Period film: The Last Tycoon (1976)

Dear readers, I apologize for taking an unexpected break! Things have been a bit wild for me on a personal level this month. I’ve had little time for movie-watching, and even less time for writing. I’m further behind on planning/prepping blog posts for August than I’d like to be, but I hope this post will mark a steady return to our normal three-days-a-week schedule on … Continue reading Period film: The Last Tycoon (1976)

Panic in the Streets (1950)

A night of gambling goes very wrong for an illegal immigrant when he bets against a notorious local known as Blackie (Jack Palance) and his gang of rough-and-tumble men. So wrong, in fact, that the group of gangsters decides he must die. The next day, a corpse turns up in the water in the docks of New Orleans, absolutely riddled with bullet wounds. The police, … Continue reading Panic in the Streets (1950)

Blues in the Night (1941)

Blues in the Night (1941): 4/5 It all starts with a fun, upbeat St. Louis jazz club and a few charismatic characters. Things don’t stay fun for long. A fight breaks out between a musician and a customer, sending the club (and the band members’ lives) into chaos. Brilliant piano man Jigger (Richard Whorf), after being tossed in jail over the brawl, ultimately decides to … Continue reading Blues in the Night (1941)