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: Primrose Path (1940)

Welcome to the first installment of The Critical Eye, TMP’s non-chronological continuation of the “One Year, One Film” project! These posts will follow the very same format as those bi-weekly “One Year” posts — a brief plot synopsis and review from me, followed by snippets from reviews published around the time of the film’s original release. Today we begin with a Ginger Rogers drama… Primrose … Continue reading The Critical Eye: Primrose Path (1940)

One year, one film: 1962 – Carnival of Souls

One year, one film: 1962 The film: Carnival of Souls, dir. Herk Harvey Starring Candace Hilligoss Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Carnival of Souls became an instant favorite for me when I watched it for the Horror Half-Week series in 2012. The mood, the tension, and Candace Hilligoss’ gripping lead performance kept me trapped in the carnival from beginning to end. It’s a … Continue reading One year, one film: 1962 – Carnival of Souls

One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

One year, one film: 1961 The film: A Cold Wind in August, dir. Alexander Singer Starring Lola Albright Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See A Cold Wind in August may have been independently produced on a low budget, but it would give Lola Albright what she considered to be her best role of all time, per a 1960 interview with The Los Angeles Times. … Continue reading One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

One year, one film: 1947 – Possessed

One year, one film: 1947 The film: Possessed, dir. Curtis Bernhardt starring Joan Crawford and Van Heflin Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | Must-See When I discovered Possessed in 2013, I declared it my new favorite Joan Crawford film. Joan was, at one time, on my list of least-favorite classic film actresses, but over the course of this blog’s life, I’ve grown to appreciate her. She’s not only … Continue reading One year, one film: 1947 – Possessed

Larry Thomas’ “Movies to See” from Motion Picture, Nov. 1957

Larry Thomas, associate editor of Motion Picture magazine, contributed a monthly “Movies to See” column where he’d star-rate and give brief reviews of the films to look forward to each month. Four stars stood for “Excellent,” three stars for “Good” and two stars for “Fair.” These were his thoughts on the releases of November 1957! Time Limit – 4 Stars Directed by Karl Malden Starring … Continue reading Larry Thomas’ “Movies to See” from Motion Picture, Nov. 1957