Favorite things about… Designing Woman (1957)

The favorite film: Designing Woman, a 1957 romantic comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: Sports writer Mike Hagen has spent a long night out in Los Angeles, drinking and having fun with fellow reporters. When he wakes up, he’s terribly hungover and can’t remember whether he submitted his copy during that wild night. Luckily for Mike, he did submit copy… but it was co-written … Continue reading Favorite things about… Designing Woman (1957)

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg) is in Paraguay, where he’s discovered a group of war criminals of the Third Reich holding secret meetings, led by the infamous Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck). Barry contacts Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier), a man coined “the Nazi hunter” by the press. Lieberman, a Holocaust survivor living in Austria, is skeptical of Barry’s claims… until Barry is killed by Mengele’s men during … Continue reading The Boys from Brazil (1978)

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)

Book vs. Film: On the Beach

In 1957, Nevil Shute published his 21st novel, On the Beach. The story had originally appeared as a four-part story in a London periodical, being bound up into a single edition later that year along with new material that wasn’t included in the original stories. Set in the then-future of 1964, the book follows a group of people who struggle with the realization that they … Continue reading Book vs. Film: On the Beach

Favorite things about… Roman Holiday (1953)

The favorite film: Roman Holiday, a 1953 romantic comedy directed by William Wyler and released by Paramount Pictures The synopsis: Princess Ann is feeling stifled by the confines of her royal family’s conventions. While on a publicity tour of Europe, Ann makes a plan to rebel against those restrictions and sneak out of her room to explore Rome. She falls asleep on a bench when … Continue reading Favorite things about… Roman Holiday (1953)

The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

As mentioned in my 10 Deal Breakers post, I’m usually very put off by religious films, and as a result had reservations about this film when I decided to check it out from the library. But since it’s a four-time Oscar nominee starring two of my favorite men, Gregory Peck and Vincent Price, I simply had to give it a try. Peck is Francis Chisolm, … Continue reading The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)