Until They Sail (1957)

“Eat, drink, and make love, for tomorrow, we die.” -Capt. Jack Harding Barbara (Jean Simmons), Delia (Piper Laurie), Anne (Joan Fontaine), and Evelyn Leslie (Sandra Dee) are sisters living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The town is preparing for war, and just about every man — including their brother Kit, and newlywed Barbara’s husband Frank — has been called to duty or decided to enlist. Tensions … Continue reading Until They Sail (1957)

Second Looks: Titanic (1953)

This review was written for the Barbara Stanwyck filmography project, my quest to watch every film the actress ever made! For more reviews from this project, visit the dedicated index. Julia Sturges (Barbara Stanwyck) has boarded the Titanic with her two children, Annette (Audrey Dalton) and Norman (Harper Carter). She plans to take them to her hometown in northern Michigan and raise them in a … Continue reading Second Looks: Titanic (1953)

Period film: Belle (2013)

Dido (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the daughter of Sir John Lindsay, a captain of the British Royal Navy. Her mother is an African woman enslaved in the West Indies. When her mother dies, Dido is brought to England by her father. He asks his aunt and uncle, Lady (Emily Watson) and Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson), to raise his young daughter at their estate. They also care … Continue reading Period film: Belle (2013)

Period film: The Young Victoria (2009)

The Young Victoria (2009) is a period film dramatizing the life of one of one of the most beloved figures of the British monarchy: Queen Victoria. Victoria held the throne from 1837 until her death in 1876 and became known as “the grandmother of Europe.” The Young Victoria paints a picture of Victoria’s life before and during her reign. We begin in her childhood, where … Continue reading Period film: The Young Victoria (2009)