, I will begin the year by sharing … Continue reading 2019 in Film: Most Memorable Discoveries

Collector’s Corner: Christmas, Criterion, and Cary Grant, oh my!

Yesterday I learned that people have nicknames for the time between Christmas and the new year. I’ve never thought of it as anything but a typical week, but my favorite name of the bunch is “Betwixtmas” — so, I hope you all had a lovely holiday, and hope that Betwixtmas is treating you well, too! As we wrap up the year, I thought I’d squeeze … Continue reading Collector’s Corner: Christmas, Criterion, and Cary Grant, oh my!

The Plot Thickens (1936)

Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason) has a twisted new case on his hands when John Carter (Richard Tucker) is found dead in his study by his butler, Kendall (Arthur Aylesworth). There are several suspicious people in Carter’s circle. Alice Stevens seems to be the last person to have seen Carter alive; her boyfriend, Robert Wilkins, was seen arguing with Carter by a cop; and there’s … Continue reading The Plot Thickens (1936)

The Stranger (1946)

Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) works for the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and he’s on the trail of a fugitive. Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi war criminal, has managed to erase every clue to his whereabouts and identity, aside from the fact that he’s well-known to be obsessed with clocks. Wilson hopes that Konrad Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) can lead him to Kindler, and … Continue reading The Stranger (1946)

October 2019 in Film

Hello, movie buffs, and happy November! I’m always a little bit baffled by the way people shout, “Halloween’s over! Merry Christmas!” on November 1st. But the temperatures are in the 30s here in Michigan now, so I see a lot of blanket-wrapped, hot cocoa-accompanied, corny Christmas movies in my near future. Before we begin growing our holiday spirit, let’s take a look back at what … Continue reading October 2019 in Film

The Breaking Point (1950)

“You know how it is early in the morning on the water? Everything’s quiet except for the seagulls a long way off. You feel great. Then you come ashore, and it starts. In no time at all, you’re up to your ears in trouble.” Harry Morgan (John Garfield) is a California boat captain, but his business isn’t doing too great. Harry struggles to support his … Continue reading The Breaking Point (1950)

SUTS 2019: Recommendations for August 24 – 31

Is it just me or has this month flown by? We’ve already made it to the final Summer Under the Stars recommendation batch for 2019. I hope those of you with access to TCM have enjoyed this year’s viewing and discovered a few new favorites! Below are my picks for August 24th through 31st! As usual, all times are in Eastern and linked titles will … Continue reading SUTS 2019: Recommendations for August 24 – 31

SUTS 2019: Recommendations for August 17 – 23

Another week gone! Apologies for getting this up a bit late — I meant to post it on Friday. As you read this, I’m in the middle of my almost-two-weeks in the woods. But my DVR is filling back at home, and I’m here to give you my recommendations for August 17th through 23rd! As usual, linked titles will take you to my previous coverage … Continue reading SUTS 2019: Recommendations for August 17 – 23